Sri Lanka were in backfoot at the start of Day 2 © AFP
Sri Lanka were in backfoot at the start of Day 2 © AFP

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Pakistan are in serious trouble as Sri Lanka need just one wicket to wrap things up. Here’s our Day 2 report

Live cricket score Pakistan 209/9 | Overs 64

BATTING: Sarfraz Ahmed 72 (94), Imran Khan 0 (6)

It’s stumps and Sri Lanka need just one wicket to secure a lead. Sarfraz Ahmedhas toiled well and will look to add more when play resumes on Day 3.

Live cricket score Pakistan 204/9 | Overs 61

BATTING: Sarfraz Ahmed 67 (80), Imran Khan 0 (1)

Play resumes after the break and Sri Lanka strike immediately as Rahat Ali is trapped in front off the bowling of Kaushal, who gets his second wicket. Sri Lanka need just another wicket.

Rahat Ali LBW b Kaushal 2 (11)

There will be two more overs bowled today as the covers are coming off at Pallekele

Live cricket score Pakistan 202/8 | Overs 59

BATTING: Sarfraz Ahmed 66 (75), Rahat Ali 2 (6)

Rain has stopped play once again with Pakistan still trailing Sri Lanka by 76 runs. Yasir Shah has been dismissed after he provided Sarfraz with some excellent support on their way to a 45-run stand for the 7th wicket.

Yasir Shah c Chandimal b Prasad 18 (37)

Live cricket score Pakistan 180/7 | Overs 54

BATTING: Sarfraz Ahmed 53 (59), Yasir Shah 11 (29)

Wicket keeper Sarfraz Ahmed gets to his seventh fifty as he is the last hope in the Pakistani batting line-up, who can get them to a decent position from here. He is being well supported by Yasir Shah at the moment and will look to build a good partnership with him.

Live cricket score Pakistan 156/7 | Overs 47

BATTING: Sarfraz Ahmed 38 (43), Yasir Shah 2 (3)

Pakistan going through a bit of collapse here. They first lost skipper Misbah for six and then they lost Ehsan Adil off the first delivery. Sarfraz Ahmed is the only hope for Pakistan.

Misbah-ul-Haq LBW b Pradeep 6 (17), Ehsan Adil LBW b Kaushal 0 (1)

Live cricket score Pakistan 150/4 | Overs 44

BATTING: Sarfraz Ahmed 35 (34), Misbah-ul-Haq 6 (12)

Pakistan bring up their 150 but they loose their star batsman Azhar Ali off the bowling of Nuwan Pradeep. Skipper Misbah walks out to the crease. Sarfraz Ahmed is batting well.

Azhar Ali c Karunaratne b Pradeep 52 (96)

Live cricket score Pakistan 120/4 | Overs 38

BATTING: Azhar Ali 49 (86), Sarfraz Ahmed 15 (20)

Dhammika Prasad seems to have taken the edge, the entire Sri Lankan side goes up with the bowler. But the batsman calls for the review immediately. That certainly does not look out. Azhar Ali survives. But it was a good ball regardless.


Tea has been taken at Pallekele. Pakistan will resume their innings after the break at 117 for 4, with Azhar Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed at the crease. Here’s our tea report.

 


Live cricket score Pakistan 117/4 | Overs 36

BATTING: Azhar Ali 47 (75), Sarfraz Ahmed 14 (19)

Rain has stopped play once again and it is highly likely that tea will be taken a little early. There is still no signs of skipper Misbah and by the looks of it the groin injury could be serious.

Live cricket score Pakistan 102/4 | Overs 33

BATTING: Azhar Ali 40 (68), Sarfraz Ahmed 6 (8)

Play resumes after lunch and Sri Lanka strike immediately as Asad Shafiq is out LBW off the bowling of Dhammika Prasad. Pakistan bring up their 100, bt still have some way to go before they wipe off this deficit.

Asad Shafiq LBW b Prasad 15 (38)

Live cricket score Pakistan 88/3 | Overs 30.3

BATTING: Azhar Ali 33 (63), Asad Shafiq 14 (36)

Rain stops play temporarily but it looks like there is a heavy breeze, which might just clear the clouds and play might resume soon. Pakisdtan have managed to recover well after lunch.

 

Live cricket score Pakistan 79/3 | Overs 25

BATTING: Azhar Ali 31 (45), Asad Shafiq 8 (20)

In a surprising move, Asad Shafiq has been promoted in the batting order, ahead of Misbah-ul-Haq, who is apparently struggling with a groin strain. Pakistan have however begun well after lunch.

Live cricket score Pakistan 45/3 | Overs 18.2

BATTING: Azhar Ali 6 (24)

Oh no! Pakistan lose younis Khan just before lunch. The pressure was getting to him after a few quite overs from Sri Lanka. Younis looking for a quick single ran himself out after a direct throw at the non-striker’s end.

Younis Khan run out 3 (24)

Live cricket score Pakistan 41/2 | Overs 14

BATTING: Azhar Ali 4 (15), Younis Khan 1 (7)

Pakistan have lost their other opener as well. Shehzad was looking to leave the ball outside off but got the outside edge and went straight to the wicketkeeper. Nuwan Pradeep gets a wicket off his very first over.

Ahmed Shehzad  c Chandimal b Pradeep 21 (29)

Live cricket score Pakistan 36/1 | Overs 9

BATTING: Ahmed Shehzad  17 (20), Azhar Ali 4 (1)

Pakistan lose a wicket after getting off to a decent start aas Shan Masood is trapped in front after Prasad bowls a full delivery on his leg. Masood takes a review but the original decision of the umpire stood.

Shan Masood LBW b Prasad 13 (24)

Live cricket score Pakistan 18/0 | Overs 6

BATTING: Shan Masood 13 (24), Ahmed Shehzad 4 (12)

Pakistan have made a steady start as openers have managed to get a series of boundaries to make them feel a bit comfortable against a hostile Sri Lankan bowling attack. Sri Lanka, in fact used a review for caught down the leg side off Shan Masood, but unsuccessful.

Live cricket score Pakistan 4/0 | Overs 2

BATTING: Shan Masood 3 (12), Ahmed Shehzad 0 (0)

Pakistan get their innings underway as they look to wipe out the deficit as soon as possible. They will look to make a positive start.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 278 | Overs 89.5

BATTING: Suranga Lakmal 6 (20)

Pakistan successfully amanage to wrap things up early with Rahat Ali and Yasir Shah picking up five wickets yet again. Sri Lankan tail fails to wag.

OUT! Tharindu Kaushal LBW b Rahat 18 (37), Nuwan Pradeep LBW b Yasir 0 (2)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 277/8 | Overs 88

BATTING: Tharindu Kaushal 18 (31), Suranga Lakmal 5 (17)

Pakistan looking to get rid of the last two wickets as early as they can but the tail seems to be offering some resistance at the moment. Sri Lanka will want to get past the 300-run mark.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Sri Lanka vs Pakistan third Test at Pallekele. I am Pramod Ananth and I will be bringing all the updates from the Day 2 of this match here. Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne hit a century amid another rich haul by Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah as the decisive third and final Test began on a rousing note in Pallekele on Friday. READ: Yasir Shah’s four-wicket haul reduces Sri Lanka to 272 for 8

The hosts, sent in to bat after Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq won the toss for the third time in a row, stuttered to 272-8 in their first innings by stumps on the opening day. Left-handed Karunaratne anchored the innings with a dogged 130, his second Test century following the 152 against New Zealand in Christchurch last December. READ: Yasir Shah’s good run gives Pakistan’s spin department much needed boost

Yasir ended the day with four for 77, taking his tally in the series to 21 wickets, the most by a Pakistani bowler in a three-Test rubber in Sri Lanka.He enabled Pakistan to keep the runs in check despite conditions favouring the batsmen on the evenly-paced pitch after the initial moisture on the wicket had dried up under the hot sun. The series is locked 1-1, with Pakistan having won the first Test by 10 wickets before Sri Lanka drew level with a seven-wicket victory in the second match, AFP reported. READ: Sri Lanka predictably stutter without Kumar Sangakkara

Playing XI:

Sri Lanka: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Ahmed Shehzad, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Ehsan Adil, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan.

Pakistan: Angelo Mathews (c) Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne, , DineshChandimal, Jehan Mubarak, Dhammika Prasad, Tharindu Kaushal, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep.

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