GALLE, August 9: Sri Lanka, replying to Pakistan’s first innings total of 451, declared at 533-9 before stumps on the fourth day of the first Test in Galle on Saturday. Kumar Sangakkara hit 221, skipper Angelo Mathews scored 91 and Mahela Jayawardene made 59. Sri Lanka lead Pakistan by 82 runs with one day’s play remaining.
Pakistan paid heavily for dropping Sangakkara off the first ball of the day when Abdur Rehman spilled a chance at point off left-arm seamer Junaid Khan. Junaid struck three deliveries later as Mahela Jayawardene was adjudged leg-before through the Decision Review System (DRS).
Umpire Ian Gould turned down a loud shout from the bowler, but Pakistan earned a positive verdict after appealing for a review from the TV official. Replays showed the ball hitting the top of the off-stump. Jaywardene, who is due to quit Test cricket after the series ends in Colombo later this month, made 59 in a third-wicket stand of 113 with Sangakkara.
The 36-year-old Sangakkara had on Friday risen to fourth place in the list of century-makers with his 37th hundred, the seventh three-figure knock in his last 14 Tests. Only the retired trio of India’s Sachin Tendulkar, with 51 centuries, Jacques Kallis of South Africa, who had 45, and Ricky Ponting of Australia on 41, have scored more hundreds.