India levels series in Sangakkara finale

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In the first Test in Galle, Sri Lanka escaped from near-certain defeat to one of its more famous home victories. At the conclusion of the fourth day’s proceedings at the P Sara Oval, there was to be no second strike of lightning in the same series, Kohli tasting his first Test win as skipper and ruining Kumar Sangakkara’s last hurrah in international cricket. At 72 for 2 overnight upon being set 413 for a remarkable, series-clinching victory, Sri Lanka needed to bat out of its skins on the final day on Monday (August 24). Scaling the target down looked very difficult, but a slightly more realistic prospect was batting out time in arguably difficult conditions, with the pitch playing a… Read More →

ICC hails retiring Sangakkara as “a legend of the game”

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In 2007, Sangakkara became the first player to make scores of 150 or more in four successive Test matches, and in February 2014, he became just the second player (after Graham Gooch) to score a triple century and a century in the same Test. “In stepping off the field of play for the last time we wish Kumar and his family well and thank him for his enormous contribution to the game.” – D Richardson The Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC) David Richardson has paid tribute to former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who retired from international cricket today.Sangakkara was one of the leading cricketers in world cricket for the last 15 years during which played in… Read More →

End of an Era: Kumar Sangakkara signs off from Test Cricket

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Kumar Sangakkara, who got out for 18 in his final Test innings, ends as the fifth-highest run-getter in the Test Cricket format. Sangakkara played from 2000 till 2015 and scored 12,400 runs in 134 Tests with 38 Hundreds and 52 Fifties with the highest score at 319. He scored at an average of 57.40. He also took 131 catches and did 20 stumping. 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 scorers. Sangakkara had already taken retirement from the ODIs. He scored 14,234 runs in 404 ODIs with 25 Hundreds and 93 Fifties at an average of 41.98. He… Read More →

Rahane ton, Ashwin strikes puts India in charge

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Ajinkya Rahane is the strong, silent, uncomplaining type, a no-fuss individual who goes about his business, seemingly not unduly affected by adulation or criticism. Ask him to bat at any position in any format of the game, and he will immediately take up the challenge. Ask him to stand at gully to the faster bowlers and at slip to the spinners, and he will ensure he is as well prepared as is humanly possible to ensure that he doesn’t let the bowlers down. Rahane’s first foray at No. 3 in Test cricket didn’t quite pay off, as he went fishing outside off and edged Dhammika Prasad to third slip on Thursday’s day one of the second Test. The right-hand batsman… Read More →

Batsmen build on Mishra’s four as India edges ahead

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The middle day of a Test match has historically been considered the moving day. In a majority of the matches, it is when the pendulum generally swings decisively one way. In many ways, it is like the seventh game in tennis. A service break in the seventh is gold dust; it means the one who has broken takes momentum into the changeover while the one who has been broken has a minute and a bit to ponder over what he needs to do to get back into the contest. The third day of the second Test seemed determined to break from norm as Lahiru Thirimanne, carefully, and Angelo Mathews, with industriousness and enterprise aplenty, thwarted India’s designs for two and… Read More →

India 253 ahead after attritional day’s play

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As the clock above the scoreboard on the northeast corner of the ground ticked over to 1.09pm, the not inconsiderable gathering at the P Sara Oval rose to its feet. Two hours and ten minutes later, at 3.19pm, that act was repeated, again in honour of the principal protagonist of the game. The second day’s play on Friday (August 21) in the second Test wasn’t a thrill-a-minute rollercoaster. The word attrition was perhaps created with this day in mind. Cricket was slow-paced – not unlike the playing surface – without being overly tense; restraint and grim determination was the overall theme even during the 110 minutes Kumar Sangakkara occupied at the batting crease, when the air was pregnant with breathless… Read More →

Rahul blossoms with ton on day of shared honours

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Kumar Sangakkara didn’t walk out for the toss in his final Test appearance, contrary to expectations, but Virat Kohli called right at the coin toss on a muggy Thursday (August 20) morning in a match India must win to entertain hopes of its first come-from-behind three-Test series win since 2001. In many ways, this was a tricky toss to win. Teams have opted to bat first on winning the toss on nine of the previous ten occasions at the P Sara Oval in Colombo; six of those matches ended in defeats for the side batting first. India must have done its homework, but one of the golden rules, especially in the subcontinent, is that when you are in doubt, think… Read More →