Samaraweera Eyes Another Double Century

Samaraweera Eyes Another Double Century

Thilan Samaraweera moved towards a second successive double century as Sri Lanka built an imposing first-innings total today on the second day of the second cricket test against Pakistan.

Samaraweera was batting on a resolute 190 and Tillakaratne Dilshan (76 not out) completed an aggressive half century to take Sri Lanka to 452-4 at lunch.

The pair added 152 runs in a fifth-wicket stand as Sri Lanka kept scoring at a healthy rate and made 135 runs in the first session without losing a wicket.

Samaraweera has hit 28 boundaries in his impressive knock spanning six hours, 19 minutes and 306 balls. Dilshan timed 11 boundaries in his confident 87-ball innings.

Samaraweera - who scored 231 in the drawn first test at Karachi last week - and Dilshan were virtually untroubled by the Pakistan bowlers, who struggled to find a breakthrough after Sri Lanka resumed at the overnight score of 317-4.

Samaraweera, 133 overnight, reached 150 runs off 235 balls when he cut legspinner Danish Kaneria to the boundary - his 22nd four of the innings.

Dilshan raised his 13th test half century off just 52 balls, when he pulled paceman Umar Gul to square-leg fence.

Kaneria (0-134) is yet to get his first wicket of the match, while 20-year-old rookie paceman Mohammad Talha (0-70) has also had a disappointing start to his test career, bowling too many short pitched balls in the morning spell of four overs as he hunts for his first wicket in 15 overs.

Fast bowler Gul (3-92) is the leading wicket-taker after claiming his dismissals on the first day.

Scoreboard at lunch on the second day of the second cricket test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Gaddafi Stadium:

Sri Lanka 1st innings: (Overnight: 317-4)

Malinda Warnapura c Misbah b Gul 8

Tharanga Paranavitana c Malik b Gul 21

Kumar Sangakkara c Akmal b Arafat 104

Mahela Jayawardene c Akmal b Gul 30

Thilan Samaraweera batting 190

Tillakaratne Dilshan batting 76

Extras: (B-4, LB-1, W-5, NB-13) 23

Total: (for four wickets, 116 overs) 452

Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-35, 3-96, 4-300.

Bowling: Umar Gul 25-2-92-3, Mohammad Talha 15-0-70-0, Yasir Arafat 17-2-84-1, Danish Kaneria 34-3-134-0, Shoaib Malik 23-2-58-0, Younis Khan 2-0-9-0.

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