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Silva, Jayawardene march Sri Lanka to 215-3

January 9, 2014

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Opening batsman Kaushal Silva eyed a maiden test century and Mahela Jayawardene fought through the pain in his hand to hit a half century as Sri Lanka moved to a solid 215-3 at tea on day two of the second test against Pakistan on Thursday.

Silva was unbeaten on 92 off 202 balls with 10 fours and Jayawardene was batting on a resolute 50 off 134 balls with four boundaries as the pair edged Sri Lanka ahead by 50 runs after Pakistan was bowled out for 165.

Pakistan’s twin success came in the first session when Kumar Sangakkara (26) and Dinesh Chandimal (12) fell to poor shot selection before Silva and Jayawardene were unruffled by adding 127 runs just over three hours.

Jayawardene needed three stitches between his third and fourth fingers on his left hand after attempting a low catch of Mohammad Hafeez on Wednesday.

Several times, Jayawardene pulled his hand off the bat while facing short deliveries, but it didn’t deter the confidence of Sri Lanka’s most accomplished test batsman.

He completed his half century just before the tea break and made amends for his two quick dismissals in the first drawn test last week.

Silva completed his second successive fifty in the series soon after lunch off 133 balls with five fours when he pulled Saeed Ajmal to midwicket boundary. He has batted for more than five hours.

Jayawardene successfully overturned Bruce Oxenford’s leg before wicket decision on 26 when he was ruled out by the umpire. But the TV replays clearly suggested Rahat Ali’s ball had pitched outside the line of leg stump.

Silva wiped out Pakistan’s first-innings score when he cut Ali to point boundary before elegantly driving the leftarm fast bowler through the covers in the same over.

Resuming on 57-1, Pakistan struck twice inside the first hour before Silva and Jayawardene rebuilt the innings.

Ali got his first success of the series when he had Sangakkara lbw and Chandimal threw away his wicket by needlessly pulling a delivery from Junaid Khan (2-47).

Ali bowled 55 wicketless overs in the drawn first test last week and had to wait for another 14 overs before Sangakkara played him across the line and was out plumb lbw in the sixth over of the day.

Pakistan lost one of their TV referrals in the next over when Ali thought he had Silva caught behind down the legside on 16, but television umpire Richard Kettleborough upheld the not out decision.

Chandimal, who featured in a match-saving century stand with captain Angelo Mathews at Abu Dhabi in the first test, started confidently but lost concentration and holed out to Ali at deep fine leg off Khan’s short pitched delivery.

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