Monday 19 November 2007 

Sangakkara Leads Sri Lanka's Unlikely Victory Charge

Australia 542-5 declared (Jaques 150) & 210-2 declared (Jaques 68) v
Sri Lanka 246 (DPMD Jayawardene 104) & 247-3 (Sangakkara 109no)
Australia lead the two-match series 1-0

Kumar Sangakkara hit a century on the fourth day to give Sri Lanka hope of saving the second Test match against Australia in Hobart.

After Australia declared their second innings on 210 for 2 with Phil Jaques hitting 68 and Ricky Ponting an unbeaten 53, Sri Lanka were set 507 to win, or just over five sessions to bat for a draw.

They received an early blow when Brett Lee removed Michael Vandort for four, and he would later bowl Mahela Jayawardene for a golden duck.

The other batsmen applied themselves well, Marvan Atapattu hitting 80 with Sangakkara closing play unbeaten on 109 from 198 balls with Sanath Jayasuriya alongside him on 33 as Sri Lanka closed one run ahead of their first innings effort with three wickets down.

© Cricket World 2007

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