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Bangladesh 86-1 after Sangakkara's triple-century leads Sri Lanka to 587 on day 2

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CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh - Kumar Sangakkara reached his maiden test triple-century on Wednesday to lead Sri Lanka to a mammoth first innings lead of 501 on the second day of the second test against Bangladesh.

Sangakkara reached the landmark in emphatic fashion by hitting consecutive sixes over the long-off and mid-wicket fences off Shakib Al Hasan. He was the last batsman out, for 319, as Sri Lanka posted a daunting total of 587.

Bangladesh reached 86-1 at stumps in reply, with Shamsur Rahman on 45 and Imrul Kayes adding 36.

Tamim Iqbal was the only batsman to go — for a duck — after Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal produced a delivery that kept low. Lakmal finished the day with 1-18.

The hosts could have been two down had Nuwan Pradeep not missed an easy catch near mid-on when Kayes was caught out by a googly off Ajantha Mendis.

On a pitch where Sangakkara thrived, Bangladesh batsmen were often left puzzled by the bounce.

Sangakkara became the third Sri Lanka player to score a triple-century, joining Mahela Jayawardene and Sanath Jayasuriya, and the 27th player overall. He also passed 11,000 test runs.

Sangakkara shared a century stand with Mendis, who scored 47 before falling victim to a quicker Shakib delivery. Shakib was the pick of the bowlers with 5-148, his 11th five-wicket haul, while Nasir Hossain took 2-16.

When Mendis went, Sangakkara was on 253 and seemingly stranded. But he kept his composure and farmed the strike with Suranga Lakmal and Pradeep at the non-striker's end.

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