Sangakkara, Dilshan lead Sri Lanka fightback on fourth day

Kumar Sangakkara cracked eight boundaries in his innings of 72 not out AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Colombo: Jul 3, 2012

Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan stitched a 124-run unbeaten stand to take Sri Lanka to 135 for one at lunch on the fourth day of the second Test against Pakistan on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka trail by a further 416 runs in the first innings, and it seemed an easy task for the home side’s batsmen as they completed half-centuries in the first session at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo.

Sangakkara remained unbeaten on 72 and Dilshan on 60 as they led Sri Lankan fightback.

Earlier on the third day, resolute Sri Lankan batting and wet weather frustrated Pakistan’s bid to drive home the advantage on the third day of the second Test.

The tourists, who declared their first innings at 551 for six, dismissed opener Tharanga Paranavitana for zero before the hosts recovered to post 70 for one by stumps at the Sinhalese Sports Club.

The experienced duo of Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara led the revival by adding 59 runs for the second wicket on a pitch that continued to assist batsmen.

Brief Scores: Pakistan 551 for 6 dec (Mohammad Hafeez 196, Azhar Ali 157, Taufeeq Umar 65, Younis Khan 32; Rangana Herath 3 for 134) lead Sri Lanka 135 for 1 (Kumar Sangakkara 72*, Tillakaratne Dilshan 60*; Junaid Khan 1 for 41) by 416 runs

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