Chandimal powers Sri Lanka’s lead previous 300 in first Take a look at in opposition to Pakistan – SUCH TV

Purple-hot Dinesh Chandimal struck his second successive half-century to take Sri Lanka’s lead previous 300 and thwart the Pakistan assault on day three of the opening Take a look at on Monday.

The hosts have been 329 for 9 when unhealthy gentle stopped play for the day in Galle.

Chandimal, on 86, and Prabath Jayasuriya, on 4, have been batting at shut of play with Sri Lanka main by 333 of their second innings.

Mohammad Nawaz claimed his maiden five-wicket haul and mixed with fellow spinner Yasir Shah, who took three, to rattle the opposition middle-order within the second session.

However Chandimal, who struck blazing kind along with his maiden double century — 206 not out — in his group’s series-levelling Take a look at win over Australia final week, stood agency in one other lower-order present of defiance after the hosts slipped to 235-7.

He reached his fifty and placed on 41 runs with Maheesh Theekshana for the ninth wicket in a repeat efficiency from the hosts, who had hit again from 133-Eight to publish 222 of their first innings.

Earlier Kusal Mendis made 76 and opener Oshada Fernando scored 64 and placed on a key third-wicket stand of 91 to battle again after an early wicket within the morning session.

Oshada reached his sixth Take a look at fifty within the first session however fell to Yasir on the second ball after lunch.

Kusal raised his fifty and took on the opposition assault with a number of boundaries earlier than Yasir bowled him with an unplayable supply that pitched exterior leg and turned to hit the highest of off stump.

Nawaz, who’s making a Take a look at comeback after practically six years and enjoying his fourth five-day match, saved chipping away and obtained key wickets together with Angelo Mathews and Niroshan Dickwella.

He obtained nightwatchman Kasun Rajitha on the third ball of the day to set issues rolling for Pakistan, however the Sri Lankan batsmen saved coming again on a pitch that’s anticipated to supply extra flip to the spinners come day 4.

In a keenly contested match of tail-end fights, Pakistan had additionally hit again to publish 218, driving on skipper Babar Azam’s 119 as he batted along with his personal decrease order on day two.

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