Sri Lanka: 482/10 (Karunaratne 196; Yasir 6/184) & 34/5 (Wahab 3/10)
Pakistan: 262/10 (Azhar 59; Herath 3/84)
Just like the first test between Pakistan & Sri Lanka, the second one is also shaping up to be another thriller as Pakistan, after a belowpar batting performance, has Sri.Lanka reeling at 34 for 5 going into day 4. Wahab Riaz was on rampage mode as he picked up 3 scalps in just 3.3 overs. Wahab’s fellow pacer Mohammad Abbas & spin sensation Yasir Shah also chipped in with one wicket each, breaking the back of the Lankan top order with just 3 recognized batsmen left in shape of Kushal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella & Dilruwan Perera. After a mammoth first innings score of almost 500, Sri Lankan bowlers turned up the style as they restricted Pakistan to just 262.
Once again the ‘Lankan spin twins’ Rangana Herath & Dilruwan Perera were the main men for Chandimal’s side as both of them picked up 3 wickets each. Like the first test, Azhar Ali & Haris Sohail took charge of the poor batting display of he Pakistanis but even they departed after scoring half centuries whereas at least one of them needed to get into triple figures to abridge the already huge Sri Lankan lead. Hearth & Perera shared the wickets between them with pact Gamage chipping in with two as Pakistan kept on losing wickets in regular intervals. Pakistan managed to add a relatively low 208 in 72 overs to the overnight score of 50 for no loss.
With almost 15 overs left to play & Pakistan trailing by 220 runs, Chandimal decided against the follow on & sent his men to bat. But they lost opener Kaushal Silva as early as in the 2nd over. Wahab bowled the dangerous Karunaratne out with his very first delivery of the second innings. He then added to further scalps to his name before the day’s play came to an end. Although Sri Lanka seem struggling with 34 for 5, they still have the huge lead thanks to their bowlers. With two days left to play and the Lankans leading by 254 runs, expectations of another thriller in Dubai won’t be too unlikely.