Melbourne Test: Kumar Sangakkara’s retired hurt, Sri Lanka lost by an innings and 201 runs

The Sri Lanka Cricket Test has today tasted another setback in the efforts to save the second Test match played against Australia at Melbourne.

The in-form batsman Kumar Sangakkara retiring hurt in the second innings on Friday.

Kumar Sangakkara, who played a superb knock of 58 runs and passed 10,000 Test runs, has left the field when he was batting on 27 runs.

Sangakkara was left the field after rapped on the left index finger by Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson in the 17th over.

He is most talented and in-form batsman in the Sri Lanka team and his injury at a time when his team need him more. Earlier ha saved Sri Lanka at a time when they lost four opening wickets including captain Mahela Jayawardene, in the opening six overs.

Now, Wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene came to bat but was unable to save his team. Sri Lanka lost the match by an innings and 201 runs.

Mitchell Johnson has been named the Man-Of-The-Match for his superb bowling and taking 6 wickets in the match.

After match presentation, Mitchell Johnson said, “I was seeing the ball well out there and really enjoying my batting. I just focused on playing each ball on its merits. My bowling is coming together as well and the short ball is going well. The time that I’ve had out of the game has been really good for me, and now that I’m back playing, I’m just trying to be as consistent as possible.”

However, Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene said, “This is the most disappointing day of the tour for us. Winning the toss and batting first you expect to put a big total on the board, but we lost wickets up front and were behind from day one. We had chances to get back in the game in the field as well and didn’t take them.”

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