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Kumar Sangakkara falls after half-century as Sri Lanka reach 133/3 at tea on Day 1

Kumar Sangakkara struck five boundaries to reach 52 © AFP
Kumar Sangakkara struck five boundaries to reach 52 © AFP

Jan 16, 2014

Kumar Sangakkara fell after scoring 52 as Sri Lanka reached 133 for three at tea on the opening day of the third and final Test match against Pakistan, at the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

Sangakkara was caught by Khurram Manzoor off Junaid Khan as the Pakistan team celebrated the wicket of the Sri Lankan batting mainstay, who had struck five boundaries to reach 52 off 103 balls.

At tea, Sri Lanka’s centurion from the previous game, Mahela Jayawardene was at the crease batting on 25, accompanied by Dinesh Chandimal, who was yet to open his account.

The tourists lost two wickets in the session, the second scalp being of Dimuth Karunaratne, who fell to Abudul Rehman for 34.

Earlier at lunch, Pakistan removed stubborn opener Kaushal Silva before Sri Lanka reached 64 for one.

Paceman Mohammad Talha had Silva caught behind off a sharp outgoing delivery before Dimuth Karunaratne (34) and Kumar Sangakkara (12) batted comfortably on a flat pitch after Sri Lanka won the toss and batted.

Pakistan, desperate to level the three-match series after losing the second Test in Dubai by nine wickets, will look for more wickets in the second session with spinners Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 133 for 3 (Dimuth Karunaratne 34, Kumar Sangakkara 52, Mahela Jayawardene 25*; Junaid Khan 1 for 29) vs Pakistan.

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