Sangakkara injured in India win
Opening batsman Gautam Gambhir’s century set up India’s five-wicket one-day international victory over Sri Lanka, who had Kumar Sangakkara ruled out for the rest of the series.
Gambhir’s 102 from 101 balls helped the tourists chase 287 with two deliveries to spare at Colombo's Premadasa Stadium, putting them 2-1 up in the five-game rubber.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara sustained a fractured finger while top-scoring for Sri Lanka with 73.
The classy left-hander, on 24, was struck on the right glove in the 15th over, bowled by Ashok Dinda. Sangakkara faces four to six weeks on the sidelines and may now be a doubt for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, which begins on September 18.
Sangakkara’s knock, 65 from captain Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews’ unbeaten 71 from 57 balls lifted the hosts to 286 for five. Prior to this game they had won 28 straight home ODIs in which they had made at least 250 batting first.
Jayawardene won the toss but saw his team slip to 20 for three before he and Sangakkara put on 121 for the fourth wicket. Mathews and Jeevan Mendis, who hit 45, later added an unbroken 104.
While Sangakkara and Jayawardene steadily accumulated, between them hitting just 10 fours, Mathews and Mendis put India’s bowling to the sword with the former striking five fours and a six in an impressive innings.
Gambhir underpinned India’s reply, dominating a second-wicket stand of 105 with Virat Kohli.
Lasith Malinga removed Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma with the first two balls of the batting powerplay, during which Gambhir reached three figures and was run out to leave the game in the balance at 196 for five.
However, Raina and Pathan’s unbroken stand of 92 for the sixth wicket in 11.1 overs completed victory. The made 65 and 34 respectively.