11th double for Sangakkara
New Zealand (AP):
Kumar Sangakkara posted a majestic 203 - his 11th Test double century - to guide a resurgent Sri Lanka to a 113-run lead over New Zealand at stumps on the second day of the second cricket Test at the Basin Reserve yesterday.
Sangakkara's double century brought him within one of matching Donald Bradman's record of 12 and came a day after he became just the fifth cricketer to go past the 12,000-run milestone in Tests - and the fastest to do so in 224 innings.
Following a 2014 season in which he scored 1,493 runs, including two double centuries and three centuries, Sangakkara kept the runs coming at the start of the new year to help Sri Lanka reach 356 in their innings in reply to New Zealand's 221.
New Zealand were 22-0 in its second innings at stumps, with Hamish Rutherford on 12 and Tom Latham nine.
1-0 host lead
The hosts had the upper hand in the match - as well as a 1-0 lead in the series - when Sangakkara came to the crease late on Saturday after bowlers had dominated on a green and seaming pitch. Although Sri Lanka lost five wickets in quick succession before stumps, Sangakkara had remained patient and was 33 not out at the end of the day.
His stellar batting yesterday then revived Sri Lanka's innings and allowed the visitors to build a commanding lead.
At first with caution but then with growing confidence, Sangakkara started to pull his team back into the match. He reached his century from a comparatively pedestrian 191 balls and then his 19th Test 150 from 253 balls - more than any batsman besides Sachin Tendulkar.