Kumar Sangakkara endured misfortune and disappointment at the start of his penultimate Test, as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 183 by India in Galle.
Sangakkara made only five, falling to a very sharp catch by KL Rahul at silly point off the full face of the bat, when he pushed defensively off the back foot off Ravi Ashwin (six for 46).
The Sri Lanka great was the first of the off-spinner's victims, after Sri Lanka had chosen to bat - and India then reached stumps on 128 for two.
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Sangakkara, who will call time on his outstanding career after the first two Tests of this three-match series, was in the action early as the pace of Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron accounted for the hosts' two openers, Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva.
But 15 for two became 27 for three - and despite captain Angelo Mathews' battling 64 from 92 balls and his sixth-wicket stand of 79 with Dinesh Chandimal (59), the wiles of Ashwin ensured there would be no lasting recovery in an innings featuring three ducks and three other single-figure scores.
Mathews went up the pitch only to fall to a brilliant juggling reflex catch at short-leg by Rohit Sharma off Ashwin, then Chandimal's was the first of two wickets in two balls for Amit Mishra when he charged the leg-spinner but edged an attempted big hit over mid-on to slip.
India's reply hit early snags when Dhammika Prasad and first-change Mathews each struck - Rahul and Rohit going lbw.
But opener Shikhar Dhawan (53 not out) and captain Virat Kohli (45no) put on an unbroken stand of exactly 100 to ensure it was the tourists who had by far the best of an eventful first day.