Sri Lanka mount comeback

COLOMBO • Kumar Sangakkara contributed to a Sri Lankan revival in his final Test as India found wickets hard to come by in the second cricket Test in Colombo yesterday.

The hosts recovered from an early setback to close the second day at 140-3 in their first innings, still 253 runs behind India's total of 393 with seven wickets in hand.

Sangakkara survived a torrid start to make 32, adding 74 for the second wicket with Kaushal Silva (51).

At stumps, Lahiru Thirimanne was unbeaten on 28 and skipper Angelo Mathews on 19.

India, seeking a series-levelling win after losing the first Test by 63 runs, were all out in the third over after lunch.

In London, England were 30 for one in reply to Australia's first innings total of 481, a deficit of 451 runs, at tea on the second day of the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval yesterday.

Adam Lyth was eight not out after England captain Alastair Cook (22) was bowled on the stroke of tea by a superb delivery from off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

Earlier in the day, Steve Smith struck 143 and Adam Voges (76) and Mitchell Starc (58) half-centuries as the visitors put up a good score.

England, who have regained the Ashes, lead the five-match series 3-1.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 22, 2015, with the headline 'Sri Lanka mount comeback'. Print Edition | Subscribe