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Sanga irreplaceable for SL: Jayasuriya
Thursday, 27 August 2015 - 1:04 PM SL Time

Sri Lankan cricket legend Sanath Jayasuriya on Wednesday said recently-retired wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara is `irreplaceable` for the team.

Sangakkara played his last match for Sri Lanka in the second Test against India that concluded on Monday. The prolific left-hander is only second to Indian great Sachin Tendulkar to score maximum runs across all the three formats. While the 37-year-old has 28,016 runs, Tendulkar accumulated 34,357 runs during his illustrious career.
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President and PM at Sanga s last match
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 - 9:59 AM SL Time

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe are likely to be present at P Sara Oval Stadium in Colombo today to pay tribute to retiring cricket legend Kumar Sangakkara.

`After eight relaxed days of entering the Sri Lankan stadiums, suddenly we went through a massive security drill - like Indian-style frisking and checking,` Sharda Ugra, a senior sports news editor reported in ESPN.
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Sanga to decide on British HC post offer
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 - 9:55 AM SL Time

Sri Lankan cricketing icon Kumar Sangakkara said today he was surprised by President Maithripala Sirisena`s invitation to take up a diplomatic posting as Sri Lanka`s High Commissioner to Britain.

He said he would discuss it with the President before taking a decision.

It is a surprise, I have to think about it and discuss it with the President, Mr. Sangakkara told the media afterwards.
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Sanga plays last innings
Monday, 24 August 2015 - 9:39 AM SL Time

Kumar Sangakkara was dismissed for 18 in his final international innings, ending a remarkable 15-year career during the second Test against India in Colombo on Sunday.

A full house of around 7,000 at the P. Sara Oval were in attendence to watch the fifth-highest run-getter in Test history play for the last time as Sri Lanka chased a tough victory target of 413.

Sangakkara did not have to wait long in the dressing room to bat as Sri Lanka lost opener Kaushal Silva in the third over, tapping a full toss from Ravichandran Ashwin to the short mid-wicket fielder.
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Sri Lanka crawl against tight India
Saturday, 22 August 2015 - 10:31 AM SL Time

Kumar Sangakkara s penultimate innings in international cricket may not have been worthy of the occasion, but it helped Sri Lanka grind their way to 140 for 3 at stumps on the second day of the second Test against India at the P. Saravanamuttu Stadium yesterday.

Surrounded by larger-than-life images wishing him well as he retires at the end of this Test, Sangakkara walked in to bat with the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne out for a single digit score for the third consecutive innings after Umesh Yadav had the opener trapped leg before on the first ball of the innings second over.
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Mubarak lets India off the hook
Friday, 21 August 2015 - 7:57 AM SL Time

Excellent catching was one main reason why Sri Lanka stunned India in the first Test in Galle as they recorded a come-from-behind win last week. The home team, however, failed to maintain the unblemished record in the second Test as opener Lokesh Rahul was dropped on 11 and he went on to post a century as India reached 319 for six at stumps on day one at P. Sara Oval yesterday.

Lionhearted fast bowler Dhammika Prasad had given Sri Lanka the edge reducing India to 12 for two. Prasad trapped Murali Vijay leg before wicket while Ajinkya Rahane, who was promoted to number three lasted only 11 balls as he played without any feet movement and was caught at third slip by Dimuth Karunaratne.
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Grand send off awaits Sanga at P. Sara Oval
Thursday, 20 August 2015 - 10:15 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka will bid farewell to star batsman Kumar Sangakkara in the second Test against India that gets underway at the P. Sara Oval today.

Country s most colourful and successful batsman Sangakkara - wanted to end his career after the ICC Cricket World Cup, but on a request made by the then Chairman of Selectors Sanath Jayasuriya, extended his career by six months to feature in the series against Pakistan and India. His team mates will be keen to give Sanga a grand send off. It will be a nice gesture by skipper Angelo Mathews to let Sangakkara go out for the toss of the coin today morning.
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Sri Lanka aim to give Sangakkara victorious send-off
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 - 9:46 AM SL Time

Kumar Sangakkara gets a chance to bow out in style by leading Sri Lanka to a series-cliching victory in the second Test against India starting in Colombo on Thursday.

The prolific left-hander, the highest run-getter among those still playing at the highest level, will bid adieu to international cricket after the match, ending a glorious 15-year career.
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Ravi Shastri hails Chandimal s courage
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 - 11:15 AM SL Time

India s Team Director Ravi Shastri heaped praise on Sri Lankan batsman Dinesh Chandimal lead up to the second Test between the countries at P. Sara Oval. Chandimal s stunning 162 not out helped Sri Lanka to record a come from behind win in the first Test in Galle and Shastri wished lightening doesn t strike twice.`

Addressing a media briefing yesterday, the former India captain praised Sri Lanka s remarkable fight back. The home team conceded a first innings lead of 192 runs and then slumped to 108 for five at lunch on day three requiring 84 runs to avoid innings defeat. Then there was a complete turnaround.
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Mathews hails Chandimal the maverick
Monday, 17 August 2015 - 9:30 AM SL Time

During Sri Lanka s early days in Test cricket, Roy Dias emerged as country s leading batsman. Since then the baton has been passed onto Aravinda de Silva and then Kumar Sangakkara. With the 37-year-old Sangakkara nearing the end of his fabulous career, Dinesh Chandimal has emerged to take on the baton as country s premier batsman of the next decade.

When Sri Lanka slumped to 108 for five at lunch in their second innings on day three in Galle, India had the game on a platter. A Sri Lankan win at that point was unimaginable.
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Avishka, Sammu waiting in vain
Sunday, 16 August 2015 - 11:15 AM SL Time

The just concluded pre-quarter-finals and quarter-finals of the Inter School Under-17 Division I cricket tournament featured at least two batsmen who have shown maturity above their age. Having already represented Sri Lanka Under-19s, what business does Ananda College all-rounder Sammu Ashan and St. Sebastian s College batsman Avishka Fernando have to do in an Under-17 tournament? Both batsmen amassed huge scores against either their pre-quarter final or quarter-final counterparts. For the beginners Sammu scored 170 runs in Ananda s total of 300 runs against Thurstan (who managed just 171 runs) in the quarter-final. Avishka cracked 170 runs against De Mazenod College in the pre-quarter final.
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Heavy defeat stares Sri Lankans in Galle
Friday, 14 August 2015 - 9:20 AM SL Time

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli (R) and Shikhar Dhawan leave the field for lunch during the second day of the opening Test match between Sri Lanka and India at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on August 13, 2015.

A heavy defeat is staring at Sri Lanka in the first Test against India unless star batsman Kumar Sangakkara comes up with yet another special knock in his final Test series after the hosts lost both openers for ducks in their second innings here in Galle yesterday.
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Sri Lanka in disarray in first Test
Thursday, 13 August 2015 - 8:50 AM SL Time

Rangana Herath (C) is dismissed by Indian bowler Ravichandran Ashwin as Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (L) looks on during the first day of the opening Test at The Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on August 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARA

Sri Lanka s horrendous run in international cricket in recent times continued on the opening day of a fresh series yesterday as the batting collapsed, catches were dropped and bowlers overstepped to put India in firm control of the first Test here at the Galle International Stadium on Wednesday.
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Sanga on cricket and life after cricket
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 - 10:59 AM SL Time

The curtains will come down on Kumar Sangakkara s illustrious Test career following the second Test Match against India at P. Sara Oval. The star batsman is the highest run getter (12,305) among those still playing while his batting average of 58:03 is significantly higher than several modern greats like Sachin Tendulkar (53:78), Brian Lara (52:88), Rahul Dravid (52:31) and Ricky Ponting (51:85).

The 37-year-old, who returned home on Friday after his stint with English county Surrey, spoke to journalists here in Galle on the eve of the first Test on a host of subjects.
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