Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara has fallen 16 runs short of a record-equalling sixth successive first-class century and the chance to join the likes of Don Bradman in an elite group.
Sangakkara was caught and bowled for 84 by Tom Westley as Surrey’s County Championship Division One clash with Essex petered out into a draw at Chelmsford. This innings took his haul for the English summer to a whopping 876 runs at a staggering average of 109.5.
Sangakkara’s splendid run in County Championship began April 14 against Lancashire by scoring 136, followed by 105 against Warwickshire. Then, there was a little break in County Championship because of One-Day Cup, wherein Sangakkara hundred as well, against Hampshire.
As the County Championship resumed, Sangakkara started off with twin tons against Middlesex at Lord’s. The stylish left-handed batsman continued his brilliant form by hitting another ton in the ongoing clash against Essex but missed out another twin hundred by 16 runs in the second innings.
The elegant left-hander retired from Test cricket two years ago having scored 12,400 runs to sit fifth on the all-time list. He will retire from first-class cricket at the end of the English season.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com