Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day August 9, 2014

Sangakkara double gives SL lead

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Pakistan 451 and 4 for 1 trail Sri Lanka 533 for 9 dec (Sangakkara 221, Mathews 91, Silva 64, Ajmal 5-166) by 78 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kumar Sangakkara continued to torment Pakistan with his tenth double-century that took him past Brian Lara and put him only behind Don Bradman's 12. Sri Lanka began the day 199 runs behind but Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews wiped off the deficit with a 181-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Mathews fell just before tea for the fifth time in the nineties, the last three of which have all been against Pakistan, and all 91s. But Sangakkara carried on after equaling Bradman for 18 scores of 150-plus and ensured Sri Lanka had a healthy lead before they declared to leave Pakistan's tired batsmen 20 minutes to survive till stumps.

Sri Lanka had almost the perfect finish to the day when Khurram Manzoor nicked Rangana Herath behind. After conceding 451 in the first innings, they kept Pakistan in the field for six sessions, and now have the chance to put the visiting batsmen under serious pressure on the final day.

Pakistan did not help themselves by dropping Sangakkara first ball in the morning off Junaid Khan, and then on 168 off Saeed Ajmal. They did take out Mahela Jayawardene with the fourth ball of the day, but it was all Sri Lanka after that on a largely unresponsive pitch.

The first over of the day began with immense promise for Pakistan. The second new ball was available at the start and Junaid had Sangakkara driving the first delivery straight to Abdur Rehman at point, only for it to go through his hands. Junaid had Jayawardene edging the second past the cordon and beat him with the third. The fourth moved back to hit the pad, and Pakistan reviewed successfully against umpire Ian Gould's decision, replays showing the ball hitting the stumps near the top.

The slight movement that had brought the wicket disappeared soon and the drop only made Sangakkara concentrate harder. Unless the ball was really full or short, he was not going for it. He was alert enough into his fifth session of batting to keep working singles and twos regularly. At the other end was a man whose batting average as captain gets more unbelievable by the day.

Mathews calmly eased Junaid through extra cover to start off. Saeed Ajmal found plenty of slow turn and bounce at times, but his good length allowed Mathews to go right back and either hit him through off or work him to leg. A few did pop up off Mathews' pad, but they could not snare the inside edge.

Mohammad Talha lacked Junaid's discipline and even as he beat the batsmen now and then, he also did not make them play much. Talha tried the short ball against Mathews after lunch, and did have him top-edging a pull, only for the ball to sail over long leg.

Again, Rehman was used much less than Ajmal was, and again, he was less penetrative. Pakistan were also poor in the field, unable to cut out a few boundaries and singles. With no pressure exerted by either bowlers or fielders, Sri Lanka added 111 in 31 overs in the second session, and 84 in 23.1 after tea.

Just a couple of overs before tea, Ajmal had Mathews edging a doosra, and Younis Khan, who had put down Sangakkara, did not miss this time at slip. Ajmal now toyed with Kithuruwan Vithanage, beating him with doosras and offbreaks. He ended the session by ripping one past Sangakkara's outside edge, and consumed Vithanage, Niroshan Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera soon after the interval. Ajmal had waited 46.2 overs for a wicket, the longest he has ever had to; he would pick up five in just under 13 overs. It was his most expensive five-for, at 166 runs.

Sangakkara was still not done. He had a nervy moment or two on 199 before he punched Ajmal to point to bring up the double. With wickets falling around him, he started stepping out to loft the spinners for boundaries. He eventually charged Rehman and missed to be stumped off his 425th delivery. Dhammika Prasad connected a few blows to swell the lead to 82, a figure that could appear much larger for Pakistan if Sri Lanka are able to strike early on the fifth morning.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Lion_96 on August 10, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    @ irshadfaisal i agree with Ramiz Raja. Had Pakistan played normal cricket at double their current run rate, they would have been would had a lead of 30 runs by now. You mentioned South Africa in the last Test, well...remember there was close to 20 overs lost to rain. As well as South Africa played, they admitted themselves they were had assistnce from the rain gods and theartrical performance from Imran Tahir at the end.

  • John_Geo on August 10, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    One area SL can improve to force a decision in tests is the run rate. If they can score runs at a rate close to 4 or thereabouts, it will give the SL bowlers a better chance / time to dismiss the opposition.

  • FlatTrakBully on August 10, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Sangakkara is in top form this year. Eventhough its a tailor made track fro SL, Batsman should apply themselves to score big innings.

  • thalagune on August 10, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    as a srilankan supporter really appreciate the down to earth fair comments by the the pakistan fans

  • irshadfaisal on August 10, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Please! Someone should tell Rameez Raja that Pakistan is rightly playing in a shell. There are only two possible options. Either it ends in a draw or Sri Lanka wins. To ensure a draw, lesser risky option is to safely consume the overs. This strategy worked for South Africa to reclaim test cricket crown in the last match played in Sri Lanka. Someone request Mr. Raja to come out of his obsession because if he is longing for a change, its just going to hurt Pakistan. Status quo is the way out.

  • on August 10, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    not much in the pitch but pak are making it difficult for themselves by just blocking. they need to score runs at normal rate to save it. so far night watchman out and shehzad's wicket was thanks to wrong decisions and more importantly azhar ali for convincing him that its dead. another wrong call for review. may hurt badly. so far about 6 overturned and 3 more could have been overturned if sl and pak decided to review properly.

  • on August 10, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    Khuram Manzoor Last 11 innings 4, 0, 0, 21, 8, 73, 6, 52, 21, 3, 3 Azhar Ali Last 10 innings 0, 7, 0, 11, 3, 19, 19, 8, 103, 30 What are Pakistan selecters finding in these two players? Anybody really thanks that both of them are capable to play International cricket, when you have Umar Akmal, Fawad Aalam, Umer Amin, Shan Masod, Sohaib Maqsod on Banch.. Come On Selectors, Wake Up! please stop Your Own favorite players

  • on August 10, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    He is birth number 9 Lord Mars, he did so well at no 3. 3 6 9 are lucky for him. A typical scorpio, he has own style to play a attacking and dominator cricket. He may not be compare to others. SL number 9 is always good and they won T 20 just Co of him,

    he may not be so well in the leading well but he has experience to deliver the performance, there are so many player that did so well in the Asian condition.

  • Diaz54 on August 10, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    It has been a master class by Sangakara in my opinion much better technically with more illustrious now retired neighbour. The record proves it as well his intelligence.

    Hopefully the Pakistan batsmen have watched closely and learn from his technique! Naturally the opener did not, could manage to leave the ball, a prerequisite for an opening batsmen. Pakstan will be severely tested on 5th day. Matthews is becoming a much better captain,having improved much from last series against Pak.

  • legfinedeep on August 10, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    I'm not from SL nor a Sl supporter, but I'm a Sanga fan - what an immense and under-rated top quality batsman. It's astounding that he is still producing after so many years and at his age. Compared to Tendulkar when he retired, it was long overdue and he hadn't been producing for years on a level on what Sanga is still doing now. Respect.

  • Lion_96 on August 10, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    @ irshadfaisal i agree with Ramiz Raja. Had Pakistan played normal cricket at double their current run rate, they would have been would had a lead of 30 runs by now. You mentioned South Africa in the last Test, well...remember there was close to 20 overs lost to rain. As well as South Africa played, they admitted themselves they were had assistnce from the rain gods and theartrical performance from Imran Tahir at the end.

  • John_Geo on August 10, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    One area SL can improve to force a decision in tests is the run rate. If they can score runs at a rate close to 4 or thereabouts, it will give the SL bowlers a better chance / time to dismiss the opposition.

  • FlatTrakBully on August 10, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Sangakkara is in top form this year. Eventhough its a tailor made track fro SL, Batsman should apply themselves to score big innings.

  • thalagune on August 10, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    as a srilankan supporter really appreciate the down to earth fair comments by the the pakistan fans

  • irshadfaisal on August 10, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Please! Someone should tell Rameez Raja that Pakistan is rightly playing in a shell. There are only two possible options. Either it ends in a draw or Sri Lanka wins. To ensure a draw, lesser risky option is to safely consume the overs. This strategy worked for South Africa to reclaim test cricket crown in the last match played in Sri Lanka. Someone request Mr. Raja to come out of his obsession because if he is longing for a change, its just going to hurt Pakistan. Status quo is the way out.

  • on August 10, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    not much in the pitch but pak are making it difficult for themselves by just blocking. they need to score runs at normal rate to save it. so far night watchman out and shehzad's wicket was thanks to wrong decisions and more importantly azhar ali for convincing him that its dead. another wrong call for review. may hurt badly. so far about 6 overturned and 3 more could have been overturned if sl and pak decided to review properly.

  • on August 10, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    Khuram Manzoor Last 11 innings 4, 0, 0, 21, 8, 73, 6, 52, 21, 3, 3 Azhar Ali Last 10 innings 0, 7, 0, 11, 3, 19, 19, 8, 103, 30 What are Pakistan selecters finding in these two players? Anybody really thanks that both of them are capable to play International cricket, when you have Umar Akmal, Fawad Aalam, Umer Amin, Shan Masod, Sohaib Maqsod on Banch.. Come On Selectors, Wake Up! please stop Your Own favorite players

  • on August 10, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    He is birth number 9 Lord Mars, he did so well at no 3. 3 6 9 are lucky for him. A typical scorpio, he has own style to play a attacking and dominator cricket. He may not be compare to others. SL number 9 is always good and they won T 20 just Co of him,

    he may not be so well in the leading well but he has experience to deliver the performance, there are so many player that did so well in the Asian condition.

  • Diaz54 on August 10, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    It has been a master class by Sangakara in my opinion much better technically with more illustrious now retired neighbour. The record proves it as well his intelligence.

    Hopefully the Pakistan batsmen have watched closely and learn from his technique! Naturally the opener did not, could manage to leave the ball, a prerequisite for an opening batsmen. Pakstan will be severely tested on 5th day. Matthews is becoming a much better captain,having improved much from last series against Pak.

  • legfinedeep on August 10, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    I'm not from SL nor a Sl supporter, but I'm a Sanga fan - what an immense and under-rated top quality batsman. It's astounding that he is still producing after so many years and at his age. Compared to Tendulkar when he retired, it was long overdue and he hadn't been producing for years on a level on what Sanga is still doing now. Respect.

  • Lake_Erie on August 10, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    @SL_rockz. I completely agree with your analysis and placing things in perspective. One needs to look at averages, strike rates, etc. rather than absolute numbers. Bradman got 12 double centuries in only 88 matche. While I appreciate the current players' achievements, let's not compare apples to oranges. Absolute numbers are absolutely misleading!

  • mensan on August 10, 2014, 1:33 GMT

    It will be a difficult job but I am quite hopeful Pakistan can save it.

  • on August 10, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    u can how Sanga played against Ajmal. he is reading Ajmal very well. non other batsmen did that very well. actually, sanga is more comfortable against Ajmal. that shows what Sanga is a great test batsman. his individual average is improving all the time.

  • on August 10, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    Sangakkara is simply the best batsman Srilanka has produced followed by Mahela, Aravinda, Atthapathu and Jayasuriya but as captain Sangakkara only third in all time best for Srilanka behind Arjuna and Mahela. When Sanga and Mahela retires that gap will not be filled at least for the next 10 years.

  • Sanga2014 on August 9, 2014, 23:21 GMT

    Here is sanga's amazing record as a pure batsman. He has done superbly well all over the world except in SA. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/50710.html?class=1;filter=advanced;keeper=0;orderby=default;template=results;type=allround

  • SILVERSANGA on August 9, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    There is no need to compare Sanga with Sachin. You can look at the stats after Sanga's retirement and then judge. There is no doubt that Sanga is closing in a rapid rate.. I hope he can improve his overseas avg and also his avgs in SA, India and WI. Pls SLC organize more test tours and don't scratch test matches for useless ODI series and T20 leagues.. Can he keep his momentum? just sit back relax, watch and enjoy...

    Just a mere thought about the comment made about Sanga's home avg being 64 and away being 54. So what's wrong? Do you want his home avg to be 52 and away avg to be 54? Away avg of 54 is still excellent..

  • on August 9, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    My dear fans, please don't compare any players with other players. All great players are great on their own. Even Tendulkar has his own weaknesses, ask him he'll say, same way Sangakare too has his weaknesses. In last series with South Africa, Sri Lanka could have won if Sangakare had batted like what he did yesterday, unfortunately he was out for poor shot selection. So the game goes at is, and the greats are also human. Enjoy the game.

  • Lahori_Munde on August 9, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    Again that man Sangakara. Imagnin this SL team without him

  • on August 9, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    Am a Pakistan fan.. I have to say its fantastic watching sangakkara play.. lucky for the fans in the stadium to witness three exceptional test players in younis khan, mahela j and sangakkara... there's not many test match teams you can watch with three top quality batsmen. .. hope sangakkara can get a couple of more double centuries before he retires

  • Nuwan_Lorensuhewa on August 9, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    Sanga, Mahela, Mathews, Rangana, Dilruwan we all are so proud of you guys. When Mahela is stepping down, Angelo takes the responsibility. Such wonderful to see, with many issues with board(no pay or payment delays or whatever), ill treated by ICC because(just 2 matches in England) we don't have money but talent. You guys never let us down, and we are ALWAYS here to back you on ups and downs. Bring more fame to this tiny little island, the pearl of the Indian Ocean, "Sri Lanka" . Start with no resources, no funding, and youngsters start playing with the "Pol Pithi Bat" (a bat made out of the first part of a coconut leaf) and conquer the world, and can't even think of comparing the population with other cricketing nations. It is JUST AMAZING, and we are loving every second of it.

  • KingPower on August 9, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela (or Mathews)...what an incredible Blessing for Sri Lanka!

  • on August 9, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Sangakara is simply a joy to watch..... His signature cover drive is what words can't define. By the time he retires, none would even dare to compare him with modern greats..coz he is already one of the all time greats cricket has ever produced. BOL from Nepal!!!

  • amuni12 on August 9, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    91 seems to be an unlucky number for Matthew.

  • on August 9, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    Only batsmen who has an average close to 60 with 100 more tests in the bag..Surely one of the all-time legends#Sanga#

  • on August 9, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    If Sanga can play like now for another 3/4 years then he will break all test records including Tendulkar's highest run & century record in test cricket. When Sachin retired from cricket then it seemed that his records are unbreakable. With the passes of time it seems both of his ODI and test records are achievable. If Kholi can continue like early days of his carrier, then he is capable of breaking all ODI records of Tendulkar.

  • 21tu on August 9, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Sanga & Mahela hats off to you guys.I wish you two can have a century partnership in Colombo. Also need a century from Mahela as we wont be able to see him anymore after this series. Since Murali has the record for the bowlers we need best Batsman record to be with Sanga. If you check most of the cricketing records are held by Lankans. Common Lions give a TRY!!!

  • on August 9, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Guys... Pls don't compare sanga with sachin,lara,Ponting,bradmen or anyone else... Sanga is simply just sanga neither any of the batsman above.

  • on August 9, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Congratulations sanga & wishes for maiya.. Also good luck anji.. You are getting better day by day.. Year 2014 totally dominated by sri lanka and their legends..... Looking forward for a world cup win in 2015... There may be up and down situations.. But carry on the good work guys

  • cricchanel.com on August 9, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    for Kumar Sangakara I would simple state "the Class" again accompanied by Mahela playing his last test series. Kumar Will surely miss Mahela in his remaing career for his best ever accompany. Both players has many records of partnerships for SriLanka. Match is going towards a drew unless some extra ordinary spell by any Srilankan or any batting collapse on the end of Pakistan. The major factor is the dead pitch by management.

  • SL_rockz on August 9, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    BEST 100 PER INNINGS RATIOS IN TESTS (MINIMUM 20 CENTURIES) 0.363 Sir Don Braman 0.169 Kumar Sangakkara 0.163 Matthew Hayden 0.163 Hashim Amla 0.163 Sir Garfield Sobers

    BEST BATTING AVERAGES AS PURE BATSMAN (NON WK) <Excluding Stats vs Bangladesh & Zimbabwe> (Minimum 5000 Runs) 99.94 Sir Don Bradman 61.41 Kumar Sangakkara 58.67 Ken Barrington 58.45 Wally Hammond 57.78 Sir Garry Sobers 56.94 Sir Jack Hobbs 56.67 Sir Len Hutton 53.86 Greg Chappell 53.30 Javed Miandad 52.98 Jacques Kallis

    excluding this match..

  • on August 9, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Can we please stop the Sanga V Tendulkar debate. Both are brilliant players and we are lucky to have seen both. As for the match, it's a shame the previous day was almost entirely washed out. It would be nice to see a result, who knows cricket is a funny game.

  • AQ13 on August 9, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    lots of people are declaring Sanga as the best ever Lankan batsman but nowadays cricket has become much batsman friendly.For me the best ever Lankan batsman is still Arvinda Desilva who always delivered under pressure and was the leading player of the generation which turned Srilanka from minnows into a great cricket team which was ultimately crowned world champion

  • loks07 on August 9, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Wow! What a player, immense respect from India. This guy will easily make all time eleven as a batsman itself. If you add up his wicket keeping, he becomes more precious than Bradman in the team. And some of them here are comparing with just some few greats! Sanga is in league of Sobers and Bradman in terms of value for the team, that's how high he is. Currently Steyn and Sanga are only legends to be considered in all time legends. Let's cherish till they last.

  • SL_rockz on August 9, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    If you see all the batting records in ODI and TEST for this calendar year you will see how well he performed in two formats he is playing ..and those amount of runs and averages are incredible... It is nothing but reward for hard work he put in the nets.. He is the first person to the nets and last to depart... Sometimes there are no bowlers to bowl him in the evening as well. Because all have left... What a player..Nature always give rewards for the dedication.... And if there is anybody here tells that scoring a 200 in a test even in a highway is easy that man has never touched a bat or played some competitive cricket at all. Please forgive for them and move forward.10 double hundreds is a milestone passed by sangakkara in an era where technology will find the weak points of a batsman. This is an era where such an analyst is hired by the teams.... You will see how devastating it can be by looking at what is happening to kohli in england...But this man apparently has no wekanesses

  • zarasochozarasamjho on August 9, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Sangakkara, 2nd only to Dpn Bradman; not surprised! A pace bowler who does not make the batsmen play during conditions when the ball is talking should not be playing test cricket. Talha should be out of the team. Both spinners were a big disappointment, especially Ajmai who now is increasingly becoming less effective - taking your FIRST wicket after the score is 438, is not acceptable. Rehman was another big disappointment. Khurram Manzoor must be removed now as he has been consistently failing since his first great innings (that too v South Africa & in South Africa). He has not scored 5 since, I think. Taufiq Umar should be brought back - how many Pakistani batsmen have average of 40?

  • Johnny_129 on August 9, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Congrats to Sanga - A truly great player but often under-rated. Statistically, he is above all in modern day cricket and amongst the best of all time. His batting stats are even more remarkable if you take his wicket-keeping into account. Sanga is perhaps not as gifted as Tendulkar, Lara or even Ponting but he has grit and discipline in the mould of Kallis and Dravid. SL will really miss Sanga and Jayawadene when they call it a day.

  • PoeticCricket on August 9, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara is the Leonardo da Vinci of of Cricket. Sangakkara's cover drive is as beautiful & elegant as da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

  • on August 9, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    To the Lankan fans, I must say Sanga is a good batsman but don't get beside yourselves and compare him with Lara and Tendulkar. These two guys are in different class altogether and for me Lara is the best of the three..

  • PoeticCricket on August 9, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara is the Leonardo da Vinci of Cricket. His cover drive is beautiful & elegant as Mona Lisa.

  • on August 9, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    @ venkatesh param... We all Asians appreciate your sence of humor too....lol ...as for Indians tendulkar is the thing but for the rest of the world it's just one person and that player sangakkara my friend!!

  • Capt.Harry on August 9, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    Congrats Sanga on your tenth double..you and Mahela have two more years left. Keep going until the passion for the game is no longer there.Can we please stop the comparisons about who is better than who and just simply enjoy the innings....from a West Indian supporter.....BAT ON SANGA...!!! and long live Sanath Jayasuriya

  • Nuwan_Lorensuhewa on August 9, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    "It is not about averages" Explains the size of your cricket brain. 2. "It is not about the 100's made, but the way he scored, where he scored, and how he scored" - Lolzzz as if Sanga's scores came out in space, alien bowlers, he played using the other side of the bat or handle down. Refer to Sanga's average away from SL. 3. "What he meant to his country" Yes Sanga might not mean anything to India, or Australia, but just as a thought, what if Sanga was born Indian, there will be couple of shrines on his name. But he means a lot to all Sri Lankan fans and all unbiased cricket fans. 4. And your list goes on..."Dravid, Kalis, Gavaskar" and after all Sanga...

  • ThatsAlright on August 9, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Post on Twitter by S. Rajesh a little while ago: 501 runs scored off Ajmal by Sangakkara in tests; Avg 167. That speaks a volume about the where Sanga stands among the modern cricketing greats. For a fairer assessment, one needs to add his wk keeping records to the equation too.

  • SL_rockz on August 9, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Finally its 59.13 !!! can you believe it !!! 127 matches and 218 innings!!! That is a remarkable career... Phew!! another 3 years ... he do not need 200 matches to do it !!!

  • nickexplore on August 9, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Sangakkara's average has now moved to 59.13, 5th on the all-time list, behind Bradman, Pollock, Headley and Sutcliffe. Another magnificent innings from SLs finest.

  • on August 9, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Nuwan appreciate your sense of humor

  • SMKhanRizvi on August 9, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    Well done sri lanka.I dont know wat d hell this manzoor is thinking such a flacid pitch n he goes to a spinner. wat a pitty..... Ajmal you beauty

  • on August 9, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    Sanga leads by example and a great batsman beyond doubt. Mahela generally scores in dead pitches only and pity he did not score a ton.

  • SL_rockz on August 9, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    @Mervo; I was waiting and reading your comments. Enough is enough... If we have question about where sanga scores then obviously you are not watching the cricket orelse u are new to this. His Overseas average is 54+ and home avg is 64+ .. He has 22 centuries at home and mind you 15 centuries away. Which fact would make you suggest that he is scoring in home only.. Apart from that he has all very good averages in the swinging wickets as well. You may have not watched that miraculous inning in hobart against brett lee , mcgrath and co. 192 runs and given out to a ball going over his head. .. Recent tours 147 in lords...and reaching 60+ in each of the 4 innings he faced in england.. what else you need bro.. Donot be a hater...It is visible by ur comments..

  • thalagune on August 9, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    it looks like its hurt some indians here becoz somebody just said sanga is better than tendulkar...well its silly and childish to compare cricketers like this and say who is better....and its just silly to argue who is better becoz both are great players and living legends in neiboughring countries...for us lankan sanga is always better than any other legend and the same about tendulkar to the indians..but eventually both are great batsman and par with any other batter in the world present or past.....

  • Sir_Francis on August 9, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Sanga is a truly, great player but his home average (64) is 10 runs higher than his away average (54). That's a bit of a worry. I bet every batsman in the world wished they could play on SL pitches all the time. Bet Test cricket is really boring too.

  • Nuwan_Lorensuhewa on August 9, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Sanga is much much more than Tendulkar and Lara which I believe people from the same era. Sir Donald Bradman was from a different era of cricket whom he was a master at that time. Different level of balling attack, fielding techniques, which were lesser standards than today and less research on getting a batsman out on a plan.Any critiques should consider having a look at the batting average of Sir Donal Bradman after the English discovered the body line balling attack. So lets not include Bradman in to the equation. Considering elegance of shot execution, physique, natural stroke playing, I believe Sanga is much ahead than Tendulkar and Lara.I wish him all the success in the years to come.

  • on August 9, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    When people compare Bradman's stats, do they bring up that Bradman has scored most his runs in Australia and rest in England. He has not scored in Asia. So when people bring up Sanga has scored lesser outside sub continent it is clearly biased. Also Sanga has scored a lot outside sub continent given the matches he has played. His average is very good all around the world

  • on August 9, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    If any team have winning chance, that should be SL. Sanga did fantastic job to turn the match around. Herath and Perera will torment Pakistan batsman tomorrow and who knows SL might win this test. Once again Ajmal was ineffective against SL and particularly Sanga. Pakistan have to play well to draw this match otherwise Pak can lose

  • on August 9, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Well done sanga!! A great batsmanship throughout the career!!

  • on August 9, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    well played by SL. and superb innings by sanga. he is a legend. the best batsman. mathews missed a ton. have to feel for him.

    lead of 82. now pak win is almost out of equation and a little chance for SL, if they can bowl out pakistan cheaply.

    poor from pak. you simply cant give best batsman chances like this. 1st missed a review like sl did with younas and then 2 drops today. cant do that to a legend. he had made them pay.

    ajmal was not that effective which he should have. but a bit unlucky. could have got best batsman twice but chances not grabbed. so cant say he was total clueless.

    many people talking about wicket. yes it is slow and flat but if we consider that we have lost half a day to rain, both teams failed to review top scorer from other side. and pak given 2 more chances to top scorer. so it was not that much flat to not get a result.

    still good to bat and pak will have to bat well to keep it to draw. Khurram is going no where after that 146. Shan should play now.

  • Ramansilva on August 9, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    @ John Sunder, Thanks buddy for reminding that 900+ score against India. Isn't it something to cherish than a drawn game. By the way, Sanga does not need to join the league of Tendulkar. Sanga is in a league of his own. He is not relying on the board's support to prolong his career and set more records. He has already given signals about his retirement on his own terms.

  • on August 9, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Very well played master blaster Sir Kumara Sangakkara.. and good decision to declare the innings with minimum 10 overs remaining...

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 9, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    Sanga please play Test cricket for another 4 years and break highest bating record. Then Sl will have both runs and wickets record. SL already have highest partnership and Highest innings record.

  • on August 9, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    Sanga has a 199 not out against Pakistan and a 192 against Australia where he was given out caught off the shoulder! He also has another couple of scores over 180. With a bit of luck he could have already passed Bradman's 12.

  • on August 9, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Samga better than tendulkar ? Please don't start that one again. There are numbers and again more numbers, I am sure sanga will be the first one to accept he is not in tendulkar's league.

  • Mervo on August 9, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Sanga is a decent batsman but it is interesting to see where he has scored his runs ...

  • on August 9, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    interesting to see new ranking points of sangakkara. is he beat his previous best 938?

  • thalagune on August 9, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    good batting by sanga,matthews but the question comes again again with the like of vithanage showing poor technique and consisitent failures,,,,looks like he is just like the duo chandi/thiri and not worth a spot on the team...and the failure of the lower middle order again...these are issues that need resolving because if on a bad day sanga/matthews/mahela fail nobody else can be relied upon to do any decent batting and the lower middle order just collapses like a pack of cards,,,

  • Lion_96 on August 9, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    another record broken by Sanga

  • mansoor777 on August 9, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Sanga will break all records even tendulkar record of highest test runs n century if he played for another 2 years. what a great player he is.

  • on August 9, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    i reckon Sangakarra is a better batter than tendulkar as sanga has a lot better average than him

  • on August 9, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    some onementioned about ajmal. i agree he is not that much effective as he should be but he was a bit unlucky. he could have got the best batsman twice but chances not taken so cant really say that he was totally off

  • on August 9, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    hapless performance to draw a match. brings back memories of the 900 plus sl scored against india. whats the point really ? i understand thr pitch was made for MJ, they could have declared after that.

  • on August 9, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    about 6 decisions over turned and 2 more could have been if SL & Pak had decided to review. not so good standards .

  • on August 9, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    IT'S fully disappointed about Angelo again got out in 90s......

  • parikshit_Ops on August 9, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Looks like Lanka Board has taken the humiliation of home defeat from SA seriously and have given instructions to prepare 'dead as dodo' pitch. What a way to avoid another loss!! Though I believe that PAK team is nowhere as talented as SA Team. Bowling being decent and fielding/batting apart from Younis & Misbah being a joke. and lankans must keep that in mind while taking decisions. Anyway nice opportunity for Sanga to increase his average

  • on August 9, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Poor captaincy from both teams, drop catches and bad reviews are the reason, not the pitch. We saw the way PAK played their first inning. Still SL bowled out them. Besides, so called Ajmal is there right?

  • on August 9, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    superb batting by Sanga and Mathews. For a result in their favor , SL have to score a lot more quicker in last session and may be 1st session tomorrow then hope that they can bowl out pak in 2 sessions. Highly unlikely as wicket is still good to bat on.

    Poor and lack of concentration from pakistan. giving a master player like sanga chances is simply poor. he will make you pay big time. they didnt review his decision yesterday like SL didnt do with younas. Then 2 catches today of him is a bad effort. he is that kind of master player who can score 300 on his own and take game away and thats what is happening now after all these chances.

  • Ramansilva on August 9, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    It was an amazing feat to keep Saeed Ajmal wicketlesss for 46 overs.

  • Diaz54 on August 9, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Pak can loose this, if SL get 100 + lead! Pak batsmen will be under pressure and can collapse! Last day may be tricky unless it reasons

  • on August 9, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    @NIPPY_89

    Two factors:

    1) It was easier on first day due to the available seam movement. None of that aavailable now.

    2) Pakistan's batsmen are known to be weak especially the top order. Sri Lanka batsmen are far better.

    Just stop producing dead wickets and we won't even be having this conversation in the first place.

  • on August 9, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    but also v bad captaincy by misbah bcoz in this match he applied he fast bowlers from both ends at a time in a period while spinners also

  • NIPPY_89 on August 9, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    New Rule: Anyone who comments saying this is a batting paradise must also praise Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath for their excellent effort on the 1st innings.

  • CrICkeeet on August 9, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Irritating TEST! Meaningless... If the 1st test Pitch of ENG v IND series can b judged as "poor" by the match refree than this should b the worst!!

  • on August 9, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    In my living memory of 26 years not even st could outplayed sanga .. Really he is undodtedly the best batsman after don. If he started earlier or being an Indian Eng or aussi even west indies he would have already got the respect he deserve.. What a product..

  • on August 9, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    what a waste of time and money...it's better not to have any test cricket rather than playing on these dead pitches.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 9, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    RIP Test cricket in Sri Lanka. No wonder these games draw such small crowds, there is no even contest between bat and ball. There is nothing to show case fast bowling, even for spinners the turn is slow. SCB need to do something to relight these dull encounters.

  • heartbreakerz on August 9, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    poor pitch...if trent bridge was bad then galle is worst

  • on August 9, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    For all are saying this wicket is a flat track. Guys it's slow track for sure but not to forget that Sri Lanka was able to bowl Pakistan out even though they've scored 450 & SA able to beat SL few weeks back in the same venue. Anything still possible. You can never trust these two sides when comes to batting. Except guys like Sanga Mathews & Misbha.

  • on August 9, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    If only the SL team would join Pakistan and try to humiliate the pitch curators by batting throughout the 5th day and tell them how ridiculous of a pitch it was. Not sure about history but certainly not many occasions such as this would have shown up when the teams batted just once each by the end of the 5th day. Should be an absoloute humiliation to the curators. If you can not create seaming wickets, then ATLEAST prepare dust bowls. With the game already heavily in favour of the batsmen, such pitches are ridiculous. The ICC should declare this pitch as poor, same as they did in Trent Bridge.

  • pritamdas_circ on August 9, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar can easily score a hundred here in this pitch. Not doubting Sanga's talent at all but this pitch is worse than recent Trent Bridge one. Fields like this are damaging the quality of Test cricket. Lame game. KS and AM 's best possible chance to build highest 4th wicket partnership in Test cricket in this match. Poor Saeed Ajmal , always liked him but no magic from him so far in this match.

  • malepas on August 9, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    I got to say that the run fest wickets SL producing is killing bowlers and interest in cricket in general and I'm sure ICC will look into this very serious matter. If wicket is playing like a road on a 4th day of a test match then its not good for players or viewers.

  • on August 9, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    this is definitely going to be #draw

  • VinodGupte on August 9, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    Many thanks to the Sri Lankan Tourism Ministry for a 5-day tour of the second best national highway of Sri Lanka. Next week, we take another tour of the best national highway of Sri Lanka - SSC.

  • VinodGupte on August 9, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    many thanks to the Sri Lankan Tourism Ministry for a 5-day tour of the second best national highway of Sri Lanka.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 9, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    What a road. Another Test match in Sri Lanka headed for a dull draw. Slow, low bounce pitch.

  • on August 9, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    well played by sanga and mathews. sanga was lucky but overall a great performance by Sl. wicket is still good to bat on and result seems difficult because of rain.

    poor show from pakistan. giving chances to a player like sanga is going to punish you very big. 1st not reviewed like SL not did with younas and now a drop on 1st ball of the day.

    to get a result in their favor SL should score fast enough from this point.

  • on August 9, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    first over of the day could have made the difference! now we are waiting for another double from the maestro!

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  • on August 9, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    first over of the day could have made the difference! now we are waiting for another double from the maestro!

  • on August 9, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    well played by sanga and mathews. sanga was lucky but overall a great performance by Sl. wicket is still good to bat on and result seems difficult because of rain.

    poor show from pakistan. giving chances to a player like sanga is going to punish you very big. 1st not reviewed like SL not did with younas and now a drop on 1st ball of the day.

    to get a result in their favor SL should score fast enough from this point.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 9, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    What a road. Another Test match in Sri Lanka headed for a dull draw. Slow, low bounce pitch.

  • VinodGupte on August 9, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    many thanks to the Sri Lankan Tourism Ministry for a 5-day tour of the second best national highway of Sri Lanka.

  • VinodGupte on August 9, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    Many thanks to the Sri Lankan Tourism Ministry for a 5-day tour of the second best national highway of Sri Lanka. Next week, we take another tour of the best national highway of Sri Lanka - SSC.

  • on August 9, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    this is definitely going to be #draw

  • malepas on August 9, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    I got to say that the run fest wickets SL producing is killing bowlers and interest in cricket in general and I'm sure ICC will look into this very serious matter. If wicket is playing like a road on a 4th day of a test match then its not good for players or viewers.

  • pritamdas_circ on August 9, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar can easily score a hundred here in this pitch. Not doubting Sanga's talent at all but this pitch is worse than recent Trent Bridge one. Fields like this are damaging the quality of Test cricket. Lame game. KS and AM 's best possible chance to build highest 4th wicket partnership in Test cricket in this match. Poor Saeed Ajmal , always liked him but no magic from him so far in this match.

  • on August 9, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    If only the SL team would join Pakistan and try to humiliate the pitch curators by batting throughout the 5th day and tell them how ridiculous of a pitch it was. Not sure about history but certainly not many occasions such as this would have shown up when the teams batted just once each by the end of the 5th day. Should be an absoloute humiliation to the curators. If you can not create seaming wickets, then ATLEAST prepare dust bowls. With the game already heavily in favour of the batsmen, such pitches are ridiculous. The ICC should declare this pitch as poor, same as they did in Trent Bridge.

  • on August 9, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    For all are saying this wicket is a flat track. Guys it's slow track for sure but not to forget that Sri Lanka was able to bowl Pakistan out even though they've scored 450 & SA able to beat SL few weeks back in the same venue. Anything still possible. You can never trust these two sides when comes to batting. Except guys like Sanga Mathews & Misbha.