Kaushal Silva's half-century keeps Sri Lanka on track against Pakistan at lunch in 2nd Test, Day 2
Sri Lanka lost two wickets in the morning session of Day Two of second Test.
Kaushal Silva is not out on xx © AFP
Kaushal Silva smashes his eighth Test half-century as Sri Lanka took nine runs lead against Pakistan despite losing couple of wickets on Day Two morning against Pakistan in the second Test at P Sara Oval, Colombo on Friday. After bowling Pakistan out for 138, Sri Lanka ended the first day at 70 for the loss of one wicket. At lunch on the second day, Sri Lanka were at 147 for the loss of three wickets. Live Blog Updates: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Day 2
Silva, who was batting on 21 at the end of the first day, succeeded his first Test's performance with a half-century. He was not out on 64 with Angelo Mathews, who was not out on 11. Live Cricket Scorecard: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 2nd Test at Colombo, Day 2
Sri Lanka lost Kumar Sangakkara to Zulfiqar Babar in the first session of the day. Sangakkara tried to loft one of the deliveries for a boundary, when Asad Shafiq ran back to complete a good catch at long on. Sangakkara left the field disappointed, as he was seen throwing his gloves near the boundary.
Lahiru Thirimanne joined Silva next. However, he did not last long at the crease as he was dismissed for 7. Azhar Ali, who dropped a few chances, juggled and took a catch at short leg, giving Yasir Shah his first wicket of the Test. Wahab Riaz ruled out of Sri Lanka Test series due to hairline fracture
Earlier, on Day One, Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to bat. Sri Lanka's off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal wreck havoc as he picked up five wickets and Dhammika Parsad joined in the party, picking up three wickets to bowl out Pakistan for 138. Sri Lanka lost only one wicket in return on first day. Junaid Khan picked up the sole wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne on Day One.
Pakistan were given more bad news, when it was reported that pacer Wahab Riaz was ruled out of the Test series after suffering a hairline fracture on his bowling hand during the ongoing second Test.
Pakistan 138 (Mohammad Hafeez 42, Azhar Ali 26; Dhammika Prasad 3 for 43, Tharindu Kaushal 5 for 42) trail Sri Lanka 147 for 3 (Kaushal Silva 64*, Kumar Sangakkara 34; Zulfiqar Babar 1 for 37, Yasir Shah 1 for 37) by 9 runs.
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