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Aug 15, 2014
Pakistan pacers struck crucial blows in the last session to leave Sri Lanka down to 261 for eight at stumps on Day One of the second Test at Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC), Colombo on Friday. The Lankans started off solidly with a 79-run opening stand but ended the day poorly losing their main batsmen cheaply. Pacers Wahab Riaz and Junaid Khan were the strike bowlers. It was Junaid who helped Pakistan gain momentum with two wickets in an over with the new ball.
But there was no reason for panic as the pitch wasn’t playing tricks. It was a fighting innings from Upul Tharanga (92) under pressure which held the innings together. He went to get his fifth Test fifty and looked on course for a ton. But to his bad luck a neatly timed flick stuck straight in to Azhar Ali at shortleg. Angelo Mathews and Niroshan Dickwella steadied the innings for a while before Junaid Khan with the new ball removed Dickwella for 24 and Dilruwan Perera for duck. Those wickets had given Pakistan the edge on what was termed as a flat deck. Things only got better for Pakistan when Riaz removed Angelo Mathews for 39.
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