Sangakkara Passes Dravid On Rain-Hit Day

Kumar Sangakkara (left) and Mahela Jayawardene run between the wickets during their century stand
Kumar Sangakkara (left) and Mahela Jayawardene run between the wickets during their century stand
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Pakistan 451 (Younus Khan 177, Perera 5-137) v
Sri Lanka 252-2 (Sangakkara 102no, Silva 64)
First Test, Galle, day three

Kumar Sangakkara moved into fourth place on the all-time list of century-makers in Test cricket on a rain-hit third day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Galle.

Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene compiled an unbroken third-wicket stand worth 108 before rain brought about an early finish.

Most Centuries In Test Cricket

Sachin Tendulkar - 51

Jacques Kallis - 45

Ricky Ponting - 41

Kumar Sangakkara - 37

Rahul Dravid - 36

Sunil Gavaskar, Mahela Jayawardene, Brian Lara - 34

Kaushal Silva also scored a half-century and Sri Lanka closed on 252 for two replying to Pakistan's 451.

Sangakkara made an unbeaten 102, Jayawardene 55 not out and Silva 64 in between the rain showers before play was finally called off at tea.

Mohammad Talha, who had Silva caught by Sarfraz Ahmed, was the only bowler to find success as Pakistan endured a disappointing day in the field.

Sri Lanka resumed on 99 for one and advanced their score to 144 before Silva drove loosely outside off-stump and was caught behind.

He faced 140 balls in all, hitting 11 fours and added 120 with Sangakkara for the second wicket.

That brought Sangakkara and Jayawardene together and they proceeded to make Pakistan suffer in between the rain.

Jayawardene was given out leg before wicket to Junaid Khan before reaching his half-century but reviewed the decision, which was over-ruled as the ball would have just missed the off stump.

His 55 came from 109 balls while Sangakkara progressed to Test century number 37, finishing on 102 in 218 balls before more rain at tea scuppered the chances of any further play.

His latest three-figure score moves him ahead of Rahul Dravid on the all-time list, leaving him behind just Sachin Tendulkar (51), Jacques Kallis (45) and Ricky Ponting (41).

Younus Khan's 177 which set up Pakistan's score also broke a number of records.

© 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