Patron's XI v Sri Lankans, Karachi, 2nd day February 18, 2009

Sri Lankans lose despite Sangakkara ton

Cricinfo staff

Patron's XI 395 for 4 (Shehzad 146, Azhar 100) beat Sri Lankans 283 for 5 (Sangakkara 100, Mahela 49) by 112 runs

Kumar Sangakkara retired after reaching his hundred © AFP

The Sri Lankans fell 112 runs short of their target in the two day warm-up match against Patron's XI despite Kumar Sangakkara's century. Chasing a target of 396 in their allotted quota of 90 overs, the visitors finished the second day in Karachi on 283 for 5.

The run-chase got off to a rocky start with the Sri Lankans losing openers Malinda Warnapura and Tharanga Paranavitana with only 26 runs on the board. Their two most experienced batsmen Sangakkara and captain Mahela Jayawardene put the innings back on track with a 112-run stand for the third wicket. Jayawardene was dismissed on 49 and Sangakkara retired once he got to his century, giving the others in the batting line-up an opportunity.

Thilan Samaraweera and Prasanna Jayawardene made 40s but Tillakaratne Dilshan failed to make a contribution, getting bowled by Mohammad Khalil for 3. "We were not particularly bothered about the result because our top batsmen got the much needed practice before the Tests," Dilshan told AFP. The Patron's XI used as many as 11 bowlers to pick up the five wickets.