Herath Takes Nine, Jayawardene Begins Final Innings

Mahela Jayawardene (left) and Kumar Sangakkara shake hands during their half-century partnership
Mahela Jayawardene (left) and Kumar Sangakkara shake hands during their half-century partnership
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Rangana Herath returned figures of nine for 127
Rangana Herath returned figures of nine for 127
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Sarfraz Ahmed celebrates his maiden century
Sarfraz Ahmed celebrates his maiden century
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Sri Lanka 320 (Tharanga 92) & 177-2 v
Pakistan 330 (Sarfraz Ahmed 103, Herath 9-127)
Second Test, Colombo, day three

Rangana Herath returned figures of nine for 127 and Mahela Jayawardene began his final Test innings as Sri Lanka closed day three of the second and final Test against Pakistan 165 runs ahead.

Herath's figures, the 18th best in the history of Test cricket, bowled Pakistan out for 330 after Sarfraz Ahmed registered his maiden Test century, scoring 103.

Sri Lanka were building a handy lead by stumps with Kumar Sangakkara unbeaten on 54 and Jayawardene, who retires from Tests after this game, not out on 49.

Sri Lanka lead the series 1-0 after a seven-wicket win in Galle.

Pakistan started the day on 244 for six replying to Sri Lanka's 320 with Sarfraz progressing strongly to three figures for the first time.

He got there thanks to support from Abdur Rehman (16) and Wahab Riaz (17) who ensured that Pakistan would gain a small first innings lead.

After Sarfraz reached his milestone, scoring 103 in 127 balls, he fell to Herath, like Rehman and Riaz, and the left-arm spinner also dismissed Saeed Ajmal, bowling him for four to claim career-best figures.

He is the second Sri Lankan, after Muttiah Muralitharan took nine for 51 against Zimbabwe in 2002 and nine for 65 against England in 1998, to achieve nine wickets in an innings.

Junaid Khan was unbeaten on 13 in 12 balls but played no part after Pakistan's innings was completed being taken to hospital following a blow to the head off the bowling of Dhammika Prasad.

Sri Lanka did not need long to get back into the lead as they began their second innings as Upul Tharanga (45) and Kaushal Silva (17) put on 54 for the first wicket.

Tharanga hit five fours before going for a pull shot and edging Rehman onto his stumps before Silva edged Rehman to Younus Khan at slip.

That brought Jayawardene to the crease and he joined Sangakkara to progress the score from 79 for two to 177 for two, the pair adding 98 together.

Sangakkara struck 54 in 121 balls and Jayawardene 49 in 123, ensuring their final partnership in Test cricket will continue on day four of the match as Sri Lanka look to put the game beyond Pakistan.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results
6th-10th August: 1st Test, Galle
Sri Lanka 533-9 dec. & 99-3 beat
Pakistan 451 & 180 by seven wickets
14th-18th August: 2nd Test, Colombo
Sri Lanka 320 & 282 (Sangakkara 59) beat
Pakistan 330 & 165 (Herath 5-57) by 105 runs
23rd August: 1st ODI, Hambantota
Pakistan 277-6 (Sohaib Maqsood 89no) beat
Sri Lanka 275-7 by four wickets (D/L)
26th August: 2nd ODI, Hambantota
Sri Lanka 310-9 (Mathews 93, Jayawardene 67) beat
Pakistan 233 (Mohammad Hafeez 62) by 77 runs
30th August: 3rd ODI, Dambulla
Sri Lanka 104-3 (Dilshan 50no) beat
Pakistan 102 (Perera 4-34) by seven wickets