Ton-up Sangakkara, Jayasurita blast Pak bowlers

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2002, 20:26 [IST]
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Lahore: Wicket-keeper/ batsman Kumar Sangakkara hit a brilliant century to put Sri Lanka in command on the second day of the second Asian Test championship final played at Gaddafi stadium on Thursday.

At lunch Sri Lanka was 192 for on ewith Sangakkara on 100 and captain Sanath Jayasuriya on an impressive 80. The left-handed pair kept the home bowlers at bay taking their side within 42 runs of Pakistan's first innings total of 234. Sangakkara was in punishing mood from the start, effortlessly driving and pulling. He reached his fourth Test hundred off just 142 balls in 220 minutes punctuated with 14 boundaries. He hit three off one Shahid Afridi over to reach his century. Resuming at 94 for one, Sri Lanka posted 150 in 183 minutes as Jayasuriya and Sangakkara batted solidly on an overcast day with a small crowd in attendance. Jayasuriya reached his 21st half century in 70 Tests in 108 minutes, hitting seven fours. Pakistan's four-pronged pace attack looked unimpressive as none of the bowlers pitched the ball up to generate movement.

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