Batting their way into record books

Mahela Jayawardene (240) and Thilan Samaraweera (231) set a fourth-wicket Test record stand of 437 runs as Sri Lanka piled up 644 for seven declared on the second day.....

Written by Reuters | Karachi | Published: February 23, 2009 2:46 am

Mahela Jayawardene (240) and Thilan Samaraweera (231) set a fourth-wicket Test record stand of 437 runs as Sri Lanka piled up 644 for seven declared on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan on Sunday. Pakistan were 44 for one in reply,opener Salman Butt (23) edging Muttiah Muralitharan to Jayawardene at first slip.

The home side began to fight back on the stroke of tea,dismissing both the double centurions and Tillakaratne Dilshan in the space of 10 balls. Off-spinner Shoaib Malik and Danish Kaneria shared the three wickets after Jayawardene and Samaraweera had broken a 52-year old batting record,surpassing the partnership of 411 between Peter May and Colin Cowdrey of England set in 1957 against West Indies at Edgbaston.

Jayawardene was the first to fall when he had a lapse of concentration. Trying to sweep Malik at the total of 614,he was caught brilliantly by ’keeper Kamran Akmal down the leg side. Samaraweera,who made his first double century and highest Test score,fell seven balls later at the same score when he was bowled by a flipper from leg-spinner Kaneria. Pakistan got their third wicket at the same total of 614 when Dilshan was caught behind playing defensively at a doosra from Malik. This is Sri Lanka’s highest total against Pakistan and also the highest by any team at the National Stadium.

Maharoof returns home

Meanwhile,Sri Lanka pace bowler Farveez Maharoof had to return home after a groin injury during training. “I am extremely disappointed. I was looking forward to this series as I have not played too much Test cricket recently,” he said.

Scoreboard

Sri Lanka 1st innings: M Warnapura c Misbah-ul-Haq b Arafat 59,T Paranavitana c Misbah-ul-Haq b Gul 0,K Sangakkara c Misbah-ul-Haq b Kaneria 70,M Jayawardene c Akmal b Malik 240,T Samaraweera b Kaneria 231,T Dilshan c Akmal b Malik 0,P Jayawardene b Kaneria 18,C Vaas not out 12; Extras (lb 4,w 1,nb 9) 14; Total (7 wickets decl) 644; FoW: 1-3,2-93,3-177,4-614,5-614,6-614,7-644; Bowling: U Gul 24-2-92-1,Sohail Khan 21-2-131-0,Y Arafat 26-2-90-1,S Malik 36-3-140-2,D Kaneria 46.2-5-170-3,Y Khan 1-0-6-0,S Butt 1-0-11-0

Pakistan 1st innings: K Manzoor batting 18,S Butt c M Jayawardene b Muralitharan 23,Y Khan batting 0; Extras (nb 3) 3; Total (1 wicket; 22 overs) 44; FoW: 1-44; Bowling: C Vaas 8-2-11-0,D Fernando 5-0-22-0,A Mendis 6-2-10-0,M Muralitharan 3-2-1-1

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