SL vs PAK: The much anticipated two-match test series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan is currently underway. The hosts Sri Lanka gained command over the match at the end of Day 3 as they took a lead of 333 runs after finishing for 329/9 at Stumps.
Sri Lanka managed to score only 222 runs in the first innings but put up an impressive bowling performance on Day 2 to bundle up the visitors on 218 and grab a mere 4-run lead. Sri Lanka was 24/0 before the start of proceedings on Day 3.
Oshada Fernando and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne looked in fascinating touch as they stood strong at the crease on a sunny Monday morning. However, the captain was soon trapped to a fierce in-swinger of Mohammed Nawaz and dismissed for 16.
Kasun Rajitha came next but failed to make an impression as Mohammed Nawaz continued to shine. Caught in trouble, Sri Lanka’s woes were relieved by top-notch performances by Fernando (64) and Kusal Mendis (76).
The two batsmen added 91 runs for the third wicket and failed to survive the spin attack led by Yasir Shah. Pakistan continued to put enormous pressure on the hosts as there was a sluggish middle-order performance, similar to that of the first innings.
Apart from Dinesh Chandimal, who remains not out with a splendid knock of 86 runs, no other middle-order batsman contributed runs and stood strong alongside the in-form prodigy. Angelo Mathews was dismissed for 9 whereas Dhananjaya de Silva scored just 20 and wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella was able to add just 12 runs to the kitty.
For Pakistan, Mohammed Nawaz bowled brilliantly to register another five-wicket haul as he scalped 5/88. Yasir Shah joined the party as the bowler lost its shine and grabbed 3 wickets for 122 runs. Hasan Ali chipped in a wicket apiece.
Dinesh Chandimal and Prabhat Jayasuriya will kickstart the proceedings for Sri Lanka on Day 4. Pakistan will aim to get through the defences of the tailender and chase down a total of less than 350. Stay tuned with us for all the updates.
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