Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 4: Sangakkara and Chandimal give Sri Lanka upper hand heading into final day

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Sangakkara has scored 424 runs in this Test match

Sri Lanka’s batting duo of Kumar Sangakkara and Dinesh Chandimal both scored centuries to give their side the upper hand heading into final day of the second Test against Bangladesh.

Sangakkara is now third on the all-time list for scoring the most runs in a single Test match after he hit a triple century in the first innings.

Starting out the day on 409/8, Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah and pace bowler Al-Amin Hossain failed to add a single run onto their 13-run partnership as Mahmudullah was caught by Kaushal Silva off the bowling of Ajantha Mendis for 30.

Bangladesh were bowled out for 426 when Hossain was cleaned up by Mendis for nine runs.

Mendis, who recorded his fourth five-wicket haul, finished with six wickets, while Dilruwan Perera snapped up three and Suranga Lakmal chipped in with one.

With a lead of 161 in hand, Sri Lanka got off to a poor start as opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne was caught by Nasir Hossain at first slip off the bowling of Mahmudullah for 15.

Silva managed to make 29 before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Mahmudullah.

Mahela Jayawardene only made 11 runs before he was given out to a very controversial lbw decision.

The decision definitely raised a few eyebrows as the ball looked to be missing leg stump.

Sangakkara and Chandimal stabilised the innings with a 145-run partnership, during which Sangakkara brought up his 35th Test century and Chandimal his half-century, before Sangakkara was clean bowled by Sohag Gazi for 105 off 144 balls, which included 11 boundaries and two sixes.

Chandimal and captain Angelo Mathew amassed an unbeaten 82-run partnership, during which Chandimal registered his third Test century, before Mathews decided to declare on 305/4.

Chandimal finished on 100 off 158 balls, which included four boundaries, while Mathews remained undefeated on 43 off 38 deliveries, which included three boundaries and a six.

Mahmudullah was the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers with two wickets, while Gazi and Shakib Al Hasan chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Set a target of 467 to win, Bangladesh’s opening pair of Shamsur Rahman and Tamim Iqbal managed to put together a 12-run partnership before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

Iqbal finished on seven, while Rahman remained unbeaten on four.

Bangladesh ended the day on 12/0 and will continue batting tomorrow at 09:30 local time or 03:30 GMT.

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