Pakistani opener Taufiq Umar said he had achieved a burning desire to score the Test double hundred which set his team on course for a big win in the first of three Tests against Sri Lanka on yesterday.

Taufiq Umar

The 31-year-old left-handed batsman notched a patient 236 to guide Pakistan to 511-6 declared on the third day, giving them an overall lead of 314 over Sri Lanka's first innings total of 197.

Sri Lankan finished the day at 47-1, still needing another 267 runs to avoid an innings defeat.