Colombo - Kumar Sangakkara contributed to a Sri Lankan revival in his final
Test as India found wickets hard to come by in the second Test in
Colombo on Friday.
The hosts recovered from an early setback to
close the second day at 140-3 in their first innings, still 253 runs
behind India's total of 393 with seven wickets in hand.
survived a torrid start to make 32, adding 74 for the second wicket
with Kaushal Silva after Dimuth Karunaratne was leg-before to Umesh
Yadav in the second over of the innings.
Silva, who had been caught behind off Stuart Binny on 14 before replays indicated a no-ball, scored 51.
At stumps, Lahiru Thirimanne was unbeaten on 28 and skipper Angelo Mathews was on 19.
seeking a series-levelling win after losing the first Test in Galle by
63 runs, were all out in the third over after lunch with wicket-keeper
Wriddhiman Saha making 56.
Sangakkara, the fifth-highest
run-getter in Test history who will quit international cricket after the
match, walked on to warm applause from some 4 000 home fans and a guard
of honour by the Indian fielders.
But the left-hander endured a
tough time in the middle after keeping out a first-ball yorker from
Yadav. He remained scoreless for 13 deliveries before steering Ishant
Sharma to third man for two to get off the mark.
Yadav to the point fence for his first boundary, but escaped narrowly on
24 when Ajinkya Rahane failed to grasp a sharp chance in the slips
after the batsman slashed at Ravichandran Ashwin.
managed to add only eight more runs before the same Ashwin-Rahane
combination got rid of him after tea with the fielder completing a low
catch in the slips.
Silva, who made five and zero in the first
Test, defied the Indian bowlers for more than three hours before
top-edging a sweep off Amit Mishra to Ashwin at fine-leg.
bowling coach Bharat Arun said restricting Sri Lanka's batsmen to less
than three runs an over meant the bowlers had shown a lot of discipline
in their line and length.
"We are looking for a lead of about 100
runs," said Arun. "The pitch is beginning to wear out a bit and there
were also signs the spinners were extracting some turn.
"There is a
lot more bounce in this pitch than at Galle and this will help us. Also
the old ball will reverse because of the dry grass and Umesh (Yadav) is
particularly good with reverse swing.
"We are pretty happy with the way this Test has gone so far, but there is a long way to go in the match."
Saha followed his 60 in the first innings at Galle with another gutsy
half-century before he was ninth out, leg-before to left-arm spinner
Rangana Herath after lunch.
Saha and Amit Mishra put on 46 for the
eighth wicket to frustrate the hosts' bid to wrap up the innings
quickly after India resumed the day at 319/6.
Mishra, essentially a
leg-spinner, made 24 with three boundaries before he was caught behind
off a rising delivery from fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera.
led a charmed life at the crease with two lucky escapes off the bowling
of seamer Dhammika Prasad before he had added to his overnight score of
The first time, the bail failed to dislodge after the ball
brushed the off-stump, and then he survived an appeal for a low catch by
wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal which replays showed may have hit the
Herath finished with four wickets, while Prasad, Mathews and Chameera claimed two each.