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Kumar Sangakkara becomes 4th player to score 400 runs in a Test match

Kumar Sangakkara becomes 4th player to score 400 runs in a Test match
Kumar Sangakkara scored a triple hundred in the first innings of the second Test against Bangladesh at Chittagong © Getty Images

Feb 7, 2014

Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara became the fourth player to score 400 runs in a Test match on Friday. Sangakkara, who is unbeaten on 81 in the second innings of the second Test against Bangladesh at Chittagong, scored 319 in the first innings of the match.

Sangakkara also became the fourth player to score 300 and 50 plus runs in a Test match. Andy Sandham (325 and 50) was the first player to score triple hundred and 50 in a Test match.

He reached the 400-mark milestone when he smashed a four off Mahmudullah.

The three other players who have scored 400 runs in a match are Graham Gooch, Mark Taylor and Brian Lara.

Players 1st inn 2nd inn Total Runs Against Ground
Graham Gooch (Eng) 333 123 456 India Lord’s
Mark Taylor (Aus) 334* 92 426 Pakistan Peshawar
Brian Lara (WI) 400* DNB 400 England St John’s
Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 319 81* 400** Bangladesh Chittagong

 

**still batting

BBC tweeted stating that if Sangakkara scores hundred in the second innings, then he will be the second player in the history of Test cricket to score 300 and 100 in the same match after Gooch.

Gooch tops the table with 456 runs against India at Lord’s in 1990. The former England opener had scored 333 in the first innings of the first Test against India and 123 in the second innings. England won the match by 247 runs and Gooch was declared the man of the match.

However, the 400 which everyone remembers is Lara’s innings against England at St. John’s in 2004. The then-West Indies captain Lara won the toss and elected to bat. He scored an unbeaten 400 runs from 582 balls, smashing 43 fours and four sixes. His innings of 400 is the highest individual score in Tests.

The only other Sri Lankan who has come close to the 400-mark is Mahela Jayawardene. In 2006, Jayawardene scored 374 runs against South Africa at Colombo. Jayawardene’s 374 is the fourth highest individual Test score in an innings.

Sangakkara, who is playing his 122nd Test match, is Sri Lanka’s second highest Test run scorer after Jayawardene. Among Sri Lankan batsmen, he has the highest Test average with 58.01 (still batting). He has also scored the most number of centuries and fifties for his side, with his tally at 34 and 79 respectively.

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