Mahela,Thilan put Lanka in charge

Mahela Jayawardene scored his first Test century against Pakistan in his farewell series as captain and guided Sri Lanka to a commanding 406-3...

Written by Rizwan Ali | Karachi | Published:February 22, 2009 11:32 pm

Mahela Jayawardene scored his first Test century against Pakistan in his farewell series as captain and guided Sri Lanka to a commanding 406-3 on the first day of the first Test on Saturday. Jayawardene — criticised for his recent poor form in ODIs — produced an unbeaten 136 while Thilan Samaraweera also made the best of the ideal batting conditions with an aggressive unbeaten 130 off 155 balls.

The two batsmen added 229 runs for the fourth wicket in just over three-and-a-half hours as the Pakistan bowlers struggled to separate the pair despite taking the second new ball. The Sri Lanka captain was thrice dropped as the grassless wicket of the National Stadium gave little response to either seamers or the two spinners.

Playing his 101st Test,Jayawardene drove the debutante fast bowler Sohail Khan for a boundary to become the first Sri Lanka player to reach 8,000 Test runs before cutting leg-spinner Danish Kaneria to bring up his 25th Test century.

He struck 20 boundaries in his five-hour knock. Samaraweera hit 21 fours and drove Shoaib Malik for a straight boundary to complete his seventh Test century.

Pakistan managed only one wicket in the last two sessions. Kumar Sangakkara (70) had added 90 runs for the third wicket with Jayawardene when he was caught at mid-wicket off leg-spinner Danish Kaneria (1-93). (AP)

Scoreboard

Sri Lanka: M Warnapura c Misbah b Arafat 59,T Paranavitana c Misbah b Gul 0,K Sangakkara c Misbah b Kaneria 70,M Jayawardene batting 136,T Samaraweera batting 130; Extras (lb 3,w 1,nb 7) 11; Total (for 3 wickets in 90 overs) 406; FoW: 1-3,2-93,3-177; Bowling: Umar Gul 16-1-82-1,Sohail Khan 16-1-105-0,Yasir Arafat 17-1-57-1,Shoaib Malik 16-2-60-0,Danish Kaneria 24-2-93-1,Younis Khan 1-0-6-0

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