Mahela Jayawardene © Getty Images
Mahela Jayawardene © Getty Images

Aug 10, 2014

When there is Pakistan, Kumar Sangakkara can’t be far away from putting their attack to the sword. Sri Lanka were marching along in style and with his unique blend of nonchalance and calculated slogging, Sangakkara was finding the gaps with ease and boundaries were coming thick and fast for Sri Lanka before Junaid Khan produced a gem to dismiss Mahela Jayawardene in his penultimate Test and walked away from Galle amidst a rapturous send-off by the capacity crowd.

Mahela Jayawardene and Upul Tharanga were in control of the 99-run chase as Sri Lanka were on course to chase down the target against Pakistan in the final hour of the day’s play. Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan were pitching the ball in the right areas and making things difficult for the openers after the early flow of runs in the first three overs. Sri Lanka need to go at atleast five runs an over as only 15 overs are left in the day’s play.

Earlier, Mahela Jayawardene and Upul Tharanga got Sri Lanka off to a flying start chasing a modest target of 99 against Pakistan. With clouds covering the stadium and the visitors looking to slow proceedings, the openers struck a couple of boundaries in the first two overs and the Pakistanis were under pressure straight away. Mahela is looking his classy self  — ticking the ball around through the gaps and looking for the odd boundary.

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