Colombo, Jun 30: Mohammad Hafeez registers highest Test score as Pakistan end Day 1 on a positive note as they have posted 334/1 after being sent to bat in the second Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Hafeez's pulsating knock helped Pakistan dominate the hosts on Day 1 after going down 0-1 in the series as the touring side displayed good temperament and played positively till the end of the day's play which is quite unusual as Pakistan were under pressure for the most of the season.
Having sent to bat first, Pakistan played aggressively as the opening pair Taufeeq Umar and Mohammad Hafeez added 78 rund for the first wicket, marking their 6th fifty-run stand for the first wicket.
While Taufeeq Umar created an impact earlier in the day as he helped the team reach 94/1 at the end of the first session on Day 1, Hafeez took over for the rest of the day as everyone watched Hafeez play afabulous innings, as he reached the three figure mark within 159 balls, and 150 off 235 balls.
After the fall of Taufeeq Umar, Hafeez and Azhar Ali added 256 runs for the second wicket partnership on day 1. Hafeez managed the third highest score by a Pakistan batsman on Day 1. Since he remained unbeaten on Day 1 chances are more that the opening batsman would score a double ton on Sunday.
Mahela Jayawardene's decision to field first backfired on a flat pitch, as Pakistan decision to milk Lankan bowlers as everyone went wicket-less except Mathews who dismissed Taufeeq Umar for 65 in the first session of play, which suggests Sri Lankan bowlers went wicket-less for two whole sessions, which would have frustrated the bowlers as Pakistan were on a roll as they posted their second highest total in a day in Test cricket.
Mahela's team lacked the power to attack the in-set batsmen as they lacked reverse swing and Muralitharan's magic which could have helped to restrict Pakistan.
After a tiring day, Sri Lanka would expect a good day with a bag full of wickets when they come back on Sunday while Pakistan would look to dominate on day two as well after playing cautiously in the first one hour of play.
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tharanga Paranavitana, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Prasanna Jayawardene (wicket-keeper), Nuwan Kulasekara, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Pradeep.
Umpires: Ian Gould (England) and Simon Taufel (Australia)
Third umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Match referee: David Boon (Australia)