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Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Gritty Sangakkara helps SL consolidate
[an error occurred while processing this directive]Galle: Wicket-keeper, batsman Kumar Sangakkara scored his maiden Test century as Sri Lanka scored 362 runs in its first innings in the first Test on Thursday. Lanka thus gained a first innings lead of 175 runs over India.Sangakkara remained unbeaten on 105 runs from 226 balls with 13 hits to the fence. The Indians will have to really play superbly in their second knock to save the Test. Earlier, Sangakkara came closer to a maiden century as Sri Lanka reached 330 for seven at lunch. The left-hander was unbeaten on 82 with the Sri Lankans replying to India's first innings total of 187.Sri Lanka added 10 runs to its overnight score when it lost Russel Arnold for 20, slashing Venkatesh Prasad to Sadagopan Ramesh at gully.Hashan Tillekaratne, returning to Test cricket after two years, spent 40 tentative minutes at the crease before he succumbed to the second new ball.He was trapped leg before by Javagal Srinath for 11, reducing Sri Lanka to 292 for five in the first hour.It was soon 316 for seven as Srinath also claimed Suresh Perera leg before for one and Chaminda Vaas fell to a diving catch at gully by Ramesh off Zaheer Khan.