Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 2nd day
Sanga Misses Double; But Bowlers Set Sri Lanka on Top23-Jun-2012 14:47:00 GMT
Galle: Kumar Sangakkara was stranded on an unbeaten 199 even as Sri Lanka took charge of the first cricket Test against Pakistan in Galle on Saturday.
The left-hander's monumental nine-hour effort saw the hosts recover from 335-5 in the morning session to post 472 in their first innings on the second day.
Pakistan were tottering at 48 for five in reply at stumps with seamer Nuwan Kulasekara and off-spinner Suraj Randiv both taking two wickets each off successive deliveries.
Kulasekara removed opener Taufeeq Umar and Azhar Ali, while Randiv dismissed skipper Mohammad Hafeez (20) and nightwatchman Saeed Ajmal in gloomy conditions.
Asad Shafiq fell to Rangana Herath, leaving veteran Younis Khan unbeaten on 15 with Pakistan still 225 runs away from saving the follow-on.
Sangakkara missed out on his ninth double-century in Test cricket partly due to an error in the scoreboard on the ground which showed him on 194 when his score was actually on 193.
With last man Nuwan Pradeep at the other end, Sangakkara smashed Ajmal for a six and raised his arms in celebrations believing he had reached the coveted double-century.
Team-mates, who saw the correct score on television, immediately signalled to Sankgakkara that he still needed one more run -- but to no avail.
Unable to get a run off the last ball of the over, Sangakkara could only watch from the non-striker's end as Pradeep was bowled by Hafeez for no score in the next over.
Sangakkara, a 34-year-old veteran of 109 Tests, has eight double hundreds in his 29 three-figure knocks in Test cricket.
Ajmal dismissed Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene for 62, before removing Thilan Samaraweera and Angelo Mathews off successive balls soon after the drinks break.
Mahela Jayawardene added seven runs to his overnight score of 55 when he was bowled by Ajmal, ending a 128-run partnership for the third wicket with Sangakkara.
Sri Lanka 472 (Sangakkara 199*, Dilshan 101, M Jayawardene 62, Ajmal 5-146)
Pakistan 48 for 5 (Randiv 2-5, Kulasekara 2-15)
Status Pakistan trail by 424 runs