Mahela Jayawardene punches the air after scoring his 32nd Test century © AFP
Mahela Jayawardene punches the air after scoring his 32nd Test century © AFP

 

Jan 10, 2014

 

After bowling out Pakistan for a mere 165 on Day One, Sri Lankan batsmen seized the initiative on day two with patient and calculated batting, with Kushal Perera and Mahela Jaywawardene leading the way, steering Sri Lanka to 318 for four.

 

Pakistan bowlers started the proceedings well, dismissing Dinesh Chandimal and Kumar Sangakkara in the first hour of the day’s play but the patience of  Perera and Jayawardene’s vast experience came together to frustrate the bowling attack.

 

Perera was unfortunate to miss out on a well deserved maiden ton; Mohammad Hafeez trapped him in front on 95 but the in-from Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews and former captain Jayawardene, who reached his 32nd Test hundred ensured that Sri Lanka finished the day without losing further wickets.

 

Junaid Khan was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers who finished the day with figures of two for 75. The Island Nation now have a substantial lead of 153 with three more days left in the Test match.

 

Brief scores:

 

Pakistan 165 (Khurram Manzoor 73; Nuwan Pradeep 3 for 62, Rangana Herath 3 for 26) trail Sri Lanka 318 for 4 ( Kaushal Silva 95 , Mahela Jayawardene 106*, Angelo Mathews 42*; Junaid Khan 2 for 75 ) by 153 runs.