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Sangakkara sets plethora of records

Last updated on: July 13, 2007 23:38 IST
Kumar Sangakkara scored an unbeaten 222, his second double century in successive innings, on the third day of the Kandy Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on Friday.

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
Batsman Score Opponent Venue Season
WR Hammond (Eng) 251 Australia Sydney 1928-29
200 Australia Melbourne 1928-29
WR Hammond (Eng) 227 New Zealand Christchurch 1932-33
336* New Zealand Auckland 1932-33
DG Bradman (Aus) 304 England Leeds 1934
244 England The Oval 1934
VG Kambli (Ind) 224 England Mumbai WS 1992-93
227 Zimbabwe Delhi 1992-93
KC Sangakkara (SL) 200* Bangladesh Colombo PSS 2007
222* Bangladesh Kandy 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
200s Batsman Inns Inns/200
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
494-6 Aus 494-6 South Africa Sydney 1910-11 1st
475-2 Aus 475-2 England The Oval 1934 1st
471-8 Eng 471-8d India The Oval 1936 1st
470-4 SL 30-0 to 500-4 Bangladesh Kandy 2007 3rd
458-3 Aus 458-3 England Leeds 1930 1st
455-1 Aus 39-3 to 494-4 England Leeds 1934 2nd
452-9 NZ 452-9d Zimbabwe Harare 2005-06 1st
451-10 SA 451 New Zealand Christchurch 1931-32 2nd
450-10 Aus 450 South Africa Johannesburg 1921-22 1st

Rajneesh Gupta