Sri Lanka: 482/10 (Karunaratne 196; Yasir 6/184)
Pakistan: 51/0 (Sami 30*)
The 2nd test between two sub-continental superpowers Pakistan & Sri Lanka is finely poised after a relatively even 2nd day. Sri Lanka added a further 228 to their overnight score of 254 for 3 before being bowled out for a total of 482. The undoubted star of the Sri Lankan batting was opener Dimuth Karunaratne who sadly fell 4 short of a memorable double ton. As for Pakistan, it was once again the’ usual suspect’ Yasir Shah who picked up 6 for 184 to restrict the Lankans within 500. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal, keeper Niroshan Dickwella& tail ender Dilruwan Perera’s fifties were pretty handy as well.
Even though he went off with a shin injury late in day one, Mohammad Amir was given the all clear to bowl on second day but the pacer could only manage three overs before going off again. As per reports, he’s now set to miss the ODI series against the Lankans.
Pakistan openers Shaan Masood& Sami Aslam added a fifty run opening partnership. But the last session had plenty of draam to offer. Once Masood totally sold Sami a dummy when the latter was stranded in the middle of pitch. Lucking for Sami, Chandimal missed the stumps. Masood can call himself extremely lucky when Sri Lanka decided not to review an LBW decision for him, having already lost a review. The replay showed, the ball was indeed hitting most of the stumps. With the test now a matter of fine margins, let’s see whether Masood can capitalize on that ‘second life’ or not.