Saturday 9 August 2014 

Sangakkara, Mathews Put Sri Lanka Ahead

Kumar Sangakkara (right) is congratulated by Younus Khan after scoring his double-century
Kumar Sangakkara (right) is congratulated by Younus Khan after scoring his double-century
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Pakistan 451 (Younus Khan 177) & 4-1 v
Sri Lanka 533-9 dec. (Sangakkara 221)
First Test, Galle, day four
Scorecard

Kumar Sangakkara scored his 10th Test double-century as Sri Lanka secured a lead of 78 runs over Pakistan by stumps on day four of the first Test in Galle.

Sangakkara's 221 and Angelo Mathews' 91 steered Sri Lanka to 533 for nine before they declared, completing a good day with the wicket of Khurram Manzoor.

Saeed Ajmal, who had earlier taken five for 166, was sent in as nightwatchman as Pakistan closed on four for one.

Sri Lanka resumed the day on 252 for two after rain curtailed proceedings on day three but a full day's play was dominated by the hosts.

Sangakkara took advantage of being dropped to move past Brian Lara on the all-time list of Test double-century makers - he now stands two behind Sir Don Bradman - to score 221 in 425 deliveries.

Mahela Jayawardene (59) fell to Junaid Khan, who had him trapped in front - after recourse to the Decision Review System (DRS).

After his departure, perhaps for the final time as a Test batsman in Galle, Sangakkara and Mathews put on 181 for the fourth wicket to almost put their side in the lead.

For the third time in his career against Pakistan, Mathews fell for 91 when he became the first of Ajmal's wickets, caught by Younus Khan.

Kithruwan Vithanage, Niroshan Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera all fell for five apiece before succumbing to Ajmal before Sangakkara was stumped by Sarfraz Ahmed off Abdur Rehman, finally bringing an end to his fine innings.

And after Dhammika Prasad was was also stumped by Sarfraz off Ajmal for 31, Mathews decided enough was enough and called his batsmen in.

It proved to be a nicely timed decision as Manzoor's dreadful Test match continued when he was caught by Dickwella off Herath for three.

Ahmed Shehzad had made one in 18 balls and Ajmal saw off five balls without scoring by stumps.

© Cricket World 2014

 
Fixtures & Results
6th-10th August: 1st Test, Galle
Sri Lanka 533-9 dec. & 99-3 beat
Pakistan 451 & 180 by seven wickets
14th-18th August: 2nd Test, Colombo
Sri Lanka 320 & 282 (Sangakkara 59) beat
Pakistan 330 & 165 (Herath 5-57) by 105 runs
23rd August: 1st ODI, Hambantota
Pakistan 277-6 (Sohaib Maqsood 89no) beat
Sri Lanka 275-7 by four wickets (D/L)
26th August: 2nd ODI, Hambantota
Sri Lanka 310-9 (Mathews 93, Jayawardene 67) beat
Pakistan 233 (Mohammad Hafeez 62) by 77 runs
30th August: 3rd ODI, Dambulla
Sri Lanka 104-3 (Dilshan 50no) beat
Pakistan 102 (Perera 4-34) by seven wickets