Diminutive Thilan Samaraweera continued his form from where he had left in the first Test in Karachi. After scoring a wonderful career best 231 and 24 not out, Samaraweera came into bat in the second Test with Sri Lanka in a slightly tricky position at 96-3. But he went about the job in hand in an authoritative manner. He had 85 balls to reach his fifty and took the lead role in the partnership with Kumara Sangakkara for the fourth wicket. The two swayed and added 204 runs to give stability to the Sri Lankan innings. Samaraweera, who contributed 122 runs to Sangakkara's 72 in the stand for the fourth wicket, reached his century with consecutive boundaries off Umar Gul. He needed 159 runs to reach his ninth Test hundred as he stroked 14 fours in his century. Although Sangakkara fell soon after reaching his hundred, Samaraweera continued with Tillakaratne Dilshan in the centre. Sri Lankans ended the day at 317-4 while Samaraweera stood tall at his unbeaten 133 off 205 balls including 19 boundaries. Samaraweera is one of the pillars of Sri Lankan batting line in Test match cricket. He announced himself with a century on debut against India back in 2001 and since then went on to become a permanent member of the team. Samaraweera batted brilliantly on day and now at the start of day he himself and Sri Lanka will be hoping that he continues his good work and take his team to a commanding total - possibly 500. For Pakistan team his wicket will be crucial and if they can manage to remove him early they have a very good chance of restricting Sri Lanka.