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Dilruwan Perera half-century takes Sri Lanka to 359/8 at tea on Day 2 against Pakistan

Angelo Mathews missed out on a century as he fell for 91 © AFP
Angelo Mathews missed out on a century as he fell for 91 © AFP

Jan 17, 2014

Dilruwan Perera struck an unbeaten half-century to take Sri Lanka to 359 for eight at tea on the second day of the third and final Test match against Pakistan.

Perera smashed seven boundaries and a six to reach 54 not out off 187 balls as Sri Lanka look set to post a huge first innings total.

Sri Lanka lost two wickets in the second session of the day, with Angelo Mathews missing out on a century as he fell for 91. Rangana Herath was the second batsman who got fell off the first ball that he faced.

Earlier in the day, Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews hit a dogged 67 not out to keep Pakistan at bay.

Mathews’s 13th half-century — third in this series — took Sri Lanka to 302-6 at lunch as they added an invaluable 82 for the loss of Prasanna Jayawardene (35), after resuming at 220-5.

Debutant Dilruwan Perera was the other not out batsman with 29 as Sri Lanka crossed the 300-mark in the two-and-a-half hour session, extended due to Friday prayers.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 359 for 8 (Kumar Sangakkara 52, Mahela Jayawardene 47, Angelo Mathews 91, Dilruwan Perera 54*; Junaid Khan 3 for 65) vs Pakistan.

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