Sangakkara puts SL in charge
Chittagong - Kumar Sangakkara became the leading century-maker among active Test players
as Sri Lanka bounced back strongly after a shaky start in the second Test
against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Tuesday.
The tourists, who won the first Test by an innings and 248 runs in Dhaka
last week, recovered from 49-2 to a comfortable 314-5 by stumps on the opening
day at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium.
Left-handed Sangakkara was unbeaten on 160, his 34th Test hundred that drew
him level with retired Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara in the all-time list of
The four above them - Sachin Tendukar (51 centuries), Jacques Kallis (45),
Ricky Ponting (41) and Rahul Dravid (36) - are also not playing Test cricket.
Sangakkara, a 36-year-old veteran playing his 122nd Test, followed his 75 in
the first Test with an impressive innings that has so far contained 19
boundaries and three sixes.
Senior pro Mahela Jayawardene helped close friend and long-time ally
Sangakkara put on 178 for the third wicket after Sri Lanka were reduced to 49-2
soon after the first hour.
Jayawardene, who compiled an unbeaten 203 in the Dhaka Test, continued his
good form with 72 before being leg-before to off-spinner Mohammad Mahmudullah
in the final session.
Shakib Al Hasan removed Dinesh Chandimal and skipper Angelo Mathews before
stumps as Sri Lanka slipped from 227-2 to 312-5, but were still in a good
position after the opening day's play.
Bangladesh, chasing a series-levelling win, were set for a long haul on the
slow pitch after Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat.
But the hosts removed both openers in quick succession just after the drinks
break to share the morning session which ended with Sri Lanka on 71-2.
Openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva managed just eight runs in the
first eight overs and plodded to 30-0 after 15 when Bangladesh broke through.
Off-spinner Sohag Gazi, who shared the new ball with Al-Amin Hossain,
claimed first Test century-maker Silva leg-before for 11.
Left-hander Karunaratne settled in to score 31 but then slashed at a wide
ball from Al-Amin and was caught at point.
Sangakkara, who reached his half-century by lofting Mahmudullah for a six
over mid-wicket, lit up proceedings further with three boundaries in one over
Sri Lanka went into the Test without frontline left-arm spinner Rangana
Herath and seamer Shaminda Eranga, who were both ordered to return home due to
They were replaced by off-spinner Ajantha Mendis and paceman Nuwan Pradeep,
the only changes from the side that won the first Test.
Bangladesh brought in batsman Imrul Kayes, all-rounder Mahmudullah and
left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak in place of Marshall Ayub, Rubel Hossain and