Centuries by Anwar, Inzamam Put Pakistan on Top

Published June 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Centuries by Saeed Anwar and Inzamam-ul-Haq saw Pakistan take complete control of the second cricket test against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium on Thursday. 

Anwar made a sedate 123, and Inzamam a scintillating 112 as Pakistan finished the third day strongly placed at 341 for five wickets, a lead of 160 runs on the first innings. Sri Lanka made 181. 

After Anwar hit his 10th Test century and his second against Sri Lanka, it was Inzamam who dominated the batting. 

The strongly-built stroke-maker took the Sri Lanka bowling by the scruff of the neck to race to his 11th Test century off 135 balls. 

Inzamam went to his hundred by hitting Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya for four consecutive fours after the drinks break. His century comprised 16 fours and he batted for 170 minutes. 

Inzamam lost his wicket to a rather casual shot in the penultimate over of the day when he sparred at Ravindra Pushpakumara with one hand off the bat and got an outside edge to wicket-keeper Romesh Kaluwitharana. 

Inzamam made his 112 runs in 215 minutes off 163 balls, hitting 18 fours. With Younis Khan, who was unbeaten on 24 at the close, he put on 74 for the fifth wicket. 

Anwar, playing the sheet anchor role, put together three half-century partnerships that enabled Pakistan to build on a substantial first innings lead. 

Having shared an opening partnership of 71 with Mohammad Wasim on the opening day of the Test, Anwar had further support from Yousuf Youhana (41) and Inzamam-ul-Haq in stands of 89 and 105. 

With the pitch playing well, the Sri Lankan bowlers had meager rewards as Pakistan piled on the runs. 

After going through an unsuccessful morning session they took three wickets in the next two sessions as Pakistan compiled 267 runs during the day. 

Youhana was brilliantly stumped by Romesh Kaluwitharana off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for 41 in the fourth over after lunch, and Anwar was out in the second over after tea when he attempted to cut part-time bowler Russel Arnold and gave a catch behind the wicket. 

Anwar's knock of 123 came in 339 minutes off 237 balls and comprised 12 fours and two sixes. 

Muralitharan was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers, finishing the day with figures of three for 84 off 35 overs. The rest of the bowling looking quite ordinary on an excellent batting pitch – (AFP) 

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