Lankans 443 for 1 against Zim

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Marvan Atapattu and wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara shared an unbeaten 334-run partnership as Sri Lanka raced to 443 for one wicket at close today.

Lankans 443 for 1 against Zim

Bulawayo: Marvan Atapattu and wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara shared an unbeaten 334-run partnership as Sri Lanka raced to 443 for one wicket at close today in the second of two cricket Tests against Zimbabwe. It was the highest ever Test partnership against Zimbabwe, overtaking the previous record of 313 by Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq for Pakistan at Sheikhapura in 1996-97. In the process, Sri Lankan skipper Atapattu moved to his sixth double century as he finished the day on 202 at Queens Sports Club, and in sight of his career-best 223. Sangakkara was on 186, also in sight of his best Test score of 230. Sri Lanka's lead over the hosts at the close was 215, after the visitors won the first test by an innings and 240 runs. Atapattu batted all day. He slammed the bowling attack for a six and 30 fours, while Sangakkara hit two sixes and 28 fours. Two simple dropped catches altered the course of the Sri Lanka innings, and a third one made little difference. Both the early ones were a body blow to the Zimbabweans, who had toiled all day for just such opportunities. Sangakkara was spilled by Tinashe Panyangara off the third ball of his innings. And later the 12th man Keith Dabengwa put down Atapattu just after he passed the 150 mark. Those two errors altered the course of events. With 10 overs left Brendan Taylor could not hold on to a hard pull by Atapattu when he was on 184. Earlier, Sri Lanka was 270 for one wicket at the tea break, and piled on 173 runs in a freewheeling final session of the day. Atapattu had previously figured in a century partnership at the top of the batting order in the company of Sanath Jayasuriya, whose wicket was the only one to fall during the day. Jayasuriya missed out on what would have been his 30th half century when he was caught behind off Mluleki Nkala for 48. The Sri Lanka batsmen maintained a run rate of just over a run a minute throughout the day. With Sri Lanka likely to declare during the morning session of the third day, the inexperienced Zimbabweans have long been resigned to a whitewash of five one-day internationals and two Tests by one of the world's best teams. (AP)

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