Kumar Sangakkara © Getty Images
Kumar Sangakkara © Getty Images

Aug 9, 2014

Kumar Sangakkara completed his double-century as Sri Lanka extended their lead to 25 runs in their first Test match against Pakista at Galle. Sangakkara faced 398 balls and hit 21 boundaries to reach 200 not out. This is Sangakkara’s 10th double hundred.

Sangakkara added 181 runs with Angelo Mathews to put Sri Lanka in a position from which they could dominate. Mathews was unlucky as he was dismissed for 91, apparently for the third time at the same score.

Sri Lanka lost two wickets in quick succession as Pakistan gained command in their first Test at Galle after tea. Kithuruwan Vithanage and Niroshan Dickwella were dismissedby Saeed Ajmal, who made a strong comeback in the match after being belted by the Sri Lankan batsmen. While Vithanage faced 22 balls to score five runs, Dickwella scored five off seven balls. Both the batsmen were caught by Asad Shafiq.

Earlier at lunch, Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews‘s unbeaten stand for the fourth wicket against Pakistan helped Sri Lanka reach 338 for three. Sri Lanka were 113 runs behind in the 1st Test, which looks heading for a draw.

Sri Lanka, who resumed play on Day Four with Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene at the crease, were dealt at early blow. Junaid Khan trapped Jayawardene in front of the wickets for 59 as Pakistan sensed opportunity to make further inroads into the Sri Lanka batting line-up.

Jayawardene faced 112 balls to score 59 runs, and with Sangakkara he added as many as 113 runs as Sri Lanka replied strongly after Pakistan’s first innings total. The hosts would have aimed to not lose wickets early on the fourth day, but Junaid’s strike jolted them early.

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