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The Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC) David Richardson has paid tribute to former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who retired from international cricket today.

Sangakkara was one of the leading cricketers in world cricket for the last 15 years during which played in 134 Tests (scoring 12,400 runs, 182 catches (131 catches as a wicket-keeper) as well as 20 stumpings), 404 ODIs (14,234 runs, 402 catches (383 as wicket-keeper) and 99 stumpings) and 56 T20Is (1,382 runs, 26 catches as wicket-keeper and 20 stumpings). He also led Sri Lanka in 15 Tests, 45 ODIs and 22 ODIs. One of his finest hours came when he inspired Sri Lanka to the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011.

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Kumar Sangakkara has regained the number-one Test batting spot in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following his 10th double century in the Galle Test which Sri Lanka won by seven wickets to lead Pakistan by 1-0 in a two-Test series.

Sangakkara, who won the ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC Test Cricketer of the Year awards in Colombo in 2012, scored 221 and 21 in the Test, which earned him 31 ratings points that, in turn, helped him to dethrone AB de Villiers from the top pedestal. The South African had snatched the number-one spot from his team-mate Hashim Amla in October 2013 and spent a total stretch of 287 days and 33 Tests at the top.

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Hosts Sri Lanka posted a strong reply to Pakistan's 451 as they reached 252-2 at stumps on a rain-hit third day in Galle thanks to a composed century from Kumar Sangakkara who was well supported by his close friend Mahela Jayawardene, who was unbeaten on 55.

Sri Lanka continued from their overnight score of 99-1 with Sangakkara steering one through backward point to set things off. The two batsmen started steadily, with Kaushal Silva, who soon brought up his half century, cashing in too with a crisp cover boundary off Junaid Khan. Sangakkara reached his half-century in streaky manner, top-edging one through the vacant third slip for four.

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Sri Lanka rode on a Sangakkara fifty as they posted 110-1 at stumps on day 4 of the Galle test match. South Africa declared on 206-6 at tea as they set the hosts Sri Lanka 370 to win in four sessions.

Dean Elgar, centurion from the first innings, got South Africa off and running in a bid to build on a hard-earned 163-run lead as he swept spinner Rangana Herath to the boundary. Alviro Petersen looked a little bogged down his end but soon cut Herath past point for four as the two openers began well. However, Elgar attempted booming drive and knicked one behind off Herath for 12. Petersen too the attack to Dilruwan Perera in the company of Faf Du Plessis as the Proteas pushed their lead past 200.

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Sri Lanka won the battle of the subcontinental sides, beating India by 6 wickets in a largely one sided contest at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday. Sri Lanka won the toss and put India in, a move which paid rich dividends as India struggled to 130-4 in their 20 overs, despite an outstanding 77 from just 58 balls from India's talisman Virat Kohli, who was brilliantly deprived of the strike in the last 5 overs as Sri Lanka's bowlers reigned supreme.

Sri Lanka chased down the paltry target with 13 balls to spare with former skipper Kumar Sangakkara leading the way in his final T20 innings with an unbeaten 52 from 35 balls to guide his team to an easy win.

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The Sunrisers Hyderabad took a giant step towards qualification for the Champions League T20 Group Stages with a crushing 8 wicket victory over the Sri Lankan T20 Champions, Kandurata Maroons at Mohali today. In a game which featured 4 half-centurions, Kumar Sangakkara's 61 and Lahiru Thirimanne's 54, both scored at solid strike rates in excess of 130 went in vain as Shikhar Dhawan (71) and Parthiv Patel (52) put their team well on the course to victory with a 121 run stand for the opening wicket, chasing down the Maroons' target of 169 to win with 9 balls to spare.

The Sunrisers weren't at their best with the ball, and certainly could have fielded better, but did start well, keeping down the flow of runs in the early overs as the Maroons stuttered to 33-2 at the end of 5 overs. Sangakkara and Thirimanne were required to do a rebuilding job initially before cutting lose towards the second half of their innings to post 168-3. Ishant Sharma was the pick of the bowlers for the Sunrisers taking 2-20 from his 4 overs, while Darren Sammy picked up the only other wicket to fall.

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AB de Villiers hit a defiant half-century but there was little other cheer for the South Africa as they suffered their second defeat by more than 100 runs in the ODI series against Sri Lanka at Colombo on Wednesday. Sri Lanka won the final match by a substantial 128 runs to finish dominant 4-1 winners of the five-match series. Both teams will now turn their attention to the three-match T20 International series starting on Friday.

Sri Lanka always controlled the game after winning the toss and putting 307 runs on the board for the loss of only four wickets after their two in-form veterans, Tillakaratne Dilshan (99 off 110 balls, 13 fours) and Kumar Sangakkara (75 not out off 45 balls, 12 fours), had again confirmed themselves not only as the best but more importantly the most consistent batsmen on either side.

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