The result of the second test match between India and Sri Lanka took a back seat on Day four as Kumar Sangakkara, who played his last international innings stole the spotlight. For India, it was Ajinkya Rahane who silenced his critics with a fine century.
Good start for India on Day 4:
Murali Vijay’s 11th Test fifty marked the start of Day four for India. Ajinkya Rahane struck his fifty soon as well and this took India’s lead past the 200-run mark. Vijay was eventually sent back to the locker room as he was trapped leg before wicket by Tharindu Kaushal.
Virat Kohli walked in at no. 4 but before the skipper could extend his stay, he fell prey to Kaushal in similar fashion, thereby pushing India to a score of 171-3. Rohit Sharma and Rahane (82) were at the crease when the teams went in for lunch.
The post-lunch period saw Rahane race to his century. The Internet erupted with appreciation for Rahane, who made his case for that 3rd spot. Rohit Sharma lent him good support at the other end but Kaushal once again came to haunt the Indian team. Sharma was caught at deep by Mubarak after he tried to slog a ball from Kaushal.
Soon, Rahane was caught by Chandimal after an outside edge off Kaushal’s bowling to conclude a splendid knock of 126 (243 balls).
Stuart Binny, Ravichandra Ashwin, and Amit Mishra managed small cameos to take the lead beyond 400 but none of these batsmen could go past the twenties. All these batsmen were dismissed by Dhammika Prasad. India declared their innings at 325/8, thus setting a 413-run target for the home team.
Kumar Sangakkara fails to make it big in final innings:
Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne opened the second innings for Sri Lanka but the former was soon sent back by R Ashwin. This set the stage for the last innings of Kumar Sangakkara. The Sri Lankan legend received a great welcome from the Indian side, but he had no fairytale ending. A turning off breaker from Ashwin forced an outside edge from Sangakkara which was caught comfortably by Murali Vijay at first slip. This was the fourth time in the series that Ashwin dismissed Sangakkara. He scored 18 runs from 18 balls in his last innings.
Angelo Mathews and Karunaratne managed to stay at the crease till stumps. Sri Lanka currently stands at 72/2 with 341 more runs required to win on the last day.
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