Karunaratne was unbeaten at 171 before tea    AFP
Karunaratne was unbeaten at 171 before tea AFP

Dimuth Karunaratne registered the third 150-plus Test score of his career, in turn guiding Sri Lanka to a strong position with 355 for 4 on the board on Day 2 of the second Test against Pakistan. Karunaratne, unbeaten on 133 overnight, continued hammering the Pakistan bowlers and remained unbeaten at 171, just 16 runs away from registering his highest score in the format, as the two teams went for tea. At the other end, Niroshan Dickwella looks strong with a 47 not-out on the board and will resume batting as second session of the day begins.

Pakistan found success early in the session, as they removed the in-form Dinesh Chandimal soon after the batsman got to his half-century. However, it turned out to be the only success with the ball in the session as the pair of Karunaratne and Dickwella put up an unbeaten 73-run partnership afterwards which eased Sri Lanka’s way to a 350-plus score. This is the second-biggest partnership of the innings after the 146-run partnership that Karunaratne formed with Chandimal earlier. Overall, the session was fruitful for Sri Lanka as they scored 101 runs losing just a single wicket.

Mohammed Aamer was the only successful bowler in the session, picking up his first of the match. Yasir Shah, who got all the 3 wickets on the opening day, was unable to taste any success in the first session. However, he will be his side’s biggest hope moving forward as the track supports spinners more.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 355 for 4 (Dimuth Karunaratne 171*, Dinesh Chandimal 62, Niroshan Dickwella 47*; Yasir Shah 3 for 120) vs Pakistan.