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Cricket India beat Sri Lanka by 278 runs on Kumar Sangakkara's final Test outing

Kumar Sangakkara's final Test appearance ended in heavy defeat as India wrapped up a comprehensive 278-run win over Sri Lanka on Monday.

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India ensured Kumar Sangakkara's retirement from international cricket ended in heavy defeat as they completed a resounding 278-run victory to level the Test series with Sri Lanka.

The elegant left-hander's career finished with a disappointing 18 on day four, and the rest of his team-mates were unable to salvage anything from the match on Monday as the tourists made it 1-1 in the three-match series with one to play.

Resuming on 72-2 chasing an unlikely 413 for victory, Sri Lanka's day got off to the worst possible start when captain Angelo Mathews was dismissed first ball by Umesh Yadav.

From that point, wickets fell at regular intervals, with Dimuth Karunaratne's 46 the only score of note as they tumbled to 134 all out.

Ravichandran Ashwin proved their primary scourge, taking 5-42 as India drew level in the series with the decider set to begin at the Sinhalese Sports Club on Friday.

Despite India's impressive victory - a fine response after their remarkable collapse to lose the first Test - the headlines will belong to Sangakkara, following a distinguished career spanning 15 years, featuring 12,400 runs in 134 Tests at an astonishing average of 57.40.

It was a disappointing way for Sangakkara to bow out, and the writing was on the wall for the hosts when Yadav delivered the perfect start for India as Mathews (23) edged behind from the opening ball of the day.

Amit Mishra (3-29) got in on the act soon afterwards, bowling Dinesh Chandimal round his legs for 15.

Ashwin accounted for Lahiru Thirimanne (11), well caught by substitute fielder Cheteshwar Pujara at silly point as Sri Lanka fell to 106-5.

That became 111-6 when Jehan Mubarak edged his first delivery to Virat Kohli at second slip off the bowling of Ishant Sharma (1-41).

It was three wickets in as many overs when Ashwin ousted Dhammika Prasad for a duck, and the off-spinner claimed his five-for by finally pushing one through the stoic defence of Karunaratne.

Either side of a rain break and an early lunch interval, Mishra wrapped up the victory by pinning both Tharindu Kaushal (5) and Dushmantha Chameera (4) lbw, ensuring Sangakkara's international farewell was not a happy one.

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