Sangakkara departs, Sri Lanka steady at 194/3

Updated: 03 August 2010 09:03 IST

Sangakkara threw away the opportunity to score his third successive century as Sri Lanka reached 194 for three at tea on Day 1 of the third Test.

Sangakkara departs, Sri Lanka steady at 194/3

Colombo:

Kumar Sangakkara threw away the opportunity to score his third successive century as Sri Lanka reached 194 for three at tea on the opening day of the third and final cricket Test at P Sara Oval here on Tuesday.

Sangakkara (75) failed to hold the temptation of playing a big shot off Pragyan Ojha and holed out to Virender Sehwag at long-on to gift his wicket to the Indians.

That was the only success for the Indians in the second session, in which Sri Lanka scored 92 runs in 29.3 overs.

Sangakarra's knock came off 114 balls with two sixes and five fours and together with Mahela Jayawardene he collected 55 runs together for the third wicket.

Jayawardene (39) and Thilan Samaraweera (22) were at the crease at the interval.

Indian spinners have started gaining some purchase off the track and an even battle between the bat and ball was on.

In the first session, India dismissed both the openers after being asked to bowl for the third successive time by Sangakkara.

Tillakaratne Dilshan (41) was run out at the stroke of lunch while Tharanga Paranavitana (8) became a victim of young pacer Ishant Sharma early in the innings.

It could have been different for India had Raina, preffered over Yuvraj Singh, not dropped Sangakkara.

The Karnataka pacer, bowling around the wicket, induced an edge which flew in the slip cordon straight to second slip VVS Laxman but Raina lunged on the chance from the left and in utter confusion the opportunity was lost.

The young Indian pace duo did a much better job, with the track being a little helpful in morning conditions.

Ishant bowled fast, troubled batsmen and got the wicket of Paranavitana, who edged one to Dhoni behind the wicket as early as in the fourth over of the innings.

Unlike the first two Tests, Ishant and Mithun did succeed initially to contain the batsmen but once the Lankans got their eye in they were at their usual best.

Dilshan smashed Ishant for two cracking boundaries and Kumar Sangakkara hit Amit Mishra, who came in for injured Harbhajan Singh, for a four and a six to break the shackles.

Together they raised a 87-run stand, which ended with a brilliant piece of work by Murali Vijay in the close fielding position.

Dilshan pushed one off Pragyan Ojha and left his crease anticipating that Vijay, at silly point, will not be able to stop the ball.

But a full stretched Vijay succeeded in clutching the ball threw it towards Dhoni, who took off the bails in no time and left Dilshan bamboozled.

Dilshan hit four fours in his 70-ball knock while Sangakkara faced 65 balls and helped himself with four fours and a six.



Topics : Cricket Sachin Tendulkar MS Dhoni Sri Lanka Irfan Pathan Yusuf Pathan
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