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Sri Lankans flay Pakistani attack

MAHELA Jayawardene scored his first test century against Pakistan in his farewell series as captain and guided Sri Lanka to a commanding 406-3 on the first day of the first test in Karachi yesterday.

Jayawardene - criticized for his recent poor run of form in limited-overs cricket - produced an unbeaten 136 while Thilan Samaraweera also made the best of the ideal batting conditions with an aggressive unbeaten 130 off 155 balls.

The two shared a 229-run fourth wicket stand reached in just over three-and-a-half hours as the Pakistan bowlers struggled to separate the pair despite taking the second new ball.

The Sri Lanka captain was thrice dropped by a team playing its first test in 14 months as the grassless wicket at the National Stadium gave little help to either seamers or the two spinners.

Pakistan last played a test match against India in December 2007 in India and played its last home test against South Africa in October 2007.

Jayawardene, playing in his 101st test match, pounced on his opportunities and completed his 25th test century in the last session when he cut leg-spinner Danish Kaneria (1-93) to the boundary. He struck 20 boundaries in his five-hour knock.

Samaraweera hit 21 fours in his century and drove off-spinner Malik for a straight boundary to complete his seventh test century. He faced 155 balls.

Pakistan managed only one wicket in the last two sessions as the Sri Lanka batsmen dominated play.

Kumar Sangakkara (70) had added 90 runs for the third wicket with Jayawardene when he was caught at midwicket off Kaneria in the second session.

Sri Lanka dominated from the outset when Jayawardene won the toss and elected to bat first.


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