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    August 24, 2015

    Sri Lanka's batsman Kumar Sangakkara described as one of the "most polished and prudent of batsmen" in cricket, on Sunday (23) played his last Test match ending a 15-year career filled with many records and accolades.

    Sangakkara ended his international cricket career with his last inning, limited to 18 runs against India at the packed P. Sara Oval in Colombo.

    He walked into the field amid hearty applause from the crowd after the opener Kaushal Silva lost wicket in the third over, when he popped a full toss from Ravichandran Ashwin to the short mid-wicket fielder. Young children with raised bats near the boundary welcomed Sanga to the crease with a guard of honor. They were followed by the Indian fielders with their own welcome.


    However, there was no legendary finish to Kumar Sangakkara's Test career as R Ashwin dismissed him for the fourth time in four innings. His 18 runs out of 18 balls in the last session included three boundaries. Ashwin restricted Sangakkara to 32 in his first innings.


    The Indian fielders shook hands with Sangakkara as he walked off for one last time to a standing ovation from the crowd. "Thank you for all the love. Been my privilege to play for my country and in front of all the fans," Sangakkara tweeted soon after the end of play.


    Sangakkara has already retired from the One Day Internationals (ODIs). He scored 14,234 runs in 404 ODIs


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