The first day of the test series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan went in favour of Pakistan with a ton from Younis Khan. At the stumps of the first day, Pakistan were cruised at a total of 261 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. The second day was going to be exciting by any means with Sri Lanka going to try out their best in the field. On the other hand, Pakistan were aiming to set up a giant alike score. Younis Khan was unbeaten on 133 runs at stumps of the first day.
As it happened, the day started in favour of the Pakistanis. No Sri Lankan bowlers in the likes of Herath, Eranga and others could not manage to trouble the batsmen and Younis Khan was playing a pivotal role at the crease. He played sensibly yesterday and today was no exception to it. He swiftly carried with the scoring rate and took no sort of risks. In the 13th over to the day’s play, Rangana Herath struck for the Sri Lankans for the first time in the day. Asad Shafiq was dismissed at a score of 75 runs. This was indeed a brave innings from this man and he deserved a century. Sarfraz Ahmed came in next and started building a good partnership with Younis Khan. Pakistan did not lose any batsmen till lunch and at lunch, the score was 347 for the loss of 5 wickets.
The first session was dominated by Pakistan entirely. It was to be seen whether Sri Lanka could bounce back in the second. And Sri Lanka came up positively enough in the second session. The trump card, Younis Khan was dismissed right in the 5th over of the second session by the off spinner, Dilruwan Perera and Pakistan were 359 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Younis Khan scored 177 runs in total. Abdur Rehman came in next and he assisted Sarfraz who was well settled on the other end by that time. They started to build a partnership but the partnership contributed just 27 runs when Sarfraz was dismissed by a beauty from Perera when he was on 55. The tail of the Pakistani line up was on and Sri Lanka looked to wrap things up before further damage were to be inflicted on them. Ajmal managed to assist Rehman well and with the help of that, Rehman got to his half century mark afterwards. Ajmal was dismissed by Perera and his dismissal was followed by Rehman’s dismissal. Ultimately Junaid Khan was dismissed at a duck and with that Pakistan were bundled at a score of 451 runs. And the session ended thus.
Sri Lanka came out to bat in the final session of the day and this session was pretty much important for both the teams and this session could have well decided the fate of the match even. Upul Tharanga and Kausal Silva opened the innings for the Sri Lankans and they started the innings quite well but not for long. Sri Lanka made an over-aggressive start and had to pay for that. Tharanga was dismissed right in the 5th over of the innings. Next came in Sangakkara and he steadied things down for the hosts. He and Silva went on to build a solid partnership for the hosts and at stumps of the day, Sri Lanka are stand at a score of 99 runs for the loss of a single wicket.
The third day will be important for both the teams and if Pakistan be able to strike initial breakthroughs, Sri Lanka will have to face tough times later in the match.