Kumar Sangakkara has moved to just one double century behind record holder Sir Don Bradman after the Sri Lankan rescued his side on day two against New Zealand.
Sri Lanka were staring down the barrel of defeat after they were restricted to 78/5 at the end of day one. But not for the first time it was Sangakkara who came to the rescue.
The veteran, who was eventually caught off the bowling of Jimmy Neesham for 203, shared a stand of 130 with Dinesh Chandimal (67) for the sixth.
Running out of partners
After Chandimal fell, again to Neesham, the tourists still trailed by 11 runs, but then Sangakkara accelerated his scoring, quickly running out of partners, he reached his double-hundred off just over 300 balls, hitting three sixes on the way.
Trailing by 135 after the first innings, New Zealand finished the day 22/0 with Latham and Rutherford at the crease and the hosts will require a significant score from one of their big names if they are to have any chance of winning the series 2-0.
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Following the conclusion of the second Test match, there will be a one-day series between the two, in preparation for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, starting February 14.
Sangakkara is set to quit one-day international cricket after the World Cup but has hinted that he may prolong his Test career in pursuit of Bradman's record of 12 double tons.
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