Sangakkara leads the way for Sri Lanka

Felix Austin | cricket20

Sri Lankan cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara stared with the bat scoring 78 from just 37 balls to help set India a large target of 216 to chase for victory.

Put into bat by MS Dhoni Sri Lanka got off to a slow start with Tillakaratne Dilshan and veteran Sanath Jayasuriya taking their time to get settled at the crease. The pair enjoyed an opening partnership of 43 before Jayasuriya was caught by Ishant Sharma at third man.

The wicket was Ashok Dinda first in international Twenty20 cricket. With Sangakkara and Dilshan at the crease the runs started to flow for Sri Lanka thanks to some very poor fielding by India.

Dilshan was bowled by Rohit Sharam for 34 but Sangakkara remained at the crease until he was run out off the last ball of the innings and was supported by Mahaela Jayawardene (9), Chamara Kapugedera (47) and Angelo Mathews (15).

Helped by a number of dropped catches Sri Lanka pressed home their advantage and left India with a large run chase for victory.

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