Kumar Sangakkara making his final Test appearance held centre stage at the P Sara Oval where Sri Lanka went to tea on the second day of the second Test at 65 for one wicket replying to India’s first innings of 393.
Sangakkara was unbeaten on 29 scored off 57 balls with Kaushal Silva as his partner on 30.
However Sangakkara could consider himself lucky to be still batting for at 24 he attempted to cut spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and the ball flew off the splice of his bat to Ajinkya Rahane at slip who juggled with it before spilling it. Rahane had held a world record eight catches in the first Test at Galle which India lost.
Sangakkara was accorded a guard of honour by the Indian team as he came to bat amidst the lighting of fire crackers around the ground.
Silva also survived a chance at 19 when he was bowled by a Stuart Binny no-ball.
The pair added 64 for the second wicket after Dimuth Karunaratne was trapped lbw by Umesh Yadav for one in the second over of the innings.
It took Sri Lanka only ten minutes after lunch to capture the remaining two Indian wickets.
Rangana Herath claimed both wickets trapping Wriddhiman Saha (56) and Ishant Sharma (2) lbw to finish with figures of four for 81.
Sri Lanka trailed India by 328 runs at tea.
Scores: India 393 (Wriddhiman Saha 56, Rangana Herath 4/80)
Sri Lanka 65-1 at tea (Kaushal Silva 30 n.o., Kumar Sangakkara 29 n.o.)