An unbeaten second-wicket partnership of 166 between Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara put Sri Lanka in a strong position at tea on the first day of their must-win third and final Test against Pakistan in neutral Sharjah, one of the United Arab Emirates, yesterday.
Sri Lanka captain Dilshan (90 not out) and Sangakkara (72 not out) took their team to 170-1 after they won the toss and opted to bat. Opener Tharanga Paranavitana was caught at slip by Younis Khan off Umar Gul for four on the fifth ball of the day, a ball after being dropped at short leg by Azhar Ali.
It was 75 for one at lunch and a 95-run second session gave Sri Lanka, who have scored over 300 only once in their four innings in the series so far, a solid platform on as they seek to draw the series they trail 1-0.
After the drawn first test in Abu Dhabi, Pakistan claimed a nine-wicket win in the second in Dubai. .