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Mahela Jayawardene Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene, known as Mahela Jayawardene, born 27 May, 1977, is the Captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team. He is a specialist batsman who has a Test average of nearly 50, and an ODI average in the 30s.  and Thilan Samaraweera Thilan Thusara Samaraweera is a Sri Lankan cricketer, born September 22, 1976 in Colombo. Samaraweera plays international cricket for Sri Lanka and is in the side primarily for his solid right handed batting but is also a capable Off spinner.  smashed double hundreds and a 52-year record for the fourth wicket stand as Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (srē läng`kə) [Sinhalese,=resplendent land], formerly Ceylon, ancient Taprobane, officially Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, island republic (2005 est. pop.  pulverised Adj. 1. pulverised - consisting of fine particles; "powdered cellulose"; "powdery snow"; "pulverized sugar is prepared from granulated sugar by grinding"
fine-grained, powdered, powdery, pulverized, small-grained
 Pakistan's attack in the first Test here on Sunday.

The batting pair had accumulated 437 runs for the fourth wicket when both fell in successive overs before the tea break.

Jayawardene ended on 240 and Samaraweera 231 as Sri Lanka reached 614-6 at tea on the second day, Sri Lanka's best ever total against Pakistan.

Tillakaratne Dilshan Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan (born 14 October, 1976 in Kalutara) is a Sri Lankan cricketer. Known as Tuwan Mohammad Dilshan prior to his conversion from Islam to Buddhism,[1]  was out in the last over before tea for nought, leaving Prasanna Jayawardene Hewasandatchige Asiri Prasanna Wishvanath Jayawardene (born 9 October, 1979 in Colombo, commonly known as Prasanna Jayawardene) is a Sri Lankan cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a wicketkeeper.  unbeaten without scoring at the break.

Mahela Jayawardene and Samaraweera batted with authority to beat the previous best fourth-wicket stand of 411 between England's Peter May and Colin Cowdrey Michael Colin Cowdrey, Baron Cowdrey of Tonbridge Kt, CBE (December 24, 1932 - December 4, 2000) was an English cricketer and later cricket administrator,

Colin Cowdrey was born in Ootacamund, India, which is around fifty miles from Bangalore.
, against the West Indies at Birmingham in 1957.

The overnight pair batted through all but two overs in the first two sessions before Pakistani bowlers were rewarded with three wickets for an unchanged score of 614.

Jayawardene fell when he miscued a sweep shot off spinner Shoaib Malik and was caught one-handed by diving wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal behind the stumps.

The Sri Lankan skipper hit 32 boundaries during his 531-minute stay at the crease. Samaraweera was bowled by leg-spinner Danish Kaneria after hitting 31 boundaries during his 457-minute innings.

Resuming at 406-3, the pair also beat Sri Lanka's previous best fourth-wicket stand in all Test cricket of 240, set by Asanka Gurusinha and Arjuna Ranatunga against Pakistan in Colombo in 1986.

They then took Sri Lanka past their highest Test total against Pakistan, overhauling the 528 they scored at Lahore in 2002. Samaraweera also improved his previous highest Test score of 142 against England at Colombo in 2003.

Sri Lanka added only 31 in the first hour as Pakistan's bowling and field placing was tighter than on Saturday.

But Pakistan's three-pronged pace attack, supplemented by Kaneria, failed to get any support from the pitch which still poses no problems for batting.

Pakistan are playing their first Test match in 14 months after security problems prompted foreign teams to cancel tours of the country.

They have also been hit by an injury to strike bowler Shoaib Akhtar, as well as international bans against 17 first-class players for taking part in the rebel Indian Cricket League This article or section contains information about a  sporting event or team.  (ICL (International Computers Ltd., London) The former name of Fujitsu Services, the European-centered arm of the global Fujitsu Group and one of the leading IT services companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. ).
Sri Lanka overnight 406-3
M. Warnapura c Haq b Arafat 59
T. Paranavitana c Haq b Gul gul  
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[Persian, rose; see julep.]
K. Sangakkara c Haq b Kaneria 70
M. Jayawardene c Akmal b Malik 240
T. Samaraweera b Kaneria 231
T. Dilshan c Akmal b Malik 0
P. Jayawardene not out 0
Extras lb4, nb9, w1 14
Total for six wkts 614
Fall of wkts 1-3, 2-93, 3-177, 4-614, 5-614, 6-614
Gul 24-2-92-1 (1w), Sohail 21-3-131-0, Arafat 26-2-90-1 (2nb), Malik 32.1-2-120-2 (6nb), Kaneria 43-4-160-2 (1nb), Younus 1-0-6-0, Butt 1-0-11-0
Overs 148.1
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