At the stumps of the first day, Sri Lanka were cruised at a total of 261 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. The first two sessions was too dull but in the third session Pakistan bowlers dominated. Pakistan tried to take the last wickets fast so that they could have the full second day to bat. Once Tharanga‘s 92 had laid Sri Lanka a solid foundation, it was all about Pakistan’s bowlers, particularly Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz.Day one ended with the wicket of Angelo Mathews, and the new man, who will now face his first ball, is Rangana Herath.
In the first session Wahab Riaz will continue the over he began last evening. Prasad and Herath were on the crease. Junaid and Riaz was trying to get an early wicket. From the beginning Prasad was very impatient and playing aggressively. Junaid got him in 93rd over. Welegedara came out from the dressing room replacing Prasad. From the beginning Welegedara was playing furiously. Adter the end of 98 over Sri Lanka was at 314 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. At the 100th over Herath got out and this was the last wicket of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka made 320 runs in the first innings. Prasad started the bowling attack, but MAnzoor handled him quite well and hit w boundaries in the first over. Welegedara and Prasad were looking for a wicket that time, but Shehzad also started firing with his bat. At the end of 4 over Pakistan was at 23 runs without any loss of wicket. As the bowlers were failing Hearth joined them and got the success before lunch. He took Manzoor’s wicket. Manzoor contributed 23 runs. Pakistan was at 47 runs for the loss of 1 wicket, till Lunch.
It was Shehzad who decided from the beginning that he would play furiously. From the very beginning of the second session he was very aggressive but cautious. On the other hand Azhar Ali was giving him support. They were trying to build a big partnership. At the end of 22 over Pakistan 80 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. Azhar Ali and Shehzad was rotating the strike pretty fast. They swiftly carried with the scoring rate. Shehzaz got his half century in this session. Rangana Herath struck for the Sri Lankans for the second time in the day. Azhar Ali was dismissed at a score of 32 runs. Younis Khan. The superstar of the first test match, came out to the crease. Before he could stable Sri Lanka Struck another wicket. This time Perera got the big one into his net. Shehzad managed a little tickle with the inside edge and Dickwella ghosts to his left to intercept. Shehzad didn’t even look at the umpire, just walked off as soon as it lodged in the keeper’s gloves. This was indeed a brave innings from this man. He contributed 58 runs. Misbah-Ul- Haq the next man in the crease, have a big role to play. These two batsmen needed to score 200 and the next 100 with the tail contributing around 50.Only then will Pakistan get a lead of 150 which is a must if they want to win this match. Would have been an excellent session for Pakistan if they hadn’t lost those two wickets at the end, and a good one if they had lost just one, but as it happened, Sri Lanka clawed their way back. They’ve bowled pretty well, not given too much away, and stayed in the game even when Shehzad and Azhar looked absolutely impregnable. At tea, Pakistan was at 126 runs for the loss of 3 wickets.
Misbah-Ul-Haq started the third session facing Herath. Sri Lankan’s were looking for another wicket to packet them and it was Herath who struck again. Younis Khan was dismissed at 13 runs. Herath did not stop taking Younis’s wicket only, after some overs he took Misbah’s wicket too. Sri Lanka was quite relived as there were two fresh batsmen in the field. Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed were playing cautiously from the beginning. At the end of 44 over Pakistan was at 144 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. Scoreboard was moving slowly. Like previous day, bowlers again dominated in the last session. After the end of 50th over Pakistan was at 173 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. Sarfraz and Asad came up handy with their bat and built a big partnership. In the 63rd over Sarfraz got his half century. Sri Lanka was looking for a wicket that time and Herath did that job quite well. He took the wicket of Shafiq at the end of the day. Shafiq missed his half century as he scored 42 runs. Abdur Rehman came out to the crease but did not played much today. It’s been an enthralling day that ends with Pakistan still 76 behind with Sarfraz playing a brilliant, inventive innings to keep them in the game. Rangana Herath leads Sri Lanka off the field, and he’s been exceptional today, teasing the batsmen all day long, testing their footwork, their mind, and their techniques. He looked likely to take a wicket even when Ahmed Shehzad and Azhar Ali were looking well-set during their second-wicket partnership, and once that came to an end he’s produced a few absolute stunners, particularly the balls that dismissed Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq. At the stumps Pakistan was at 244 runs for the loss of 6 wickets.
Let’s see how Pakistan face this tough situation tomorrow.
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