Sangakkara~~s double ton puts Lanka in command

Published: Friday, March 8, 2002, 2:56 [IST]
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Lahore: Wicket-keeper/ batsman Kumar Sangakkara hammered a masterly, maiden double century as Sri Lanka took command at the end of the second day of the second Asian Test Championship at the Gadaffi Stadium on Thursday.

Sangakkara was in excellent form and put the Sri Lankans in position of strength to clinch their first Asian Test title. Sangakkara's superb 230 was more than half of Sri Lanka's 447 for five at the draw of stumps in reply to Pakistan's first innings score of 234. Kumar Sangakkara drove Sri Lanka into top gear by the tea interval itself. The stylish batsman hit a brilliant career-best, unbeaten 161 and Mahela Jayawardene was batting on 33 as the visitors reached 298 for two at tea. Sangakkara was in punishing mood from the start, effortlessly driving and pulling. He reached his fourth Test hundred off just 142 balls in 220 minutes punctuated with 14 boundaries. Sangakkara hit 23 fours and two sixes and looked unstoppable. He hit three boundaries off one Shahid Afridi over to reach his century and then thrashed off spinner Shoaib Malik out of the attack with two towering sixes. The 24-year-old from Colombo passed his previous best Test score of 140 made against West Indies at Galle in November last year as Sri Lanka piled on the pressure against defending champions Pakistan. He reached his 150 in 304 minutes off 201 balls studded with 21 boundaries and two sixes. Sangakkara, dropped by captain Waqar Younis at mid-wicket off Shoaib Malik when 119, added 203 runs for the second wicket with skipper Sanath Jayasuriya who made a sedate 88. Akhtar went for 50 runs in his first 10 overs, 22 in his third spell of three overs and hit for 12 boundaries. Jayasuriya fell to a brilliant diving catch by wicket- keeper Rashid Latif off Abdur Razzaq after making 88. He hit 14 boundaries during his 235-minute stay at the crease.

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