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Sangakkara Stunner Turns The Tables

Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara's brilliant double-century turned the game on its head
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New Zealand 221 (Williamson 69) & 22-0 v
Sri Lanka 356 (Sangakkara 203)
Second Test, Wellington, day two

A stunning Kumar Sangakkara double-century turned the tables on New Zealand as Sri Lanka moved into a 113-run lead on day two of the second and final Test in Wellington.

Sri Lanka resumed the day on 78 for five in reply to New Zealand's 221 but Sangakkara's brilliant 203 in 306 balls helped them post 356.

He had some support from Dinesh Chandimal (67) but after his dismissal, he played almost a lone hand, hitting 18 fours and three sixes.

New Zealand, who lead the series 1-0, then closed on 22 without loss in reply.

They would have begun the day confident of gaining a first-innings lead, but Sangakkara and Chandimal had other ideas as they put on 130 together to almost put Sri Lanka ahead.

Chandimal hit eight fours in his 143-ball innings before he was caught behind by BJ Watling of James Neesham.

That left Sangakkara with the bowlers for company but he responded by dominating partnerships of 34 with Dhammika Prasad (11), 45 with Rangana Herath (15) and 67 with Suranga Lakmal (5) as he registered the 11th Test double-century of his career.

It finally took a stunning catch by Trent Boult to remove the left-hander, off the bowling of Neesham as he cut hard into the off-side and Sri Lanka were finally bowled out when Lakmal was stumped off Mark Craig.

Boult (2-75), Tim Southee (1-87), Doug Bracewell (3-93), Neesham (3-42) and Craig (1-55) were the wicket-takers for the home side.

Tom Latham, on nine, and Hamish Rutherford, on 12, then steered New Zealand to stumps as they gradually set about reducing Sri Lanka's lead on a pitch that is becoming easier to bat on.

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