Sri Lanka lose five late wickets but still hold 254-run lead over Pakistan

Sri Lanka lose five late wickets but still hold 254-run lead over Pakistan

Sri Lanka 482 and 34 for 5 (Mendis 8*) lead Pakistan 262 (Azhar 59, Sohail 56, Dilruwan 3-72, Herath 3-84) by 254 runs

Sri Lanka went to stumps with a 254-run lead over Pakistan after 15 wickets fell on a turbulent Day 3 of the second test. Sri Lanka bowled Pakistan out for 262 on Sunday but paid the price for not enforcing the follow-on. Wahab Riaz took 3-10 as the tourists finished the day on 34-5 in its second innings.

Mohammad Abbas had Sri Lanka opener Kaushal Silva caught behind for three before Riaz bowled Dimuth Karunaratne for seven and then gave wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed another catch to dismiss Sadeera Samarawickrama for 13.

Yasir Shah trapped Suranga Lakmal LBW for just one run and, in the next over, Riaz claimed captain Dinesh Chandimal for a duck. Earlier, Pakistan resumed on 51 without loss in the day-night match but were all out midway through the evening session.

Azhar Ali (59) and Haris Sohail (56) top-scored while Sri Lanka’s spin duo of Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera claimed three wickets apiece.

Seamers Lakmal (2-41) and Lahiru Gamage (2-38) shared the remaining wickets between them. Sri Lanka racked up 482 in their first innings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium as Karunaratne made a career-best 196.

Sri Lanka, surprise winners of the first Test in Abu Dhabi, can become the first team to beat Pakistan in a Test series in the United Arab Emirates if they don’t lose this second match.

Playing XI:

Pakistan: Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Nuwan Pradeep


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