Samaraweera’s 214 helps Lanka to mammoth total

Thilan Samaraweera scored his second double hundred in a row and Tillekaratne Dilshan stroked a fluent century as Sri Lanka amassed 606....

Written by Reuters | Lahore | Published:March 3, 2009 2:13 am

Thilan Samaraweera scored his second double hundred in a row and Tillekaratne Dilshan stroked a fluent century as Sri Lanka amassed 606 on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan.

Pakistan were 110 for one in reply at the close on Monday with Salman Butt run out in the final over of the day for 48. Fellow opener Khurrum Manzoor was unbeaten on 59.

Samaraweera scored a majestic 214 and Dilshan 145,overshadowing career-best Test figures of six for 135 by Umar Gul. Samaraweera,who scored 231 in the drawn first Test in Karachi,batted for almost seven hours to score his second Test double hundred,facing 338 balls and hitting 32 fours.

He was run out when he called for a sharp single to cover from where Shoaib Malik relayed the ball to the wicketkeeper via Danish Kaneria with both batsmen stranded in the middle.

Record stand

His dismissal ended a record 207-run fifth wicket stand with Dilshan,the best for the wicket by Sri Lanka against Pakistan,surpassing the 143 between Russell Arnold and Romesh Kaluwitharana set at Lahore in 1999.

Dilshan,who was also run out after tea,raced to his eighth Test hundred from just 109 balls,cutting Kaneria for a four to reach the milestone. He also completed 3,000 career runs.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 606 (K Sangakkara 104,T Samaraweera 214,T Dilshan 145; U Gul 6/135) vs Pakistan 110/1 (K Manzoor batting 59,S Butt 48)

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