Sri Lanka close in strong position

Sri Lanka close in strong position

Sri Lanka close in strong position

Having won the opening match on a dramatic final day to stop an abysmal run of form across all formats, Sri Lanka played with renewed confidence on Friday to post 254-3 after winning the toss.

Openers Sami Aslam (30 not out) and Shan Masood (15 not out) negotiated the 18 overs under light without any major trouble but Pakistan still need 231 to avoid the follow on. Dimuth Karunaratne scored highest 196 runs for the team and for Pakistan, Yasir Shah took highest 6 wickets so far.

Considering the fact that he had walked off the field during the first day itself, it begs the question why Pakistan's team management did not take him for a scan immediately and allowed him to bowl with a shin injury on the second day. Though, Pakistani top spinner Yasir Shah made a breakthrough very earlier and took Silva in just his 27 individual runs but at the end of the crease, Karunaratne stood still and kept playing.

Sydney Barnes of England got five-fors in seven consecutive tests between 1912 and 1914; in this seven consecutive test span, the total tally of the five-wicket haul for him was 11. "We have to fight to our best abilities to win this Test and level the series".

Karunaratne and wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella made up for the loss of Chandimal with an 88-run partnership, during which Dickwella brought up his fifty.

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Angelo Mathews missed the first Test, has now been ruled out of the second in spite of his injury. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed was a picture of bewilderment.

However, he was on his way back to the pavilion shortly after as he was caught behind off the bowling of Mohammad Abbas for 52 off 53 deliveries, which included five boundaries.

As if that was not enough, Karunaratne put on 59 for the sixth wicket with Dilruwan Perera, who scored a polished 58.

Amir left the field in the afternoon session due to a shin injury that will prevent the paceman from bowling in the second innings and keep him out of the one-day worldwide series. However, the left-armer could only manage three more overs before the pain flared up again.

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