Galle, Jun 23: Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara struck centuries to put Sri Lanka in command against Pakistan on the opening day of the first Test here at the Galle International Stadium on Friday.
[Scorecard: SL Vs Pak]
The two tons took the hosts to 300/2 in 90 overs as the Pakistan bowlers toiled hard to success. At the close of play, Sangakkara was still going strong at 111 and had captain Mahela Jayawardene for company at 55.
It was a good toss to win for Sri Lanka. Their skipper did not hesitate to make use of the wicket first.
Openers Dilshan and Tharanga Paranavitana laid a good platform with a half century stand. After a stand of 63 runs in 15.5 overs, offspinner Saeed Ajmal dismissed Paranavitana for 24.
But after that initial breakthrough, Dilshan (101) and Sangakkara punished the bowling. The pair associated for 124 runs.
Dilshan, who did not bring out his usual attack strokeplay, reached to his 13th hundred. The right-hander's usual dazzling display was swapped for accumulating runs. He took 180 balls for his 101 and spent 235 minutes at the crease. Soon, after completing his ton, Ajmal struck again, trapped the centurion LBW. Dilshan hit 13 boundaries and a six.
After Dilshan's exit, Sangakkara continued to be brilliant at the square. The left-hander matched Sir Don Bradman's record of 29 centuries. The former Sri Lankan skipper is also nearing the 10,000-Test run landmark. He needs 507 runs to reach the milestone.
Sangakkara has so far 13 hits to the fence. Jayawardene reached his 42nd Test fifty. So far, Sangakkara and Jayawardene have been together for 113 runs.
Pakistan are being led by Mohammad Hafeez after regular captain Misbah-ul-Haq was handed a one-match ban for slow over-rate.
Misbah's non-availability handed a debut for Mohammad Ayub. He has played 93 first class games and is a 32-year-old right-hander.