Saturday March 9, 2013
Sangakkara ton in Galle boosts Sri Lanka
GALLE (Sri Lanka): Kumar Sangakkara hit a brilliant century to help Sri Lanka reach 247-2 at tea on the opening day of the first Test against Bangladesh in Galle yesterday.
The left-hander was unbeaten on 104 at the break with Lahiru Thirimanne (29 not out) as the hosts dominated the first two sessions after winning the toss on a good batting wicket.
Sangakkara, who completed his 31st Test hundred with two runs to mid-wicket off left-arm spinner Elias Sunny, has so far cracked one six and 12 fours in his 170-ball knock.
Openers Tillakaratne Dilshan (54) and Dimuth Karunaratne (41) were the other main scorers as Sri Lanka scored 132 in the morning and 115 in the afternoon for the loss of just two wickets.
Off-spinner Sohag Gazi bagged two wickets for 71 runs.
Dilshan played some attractive shots as he smashed four boundaries early in his innings, two each off seamers Shahadat Hossain and Abul Hasan. He then hit two successive fours off Gazi.
He completed his 22nd Test half-century in style when he drove Sunny past mid-on for a four before falling in the next over, caught by debutant Mominul Haque at mid-off off Gazi. — AFP