Lanka piles on Pak~~s agony with record 528 for 8

Published: Friday, March 8, 2002, 19:41 [IST]
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Lahore: Sri Lanka took a firm grip of the Asian Test championship final against defending champions Pakistan as it reached a record 528 for eight at lunch on the third day at the Gaddafi stadium on Friday. The tourists added 81 runs in the extended two and a half hour session with Hashan Tillekeratne on 19 as Sri Lanka extended its lead to 294. Buddihika Fernando was trapped leg before by Mohammad Sami in the last over before lunch for seven as the tourists piled on the agony for the home team. Pakistan had made 234 in their first innings. Resuming at 447 for five, Chaminda Vaas and Tillekeratne made the most of sloppy Pakistani fielding to post Sri Lanka's 500 in 599 minutes. Left-handed Vaas, when 19, was let off by Yousuf Youhana off Waqar Younis at square leg and hit five fours in his 43 before falling to Abdur Razzaq. The Vaas-Tillekeratne stand for the sixth wicket yielded 54 runs. Razzaq was the pick of Pakistan's bowlers with three for 82 while Shoaib Akhtar and Sami took two wickets apiece. Sri Lanka surpassed its previous highest total of 479 against Pakistan made at Faisalabad in 1985-86.

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