Kumar Sangakkara has played international cricket for 15 years © AFP
Kumar Sangakkara has played international cricket for 15 years © AFP

Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah, who took 24 wickets against Sri Lanka says Kumar Sangakkara gets frustrated when he is denied singles.
“We had a definite plan to tie him [Sanga] down. He was getting frustrated when we denied him singles. We patrolled mid-on and mid-wicket because he prefers working the ball there.” “Flipper and googly,” he added, “works best against them, probably that’s why I was successful. Also I bowled leg-break and googly with the same action, so they were struggling to pick me up. Wickets in Sri Lanka aid spinners, but you must use variations and variety. R Ashwin has both. Also focus on one line and bowl straight around the off. Not too full or too back of length. I felt Mathews [Angelo] and Dimuth Karunaratne played me the best. And Chandimal too,” according to mumbaimirror.com

Sangakkara will retire at the end of the second Test against India at Colombo. Sangakkara made his debut in 2000. Sri Lanka’s legendary cricket Sangakkara was given a guard of honour just before the start of play. India‘s captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat in the second Test against Sri Lanka at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo on Thursday. India, looking to level the three-match series after losing the first Test in Galle by 63 runs, made three changes to their team. Opener Murali Vijay replaced the injured Shikhar Dhawan, while all-rounder Stuart Binny and fast bowler Umesh Yadav came in for off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and paceman Varun Aaron.

Sri Lanka brought in fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera in place of the injured Nuwan Pradeep for batting great Kumar Sangakkara’s last Test. Groundstaff rushed to cover the pitch as light rain began to fall just before the start of play.