Mahela Jayawardene © Getty Images
Mahela Jayawardene © Getty Images

 

Aug 9, 2014

 

Kumar Sangakkara and Kaushal Silva steadied Sri Lanka after losing opener Upul Tharanga in reply to Pakistan‘s excellent batting effort earlier on the third day to post 451. As the session progressed, Saeed Ajmal and Rehman got purchase from the wicket and looked poised to make inroads in the hosts’ batting lineup. There were plenty of half-chances but the ball just wouldn’t carry to the fielders.

 

Kumar Sangakkara’s good form continues as he reached his 37th century in Test match cricket. Now he has the record of most hundreds against Pakistan (10). In terms of Test hundreds he has gone past Rahul Dravid and fourth on all time list. Only Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis above him. Sangakkara celebrated this moment with his best mate Mahle Jayawardene. Kaushal Silva’s fall was the only success for Pakistan on the third morning as Kumar Sangakkara was rock solid at the crease. Jayawardene and Sangakkara made another 100 run partnership among them.

 

Brief scores:

Pakistan 451 (Younis Khan 177, Asad Shafiq 75, Sarfraz Ahmed 55; Dilruwan Perera 5 for 137 Rangana Herath 3 for 116) lead Sri Lanka 252 for 2 (Kaushal Silva 64, Kumar Sangakkara 102*, Mahela Jayawardene 55*; Mohammad Talha 1 for 45 ) by 199 runs.

 

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