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Mahela Jayawardene, Upul Tharanga make bright start for Sri Lanka against Pakistan in chase in 1st Test

Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene © AFP

Aug 10, 2014

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.

Rangana Herath inspired Sri Lanka to what could be another Test victory, as he grabbed six wickets to bowl out Pakistan for 180 on Day Five of the first Test at Galle. Sri Lanka now require 99 runs to complete what will be a resounding victory if they get it. Earlier, Pakistan survived Sri Lanka‘s assault till Tea, but were reeling at 153 for eight with Sarfaraz Ahmed the last recognised batsman out in the middle. Pakistan lost the wicket of Abdur Rehman off the last ball of the second session, as Sri Lanka looked set for a victory.

Pakistan had crawled along after lunch at a slightly faster clip than they had in the morning. Misbah-ul-Haq did his best to up the ante, but was dismissed for 28, LBW off Dilruwan Perera. Meanwhile at the other end, Rangana Herath continued to dominate the Pakistani batsmen, getting rid of Azhar Ali caught behind for 41. Asad Shafiq did not last long either, getting LBW for just eight.

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