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Jayawardene scored his 32nd Test century
Sri Lanka veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene smashed a magnificent century and opening batsman Kaushal Silva remained unbeaten on 95 as the Lankan Lions continued to torment Pakistan on the second day of the second Test in Dubai.
Starting out the day on 57/1, Silva and Kumar Sangakkara managed to convert their 17-run partnership into a 35-run partnership before Sangakkara was given out lbw off the bowling of Rahat Ali for 26.
Dinesh Chandimal failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Ali at long leg off the bowling of Junaid Khan for 12 runs.
From that point on it was all Sri Lanka as Silva and Jayawardene amassed a brilliant 139-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Silva was given out lbw off the bowling of Mohammad Hafeez.
Silva reviewed the decision straight away, but the replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit leg stump, which led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.
Silva’s fantastic knock of 95 came off 221 balls and included 10 boundaries.
Jayawardene and captain Angelo Mathews kept the runs flowing with a 91-run partnership, during which Jayawardene registered his 32nd Test century, before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.
Jayawardene finished on 106 off 230 balls, which included 12 boundaries, while Mathews remained undefeated on 42 off 84 deliveries, which included five boundaries.
Khan was the pick of the Pakistani bowlers with two wickets, while Ali and Hafeez chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Sri Lanka ended the day on 318/4 and will continue batting today at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.