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Kumar Sangakkara puts Sri Lanka in command against Bangladesh; reach 314/5 on Day 1

Kumar Sangakkara became Sri Lanka's highest centurion © Getty Images
Kumar Sangakkara became Sri Lanka’s highest centurion © Getty Images (File Photo)

Feb 4, 2014

Sri Lanka was in a commanding position against Bangladesh at the end of Day One in the second Test thanks to Kumar Sangakkara’s 34th unbeaten Test hundred at 314 for five.

Bangladesh made a good start in the first session, removing openers Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne quite cheaply but old warhroses Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene held the Sri Iankan innings together, a role that the duo have managed to do innumerable times in their chequered careers.

Sangakkara was striking the ball sweetly and blunt the Bangadeshi attack while Jayawardene was his usual touch and finesse.

A couple of overs after Tea, Sangakkara brought up his 34th Test Century, joining an elite brand of cricketers and is only 5th in the all-time Test centurions list.

Jayawardene, however soon departed for 72, trapped in front leg before to Mahmudullah and despite a fluent start, Dinesh Chandimal’s bad run with the continued when he holed out to Imrul Kayes off the bowling of Shakib al Hasan for 27. Shakib railed a minor resurgence when he bowled captain Angelo Mathews soon after the dismissal of Chandimal.

Sangakkara’s brilliant ton steered the team to safety, finishing on 160 with first Test centurion Kituruwan Vithanage at the crease on nought.

 Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 314 for 5 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 31, Kumar Sangakkara 160*, Mahela Jayawardene 72; Shakib al Hasan 2 for 70) vs Bangladesh. 

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