Ramesh Mendis led an impressed Sri Lanka spin assault to depart Pakistan in hassle at 191-7 in reply to the hosts’ 378 on day two of the second Check on Monday.
The vacationers, who lead the two-match sequence 1-Zero, ended the day nonetheless trailing Sri Lanka by 187 runs of their first innings at Galle.
Agha Salman resisted the bowling assault together with his maiden Check 50 however fell to Prabath Jayasuriya’s left-arm spin for 62 within the remaining moments of play earlier than stumps was referred to as.
Jayasuriya acquired Salman caught at slip with a drifter coming into the right-handed batsman.
Salman, who made his debut within the earlier match, placed on 46 runs with Yasir Shah, batting on 13, to raise Pakistan from 145-6.
Ramesh rattled Pakistan’s middle-order together with his off-spin bowling on a pitch anticipated to show extra from day three onwards.
Pakistan suffered from a scarcity of partnerships after dropping first-match hero Abdullah Shafique for a duck and skipper Babar Azam for 16 on both facet of the lunch break.
Jayasuriya, who took 21 wickets in his first two Checks, bowled Azam on a turning supply that acquired the sting of the dangerman’s bat to crash onto the stumps.
Imam-ul-Haq tried to rebuild the innings with Mohammad Rizwan however Dhananjaya de Silva broke via together with his off-spin to ship again Imam on 32.
De Silva is standing in as captain instead of Dimuth Karunaratne, who didn’t take the sphere within the Pakistan innings due to again ache.
Rizwan hit a number of boundaries to counterattack however Ramesh trapped him lbw for 24 and a evaluation didn’t assist the wicketkeeper-batsman, with replays exhibiting the ball would have hit leg stump.
Pakistan had misplaced opener Shafique, who hit a match-winning 260 within the first Check when he inside-edged a supply from Asitha Fernando onto his stumps.
Wickets stored tumbling however all-rounder Salman, who went wicketless in his six overs in Sri Lanka’s innings, performed the spinners on the entrance foot till his departure.
Sri Lanka had resumed the day on 315-6 in former captain Angelo Mathews’ landmark 100th Check, with in a single day batsman Niroshan Dickwella making 51 and a helpful cameo of 35 by Ramesh at quantity 9.
Quick bowler Naseem Shah and leg-spinner Yasir claimed three wickets every to finish Sri Lanka’s innings within the first session