Angelo Mathews © Getty Images
Angelo Mathews © Getty Images

Aug 9, 2014

Angelo Mathews on Saturday fell short of his fifth century in Test cricket on Saturday, during the fourth day of Sri Lanka’s opening Test match against Pakistan at Galle. Mathews faced 188 balls and smashed nine boundaries and a six to reach 91, and was caught by Younis Khan off Saeed Ajmal in the 138th over of the innings.

Mathews and Kumar Sangakkara put up an unbeaten181 stand for the fourth wicket helped Sri Lanka inch close to Pakistan’s first innings total of 451. Sri Lanka were 438 for four after 137.3 overs in their reply.

Earlier at lunch, Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews‘s unbeaten stand for the fourth wicket against Pakistan helped Sri Lanka reach 338 for three. Sri Lanka were 113 runs behind in the 1st Test, which looks heading for a draw.

Sri Lanka, who resumed play on Day Four with Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene at the crease, were dealt at early blow. Junaid Khan trapped Jayawardene in front of the wickets for 59 as Pakistan sensed opportunity to make further inroads into the Sri Lanka batting line-up.

Jayawardene faced 112 balls to score 59 runs, and with Sangakkara he added as many as 113 runs as Sri Lanka replied strongly after Pakistan’s first innings total. The hosts would have aimed to not lose wickets early on the fourth day, but Junaid’s strike jolted them early.

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