LAHORE - Kumar Sangakkara and Thilan Samaraweera turned the tables on Pakistan after Umer Gul struck early in the day on the opening day of the second test match of the shot rubber here at the Gaddafi Stadium on a sunny Sunday. Coming into to field after Younis Khan decided to give strike to the visiting team, Gul dented the Sri Lankans with two wickets for 35 in the first session and after a brief lull took the most important third wicket of captain Mahela Jayawardene to reduce Sri Lnaka to 96 for three when Sangakkara knit the innings along with Samaraweera to frustrate Pakistan attack. By the close of the first day's play Sri Lanka was strongly placed at 317 for four. The edge Gul provided to Pakistan with Malinda Warnapura, Tharanga Paranavitana and the prized wicket of Jayawardene, Sangakkara and Samaraweera took it away with a 204 runs fourth wicket partnership. Basically it was Sangakkara who played a pivotal role in building the Sri Lnakan innings after Gul edged aside Jayawardene (30) with Kamran Akmal taking a diving catch right after lunch. He (Sangakkara) kept his cool in reaching 104 off 210 balls and giving full authority to Samaraweera, who in turn showed aggression in his unbeaten 133 runs innings. Pakistan began the day on a bright note taking two wickets by 35 on board and after a 61 runs third wicket stand between Jayawaedene and Sangakkara, things were in control. But the dropped catch of Sangakkara at 55 by Faisal Iqbal gave confidence to the Sri Lanka to build on. Had it was held the story would have been different. From there on, Sangakkara and Samaraweera smacked the score to 300 before the latter fell in the 82nd over of the day. When Gul got Warnapura in his third over of the day, Sri Lanka started to move back and Pakistan began penetration. With that frustration was visible in Paranavitana and in his eighth over Gul struck with his wicket. Shoaib Malik held a blinder when all thought of the smack would have gone for the rope. By then things was in total harmony for Pakistan, but Sangakkara got order in the innings with Jayawardene and later developed it into authority with, the last match's double century maker, Samaraweera. Yasir Arafat, who was quite instrumental in the first test, got Sangakkara in the final session for his first wicket of the day. But by then things was already out of Pakistan's control and at the down of the day, Samaraweera and Tilakaratene Dilshan were holding the Pakistan attack at bay. Earlier, Pakistan brought in Mohammad Talha in place of Sohail Khan. This debutant medium pacer along with Gul showed discipline in their bowling in the first session on a lively strip, which had green grass in the morning that later rusted under the sun and turned the track to batting friendly with little movement. But the youngman remained wicketless. SCOREBOARD SRI LANKA 1st innings M. Warnapura c Haq b Gul 8 T. Paranavitana c Malik b Gul 21 K. Sangakkara c Akmal b Arafat 104 M. Jayawardene c Akmal b Gul 30 T. Samaraweera not out 133 T. Dilshan not out 3 EXTRAS: (b4, nb12, w2) 18 TOTAL: (for four wkts) 317 Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Warnapura), 2-35 (Paranavitana), 3-96 (M. Jayawardene), 4-300 (Sangakkara) BOWLING: Gul 19.4-2-67-3 (2nb, 1w) Talha 11-0-50-0 (7nb, 1w) Arafat 13-2-53-1 (3nb) Kaneria 24-1-89-0 Malik 17-2-45-0 Younus 2-0-9-0 Overs: 86.4 Toss: Pakistan Umpires: Simon Taufel (AUS), Steve Davis (AUS) TV umpire: Nadeem Ghouri (PAK) ICC match referee: Chris Broad (ENG).