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22-Jun-2012 12:04:00 GMT
Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 1st day

Sangakkara, Dilshan Put Lanka on Top

Galle: Kumar Sangakkara (111*), Tillakaratne Dilshan (101) and Mahela Jayawardene (55*) came up with fine knocks to help Sri Lanka to 300/2 at stumps on Day 1 on the opening day of the first cricket Test in Galle on Friday.

Dilshan made 101 and Kumar Sangakkara was unbeaten on 101 as the hosts, electing to bat after winning the toss, took their lunch score of 94 for one to 300 for two at stump.

Dilshan reached his 13th Test century by sweeping left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman for a boundary just before the tea interval and celebrated by raising both hands high in the air.

It was the 35-year-old's first three-figure knock in Test cricket since making a career-best 193 against England at Lord's in June last year.

Dilshan, who hit 13 boundaries and a six, was dismissed in the next over when he was leg-before to off-spinner Saeed Ajmal.

The opener put on 63 for the first wicket with Tharanga Paranavitana and 124 for the second with Sangakkara to lay the foundation for a big first innings total.

Left-handed Sangakkara completes 29th Test ton looked solid with 13 boundaries, while skipper Mahela Jayawardene not out on 55 with eight boundaries.

Ajmal was Pakistan's most successful bowler with two for 81 from 24 overs on a slow pitch that offered no assistance to the bowlers after the initial moisture had dried out.

Pakistan's lone success before lunch came midway through the morning session when Paranavitana was stumped in Ajmal's first over after making a scratchy 24.

Paranavitana should have gone on 15 when he was beaten by an Umar Gul delivery, but umpire Ian Gould turned down a loud appeal for a catch at the wicket.

Replays showed a thin edge, but Paranavitana survived because the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) is not being used in the series.

The left-hander moved to 24 when he was dropped by Azhar Ali at silly point off Ajmal, but was dismissed later in the same over.

Mohammad Hafeez was leading Pakistan for the first time in Test cricket after Misbah-ul Haq was handed a one-match ban for his team's slow over-rate in Monday's final one-day international.

The tourists awarded a Test cap to 32-year-old middle-order batsman Mohammad Ayub, already a veteran of 93 first-class matches in which he has scored 6,074 runs.

Pakistan picked two seamers, Gul and Junaid Khan, to complement a three-man spin attack of Hafeez, Ajmal and Abdur Rehman.

The hosts were without frontline seamer Chanaka Welegedara, who woke up with a sore shoulder and was replaced by Nuwan Pradeep.

Brief scores
Sri Lanka
300 for 2 (Sangakkara 111*, Dilshan 101, Jayawardene 55*)

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