Sangakkara denied but Sri Lanka dominate
Kumar Sangakkara was left stranded one short of a double hundred as Sri Lanka took complete control on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan in Galle.
Sangakkara, becoming the quickest batsman to reach 2,000 Test runs against a single team, ran out of partners on 199 from 387 deliveries as spinner Saeed Ajmal helped bowl the tourists out for 472 with 5-146.
The hosts were soon in trouble in their reply, though, with two wickets apiece from Nuwan Kulasekara and Suraj Randiv reducing them to 48 for five.
Ajmal put the brakes on Sri Lanka, who resumed on 300 for two, by taking three wickets in four overs - including two in as many balls - to complete his sixth Test five-wicket haul.
The off-spinner breached Mahela Jayawardene’s defences to end his 132-ball 69 before reducing Sri Lanka to 335 for five by having Thilan Samaraweera stumped and Angelo Mathews caught and bowled.
But Prasanna Jayawardene and Sangakkara kept Ajmal at bay to take the score past 400 with a sixth-wicket stand of 80.
Prasanna fell two runs short of what would have been a deserved half-century when he edged Mohammad Hafeez behind to Adnan Akmal.
Abdur Rehman’s only success from 43 overs came when Suraj Randiv looped up a return catch, with Hafeez wrapping up the Sri Lanka innings .
The all-rounder accounted for Nuwan Kulasekara and Nuwan Pradeep, either side of having an influence in the run out of Rangana Herath. That left Sangakkara one run short of his milestone despite the scoreboard originally suggesting he had reached his double ton in the penultimate over.
Kulasekara and Randiv put Pakistan on the back foot with two wickets in as many deliveries in the fifth and 21st overs.
The paceman trapped Taufeeq Umar in front and found the edge of Azhar Ali, while Hafeez, who took the score to 43 with 20 off 56 balls, and nightwatchman Ajmal succumbed to the off-spin of Randiv.
There was still time for Rangana Herath to dismiss Asad Shafiq, leaving Pakistan in total disarray.