Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chittagong, 2nd day February 5, 2014

Sangakkara 319 sets Bangladesh big test

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Bangladesh 86 for 1 (Shamsur 45*, Imrul 36*) trail Sri Lanka 587 (Sangakkara 319, Shakib 5-148) by 501 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Having sown 14 years of indefatiguable work ethic and uncompromising self-improvement into the game, Kumar Sangakkara harvested another crop of statistical triumphs in Chittagong, where he became the third Sri Lanka batsman to hit a triple-hundred. His 319 in a team total of 587 has almost put an upset, series-leveling victory beyond Bangladesh, spirited though the hosts have been in their innings so far. Bangladesh lost Tamim Iqbal for a duck, but wiped 86 off Sri Lanka's lead by stumps, fortuitously having suffered no further loss.

En route to his triple, Sangakkara had become the fastest man to 11,000 Test runs, eclipsing Brian Lara's previous record by five innings. In the morning session, he had also matched Lara's double-hundred count of nine, to sit at second equal on the list, behind only Don Bradman. Already Bangladesh's most brutal tormentor with the bat, Sangakkara's score was also the highest ever against them, easily surpassing Ramnaresh Sarwan's 261.

Shakib Al Hasan was Bangladesh's best bowler of the day, completing an 11th career five-wicket haul. But though his aggression brought rewards, he also gave away 148 runs at 4.35. Sohag Gazi may never want to look at the scorecard again, having been hit for 181 for his one wicket.

At 286, late in the second session, with a no. 11 at the other end, Sangakkara leapt beyond his own previous best, flew through the 290s and into the record books in three calculated, consecutive strikes. Shakib pitched the third ball of his 33rd over outside leg stump, which Sanga darted at, then powered it over midwicket for four. He ran at the next ball as well, launching it over long on. Almost unable to stop himself from charging a third time, Sangakkara picked Shakib's leg-stump line early and walloped him again towards midwicket, this time all the way. His celebrations were muted, as they had been at each of the five milestones on his way.

He had pulled the spinners magnificently on the first day, but it was his driving that set him apart on day two. The Bangladesh slow-bowlers sought to flight the ball more on day two, and though this proved successful against other Sri Lanka batsmen, they could not impose themselves on Sangakkara, who flitted swiftly about in his crease with intractable confidence.

Often he skated forward to meet the ball, preferring to whip it through midwicket, which was routinely left vacant, perhaps in fear of yesterday's pull. The unprotected boundaries at deep cover and long on did not evade his attention either. When he sought to hit the ball all the way, Sangakkara launched it in the arc between long off and midwicket. He had trouble with his sweep in the previous series against Pakistan, and save for the balls down the leg side that he paddled fine, the stroke was largely absent for his biggest innings.

Sangakkara has faced far more menacing attacks than this spin-heavy Bangladesh unit, but the pitch on which he made his triple was hardly a batsman's paradise. The ball stayed consistently low, with many pitching on a length and passing no higher than shin-height. No other batsman hit a hundred and only Mahela Jayawardene crossed 50.

Sangakkara made his last 116 runs in the company of Nos.9, 10 and 11, after Sri Lanka lost their last recognised batsman midway through the first session. Not long into the day, Bangladesh effectively gave up hope on dismissing him, placing men in the deep when he was on strike, in order to tempt a single that would expose his partner. For the most part, Sangakkara resisted the easy runs, and deigned to advance through boundaries.

Ajantha Mendis provided stauncher support than anticipated, even as the senior batsman shielded him against Shakib. Strong square of the wicket, but also unafraid to use his feet and hit over the top, Mendis helped energise Sri Lanka as the opposition bowling worsened from stale to insipid. Mendis' checked drive to send a Gazi delivery wide of mid off, all along the ground for four, illustrated the ease with which even he progressed. Of the 171 balls the pair faced in their 100-run stand, Sangakkara faced 104, but Mendis had scored 47 at a strike rate exceeding 70 when he fell. He had survived an lbw shout that should perhaps have been given, when on 29.

Collectively, the attack bowled too many poor balls to build any semblance of pressure on Sangakkara, but they were also hampered by Abdul Razzak's continued absence, after he had sustained a hamstring strain on the first day. Perhaps even more damaging was the injury to the little finger Mushfiqur Rahim's left hand. He had borne a blow there during the first day, and did not take his place behind the stumps on Wednesday. A lacklustre Shamsur Rahman took the gloves, and conceded 16 byes in addition to missing a stumping.

Stand-in captain Tamim Iqbal appeared shocked when Suranga Lakmal's fourth delivery stayed low to clip his off stump, but given Sangakkara had faced no fewer than 60 such deliveries, surprise is a thin excuse for the high defensive shot he offered. After his departure, Shamsur Rahman batted with relative intelligence, investing time in which he could come to grips with the surface before venturing heftier blows. He was dropped by Jayawardene at slip on 28, when Dilruwan Perera drew an outside edge, but he was cautious and secure afterwards.

The same may not be said about Imrul Kayes, who upon his return to the XI, strove to advance mainly in risky boundaries. He attacked short balls from Nuwan Pradeep in particular, hitting two fours and a six behind square leg, and also skipped down the pitch to clobber Perera over mid on. An attempted repeat off Ajantha Mendis went high into the late evening sky, and was shelled by a disconsolate Pradeep, with around ten minutes remaining in the day's play. He went to stumps on 36, while Shamsur had made 45.

In the morning, Kithuruwan Vithanage had been characteristically positive during a 90-run stand with Sangakkara, playing from the crease to pick off the bad balls. He should have been stumped on 20, but he should not have been given out on 35. The Nasir Hossain delivery that struck his pad had first taken a big deflection from his bat.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY kasifdotinfo on | February 5, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    After lying unexpectedly dormant through the last Test series and the first match of this one (75 is decent for most batsmen, but average for Sangakkara), the most massive volcano in the cricketing world erupted once more. I, for one, felt the tremors after Jayawardene's 203*. He and Sangakkara might as well be joined at the hip, but anything Jayawardene can do, Sangakkara can do better, as had to be proven today.

    Few will recognize it, but this was one of the very best triple centuries. Sangakkara scored over 54% of Sri Lanka's runs, and at a rapid pace, setting up what should be a win. Incredibly, he put on 185 runs with a tail that averages a combined ~27. He brought up a 50 partnership with #11 Pradeep, with Pradeep on 0!

    Some will try to cheapen this great achievement with the old "only Bangladesh" and "flat track" arguments. The scorecard says that this has been far from a flat track, and this is the first triple against Bangladesh (only one has been scored against Zimbabwe).

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | February 6, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Now, SL fans will come-up with argument 'BD bowlers were good and track was bowler friendly hence we cannot degrade Sanga's triple. But BD batsman played on a flat track against weak bowling. '

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | February 6, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    What when BD plays well then comes SL should have done more with the help of youngsters even after scoring BIG 587 & will call BD minnows...& when SL plays well then they are the BEST & BD can't compete with them & also can't win..this is funny!! BD also got few youngsters in this team..so i don't think there is anything much to say...we should NOT expect strongly that every batman & all rounders will score big in a team..it happens so rare!! BD needs that now to perform that way to reach 587 & over..& they proved it already against the better side SL at Galle that they can do...

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | February 6, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    What when BD plays well then comes SL should have done more with the help of youngsters even after scoring BIG 587 & will call BD minnows...& when SL plays well then they are the BEST & BD can't compete with them & also can't win..this is funny!! BD also got few youngsters in this team..so i don't think there is anything much to say...we should expect strongly that every batman & all rounders will score big in a team..it happens so rare!! BD needs that now to perform that way to reach 587 & over..& they proved it already against the better side SL at Galle that they can do...

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | February 6, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Congrats to both BD batsmen for 100s . By quoting kasifdotinfo " The scorecard says that this has been far from a flat track, and this is" against best bowlers in the world! you can be proud of it.

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | February 6, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    N Pradeep is a great bowler. But he thought he is playing t20. thats the problem.

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | February 6, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    BD bowlers were good and track was bowler friendly hence we cannot degrade Sanga's triple. But BD batsman played on a flat track against weak bowling.

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | February 6, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    We will thrash mediocre lankans by inngs and 100 runs at-least. Lions roar always.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 6, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    great sanga making triple is believeable because this bangla young players making 100

  • POSTED BY Sandeep.M.J.D on | February 6, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    Define "Best", I will judge by that.

  • POSTED BY kasifdotinfo on | February 5, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    After lying unexpectedly dormant through the last Test series and the first match of this one (75 is decent for most batsmen, but average for Sangakkara), the most massive volcano in the cricketing world erupted once more. I, for one, felt the tremors after Jayawardene's 203*. He and Sangakkara might as well be joined at the hip, but anything Jayawardene can do, Sangakkara can do better, as had to be proven today.

    Few will recognize it, but this was one of the very best triple centuries. Sangakkara scored over 54% of Sri Lanka's runs, and at a rapid pace, setting up what should be a win. Incredibly, he put on 185 runs with a tail that averages a combined ~27. He brought up a 50 partnership with #11 Pradeep, with Pradeep on 0!

    Some will try to cheapen this great achievement with the old "only Bangladesh" and "flat track" arguments. The scorecard says that this has been far from a flat track, and this is the first triple against Bangladesh (only one has been scored against Zimbabwe).

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | February 6, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Now, SL fans will come-up with argument 'BD bowlers were good and track was bowler friendly hence we cannot degrade Sanga's triple. But BD batsman played on a flat track against weak bowling. '

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | February 6, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    What when BD plays well then comes SL should have done more with the help of youngsters even after scoring BIG 587 & will call BD minnows...& when SL plays well then they are the BEST & BD can't compete with them & also can't win..this is funny!! BD also got few youngsters in this team..so i don't think there is anything much to say...we should NOT expect strongly that every batman & all rounders will score big in a team..it happens so rare!! BD needs that now to perform that way to reach 587 & over..& they proved it already against the better side SL at Galle that they can do...

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | February 6, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    What when BD plays well then comes SL should have done more with the help of youngsters even after scoring BIG 587 & will call BD minnows...& when SL plays well then they are the BEST & BD can't compete with them & also can't win..this is funny!! BD also got few youngsters in this team..so i don't think there is anything much to say...we should expect strongly that every batman & all rounders will score big in a team..it happens so rare!! BD needs that now to perform that way to reach 587 & over..& they proved it already against the better side SL at Galle that they can do...

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | February 6, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Congrats to both BD batsmen for 100s . By quoting kasifdotinfo " The scorecard says that this has been far from a flat track, and this is" against best bowlers in the world! you can be proud of it.

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | February 6, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    N Pradeep is a great bowler. But he thought he is playing t20. thats the problem.

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | February 6, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    BD bowlers were good and track was bowler friendly hence we cannot degrade Sanga's triple. But BD batsman played on a flat track against weak bowling.

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | February 6, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    We will thrash mediocre lankans by inngs and 100 runs at-least. Lions roar always.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 6, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    great sanga making triple is believeable because this bangla young players making 100

  • POSTED BY Sandeep.M.J.D on | February 6, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    Define "Best", I will judge by that.

  • POSTED BY on | February 6, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    Hats off to Sanga on reaching yet another milestone. But now, as Bangladeshi fan, I think we have made our point as to why we need more test matches on our schedule. We play test series after an interval of 6 to 8 months on average, which means our players are out of practice when facing high quality bowling or batting. It is no surprise therefore that almost always the first match of every test series goes terribly for Bangladesh. I am not drawing comparisons, just stating the fact that more test matches would help Bangladesh's cause. We are still a learning side, and our progress has been quite slow. I would not say that out governing body is faultless, but we do need match practice against the top tier teams to progress considerably.

  • POSTED BY OttawaRocks on | February 6, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Looks like the Bangladesh batsmen are slaying SL to shreds. Way to go, keep it up Bangladesh!

  • POSTED BY realfan on | February 6, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    hmm... bangla are 201 for 1 on day 3 1st session... tells many things about pitch... or rather the bowling attack of opposite team???? lol... great batting bangladesh...... i can score 500+ on this pitch against lanka.... lol

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 6, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    I don't know why people can't appreciate others talent and posted things which they don't even have a clue(sp some indian fans post some ridiculous facts which r born in laymans' dream) What ever these fellows say or argue the people who know cricket would definitely believe Sanga Sachin Bradman Lara Ponting Warne Murali Wassim Waquar etc r legends! So non can argue one is better than the other. all these legends r legends but not 100% perfect & they do have their pitfalls, errors & deficiencies! so stop trying to see who is better over the other [ I heard one saying - probably an indian fan- putting a triple ton over a relatively weak side is not a thing to appreciate but mind u one of ur heroes legendary Sachins Best score of248 is also against BD. & what I really dislike is whatever the article is about some "blind" indian fans come and start posting about there players. at least have some ethics before posting something please!

  • POSTED BY Blade_Runners_Father on | February 6, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    Only one thing is certain when Sanga or Mahela will retire they will be forgotten next day by rest of the world. Only SL fans will remember them. And Sanga 's record of not winning a single test series outside SL will stay intact. LOL. Winning WC outside ASIA, well that's never gonna happen.

  • POSTED BY on | February 6, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    Honestly Sanga is an amazing batsmen. Along with Mahela and Herath they are basically the power behind the Sri Lankan Cricket team. However, what would happen to this game without these two batsmen? As such spectators have no right claiming that Bangladesh does not deserve TEST status. Amazing effort by Shuvo and Imrul. Between the two they have 19 test matches worth of experience compared to the 121 test matches of Sanga. Bangladesh cricket is at early positions. EVERY team in the top 8 have players who have monumental amounts of experience yet Bangladesh does not. What people need to understand is that Bangladesh have to learn everything by themselves. Our CAPTAIN has only 37 matches under his belt and yet his improvement in the last two years following the completion of his Masters degree has been phenomenal. All I ask is please don't be so quick to judge. There is nothing wrong with being slow learners as long as we make some progress along the way, which we have.

  • POSTED BY Blade_Runners_Father on | February 6, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    Average of Sl trundlers. Pradeep 78, Lakmal 48. What a pace battery. Kinda like Indian Pace attack. LOL. Worst team ever. Kumara Overrated Sangakkara bullying BD on a flat track. LOL. BD is also Bullying SL on the pitch. 300 on this pitch is like a 50 on an Eng or SA track. Maybe that's the reason SL never win anything outside ASIA. LOL. Paper Lions. Still remember the thrashing they received from PAK in UAE where Matthews was crying. LOL.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | February 6, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    @ xylo . Exactly. 196 is the runs scored by rest of SL team against minnows like BD!!. It is pity that SL still need help from their seniors to perform against teams like BD!! Their rankings shows the exact picture of SL cricket team!

  • POSTED BY SLslider on | February 6, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    @ dhoni_MyF.TrackChampion Learn from us??? What exactly will you learn from us??? We have not won a single test series outside SL since 2000. And Sanga the great has only 5 centuries outside Asia. I think we will take 50 more years to win a single test match in AUS. Sanga is the most overhyped batsman ever. Sanga is 36 and only has 5 centuries outside Asia and sachin achieved that before he turned 20. Sachin is regarded as one of the greatest by other legends as well on the other hand Sanga and Mahela are considered Legends only by us one eyed SL fans. How many interviews I have seen from AUS and ENG greats that Mahela is mediocre at best. Sanga averages around 30 odd in AUS,ENG,SA. Please donlt learn from us Colombo track bullies.

  • POSTED BY Rebel_Who_Follows_All_The_Rules on | February 6, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    @Madhura Senarathne: I am sorry, but I have no time for ''if's'' and ''but's'', If my aunty was a man she would be my uncle.And what do you mean when you say ''just because some players said the other was the best that does not mean he was the greatest ever'' Really??? Newsflash dude, these aren't just some random keyboard cricketer's like all of us on these forums. These are guys, who, themselves are considered some of the best the game of cricket has ever seen and I highly doubt any of them would call someone one of the best, best of his generation or use any other such superlatives just for the sake of it (no matter how polite you were to them).Also I highly doubt, any current or past international cricketer would rate Sanga over Sachin.Finally, don't make it seem as though playing for 24 odd years at the highest level is child's play. As Michael Clarke said about Sachin ''His sign of greatness is his longevity and his consistency''

  • POSTED BY Rebel_Who_Follows_All_The_Rules on | February 6, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    Robert Roemer: I think if you spent less time being offended, and more time improving your comprehension skills, it would benefit you in the long run.Can you pinpoint exactly where I said Tendulkar was better than Bradman??? Even if the Don himself said that Sachin reminded him of himself then surely Sachin must have done something right don't you think?? What I did was merely quote what some ''fairly decent'' players who ACTUALLY PLAYED AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL had to say about Sachin.You think Tendulkar was good but not even the greatest player of his generation do you??? Well, I DON'T CARE!!! Because regardless of what you think, Tendulkar will go down AS ONE OF THE GREATEST THERE EVER WAS!!! And guess what, the acknowledgement that he got from his peers (you know,the ones who played the game) is testament to that and I would gladly listen to what they had to say over some random ''offended'' keyboard warrior!!!

  • POSTED BY syedharisshah on | February 6, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    sangakara i think has at least 3000 runs left in him, and at least 10 centuries, so if he will play till 40, he will finish his career with 14000 runs, second most after tendulkar, and 45 centuris, also second after ST, he has 12000 one day runs also, he can add another 2000 with this form, so i think he will finish his career with 28000 international runs, great achivement

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | February 6, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    The one thing that I know is that Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar and Kumar Sangakkara have/had more ability, style, talent, and respect than most of you keyboard warriors/haters will ever have.

  • POSTED BY ajithabey on | February 6, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    I think no one should compare great batsmen who have all contributed heavily to the game of cricket. All of them including Sanga and Mahela belong to this category having achieved personal milestones along the way in their illustrious careers. We must salute them for their performances instead of comparing statistics which cannot be changed as they go into historical records.Congratulations to Sanga on this magnificent effort in this match.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | February 5, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    It is scary that even against Bangladesh, only seniors like Mahela and Sanga are the ones performing. It is time for the younger lot to pick up the baton.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 5, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    To the rebel who follows all the rules do you really think if sanga played as long as srt did he would not supersede all the records the Indian so called God posted. And just because some players said the other was the best that does not mean he was the greatest ever it could have been that they were interviewed about srt and they were just being polite I'm pretty sure that is not the case but still side by side I think its a good comparison somehow I think the Sri lankan player would come on top

  • POSTED BY kohli_kuttu on | February 5, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    hope our indian cricketers learn few things from Sanga. But i dont think we can avoid a 3-0 whitewash by NZ. Anyways well done and congrats to Sanga

  • POSTED BY Amu123 on | February 5, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    All the fans, there is just one record that will never ever be broken, that is the Don's career average; I do not think any batsman will be able to break that; then we have few other records which might never be broken (but could be), Lara's 400 & Sachin's 100s & career aggregate; same on the bowling side, Jim Laker's 19 wickets will never ever be broken, so as Murali's 800 wickets. Warne will also be remembered for making spinners more lethal than fast bowlers. but this article is about Sanga and I really hope Sanga will end his career with a batting average better than anyone else in the 10,000 club.....

  • POSTED BY Dhali_BD_Fan on | February 5, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    Congrats to Sanga! What an innings - truly amazing! Just wish I could have seen him do this with any other opposition but my team. It must be said, regardless of the fumbles, byes, bad decisions, bad fielding etc - SL without Sanga and Mahela - would be have all out below 300 on both occassions - thus future is promising for BD when these great retire which will be soon. Sanga and Mahela's score here represents 70% of the total score, and their combined score in the last innings also represnts 42% of the total.

  • POSTED BY njr1330 on | February 5, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Has anyone looked at the Sri Lanka stats. and noticed the slightly spooky fact that Jayawardene and Sangakkara both have 33 test hundreds and 45 test 50's ?!

  • POSTED BY ca2ca on | February 5, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    Great inning and it was sure not an easy task to spend that much of time (140 overs) in the heat and concentrate. Many fans says its against B'desh and a flat track. True, still how many other batsmen have achieved it. Many recent greats played in B'desh.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 5, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    Well said my friend. No comparisons, lets appreciate their contributions to cricket.

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | February 5, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    Sachin has both Quality and Quantity. Saga has only Quantity. The best are only two world has seen and both had quality and quantity. Sachin and Bradman. You guys can figure it out who is number THREE.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    Rebel_Who_Follows - I find it downright offensive, the suggestion that Tendulkar is better than Bradman. Bradman was roughly twice as good as the best batsmen of the eras he played in, and his statistics are simply staggering. Tendulkar is about as good as Ponting, was NOWHERE NEAR the matchwinner Bradman was, nor Ponting, Lara, Richards or even Gilchrist, and Sanga is right up there alongside him no matter what you say. Tendulkar was good but in my opinion not even the best of his generation, so to say he was better than Bradman is a sheer insult, and ridiculous to boot.

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | February 5, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    To compare him in any way to Brian Lara is just stupid. Lara never enjoyed such easy attacks on low slow wickets and faced some of the best bowlers in the world, all around the world. Reality check time please! I would also rate Steve Waugh and Jacques Kallis as far superior.

  • POSTED BY gahapanmachan on | February 5, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    Sanga & Mahela should not retire, until they fade away. Indian superstars went on and on boring the heck out of the other cricketing world.

    These sort of cricketers comes once in 3 generations. Keep going boys.

  • POSTED BY Rebel_Who_Follows_All_The_Rules on | February 5, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    Ok, this is getting ridiculous... Get a grip people, You are actually comparing Sanga to Tendulkar??? Ok, how many of his fellow cricketers have rated Sanga higher than Tendulkar??? Alan Donald said Tendulkar was the ''best he ever bowled to'' Nasser Hussain said ''Bradman was great, but Tendulkar greatest'', Lara said Tenulkar should be remembered as the ''greatest player in history'', Wasim Akram said ''Tendulkar was the best that the game of cricket offered'', Shane Warne called Sachin ''The best batsmen of my generation'' heck even Bradman said Tendulkar reminded him of himself!!! No doubt Sanga is a great batsmen and will have his place in history, but to compare him and say he is better than one of the true GREATS is absolutely preposterous.

  • POSTED BY mcsdl on | February 5, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    Sangakkara is way better than Sachin ever was. Sangakkara is the greatest bastman ever - Look at his batting average - far better than Sachin's. Look at Sanga's number of runs - far better Don Brandman's. Look at Sanga's match winning innings - far better than Brian Lara's.... Sanga the greatest ever.......!

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | February 5, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    Very well-done sanga. Sl kinda looking very dependant on sanga and jawawardene , hopefully they will find good back up soon. Shamsur rahman looks quite promising for Bd opener , good to see Bd find a solid opener , they need one more becuz tamim is too inconsistent . But more important thing for Bd is to find some quality ballers, once Bd improve its balling department Ithink they would be decent team.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | February 5, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    Congrats to Sanga for his inspiring triple century showing he is at the top of the lot though there are a few imposters. He comes out with a gem when he is challenged as was the case at Rosebowl during his last visit here. When he is on song no one can hold a candle to him. Well done Sanga.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 5, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    at kapil gargani if that is the case sachin not even born when bradman made all his records. it is not when we do but what we do. all think about this sachin took 80 matches to get his first odi ton. still he was not dropped. he was playing other than India his career would have ended without even makings a single odi ton

  • POSTED BY mirandola on | February 5, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    There will always be 'Sachin devotees' who think the sun shines out of him. Fine, he's one of the great batsmen; he is not superhuman, he is not a 'God', he had the sense to retire when he realized he was unable to keep up his own fine standards. Let's have a little sense about this; a batsman uses a bit of wood on a ball - that is all. Some do it better than others, and some do it with a grace and elegance that can enchant unbiased watchers (Tendulkar was not one of these). Weighing it all up, what matters is what stays in the memory (not in the scorebooks) - greatness is greatness remembered against other greatness, in situations, it is not an absolute.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 5, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    This is for shamuuganathan....... Sangakara didnt even knew how to hold the bat when sachin had numerous records to his name....sachin played in the era of fearsome bowlers like warne mc grath waqar wasim akhtar saqlain bond gillespie walsh ambross and many more......sangakara belting bangladesh is like making a mess of gully bowlers with a tennis ball........

  • POSTED BY Mehboobchowdhury on | February 5, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    Sanga is one of the great batsman world is seeing and will see. That does not mean Bradman, Tendulkar, Lara are better or worse. Why compare! The cricketing world is big enough for all such cricketing greats. As for BD, they really need to play with grit. BD should prove they are good too for a high scoring test and give good performance. As Nasir said " we should play less big shots, specially reckless shots". It is a good batting wicket, the batsmen of BD has to live up to the challenge.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | February 5, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    SL had a lot of work to do to bat Bangladesh out of the game and the lower order did what the middle order should have done and what a legend Sanga is. I'm not sure why there is such a debate about Dravid and Sachin here. The guy has just scored a tripl hundred which is an phenomical achievement and for those of you dont understand, Dravid and Sachin didnt! For those of you throwing around the flat asian track story, I dont see many people scoring double or tripple hundered on these wickets. Neither do I see too many people scoring double hundreds on green tops or seaming wickets. Get over is folks, this is a legend and no amount of your attempts to ridicule the guy will matter to those of us who understand and appreciate the game. Sanga is a sensation by any account and anytime. Nice to see Bangladesh putting up a fight and hope they do something significant tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY rk_ks on | February 5, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    He is one of the greatest batsmen in the modern era. No doubt about it. He is on par with Sachin, Ponting, Lara, Kallis and Dravid. Please don't compare Sachin with Sangakkara and tell that Sachin is not great. To all the people who are comparing him against Sachin, remember the pressure Sachin carried vs the pressure Sangakkara carried. 1.1 billion vs 20 million. 2% percent of what Sachin has carried. And Sachin is the only batsmen India used to depend for more than 8-10 years. That's what sets him apart and made one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Hype doesn't make a person great. Be happy that Sangakkara has scored a triple century, which is a very great achievement. From an Indian fan.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 5, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    man if the match awards given either to a player who made his team to win or at least saved the game from loosing. sangakkara has more number of man of the match than the so called overrated sachin with lesser number of matches. I don't know whether sangakkara is the best in the world but he is far more better than so called god sachin. tgen I think sangakkara should be called as God of the God

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 5, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Well done Sanga. But the problem is Bangladesh bowling. I am angry once again. They are continuously showing why they DON'T deserve to play test cricket. Another flat pitch that makes test cricket boring. SL are not new to such pitches. Their batsmen feast on them back home all the time. Once Sanga gets in on these kind of pitches, it's very hard to stop him. A class player he is and Bangladesh simply didn't bowl well. Another thrashing awaiting Bangladesh in this match. Since the pitch is a flat highway, I expect a couple of Bangladeshi batsmen to at least make 100s if not 200 or 300. Get as close as possible to the SL total and take it from there.

  • POSTED BY dulabhai on | February 5, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    BCB people, drop Tamim Iqbal. BD will not win any matches if he is in the team. This guy is useless. 1 - 2 runs in every match. Now, he got out for a duck. When was the last time he scored more than 20 runs in any match?

  • POSTED BY mirandola on | February 5, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    I remember (I remember) on a Yahoo cricket post, before it was taken over by trolls and ultimately terminated, commenting on a conversation during the 2009 Ashes series where people were comparing KP, Ponting and (of course) Tendulkar for the title of 'best batsman in the world', remarking, 'You haven't actually named the best batsman currently playing, whose name is Kumar Sangakkara'. There was near-universal outrage at that time (more than three years ago) - but I fancy Sanga is proving me right. He has all the skill, all the poise and elegance natural to a left-hander, together with a deep seriousness of purpose that makes him by streets the best living Test batsman. QED.

  • POSTED BY IPSY on | February 5, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    "..Collectively, the attack bowled too many poor balls to build any...pressure on Sangakkara..," (Fernando, A, F, 2014). Congrats Sanga on achieving the imagery of Gt batsman-ship! It's my view, that to be labelled a 'great batsman', a player who has played at least '80 test innings' (Bradman's Standard), 'MUST' also at least ONCE in his career, during the official time allotted to him at the wicket, compile a score of '250 runs' - in either first class cricket, or in tests. You've done that at both levels; and you've now erased any doubts that you undisputedly belong to the genus of great batsmen known as the 'Super Greats', by compiling a score of 300 like them, while maintaining a healthy average of 50+. Yes, it is against Bangladesh, but while I agree that the quality of your opponents would remove some of the lustre from the effort, you had to do it at this level to be ranked in that special class. 100s are now too common in T/20S to be accorded same value as 5 day test matches.

  • POSTED BY SILVERSANGA on | February 5, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Ppl who say Sanga has just scored just 1 double ton outside Asia and that too against Zimbabwe? Ok then do you know that 5 out of Sachin's 6 double tons coming on Asian tracks??????!!!!!! Only his 241* came outside ASIA! What about that?

    Sachin 1 double century in 77 TESTS outside Asia Sanga 1 double century in 32 TESTS outside Asia (Even if you forget that one came in Zimbabwe, he made 192 against Australia at Hobart but was ruled out where the ball clearly hit his shoulder or he could have easily had passed 200 there!)

    Here's another interesting stat...

    Sachin averages 51.01 when Ban and Zim are excluded from his stats! But Sanga averages 52.68 when Ban and Zim are exclused from his stats!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 5, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    think 261 was made by marlon samuels and not sarwan

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    @Dinith 85. Sanga has scored only 4 centuries outside the subcontinent. Rahul Dravid has also scored 8 scores of 90 plus abroad.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Sangam karma is great, also crossed 11000 runs. Congratulations.

  • POSTED BY amilag on | February 5, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    I will tell my sons and grandsons...boy I have not seen Bradman's batting..but I have seen Sanga...

    What a class player he is? hats off to the best batsman of modern era!

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | February 5, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Not a bad day of cricket. BD competed better against SL in this test but Sanga and Mahela were the difference again. These two are a great batsmen and they are the beacon for SL youngsters. These young SL Lions can not have any better mentors to show them the ropes. BD needs to work better at planning and being disciplined. BD needs to bat out tomorrow without losing more than 4/5 wickets. Otherwise it will be curtains. They need to cut out aggression and milk singles and doubles. They need to tire out the fielders. Go Tigers!

  • POSTED BY many07 on | February 5, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    9 double century sounds good....but only one outside Asia and that too against Zimbabwe.......not prize for guessing who is flat track bully....

    Sanga Outside subcontinent - 5 Centuries(Excluding In Zimbabwe) Laxman Outside subcontinent - 7 Centuries(Excluding In Zimbabwe) Dravid Outside subcontinent - 13 Centuries(Excluding In Zimbabwe) Sachin Outside subcontinent - 18 Centuries(Excluding In Zimbabwe)

  • POSTED BY SILVERSANGA on | February 5, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Ppl who say Sanga has scored just 6 tons outside Asia.Well he has only played 32 MATCHES outside Asia. Is it his fault that SL has got only few opportunities outside Asia compared to India who used to play many long tournaments outside Asia. How come you blame Sanga for that? It's pretty hard for a batsman to score big when he gets short test series outside S/C and that too once in a blue moon!

    Plus 6 tons in 32 games. Is it that bad? Dravid had 14 in 69.

    So if you call that Sanga is not in the same league as the others purely because of that, then no SL player will ever be rated among the greats bcz SL used to play very few number of test series outside Asia . How fair is that? Great player means someone who makes most of the given conditions. Is it right if someone bashes Bradman for not playing a single game in S/C spin tracks? Was it his fault?

    Sanga has shown his capabilities outside Asia. Look at his 60+ avgs in Aus and NZ. Can a flat track bully average 60+ in Aus/NZ tracks?

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    The selectors of BCB should kick Tamim out of the team........He is not a test player at all..........he is just degrading our team....

  • POSTED BY hyderalikhawaja on | February 5, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Well played sanga.. This must be a world record (History), as sanga completed each fifty with boundary. 50 with six, 100 with four, 150 with four, 200 with four, 250 with four and 300 with six...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 5, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Wow. last time it was mahela and now sanga. they love bangladesh, arent they? ICC pls give SL more matches with Bangladesh. Mahela n Sanga will become the top run scorers in the game ever!

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    @vglakshmi - this nation and world with definately miss Sanga , Bro stop calling tings to my team , you call us mediocre , get your facts straight 4 times in a raw World cups finalist 1996 world cup winners , i dont know who has the most wickets in the game ? i dnt knw may be murali , Who is VASS , Mahela , Arjuna , Attapatu , Aravinda i wnt know , , , ... oHhhhh who has more than 13000+ ODI runs and more than 300+ ODI wickets with a Strike rate of may be 92 , ohh gues gess pls ? May be SANATH Jayasooriya ....... Ahhh its ok i love my Mediocre players they gold to me ,,, Bro stop the hatred LOVE the GAME and be thankful that we are able witness these greats ... i Regreat that i never got the chance to witness Bradman ... but the names i mentioned are my childhood hereoes so LOVE them or HATE them they made me say PROUD to be a LION :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Lara's double centuries were against big teams, big bowlers and more than half of them were in the enemy team's home conditions.

    Sangakkara's double centuries are vs minnows and on Asian pitches.

    What is more, most of his centuries have been in Asia.

  • POSTED BY KallisTheGreatest on | February 5, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    You can't underestimate Sangakkara's record by saying he heavily scored against minnows.Then you should ignore all the runs Sir Don Bradman scored against west indies, SA, India. Because they all were minnows that time ! Even England bowling unit was not so threatning.Learn to give credit when it's due !

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | February 5, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Congratulations sanga for this great achievement. You are the best cricketer ever produced in test cricket after bradmon.And i am quite confident that you can beat his 12 doubles record which looked like a huge mountain that cannot be climbed until very recent like brad's average of 99.94....Passing 200 against any attack in the world need huge concentration and skill.. If all a double century is scored against BD it is not a double ton according to some people.. But if that is true then sachin,kallis should score 200's every time they play against BD. I am afraid that is not the case... If BD are weak then those so called greats should have heaps of doubles triples against them.Don also played with same 2 teams most of the time and in same kinda pitches..Because at that time there was few countries who played test cricket.. Then Brad is also a fast track bully..He will fail if he toured now in sub continent.most indians are gone mad and comment bcoz they know YOU are better than SRT.

  • POSTED BY hifayas on | February 5, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    the only incident, where the both teams (winning and losing) are embarrassed after playing a match, is when the teams play against Bangladesh! Bangladesh is blamed to be losing, same time the other team is blamed for playing and winning aganst Bangladesh, which is no more worth...

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Well done Sanga! As a Sri Lankan cricket fan I want Sri Lanka to win many more test matches against all the test playing countries. Though every match cannot be won, hope the winning percentage increases. All the best Lankans.

  • POSTED BY Monif on | February 5, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    @Rohan Kapoor: Sangakkara and badman are the two most overrated batsmen in cricket.They both average 95 and 99 respectively against bangladesh type attacks.

    Well Said Man, But have you check what is the Avg of Sachin againt Bang And Zim. Its 136, So what is he now as per your Calculation.

    Also, Do you know that In ODI, where Sachin is greatest, I guess Have an Avg of 33, Against Aus, NZ, WI, SA, ENG in their country i.e remove Asia and Sharjaah. So, Do you want to say he is Flat Track Bully too.

  • POSTED BY quogequox on | February 5, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Sangakkara is one of the greats, sure you can shrug at the opposition for this game. But I remember him scaring the hell out of Australia in Hobart a few years ago, if it wasn't for a bad call, he may well have won the unwinnable game for SL. He's a beauty.

  • POSTED BY RedGreenTiger on | February 5, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    I said it before, I'll say it once again. Tamim should be sacked out of the Test squad. He is a sorry excuse for a Test opening batsman, and someone else should be given an opportunity. Other than that, more fielding miscues for Bangladesh throughout the day. SL got lucky on many occasions. However, Sangakkara's absolute genius out-shined everything today. Congratulations to him on his first triple hundred. What a player. Aside from Tamim, we have offered up a solid start this time around. Hopefully Shamsur Rahman and Imrul Kayes can hold their nerve and continue this start.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    Can anyone remembered his 194 against Australia @ Horbart. Unfortunately got out due to wrong decision of umpair Rudi. If it was not happened, most probably Sanga would have reach to 200 and double centuries will be 10. And also Sri Lanka would taste first away victory against Aussis

  • POSTED BY Selfishkar on | February 5, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    God of Cricket played for 23 years and 200 Tests. He could not even score 250 in tests.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    @Matt Humphreys: I bet SL wants to play against better teams too. But the boards you mentioned tend to give regular chances to minnows they can easily white wash rather than having SL in their own back yards. SL get to play Aus, Eng, NZ, SA and WI once in a blue moon and some fans here expect SL batsman to score 100's in every match they get to play. It doesn't work that way. @Others: Every one who compares Sanga with Sachin please post the test matches Sanga and Sachin got out side of the sub continent! For example if Sachin played 20 I guess Sanga only played something like 5. My point is give the man exact number of matches Sachin got out side the sub continent before he retires and let see how he scores. Then everybody can decide who is the legend and who is not, other wise please leave it to historians to decide. Sachin, Sanga...they both are legends for true cricket lovers. Please publish!

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    @Matt Humphreys: I bet SL wants to play against better teams too. But the boards you mentioned tend to give regular chances to minnows they can easily white wash rather than having SL in their own back yards. SL get to play Aus, Eng, NZ, SA and WI once in a blue moon and some fans here expect SL batsman to score 100's in every match they get to play. It doesn't work that way. @Others: Every one who compares Sanga with Sachin please post the test matches Sanga and Sachin got out side of the sub continent! For example if Sachin played 20 I guess Sanga only played something like 5. My point is give the man exact number of matches Sachin got out side the sub continent before he retires and let see how he scores. Then everybody can decide who is the legend and who is not, other wise please leave it to historians to decide. Sachin, Sanga...they both are legends for true cricket lovers.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    If a hundred is scored then that's a hundred. It's not classified who scored against whom or scored where. If a schoolboy cricketer scores a ton or double or triple... it's his concentration, courage and class. No one can't rate that he scored against a weak attack or in a flat track. Similarly Sanga, Mahela, Aravinda, Sanath, Ponting, Sachin, Dravid, Kallis or any other top rated batsman are different in their approach, but still they're class batsmen.

  • POSTED BY Naked_Cricket on | February 5, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Indian Sub continent also places in Planet earth. As some can't play in bouncy wickets, some can't play in spinning wicket.some can play anywhere in the world.Its the nature of batting world.Its a foolish thing to argue.

  • POSTED BY fahimkabir on | February 5, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Although Sanga played a brilliant knock..Bangladesh has also maid a good start and if they can continue playing with patience and enough dedication and if anyone from the top order batsman plays an innings like sanga i mean if anyone manages to score 150 plus runs Bangladesh can certainly take lead.Still a long way to go but as a Bangladeshi I,m very much hopeful that our boys will put up a good show this time and will be able to stop the mouths of the critics..Go Bangladesh Go!!..

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | February 5, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Even Don Bradman had many criticism such as less attractive to watch, less aggressive as he had hit only a few sixes. But, he is great so as Sanga. Keep working hard Sanga. Criticism is normal, and if there is not criticism, that's when things are awkward. Keep working hard, and I'm sure you can be the best on earth. Listen to your father Sanga : "What you achieved, and what you can achieve are two different things" :)

  • POSTED BY vglakshmi on | February 5, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    I wonder how much this tiny nation will going to miss after the retirement of sanga,since he is the gluing force which sticks the otherwise mediocre team with some sort of respectability.

  • POSTED BY bMike on | February 5, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    For those who compare Sachin and Sanga here.. Sachin's all time highest first class score (248) comes against much more weaker Bangladesh side back in 2004( just 4 years later Bangladesh getting test status)..

  • POSTED BY mgsperera on | February 5, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Sanga's 287 against South Africa was better than this 319 against Ban..that 287 was against Quality team infact No 1 test team & Quality fast bowling attack infact No 1 fast bowler Dale Stane !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Sanga and mahila can never be great batsmen.They only score on flat tracks and against weak bowling attacks.Look at their averages vs australia in aus and england.They are the modern day don badman who averaged 99 against club level bowling attacks like india,west indies in those days.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Sanga is a great batsman, but not in class of Lara, Tendulkar, Ponting and Kallis.

    I checked his page and was astonished to see all his 200+ scores were made in Asia, except 270 against Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe.

    And also, he has never taken attack to Opposition or bowlers like Lara, Sachin, Ponting or Aravinda, Jayasuriya or even Pietersen did.

    Simply, he is a great accumulator of runs. But never a match winning Batsman like Aravinda or Jayasuriya. They took attack to Opposition and frontline Bowlers.

    Ultimately its is not the number of runs, you made. (As a Batsman), it is how you made those runs in different pitch conditions, strength of opponents and how morale boost you give to your Team.

    For me, Aravinda and Jayasuriya are the greatest batsman Sri Lanka have ever produced. They might have scored lesser runs(total), but runs were against some of greatest bowlers such as Ambrose, Mcgrath, Warne, Akram, Younis, Kumble, Srinath, Gillespie, Brett Lee, Saqlain (when they were at peak)

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Tendulkar fans seem to forget that 38 of his 49 ODI centuries are in Asia. And some of the rest were either against minnows or sub continent teams. In his case too the average against BD flatters the overseas test average.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    It is funny to see some pakistan fans commenting against the greatest master the world has seen when none of their so called big batsmen manage even 9000 test runs..

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    Sangakkara and badman are the two most overrated batsmen in cricket.They both average 95 and 99 respectively against bangladesh type attacks.

  • POSTED BY espncricdiehrtfan on | February 5, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    wel done sangakara congrates, sanga and amla is the only batsmen which we always found in top 10 rakings. Keep it up and take your team with new heights...sa fan

  • POSTED BY Stat1977 on | February 5, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    It doesn't matter what against who.Scoring a double ton or triple is all about courage, concentration and class.Every player in his era are legends.Comparing them is just an insult because each and every player has his own style.I remember the hype created for Tendulkar's 100th century.He was struggling to make it,couldn't do it in England , then Australia.Finally BD helped to achieve that.Does that mean he is not great if Sanga's double and triple ton is not valid? One more thing Bradman, Lara and Sanga the only greats who has doubles and triples.That distinguish them from rest of the cricketers, as they even couldn't score a triple against a weaker team at least.That's a fact and tells more! Please publish!

  • POSTED BY F-shahzi on | February 5, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Sanga was too good for bangladesh bowlers another easy victory for visitors, there should be a tri-series between Ireland,Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. (Test matches).

  • POSTED BY partyanimal on | February 5, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Always record holdings games are only record holdings nothing else in it.but this is look different,let see how Bangladesh fight back.I think Bangladesh did very well only one wicket made that different they bounce back very well from the last test well done Bangladesh and sangakara.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    I am a Srilankan, But i have to say One Thing Pls do not compair those two great Batsmens in World Crickt , They deserve to be great Batsmen in the Cricket World !!

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | February 5, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    And Bangladesh thinks it will get to play a Test series with Big-3, each. Watch how this tea gets relegated to Tier 3 only a year after the proposals go through.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 5, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Sanga is a gun. And the best batsman from sl. But as an Aussie is wanna see Sri Lanka play real teams like Australia, South Africa, England, India and even New Zealand and see how they go. If Australia played Bangladesh and Zimbabwe like Sri Lanka do than ponting would of made a lot more runs

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    @Hareendra Sampath Liyanage: Sangakkara's Test batting averages in countries with swing/seam/spin friendly conditions: England: 30.58; South Africa: 35.75; West Indies: 34.00; India: 36.50.

    Sachin's batting average: England: 54.31; South Africa: 46.44; West Indies: 47.69; Sri Lanka: 67.94.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Sanga & MJ's Test Centuries Vs Countries,

    Sanga's 34 Hundreds -

    Vs Australia - 1 Vs England - 2 Vs South Africa - 3 Vs New Zealand - 3 Vs West Indies - 3 Vs India - 5 Vs Pakistan - 9 Vs Bangladesh - 6 Vs Zimbabwe - 2

    MJ's 33 Hundreds -

    Vs Australia - 2 Vs England - 8 Vs South Africa - 5 Vs New Zealand - 3 Vs West Indies - 1 Vs India - 6 Vs Pakistan - 2 Vs Bangladesh - 5 Vs Zimbabwe - 1

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | February 5, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    As an Indian who is a fan of Sanga and has tremendous respect for Sanga, I have to respond to some people who canot enjoy accomplishments of gr8s in World cricket without bashing Indian legends. Sanga averaged only ~43 against Australia with only 1 century against them in a losing cause. 11 of 34 Sanga's century have come when playing AWAY with 2 in neutral ground. 6 against BNG , 2 agnst ZIM and a whole lot agnst PAK. So you do the Math. Had any of the Indian batsmen scored against a triple century agnst lowly BNG this page would have been exploded with ~ 1000 comments. Back off and just enjoy while these gr8s play and before end of the test matches.

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | February 5, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Most of Sanga's runs and double centuries are against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. If he was great, the least he could do was try to win one test in India!

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | February 5, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    People are arguing about Sanga 'n Sachin here. Let me settle this once and for all. Both Sanga and Sachin are greats of the game. The only difference is that Sanga is an all time great while Sachin is an Indian great.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    congrats sanga.You deserves all the kudos. Keep it up

  • POSTED BY Rock_cricket on | February 5, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    I think comparing legends is not right, each one has his own class and respect. If some says Sachin is legend then he is for them same is applicable to Lara, sangakara or Inzy, why people are disrespecting these cricketing HEROS. All of them are very respectful and humble.

  • POSTED BY Rebel_Who_Follows_All_The_Rules on | February 5, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    LOL, People comparing a GREAT batsman like Sanga to a RUBBISH batsman like Sachin??? what a joke.Speaking of jokes, this is what the greatest of them all had to say about, not Sachin but Sanga '' I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I felt that this player is playing with a style similar to mine, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two...his compactness, technique, stroke production... it all seemed to gel! '':- Sir Don Bradman. Another joke- Out of his 34 centuries, only SIX are outside the Subcontinent (one of which was against ZIM)

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    sachin in australia avg is 53.2

    sanga in australia avg is 60.33

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    The funny thing is only asians compare the stats of a player out of subcontinent.I don't see people from Australia and England compare a players record in subcontinent every time one of their players score a century :P Who said playing in spin friendly pitches is a walk in the park

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | February 5, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Absolutely majestic innings by Sanga. No need to do any comparisons. For once, just focus on the true gen of an innings he has played.

    As regards to pathetic Bangladesh, I can only hope that they lose this one also by an innings. They deserve to be in the 3rd tier of cricket, in all forms.

  • POSTED BY yohandf on | February 5, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Well done Sanga . wonderful inning & hats off being fastest to reach 11,000 & joint second with Lara for highest no of double tons . It came against Bangladesh but they too are a test country become upon approval of ICC . so why screaming now . No body can diminish Sanga s greatness and i think Sanga now has age to fight with . Bangladesh is going nicely and SL need to hang on to catches to chip away . cant be complacent at all .

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 5, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Great knock sanga legend

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Sanga, u little beauty....truly world class, hats off 2 u Sir...)

  • POSTED BY jerryman on | February 5, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    Well played sanga .. nice to see the tail stand by and help in the accumulation . Pity about the 2 dropped catches . Must play attacking cricket and try to create a win. For the stat lovers from India , on this ground since 2006 india & sl played 2 tests each , sl won both , india won one and drew one. India's highest scorers on this grounds - Tendulkar 105* , Gambhir 116, Ganguly 100 and Dravid 61 . These are all great players , so just appreciate a good innings without the insults .btw the records mentioned are for this specific ground only , so hold on to your hats folks

  • POSTED BY rajcl on | February 5, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    @rizwan1981,, 1996 semis 65 , 2003 semis 83 , 2011 semis 85,,, he failed in 2 finals he is the best in world cups

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | February 5, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    Sanga is the best thing to emerge from the Subcontinent in the last 50 years. Surely many playing years left in him still. Will easily eclipse Sachins records.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Manish Patel.... How was your country team score with BD .... did u enjoy NZ vs INDIA match ....

  • POSTED BY realfan on | February 5, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    @rizwan1981 : his centuries may not be in wisden 100, but he is all time no.2 batsman in both tests and ODI , and also sachin has a place in WISDEN all time 11, only asian batsman to be in WISDEN all time 11, only asian bowler is wasim akram SOURCE: wisden...

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | February 5, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    What a player. Truly the best ever from the SC. He is just the best player ever. Loved to see how elegant he was and how much time he had while playing the superb bowlers from BD. Do not compare him to others, he is from a different planet. Kudos Kumar. You are the best. Hope that makes the SL supporters happy :P Good knock, superb concentration against mediocre bowling (at least the second part of his inning)

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Fair to say that Australia is the toughest place to play cricket not only for the pace and bounce of their tracks but also for the enormous pressure they put in you under and there is no greater challenge than the challenge of batting 4th against the Aussie attack in Aus as more often than not when doing so you are fighting for your life and heading towards your inevitable end. In such conditions Sanga has been terrific whilst even the likes of Tendulkar averages only around 20 in the 4th innings in Aus. Sanga is hugely under-rated but in every sense is a modern great of the game. You can't help but wonder as to what phenomenal numbers he would have produced had he played purely as a batsman since day 1. His Test batting avg when playing purely as a batsman against the major teams is 61 from 62 Tests in which he has scored nearly 6,200 runs with 20 centuries and his away and neutral venues avg is 54 from 29 Tests in which he has scored nearly 3,000 runs with 9 centuries.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    No comparison between Sanga & Sachin! Sanga is miles ahead in terms of class, Style, Average and value of his knock in a match! Sanga is truely world class whereas Sachin was an Indian great!

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    why the Indians are in this page . just go and comment your on going agony tour in NZ. pathetic to see Indian records out side the subcontinent .

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 5, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    @Maniah: BD is not a weak team at this moment.. Sangakkara is a and always a top class player.. Last year BD was one of the top team who has got more win then any other team.. BD even whitewash NZ few months ago and same team just whitewash IND...:P

  • POSTED BY rizwan1981 on | February 5, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    I would like to ask all those Indian fans , why is it that NONE of Sachin's centuries was featured in the WISDEN 100 - VVS , Bradman and Lara were some of the batsman who deliver in clutch situations

    Even in one days , in world cup finals and Semi Finals , Tendulkar has not performed in crunch situations. Also let us not forget , Tendulkar's highest test score of 248 is against Bangladesh and has 5 test tons against the tigers

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    indian peopel you don't need to worry abt Sri Lanka cricket ok... wht happened NZ tour of india ...

  • POSTED BY sachinssnn on | February 5, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    I don't understand the hatred of uneducated Indians...pity them...hats off SANGA...we love you no matter what...we won't try to burn your house when you under perform...we as SRI LANKANS love you no matter what...you are our greatest legend after Arjuna...

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    hey people don't come comparing sanga ... His is the great man for our country..

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    To all those who talk about the quality of Sanga's Test runs, Bradman scored all his doubles against one opponent in home or home like conditions which would be similar to an IND, SL or PAK batter scoring all their runs in the Sub-Continent against Sub-Continent teams. Sanga has two doubles against SA, two gainst Pak, one against Ind, 3 against BD and one against ZIM. In addition he also has a 199 N.O & a 192 vs. Pak and a majestic 192 vs. Australia which to date stands as the highest 4th innings score by a visiting batsman in Aus of all time. Add to that Sanga's back to back centuries against Shane Bond at his best in 2006 in NZ, his match winning Test hundred against SA in 2011 and his Test match saving Test hundred against Anderson & Co in Bristol in 2011. Sanga's Test AVG against the major teams (excluding BD and ZIM) is 52 and 26 of his 34 hundreds have come against those opponents. His away / neutral venues AVG against those major teams is 48 and his avg in matches won is 71.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 5, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    evry time 2 batsmen are compared sachin is olways one dem it looks like every player and fan treats sachin's career as a benchmark give sachin a break fellas try some other greats where are lara's ponting's etc etc wich u guys consider greater dan sachin no matter what any1 say sachin has created a dent in the cricketing universe which cannot be forgotten and replaced. players will come and will be forgotten but sachin will always be remembered

  • POSTED BY Ramansilva on | February 5, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    I preferred Sanga to keep his 287 record vs. South Africa instead of improving it to 319 against Bangladesh. By the way has Sachin ever scored a test 200 against South Africa or 300 against any test opponent?

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    again against a weak team

  • POSTED BY rajcl on | February 5, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    @nothingnew, man read 1st my comment properly , me too said this type of comparision is not good & sachins 200 match 54 avg & too fail in last 25 matches & even sanga 121 matches 57avg , how could some one compare this ( if sanga fail in 25 matches maybe avg comes below 50 ,u got my point , for ur kind information after 2 mathes rohit is avg off 200+ he is waste batsman in team )

  • POSTED BY Grasian on | February 5, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Unfortunately, this is a meaningless innings played against a team that should never have received Test status in the first place. The Big Three could at least have stuck to their guns when they initially proposed eight Test teams. And to think that SL Cricket cancelled series against WI and SA last year and agreed to this! It's depressing being a SL cricket fan at the moment.

  • POSTED BY RKCH on | February 5, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Great effort by a modern day master of the game. His best however was 192 vs Aus. in Hobart where he almost chased a 500+ total in the fourth innings, but for a controversial decision.

  • POSTED BY Bdcricketdebator on | February 5, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    I dont know why people r reacting so crazy about sanga.why dont u people react this way when sanga scores tons of double 100 against pak.besides look at score board it was only sanga who standing.sachin scored runs when evryone scores but sanga scores when evryone fails.so he is defenetly better than tendulker.

  • POSTED BY nothingnew on | February 5, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    hey man your statistics are really wrong go and check correct one )

    (Sangakkara is a flat-track bully! His Test batting average in countries with swing/seam/spin friendly conditions - Englnad (30.58), South Africa (35.75), India (36.5), West Indies (34.00) - is quite low.)

    these are correct average for sangakkara's test average . u r talking about odi average man . ( england 35. south africa 48.6 west indies 54 india 57.1 . )

  • POSTED BY nothingnew on | February 5, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    @rajcl man anyone can just best average in first few test matches . rohit sharma has 66+ but kitruwan vithanage has more than 80+ u r talking about rohit is class batsmen . if someone good test batsmen who should score more than 10000+ runs and 30+ hundred . rohit played only 6 matches . u know thilan samaraweera's first 10 test matches average was 100+ .if rohit played more than 50 - 75 tests then we can compare with sanga .

  • POSTED BY realfan on | February 5, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    @K Aruna Kanchana Perera : not reacheble to jayasurya??? lol sachin was outbowled in odi's mainly because of his lebow problem... jayasurya is good, but not comparable to sachin... sachin may not be good in tests, but he is incomparable in ODI... sachin has bowled half the overs as jayasurya and got almost half wickets as jayasurya.... and sachin's average is way above sanath's... remember they played almost same number of matches...

  • POSTED BY likeintcricket on | February 5, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Great effotr by Sanga but once again he scored against a low ranked team. I would like him to perform in Australia and South Africa. But a record is a record and it will always show on paper.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    And we are not comparing sanga with sachin you are comparing sachin with sanga that show how great player sanga is Hats off to sanga every country compare their own players with sanga lolx

  • POSTED BY many07 on | February 5, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    9 double century sounds good....but only one outside Asia and that too against Zimbabwe.......not prize for guessing who is flat track bully....

  • POSTED BY realfan on | February 5, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    @jerseyno.10 : correction : comparing sachin to sanga is like comparing RR to MERC.... :)

  • POSTED BY realfan on | February 5, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    @pradeep_dealwis : lol , who is comparing to sachin??? its not indian fans, its other country fans who compares every other player with sachin... every country fans compares theirt best player with sachin whene ever a record is broken.... read correctly dude....

  • POSTED BY realfan on | February 5, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    @Nash Sanjay Wijesiriwardena : lanka did better than india outside sub continent??? how many series have you won ouside subcontinent?? how may series you have drawn atleast??? lanka never won a test match in AUS, india won matches and drew a test series in AUS, india won a test series in WI, NZ, ENG... where did lanka won?? they have not even drew any series in these countries, india drew test series in SA, and lanka?? they have not even drew any series.... and lankan have not even won a single series outttside lanka till now ( except for bangladesh ) and lanka are yet to win a test match in india

  • POSTED BY Naushad79 on | February 5, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    It's not only Sanga bats in subcontinent India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and all other test playing nations get's the opportunity to bat in subcontinent. Whether it's subcontinent or not, a batsmen should be able to score runs and that is what he have been doing. What Sanga has achieved today is for his class and he has proved that he is one of the best test players. anyone can make comments but his stats says all about him. Suppose if Sanga is a Indian batsmen everyone will say he is the best in the world. As Sri Lankan we love him and he is the best. Doesn't matter where he score his centuries as long as they keep on coming.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 5, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    And for SL fans please do not over praise sangakkara so much, true that he is a class act but he is not the only one that SL has ever produced and there are far great players than him who we have forgotten which we should be ashamed of,always try to praise your team which represents your country then the individuals,because when you loose no person cares about individuals negative comments are made to your country and when we win we need to make sure that all 11 players are given the credit for what they achieved than praising one individual.

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | February 5, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    @K Aruna Kanchana Perera how would u compare sanga and tendulkar avg as srilanka play max 2 or 3 tests each series abroad where as india play min 3 tests except last SA and now Nz tour

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 5, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    I have been reading all the comments posted by all SL fan about Sangakkara, being a hard core SL fan i find people being to cocky about sangakkara and try's to praise him more than what he values,this is cricket its always not about one person or his stats that matters.it's a game of a team of 11 players,unless sanga or any srilankan player gets the support from the other colleagues they will not be able to achieve what they have achieved,no point playing for personal glory than playing for a win for your country.people who should be respected will earn it for their respective fans,and try not to be a joke by comparing stats of players from each country and if you are truly based on stats of a player's quality check how many matches have been won in difficult scenarios that how you could find a true talent and a great ,by bashing 20 or 30 centuries does not define the true character of a quality player,

  • POSTED BY rajcl on | February 5, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    @ Henrik Lovén , we indians compared sachin to don because, don himself only said he seen himself in sachin, in 1993 to 2005 almost 80% of young cricketers want become sachin not only just because of batting, also calmness, gusty, fighting as a 1 man army & manerisum we love u sachin

  • POSTED BY realfan on | February 5, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    @Henrik Lovén : lol , first of all i am not sachin fans, neither do i bash him..... you are contradicting your own statement.... why do they dont compare with other great players other than sachin??? why do everyone takes sachin to compare with some random player??? dont they have credible players to compare???

    i am not saying compare players with bradman, why dont you compare players with their own era?? kallis? ponting?? lara?? i have nevr seen any batsmen compared to these players, why do they pick only sachin to compare????

    the facts are in front of you... you have cricinfo stats, use it and compare it with any player... you will find sachin leading almost 70% times....

    i aint coverd with sachin, its some jealousy guys who cant digest sachin are trying to demen sachin in one way or the other.....

    like i said read your own comment, you are contradicting yoursef

  • POSTED BY jerseyno.10 on | February 5, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    comparing SRT with snaga is like comparing merc with a Rolls-Royce

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | February 5, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    As I have said before another innings defeat on card. I don't think that any Bangladeshi bowlers even believed that they can get sanga out. More than 50% run was scored by him. Tamim what a waste of space. Before every series he will come out with massive comments and will show no responsible attitude on field and now he is also the vice captain. Honestly have no wish to watch this test anymore. Anyway Congratulation Sanga. You are one of the best of our time. I know you would rather have your 300 against a decent team than these pie chucker but still a triple hundred is something special. Well Done and wish you very best of luck (Not for the rest of the series though)

  • POSTED BY realfan on | February 5, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    @Ranjit_Perera : even if sanga is not an india we like to see him bat... not like some jealousy people over here... every player has his own respect..

  • POSTED BY pradeep_dealwis on | February 5, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    We really don't need to compare Tendulkar and Lara to Sanga....all three are legends in their own right....Lara the best of the three in my mind....but all three are legends and should be appreciated. Period.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    wherever you play the game, the game is game.it does not mean that flat tracks in Asia is easier than pacy boucy tracks in Aus, south africa or asia, sachin is a classy batsman, we all accepted that. but he cant reach sanath jayasuriya in ODIs as a player, because sanath was a all rounder with more than 300 wickets and 10,000 runs. even sanga is the best wicket keeper in the game as well as a classy batsman, so dont try to compare sachin with everyone. Srilanka played better cricket than India in out of the sub continent.

  • POSTED BY realfan on | February 5, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    more over sanga made his debut in 2000 and sachin made his debut in 1989 where sachin played against the greats of wasin, waqar, ambrose, mcgrath, lee, walsh, fraser, all at their peak .... i am not saying sangakarra doesnt deserve respect, but we like to see him bat... he is one of the greats, but putting him ahead of sachin is way too low of you fans...

  • POSTED BY pradeep_dealwis on | February 5, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    Why do these Indian fans have to come out every time any player does anything and have to make comparisons to Tendulkar? Specially, when the players concerned are from Sri Lanka or Pakistan. Tendulkar's a legend, no doubt. Grow up Indian fans, without making comments and insulting the great man's cricketing memory.

  • POSTED BY rajcl on | February 5, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    @K Aruna Kanchana Perera, rohit sharma avg 66 so hi is better than sanga , could u accept realy its fact ( i knew sharma is nowhere near ) but look at truth

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Sangakkara is a flat-track bully! His Test batting average in countries with swing/seam/spin friendly conditions - Englnad (30.58), South Africa (35.75), India (36.5), West Indies (34.00) - is quite low.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    @Realfan - the main reason people compare batsmen's performances with Sachin Tendulkar is because comparison with Don Bradman is futile. If you take off your Sachin-tinted glasses and make a fair appraisal of Indian batsmen, you'll find that Ranji, Gavaskar and Dravid were actually better. If you look at other teams, you'll find plenty of exceptional cricketers whose performances and value to their team was equal to or greater than Tendulkar's to India such as Sobers, Kallis, Jayawardene and Sangakkara to name but four.

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | February 5, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    @many07. Those statics are wrong. Only Sangakkara is the legend after Bradman. SL are lions.

  • POSTED BY rajcl on | February 5, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    @dammi oh even ganguly dada have a 6 centuries outside asia ( he is not legend in tests as a batsman )

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 5, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    @tuan rassool check the stats before making statements...after bradman we have greats like graeme Pollock and George headley who had 60+ averages... if I remember right Barrington and sobers also have marginally higher averages than sanga... no doubt sangakkara is a quality player but to say that he would have easily emulated sachin is a joke... sachin has intimidating records all over the world not just in the subcontinent...there s a reason he holds most of the records worth achieving!

  • POSTED BY realfan on | February 5, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    and regarding those 200+ scores 8 out of 9 have come in asia ( spin friendly pitches ) and only 200+ out of asia was against zimbabwe ( appreciates ) and out of those 8 200+ scores 5 has come in lanka flat tracks... and 3 have come against bangladesh which they normally play more agaisnt....

    no body is saying sangakara is flat track bully, but jut to praise your fav player why to bash other player??? everybody knows what sachin is and what sangakarra is ... individual player has induvidual respect....

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    Its not SriLanka who awards test status to countries. Indians are showing their pure jealousy in criticizing the World's top players in the likes of Sanga and Mahela. All the countries get to play Bangladesh and Its not that Tendulkar didn't get to bat against Bangladesh. Guys don't be jealous that Sanga's average is way above Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY rajcl on | February 5, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    @dammi,, i will give u 1 example if sachin going how classy he is , would you seen in world cricket the 1st slip goes to 3rd man ( that means 1st slip in boundary line ) its happened in 1 serious ind vs aus ( i dont remember which year ) batsman is sachin & almost it happened preset serious vs ind ross taylor going for boundary & come back finally

  • POSTED BY Ranjit_Perera on | February 5, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Believe me if SANGA was an INDIAN they will worship him as they do for SACHIN & DRAVID."Be so good they can't ignore you." Go Sanga

  • POSTED BY realfan on | February 5, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    when some one makes a mile stone people starts comapring it with sachin and by that we can understand how great the player sachin is... greatness is when some random players in being compared with you .... and every other player's stats are compared with sachin, hatsoff sachin....

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    In terms of test Averages,sanga is next to Donald bradman.If sri Lanka is given more test matches who knows he can easily surpass tendulkars total.Therefore only thing that can stop him, by denying more test cricket to Sri Lanka by ICC till he retires.

  • POSTED BY many07 on | February 5, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Sanga Outside subcontinent - 5 Centuries(Excluding In Zimbabwe) Laxman Outside subcontinent - 7 Centuries(Excluding In Zimbabwe) Dravid Outside subcontinent - 13 Centuries(Excluding In Zimbabwe) Sachin Outside subcontinent - 18 Centuries(Excluding In Zimbabwe)

  • POSTED BY realfan on | February 5, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    just to note some facts about sangakarra's performance in different nations... in england : averages 30.48 with only 1 hundred in india ( so called flat tracks ) : averages mere 36.5 with only 1 hundred and zero fifties in WI : average 34 with 0 hundreds in SA : 35.5 with 1 hundred

    compared to sachin in eng : average 54 with 4 hundreds in WI : average 48 with 1 hundred in lankan ( so called lively pitches ) : average 67 with 5 hundreds in SA : 47 with 5 hundreds

    apart from BD and ZIM sangakkaras's average against AUS, WI, SA, ENG, IND, NW, PAK int he home of opposition 45.37 with just 9 hundreds

    compared to sachin's average of 52 with 24 hundreds.....

    so all these blind haters of sachin should take a rest for a while....

  • POSTED BY Atish_Man on | February 5, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    @dammi9991 Really poor comment. Should have added filter to see how many runs and centuries scored in Asia. Anyways Sanga is very good batsman but before comparing him with others please ask him to score outside subcontinent. A solitary 100 against Aus tells the story.

  • POSTED BY sandeep33 on | February 5, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    @dammi sanga scored majority of runs against todays underperforming intrnational bowlers,,but sachin faced all devestating bowlers and scored runs., the goden era of bowling was durin 90's.sachin survivd them,,so cant compare sanga with sachin,, sanga strtd his career in 2000.bowling level has weekend since 2000 we all knw,, that is sangas advantage..

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan23 on | February 5, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    @dammi9991 Sanga scores a triple against BD & u feel the need to prove that he is better than Sachin. When Kallis retired, his fans tried to compare him to Sachin, now sanga scores a 300 & his fans think he is better than Sachin. That itself shows that Sachin is the benchmark against whom everyone is measured. U put out a lot of numbers to make a point but try looking beyond the numbers. Sachin played most of his cricket in an era when almost every team had great bowlers & he was the only one who scored runs in all conditions against all oppositions across all formats consistently. As good as Sanga is, he is not in the same class as Sachin or even Lara.

  • POSTED BY rajcl on | February 5, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    @dammi9991 no dought sanga is classy player & gretest test batsman,,, ofcourse indians is flat track bulliys but ur sanga & jayawardane even flater , flater , flat track bullys both out of 33 & 34 centuries only 6 centuries they both made out of asia realy these 2 or real flat track bullys & u sachin 34 centurie came in 119th match & sanga 121st & jajawardane 142 still to come & sachin last his prime in last 23 matches so avg is below 55 other wise around 57 or 58 & his ceturies going to arond 60 + 10 times in 90s

  • POSTED BY realfan on | February 5, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    people compare sangas record with sachin's.. that tells the story why sachin is legend... when some one is compared with other thent he other guy must be a legend and worth comparing... lol.. these fans are missing simple common sense..... anyway just a fact, sanga's average in ENG is 30 and in SA also its 30... unlike lankans we dont say sangas as flat track bully or home track bully...thats where we stand out from lankans... hope they grow up....

  • POSTED BY ram91106 on | February 5, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    @ nothingnew Probably Pujara and Kohli... the backbone of the Indian team

  • POSTED BY ram91106 on | February 5, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    That Sanga is one of the modern greats is not even disputed...But to say that Sanga is better than Sachin is tantamount to saying The Mona Lisa is just a sketch of a woman...Sanga has his own place in the history of the game ...Sachin his own... The Don said of him that Sachin reminded him of himself...he was included in his all time XI... Warne rates him as the best he has played against...Wasim rates him as the best...Even Lara Waugh Ponting rate him as the best...yes its their modesty but they could have simply said Sachin was special or something equally inane...The Sachin we saw after 2011 wasn't the same people saw before...Yes he should have retired in a blaze of glory warmth and devotion to him of the billion..But all geniuses have their flaws and this would be Sachin's...Once again I implore don't compare Sachin and Sanga...Heck Sachin is number 4 on the all time dream XI too!!!

  • POSTED BY Atish_Man on | February 5, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Poor SRT retired from cricket, but people are still trying to pull him down. Sanga is very good but still way behind Lara, ponting and SRT.

  • POSTED BY cric_roch on | February 5, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    @dammi9991 , you compare sachin's records only from sanga's debute why ? thats does not prove anything..grow up

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    well done sangakara , only one 50 plus score except sangakara 319 so it means if Bdesh was taking sanga wicket itw as not even 300 runs from Srilanka thats what Bangladesh have to learn if u can't get batsman like sangakara out then at least get the tale out here with tale sanga score around 300 runs which cost bdesh may be match and series and another white wash.

  • POSTED BY many07 on | February 5, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    I noticed that Outside subcontinent Sanga has only 6 Test hundred(including one against Zim)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 5, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Sanga is amongst the best but anywhere close to Lara. Even though Andrew Fidel Fernando tries to convince us that the pitch had demons in it, lets not forget this is a club level attack. If Sanga had managed a triple against Pakistan in an equally flat and better batting pitch then it would rank higher. Also Lara has flayed superior Aussie attacks and scored big double hundreds. Sorry not comparable.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | February 5, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Fastest to 11,000 test runs - King Sanga 208 innings > Lara 213 innings > Ponting 222 innings > Sachin 223 innings . So, Sanga > daylight > Sachin. What a champion batsman. Hail King Sanga !!!

  • POSTED BY Moppa on | February 5, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    PS: Here's the list with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe included. Sangakkara, Kallis, Tendulkar and Yousuf, amongst others, have their numbers boosted by including those numbers.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=batting_average;qualmin1=5000;qualmin2= 45;qualval1=runs;qualval2=batting_average;spanmin1=1+Jan+1990;spanval1= span;template=results;type=batting

  • POSTED BY ram91106 on | February 5, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    While none of us dispute Sanga is one of the modern greats of the game please remember that the pitch conditions and the quality of the bowling wasn't the same as in the 80s and the 90's when bowlers could destroy the batsmen in the blink of an eye if they so wished... Its probable that if Sachin had been born a decade later with the same traits and characteristics he would have made his debut in the late 90's and his stats could probably have been different.. Remember that Sachin rates his knock in Perth 92 as his best..it wasn't a daddy hundred but the pitch and the quality of opposition makes him rate it the best of his 100 centuries...Sachin suffered a serious tennis elbow operation which could have finished his playing career in the early 2000s..that he rose from it and made it his best patch was credit to his mental fortitude and sheer bloody genius..Please just don't slag one of the greatest who cricket feels privileged to have played... Contd

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | February 5, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    These umpires give all wrong calls against our batsmen. Otherwise it would have been a 700 score again. No worry, we will bowl out them under 100 in both inngs.

  • POSTED BY A.D.Britto on | February 5, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    if there is Runs the class may not be. if there is a class the runs may not be if there is a runs and class the consistency may not be Runs, Class, Consistency all in One He is Sanga he is another Legend the Cricket cannot Replace.

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | February 5, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    @dammi9991. Thanks bro. Now the whole world know that Sangakkara is no:1 and Sachin is not even in no:10. Sachin played in flat pitches only but sangakkara played in bowler friendly pitches to score those 200 and this triple. Well done Sangakkara.

  • POSTED BY Lord.emsworth on | February 5, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Forget all the negatives sent in by Indian fans and comparisions to Bradman,Lara,Ponting, Tendulkar, Kallis etc; one fact stands out. Geoff Boycott once said Sangakarra is a wonderful test batsmen and on another occasion said he was the best test batsmen at the moment. Statements like that coming from a man with such an undisputable cricket pedigree says volumes for Sangakarra's batting. Congrats KS!

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | February 5, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    This is why Sangga's stats are meaningless. I only wish Australia could play some of these teams occasionally, even if not as regularly as Sl and India get to do. There should be two tiers.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    I think all those who are comparing Sachin with Kumar Sangakkara are missing a point. Kumar Sangakkara has scored 4 centuries outside the subcontinent- on 7th Dec 2006 at Lancaster Park, NZ, 15 Dec 2006 in Christchurch NZ, The Rosebowl, Southhamptom in UK on 16th June 2011 and Kingsmead, South Africa on 26th Dec, 2011. Sachin Tendulkar scored four centuries outside India even before he turned 20- 2 against Australia , 1 against South Africa and 1 against England. After that he has scored hundreds ( pure test hundreds and plenty of ODI hundreds too) galore outside the sub continent. As a pure batsman Sangakkara's record cannot even be compared with the Sachins and Laras. It is however, the fact that he also kept wickets for a long time that makes him a great too.

  • POSTED BY nothingnew on | February 5, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    @AltafPatel man . we are talking about sangakkara's mile's stone. even lara scored 2 times 300 runs they couldn't win the series .when sangakkara played good cricket other one didn't play quite good cricket . but as a team batsmen score good runs in regularly in sri lanka . not like indian flat bully. u see what happened to indian team when they are at NZ . u see dhoni's record in overseas ? just win 5 matches out of 19matches winning percentage just under 36. what else u need man ? do u need any statistics . u indian flat bully chearing man . u don't know about the cricket out side of the country

  • POSTED BY subbuamdavadi on | February 5, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    @dammi9991 - Yes, Sanga is the best. Happy? In praising Sanga why bring in Sachin? That only shows your parochialism and not Sanga's greatness! Sachin never said (aka Muhammad Ali) 'I am the best'. Sanga never claimed so and neither did Lara, Kallis, Ponting, sehwag, Sobers..... or Bradman. It is we outsiders who wage such silly and foolish wars based on flimsy statistics and numbers. Enjoy such players as long as you can and appreciate their art. Get a life!!

  • POSTED BY bandes1971 on | February 5, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    hats off to Nitin Bhardwaj for neutral way of commenting as he really understood the value of unbiased way of corresponding. and to feel very sorry for all others those who posses hidden agenda of personal animosity or anger over a well performed player who does not belong to his or her native country. and please understand the very fact of neutralism over any comment made for this column, thereby it will serve to the betterment of the game and to uplift the ethics and culture. there is no doubt indeed the records of sanga to be placed amongst the top three in the modern day cricket and one has to understand that he has lot of things left with him. surely he will deliver in future.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 5, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket should try different opener as Tamim is inconsistant at no 1 position.

  • POSTED BY ram91106 on | February 5, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    @dammi While everyone agrees that Sanga or King Kumar as he should be called will go down as one of the finest gentlemen and one of the greatest batsman to ever grace the game please keep in mind that Sanga made his debut in 2000...Sachin made his in 1989 against a rampant Pakistan consisting of Wasim Waqar Aaqib Mushtaq Ahmed who were the dominant force in world cricket... Also Sachin played against the quality of Courtney,Curtly,Craig McDermott at their absolute peak and he was the bulwark of the Indian team right through the early 90's till the emergence of Dravid,VVS,Sourav,Sehwag etc...The Indian team during the 90's wasn't the giant that it can be probably called now..that happened after 2000 when we started beating Australia,England,South Africa etc regularly home and away...the only places Sachin hasn't won a series is Australia and South Africa...that could have been only South Africa except for Sydney 2008 and we missed the chance due to fate...Contd

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | February 5, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Sangakkara is the only legend. Not tendulkar. Jayawardhane is another legend and look at desilva, chandimal, Vithanage and Mathews they are legends in making. Indians have only one hyped Tendulkar.Sangakkara have better averages against best bowling attacks of SA, Eng and Australia in home and away matches.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | February 5, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    Fastest to 11,000 test runs - King Sanga 208 innings > Lara 213 innings > Ponting 222 innings > Sachin 223 innings . So, Sanga > daylight > Sachin. What a champion batsman. Hail King Sanga !!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    One player can make a big difference between two teams.

  • POSTED BY nothingnew on | February 5, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    sangakkara is true legend in modern cricket . who has top average in test cricket who scored more than 7500 ? 9 times 200+ runs ,192 ( umpire bad decision) , 199* for sangakkara's 11000 runs. what a stylish batsmen . does any indian flat pitch hitters can reach sangakara's landmark within next few years ?

  • POSTED BY BackStreetBowler on | February 5, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    Being a Sachin obsessed Indian, I had never really noticed Sanga's stats. I am completely amazed by his batting achievements. Fastest to get to 11000 runs!! 4th highest on batting averages all time behind Bradman, Barrington and Hammond!! 2nd person to hit a six to reach his triple hundred (after Sehwag). Wow!!!

    I dont think he has got all the kudos he deserves simply because his playing years coincided largely with Sachin and Kallis. Truly an all time batting great!! Hats off to you.

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | February 5, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    BD once again looking almost hopeless in this too & Tamim gone!..another bad thing that specialist spinner Razzak could't play since yesterday due to injury after bowling just 4 overs if he was here bowling then the total might have been different with wickets falling more early so who knows...but anyway BD must do well in this as its a could pitch to bat on & should not complain much if any in there batting at the same time there is some uneven bounce, getting low & little turn noticed later in this..BD players are tired after fielding for soo long already so won't be easy but tough i can say...they must play with their full heart according to the role & condition to save this test match..congrats to Sangakara for his triple! but to say he is not world's greatest but really among top world class batsman at this time...his career record doesn't indicates enough impressive record playing overseas conditions but has very good record in asian conditions & he is capable of turning games..

  • POSTED BY dammi9991 on | February 5, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    from page 3 to last

    Among Top 40 Run Scorers in Test Cricket 52.43 Kumar Sangakkara 51.78 Walter Hammond 51.52 Brian Lara 50.20 Sir Garfield Sobers 48.39 Sachin Tendulkar 48.27 Mohammad Yousuf 47.70 Virender Sehwag 47.44 Jacques Kallis 47.30 Sunil Gavaskar 46.88 Matthew Hayden Among the batsmen with 5000 Test Runs only Sir Don Bradman (87.46) and Sir Jack Hobbs (53.03) have better runs/ innings ratio than Sangakkara. Sachin is no where. He is just overrated. Indians will never get this. But there are lot of players like Lara, Kallis, Ponting who are better than Tendulkar. Indian fans excuse is average in South Africa and England. If you talk about overseas average Sachin has better averages in SA, ENG and BAN. Sanga has better averages in AU,NZ and PAK

  • POSTED BY dammi9991 on | February 5, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    from pg 3

    MAN OF THE MATCH Sanga 15 times but Sachin 14 times. (sanga 15 in 117 matches ,sachin 14 in 200 matches) who is the match winner? SANGA Sadly Sanga will only play another 10-15 Test. Otherwise he would have broken even Sachin's centuries record. Just see this *Best 100 per Innings Ratios in Tests (Minimum 20 Centuries) 0.363 Sir Don Braman 0.165 Kumar Sangakkara 0.163 Matthew Hayden 0.163 Hashim Amla 0.163 Sir Garfield Sobers AND *Best RUNS/INNINGS Ratios to be cont pg 4 and final

  • POSTED BY rizwan1981 on | February 5, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    For all those who deride centuries made in the sub continent , I would like to know why is that there are very few batsmen from England , Australia , South Africa and New Zealand with a decent average on spinning tracks in Asia ?

    Sri Lanka also (until recently ) were never granted a full series in ANZAC , SA and England . Further , Sri Lanka is forced to play in May in England when the weather is cold and the ball swings much more than in the latter part of the summer when the bigger nations such as India plays which has been advantageous to players like Sachin Tendulkar- Talking.of Sachin , he averages 136 against Bangladesh with 5 centuries but manages only 40 Against Pakistan , when the pressure has been very high- Also Tendulkar's 4th innings average is appalling in comparison to Dravid and V V S Laxman .

    Let us also not forget that Hayden scored 380 against Zimbabwe and for a brief period held the world record.

  • POSTED BY dammi9991 on | February 5, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    From pge 1 Sangakkara scores a century every 6.06 inns but Sachin every 6.45 inns (Sanga 33 centuries in 200 inns but Sachin 51 in 329 inns ) DOUBLE CENTURIES Sangakkara scores a double century every 25 inns but Sachin every 55 inns (Sanga 8 double centuries in 200 inns , sachin 6 double centuries) DOUBLE CENTURIES Sangakkara scores a double century every 25 inns but Sachin every 55 inns ( sanga 8 double centuries in 200 inns , sachin 6 double centuries ) 50+ SCORES (centuries + fifties ) Sanga every 2.66 inns but sachin every 2.76 inns ( Sanga 75 in 200 inns but Sachin 119 in 329 inns. ) SO SANGA IS THE BEST 500 RUNS IN A TEST SERIES Sangakkara has done it ( 516 runs ) but Sachin had never done. Sachin never scored 500 test runs in a series. He had lots of 3 match , 4 match and also 5 match series. 3 match series - 30 , 4 match series - 10 , 5 match series - 3 cont to pg3

  • POSTED BY dammi9991 on | February 5, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    BITER TRUTH: Sanga vs Sachin since Sanga's debut -------------- Sachin ... sanga Matches ---- 124 ....... 117 Innings - ---- 208 ....... 200 Runs - ------ 9885 ...... 10486 HS - ----------248* ...... 287 Average ---- 52.86 ..... 56.98 50s ----------- 44 ........ 42 100s --------- 29 ......... 33 Let's see about overall stats Last 40 INNS Sangakkara 9 centuries BUT Sachin NO CENTURIES. Check it. sachin did not score a test century since 02 JANUARY 2011 ( FOR 1050 DAYS ) Sachin scored only 1243 runs in his last 40 inns with an average of 32.71 (no centuries only 9 fifties) BUT Sangakkara 2179 runs in his last 40 inns with an AVERAGE of 60.52 . (Sanga scored 9 centuries and 8 fifties) . to be coont

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 5, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    well palyed sanga...we are proud of you.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 5, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara scored 319 against Bangladeah.......

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 5, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    Sanga is one of the best test players in the world. 319 is not an easy score. Every batsman cant score this much. So srilankans are best. They will continue this one......

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 5, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    Masud Khan Iqbal, razzak got injured, along with mushfiqur

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Sanga will be remembered as one of the GREATEST LEGENDS of Cricket's history! Salute to the Legend!

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | February 5, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Sangakkara - the greatest batsman all time !!! Hail King Sanga.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | February 5, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Haters always going to hate. Sangakkara's previous high score was against South Africa against the likes of Styen, Nel, and Ntini (after South Africa got all out for 169). He has 192 IN Australia (against Lee, Johnson, and Clark), and has gotten 2 190s against Pakistan (one of the best bowling attacks in the world (once against Waqar and Shoaib, and another time against Junaid and Ajmal). I can keep going on... the point is that the man is NOT a flat track bully. Yes, it is Bangladesh, but one interesting thing I found was that this is the first time Bangladesh let someone score a triple century against them (all other Test Playing Nations have already conceded a triple century to opposition). Not only that, but he is the fastest to 8000, 9000, 10000, and 11000 runs with an average in the high 57s..... He also has the same amount of double centuries as Lara with fewer Test Matches. Definitely a modern great and very very underrated (probably because he is not Aus, Eng, or Indian)

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | February 5, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    There is no doubt that Sanga is miles better player than Sachin Tendulkar. Fastest to 11,000 runs - well done Sir.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | February 5, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    SL never won a test series in SA, Aus, Eng, NZ, WI, India, Pak (UAE) in Sanga's 120 tests career with 34 hundreds, 8 double, 11,000 runs, 58 average and a triple hundred. Enough to justify his achievements or class. Same holds for Jayawardene.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 5, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    ...better keep this article..This is exactly what's gonna happen in next few years if big 3 take over ice. ...more bang vs SL matches...

  • POSTED BY ummii on | February 5, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    BANGLADESH getting heavy defeats even in there own country ground.. Raises the serious question that are they competent to have TEST Status.. with such POOR shows over the 15 years...

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Another big defeat on the way as usual for BD

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 5, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    haters will hate but legends respond in their own way sanga no doubt youre one of the best in world ryt now . u and kallis are just class apart hats off

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 5, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Its sangakara vs bangladesh guys ;)

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | February 5, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    Well its official now that Sanga is the best bat from the subcont. in the last 20 odd years . Only othere in this rare company will be a few- Dravid,Aravinda,Inzi and maybe Saeed Anwar . Add Sanath too poss. If he keeps up this tempo ,he will no doubt join the pantheon of the 3 modern gen stalwarts -Lara,Ponting and Kallis and be among these modern greats if he's not 1 already . Waiting for the 400 ! good luck!

  • POSTED BY OttawaRocks on | February 5, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    We all knew SL was a middle of the road to an above average team. So this test series really is about Bangladesh and not SL. Its almost like Bangladesh wants to prove that they are incapable of playing top level cricket. Do they really want us to discuss Bangladesh and Tier 2 cricket in the same breath? Well, if they don't, they better show up soon!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 5, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    sanga in uae he play 13 inning without a handrad

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    I bet Sanga is glad he won't have to keep after this monumental innings.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 5, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    what ever people say you r the best in the modern era of the game,

  • POSTED BY Humdingers on | February 5, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    @Prasad Madushanka Guruge - of those 100s how many are in the subcontinent vs outside?

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Well played Kumar...............................

  • POSTED BY ameen85 on | February 5, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    Sanga has an average of 51 in away sub continent in test matches (AUS,SA,ENG). stop bashing @ the sanga haters. He is the modern great

  • POSTED BY TheKeeper on | February 5, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    Finally the 8th wicket comes, but 100 runs too late. BAN players must be sick of cricket after being in the field for another 130+ overs - twice in 2 weeks.

    It's now going to be very interesting to see how BAN bat.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    Well played Sanga.I hope his statistics will not be diluted with reapeated assualts on BD.Why we play BD every other series I don't know.In Sri Lanka there is a saying ''do not commit sins by killing rat snakes''.BD has a long way to go unfortunately to become a competitive opposition.

  • POSTED BY bandes1971 on | February 5, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    another masterclass performance from the lad hails from matale , hats off mate we love you and admire you for the elegance, glorious and gentleman way of cricket where none can match. we believe that the tons and doubles are yet to flaw from your bat in future to come and three more doubles to equal all time great sir don. may all our wishes for you for that sanga.

  • POSTED BY Al_Entity on | February 5, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Out of Sanga's 9 double hundreds while 4 came against Bangla and Zim others are 2 vs SA 2 Vs Pak and 1 vs Ind then he has also scored 199* vs Pak 192 against Aus in Aus and a 150+ against Nzl in Nzl! Also what is this flat track bully tag! I looked at ground batting averages in Srl gronds vs the so called Green tracks in Aus, Eng and SA the runs per wicket is more or less the same. So I think they just mean wickets not in South Asia. Because it is not easy to score runs in any of those grounds whether in Srl or Aus, Nzl Eng etc.......Also he has hundreds in Durban as well as Southampton!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 5, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    what happened to razzak? only 4 overs?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 5, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    in india there r abt 15 sports channels and none of them r broadcasting sr vs ban series

  • POSTED BY TheKeeper on | February 5, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    Well played Kumar!

    After lunch (day 2) Bangladesh look like they have given up. They are not even applying any pressure on Ajantha Mendis. Maybe it is that BAN only like to bat.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    "Sanga is a modern great without doubt. His punishments of Bangladesh inflate his numbers but he averages over 52 against the 8 nations not including Bangla and Zim"

    Sanga's 34 Hundreds -

    Vs Australia - 1 Vs England - 2 Vs South Africa - 3 Vs New Zealand - 3 Vs West Indies - 3 Vs India - 5 Vs Pakistan - 9 Vs Bangladesh - 6 Vs Zimbabwe - 2

    MJ's 33 Hundreds -

    Vs Australia - 2 Vs England - 8 Vs South Africa - 5 Vs New Zealand - 3 Vs West Indies - 1 Vs India - 6 Vs Pakistan - 2 Vs Bangladesh - 5 Vs Zimbabwe - 1

    do u still think that they are flat track bullies..

  • POSTED BY humi_cric on | February 5, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    In just four sessions of play, so many players look tired in the BD camp, few are not taking part in the field, just shows the fitness level of BD players. No offence, but BD team players mentally and physically more suited to shorter format of the game, test cricket is not their cup of tea, sorry again.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 5, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Master blaster....................................

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 5, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Master blaster....................................

  • POSTED BY humi_cric on | February 5, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    In just four sessions of play, so many players look tired in the BD camp, few are not taking part in the field, just shows the fitness level of BD players. No offence, but BD team players mentally and physically more suited to shorter format of the game, test cricket is not their cup of tea, sorry again.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    "Sanga is a modern great without doubt. His punishments of Bangladesh inflate his numbers but he averages over 52 against the 8 nations not including Bangla and Zim"

    Sanga's 34 Hundreds -

    Vs Australia - 1 Vs England - 2 Vs South Africa - 3 Vs New Zealand - 3 Vs West Indies - 3 Vs India - 5 Vs Pakistan - 9 Vs Bangladesh - 6 Vs Zimbabwe - 2

    MJ's 33 Hundreds -

    Vs Australia - 2 Vs England - 8 Vs South Africa - 5 Vs New Zealand - 3 Vs West Indies - 1 Vs India - 6 Vs Pakistan - 2 Vs Bangladesh - 5 Vs Zimbabwe - 1

    do u still think that they are flat track bullies..

  • POSTED BY TheKeeper on | February 5, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    Well played Kumar!

    After lunch (day 2) Bangladesh look like they have given up. They are not even applying any pressure on Ajantha Mendis. Maybe it is that BAN only like to bat.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 5, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    in india there r abt 15 sports channels and none of them r broadcasting sr vs ban series

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 5, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    what happened to razzak? only 4 overs?

  • POSTED BY Al_Entity on | February 5, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Out of Sanga's 9 double hundreds while 4 came against Bangla and Zim others are 2 vs SA 2 Vs Pak and 1 vs Ind then he has also scored 199* vs Pak 192 against Aus in Aus and a 150+ against Nzl in Nzl! Also what is this flat track bully tag! I looked at ground batting averages in Srl gronds vs the so called Green tracks in Aus, Eng and SA the runs per wicket is more or less the same. So I think they just mean wickets not in South Asia. Because it is not easy to score runs in any of those grounds whether in Srl or Aus, Nzl Eng etc.......Also he has hundreds in Durban as well as Southampton!

  • POSTED BY bandes1971 on | February 5, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    another masterclass performance from the lad hails from matale , hats off mate we love you and admire you for the elegance, glorious and gentleman way of cricket where none can match. we believe that the tons and doubles are yet to flaw from your bat in future to come and three more doubles to equal all time great sir don. may all our wishes for you for that sanga.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    Well played Sanga.I hope his statistics will not be diluted with reapeated assualts on BD.Why we play BD every other series I don't know.In Sri Lanka there is a saying ''do not commit sins by killing rat snakes''.BD has a long way to go unfortunately to become a competitive opposition.

  • POSTED BY TheKeeper on | February 5, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    Finally the 8th wicket comes, but 100 runs too late. BAN players must be sick of cricket after being in the field for another 130+ overs - twice in 2 weeks.

    It's now going to be very interesting to see how BAN bat.