Galle - Kumar Sangakkara rose to fourth place in the list of century-makers
as he and the retiring Mahela Jayawardene plundered Pakistan's bowlers
on the rain-hit third day of the first Test in Galle on Friday.
hosts, who began the day at 99-1 in reply to Pakistan's 451, carried
their first innings to 252-2 by tea before heavy rain wiped out the
final session of play.
Just 46 of the stipulated 90 overs were
bowled during the day, leaving a draw as the likely result with just 12
wickets having fallen over the first three days.
Sri Lanka will resume on Saturday trailing by 199 runs with eight wickets in hand.
Sangakkara - who turns 37 in October - was unbeaten on 102, his
seventh three-figure knock in the last 14 Tests, taking his overall
tally to 37 centuries.
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.
set to quit Test cricket at the end of this two-Test series, showed he
was good enough to prolong his 17-year career as he survived an anxious
start to hit an unbeaten 55.
The tried and trusted duo of
Sangakkara and Jayawardene, whose partnership of 624 against South
Africa in Colombo in 2006 remains a world record, have so far put on 108
for the third wicket.
Rain had reduced play to 20 overs in the post-lunch session in which Sri Lanka scored 78 runs.
reputed spin attack of Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman were ineffective on
the flat, even-paced pitch loaded in favour of the batsmen.
Sangakkara reached his century just before tea by cutting Rehman for his 13th boundary.
and his overnight partner Kaushal Silva negotiated Pakistan' pace and
spin attack comfortably to add 45 runs in the first hour's play.
who was on 38 at stumps on Thursday, reached his half-century by
pulling seamer Junaid Khan to the square-leg fence for his ninth
Silva made 64 in the second-wicket stand of 120 when he
edged a ball from fast bowler Mohammad Talha and wicket-keeper Sarfraz
Ahmed dived to his right to hold a low catch.
in to a guard of honour of raised bats by schoolchildren and was greeted
in the middle by applauding Pakistani fielders, as firecrackers
exploded outside the ground.
He immediately got into his stride, punching the third delivery he faced, from off-spinner Ajmal, to the cover boundary.
on 11, Jayawardene won a television review after English umpire Ian
Gould declared him leg-before off Junaid. Replays showed the ball
missing the off-stump.
Gould then negated Junaid's appeal for
leg-before against Sangakkara, then on 62, but the review system agreed
with the umpire this time.