Jayawardene, Samaraweera hit double tons against Pakistan (Lead)

February 22nd, 2009 - 8:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Feb 22 (IANS) Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera hit double centuries each en route a record partnership as Sri Lanka consolidated their grip on the first cricket Test against Pakistan at the National Stadium here Sunday.

Jayawardene smashed 240, his fifth double-hundred, while Samaraweera scored a career-best 231 as Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 644-7 in 155.2 overs.

The tourists then got rid of the left-handed opener Salman Butt in the second last over of the day to leave Pakistan at 44-1 in 22 overs, still needing 401 more runs to avoid follow-on.

Veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan got rid of Butt when he was caught by Jayawerdene for 23 off 70 balls. Debutant opener Khurram Manzoor was unbeaten at 18 while captain Younis Khan was at the crease without opening his account. Pakistan, playing their first Test in 14 months, trail Sri Lanka by 600 runs.

The highlight of the day was a superb 437-run partnership between Jayawardene and Samaraweera that broke the previous highest stand for the fourth wicket (411) established by England’s Colin Cowdrey and Peter May against West Indies in 1957.

They also took Sri Lanka past the 600-run mark which is now the highest total in an innings at the National Stadium in Karachi. The previous highest (599-7) was scored by Pakistan against India in 2006.

They also broke the record for the highest partnership for any wicket at the National Stadium, the 298-run stand between Aamer Sohail and Ijaz Ahmed against the West Indies in 1998.

Pakistan struck back with three wickets in quick succession just before tea.

Malik removed Jayawardene and then scalped Tillekaratne Dilshan for a duck while Danish Kaneria got rid of Samaraweera.

The three wickets fell in the space of ten balls, which is in contrast to what happened earlier in the day when Pakistan were unable to pick a single wicket in almost 56 overs.

Jayawardene was the first to go when he gloved one to wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal while going for a sweep. Seven balls later, Samaraweera was bowled by Kaneria googly.

Malik then removed Dilshan, who edged one straight into the gloves of Akmal. Sri Lanka added 109 in the second session for the loss of three wickets.

Kaneria was the pick of Pakistani bowlers with 3-170 while Malik finished with 2-140.

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