In the second Test, Sri Lanka’s spin attack, led by Ramesh Mendis, made it difficult for Pakistan to respond to the hosts’ total of 378 on Monday. Unfortunately, they were unable to reach a score of 191-7. Despite their efforts, the tourists were still 187 runs down in their first innings at Galle after the day’s play. Thus, visitors lead the two-game series 1-0 after one match. While Agha Salman made his first Test half-century, Prabath Jayasuriya’s left-arm spin took him for 62 just before the close of play. Salman, a right-handed batter, was caught at slip by a drifting ball from Jayasuriya. Read out complete details about Pak vs SL and the 2nd day of Test down below with us!
Pak vs SL | 2nd day of Test
Salman made his debut in the most recent game. He put on 46 runs with Yasir Shah, who was on 13, to help Pakistan recover from a score of 145-6. Also Pakistan’s middle order was shaken by Ramesh’s off-spin bowling on a pitch that was predicted to change more on day three. After Abdullah Shafique, their first-match hero, was dismissed for zero runs. Plus skipper Babar Azam was dismissed for sixteen, Pakistan struggled to form partnerships. It was a twisting delivery from Jayasuriya, who had already taken 21 wickets in the first two Tests, that sent Azam to the crease. As Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Rizwan battled in vain to resuscitate the innings, Dhananjaya de Silva took advantage of his off-break to dismiss the Pakistani opener.
Due to a back injury, Dimuth Karunaratne did not play in Pakistan’s innings. In his absence, De Silva has been named captain. Despite Rizwan’s best efforts, he was caught lbw by Ramesh for 24. Replays proved that the ball would have hit the batsman’s leg stump regardless of the wicketkeeper’s review. Shafique, Pakistan’s first hitter, was bowled by Asitha Fernando after he inside-edged a ball into his stumps. For his efforts in the first Test, they won the game with 260 runs. All-rounder Salman held the spinners at bay. Only till he was bowled out in Sri Lanka’s innings, despite the loss of wickets.
In his six overs, he failed to pick up a wicket. Angelo Mathews made his 100th Test appearance for Sri Lanka with a score of 315-6. Niroshan Dickwella, the overnight batsman, had scored 51 runs. Also Ramesh, the ninth-place batsman, had contributed 35 runs. Naseem Shah. Plus, Yasir got three wickets apiece in the opening session to put a stop to Sri Lanka’s innings.