Records Tumble as Sri Lanka Surprises Pakistan

Published June 29th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Records continued to tumble as Sri Lanka's opening pair Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya continued their dominance show over Pakistan in the third and final Test Thursday. 

At tea Sri Lanka had progressed to 360 for one wicket losing the wicket of Sanath Jayasuriya for 188. 

Marvan Atapattu was unbeaten on 139 with Russel Arnold on 13 at the Asgiriya International Stadium. 

The pair put on 335 for the first wicket, which was easily Sri Lanka's highest against all countries and was the fifth best in the all-time list of opening partnerships in Test cricket. 

The pair was separated after Pakistan took the second new ball after 112 overs. Jayasuriya received a knock on his hand by a sharp rising delivery from Waqar Younis and was dismissed in the next over bowled by Abdur Razzaq when he edged a catch to Younis Khan at second slip. 

The Sri Lanka captain playing in his 50th Test match was out for 188, his sixth Test century. He batted for 467 minutes and faced 357 balls hitting 17 fours and two sixes. 

The score was the highest by a Sri Lankan against Pakistan beating the 168 scored by Aravinda de Silva at the R. Premadasa Stadium in 1996-97. 

It was also the first hundred for Jayasuriya in two years. The last occasion he made a Test hundred was against England at the Oval in 1998 – (AFP) 

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