Sri Lanka on way to massive first innings total (Tea report)

February 22nd, 2009 - 7:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Feb 22 (IANS) Pakistan took three quick wickets even as Sri Lanka extended their total to 614-6 at tea on the second day of the first cricket Test here at the National Stadium Sunday.
Shoaib Malik removed Mahela Jayawardene for 240 and then scalped Tillekaratne Dilshan for a duck while Danish Kaneria got rid of Thilan Smaraweera (231) to bring smile on the faces of the few spectators who turned up to watch their team’s first Test in 14 months.

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 for almost 56 overs.

Jayawardene completed his fifth double century off 354 balls with 27 fours. A few overs later, Samaraweera reached his first double ton in Test cricket off 287 balls with 31 boundaries.

The pair added 437 runs which is new world record for the fourth wicket, surpassing the feat achieved by England’s Colin Cowdrey and Peter May against West Indies in 1957.

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 beaten by a Kaneria googly that went into the stumps after a thin edge off the bat.

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

Earlier, resuming their first innings at 406-3, Sri Lanka continued to score freely against a seemingly toothless Pakistan attack, adding another 99 runs in the first session off 30 overs to reach a healthy 505-3 at lunch.

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