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.
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.
|Shan Masood||b Vishwa Fernando||5||15||1||0||33.33|
|Abid Ali||lbw b Lahiru Kumara||38||66||7||1||57.58|
|Azhar Ali||b Vishwa Fernando||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Babar Azam||st Niroshan Dickwella b Lasith Embuldeniya||60||96||8||1||62.50|
|Asad Shafiq||c Vishwa Fernando b Lahiru Kumara||63||126||6||0||50.00|
|Haris Sohail||lbw b Lasith Embuldeniya||9||30||0||1||30.00|
|Mohammad Rizwan||b Lahiru Kumara||4||2||1||0||200.00|
|Yasir Shah||lbw b Lahiru Kumara||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Mohammad Abbas||c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lasith Embuldeniya||0||9||0||0||0.00|
|Shaheen Shah Afridi||c Angelo Mathews b Lasith Embuldeniya||5||9||1||0||55.56|
|Naseem Shah||not out||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|Extras||6 (b 4 , lb 2 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)|
|Total||191/10 (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,|
|Oshada Fernando||c Mohammad Rizwan b Shaheen Shah Afridi||4||19||0||0||21.05|
|Dimuth Karunaratne||b Mohammad Abbas||25||42||4||0||59.52|
|Kusal Mendis||c Haris Sohail b Mohammad Abbas||13||27||1||0||48.15|
|Angelo Mathews||c Mohammad Rizwan b Shaheen Shah Afridi||13||44||1||0||29.55|
|Lasith Embuldeniya||c Asad Shafiq b Mohammad Abbas||13||34||1||0||38.24|
|Dinesh Chandimal||c Shan Masood b Haris Sohail||74||143||10||0||51.75|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||c Mohammad Abbas b Shaheen Shah Afridi||32||56||2||1||57.14|
|Niroshan Dickwella||b Mohammad Abbas||21||35||3||0||60.00|
|Dilruwan Perera||lbw b Shaheen Shah Afridi||48||84||6||1||57.14|
|Vishwa Fernando||not out||5||32||0||0||15.62|
|Lahiru Kumara||b Shaheen Shah Afridi||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||23 (b 4 , lb 10 , nb 3, w 6, pen 0)|
|Total||271/10 (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 Afridi||26.5||5||77||5||2.91|
|Shan Masood||c Oshada Fernando b Lahiru Kumara||135||198||7||3||68.18|
|Abid Ali||lbw b Lahiru Kumara||174||281||21||1||61.92|
|Azhar Ali||st Niroshan Dickwella b Lasith Embuldeniya||118||157||13||0||75.16|
|Babar Azam||not out||100||131||8||1||76.34|
|Mohammad Rizwan||not out||21||19||2||0||110.53|
|Extras||7 (b 0 , lb 5 , nb 0, w 2, pen 0)|
|Total||555/3 (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,|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||7||0||19||0||2.71|
|Dimuth Karunaratne||c Mohammad Rizwan b Mohammad Abbas||16||28||2||0||57.14|
|Oshada Fernando||c Asad Shafiq b Yasir Shah||102||180||13||0||56.67|
|Kusal Mendis||c Babar Azam b Naseem Shah||0||4||0||0||0.00|
|Angelo Mathews||c Mohammad Rizwan b Shaheen Shah Afridi||19||33||1||0||57.58|
|Dinesh Chandimal||lbw b Naseem Shah||2||29||0||0||6.90|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||b Yasir Shah||0||8||0||0||0.00|
|Niroshan Dickwella||b Haris Sohail||65||76||11||0||85.53|
|Dilruwan Perera||c Mohammad Rizwan b Naseem Shah||5||8||1||0||62.50|
|Lasith Embuldeniya||c Mohammad Rizwan b Naseem Shah||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Vishwa Fernando||b Naseem Shah||0||9||0||0||0.00|
|Lahiru Kumara||not out||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||3 (b 0 , lb 3 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)|
|Total||212/10 (62.5 Overs, RR: 3.37)|
|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, 8-212 (60.2) Lasith Embuldeniya, 9-212 (61.5) Oshada Fernando, 10-212 (62.5) Vishwa Fernando,|
|Shaheen Shah Afridi||14||3||51||1||3.64|
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