Ramesh grabs three to put Sri Lanka on top in second Test


GALLE: Ramesh Mendis contributed with a lower request appearance and afterward guaranteed three wickets to put Sri Lanka on course for a critical first innings lead regardless of a battling 62 by Pakistan batsman Agha Salman on day two of the second Test in Galle on Monday.

Batting at number nine, Mendis contributed 35 in Sri Lanka’s 378 all out at the Galle International Stadium. The off-spinner then got back to wreck Pakistan’s center request and the vacationers, who lead the two-match series 1-0, finished the day on 191-7, still 187 behind in their most memorable innings.

Jayasuriya’s left-arm turn in the last snapshots of play before stumps was called. Jayasuriya got Salman captured at slip with a stray coming into the right-given batsman.

Yasir Shah endure 61 balls, and a lbw ruling against him that was switched, for his 13 not out.

Salman, who made his presentation in the past match, put on 46 runs with Yasir to lift Pakistan from 145-6. He expects the lower-request to fire come day three.

“It’s been my fantasy to play for Pakistan in Test match cricket,” Salman said. “Happy that I had the option to score 50 years in my subsequent game. Disheartened that I was unable to see through today.

“The manner in which the association was going, we needed to see off the day and return tomorrow to begin once again, yet it’s cricket and it works out. It’s a still decent wicket to bat and we have a lot of hitters who are equipped for drawing us nearer to Sri Lanka’s aggregate.

“They were bowling great, honestly, and they were not giving runs, that is the reason they took the wickets. They were playing patient games and we coming up short on.”

Prior, Pakistan quick bowler Naseem Shah and spinner Yasir split the last four Sri Lankan wickets after the hosts had continued on 315-6 in previous commander Angelo Mathews’ milestone 100th Test.

Niroshan Dickwella struck 51 and Mendis demonstrated he was no failure with the bat to disappoint Pakistan. Naseem represented both short-term players — Dunith Wellalage (11) and Dickwella — while Mendis was the last man excused.

Dickwella, who began the day on 42, hit six fours and one six in his 54-ball thump and accepts the contribute will improve for players time for their subsequent innings.

“Our bowlers bowled all around well and that is the reason we had the option to get to seven wickets today,” he told correspondents. “Tomorrow it will be a decent wicket to bat.”

Pakistan faltered from the get-go in their answer losing Abdullah Shafique, whose unbeaten 160 had gotten their triumph in the series opener, to the second wad of the innings.

Abdullah hauled the ball onto his stumps after a monstrous jab at an Asitha Fernando conveyance to be excused for a duck.

Pakistan commander Babar Azam (16) left likewise, attempting to drive a Prabath Jayasuriya conveyance without getting to the pitch of the ball and making an inside edge that crashed onto his stumps.

Opener Imam-ul-Haq endeavored to revamp the innings with Mohammad Rizwan however Dhananjaya de Silva got through with his off-twist to send him back on 32.

Mohammad Rizwan and Fawad Alam, both made 24, likewise got the beginnings yet couldn’t change over them with Mendis catching both lbw.

Rizwan likewise squandered a survey attempting to upset the lbw ruling against him.

Mendis eliminated Mahammad Nawaz for figures of 3-42 yet Salman would not call it quits. The right-hander hit four fours and a six and played the spinners on the front foot until his flight.

In the wake of being reprimanded for being not able to protect 342 runs in the principal Test, the Sri Lankan spinners fixed their lines and bowled to great lengths in their bid to even the series.

“We have played four consecutive games here and every one of the four wickets were different to one another,” Dickwella said. “I would agree that this is the best wicket to bat. It’s as yet a decent pitch to play.”

The author is a media student at the Central University of Kashmir and can be reached at wasimnabi89@gmail.com

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