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Sri Lanka take control

Published:Sunday | August 10, 2014 | 8:00 AM
Pakistani's Azhar Ali attempts to catch the ball off a shot played by Sri Lankan batsman Angelo Mathews during the fourth day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Galle, Sri Lanka, yesterday.

GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP):

Kumar Sangakkara smashed his 10th double century against reckless Pakistan as Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 533-9 for an overall lead of 82 runs on the fourth day of the first Test yesterday.

Pakistan lost opener Khurram Manzoor to left-arm spinner Rangana Herath to finish the day on 4-1 - still trailing by 78 runs.

Sangakkara's imperious 221 in just over 11-1/2 hours off 425 balls was studded with 24 fours as the master batsman made Pakistan pay heavily for dropping him off yesterday's very first ball and later on 168.

Abdul Rehman, who missed a first-ball sitter of Sangakkara, had the left-hander finally stumped late in the last session before Pakistan's tough time in the field ended when the declaration came.

SPLENDID 91

Angelo Mathews made a splendid 91 and fell to offspinner Saeed Ajmal (5-166), who finished with a late five-wicket haul after taking his first wicket of the Sri Lankan captain in his 47th over.

Sangakkara raised his 200 off 398 balls with 21 fours when he punched Ajmal to point after tea for a single and is now just two behind Don Bradman's all-time record of 12 double centuries.

"I think everyone is second to the Don," Sangakkara said after his majestic knock. "I'm pretty happy that I'm two double-hundreds behind him, but that's probably the only way I can even get close to reaching him, so I'm pretty happy with the day's play."

Pakistan's bowlers got little support from their fielders on a placid wicket as Sangakkara shared three century-stands in home team's solid response to Pakistan's 451.

He crafted 181 runs with Mathews as Pakistan could only get the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene (59) in Junaid Khan's eventful first over with the new ball in the first session.

Sangakkara, 102 overnight, played a loose drive off left-arm fast bowler's first delivery but Rehman dropped a two-handed catch at point after Sri Lanka resumed at 252-2.