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Tons, records and a tame draw

Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal joined the run feast with a scintillating unbeaten 158 as the high-scoring first cricket Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka ended in a draw.

cricket Updated: Feb 25, 2009 22:41 IST

Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal joined the run feast with a scintillating unbeaten 158 as the high-scoring first cricket Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka ended in a draw.

Pakistan declared their first innings for 765 for 6, 121 runs ahead of Sri Lanka’s total and the visitors made 144 for five from 31 overs in their second essay on the fifth and final day at the National Stadium in Karachi.

The result of the match on the flattest of pitches was a foregone conclusion and the only interest left on the final day was whether captain Younus Khan would get past legendary Pakistani Hanif Mohammad’s 337 or West Indian Brian Lara’s world record highest innings score of 400 not out.

Akmal and Yasir Arafat (50) added another 169 for the unbroken six wicket in 38.3 overs before Pakistan declared their innings. Younis, who became the only third Pakistani to hit a triple century.