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Unbeaten Mahela Jayawardene extends lead after Rangana Herath heroics

The Pakistan players welcome Mahela Jayawardene onto the pitch. (Source: AP) The Pakistan players welcome Mahela Jayawardene onto the pitch. (Source: AP)
Reuters | Colombo | Posted: August 17, 2014 12:41 am | Updated: August 17, 2014 12:42 pm

Mahela Jayawardene remained unbeaten on 49 in his farewell innings after spinner Rangana Herath’s career-best figures of nine for 127 gave Sri Lanka control of the second Test against Pakistan on Saturday.

Jayawardene, playing his last Test, added 98 for the unbroken third wicket with his long-standing partner Kumar Sangakkara (54 not out) as Sri Lanka ended the third day on 177/2. Sri Lanka, leading the two-Test series 1-0, took an overall lead of 165 runs with eight second innings wickets in hand and two days of the Test match remaining.

Sangakkara and Jayawardene negotiated the Pakistan bowling, without injured Junaid Khan, skillfully on a turning track to put their team in a strong position. Left-handed Sangakkara, who hit four boundaries, reached his 51st Test half century before the close. He survived a close call on 19 when Pakistan unsuccessfully reviewed a not out leg before appeal off Wahab Riaz with replays showing the ball hitting leg stump. Jayawardene hit seven fours during his 123-ball knock.

Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman dismissed Sri Lankan openers Upul Tharanga (45) and Kaushal Silva (17) in the afternoon session.

HERATH’S NINE

Earlier, Herath’s heroics restricted Pakistan’s first innings lead to 12 runs with wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed scoring his maiden Test century. Pakistan were all out for 332 at the stroke of lunch, replying to Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 320. The visitors’ last four wickets added 88 runs to their overnight score of 244 for six, with Sarfraz (103) moving from 66 to his hundred with a superb pulled six off Chanaka Welegedara to become the first Pakistani wicket-keeper in five years to get to three figures.

Sarfraz held the Pakistan tail together during his 127-ball innings before Herath finally had him edging a catch to wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella.

Herath continued to run through the Pakistan tail picking up the wickets of Rehman, Riaz and Saeed Ajmal . Junaid remained unbeaten on 13. Herath’s morning spell on Saturday was four for 29 off 8.1 overs. He became only the second Sri Lankan bowler to take nine wickets in an innings after former off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 320 (U Tharanga 92; J Khan 5/87, W Riaz 3/88) & 177/2 (K Sangakkara 54 not out) v Pakistan 332 (S Ahmed 103, A Shehzad 58; R Herath 9/127)

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