Sri Lanka settle for stalemate

Sangakkara's century earns draw, 2-0 series win for hosts

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Sri Lanka settle for stalemate

Sangakkara: batted all day to ensure draw

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Third Test Match
Colombo
Pakistan 299 (Khurram Manzoor 93, Mohammad Yousuf 90, T Thushara 5-83) & 425-9 dec (Shoaib Malik 134, Kamran Akmal 74, Misbah-ul-Haq 65, H M R K B Herath 5-157) v Sri Lanka 233 (D P M D Jayawardene 79, Danish Kaneria 5-62) & 391-4 (K C Sangakkara 130 no, T T Samaraweera 73, N T Paranavitana 73, A D Mathews 64 no)
Sri Lanka drew with Pakistan

Kumar Sangakkara's unbeaten century steered Sri Lanka to a draw in the third and final Test against Pakistan in Colombo.

Sri Lanka, who already held an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, batted throughout the fifth day in Colombo to finish on 391-4, 101 short of their victory target of 492.

Sangakkara led the way, turning his overnight position of 50 into 130 not out when a stalemate was agreed with an hour's play remaining.

Only one wicket fell on the last day, off-spinner Saeed Ajmal having Thilan Samaraweera caught behind for 73 to end a fourth-wicket stand of 122 shortly after lunch.

Resuming at 183-3, Sangakkara and Samaraweera took advantage of a placid surface at the Sinhalese Sports Club to add 79 runs in the morning session as Pakistan failed to make a breakthrough even after taking the second new ball.

Samaraweera, who had gone to his fifty from 108 balls, strained his hamstring after the interval and required a runner.

His dismissal, misplaying a straight delivery from Ajmal (1-95) into Kamran Akmal's gloves, came in the over after left-arm paceman Mohammad Aamer (0-46) had rattled his helmet with a bouncer.

Sangakkara was joined by Angelo Mathews and continued to his 19th Test century from 210 balls in mid-afternoon.

Negative

At tea, Sri Lanka were 338-4 and required 154 runs from a possible 38 overs to complete the highest run chase in Test history.

But Pakistan skipper Younus Khan set defensive fields to and the batsmen opted to play it safe.

After Sangakkara and Mathews (64no) had extended their fifth-wicket alliance to 114, the respective skippers shook hands on a draw.

Sangakkara, in his first series since succeeding Mahela Jayawardene as Test captain, batted for almost eight hours to ensure a winning start to his reign.

The match also brought the curtain down on Chaminda Vaas' 111-Test career. The left-arm seamer, who took a combined 1-90 in Pakistan's two innings, ends with 355 wickets at an average of 29.58 - making him comfortably the most successful Sri Lanka seamer of all-time.

The 2-0 series triumph is also Sri Lanka's first at home against Pakistan in six attempts.

The teams now switch to the 50-over format to contest a five-match one-day international series, starting in Dambulla on July 30.

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