Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 4: Sri Lanka take control behind Mathews’ fabulous century

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Mathews scored his second Test century

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews led by example on the fourth day of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi as he smashed a spectacular century to help his side take control heading into the final day.

Mathews was well supported by Dinesh Chandimal, who scored a magnificent half-century.

Starting out the day on 186/4, Chandimal and Mathews demolished the Pakistan bowling attack with a superb 138-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries.

The partnership eventually came to an end when Chandimal was caught by Rahat Ali at deep fine leg off the bowling of Junaid Khan.

Chandimal’s outstanding knock of 89 came off 166 balls and included 12 boundaries.

Mathews and wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene kept the runs flowing with an unbeaten 96-run partnership, during which Mathews registered his second Test century, before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

Mathews finished on 116 off 282 balls, which included 12 boundaries and a six, while Jayawardene remained undefeated on 48 off 107 deliveries, which included five boundaries and a six.

Khan was the only Pakistani bowler to take a wicket throughout the day.

Sri Lanka ended the day on 420/5 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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