2 Mar 2009

Sangakkara, Samaraweera punish Pakistan

5:59 am on 2 March 2009

Kumar Sangakkara and Thilan Samaraweera struck centuries to lead Sri Lanka to a commanding 317 for four on the first day of the second test against Pakistan in Lahore.

The hosts ended their partnership of 204 with the second new ball when Sangakkara was caught behind for 104 off Yasir Arafat but Samaraweera was still unbeaten on 133 when bad light ended play 3.2 overs early.

Pakistan won the toss and Sri Lanka were struggling on 96 for three before Samaraweera, who made 231 in the drawn first test in Karachi, and Sangakkara set about repairing the damage.