Yasir Shah is one short of 50 Test wickets © AFP
Yasir Shah is one short of 50 Test wickets © AFP

Sri Lanka batsmen stumbled as they played some poor shots bringing the match to even stevens despite Angelo Mathews‘s half-century. Sri Lanka were 231 for the loss of six wickets at tea against Pakistan on Day Two of second Test at P Sara Oval, Colombo. Live Blog Updates: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Day 2

Sri Lanka lost Kaushal Silva after a miscommunication led to the run out of the set batsman. He was dismissed for 80. Dinesh Chandimal soon joined Mathews in the middle. However, a bad shot selection and Yasir Shah struck again as he bowled the Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman for 1. Kithuruwan Vithanage was bowled too by Yasir Shah when the former tried to reverse sweep. Mathews was seen shaking his head in disbelief. Live Cricket Scorecard: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 2nd Test at Colombo, Day 2

All in all, the match was evenly poised at tea. Mathews was out out on 57 with Dhammika Prasad not out on 13. Prasad was also involved in a leg before wicket appeal. However, on-field umpire S Ravi went against the appeal. Misbah-ul-Haq decided to go upstairs. But, the reviews showed slight inside edge. Wahab Riaz ruled out of Sri Lanka Test series due to hairline fracture

There were thick clouds over the ground hovering at tea as rain continues to pose a threat.

Earlier, Kaushal Silva continued to torment Pakistan’s bowlers as he helped Sri Lanka take the lead on the second day of the second Test in Colombo on Friday. Silva, who hit a century in the first Test at Galle, was unbeaten on 64 as the hosts went to lunch on 147-3 in their first innings in reply to Pakistan’s 138.

Skipper Angelo Mathews was the other batsman at the crease on 11, with his team ahead by nine runs and seven wickets in hand on a hard, bouncy pitch at the P. Sara Oval.

Kumar Sangakkara, who resumed on 18 at the team’s overnight score of 70-1, moved to 34 when he attempted a big hit off left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar and was caught at long-on by Asad Shafiq. Sangakkara, 37, has still not responded to media speculation he is available for only the first two Tests against Pakistan and one against India in August before retiring.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah, whose seven-wicket haul in Sri Lanka’s second innings fashioned Pakistan’s 10-wicket victory in Galle, struck a further blow for the hosts. Yasir forced Lahiru Thirimanne (seven) to edge a catch to Azhar Ali at short-leg, reducing Sri Lanka to 119 for the loss of three. But Silva stayed solid at one end, hitting eight boundaries, to take his team past Pakistan’s modest total.

Brief scores:

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 80, Kumar Sangakkara 34, Angelo Mathews 53*; Yasir Shah 3 for 68) by 9 runs.

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