Sri Lanka skipper’s century frustrates India in final Test

MUMBAI, December 5, 2009 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s captain Kumar Sangakkara scored an unbeaten century to delay India’s victory bid in the third and final Test here on Saturday. The tourists, trailing by 333 on the first innings, survived a middle-order collapse in the post-lunch session to move to 274-6 in their second knock by stumps on the fourth day.

Left-handed Sangakkara returned undefeated on 133, his highest score in the series, with Sri Lanka still needing 59 more to avoid a second successive innings defeat with four wickets in hand.

India, who won the Kanpur Test by an innings and 144 runs, will leapfrog leaders South Africa and number two Sri Lanka to become the top-ranked Test side if they win the series 2-0.

Sri Lanka lost four wickets for 25 runs in the post-lunch session to slip to 144-5, before Sangakkara led a revival to take the match into the fifth day.

The skipper put on 64 for the sixth wicket with wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene (32) and 66 for the unbroken seventh with Nuwan Kulasekara, who was unbeaten on nine.

Sri Lanka, starting the day at 11-0, lost key batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan (16) to an umpire’s mistake for the second