'Sanga', Jayawardene lift Lankans to 252-2
GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP):Kumar Sangakkara notched his 37th Test century and Mahela Jayawardene crafted a fifty in his farewell series as Sri Lanka reached 252-2 on the rain-disrupted third day of the first Test against Pakistan yesterday.
Sangakkara was unbeaten on 102 and Jayawardene, who will retire after the second Test, was not out on 55 before rain came down heavily at tea and ended the day's play.
Both the seasoned Sri Lanka batsmen thwarted Pakistan's spin duo of Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman and added 108 runs for the third wicket stand after Sri Lanka resumed at the overnight 99-1.
The visitors' lone success came in the morning when fast bowler Mohammad Talha had Kaushal Silva (64) caught behind.
Sangakkara reached his seventh Test century in the last 14 Test matches just before rain intervened, and has hit 13 boundaries in his 218-ball knock.
Sangakkara, the stylish 36-year-old left-hander, is now fourth on the all-time list of Test century-makers, with India's Sachin Tendulkar (51), South African Jacques Kallis (45) and former Australian captain Ricky Ponting (41) ahead of him.
Rain twice intervened after lunch and allowed only 20 overs in the afternoon as Sangakkara and Jayawardene continued to dominate Pakistan bowlers without much trouble.
Ajmal, who has bowled 29 wicketless overs, was watchfully played by both batsmen and the offspinner could not find the breakthrough on a flat wicket.
In between showers, Jayawardene, playing at one of his favourite grounds, completed his half century when he paddled left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman to fine leg for two runs.
Sangakkara, who has scored more than 1,000 Test runs this year, played some attractive drives on both sides of the wickets and raised his century off 216 balls by driving and cutting Rehman for two boundaries in one over.