Kumar Sangakkara put his wealth of experience on show with a pugnacious unbeaten hundred to keep Pakistan's victory bid on hold in the first Test here yesterday.
The 33-year-old left-hander notched 161 for his 26th Test hundred to help Sri Lanka, trailing by 314 runs in the first innings, reach 298-5 in their second knock at close on the fourth day at Abu Dhabi stadium. They need only 16 runs to make Pakistan bat again.
Sangakkara said it was one of his best hundreds: "It would have been nice had I got it in the first innings but it was a tough fight and one of my better hundreds. But, there is still work left and if we don't lose a wicket, perhaps we are able to put some pressure back on Pakistan."