By the end of the third day, in the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the latter saw signs of hope. It was Wahab Riaz, the fast bowler, who ran pass the others two tackle with the Sri Lanka menace. In the second inning, Sri Lanka's top order was stricken with a complete wobble. The team lost five wickets in just 34 runs. So far, Wahab removed three wickets in the inning for 10 runs, a strong feat. Dimuth Karunaratne was tackled in 7 runs, Sadeera Samarawickrama was lost in 13, while Dinesh Chandimal ended with a duck, all being attacked by Riaz. It was not only Riaz who spearheaded the attack, Mohammed Amir also fired the line up with fiery deliveries.
However, the seconding inning wobble of Sri Lanka so far does not mean Pakistan is comfortable. Sri Lanka's bolstered first inning score still puts the game on their side. Sri Lanka scored 482 runs in the first inning. Pakistan batted average in their inning, remaining highly marginal compared to Sri Lanka's score. Even if the team lost 5 wickets, it is added 34 to the lead of 220 runs. Hence, by the end of third day Sri Lanka is on lead by 254 runs with five wickets at hand. Pakistan scored 262 runs in the inning they batted. It could not reach the follow-on mark remaining lagged by 21 runs in the inning. Sri Lanka bowlers dominated the inning leading to the collapse. Rangana Herath took three wickets and Dilruwan Perera finished with another three.
Pakistan players Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail were the top scorers. Ali had 59 and Sohail added 56. The players partnered for 71 runs in the middle order. After the stretch, once the players made the way to pavilion, the inning faced a slow meltdown with no further partnerships. Suranga Lakmal picked two wickets along with Lahiru Gamage, who removed other two.
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