COLOMBO: Kumar Sangakkara scored a classy 219 and Mahela Jayawardene struck 174 as Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 642-4 on day two of the second Test against India on Tuesday.
Jayawardene hit 20 boundaries and a six for his 28th test century before being caught by Suresh Raina off spinner Harbhajan Singh.
Declaration followed soon after Jayawardene’s dismissal.
Jayawardene’s century was his 10th at the Sinhalese Sports Club and he surpassed Don Bradman’s nine centuries at Melbourne Cricket Ground to become the highest century-maker at a single ground, though the Sri Lankan has played 12 matches more at the venue than the Australian all time great.
Sehwag returned bowling figures 1-71 while fellow spinners Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan Singh and seamer Ishant Sharma also picked up a wicket each.
Opener Tharanga Paranavitana helped set up Sri Lanka’s impressive total by making 100 on the first day.
Jayawardene followed Tharanga Paranavitana (100) and skipper Kumar Sangakkara (219) with a fluent 143 not out to lift the hosts to 587-3 by tea on the second day at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC).
It was the former Sri Lankan captain’s 10th three-figure knock at the SSC, the most by a batsman at a single ground, surpassing Australian legend Don Bradman’s tally of nine at the Melbourne cricket ground.
Jayawardene has so far hit 18 boundaries in his 28th Test hundred, building Sri Lanka’s advantage on a lifeless wicket that is proving to be a bowlers’ graveyard.
Jayawardene and Sangakkara, who compiled Test cricket’s highest partnership of 624 runs at the same venue against South Africa four years ago, put on 193 runs for the third wicket.
Sangakkara, who was on 214 at lunch, fell in the fourth over after the break when he edged a lazy drive off part-time spinner Virender Sehwag to Rahul Dravid at lone slip.
The left-hander hit 29 boundaries during his seven-hour stay at the crease.
Thilan Samaraweera continued the run-spree with an unbeaten 52, having so far added 121 runs for the fourth wicket with Jayawardene.
Sri Lanka lead 1-0 in the three-match series after thrashing the top-ranked Indians by 10 wickets in Galle last week.
Starting the day at 312-2, Sangakkara and Jayawardene added 65 runs from 14 overs in the first hour, easily negotiating the second new ball that was claimed late on Monday evening.
By the time lunch was called, Sri Lanka had hammered 145 runs in 29 overs in the morning session.
Sangakkara moved to 199 with four boundaries in one over from left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, and then reached 200 with an edged four to third-man off Harbhajan Singh.
Sangakkara’s seventh double-century put him on par with Wally Hammond of England. Only Bradman (12) and West Indian Brian Lara (nine) have more scores of 200 or more.
India’s spin spearhead Harbhajan Singh, who has so far conceded 123 runs in 38 overs, is still looking for his first wicket in the series. Ojha and seamer Abhimanyu Mithun have both given away more than 100 runs each in the innings.
Sri Lanka are expected to declare in the post-tea session to give their revamped bowling attack enough time to put the Indian batsmen under pressure.
The hosts have surprisingly changed their entire frontline bowling attack that won them the first Test.
With Muttiah Muralitharan having retired and fast bowler Lasith Malinga injured, the hosts replaced them with Ajantha Mendis and Dilhara Fernando.
Also dropped were left-arm spinner Rangana Herath and seamer Chanaka Welegedara. Their places were taken by debutant off-spinner Suraj Randiv and fast bowler Dammika Prasad.