Sangakkara tons up as Lanka progress on rain hit day

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara stroked his 24th career ton as Sri Lanka moved to 294 for 5 at the end of the second day of the Second ERI Test at the R Premadasa Stadium.

Resuming on 84 for 3, Sangakkara and Thilan Samaraweera put on 170 for the 4th wicket before Samaraweera fell for a well played 80 from 170 balls with eight fours and a six.

Sangakkara faced 252 balls in his unbeaten 135 which included 16 sumptuous fours and one hit over the rope. In the third over with the second new ball the left hander benefitted from a dropped chance when he was 118. Wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh floored a leg side edge off medium pacer Dwayne Bravo.

Pacer Kemar Roach added the wicket of Angelo Matthews (25) to the two he took on the opening day to end with 3 for 66 from 21 overs.

Dwayne Bravo (18-5-61-1) removed Samaraweera who pulled a short ball to Shane Shillingford at fine leg when 20 runs short of the triple figure mark while the other wicket taker is Darren Sammy (25-6-47-1).

The spin duo of offie Shillingford and left arm armer Sulieman Benn went wicketless, their 26 combined overs costing 112 runs.

Only 52.4 overs were possible on day two after gloomy conditions allowed just 37.2 overs on the first day. Rain in the afternoon on the second ay caused play to be stopped and an early tea was taken. While the showers abated, the rains did return to make any restart impossible as the entire final session was lost.

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