Tall order for Sri Lankans
KARACHI, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Sanath Jayasuriya struck
a cavalier 96 not out to lead Sri Lanka's fightback against Pakistan
after a century by Inzamam-ul-Haq on the third day of the second
test on Saturday.
by 270 runs on first innings, Sri Lanka reached the close on 134
for one, still needing a further 136 to avoid an innings defeat.
left-handed Jayasuriya, 35, was on the brink of a 14th test century,
having hit 14 fours and a six in 104 balls. He became his country's
highest run-scorer in tests when he reached 83.
exhilarating display continued a strong revival by the visitors,
who took the last five wickets for 77 runs in the afternoon session
to dismiss Pakistan for 478. However, Pakistan captain Inzamam believes
his team have a good opportunity to level the two-match series with
way Sanath is batting, we always have a chance of getting him out,"
Inzamam told reporters. "But the longer he stays there, the
runs will come fast for them which is dangerous for us. "The
pitch is good for batting and, even if we have to chase between
150 to 200 on the final day, we can do it.
am happy that my century helped Pakistan to call the shots in this
match. But I was looking for a lead of around 350 plus. We lost
our last few wickets very quickly," he added.
had been in a dominant position at lunch, reaching 387 for five
with Inzamam unbeaten on 117. The wickets fell, though, at regular
intervals after Inzamam was out to the fourth ball after lunch without
adding to his score, his 20th test century and fifth against Sri
having batted for five-and-a-half hours and 242 balls, edged left-arm
pacer Chaminda Vaas to Mahela Jayawardene at first slip. Jayawardene
had put down a similar chance off Dilhara Fernando when Inzamam
was on 108 runs, just before lunch.
Lanka, who lead the series 1-0, made a fast start to their second
innings after tea, Jayasuriya taking two fours in the opening over
from Rana Naved and handing out similar treatment to Riaz Afridi
and Abdul Razzaq.
his partner Marvan Atapattu made a sedate 25 in a first-wicket stand
of 117, Jayasuriya was in explosive form. The left-hander, who top-scored
with 253 in Sri Lanka's first test win in Faisalabad, reached his
fifty from 49 balls, including eight fours and a six to square leg
off Danish Kaneria.
became his country's highest scorer in tests with a cover drive
for four that took him to 83, surpassing Aravinda de Silva's career
total of 6,361 runs.
happy, but warns Sanath
By Marlon Fernandopulle
Former Sri Lanka Cricket captain Aravinda de Silva
who said he was “happy” for Sanath Jayasuriya as he
surpassed his aggregate of test runs but hoped that the National
Cricket Selectors will persist with the dashing opener for the nex
t few years.
to The Sunday Times last evening De Silva said,"I am very happy
for Sanath and I hope he will continue to accumilate many more runs
for Sri Lanka Cricket. Sanath is one of our premier batsmen and
I hope the Selectors will persist with him for the next two years
or so and also wish that what happened to me will not happen to
him. My career was cut short by about one and a half years and lets
hope that this will not happen to Sanath".
who was unbeaten on 97, surpassed Aravinda de Silva's test aggregate
of 6361 runs when he reached 82. Jayasuriya who also became the
highest test cap (94) for Sri Lanka when he played in this test
match also holds the record for the highest individual score (340)
in a test by a Sri Lankan. He has also played the most number of
one dayers (332) for Sri Lanka and holds the record for the most
amount of runs (9853) and the highest individual score (189) by
a Sri Lankan in one day Internationals.