Jayasuriya, Sangakkara lead Sri Lanka charge

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara hit aggressive half centuries to lead Sri Lanka's second innings charge in the first Test against Pakistan today.

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Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara hit aggressive half centuries to lead Sri Lanka's second innings charge in the first Test against Pakistan today. Jayasuriya completed his 30th Test half century and was batting on 75 with 12 boundaries, while Sangakkara hit a strokeful 59 with 10 boundaries to lead Sri Lanka to 185 for 2 at tea on the third day. Sri Lanka conceded a 21-run first innings lead after Pakistan was dismissed for 264, and now leads by 164 runs. Sangakkara put on 98 runs in just under two hours with Jayasuriya at Iqbal Stadium after fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar (2-47) had captain Marvan Atapattu trapped LBW without scoring for the second time in the Test. Akhtar had Atapattu LBW in the first innings for no runs. Akhtar struck again off his first delivery in the second session when he found the edge of Sangakkara's bat straight to wicketkeeper Moin Khan. However, Mahela Jayawardene (37 not out) and Jayasuriya negotiated Akhtar's fiery second spell to compile 87 runs for the unfinished third wicket partnership. It could have been 15 for two had Akhtar not bowled a no ball when he found a big edge of Jayasuriya's bat to wicketkeeper Moin Khan. Aggressive left-hander Sangakkara completed his half-century before lunch off 67 balls with nine boundaries, including three in an over off paceman Mohammad Sami. Jayasuriya frustrated Akhtar when he edged two more behind the wickets as Sri Lanka raised its first 50 runs off 40 balls. (AP)

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