Steven Mullaney struck in his second over to bowl Kumar Sangakkara for 29 and give Nottinghamshire a share of the spoils on the first morning of Nottinghamshire’s Specsavers County Championship Division One match against Surrey at the Kia Oval.
Sangakkara had earlier gone past 19,000 career first-class runs as he and Arun Harinath rallied Surrey after the early loss of Rory Burns for 4 when the opener edged Jake Ball to the keeper in the ninth over. At lunch Surrey were 98 for 2.
Harinath was unbeaten on 53 at the interval after he and Sangakkara had added 73 in 21 overs for the second wicket to deny Notts further early breakthroughs.
Surrey had opted to bat first, on winning a toss, even though the pitch looked to have more green grass on it than is usual, and Harinath enjoyed a life on 12 when, in Ball’s fourth over, he slashed high to first slip where Dan Christian could not cling on to the fast-travelling edge above his head.
Sangakkara hit five fours in his 58-ball innings but was beaten as he played back to Mullaney after the Notts captain brought his medium pacers into the attack from the Pavilion End. There also looked to be an inside edge.
Harinath has so far faced 102 balls, hitting six fours, while new partner Gary Wilson is on 2 not out.