Cricket: India square series, beating Sri Lanka by 278 runs

Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara is dismissed during the fourth day of the second Test cricket match between Sri Lanka and India on Aug 23, 2015.
Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara is dismissed during the fourth day of the second Test cricket match between Sri Lanka and India on Aug 23, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

Reuters - Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed five second innings wickets as India beat Sri Lanka by 278 runs in the second Test for a series-levelling victory at the P. Sara Oval.

Chasing an improbable 413-run victory target in hometown hero Kumar Sangakkara's farewell Test, Sri Lanka resumed on 72-2 but Ashwin and leg-spinner Amit Mishra (3-29) combined to bowl them out for 134 in the second over after an early lunch.

The third and final Test will be begin in Colombo on Friday.

Sri Lanka's day started badly when they lost their skipper Angelo Mathews to the first delivery of the morning with Umesh Yadav inducing an edge and India's stand-in wicketkeeper Lokesh Rahul taking a diving catch.

After Mathews' dismissal, the Sri Lankan side struggled against Ashwin's turn and bounce before collapsing in 43.4 overs.