LONDON, June 14, 2014 (AFP) – Kumar Sangakkara scored his first Test hundred at Lord’s as Sri Lanka looked to avoid the follow-on against England on Saturday Sri Lanka were 309 for four at tea on the third day, still 266 runs behind after Joe Root’s maiden Test double century had taken England to 575 for nine declared in the first of this two-match series.
But now they needed just 67 more runs to make England bat again.
Left-hander Sangakkara, 36, was 121 not out but there was no third Lord’s hundred on Saturday for the 37-year-old Mahela Jayawardene in what was set to be a fourth and final Test at ‘the home of cricket’ for both Sri Lanka greats.
Sri Lanka resumed Saturday on 140 for one, having fought back well in the face of England’s imposing total.
Kaushal Silva was 62 not out and Sangakkara unbeaten on 32.
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Play commenced in gloomy overcast conditions that led to the floodlights being switched on.
But it was pace and bounce, rather than swing, that did for gutsy opener Silva.
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He’d added just one to his score when, trying to sway out of the way of a James Anderson bouncer, he didn’t lower his bat, with the ball grazing