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Karunaratne bats through discomfort, Sri Lanka leads in Galle
In the second test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan on Tuesday, Sri Lanka’s captain Dimuth Karunaratne kept going even though he was in pain. This helped Sri Lanka increase their lead to 323 runs. On the third day, Karunaratne was on 27 and Dhananjaya de Silva was on 30 when play was stopped because it was too dark. The hosts were 176-5 at the time.
Pakistan took four wickets, but a stand of 59 by Karunaratne. So de Silva put Sri Lanka in a good spot, even though Pakistan had a 147-run lead. Ramesh Mendis took 5-47 to bowl Pakistan out for 231 and give Sri Lanka a big lead. This was his third five-wicket haul in tests.
Yasir Shah and Hasan Ali worked hard in the first hour of play to stop Sri Lanka. After Hasan was out by Prabath Jayasuriya (3-80), Sri Lanka quickly got rid of the rest of Pakistan’s players, including Nauman Ali and Yasir, when Mendis was out. Yasir was the last person to be bowled, and during his 26-ball innings, he faced 97 balls. Sri Lanka put Niroshan Dickwella and Oshada Fernando in the middle of the order because they knew Karunaratne would only bat if he had to.
After Naseem Shah put Dickwella 15 points behind, the temporary solution did not work. Even though Yasir got rid of Oshada (19) with his first ball, Babar Azam dropped a catch to save Kusal Mendis and keep Yasir from getting a second wicket. Angelo Mathews was out for 35 when Karunaratne came out to bat, but Kusal couldn’t take advantage of it. Soon after the tea break, Naseem sent back Dinesh Chandimal, age 21, but de Silva and Karunaratne didn’t seem to care. A dramatic 342-run chase in the first match gave Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the two-match test series.