Sangakkara had also made an unbeaten 200 in Sri Lanka's only innings in the second Test at P Sarvanamuttu Stadium in Colombo.
With this Sangakkara became only the fourth batsman in Test cricket history to score double centuries in successive innings after England's Wally Hammond, Australia's Don Bradman and India's Vinod Kambli.
Hammond had done so on two occasions. The following table has the details:
Double centuries in successive innings
|WR Hammond (Eng)||251||Australia||Sydney||1928-29|
|WR Hammond (Eng)||227||New Zealand||Christchurch||1932-33|
|DG Bradman (Aus)||304||England||Leeds||1934|
|VG Kambli (Ind)||224||England||Mumbai WS||1992-93|
|KC Sangakkara (SL)||200*||Bangladesh||Colombo PSS||2007|
This was sixth double century of Sangakkara's career, which puts him at top in level with Marvan Atapattu among Sri Lankans.
Only Bradman, Lara and Hammond have scored more double centuries than Sangakkara.
Sangakkara's frequency of scoring double centuries is second best after Don Bradman among all batsmen who have scored at least five double centuries in a career.
Most double centuries in a career
|12||DG Bradman (Aus)||80||6.66|
|9||BC Lara (WI)||232||25.78|
|7||WR Hammond (Eng)||140||20.00|
|6||KC Sangakkara (SL)||110||18.33|
|6||MS Atapattu (SL)||152||25.33|
|6||Javed Miandad (Pak)||189||31.50|
|5||R Dravid (Ind)||185||37.00|
Sangakkara's 222 runs on the third day's play are the most scored by a Sri Lankan batsman in a single day's play. The previous record was held by Aravinda de Silva.
Most runs in one day by a Sri Lankan batsman
|222||(0-222*)||KC Sangakkara||v Bangladesh||Kandy||2007||3rd|
|206||(0-206)||PA de Silva||v Bangladesh||Colombo PSS||2002-03||2nd|
|203||(0*-203*)||PA de Silva||v New Zealand||Wellington||1990-91||2nd|
Sri Lanka made 470 runs for the loss of four wickets on the third day's play. This is the sixth best performance by a side in a day's play.
The world record is also held by Sri Lanka. No points for guessing who the opposition was.
Most runs in one day - by one team
|509-9||SL||32-0 to 541-9||Bangladesh||Colombo PSS||2002-03||2nd|
|503-2||Eng||28-0 to 531-2d||South Africa||Lord's||1924||2nd|
|470-4||SL||30-0 to 500-4||Bangladesh||Kandy||2007||3rd|
|455-1||Aus||39-3 to 494-4||England||Leeds||1934||2nd|