Second Test Match
Sri Lanka 317-4 (T T Samaraweera 133 no, K C Sangakkara 104) v Pakistan
Thilan Samaraweera and Kumar Sangakkara both hit centuries as Sri Lanka built the start of another huge total against Pakistan on the first day of the second Test.
Pakistan seamer Umar Gul took three quick wickets to have Sri Lanka floundering somewhat early on, but Samaraweera and Sangakkara combined for 204 runs to get the visitors back on track in Lahore.
After a high-scoring draw in the first Test, it again looks like another batsman's paradise has been prepared at the Gaddafi Stadium as Sri Lanka closed the day poised for another big total on 317-4.
Sangakkara made 104 while Samaraweera, who made 231 in the first Test, ended the day unbeaten on 133 when play ended 3.2 overs early due to bad light.
Opting to bowl first, Pakistan justified that decision early on when Gul removed opener Malinda Warnapura for just eight, bringing Sangakkara to the crease at 16-1.
Gul then made a second breakthrough within the opening hour as Tharanga Paranavitana went for 21 and Sri Lanka slipped to 35-2 and in some bother.
Skipper Mahela Jayawardene made 30 before becoming Gul's third wicket when he was caught behind and the score still looked like trouble ahead on 96-3.
Sangakkara had looked in good touch though, and he and Samaraweera set about taking the momentum right away from the home side with their fourth-wicket stand.
Sangakkara had a lifeline on 55 when he was put down by Faisal Iqbal, while Samaraweera was also dropped on 68 by wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.
It was Samaraweera who was the main aggressor of the two and he reached his century first with consecutive boundaries off Gul.
Sangakkara then made it to three figures off leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, but his innings was then ended on 104 when Yasir Arafat had him caught behind with just over eight overs remaining in the day.
Tillakaratne Dilshan joined Samaraweera at the crease with the score on 300-4, and they added 17 more runs before stumps were drawn.