Kaushal Silva narrowly missed a lass hundred on day dual in Abu Dhabi, though Mahela Jayawardene emphasised a value of Silva’s 95, that he pronounced was as good as a ton. Silva fake a 139-run fourth-wicket mount with Jayawardene to assistance connect a advantage Sri Lanka’s quick bowlers had warranted on day one, and had been a some-more smooth partner during their association.
Silva had also strike 81 in Abu Dhabi – his initial Test given 2011 – as he stepped into a opener’s purpose done empty by Tillakaratne Dilshan. Silva has been a middle-order batsman for his first-class side, though Jayawardene lauded a work-ethic that has bred his success in a new position.
“Kaushal was hapless to skip a hundred,” Jayawardene said. “The small man is batting unequivocally well. I’m unequivocally unapproachable of him. He’s a clubmate of cave and he works unequivocally tough during his game. Good to see that he has shown a same kind of joining during this turn and he entirely deserves what he has got. Two good knocks, though nonetheless he didn’t get a hundred, today’s hit was as good as a hundred. He batted by a vigour situations and carried a group in that time. He’s utterly informed removing large scores so I’m certain once he gets one he’ll continue to get a few some-more for us.”
Pakistan had usually done 165 in a initial innings, though Jayawardene assimilated Silva in a moving period, after Sri Lanka’s third wicket had depressed for 88. The span scored during usually 2.4 runs per over in a initial 30 overs of their stand, as Pakistan bowled with discipline.
“There was a bit of vigour early on when we was batting with Kaushal. We talked and spoke of batting long, since a longer we batted and a some-more sleepy a bowlers got, a improved chances we had of removing in a game.”
Jayawardene pronounced a representation also still acted problems for batsmen, notwithstanding usually 3 wickets carrying depressed on day two. Sri Lanka finished a day 153 runs ahead, with 6 first-innings wickets still in hand.
“A initial day wicket should have a small bit in it, and we were advantageous adequate to win a toss and get a initial use out of that. If we see, a new round is still doing a bit. It’s a wicket that we don’t feel that you’re set all a time. There’s a small bit of spin for Saeed Ajmal as well. We had to unequivocally quarrel hard. Batting opposite Pakistan was not easy – they were not giving us easy runs. They bowled good in rags and we had to float that through.”
Batting with 3 stitches after bursting a webbing between dual fingers on his left palm on a initial day, Jayawardene suggested since he had come in during No. 5 – one place reduce than his normal position.
“Last night, Dinesh Chandimal had been prepared to bat during No. 4, so we didn’t wish to change that too most this morning. we had already motionless we would bat possibly 4 or 5 and not lower, since with my injury, we can’t go for too many large shots and that doesn’t assistance when we have to bat with a tail.”