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Thilan 214, tames Pakistani bowlers

Middle order batsman Thilan Samaraweera scored back to back double hundreds as Sri Lanka piled up a massive 606 runs in their first innings on day two of the second and final cricket Test match against Pakistan continued at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore yesterday.

The 32 year old prolific run getter hammered a magnificent 214 following his contribution of 231 in the drawn opening test match at the National Stadium in Karachi. This was a class act considering the fact that the wicket had plenty of bounce and movement to the Pakistani bowlers.

However Pakistan made a solid reply with their openers Salman Butt and Khurram Manzoor putting on a century stand in 19 overs. In fact Manzoor raced to his maiden test half century from 58 deliveries with the help of ten boundaries. Sri Lanka had the consolation of removing Salman Butt in the last over of the day following a smart piece of fielding from skipper Mahela Jayawardena.

Earlier Samaraweera lived upto expectations as one of the most reliable batsman in the team by racing to his double century shortly after lunch from 338 deliveries inclusive of 32 boundaries. He reached 198 by stroking two delightful boundaries from Yasir Arafat in the same over and then pushed a single to celebrate a memorable innings.

Samaraweera of course received excellent support from teammate Tillekeratne Dilshan with the pair putting on a superb 207 runs for the fifth wicket from 186 minutes. Dilshan who missed an opportunity in Karachi really made amends with a powerful display of batting where he raced to his eighth test hundred from just 109 deliveries inclusive of fourteen boundaries.

Dilshan also reached another landmark in his career as he completed three thousand runs in test cricket during his nock of 145. He of course dropped anchor after the dismissal of Samaraweera and decided to play a more responsible innings that carried Sri Lanka towards a commanding position.

Dilshan and Samaraweera completely dictated terms during the opening session while forcing Younis Khan into making bowling changes and alterations to his field. In fact Pakistan conceded 45 runs from the first seven overs of the day and they were always up against it.

Younis of course made a double bowling change early on while bringing the debutant Mohammad Talha and Danish Kaneria into the attack but yet the runs continued to flow. Younis brought Umar Gul back after Pakistan conceded 30 runs off the second set of seven overs but he too was hit for a series of boundaries by the Sri Lankan pair.

Samaraweera continued to accumulate the runs quite steadily where he started the day with a flick through midwicket off Arafat before pulling and cutting Talha without ever looking hasty. He also handled the spinners with equal brilliance and punished Kaneria quite regularly with some powerful drives on either sides of the wicket.

This was the second time in the series that Sri Lanka had gone past the 600 run mark and the fifth occasion ever that has happened in a test match at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

SRI LANKA 
1ST INNINGS 
(overnight 317-4)

M. Warnapura c Haq b Gul		 8
T. Paranavitana c Malik b Gul		21
K. Sangakkara c Akmal b Arafat		104
M. Jayawardene c Akmal b Gul		 30
T. Samaraweera run out			214
T. Dilshan run out			145
P. Jayawardene c Akmal b Gul		 15
T. Thushara b Gul			 10
M. Muralitharan b Talha			 22
A. Mendis b Gul				  0
D. Fernando not out			 14

Extras: (b4, lb1, nb13, w5)		 23
TOTAL:					606

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-16 (Warnapura), 2-35 (Paranavitana), 3-96 (M. Jayawardene), 4-300 (Sangakkara), 
		5-507 (Samaraweera), 6-542 (P. Jayawardene), 7-566 (Thushara), 8-572 (Dilshan), 9-572 (Mendis)
BOWLING: Gul 37-2-135-6 (2nb, 1w), Talha 17-0-88-1 (7nb, 1w), Arafat 20-2-106-1 (4nb), 
	Kaneria 47-5-183-0, Malik 28-3-80-0 (3w), Younus 2-0-9-0

PAKISTAN                                1ST INNINGS

Khurram Manzoor not out			59
Salman Butt run out			48

Extras: (nb3)				 3
TOTAL: (for one wkt)			110
BOWLING: Thushara 8-0-46-0, Fernando 2-0-20-0 (2nb), Mendis 8-2-21-0 (1nb), Muralitharan 4.4-0-23-0, Dilshan 1-1-0-0

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