Sri Lanka redeem themselves with ball on day two
Sri Lanka 272-8 (Karunaratne 130) v
Pakistan 209-9 (Sarfraz Ahmed 72 no)
Third Test, Pallekele, day two
Sri Lanka's pace bowlers produced a fine performance to wrestle the advantage back from Pakistan after the visitors stumbled to 209 for nine at stumps on day two of the third Test in Pallekele.
Sri Lanka resumed the day on 272 for eight. It didn’t take Pakistan long to prise out the last two wickets, Rahat Ali (3-74) trapping Tharindu Kaushal (18) LBW. The next over, Yasir Shah (5-78) got Nuwan Pradeep (0) LBW to pick up his third five-wicket haul in three successive Tests.
Sri Lanka were all out for 278.
Shan Masood (13), Pakistan’s new opener, showed his intent with two fours off Dhammika Prasad (3-78) in the third over. Angelo Mathews asked for and lost a review in the fifth over for a caught behind appeal that was turned down.
Ahmed Shehzad (21) got into the act as Suranga Lakmal (0-64) gave away three fours in the eighth over. Masood was eventually given out LBW, although unlucky as it proved to be a double umpire’s call on the impact and hitting the stumps.
Pakistan managed 40 for one after 10 overs. Pradeep (3-26) got Shehzad to nick one to the wicket-keeper in the 12th over to undo all the hard work by the opening pair.
Pakistan were in some real trouble when they lost the critical wicket of Younis Khan (3), run out attempting a risky single on the onside at the stroke of lunch. Pakistan went into lunch at 45 for three in 18.2 overs.
Azhar Ali (52) managed three lovely fours off Prasad in the 21st over in the post-lunch session. Rain interrupted the play again for a while and the break didn’t help Pakistan as Asad Shafiq (15) was trapped LBW immediately afterward with the 46-run fourth wicket partnership ended.
Sarfraz Ahmed (72 not out) walked out ahead of Misbah-ul-Haq (6) adding 44 for the fifth wicket with Azhar. Rain interrupted the game when Pakistan was 117 for four after 36 overs. Tea was taken at this time, with the game halted for more than an hour.
Azhar was given out caught behind after play resumed but he reviewed correctly. He brought up his fifty soon afterward, but fell subsequently. Misbah didn’t survive long either before he was trapped LBW by Pradeep.
It became worse for Pakistan when Ehsan Adil (0) was trapped in front when a ball kept extremely low from Kaushal (2-34).
Yasir (18) contributed with the bat as well, adding 45 valuable runs for the eighth wicket with Sarfraz brought up his quickfire fifty in just 57 balls with a couple down the leg-side.
Prasad though, got Sri Lanka the breakthrough, getting Yasir to nick one to the wicket-keeper who took a low catch that needed checking but was cleared.
Rain interrupted play again for about half hour. As soon as play resumed Rahat (2) was trapped LBW by Kaushal.
Pakistan ended the day on 209 for nine with bad light stopping play eventually. They still trail Sri Lanka by 69 runs.
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