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SL vs PAK: Sri Lanka tightens the screws with a big lead, Pakistan will have to do wonders like the first match

GaulAfter excellent bowling by Ramesh Mendis (5 for 47), Sri Lanka consolidated their position by scoring 176 for five in the second innings till the end of the third day’s play of the second Test against Pakistan (PAK vs SL). . The second day’s play had to be stopped 19 overs earlier due to bad light. At stumps, Sri Lanka’s total lead is 323 runs with five wickets remaining.

Pakistan bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals in the second innings but captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjay de Silva put on an unbroken 59-run stand for the sixth wicket to take Sri Lanka’s lead past 300 runs. Pakistan had chased down the target of 342 runs on the same ground in the previous match with four wickets in hand, so Sri Lanka would like to extend their lead significantly.
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Opening batsman Karunaratne, who is suffering from a back spasm, came to the crease after the fall of the fourth wicket and was batting for 27 at the end of the game while de Silva is playing on 30. Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella (15 runs), who opened the innings in place of Karunaratne, was walked by Naseem Shah (2 for 29).

The spinner trio of Yasir Shah, Mohammad Nawaz and Agha Salman took a wicket each, as Sri Lanka lost four wickets in the second session of the day. Oshada Fernando (19), Kusal Mendis (15), Angelo Mathews (35) failed to play big innings after spending time at the crease. Naseem then dismissed Dinesh Chandimal (21), who was running in excellent rhythm, to reduce Sri Lanka’s score to 117 for five. After this, the pair of Karunaratne and D’Silva did not allow any further damage.

Earlier, Pakistan started the day with 191 runs for seven wickets and the team was dismissed after adding 40 runs. Yasir and Hasan Ali shared 32 runs for the eighth wicket. Prabhat Jayasuriya (3 for 80) broke the partnership by dismissing Hasan, after which Mendis took both the wickets to complete his five-wicket haul.

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