Thatscricket - News - Sangakkara nears maiden ton as Sri Lanka consolidates
Published: Thursday, August 16, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
India's tour of Sri Lanka
Galle: Kumar Sangakkara came closer to a maiden century as Sri Lanka led India by 143 runs with three wickets in hand on the third day of the first cricket Test on Thursday.The left-hander was unbeaten on 82 as the Sri Lankans, replying to India's first innings total of 187, took their overnight score of 264 for three to 330 for seven by lunch.Dilhara Fernando, the hosts' bowling hero with a five-wicket haul, was the other batsman at the crease on three.Sangakkara, who was dismissed twice in the nervous 90s in his previous nine Tests, was carrying Sri Lankan hopes after four wickets fell for 42 runs.Sri Lanka added 10 runs to its overnight score when they 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.Sangakkara, who was on 72 when Vaas fell, hit two fours in one over from Prasad and must now take a major share of the strike if he is to reach the three-figure mark.