Silva, Jayawardene Steer Sri Lanka Into Lead

Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene scored his 32nd century to put Sri Lanka well ahead of Pakistan
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Pakistan 165 (Khurram Manzoor 73) v
Sri Lanka 318-4 (M Jayawardene 106no)
Second Test, Dubai, day two
Scorecard | Day One

A century from Mahela Jayawardene and Kaushal Silva's near-miss helped Sri Lanka close day two of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai 153 runs ahead.

Silva fell for 95 after Sri Lanka had already moved past Pakistan's score of 165 and with Jayawardene closing unbeaten on 106, they had advanced to 318 for four.

Silva, who made 87 before being dismissed in the final over of day three of the opening Test in Abu Dhabi, seemed determined not to waste his latest opportunity, facing 221 balls before he was trapped in front by Mohammad Hafeez.

Jayawardene, though, made no mistake, notching up his 32nd Test century to put Sri Lanka in a commanding position, alongside captain Angelo Mathews, unbeaten on 42.

Nuwan Pradeep and Rangana Herath both took three wickets on the opening day to dismiss Pakistan for a modest score.

The opening Test in Abu Dhabi was drawn.

© 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