Friday 3 January 2014 

Mathews Century Puts Sri Lanka 241 Ahead

Angelo Mathews
Angelo Mathews scored his first century since becoming Test captain to get his side back in the game
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Sri Lanka 204 & 420-5 (Mathews 116no) v
Pakistan 383 (Younus Khan 136, Misbaj 135)
First Test, Abu Dhabi, day four
Scorecard | Day One | Day Two | Day Three

Angelo Mathews scored his first Test century since taking over as Sri Lanka captain to help his side bat through day four against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, ending with a lead of 241 runs.

Slow and steady accumulation enabled Sri Lanka to bat through the day, scoring 234 runs for the loss of just one wicket.

Mathews hit an unbeaten 116 in 282 balls, Dinesh Chandimal made 89 in 166 balls and Prasanna Jayawardene scored 48 not out as Sri Lanka closed on 420 for five.

Pakistan, with Younus Khan keeping wicket due to Adnan Akmal's finger injury, toiled hard all day but had only the wicket of Chandimal, caught by Rahat Ali off Junaid Khan, to show for their efforts.

Chandimal was perhaps eyeing up a third Test century when he top edged a pull to Rahat at fine leg and his disappointment was obvious.

Mathews made no such mistake, patiently making his way to a second century and a new highest score with an innings inclusive of 12 fours and one six.

Jayawardene had made 48 in 107 balls, putting on 96 with Mathews after Chandimal and Mathews had added 138 for the fifth wicket, which was Junaid's 50th in Test cricket.

That milestone was about all there was to cheer for Pakistan, who after they bowled out Sri Lanka for 204 in their second innings and then posted 383, had been well in charge of this game.

Now, depending on Sri Lanka's intentions on the final day, they could face a battle to salvage a draw.

© Cricket World 2014

 
Fixtures & Results

8th December: Pakistan v Afghanistan, Sharjah
PAK 138-4 beat AFG 137-8 by 6 wickets
11th December: 1st T20I, Dubai
PAK 146-7 beat SRI 145-5 by 3 wickets
13th December: 2nd T20I, Dubai
SRI 211-3 beat PAK 187 by 24 runs
18th December: 1st ODI, Sharjah
PAK 322-5 beat SRI 311 by 11 runs
20th December: 2nd ODI, Dubai
SRI 287-8 beat PAK 284-4 by 2 wickets
22nd December: 3rd ODI, Sharjah
PAK 326-5 beat SRI 213 by 113 runs
25th December: 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi
PAK beat SRI by 8 wickets
27th December: 5th ODI, Abu Dhabi
SRI 235-8 beat PAK 232 by 2 wickets
31st December-4th January: 1st Test, Abu Dhabi
SRI 204 & 480-5d. drew with PAK 383 & 158-2
8th-12th January: 2nd Test, Dubai
SRI 388 & 137-1 beat PAK 165 & 359 by 9 wickets
16th-20th January: 3rd Test, Sharjah
PAk 341 & 302-5 beat SRI 428-9d. & 214 by 5 wicket