Lankans steady innings

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Tilan Samaraweera steadied the Sri Lankan first innings after lunch on the third day of the second cricket Test against Australia

Cairns: Tillakaratne Dilshan and Tilan Samaraweera steadied the Sri Lankan first innings following a double wicket blow just after lunch on the third day of the second cricket Test against Australia here today. Dilshan (35) and Samaraweera (20) put together an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 62 runs as the tourists reached 342 for four when rain forced an early tea adjournment. The pair safely escorted Sri Lanka past the follow-on target of 318 after Australia scored 517 runs in the first innings. They defied Australian attempts to make further in-roads into the Sri Lankan batting after the loss of skipper Marvan Atapattu and Mahela Jayawardene in the first two overs after lunch. Sri Lanka had slumped from 280 for two to 280 for four in the space of six balls. Atapattu, who posted the fourth-highest innings of 133 against Australia, batted for 337 minutes for his 15th Test century and hit 19 fours off 268 balls to buttress the Lankan innings. It was 33-year-old Atapattu's second hundred in his ninth Test match against the Australians. (AP)
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