Sanga’s century helps Lanka to pile up 302 for 7
Vice captain Kumar Sangakkara hit a flawless century as the defending
champions Sri Lanka piled up a competitive 302 for 7 in their six nation
Asia Cup tournament Super Four match against Pakistan worked off under
lights at the National Stadium in Karachi yesterday.
The stylish left hander played the sheet anchor role and carried Sri
Lanka into a commanding position after Shoaib Malik had won the toss and
elected to field. But Sangakkara got his act together well from the
start and decided to play a long innings while keeping one end occupied
for a top score of 112 his second century in this tournament.
The Lankans of course could not make an explosive start to their
innings with the first five overs producing only 25 runs. The main
reason was the early dismissal of veteran Sanath Jayasuriya who departed
in the fifth over.
The dashing left hander survived a close leg before decision in the
very first ball of the innings off paceman Sohail Tanvir who however
took revenge by striking a crucial blow in his second over. Skipper
Mahela Jayawardena joined Sangakkara and the pair steadied the innings
with a second wicket stand of 40 runs from 56 deliveries.
Skipper Jayawardena was well set for a big score having stroked five
boundaries before becoming Sohail Tanvirs second victim in the 14th
However Chamara Kapugedera who was promoted in the batting order once
again lived upto expectations by hoisting two sixes and a couple of
boundaries during his entertaining knock.
Sangakkara was prepared to play the supporting role during his third
wicket partnership of 88 runs from 92 deliveries with Kapugedera. This
pair laid the foundation for a formidable total while maintaining a
healthy run rate mid way in the innings.
Sangakkara found another good partner in Chamara Silva and the pair
consolidated the position with a vital fourth wicket stand of 93 runs
from 83 balls. Chamara Silva who was struggling with the bat in the
earlier games made a run a ball 46 with the help of five boundaries.
Sangakkara took over the main role thereafter and completed his one
hundred in the 43rd over from just 96 deliveries inclusive of one six
and nine boundaries. He batted equally well against the pacemen as well
as against the spinners before throwing his wicket away in an attempt to
accelerate the scoring rate.
The Sri Lanka innings was also boosted by a quick fire 28 off 20
deliveries by Thilina Thushara who performed his role quite effectively
by hoisting one six and stroking a couple of boundaries during the
latter stages of the innings.
Sohail Tanvir was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers while capturing
his maiden five wicket haul. Sri Lanka brought in their three key
players Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan and
left out Dilhara Fernando.
S. Jayasuriya lbw b Tanveer 8
K. Sangakkarab Tanveer 112
M. Jayawardenec Misbah b Tanveer 29
C. Kapugederac Younus b Amjad 43
C. Silvac Sarfraz b Tanveer 46
T. Thusharac Riaz b Tanveer 28
T. Dilshanb Riaz 8
C. Vaasnot out 4
N. Kulasekeranot out 1
Extras: (lb10, nb2, w11) 23
Total:(for seven wkts in 50 overs) 302
Did not bat: M. Muralitharan A. Mendis
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Jayasuriya), 2-62 (Jayawardene), 3-150 (Kapugedera),
4-243 (Silva), 5-271 (Sangakkara), 6-288 (Thushara), 7-298 (Dilshan)
Bowling: Tanveer 10-1-48-5 (2nb, 6w), Riaz 9-0-52-1 (2w),
Iftikhar 8-0-60-0, Afridi 10-0-54-0 (1w), Malik 5-0-34-0, Amjad 8-1-44-1