Chittagong - Kumar
Sangakkara became the second batsman in history to score a
triple-century and a hundred in the same match as Sri Lanka pressed for
victory in the second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Friday.
tourists, who led by 161 runs on the first innings, declared their
second knock at 305-4 in the post-tea session of the fourth day's play
at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium.
Bangladesh, set an
improbable target of 467 to record a series-levelling win, were 12-0 at
stumps with Tamim Iqbal on seven and Shamsur Rahman on four.
Lanka will begin the final day needing 10 wickets to sweep the two-match
series, while Bangladesh require another 455 runs in a minimum of 90
Left-handed Sangakkara followed his 319 in the first
innings with 105 in the second, joining Englishman Graham Gooch as the
only batsmen to achieve the rare feat.
Gooch made 333 and 123 against India at Lord's in 1990.
with 34 three-figure knocks already under his belt, added one more to
the tally with a six off Sohag Gazi after tea, but was bowled off the
Dinesh Chandimal remained unbeaten on 100, having
shared a fourth-wicket stand of 145 with Sangakkara after Sri Lanka
wobbled at the start.
Sri Lankan opener Kaushal Silva said there was enough time left in the match to force a win.
this target, we will be able to put pressure on the Bangladesh batsmen
and set attacking fields," the opener said. "If we bowl our overs
quickly tomorrow, we can even get in 100 overs. That should be good
enough to bowl them out.
"The key will be to get some early
wickets in the morning. The ball is turning a bit and it won't be easy
for the batsmen. We just have to be patient and bowl a consistent length
Silva described Sangakkara as a "fabulous" player,
adding that it was great to have him and the other senior pro, Mahela
Jayawardene, in the side.
"They are two legends of the game," he
said. "They have been in the team for almost two decades and it's a great
experience for the youngsters in the side to be playing with them."
Bangladesh's Imrul Kayes conceded it will be tough to win the Test, but hoped the hosts can pull off a draw.
we can bat till lunch without losing a wicket, we will be able to draw
the match easily," he said. "It won't be wise to chase the runs because
it's a big target."
Bangladesh were bowled out for 426 in their first knock within 25 minutes of the start in reply to Sri Lanka's 587.
Ajantha Mendis finished with six for 99, having claimed both the
remaining wickets after Bangladesh resumed the day at 409-8.
Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera supported Mendis with three wickets, while seamer Suranga Lakmal took one.
Sri Lanka batted a second time, off-spinner Mohammad Mahmudullah
dismissed both openers, Dimuth Karunaratne and Silva, in his first three
overs before lunch to make it 49-2.
Left-handed Karunaratne was snapped up smartly in the slips by Nasir Hossain for 15, while Silva was trapped leg-before for 29.
Shakib Al Hasan then claimed Jayawardene leg-before for 11 early in the post-lunch session as Sri Lanka slipped to 78-3.
The tourists won the first Test by an innings and 248 runs in Dhaka last week.