Still need another 74 runs to avoid follow on:
Centuries from Dilshan and Sanga take Lanka to 278/5
Centuries like they did in the Galle Test from two of the most
experienced batsmen, Tillekeratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara helped
Sri Lanka post a score of 278 for 5 in reply to Pakistan’s 551 for 6
declared on another rain shortened fourth day of the Second Test at the
At the wicket was Sangakkara 144 not out. Night watchman Suraj Randiv
was out LBW in the last over. The batsmen out today were Dilshan when he
went LBW to Junaid Khan after making 121, Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan
Samaraweera without troubling the scorers.
Dilshan shared a partnership of 225 with Sangakkara. Jayawardene
padded up to a delivery that was pitched outside the off stump. He did
not look in line when the ball struck. But in the view of umpire Simon
Taufell he was out and the dreaded finger went up. The batsman looked
Both batted with great patience, determination and discipline and
never allowed the bowlers to dictate. In the process they broke a
32-year old record for the second wicket when they went past the 217
which was to the credit of Sidat Wettimuny and Roy Dias in Faisalabad in
Sri Lanka’s first tour abroad.
Only 105 minutes of play was possible in the morning and Sri Lanka
continuing from 70 for one made 135 without losing a wicket at lunch,
when a thin drizzle after lunch turned heavy and the game resumed at
2.30 p.m. 110 minutes of play was lost.
With the wicket, that could be best described as a concrete pitch,
being batting friendly throughout and being heart break to bowlers as
shown by the scores made, this Test is destined to go down in the record
books, as a draw spoilt by rain and a dead wicket.
This is skipper Mahela Jayawardene’s home wicket. And aware that it
will be batting friendly throughout the five days would have prompted
him to put the Pakistanis in, confident that what eve score Pakistan
makes, he has the batting to survive on a wicket that will not
Play was scheduled to start at 9.45 a.m. but a few drops of rain just
before the start delayed play by 30 minutes and the game got underway at
The overnight not outs Tillekeratne Dilsha 46 and Kumar Sangakkara 22
started cautiously, watching how the wicket would play and went for runs
only when the loose balls came along.
Dilshan’s approach was swashbuckling when he started his innings. But
today he did not throw caution to the winds and go for his shots and was
more subdued, showing responsibility. He reached 50 with 9 fours in 72
Sangakkara too batted cautiously and was very watchful and supported
Dilshan well. Sangakkara scored mostly on the leg side with delicate
pushes and well timed leg glances. He reached 50 with in 74 balls with 6
four. Both played some lovely drives on the off.
Skipper Misbah switched his bowlers around. But with no help from the
wicket his pacemen and spinners were ineffective. Off spinner Ajmal from
whom much was expected failed to impress.
Dilshan 60 and Sangakkara 72 took Sri Lanka to lunch at 135 for one.
Dilshan had 9 fours in 112 balls and Sangakkara 8 fours in 110 balls.
With the umpires waking out after lunch a thin drizzle began to fall and
the covers came on.
After lunch play was possible only at 2.30 p.m. In the 60 minutes of
play, Dilshan and Sangakkara continued their partnership and went to tea
at 178 for one, adding another 43 runs.
The boundaries had dried down and the batsmen were content in pushing
for ones and twos as there were a lot of open spots in the field. Both
got to their nineties and the race was on and it was interesting to
watch who will get to 100 first.
Dilshan won the race getting to his 14th hundred in Tests when on 98
he danced down and hit Saeed Ajmal for six over long on. His century
came in 259 minutes with 121 fours and a six in 178 balls. It was a well
Sangakkara was second to the three figure score when on 99 he cut
Ajmal to point to bring up his 30th Test century and ninth against
Pakistan. It came in 247 minutes with 8 fours and 180 balls. It was a
patient knock. SSC, Tuesday.
PAKISTAN 1ST INNINGS
(Mohammad Hafeez 196, Azhar Ali 157)
SRI LANKA 1ST INNINGS
T. Paranavitana c Azhar b Junaid 00
T. Dilshan lbw b Junaid 121
K. Sangakkara not out . 144
M. Jayawardene lbw b Junaid 00
T. Samaraweera lbw b Ajmal 00
S. Randiv lbw b Rehman 05
Extras: (b4, lb4) 08
Total (for five wickets, 85.4 overs) 278
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Paranavitana), 2-236 (Dilshan), 3-250 (M. Jayawardene), 4-259 (Samaraweera), 5-278 (Randiv).
Bowling: Cheema 18-5-66-0, Junaid 19-3-56-3, Ajmal 26-0-77-1, Rehman 16. 4-3-50-1, Hafeez 6-0-21-0.