Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 4: Sangakkara’s double century puts Sri Lanka in firm control

Sangakkara celebrates after scoring his 10th double century

Sangakkara celebrates after scoring his 10th double century

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Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara scored a sparkling double century to put his side in firm control against Pakistan on the fourth day of the third Test in Galle.

Sangakkara was brilliantly supported by captain Angelo Mathews, who scored a superb 91.

Starting out the day on 252/2, Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene only added five runs to their 108-run partnership before Jayawardene was given out lbw off the bowling of Junaid Khan.

Khan reviewed the decision immediately after it was given not out and replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit middle stump. This led to the third umpire overturning the original decision.

Jayawardene’s fantastic knock of 59 came off 112 balls and included seven boundaries.

Sangakkara and Mathews kept the runs flowing with a 181-run partnership, during which Sangakkara surpassed the 150-run mark and Mathews registered his half-century, before he was caught by Younis Khan at first slip off the bowling of Saeed Ajmal.

Mathews’ excellent innings of 91 came off 188 deliveries and included nine boundaries and a six.

Mathews struck nine boundaries and a six during his knock of 91

Mathews struck nine boundaries and a six during his knock of 91

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Kithuruwan Vithanage only made five runs before he was caught by Asad Shafiq at second slip off the bowling of Ajmal.

Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella mustered five runs as well before he was also caught by Shafiq at second slip off the bowling of Ajmal.

Dilruwan Perera also scored five runs before he was caught by Junaid Khan at deep backward square leg off the bowling of Ajmal.

Sangakkara ended up making 221 off 425 balls, which included 24 boundaries, before he was stumped by Sarfraz Ahmed off the bowling of Abdur Rehman.

Ajmal picked up his 10th five-wicket haul when Dhammika Prasad was stumped by Ahmed for a rapid 31.

Following Prasad’s dismissal, Mathews decided to declare with his side on 533/9. This gave them an 82-run lead.

Ajmal was easily the pick of the bowlers with his five wickets, while Junaid Khan snapped up two and Rehman and Mohammad Talha chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Ajmal dismissed Mathews, Vithanage, Dickwella, Perera and Prasad

Ajmal dismissed Mathews, Vithanage, Dickwella, Perera and Prasad

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Trailing by 82 runs, Pakistan got off to an awful start as opening batsman Khurram Manzoor was caught behind off the bowling of Rangana Herath for just three runs.

Ahmed Shehzad and Ajmal, who came in as the nightwatchman, put together an unbeaten one-run partnership before stumps was called.

Shehzad finished on one, while Ajmal has yet to get off the mark.

Herath was the only bowler to take a wicket.

Pakistan ended day four on 4/1 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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