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Sangakkara spurs Sri Lanka to 533-9 declared

August 9, 2014

GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Kumar Sangakkara smashed his 10th double century against reckless Pakistan as Sri Lanka declared its first innings at 533-9 for an overall lead of 82 runs on the fourth day of the first test on Saturday.

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 on the first ball of the morning.

Abdul Rehman, who missed a sitter of Sangakkara on the overnight 102, had the left-hander finally stumped late in the last session before the declaration came.

Captain Angelo Mathews made a splendid 91 before he fell to offspinner Saeed Ajmal, who finished with 5-166, but not before claiming his first wicket in his 47th over after conceding over 100 runs.