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Mammoth opening stand blows Sri Lankan chances apart

Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan 2019 | 2nd Test – Day 3

Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan 2019

Sri Lankan bowlers were sent on a leather hunt today at the Karachi National Stadium in the 3rd day of the 2nd Test against Pakistan as the hosts amassed 338 runs losing just 2 wickets, batting the whole 90 overs allotted for the day. They ended the day on 395/2 batting in their 2nd innings with a lead of 315.

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After an encouraging start to their 2nd innings last evening, Pakistan continued to pile up on their overnight score of 57/0 with in-form opener Abid Ali leading the charge. Despite the Karachi wicket gradually transforming into a batting-friendly surface, Vishwa Fernando managed to find some swing, which he didn’t have yesterday, and was able to beat the batsman on quite a few occasions.

Abid then broke the shackles for Pakistan taking on the spinner, Lasith Embuldeniya from the other end and started off the run fest. With the little swing Sri Lanka experienced early on disappearing, both Abid and his struggling partner Shan Masood got going swiftly and took on the Lankan bowlers with ease.

Experienced Dilruwan Perera was the least threatening with no spin at all. His lengths weren’t satisfying and more often let the batsmen work the ball on the backfoot.

Sri Lanka’s best bowler of the day by far, Lahiru Kumara was introduced a bit late after both batsmen settled and were going well. Despite some short probing spells he too couldn’t tame the free flowing duo. His new ball partner, Fernando had very little to offer with the ball getting old.

The pair went past Pakistan’s highest opening stand in Tests against Sri Lanka which was 156 by Shahid Afridi and Wajahatullah Wasthi in 1999 in Lahore before lunch and went on to reach more milestones after lunch.

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The first hour of the middle session saw both batsmen reaching their centuries. This is the 2nd Test ton for both batsmen and incidentally their respective maiden Test centuries have also been against Sri Lanka.

As records kept coming, Sri Lanka were also left clueless on the field paving the way for them to try out various tactics. They tried bowling Embuldeniya over the wicket attacking the leg-stump of right-handed Abid, Dilruwan doing the same with left-handed Masood and Kumara trying out various lengths.

The long-awaited wicket finally came just before Tea when Masood hit a short ball off Kumara straight to Oshada Fernando at the square boundary for 135. Kumara almost had skipper Azhar Ali soon after Tea for 11 runs when he forced him to drop one to Oshada at short-leg, who unfortunately spilled it.

Abid was finally trapped LBW in the last hour of the day almost like how he was dismissed in the 1st innings, again by Kumara for 174. Pakistan then batted on to see off the day with Captain Azhar Ali reaching his first Test half-century since his century in December 2018 against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.


Sri Lanka
271/10 (85.5) & 212/7 (60)
191/10 (59.3) & 555/3 (131)
Shan Masood b Vishwa Fernando5151033.33
Abid Ali lbw b Lahiru Kumara38667157.58
Azhar Ali b Vishwa Fernando02000.00
Babar Azam st Niroshan Dickwella b Lasith Embuldeniya60968162.50
Asad Shafiq c Vishwa Fernando b Lahiru Kumara631266050.00
Haris Sohail lbw b Lasith Embuldeniya9300130.00
Mohammad Rizwan b Lahiru Kumara4210200.00
Yasir Shah lbw b Lahiru Kumara01000.00
Mohammad Abbas c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lasith Embuldeniya09000.00
Shaheen Shah Afridi c Angelo Mathews b Lasith Embuldeniya591055.56
Naseem Shah not out1100100.00
Extras6 (b 4 , lb 2 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total191/10 (59.3 Overs, RR: 3.21)
Fall of Wickets 1-10 (6.1) Shan Masood, 2-10 (6.3) Azhar Ali, 3-65 (20.3) Abid Ali, 4-127 (39.5) Babar Azam, 5-167 (51.5) Haris Sohail, 6-172 (52.2) Mohammad Rizwan, 7-172 (52.3) Yasir Shah, 8-179 (55.5) Mohammad Abbas, 9-185 (58.1) Asad Shafiq, 10-191 (59.3) Shaheen Shah Afridi,
Vishwa Fernando1333122.38
Lahiru Kumara1854942.72
Dimuth Karunaratne1011011.00
Lasith Embuldeniya20.337143.50
Dilruwan Perera702303.29
Oshada Fernando c Mohammad Rizwan b Shaheen Shah Afridi4190021.05
Dimuth Karunaratne b Mohammad Abbas25424059.52
Kusal Mendis c Haris Sohail b Mohammad Abbas13271048.15
Angelo Mathews c Mohammad Rizwan b Shaheen Shah Afridi13441029.55
Lasith Embuldeniya c Asad Shafiq b Mohammad Abbas13341038.24
Dinesh Chandimal c Shan Masood b Haris Sohail7414310051.75
Dhananjaya de Silva c Mohammad Abbas b Shaheen Shah Afridi32562157.14
Niroshan Dickwella b Mohammad Abbas21353060.00
Dilruwan Perera lbw b Shaheen Shah Afridi48846157.14
Vishwa Fernando not out5320015.62
Lahiru Kumara b Shaheen Shah Afridi02000.00
Extras23 (b 4 , lb 10 , nb 3, w 6, pen 0)
Total271/10 (85.5 Overs, RR: 3.16)
Fall of Wickets 1-28 (6.2) Oshada Fernando, 2-39 (12.2) Dimuth Karunaratne, 3-61 (16.2) Kusal Mendis, 4-78 (26.3) Lasith Embuldeniya, 5-80 (29.1) Angelo Mathews, 6-147 (47.3) Dhananjaya de Silva, 7-184 (58.6) Niroshan Dickwella, 8-235 (72.5) Dinesh Chandimal, 9-271 (85.3) Dilruwan Perera, 10-271 (85.5) Lahiru Kumara,
Shaheen Shah Afridi26.557752.91
Mohammad Abbas2795542.04
Naseem Shah1617104.44
Yasir Shah1304303.31
Haris Sohail301113.67
Shan Masood c Oshada Fernando b Lahiru Kumara1351987368.18
Abid Ali lbw b Lahiru Kumara17428121161.92
Azhar Ali st Niroshan Dickwella b Lasith Embuldeniya11815713075.16
Babar Azam not out1001318176.34
Mohammad Rizwan not out211920110.53
Extras7 (b 0 , lb 5 , nb 0, w 2, pen 0)
Total555/3 (131 Overs, RR: 4.24)
Fall of Wickets 1-278 (68.3) Shan Masood, 2-355 (90.1) Abid Ali, 3-503 (123.1) Azhar Ali,
Vishwa Fernando24210504.38
Lahiru Kumara29513924.79
Lasith Embuldeniya50419313.86
Dilruwan Perera2119404.48
Dhananjaya de Silva701902.71

Dimuth Karunaratne c Mohammad Rizwan b Mohammad Abbas16282057.14
Oshada Fernando not out10217513058.29
Kusal Mendis c Babar Azam b Naseem Shah04000.00
Angelo Mathews c Mohammad Rizwan b Shaheen Shah Afridi19331057.58
Dinesh Chandimal lbw b Naseem Shah229006.90
Dhananjaya de Silva b Yasir Shah08000.00
Niroshan Dickwella b Haris Sohail657611085.53
Dilruwan Perera c Mohammad Rizwan b Naseem Shah581062.50
Extras3 (b 0 , lb 3 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total212/7 (60 Overs, RR: 3.53)
Fall of Wickets 1-39 (9.4) Dimuth Karunaratne, 2-40 (10.3) Kusal Mendis, 3-70 (20.4) Angelo Mathews, 4-96 (30.1) Dinesh Chandimal, 5-97 (31.5) Dhananjaya de Silva, 6-201 (57.3) Niroshan Dickwella, 7-212 (60.1) Dilruwan Perera,
Shaheen Shah Afridi1435113.64
Mohammad Abbas1223312.75
Naseem Shah11.133132.79
Yasir Shah1928414.42
Haris Sohail401012.50

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