Sangakkara and Jayawardene call the shots
The trusty and elegant combination of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene gave Sri Lanka the better of the first day against Bangladesh at Chittagong.
Sangakkara’s 34th format ton, one more than Jayawardene who had moved to 33 thanks to his unbeaten 203 during Sri Lanka’s innings-win last week in Dhaka, dominated the tourists’ 314 for five.
Indeed, the left-hander was unbeaten on 160 after his right-handed partner had fallen for 72 in the 71st over of the second and last Test of this mini-series.
They joined forces after 16 overs when Al-Amin Hossain, a sole seamer playing alongside four specialist spinners, had a cutting Dimuth Karunaratne held at point for 31. Kaushal Silva was earlier trapped in front on the sweep by Sohag Gazi after Sri Lanka won the toss.
Both veteran batsmen played cautiously either side of lunch, but Sangakkara upped the ante with pulled sixes in consecutive Mahmudullah overs, the latter moving him to a seventh 50-plus score in seven Test innings versus the Tigers.
Sangakkara, having taken Sohag Gazi for three fours in an over, made sure four of those have been hundreds by raising three figures with a tickle to the long-leg rope off Mahmudullah.
The same bowler pinned Jayawardene plumb in front on the back foot, ending a stand of 178 that made a home attack missing Abdur Razzaq for most of the day through injury look largely powerless.
Shakib Al Hasan capitalised on the breakthrough via two late wickets with the new ball. An attacking Dinesh Chandimal, on 27, got a leading edge to point and captain Angelo Mathews missed with a slog to be bowled.