Mountain to climb for Sri Lanka

COLOMBO • Kumar Sangakkara was dismissed for 18 in his last international innings to leave Sri Lanka in trouble in the second cricket Test against India yesterday.

The hosts, set a tough victory target of 413, slumped to 33-2 after his dismissal before closing the fourth day's play at 72-2 at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo.

Sri Lanka begin the final day's play today needing 341 more to win with eight wickets in hand.

India, looking to even a three-match series after losing the first Test in Galle, declared their second innings at 325-8 in the post-tea session after Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with 126.

It left the hosts facing a little less than four sessions to achieve the huge target or bat out for a draw on a slow, wearing pitch that should favour India's spinners.

Sangakkara, 37, the fifth-highest run-getter in Tests, fell to Ravichandran Ashwin for the fourth time in as many innings in the series when he edged a catch to Murali Vijay.

The Sri Lankan finished with 12,400 runs from 134 Tests.

In London, Australia beat England by an innings and 46 runs to win the fifth and final Ashes Test on the fourth day at The Oval .

England, made to follow on, were bowled out for 286 in their second innings after initially being skittled out for 149 in reply to Australia's first-innings 481.

Recalled paceman Peter Siddle (four for 35), playing his first Test of the series, ended the match when he had Moeen Ali caught behind for 35. However, England - who had already regained the Ashes - won the five-match series 3-2.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, THE TIMES, LONDON

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