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Sri Lanka steadily progresses to 174-2

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GALLE, Sri Lanka - Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene survived lbw appeals before helping Sri Lanka move to 174-2 at lunch Friday on the third day of the first test, reducing Pakistan's first-inning lead to 277 runs.

Fast bowler Junaid Khan caused both seasoned batsmen some trouble after Sri Lanka lost opening batsman Kaushal Silva for 64 in pursuit of Pakistan's first innings total of 451.

But Sangakkara remained unbeaten on 63 at the interval and Jayawardene was on 18 in what is his last test on his favourite ground at Galle.

Children queued up and raised their bats in a guard of honour for Jayawardene as firecrackers exploded around the Galle International Stadium when he walked out to bat.

Jayawardene successfully had English umpire Ian Gould's lbw decision overturned when he was on 11 — television replays showed the ball would have just missed the off stump after pitching in line with the stumps.

Sangakkara also escaped a confident appeal against Khan not long after — this time Pakistan went for the Decision Review System but the ball again appeared to be missing the line of off stump.

Sangakarra resumed Friday with Sri Lanka at 99-1, joining overnight partner Silva in adding 45 runs in the first hour.

Silva, 38 overnight, completed his half century when he pulled Khan to the square leg boundary and Sangakkara raised his 50 by cutting Talha through the vacant slip region to the third man boundary.

Talha finally broke the century-stand stand when Silva attempted a drive but got a thick outside edge that carried to diving wicketkeeper Ahmed Sarfraz.

Silva stroked 11 fours in his 140-ball knock.

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