Sri Lanka flay Pakistan in first Test

KARACHI, February 21, 2009 (AFP) – Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera hit punishing hundreds to lead Sri Lanka’s run charge against Pakistan on the opening day of the first Test here on Saturday as the tourists reached 406-3. Jayawardene was unbeaten on 136 — his 25th Test hundred — while Samaraweera notched 130 not out for his eighth hundred after the tourists won the toss and decided to bat.

The 31-year-old Sri Lankan skipper, whose lack of form in recent one-day matches forced him to step down from the captaincy after the two-Test series against Pakistan, also completed 8,000 career Test runs during the innings.

Samaraweera matched his skipper shot for shot and the pair added 229 for the unfinished fourth-wicket stand, blunting Pakistan’s three-pronged pace attack on an unresponsive pitch.

Jayawardene has so far knocked 20 boundaries during his 239-ball innings. The Sri Lankan skipper hit leg-spinner Danish Kaneria for his 15th boundary to reach his century — his first against Pakistan.

He now has a hundred against all nine Test playing nations.

When on 37, Jayawardene hit debutant paceman Sohail Khan for a boundary to complete 8,000 runs in his 101st Test. He is the first Sri Lankan and