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Pakistan reaches 334-1 vs. Sri Lanka on day 1

 Pakistan's batsmen Mohammad Hafeez kisses the ground as he celebrates after scoring a century during the first day's play of the second test cricket ...
 Pakistan's batsmen Mohammad Hafeez plays a shot during the first day's play of the second test cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Colomb...
 Pakistan's batsmen Mohammad Hafeez celebrates after scoring a century during the first day's play of the second test cricket match between Sri Lanka ...

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Pakistan's batsmen Mohammad Hafeez kisses the ground as he celebrates after scoring a century during the first day's play of the second test cricket ...

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Pakistan's batsmen Mohammad Hafeez plays a shot during the first day's play of the second test cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Colomb...

Sri Lanka Pakistan Cricket

Pakistan's batsmen Mohammad Hafeez celebrates after scoring a century during the first day's play of the second test cricket match between Sri Lanka ...

Mohammad Hafeez scored a career-best 172 not out and shared a record 256-run partnership as Pakistan mauled Sri Lanka for 334-1 on the opening day Saturday of the second cricket test.
Hafeez made full use of a placid Sinhalese Sports Club pitch by batting through the day, facing 281 balls and hit 18 boundaries and a six. He and Azhar Ali, who was unbeaten on 92, surpassed the best ever second-wicket partnership against Sri Lanka by India's Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid, 237 in 2009.
Earlier they went past a 30-year-old record for the best second-wicket stand between the two teams held by Sri Lankans Sidath Wettimuny and Roy Dias.
Hafeez got a reprieve at 101 when he was caught by wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene off Anjelo Mathews, but on review the delivery turned out to be a no ball. At 171 he also survived a confident appeal for a catch behind off spin bowler Rangana Herath.
His fifth century surpassed his previous best, 143 against Bangladesh last December.
Hafeez said he was under pressure to perform after a string of failures but opener Taufeeq Umar's aggressive batting gave him confidence.
"We want to put as much runs on the board as we can and on this pitch I feel on the fourth and fifth day it will be very difficult to handle the spinners, and we got two spinners and it is always good for us," said Hafeez.
Ali recorded his 14th test half-century and was approaching his third test century in his 23rd match at stumps. He had faced 187 balls and hit six boundaries.
Umar gave Pakistan a confident start in the opening session, scoring 65 off 74 balls including 12 to the boundary. He was out caught by Jayawardene off seamer Mathews, who returned figures of 1-35.
Confident after winning the first test by 209 runs at Galle, Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and asked Pakistan to bat first at Sinhalese Sports Club, which is traditionally batting friendly.
True to its reputation, the pitch did not offer much assistance to the bowlers.
Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford rued the decision to bowl first.
"Clearly we got that wrong and the score tells it very clearly that we got it wrong," he said.
"I think everybody is aware that there's a bit of movement in the first hour and maybe little bit longer. We had to try and utilize it. Unfortunately, it didn't go to the plan and we have to give lot of credit to the way they batted."
Sri Lanka fielded the same team that won the first test but Pakistan was dealt a blow when its strike seamer Umar Gul was left out because of injury. He was replaced by Aizaz Cheema.
Regular captain Misbah-ul-Haq also returned to the team after serving a suspension in the first test.


Updated : 2020-12-04 05:05 GMT+08:00