Sri Lanka 318 for 4 (Mahela 106*, Silva 95) lead Pakistan 165 (Manzoor 73, Pradeep 3-62, Herath 3-26) by 153 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Mahela Jayawardene and Kaushal Silva did not put on a uncover – there weren’t many people during a track to perform anyway – yet their practice in restraint, self-preservation and light accumulation was accurately what Sri Lanka indispensable to connect a advantage warranted by their discerning bowlers on a initial day. Silva fell 5 brief of a lass century and Jayawardene left his high shots on a shelf until a final session, when he was his common hard-to-contain self and reached his initial hundred in 10 Tests to give Sri Lanka a clever possibility of a array lead.
Pakistan’s discerning bowlers did not error too most in their line and length, yet a sizeable join transformation that had played a distinguished purpose in undoing their batsmen was nowhere to be seen on a second day. Saeed Ajmal operated with parsimony, yet Pakistan indispensable incisiveness to urge their sum of 165, and his spell of 27-9-45-0 extended his wicket drought to 76 overs. Sri Lanka had mislaid dual batsmen to impolitic shots early in a initial event to trip to 88 for 3, yet Silva and Mahela practical themselves to furnish a 139-run mount that spanned 51.2 overs and finished usually after tea.
Mahela’s gait was Sri Lanka’s gait today. He scored 19 off 49 balls in a initial session; Sri Lanka done 75. Between lunch and tea, Mahela combined 31 off 85; Sri Lanka’s sum grew by 83. And in a final session, opposite a second new ball, Mahela took 56 off 96 to assistance Sri Lanka measure 103. The separate webbing he had suffered while fielding during trip did not seem to impede him and Mahela got to his century late in a day by block slicing Bilawal Bhatti, a debutant who had discharged him twice in a Abu Dhabi Test, to a boundary.
The gains Sri Lanka done after tea were a outcome wearing Pakistan down over a initial dual sessions. The consecutive 91-run mount for a fifth wicket between Mahela and Angelo Mathews would not have happened had Sarfaraz Ahmed not forsaken a Sri Lanka captain on 5, diving to his right with one palm when he could have got to a round with both. Mathews scored briskly after that, finishing a day on 42 during a strike rate of 50.
Their position during stumps – 318 for 4 and forward by 153 – was as good as Sri Lanka could have approaching when they began a day on 57 for 1. But they so scarcely tripped. After 3 early boundaries, Kumar Sangakkara leaned opposite to crack a smoothness that pointed into him from Rahat Ali and fell over to be lbw. Dinesh Chandimal came in forward of Mahela yet did not bat with a restraint that had helped Sri Lanka save a initial Test. Junaid Khan sent down a bouncer that was above eye level, Chandimal bending instinctively and was held by Rahat during prolonged leg. He had been discharged in accurately a same conform in a second innings in Abu Dhabi.
Unlike Pakistan, however, Sri Lanka’s event finished there. Silva and Mahela shielded competently and left good outward off, while also putting divided lax balls. Mahela played a shot of a morning when he got down on one knee and slog-swept Ajmal to a midwicket boundary. Those were a usually runs Ajmal conceded in his initial 5 overs and his day got usually worse.
Early in a second session, Silva pulled Ajmal to a range to pierce adult his fifty off 133 balls. The afternoon, however, contained a few moments of doubt for Sri Lanka. An uppish crack from Silva fell usually brief of Khurram Manzoor during block leg, Mahela was beaten by a peculiar doosra from Ajmal and afterwards successfully overturned an lbw preference opposite Rahat since a round had pitched marginally outward leg stump.
Those deliveries were noted since there were so few of them and shortly Silva cut and gathering Rahat for dual bounds in 3 deliveries to pierce into a 70s. Shortly before a tea mangle though, Misbah-ul-Haq gave Mohammad Hafeez a play for a initial time and Mahela took a risk. He charged and attempted to loft down a belligerent and Pakistan watched as a mis-hit fell agonisingly out of strech of a fielder using behind from long-on.
It was Hafeez who denied Silva his hundred shortly after tea, when a opener swept and was strike on a pad and given lbw. He chose to review, maybe since he was so tighten to a vital landmark, yet replays reliable a umpire’s decision. Hafeez had struck in his fourth over, while Ajmal had been wicketless all day.
Sri Lanka’s lead was usually 65 when Silva fell, and given a prolonged tail, Pakistan had a possibility to extent repairs if they took a integrate of discerning wickets. Rahat drew a corner from Mathews, yet Sarfaraz grassed a ball. There were no some-more opportunities for Misbah’s men.