Sangakarra smashes unbeaten 170
Sun, 24 Jun 2012 12:13a.m.
Kumar Sangakkara smashed an unbeaten 170 to guide Sri Lanka to 439-8 at tea on the second day of the first test against Pakistan.
His knock was a chanceless one and, after resuming at Galle International Stadium from his overnight score of 111, Sangakkara reached 150 in the afternoon by pushing Junaid Khan to mid-on for a single.
Sangakkara also completed 2,000 test runs against Pakistan, becoming only the second cricketer after Indian great Sunil Gavaskar to achieve the mark.
His eight hundreds against Pakistan is a record against that country, jointly held with compatriot Aravinda de Silva.
Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal took 5-138, completing his sixth five-wicket haul when he picked up three wickets in the session - two of them in successive deliveries - as Sri Lanka slumped to 335-5 from 315-2.
Play was stopped for 16 minutes after lunch due to rain, and Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez dismissed Prasanna Jayawardene after the interruption when the wicketkeeper-batsman was caught behind by Adnan Akmal.
Jayawardene made 48 off 87 balls with eight fours and added 80 for the sixth wicket with Sangakkara. Hafeez also accounted for Nuwan Kulasekara, who was caught at short leg in the penultimate delivery before tea.
Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman, meanwhile, picked up his first wicket when he took a return catch to dismiss Suraj Randiv.
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