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win ripped through Sri Lanka s
lineup to complete a five-wicket
haul and propel India to a crush-
ing 278-run win in the second
Test yesterday to level the three
match series at 1--1.
Resuming on 72--2 and chasing
413 to win, Sri Lanka lost seven
wickets in the opening session for
just 58 runs to reach 130--9 when
rain stopped play 12 minutes before
the scheduled lunch break.
The Sri Lankans added just four
runs after the break before legspin-
ner Amit Mishra (3--20) trapped
Dushmantha Chameera lbw to win
the match and complete a disap-
pointing end to veteran batsman
Kumar Sangakkara s illustrious 15-
year international career.
Indian captain Virat Kohli
praised his team s tenacity to
bounce back after their defeat in
the first Test in Galle.
"It s satisfying knowing we came
pretty close twice before once in
Adelaide and in Galle as well. We
have spoken about it, when you
have won six sessions you would
expect your side to win the game,"
Kohli said. "I think that game hurt
us in the right way. Commendable
effort from all the boys to regroup
themselves after a loss like that."
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Math-
ews was sorry that he couldn t
send Sangakkara off on a winning
"He deserved to go off on a high
with a win but really disappointed
and sad we couldn t do it for him.
But what we can do is to promise
him to play well in the next game
and try and win the Test match
and win the series for him."
Fast bowler Umesh Yadav dis-
missed Mathews (23) with the first
ball of the day, caught by stand-
in wicketkeeper Lokesh Rahul.
The Sri Lanka top-order fell
cheaply as Dinesh Chandimal was
bowled by Mishra for 15, Lahiru
Thirimanne was caught off an
Ashwin (5--42) ball for 11 and Jehan
Mubarak was caught by Kohli off
Ishant Sharma for a duck.
Dimuth Karunaratne, who was
bowled by Mishra on Saturday,
topscored for Sri Lanka with 46.
Rahul who made a century in
the first innings for India was
named player of the match.
India will now enter the final
Test Friday with renewed confi-
dence after losing the opener by
63 runs in Galle last week.
Ashwin ended Kumar San-
gakkara s final international innings
for 18 on Sunday, caught at slip
by Murali Vijay. Kaushal Silva was
first to be dismissed, caught by
Stuart Binny off Ashwin with Sri
Lanka on just 8--1.
India declared its second innings
at 325--8 shortly after tea on Sun-
day and, with an 87-run first
innings lead, set Sri Lanka a win-
ning target of 413. India made 393
in its first innings and Sri Lanka
relied with 306.
Ajinkya Rahane top scored for
India with 126, his fourth Test
hundred, supported by Vijay who
Seam bowler Dhammika Prasad
and offspinner Tharindu Kaushal
took four wickets each for Sri
India's cricket captain Virat Kohli, right, presents a souvenir to Sri
Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara at the end of the second Test
cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, yesterday. Sangakkara announced
his retirement from international cricket. AP PHOTO
COLOMBO---Kumar Sangakkara did-
n t get a fairytale farewell fit for an
all-time great, but the cricketer did
get a pleasant surprise on the final
day of his last Test: The government
offered him a role as Sri Lanka s
envoy in Britain.
President Maithripala Sirisena, who
attended a ceremony to honour San-
gakkara on his retirement yesterday
after Sri Lanka s loss to India at Colom-
bo s P Sara Oval, asked the batting
great to accept the position.
Sangakkara told reporters later that
he was surprised at the request.
"I actually just heard it and it got
me surprised. So I have to go and think
about it and really have a proper chat
with his excellency as well," Sangakkara
Sangakkara was carried around the
ground on his team-mates shoulders
after a somewhat disappointing end
his illustrious 15-year career. Sri Lanka
suffered a 278-run defeat at the hands
of India which enabled them level the
three-match series 1--1. Sangakkara
himself aggregated just 50 runs from
In an emotional speech, Sangakkara
had some advice to offer captain Ange-
"I hope you just work hard and enjoy
the sport, sport you will play only for
a short time, it comes and goes," he
said. "But don t be afraid. Take pride
in what you do, don t be afraid to lose
when you are searching for a win and
keep Sri Lanka s flag flying high."
Sangakkara began his cricket at Trin-
ity College, an Anglican mission school
in the central city of Kandy, and then
started his first-class career at the
Nondescripts Cricket Club. (AP)
Sangakkara offered diplomatic post
Ashwin leads India to huge
victory over Sri Lanka
LONDON---Joe Root has been rested
by England for the one-off Twenty20
international and the five-match ODI
series against Australia after playing
a starring role in the Ashes series.
Six members of the Ashes-winning
squad---spinners Moeen Ali and Adil
Rashid, wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, all-
rounder Ben Stokes and pace bowlers
Steven Finn and Mark Wood---were
named in the 14-man ODI squad.
Uncapped paceman Reece Topley
was selected in the 13-man T20 squad.
Eoin Morgan will be England s captain
in both formats. (AP)
Root rested by England for
limited-overs games vs Australia
LONDON---England captain Alastair Cook has been
fined 40 per cent of his match fee because of the
team s slow over-rate in the loss to Australia in the
fifth Ashes Test.
The ICC says yesterday the rest of the England
team received 20 per cent fines after the governing
body ruled England was two overs short of its target
when time allowances were taken into considera-
The ICC says Cook pleaded guilty to the offense
and accepted the sanction.
Australia won the Test by an innings and 46 runs
at The Oval on Sunday for a consolation victory.
England won the series 3--2. (AP)
Cook, England fined
for slow over-rate
in 5th Ashes Test
India 1st Inns: 393
Sri Lanka 1st Inns: 306
India 2nd Inns: 328/8 dec
Sri Lanka 2nd Inns
K Silvac Binny b Ashwin ..................1
D Karunaratne b Ashwin ..................46
K Sangakkara c Vijay b Ashwin...18
A Mathews c Rahul b Yadav .........23
D Chandimal b Mishra.........................15
L Thirimanne c(sub)
Pujara b Ashwin ......................................11
J Mubarak c Kohli b Sharma ........0
D Prasad c Mishra b Ashwin ........0
R Herath not out ....................................4
T Kaushal lbw Mishra ........................5
D Chameeralbw Mishra ....................4
EXTRAS: ( 4lb, 2nb, 1w) .............7
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-33, 3-72, 4-91,
5-106 , 6-111, 7-114, 8-123, 9-128, 10-
Bowling: R Ashwin 16-6-42-5; U
Yadav 7-1-18-1; I Sharma 11-2-41-1;
A Mishra 9.4-3-29-3
Result: India won by 278 runs
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford and Rod
Tucker, Australia. Third umpire:
Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Sri Lanka.
Match referee: Andy Pycroft,
Zimbabwe. Toss: India
Series: Level at 1-1.
Twenty20 squad: Eoin Morgan
(captain), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings,
Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales,
Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes,
Reece Topley, James Vince, David
Willey, Chris Woakes.
ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (captain),
Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler,
Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Liam
Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben
Stokes, James Taylor, David Willey,
Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
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