Jayasuriya's ton sets Pak a stiff target

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Sri Lankan opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya smashed a record-breaking double century to set Pakistan a stiff target of 418 runs.

Jayasuriya's ton sets Pak a stiff target

Faisalabad:

Sri Lankan opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya smashed a record-breaking double century to set Pakistan a stiff target of 418 runs in the first cricket Test in Faislabad today. Jayasuriya's whirlwind 253 off 348 balls -- the highest ever test knock by a Sri Lankan against Pakistan -- helped the tourists pile up 438 runs in their second innings. Jayasuriya was the last man to be dismissed midway into the second session. Strong chase Pakistan was off to strong chase in reply to be 57 without loss at tea after 11 overs. Imran Farhat was unbeaten on 33 while Yasir Hameed was on 17. Sri Lanka conceded a 21-run first innings lead after Pakistan made 264 in reply to the visitors' 243. Pakistan's best ever successful run-chase in a Test match came in 1994 when it made 315 for nine while chasing 314-run target against Australia at Karachi. Jayasuriya, 35-year-old veteran of 93 Test matches, hammered 33 fours and four big sixes in his strokeful, eight-hour, 10-minute innings on a pitch, which favours neither spinners nor fast bowlers. He unleashed a barrage of boundaries when the total was 359 for 8 after Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq decided to take the new ball. (AP)

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