Bangladesh v SL, 2nd Test, Chittagong, 4th day February 7, 2014

Sangakkara feat puts SL in commanding position

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Bangladesh 426 and 12 for 0 need 455 runs to beat Sri Lanka 587 and 305 for 4 dec (Sangakkara 105, Chandimal 100*)
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Kumar Sangakkara eased, almost casually, to a 35th career hundred in a Test match already heaving with his runs, completing a feat only Graham Gooch had achieved before him. A whip over the midwicket ropes took him over 100 in almost the same fashion he had brought up his triple century in the first innings, and raised his match-tally to 424 - the third highest in Tests. Thanks in large part to his epic labours, Sri Lanka have almost certainly made themselves safe in the Test, with one full day remaining to chase a 2-0 result.

A resurgent Dinesh Chandimal registered a measured ton of his own, to stretch Sri Lanka's advantage on the fourth afternoon and evening. The declaration, at 305 for 4, came upon his entry to triple figures, leaving Bangladesh with one day and 25 minutes to bat out. They went to stumps unscathed after eight tense overs, 455 runs adrift of the visitors.

Sangakkara's numbers against Bangladesh have now moved into a superhuman realm. In his last eight innings against them, he has hit 994 runs, never failing in that stretch to cross 50. In fact, only six times in 21 trips to the crease against Bangladesh, has Sangakkara failed to notch a half-century. An average of 95.57 is unsurprisingly his highest against any team.

On this occasion, Bangladesh can blame their torment on a fielding error. On 36, Sangakkara attempted to blast over the deep midwicket rope, but mis-hit a ball from Shakib Al Hasan to Nasir Hossain, who only had to run a few metres to his left. Shakib had built significant pressure alongside Mahmudullah to provoke the stroke and, upon seeing the catch grassed, he scratched his head in extreme frustration, holding back fury.

Sangakkara's progress took an irritatingly familiar form for Bangladesh, who employed various fields against him but could not stem the effortless flow of runs. With Sri Lanka having lost three relatively cheap wickets, Sangakkara only pursued the poor balls with aggression - sliding back to slam the short deliveries with particular disdain. Mostly, he busied himself with strike rotation, giving constant nuggets of advice to Chandimal, who was fighting for form. It wasn't until he neared his ton that he began to assert himself. Until then, he had collected his runs almost on the sly.

Chandimal was similarly averse to belligerence, and just as efficient at risk-free accumulation. He hit only four fours in nearly three hours at the crease, yet scored his runs at a strike rate of 63. Shakib had troubled him in doses throughout the innings, spinning some past his blade and striking him on the pad, but the grit that had been absent from his game returned. His 145-run stand with Sangakkara was the flesh of Sri Lanka's second innings, after the two had been joined at 78 for 3.

Perhaps aware Chandimal was short of some self-confidence ahead of two months of less-favoured limited-overs cricket, Angelo Mathews delayed the declaration until the batsman had reached his third Test century - all of which have come against Bangladesh. Chandimal may now look with more enthusiasm at the task of leading his team in the World Twenty20 in six weeks.

The hosts' only breakthrough in the middle-session had been Mahela Jayawardene's wicket for 11. Shakib pitched one on off and got it to straighten, striking Jayawardene on the front pad in front of middle. Jayawardene felt the ball had not turned sharply enough to hit leg stump, but replays did not offer a conclusive answer. Again the most aggressive among the hosts' spinners, Shakib would have felt he bowled better than figures of 1 for 80 suggest.

The morning session had belonged to Mahmudullah, however, even after he had hit the fourth ball of the day straight to short leg, when his side would have hoped to whittle their first-innings deficit down to 150. After the Sri Lanka openers had begun tentatively against Al-Amin Hossain, who delivered a spell of seaming deliveries that generated surprising bounce, Mahmudullah arrived to dismiss both of them. Dimuth Karunaratne ended a frustrating series by edging a cut shot to slip, and Silva underestimated the turn Mahmudullah would generate with one of his few aggressive balls of the day.

Suranga Lakmal also got the ball moving in the afternoon, and although Shamsur Rahman followed him with his hands more than any batting coach would advise, the opener managed to account for the movement through hand-eye co-ordination. Shamsur and Tamim Iqbal survived close shouts before stumps were drawn, with the team score on 12.

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

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 9, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    to all d sri lankan fans who are bringing out various stats to show sanga is better dan srt, ponting, lara few year back some aussies also introduced some rankings of all time greats and srt was ranked in late 20's behind hayden gilli etc evry1 knows drez no comparison btw srt and hayden and dre was no other indian ahead of srt in dose rankings so if u r talking about stats den few will show vinod kambli and pujara as best batsmen aftr bradman so give it break sanga is a great player but not even as great dese legends even sanga wud have been embarrased by now by unnecesary comparison of lankan fans

  • POSTED BY Leggie on | February 8, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    With all due respect to Bangladesh and their fans, it quite appears that Bangladesh is not in the league to compete with the other top Test teams. These days, teams manage to win at least in their home conditions. That Bangladesh has not managed a win outside of a depleted WI side and Zimbabwe is an ample indication that they're not there yet as far as Test cricket goes. Its now 14 years of Test cricket for Bangladesh and 80+ matches. There is not even a semblance of a fight!! To make matters worse, there is hardly any crowd for Test matches. Clearly Bangladesh team and their fans don't care much about Test cricket. ICC needs to do something to prevent meaningless Test matches vs. Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY kohli_kuttu on | February 8, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    I think we should learn from SL how to play test cricket. We are on our way to continuing our LOSING streak to 15-ROFL!. Funny part is we r losing to the world no8 team NZ and dont ask me how we r ranked no3!! We can easily lose to Nigerian cricket team if we play in their backyard or even Iceland cric team. Anyways well done to SL for the brave cricket they play!

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    many people said , it was a wrong dicision to target 400+ runs for bangladesh . i don't know how much they learn cricket .... it is a cricket game.. anything can possible . yes Bangladesh is far less than srilanka .. but they have a ability to manage 400+ runs ,,, because their 9 batsman have e century in test cricket.. i think bangladesh will draw this test .. and make boost for T20 . Good luck bangladesh .

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    BL are putting up a very good fight, SL played well but dithered a little...may the best team win..Deepak from India

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

    If Lara and Sachin are great, so is Sanga. The problem with some Indian fans is that a mere mortal like Sanga is compared with their demi-god Sachin. They are afraid that Sanga the human being will surpass some of Sachin the demi-god's records. They are jealous. Cool down guys. No need to throw numbers to discredit the achievement of one of the great's of our time.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    @ Nitewolf - Everyone can't play international cricket and there's no need to play to criticize. I am a Sri Lankan and lived in this country for 35 years. There's a lot of things behind playing for the country here. It's not talent only.

    I'm with you Sanga's knock is great and he is an all time great player. And the other thing, we should have declared a bit early but I don't see anything wrong in giving Chandimal a chance to get to his 100. We are lack of match winning and attacking bowlers and that's a fact. I don't see we can win this match unless BD batsmen throw their wickets away. Finally whether you agree or not Mathews is not a captaincy material but he will be an excellent Test batsman.

  • POSTED BY Nitewolf on | February 8, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    I don't get it whats wrong with your'll, when your own player cant do it and a player who shows class you start to criticize. If you really are a cricket fan you would acknowledge a great knock than point fingers .. Sanga is one of the greats.

    I don't get it people who say SL should have declared way before and why score over 400 runs against BD bla bla bla .. here a question for the people who think and post what SL should have done or NOT .. IF you think you know better than Mathews then why hell are you not playing international cricket ??? oh wait, i forgot you suck at playing all your'll good at is criticism and big talks !!!

    God sake enjoy the game and player who performs, despite from where or what continent he is or who they play against.

    Cheers!!!

  • POSTED BY lankawa on | February 7, 2014, 23:33 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan. All our players deserve the records against B desh. However, the way we play the game, we deserve to be in the tier two. It is pathetic the way we have set this target. In fact, this is an embarrassment to our bowlers. Our fear of losing this game against B'desh has pushed SL to such a defensive mode we seem to have thrown away another game. We should have given B desh at least 25 overs to bat on 4th day. Pathetic. We have such good talent but no confidence. Feel sorry for the supporters.

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | February 7, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    I hope Bangladesh goes after it from the beginning. Knowing Bangladesh, they will entertain and not put up a dull show like the Lankans. Tamim should play his game. As long he's there, there will be fireworks. I hope the other end just holds up. Don't decide if you want to draw it until tea. You can't just set yourself for a draw from the beginning.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 9, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    to all d sri lankan fans who are bringing out various stats to show sanga is better dan srt, ponting, lara few year back some aussies also introduced some rankings of all time greats and srt was ranked in late 20's behind hayden gilli etc evry1 knows drez no comparison btw srt and hayden and dre was no other indian ahead of srt in dose rankings so if u r talking about stats den few will show vinod kambli and pujara as best batsmen aftr bradman so give it break sanga is a great player but not even as great dese legends even sanga wud have been embarrased by now by unnecesary comparison of lankan fans

  • POSTED BY Leggie on | February 8, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    With all due respect to Bangladesh and their fans, it quite appears that Bangladesh is not in the league to compete with the other top Test teams. These days, teams manage to win at least in their home conditions. That Bangladesh has not managed a win outside of a depleted WI side and Zimbabwe is an ample indication that they're not there yet as far as Test cricket goes. Its now 14 years of Test cricket for Bangladesh and 80+ matches. There is not even a semblance of a fight!! To make matters worse, there is hardly any crowd for Test matches. Clearly Bangladesh team and their fans don't care much about Test cricket. ICC needs to do something to prevent meaningless Test matches vs. Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY kohli_kuttu on | February 8, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    I think we should learn from SL how to play test cricket. We are on our way to continuing our LOSING streak to 15-ROFL!. Funny part is we r losing to the world no8 team NZ and dont ask me how we r ranked no3!! We can easily lose to Nigerian cricket team if we play in their backyard or even Iceland cric team. Anyways well done to SL for the brave cricket they play!

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    many people said , it was a wrong dicision to target 400+ runs for bangladesh . i don't know how much they learn cricket .... it is a cricket game.. anything can possible . yes Bangladesh is far less than srilanka .. but they have a ability to manage 400+ runs ,,, because their 9 batsman have e century in test cricket.. i think bangladesh will draw this test .. and make boost for T20 . Good luck bangladesh .

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    BL are putting up a very good fight, SL played well but dithered a little...may the best team win..Deepak from India

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

    If Lara and Sachin are great, so is Sanga. The problem with some Indian fans is that a mere mortal like Sanga is compared with their demi-god Sachin. They are afraid that Sanga the human being will surpass some of Sachin the demi-god's records. They are jealous. Cool down guys. No need to throw numbers to discredit the achievement of one of the great's of our time.

  • POSTED BY on | February 8, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    @ Nitewolf - Everyone can't play international cricket and there's no need to play to criticize. I am a Sri Lankan and lived in this country for 35 years. There's a lot of things behind playing for the country here. It's not talent only.

    I'm with you Sanga's knock is great and he is an all time great player. And the other thing, we should have declared a bit early but I don't see anything wrong in giving Chandimal a chance to get to his 100. We are lack of match winning and attacking bowlers and that's a fact. I don't see we can win this match unless BD batsmen throw their wickets away. Finally whether you agree or not Mathews is not a captaincy material but he will be an excellent Test batsman.

  • POSTED BY Nitewolf on | February 8, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    I don't get it whats wrong with your'll, when your own player cant do it and a player who shows class you start to criticize. If you really are a cricket fan you would acknowledge a great knock than point fingers .. Sanga is one of the greats.

    I don't get it people who say SL should have declared way before and why score over 400 runs against BD bla bla bla .. here a question for the people who think and post what SL should have done or NOT .. IF you think you know better than Mathews then why hell are you not playing international cricket ??? oh wait, i forgot you suck at playing all your'll good at is criticism and big talks !!!

    God sake enjoy the game and player who performs, despite from where or what continent he is or who they play against.

    Cheers!!!

  • POSTED BY lankawa on | February 7, 2014, 23:33 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan. All our players deserve the records against B desh. However, the way we play the game, we deserve to be in the tier two. It is pathetic the way we have set this target. In fact, this is an embarrassment to our bowlers. Our fear of losing this game against B'desh has pushed SL to such a defensive mode we seem to have thrown away another game. We should have given B desh at least 25 overs to bat on 4th day. Pathetic. We have such good talent but no confidence. Feel sorry for the supporters.

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | February 7, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    I hope Bangladesh goes after it from the beginning. Knowing Bangladesh, they will entertain and not put up a dull show like the Lankans. Tamim should play his game. As long he's there, there will be fireworks. I hope the other end just holds up. Don't decide if you want to draw it until tea. You can't just set yourself for a draw from the beginning.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    If Mushfiqur is the worst captain then Mathews is the 2nd worse. SL should have set 400 runs target and let BD bat for 20-25 overs and pick up 2-3 wickets. Now it's BD's chance to draw the match and if they draw it then it will be a 'technical win" for BD.

  • POSTED BY LAKingsFan on | February 7, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    I didn't get Angelo Mathews' strategy here. He's very defensive in test matches. Against BD you're trying to play for a draw? Seriously, SL should have declared about 380 lead (They should have scored at a faster rate,too) and let BD bat for about 20-25 overs on fourth day. Now, BD can sniff a chance to draw this match. If BD can manage wicketless for the first hour, it's much probable that they draw the match. Really the SL team management should consider Angelo and their strategy here.

  • POSTED BY sapnil2000 on | February 7, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    if you keep out of sanga's innings, srilanka didnt do anything. same goes in first match, mahela took the match away. difference is only 2 senior players

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    I am a die hard Bangladesh fan and so is millions of Bangladeshi people, but watching Sanga bat was a treat. I believe Sanga and Jawardena have a huge fan base in Bangladesh. Big congrats to them! People who are claiming that the flat deck contributed to Sanga's triple century is absolutely rubbish. The bounce is unpredictable even from day 1, only a true master like Sanga can achieve such a feat.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Have a look at this Record....

    ***Most International Runs*** (7th Feb 2004 - 7th Feb 2014)

    20074 KUMAR SANGAKKARA 16418 Mahela Jayawardene 15648 Michael Clarke 14769 Ricky Ponting 14025 AB de Villiers 13812 Tillakaratne Dilshan 13797 Kevin Pietersen 13797 Graeme Smith 13160 MS Dhoni 13097 Virender Sehwag

    ***Most International Hundreds*** (7th Feb 2004 - 7th Feb 2014)

    45 KUMAR SANGAKKARA 36 Ricky Ponting 35 Jacques Kallis 34 AB de Villiers 34 Michael Clarke 34 Mahela Jayawardene 32 Sachin Tendulkar 32 Hashim Amla 32 Kevin Pietersen 32 Tillakaratne Dilshan

    Most half centuries(113) and Most fours(2130) also by Sangakkara

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | February 7, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    @Rebel_Who_Follows_All_The_Rules ; I know..its like when SL batsmen do well abroad, let it be in Aus, SA or Eng, the pitches turn into FLAT DECKS. ---------Same like the story with the SSC. Colombo. When we talk about Mahela, the SSC pitch is a FLAT DECK.------- But, when Murali is discussed, the same pitch turns into a DUSTBOWL. lol Awesome !!!

  • POSTED BY durber99 on | February 7, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    50-50 chance from Bangladesh point Of view for Drawing the test match. Bangladesh has got some good players for ODI. Tamim, Shakib, Mushfiq, Nasir & Shohag all of them are threatening for the opponents. On the other hand Srilanka will face problem after the retirement of great Sangakara, Jayabardhane & Dilshan. Indian supporter don't respect others. Newzealand got whitewash twice against Bangladesh but nowadays India got almost whitewashed against Newzealand!! I think Srilanka could play far more better than India in Newzealand. **India took 20 years to win their 1st test match & Newzealand took 26 years to win their 1st test match. So, just don't think about only money, don't blame others continuously, try to help each other Be friend & keep unity.

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | February 7, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Never watching Sri Lanka play again. Most BORING and defensive team out there. And always chasing personal milestones before the team. This could've been a great game. But they ruin it!

  • POSTED BY jonnyboy82 on | February 7, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Wow Sanga scored 400 runs to secure a draw against Bangladesh. If they don't secure victory tomorrow some serious questions need to be asked of Mathews captaincy.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 7, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Ranjan - its not MJ or Sang as fault they not facing the bowlers you mentioned, they played in a different time. so stop hating

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    Sangakkara is one of the greatest batsman of all time. He can score on any pitch against any type of bowler. It is unfortunate Sri Lanka don't get lot of test matches in Egnland, SA and Australia. But He has easily proven his class without a doubt. Legend!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Ranjan Srivastav: Sangakkara's average outside of the subcontinents is better than 45, in fact its better than 98% of all players from the sub continent, so your point is MOOT!

    Further, other players from all over the world play against Bangladesh, do they not? They do. india in fact plays Bangladesh while at home and still none of the Indian players could do this, or this well. Why can't they do the same as Sanga? They can't.

    When you see greatness acknowledge it as such and leave it alone. Do not trod on greatness as it was nothing, just because it was not your favorite player. Better yet do some research before you start writing, it can help all of us on here understand the game better. Thanks.

  • POSTED BY sachinssnn on | February 7, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Great player...gentlemen...hats off...as Sri Lankans we all wish you very best...haters will be there don't worry...for us you are a great idol....

  • POSTED BY Rebel_Who_Follows_All_The_Rules on | February 7, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    @SL_rockz: Sorry to burst your bubble mate, but that wasn't a ''green pitch'' it was infact a flat one.But you don't have to take my word for it,here is what Mike Coward wrote in his match review for the Wisden Almanack ''Until Kumar Sangakkara finally made his presence felt on the fourth day, Sri Lanka's attitude and performance were similar to what they had produced at Brisbane. There seemed a collective sense of resignation from the moment Ponting won the toss and batted on a pitch so hard and flat that inevitably it inflicted damage on reputations as well as bodies and minds, and Australia duly collected their 14th successive Test victory.'' However that was certainly one of his best knocks,what made it more special was the circumstances in which it was scored in.Shame that SL lost that match,they deserved to win it.

  • POSTED BY Prem_3 on | February 7, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Kumar Sangakara - Great job as usual.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | February 7, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Congratulation Sanga for your amazing achievement. Although I'd have loved it if you picked another team to torment like this. As for Bangladesh we already lost the test. The question is how big the margin gonna be. We have more than 90 over to bat & our batsmen cant do that one day 1-2 pitch. Pitch starting to help the bowler and on 5th day its gonna be harder. So yea 2-0 for us it seems :(

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 7, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    in batting pitch it is all common. srilanka can't get 10 wicket of bangla this is simple

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 7, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    sanga n mahela always perform in asia,they rarely perform outside.their most of the centuries are against asian attack,which is not up to the mark.even sanga n mahela have rarely faced quality bowlers like akram,waqar,shane warne,mcgrath,saqlain mushtaq,murlitharan..

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | February 7, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ausvsl/content/story/321185.html please look at this link if you want to visualize the best 4th inning played on green pitches of australia by a visiting team...... Aus were number 1 in test and ODI by far...But this man named KUMAR SANGAKKARA played one of the most fighting innings on australian soil.... Roudy kirtzen is the unlucky decider who made a crucial error at taking a double ton by 8 runs....

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | February 7, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    @sachin_equal_to_bradman

    First of all you donot know about cricket much... That is why you seems like commenting without knowing the best 4 th innings score of 192 made by sanga in aus. It was against number 1 test team and was at the peak at that time .... even ponting still admired that was the best innings he saw in aus from a visitor. .. SL lost that match by 96 runs and chasing a world record chase of 500+ runs... Against best attack of pace and spin in the lights of johnson,lee and co. this was rated as one of the best innings in test history... sad u deliberately missed it.

    The other fact is you as indian love cricket when inidian are performing...You ppl do not know to appreciate the other nations and pure cricket. .. That is a fault of your mind..Ppl who do not appreciate others are simply jealous..in this situation you all are because there is this legendary cricketer who out shined all your cricketers...

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | February 7, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Could say good performance from SL batsmens. But Can't Say "Weldone" Because 1 BD is bottom of the Test Ranking.No 10 2 Compared to performance against last NZ and WI series BD bowlers balled very poorly and fielding also worse.lot of easy catches missed So Sanga getting 300 and 100 + not means he could do same thing or at least half to TOP 8 team.hitting few 6's not meaning he is good T20 player.still he is slow run scoring Test batsmen.Same thing i have to Chandimal. Both are still not proved They are confident and also suit to T20 WC. Also Mahela's 200 not proved he could play cricket another 5 years. Also i'm not recognize Kausal and Kithruwan 100 until they play against Top 8 Team. Even Angi win 2-0 it will not say he is better caption.yet he is not proved he is not Good Caption. So SL fans please don't OverConfident or Over Joy.because still lot of problem exists in SL batting. If not correct those issues results will be bitter in Asia Cup and T20 WC.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | February 7, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Sanga = The god of Cricket !!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 7, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    The people who say Santa score big in Asia and not in Ausi, Nz etc its not his fault, ICC should give more test matches for us in those countries, then of Sanga fails his average will drop, same goes to people who say BD don't deserve to play Test Cricket, for god sake give them more matches with The big teams so they can play with them and learn. Nz came to BD and they didn't perform well there but when Asian giant India went to Nz and India struggling, everyone is strong in their back yard but out of it not that good, so please arrange more and more test matches for all teams so we can witness some good games, Steyn Vs Sanga in a Test Match in SA will be priceless to watch

  • POSTED BY HatersAreOrdinary on | February 7, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    congratulations sanga for your excellent feat. i dont know what bangladesh's approach would be for tomorrow. they really need to bat positively. at least the current pair needs to be out there untill the lunch. lets see what tamim does in this series.

  • POSTED BY Rathan-S on | February 7, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer - well said mate. I'd say Mathews has learned his lesson in pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    The Batting GOD Sanga...Classical Kumar Sangakkara

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    Well, Tendulkar's average at Sydney vs elsewhere in Oz shows a pattern that is too peculiar to ignore. And compared to, say, Viv, his away record too is pretty mediocre. If he's great, so is Sangakkara.

  • POSTED BY reluctant_fan on | February 7, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    When are the subcontinent teams going to think beyond achieving individual glory at the expense of winning matches? Tomorrow will tell. But this kind of defensive mindset does not make you a winner.

  • POSTED BY supacricfan on | February 7, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    flat track bully is at it again..wait until he tours england,it will be the same old failure story again!!

  • POSTED BY Sameeratennakoon on | February 7, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Oh this is all Christmas for Sanga and SL. He is like wine,only gets better with age. i believe that Sanga is a super human. I don't say he is the best cricketer, but he is somewhere in top five of all time. He is really a good gentleman ,an intelligent one as he is a lawyer U.G. I'm waiting for his autobiography.

  • POSTED BY JimmySA on | February 7, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Congrats Sanga! I did not watch any of the match play but to read some of the negative comments fascinates me. To score over 400 runs in one test does not come too often. You have proven you can bat on any pitch and it's no surprise you piled on all those runs.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 7, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    I think Mathewes was correct when he waited to declaration untill Chandimal got his century.Because Chandimal was very low in self confidence coming to this match and its good for Sri Lanka in long term because he is one of SL's brightest young prospects and this will do him world of good while leading SL in the world T20 which will not be a easy task for a captain.. Well done Mathewes...This shows that he has a long term vision and good cricketing brain....

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | February 7, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    If Bangladesh fold tomorrow, as some will expect, the timing of the declaration will not be (or, at least, should not be) an issue. If they finish 350-5 tomorrow, it will not be an issue either (Matthews will point out that setting 330 in 4 sessions would have lost him the game). It will only be an issue if Bangladesh finish 8-down and, I am willing to take a small bet that the game will not end that way.

    Either Bangladesh will save the game comfortably (in which case 10 extra overs would have made not the slightest difference), or they will collapse and be all out with an hour or more remaining.

  • POSTED BY jerryman on | February 7, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    well played sanga - congrats .. Now SL must play attacking cricket and try to force a win . Hoping Ajanta and perera can be among the wickets , likely to offer spinners some assistance on the last day. only 2 results possible, a win for SL or a draw unless BD can do what Pakistan did and bat with a lot of aggression , which is not impossible but very unlikely . Good luck to both sides ...

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Take a bow master! I have been closely following you since your 134 at last year's champion's trophy! You're at the climax!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 7, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    same old Sri Lankan negative cricket

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    @sachin_equal_to_bradma: Sanga has played just the 5 Tests in Australia since 2000 compared to Sachin and Dravid who have played 13 each.The ony thing that is even more harder than playing Australia is playing Australia in Australia. Tendulkar in 38 innings has scored 50 or more vs. Aus in Aus 13 times while Lara has done so 8 out of 33 times while Dravid has done so 7 out of 30 times and finally Sanga has done so 6 out of 10 times. Sanga's average of 61 in Australia is way better than Lara, Tendulkar and Dravid. Sanga is also the owner of the highest ever 4th innings score (192) by a visiting batsman in Aus of all time. Batting in the 3rd or 4th innings of a Test vs. Aus in Aus is monumentally difficult as that is when the Aussies go for the knock out punch and exert extreme pressure on the opposition. In the face of such immense pressure, Tendulkar AVGs 26 and Lara 20 and neither have scored more than 80 runs in an inning. Sanga however averages 87 with one century and two fifties.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | February 7, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    @ sachin_equal_to_bradman - Indian fan here...i disagree with you brother....you have to give credit where its due.....Sangakarra has been a great batsmen for Lankans in last decade...his 192 against Johnson, Clark, MacGill & Lee on a greenish wicket at Hobart was no mean feat...i was watching that match live...SL were on course to create a world record but a dubious decision ended Sangakarra's challenge...Sangakarra was also part of mammoth 600 run partnership with Jayawardene in 2006 against South Africa...the result of that series is South Africa have never been to Lanka for another test series....because they know that they cant beat India & Sri Lanka in sub-continent in a test series....btw congrats to Sangakarra...well played !

  • POSTED BY flowersintherain on | February 7, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    To those suggesting that SL left the declaration too late, consider the following.

    SL is already up in the series and does not need a win here to take the series. BD on the other hand must try to win the test to tie the series. They have to take chances to chase a difficult target, putting themselves at risk as they go for runs. If they merely try to save the game they have conceded the series.

    There is also the Chandimal factor. SL has played the long game, by giving him the opportunity to make a hundred and build confidence. This is going to benefit them going forward to the next few series.

    So overall, I can see the rationale for

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    What a ridiculous declaration from SL, I'm a fan of Lankan cricket but setting Bangladesh 450 to win is just stupid. Cheer all you want about Sanga's runs but it's poor cricket at the end of the day.

  • POSTED BY charithjaya on | February 7, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    @ sachin_equal_to_bradma: "Sanga never did well against ausies when they were at peak". I think you have missed the 2nd Test of Warne-Muralitharan Trophy on 2007 where Ausis set a target of 507 and Sri Lanka lost the match of just 96 runs. The shining star was Sanga where he hammered Ausis with 192, which was considered as one of the best fighting innings by the commentators. Even his dismissal there was doubtful. That was against the the no 1 test team captained by Pointing. He hammered the bowling attack lead by Lee and Johnson.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | February 7, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    I am seriously becoming to hate Sri Lankan cricket in this modern era. I used to support them as my second side but they are becoming so dull. What is Matthews doing declaring so late? Personal milestones should always be secondary to team success. Granted there is no way BD will win this test and the series is Sri Lanka's. However BD are a woeful side and Sri Lanka should be hammering them 2-0 with no questions asked. I gave Mattews the benefit of the doubt after the Pakistan test as he lost his head. However in the two games against BD he is repeating the mistakes. In the 1st test BD were so poor he mistakes of going on too long were irrelavent. In this second test BD could very well bat out for the draw. Matthews needs to be more pro active or SL need to look for a new skipper. I believe their brand of cricket post Murali is greatly harming their global reputation as the entertainers of the SC. They have the players but need the belief.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | February 7, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    @sachin_equal_to_bradman ; Yeah, you are right. Sanga is not yet in the bracket of Lara,Sachin,Ponting because He is a RUNG ABOVE those guys. He is the fastest to reach 8000, 9000, 10000, 11000 test runs 'n his average his 58.30. lol In fact, his average in Aus is better than Sachin's. lol These stats are supernatural to be honest. Btw, Ponting himself has rated Sanga's 192 (which could have been a match winning triple hundred, if it wasn't for bad umpiring ) in Hobart as the best innings played on Australian soil by a visiting player. Sanga is on a roll to break all the top records. Too bad you can't do anything about it. All Hail King Sanga !!!

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | February 7, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Alot of you are missing a few points here. Firstly the decleration may have been late but that would only be know around this time tomorrow! Secondly if Chandimal runs in to form ahead of the T20 WC, its not such a bad thing given SL are ahead on the test series.

    Everyone plays Bangladesh, but Sanga became only the second guy to score a triple and hundred in the same game. That's a huge achievement surely, its only been done once before ever and deserved praise! For example Sachin also played Bangladesh and averages 136 against them and has his top score against Bangladesh - does that mean Sachin's records is in someway diluted? What nonsense. Brian Lara made 400 on a flat track and the game was a draw but its still the world record.

    Bangladesh have taken the game to the 5th day and must put up a fight and draw the game. It would be rather appropriate if Bangladesh, who were threatened with expulsion recently, draw this game.

  • POSTED BY charithjaya on | February 7, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    @MeijiMura: Sri Lankan Captain may be having enough confidence in bowlers that it'll be enough for them to finish the job within 3 sessions. So he might have thought of giving the batsmen some time to bat and to build up the confidence level. It's better to being defensive and seeking for a win rather than getting aggressive and losing the match.

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | February 7, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Over 1300 runs scored in 4 days. Please do not tell me it is not a FLAT TRACK. This kind of wicket will kill cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Mathews did the right thing by giving BD to score 467 runs in 98 overs(4.67/over), because BD did score 426 in 120 overs in the 1st innings. If BD wants a win this is a fair chance. If SL declare at drinks (263/4 in 70 overs) BD's target would have been 424 in 104 overs, that is 4.08/over. Why Mathews from a winning position, declare at tea and be in a loosing position. His decision is very correct,if BD wants to win go for it score the runs, for Mathews, to win let him take the 10 wkts in 98 overs.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 7, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    sanga best in world.. no one near t him.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Take a bow to Kumar Sangakkara... Hall of Fame Player (bit under rated coz he is not from a big cricketing nation) and twice as human being. Its an Honor and privilege to watch you bat- From a Bangladeshi fan

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 7, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    450 runs from 90 overs. Srilankans are worried of Bangladeshi team. they are playing for records only. Same thing happened in first test also.

  • POSTED BY sachin_equal_to_bradman on | February 7, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    As an indian fan let me make it clear...When compared with jaya,Sanga is far far better...He might sneak into all-time great modern-day 15 greats..But still i believe that he is not yet in the bracket of Lara,Sachin,Ponting,Kallis..Why i say is that his overseas tests records have not been that great. I never have seen any legendary player or good opposition teams fearing about sanga!!! Imagine how aussies at their peak would plan for Sachin and Lara...Such batting prowess and domination is not there in Sanga...Moreover he never did well against ausies when they were at peak. So sanga deserves to be one of the greats..But not in top bracket of greats

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 7, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    What an innings by Sanga 300 and 100 in the same test. Just Brilliant! Only a real cricket lover can appreciate such a performance. He is truly a Legend and a proud Sri Lankan. Given what Bangladesh did in the first test there is ample time for SL to pull off a win. Can't wait for the last day. Test Cricket at it's best!

  • POSTED BY MeijiMura on | February 7, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    In declaring so late on Day 4 and by setting such a huge total it is clear that the Sri Lankan captain has no confidence in his bowlers whatsoever. If you don't have any confidence in your bowlers' ability to bowl out lowly Bangladesh for under 400 batting last then who do you feel confident about bowling out? The ridiculously late declaration sends out a really poor message to the Sri Lankan bowlers.

  • POSTED BY charithjaya on | February 7, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    I believe that it would be nicer if Chandimal could think more of the run rate in achieving his century. it would be better if they gives an extra 6-8 over for the Bangladesh to bat. But I cannot understand why people see Sanga as an overrated batsmen. If the pitches are so bad as they says why cannot the others score on same. Come on, Sachin and Dravid were never been able to past 300.

  • POSTED BY sonu77 on | February 7, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    Mathews has a long vision. For me, he did the right thing as a captain. Chandimal was in very low in confidence before this knock.The way he played today, he deserves a ton.And players know the behavior of the pitch better than us. Sanga shows his class again. Selfless knock.400+ runs in a single match, what an achievement.Hats off to you sir ! #LEGEND The way ball is turning, still a huge task ahead of Bangladeshi's to save this match.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 7, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Why did Sri Lanka need about 470 runs to defend on the last day of the match? Mathews continues to be negative. They should have declared much earlier, giving their bowlers ample time to take 10 wickets.

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | February 7, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    Congrats to Sanga once again on a wonderful achievement. Sanga is a solid and determined batsman much in the Kallis mould. If I have one hesitation about Sanga, it is his inability in the big games - WC finals etc. Great batsman, none-the-less, a team player and a gentleman. I am still disappointed with the SL team though - Much like Sanga, they have come up short in the big matches!! How they stuffed up the last test match and the series against Pak is anyone's guess?!

  • POSTED BY vipinchirackal on | February 7, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    now everybody will start comparing sangakkara with bradman and sachin.in fact angakkara wont come the list even the best ten batsmen in the world.he has played his last fifteen test matches at asian dead pitches and even there he couldnt get even a single century.see the situation of the pitch.such a batting paradise and i am sure the captain is goint to be criticized for giving importance to the personal milestones rather than teams success.this is high time players like sangakkara and mahela resign and give chance to more young players

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | February 7, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Very much a benefit match for the batsmen. 1330 runs for just 24 wickets so far - 55.4 runs per wicket. I think that Matthews made the not unreasonable call that the chances of a result are not great and that if Bangladesh can't be rolled over in 98 overs they were unlikely to be bowled out in 110 overs either, having survived 120 in the 1st innings despite a late collapse.

    If Sri Lanka were really expecting to win, they had to declare before Tea and they were never in a position to do that. They would have needed to go after the bowling from lunch to set something up, but this is Test cricket, not T20 and they treated the opposition with some respect because that kind of approach could just have backfired.

  • POSTED BY sachin_equal_to_bradman on | February 7, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs: Can u answer one thing? The 1000 runs that they scored against a SA attack in SL not a FLAT DECK??? Can u answer this???? U seem to tell that as if SL pitches are far more livelier than indian pitches!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | February 7, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Such records against second string teams should not be taken too seriously. There should be an * besides these scores. Come on over to Australia or New Zealand please and let's see how different that is.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Sonviks- may be sachin have to cancel his leaves come back to indian team since they are struggling in newzealand.lol

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 7, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Poor from Sri Lanka - they seem more intent on personal records rather than going for victory. They should have had an extra half hour this evening. They got their comeuppance against Pakistan and hopefully they'll get it again!!

  • POSTED BY sonviks on | February 7, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Bangaldesh will more likely save this test match.So whats the use of scoring Triple in Ist inn & 2 centuries in 2nd inn, if such milestones can n't win matches against Rank # 10 team when the final result wil more likelyl end in draw. Every cricket fan in this world (except SL fans) will say "WELL PLAYED BANGALADESH"for playing DRAW against Top team Srilanka. Everyone will remember Kayes & Rahman for having such great partnership & for Sangakara it will be said its obvious since the match was against the Rank 10 (Lowest) team, may be its time now for Sanga to skip easy matches & let the body rest like Sachin did during his times & play much competitive cricket ahead...

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | February 7, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    I don't understand the problem. The Indians play at home and make roads of pitches where even 350-370 is chaseable and nobody complains.... Rohit Sharma made 200 in an ODI on such a pitch... At least this pitch wasn't as flat as that one

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 7, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    of course we wanna play positively. pls make clarke SL captain

  • POSTED BY ajithabey on | February 7, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    7 centuries in the match so far. Is it some kind of record as well. Sri Lanka will have to bowl & field really well on a placid pitch to get Bangladesh out in their second innings. Judging from what we saw of their batting in first innings this points to a draw unless Bangladesh throw away their wickets in cowboy style.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | February 7, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Sangakkara can score only on flat tracks and always useless runs. The most overrated batsmen in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    I think sri lanka should set the target of 500 or more than it, but anyway good knock by Sanga and Chandi.

  • POSTED BY sumit1982 on | February 7, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Bad Strategy by Lanka.Bangladesh playing they have pressure to win the match if Lanka go play a t20 innings come back put Bangladesh to bat around 250 in 2nd innings.These will not have the edge over Lanka to win the match as well as Bangladesh also has the chance.That will make the test most thrilling .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 7, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    this is what test cricket isnt about, and ICC has reasons to speed up it two tier test system, both teams scored excess of 400 runs in first innings , and second innings looks to be same as first, Sri Lanka will probably bat out a draw, and another meaningless test will be gone, and sangas triple century will be worthless, good part is, everyone bar the bowlers get to bump up their averages

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | February 7, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Sri Lanka are in desperate need of captaincy training, target now 416 from 105 overs. They had enough 15 overs ago, the negativity cost them the series against Pakistan now could very well cost them a victory here.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    If you want to make new records pl. invite Bangla desh or Zimbabve and play with them.Even our Tendulkars 100th international century was against Bangla desh.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | February 7, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    I am really shocked and astonished. Not because Sanga followed of 319 with a 100 but I saw a Bangladeshi bowler managed to get him out before 150. How did that happen?

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | February 7, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    haters will be always be jealous but Sanga's class shines through...people seem to think that runs score themselves..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 7, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    poor game strategy from SL, 408 run and still they didnt declared.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    What is point of scoring 319&105, when its going to be a draw. Good fight Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY Drew2 on | February 7, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    I have to acknowledge that this is a great batsman, but you have to question where he is getting some of his runs. Thanks to substandard attacks which many other greats such as Lara and Ponting rarely encountered, Sangakara's average is 58 instead of 52. Not his fault, sure, but maybe it's time for a 2 tier competition.

  • POSTED BY TheKeeper on | February 7, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    I feel the commentators have got it very wrong when they say that SL should declare with 400 lead. Why should they do that and give BD a sniff? SL should bat as long as they can and only leave BD about 70 overs to bat on day 5. Thereby challenging themselves to get BD out within about 70 overs, or draw the game.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 7, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    @ wanawattu. srilanka should be allowed to play atleast two test a year against SA AUS IND to achieve more records.

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | February 7, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    What a great achievement to score 424 runs against BD! pity

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 7, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    TAking no credit away from sanga but we should not prepare FLAT TRACKS for Tests.

  • POSTED BY Sultan2007 on | February 7, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    And now Sanga, much as I am a huge fan of his, will rise up the batting ranking on the strength of his showing against Bangladesh!

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    Pathetic cricket from BD again lol

  • POSTED BY wanatawu on | February 7, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Sanga in for another hundred(300+100) in this test. All the leading countries must be allowed to play Bangla at least twice a year so that their players averages can reach Sanga's level.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | February 7, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    Sanga has passed 400 runs in this test alone. :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    Sri Lanka has best batsmen... they are great....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 7, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    dont forget about pakistan what they did in uae......bd has more than capable hitter than pakistan.....400 will also chasable

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

    Sri Lanka should stretch their lead to 400 and then declare at least by the end of the day. They should go at 3 runs an over until the lead is 350 and then accelerate. Mendis is a rare talent and he could cause damage if Bangaladesh takes the bait and try to accelerate. I believe SL should persevere with Mendis in all formats and how he is handled by Mathews is the key. SL lost against Pakistan in trying to block boundaries and allow singles and all they needed to do was to continue with usual fields after lunch and if they got 2 wickets then Pakistan would have put up the shutters.

  • POSTED BY cricketsubh on | February 7, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    great knock by santa again but Sl show how defensive team they are if this test ended in a draw i do not think sang as great knock will be remembered by anybody

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | February 7, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Repeat of test against Pak on the cards. SL batting at 2 runs per over. Negative cricket will cost them again.

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Looking at the pitch and the way SL battling it hard to score, surely now this game has only one result, and it is a win for SL, quick fire 400 lead will do it enough right now

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 7, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Defensive approach even after 150+ lead against BD... Such a poor strategy by SL

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    This is not an innings lead, its only lead of 161-run lead

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  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    This is not an innings lead, its only lead of 161-run lead

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 7, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Defensive approach even after 150+ lead against BD... Such a poor strategy by SL

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Looking at the pitch and the way SL battling it hard to score, surely now this game has only one result, and it is a win for SL, quick fire 400 lead will do it enough right now

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | February 7, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Repeat of test against Pak on the cards. SL batting at 2 runs per over. Negative cricket will cost them again.

  • POSTED BY cricketsubh on | February 7, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    great knock by santa again but Sl show how defensive team they are if this test ended in a draw i do not think sang as great knock will be remembered by anybody

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

    Sri Lanka should stretch their lead to 400 and then declare at least by the end of the day. They should go at 3 runs an over until the lead is 350 and then accelerate. Mendis is a rare talent and he could cause damage if Bangaladesh takes the bait and try to accelerate. I believe SL should persevere with Mendis in all formats and how he is handled by Mathews is the key. SL lost against Pakistan in trying to block boundaries and allow singles and all they needed to do was to continue with usual fields after lunch and if they got 2 wickets then Pakistan would have put up the shutters.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 7, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    dont forget about pakistan what they did in uae......bd has more than capable hitter than pakistan.....400 will also chasable

  • POSTED BY on | February 7, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    Sri Lanka has best batsmen... they are great....

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | February 7, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    Sanga has passed 400 runs in this test alone. :)

  • POSTED BY wanatawu on | February 7, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Sanga in for another hundred(300+100) in this test. All the leading countries must be allowed to play Bangla at least twice a year so that their players averages can reach Sanga's level.