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Sangakkara became the third Sri Lankan batsman to score a triple century
Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara continued to torment Bangladesh on the second day of the second Test in Chittagong as he converted his overnight score of 160 into a maiden triple century.
Sangakkara, who became only the third Sri Lankan batsman to accomplish this feat, was well supported by spinner Ajantha Mendis, who scored 47.
Starting out the day on 314/5, Sangakkara and Kithuruwan Vithanage transformed their two-run partnership into a 90-run partnership, during which Sangakkara brought up his double century, before Vithanage was given out lbw, even though there was a clear inside edge, off the bowling of Nasir Hossain for 35.
Dilruwan Perera only scored one run before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan.
Mendis and Sangakkara kept the runs flowing with an incredible 100-run partnership before Mendis was given out lbw off the bowling of Al Hasan.
Mendis’ fantastic knock of 47 came off 67 balls and included six boundaries.
Suranga Lakmal failed to trouble the scorers as he was also given out lbw off the bowling of Al Hasan.
Sangakkara and Nuwan Pradeep amassed a last-gasp 54-run partnership, during which Sangakkara registered his maiden triple century and surpassed the 11,000 Test runs, before he was caught by Sohag Gazi at long-on off the bowling of Hossain.
Sangakkara’s career-best knock of 319 came off 482 balls and included 32 boundaries and eight sixes.
Al Hasan recorded his 11th five-wicket haul, while Hossain picked up two wickets and Mahmudullah, Al-Amin Hossain and Gazi chipped in with one wicket apiece as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 587.
Trailing by 587, Bangladesh got off the worst possible start as opening batsman Tamim Iqbal was clean bowled by Lakmal for a duck off the fourth ball of the innings.
Imrul Kayes and Shamsur Rahman stabilised the innings with an unbeaten 86-run partnership before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.
Kayes finished on 36 off 76 balls, which included five boundaries and a six, while Rahman remained undefeated on 45 off 75 deliveries, which included four boundaries.
Lakmal was the only bowler to take a wicket.
Bangladesh ended the day on 86/1 and will continue batting tomorrow at 09:30 local time or 03:30 GMT.