Sunday 1 March 2009 

Sangakkara And Samaraweera Score Centuries

Sri Lanka 317-4 (Samaraweera 133no, Sangakkara 104) v
Pakistan

2nd Test, Lahore, day one: stumps

Kumar Sangakkara and Thilan Samaraweera both scored centuries as Sri Lanka closed day one of the second and final Test against Pakistan on 317 for four in Lahore.

Pakistan, who handed a debut to pace bowler Mohammad Talha in place of Sohail Khan, won the toss and chose to bowl but this was unquestionably Sri Lanka's day despite an impressive start from Umar Gul.

Gul, sharing the new ball for Talha, who would finish the day with nought for 50 from 11 overs, had Malinda Warnapura caught by Misbah-ul-Haq for eight and Tharanga Paranavitana caught by Shoaib Malik for 21.

Mahela Jayawardene hit 30 to help Sangakkara (104) put on 61 for the third wicket before he was caught by wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal off of Gul and at 96 for three, the day was wide open.

However, Sri Lanka took the honours thanks to a fourth-wicket stand of 204 between Sangakkara, who struck eight fours in his innings, and Samaraweera, who closed unbeaten on 133 having hit 19 boundaries.

Their partnership was broken by Yasir Arafat when he had Sangakkara caught by Akmal in the final hour of play.

Tillakaratne Dilshan was unbeaten on three.

Sri Lanka also made one change to their side, bringing in Thilan Thushara in place of fellow left-arm seamer Chaminda Vaas.

The first match in Karachi was drawn after Younus Khan scored a triple-century for Pakistan and Jayawardene and Samaraweera registered doubles for Sri Lanka.

© Cricket World 2009