SL A v Pakistan A, 1st unofficial Test, Dambulla, 1st day August 8, 2009

Sri Lanka A hold advantage despite Amin century

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Pakistan A' 261 for 6 (Amin 128*, Manzoor 65, Randiv 3-80) trail Sri Lanka 417 (Mubarak 160, Rupasinghe 76, Riaz 3-95) by 156 runs
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Umar Amin scored an unbeaten century but Sri Lanka A still held the advantage against Pakistan A at the end of the second day of the first unofficial Test at Dambulla.

Sri Lanka added 46 runs for the last three wickets to finish on a challenging 417 from their overnight score of 371 for 7. In reply, Pakistan got off to an excellent start through openers Khurram Manzoor and Amin. An opening stand of 158 gave Pakistan the perfect platform to get close to the Sri Lankan first-innings score. However, after Manzoor was dismissed for 65, the middle order failed to grab the initiative with Pakistan then falling to 193 for 4.

The middle-order collapse did not stop Amin, as he went on to score his century in the company of lower-order batsmen Sheharyar Ghani and Sarfraz Ahmed, both of whom scored vital 20s to push the Pakistan score forward. Amin remained unbeaten on 128 at the end of day's play to carry Pakistan's hopes into the third day.

Offspinner Suraj Randiv was the most successful bowler for Sri Lanka with three wickets.

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