Tuesday 11 February 2014 

Cricket World Player Of The Week - Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara raises his bat
Kumar Sangakkara has been in prolific form against Bangladesh.
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Kumar Sangakkara edges out Brendon McCullum to be named this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week.

Sangakkara became only the second man after England’s Graham Gooch to hit a triple century and a century in the same Test match and finished with a match aggregate of 424 runs; third on that list behind Gooch and Mark Taylor (334 not out and 92).

To be fair, it was a high-scoring Test in Chittagong, which ended in the draw that Sri Lanka needed to secure them the series.

Shamsur Rahman and Imrul Kayes both hit hundreds as Bangladesh replied to Sri Lanka’s 587 with 426. Sangakkara then hit his second hundred in the visitors’ second innings, with Dinesh Chandimal also reaching three figures before Mominul Haque hit an unbeaten century on the final day to take the centuries tally to six.

In a match that certainly wasn’t one for the bowlers, Ajantha Mend9s (6-99) and Shakib Al Hasan (5-148) both gained hard-earnt five-wicket hauls.

The other international cricket action was in Auckland, where New Zealand continued to have the better of India in a thrilling first Test.

It looked to be heading a similar way to that match in Chittagong as Brendon McCullum amassed 224 and Kane Williamson garnered 103 in the hosts’ total of 503. However, India could the respond with just 202 and then bowled the Kiwis out for 105 as Ishant Sharma followed up his first innings haul of six for 134 with three for 28.

© Cricket World 2014

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