Colombo - Kumar Sangakkara was dismissed for 18 in his last international
innings to leave Sri Lanka in trouble in the second Test against India
in Colombo on Sunday.
The hosts, set a tough victory target of
413, slumped to 33/2 after Sangakkara's dismissal before closing the
fourth day's play at 72/2 at the P. Sara Oval.
Karunaratne was on 25 and skipper Angelo Mathews was on 23. Sri Lanka
begin the final day's play on Monday needing 341 more to win with eight
wickets in hand.
India, looking to level the three-match series
after losing the first Test in Galle, declared their second innings at
325/8 in the post-tea session after Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with 126.
left the hosts facing a little less than four sessions to achieve the
huge target or bat out for a draw on a slow, wearing pitch that should
favour India's spinners.
The highest successful fourth-innings run chase at the venue is 352/9 by the hosts against South Africa in 2006.
the fifth highest run-getter in Test history, did not have to wait long
to bat after Sri Lanka lost opener Kaushal Silva in the third over,
tapping a full toss from Ravichandran Ashwin to the short mid-wicket
A full house of some 7 000 home fans applauded warmly as
Sangakkara was welcomed to the crease by two guards of honour - one
formed by young children with raised bats near the boundary and another
by Indian fielders.
Sangakkara hit three boundaries but fell to
Ashwin for the fourth time in as many innings in the series when he
edged a catch to Murali Vijay off the 18th ball he faced.
finished with 12 400 runs from 134 Tests at an average of 57.40. He
scored 38 centuries including a best of 319 against Bangladesh in
Chittagong last year.
The Sri Lankan great follows Sachin
Tendulkar of India, Ricky Ponting of Australia, Jacques Kallis of South
Africa and Rahul Dravid of India in the all-time list of leading Test
Rahane anchored the Indian innings before being dismissed
shortly before tea for 126, his fourth Test century that was studded
with 10 boundaries.
The Mumbai batsman and Vijay (82) added 140
for the second wicket to boost the total after Lokesh Rahul had fallen
off the fifth ball of the innings on Saturday evening.
four boundaries and two sixes, but missed his seventh Test century when
he attempted to sweep off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal and was adjudged
leg-before soon after the morning drinks break.
Kaushal then trapped captain Virat Kohli leg-before for 10, but Rohit Sharma (34) helped Rahane add 85 for the fourth wicket.
Kaushal removed Sharma and Rahane in successive overs as India slipped from 256/3 to 262/5.
pulled a short ball to Jehan Mubarak on the mid-wicket fence and
Rahane's 243-ball vigil ended when he edged a catch to wicketkeeper
Wriddhiman Saha retired hurt with a hamstring
niggle after making five, but returned to bat at the fall of the seventh
wicket and remained unbeaten on 13. He did not take the field, leaving
Rahul to keep wicket.