Lankan middle-order collapses against Pak

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya stood firm against Pakistan as Sri Lanka suffered a dramatic collapse on the fourth day of the first cricket Test.

Lankan middle-order collapses against Pak

Faisalabad: Opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya stood firm against Pakistan as Sri Lanka suffered a dramatic collapse on the fourth day of the first cricket Test today. Jayasuriya was undefeated on 178 off 279 balls at lunch as Sri Lanka moved to 350 for 8 at the break - an overall lead of 329 runs. Dilhara Fernando was yet to score, but has added 13 vital runs with Jayasuriya for the ninth wicket. Sri Lanka made 243 in its first innings before Pakistan replied with 264. Sri Lanka lost five wickets in the space of 28 runs in the first session. It was cruising well at 309 for three, but crashed to 337 for eight in just over one hour. Paceman Shoaib Akhtar (3-83) bowled an eight-over spell with a lively pace and denied Jayasuriya from scoring freely after Lanka resumed at the overnight score of 285 for 3. Jayasuriya, 131 overnight, hit just four boundaries in the session compared to his 19 boundaries and a six yesterday. First innings century-maker Thilan Samaraweera added six more to his overnight score of 15 before he was run out when Jayasuriya declined to go for a third run. His dismissal ended a productive run-a-minute partnership of 93 runs. Jehan Mubarak struggled for 12 deliveries but could not score and edged Akhtar to give wicketkeeper Moin Khan his third catch of the innings while Romesh Kaluwitharana lobbed an easy catch to substitute fielder Rana Naved-ul-Hasan. Chaminda Vaas (4) was bowled round his legs by off-spinner Shoaib Malik before Kaneria had Rangana Herath (5) lbw off a straight delivery. Pakistan suffered a big blow when Akhtar's new ball partner Mohammad Sami could not take the field after badly straining his inner groin muscle yesterday. (AP)

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