Sangakkara’s triple ton flattens Bangladesh
Becomes the fastest batsman to score 11,000 Test runs
Second test vs Bangladesh
Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara made a career-best 319 and joined the elite 11,000-test-run club on the way as the visitors took control of the second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong. He had his eyes set on Brian Lara’s Test cricket world record innings of 400* (vs England at St John’s, Antigua), but ran out of partners, with four of Sri Lanka’s last six batsmen going for five runs or less apiece. However, he beat Lara’s record of being the fastest man to reach 11,000 Test runs, doing so in 208 innings, 5 less than Lara. He is also only the 9th test cricketer to achieve the milestone.
The left-handed Sangakkara’s 34th Test hundred also drew him level with retired Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara in the all-time list of century-makers. The 36-year-old veteran playing his 122nd Test is now chasing the four retired players – Sachin Tendukar (51 centuries), Jacques Kallis (45), Ricky Ponting (41) and Rahul Dravid (36).
Sri Lanka scored 587 in the first innings, and Bangladesh were 86/1 at stumps on Day two of the Second Test. The visitors won the first Test by an innings and 248 runs.