GALLE, August 8, 2014: Sri Lanka, replying to Pakistan’s first innings total of 451, were 252-2 at stumps on the third day of the first Test in Galle on Friday. Kumar Sangakkara was unbeaten on 102, his 37th Test century, and Mahela Jayawardene was on 55. Rain wiped out the post-tea session and left Sri Lanka trailing by 199 runs with eight wickets in hand.
Kumar Sangakkara rose to fourth place in the list of century-makers as he and the retiring Mahela Jayawardene plundered Pakistan’s bowlers on the rain-hit third day of the first Test in Galle on Friday. The hosts, who began the day at 99-1 in reply to Pakistan’s 451, carried their first innings to 252-2 by tea before heavy rain wiped out the final session of play.
Just 46 of the stipulated 90 overs were bowled during the day, leaving a draw as the likely result with just 12 wickets having fallen over the first three days. Sri Lanka will resume on Saturday trailing by 199 runs with eight wickets in hand.
Rain had reduced play to 20 overs in the post-lunch session in which Sri Lanka scored 78 runs. Pakistan’s reputed spin attack of Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman were ineffective on the flat, even-paced pitch loaded in favour of the batsmen.
Sangakkara reached his century just before tea by cutting Rehman for his 13th boundary. Sangakkara and his overnight partner Kaushal Silva negotiated Pakistan’ pace and spin attack comfortably to add 45 runs in the first hour’s play.
Silva, who was on 38 at stumps on Thursday, reached his half-century by pulling seamer Junaid Khan to the square-leg fence for his ninth boundary. Silva made 64 in the second-wicket stand of 120 when he edged a ball from fast bowler Mohammad Talha and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed dived to his right to hold a low catch.
Jayawardene walked in to a guard of honour of raised bats by schoolchildren and was greeted in the middle by applauding Pakistani fielders, as firecrackers exploded outside the ground. He immediately got into his stride, punching the third delivery he faced, from off-spinner Ajmal, to the cover boundary.
When on 11, Jayawardene won a television review after English umpire Ian Gould declared him leg-before off Junaid. Replays showed the ball missing the off-stump. Gould then negated Junaid’s appeal for leg-before against Sangakkara, then on 62, but the review system agreed with the umpire this time.