Sangakkara slams double ton

Colombo, July 4:

Kumar Sangakkara hit 200 not out as ruthless Sri Lanka set themselves up for another massive victory over Bangladesh in the second Test here on Wednesday.

Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene declared his team’s first innings at 451-6 soon after Sangakkara reached his fifth double century in the final session of the second day. Bangladesh, trailing by 389 runs, were reduced to 69-4 in their second knock by stumps despite a brisk start of 48 runs in six overs by openers Javed Omar and Shahriar Nafees.

The innings fell apart when Chaminda Vaas had Nafees (20) caught behind and trapped Omar leg-before for a 23-ball 28. Dilhara Fernando dismissed Rajin Saleh (0) and Mehrab Hossain (eight) to leave Bangladesh facing another big defeat after losing last week’s first Test by an innings and 234 runs. Captain Mohammad Ashraful (seven) and Habibul Bashar (three) were at the crease.

Sangakkara reached his 13th Test century shortly before lunch by lofting Mohammad Rafique for a six. He anchored the innings for eight hours with an unblemished knock that contained 20 boundaries and two sixes.

Sangakkara was involved in three big stands, adding 128 for the second wicket with Malinda Warnapura, 98 for the third with skipper Mahela Jayawardene and 92 for the fourth with Chamara Silva. Warnapura (82) was the lone batsmen to be dismissed in the extended morning session after Sri Lanka resumed at their overnight score of 154-1.

Warnapura added only three runs to his overnight 79 when he miscued a hook off Shahadat Hossain and was caught at mid-wicket.

Jayawardene, who was on 49 at lunch, failed to add another run as he top-edged a hook off Shahadat to Nafees at square-leg in the second over after the break.

Debutant left-arm spinner Mehrab slowed Sri Lanka’s progress in the afternoon session by removing Silva and Tillakaratne Dilshan in the space of three deliveries. Vaas, who hit a maiden hundred in the first Test, remained unbeaten on 30.