2nd Test: Sri Lanka eye big lead against Pakistan after Mendis all-round display | Cricket News

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Ramesh Mendis. (AFP photo)

COLUMBUS: Ramesh Mendi participated with a lower-order cameo and then took three wickets for 42 runs to put Sri Lanka on course for a significant first-innings lead against Pakistan on day two of the second Test at Galle on Monday.
Flying at number nine, Mendis contributed 35 in Sri Lanka’s 378 at the Galle International Stadium.
The off-spinner then came back to destroy Pakistan’s middle order and the tourists finished day two 191-7, still 187 behind.
Agha Salman led Pakistan’s fightback with a defiant 62 before being dismissed on the final delivery of the day.
Yasser Shah survived 61 bullets and an lbw decision against him which was overturned as his 13 not out.
Earlier, Pakistani fast bowler Naseem Shah and spinner Yasir split the last four Sri Lankan wickets after the hosts rebounded at 315-6.
Niroshan Dickwella hit 51 and Mendis proved he was no dud with the bat to frustrate Pakistan.
Pakistan stuttered early in their response as they lost Abdullah Shafique, whose unbeaten 160 secured their two-wicket win in the series opener on second ball innings.
Shafique dragged the ball over his stumps after a nasty elbow on a delivery from Asitha Fernando to be sent off for a duck.
Pakistani captain Babar Azam (16) went off the same way, trying to drive a delivery from Prabath Jayasuriya without reaching the ball court and creating an inside edge that crashed into his stumps.
Fly-half Imam-ul-Haq made it 32 before Dhananjaya de Silva broke through his defence.
Mohammad Rizwan and Fawad Alam, both 24, also got the starts but couldn’t convert them with Mendis trapping the two lbws.
Rizwan also wasted a review trying to overturn the lbw decision against him.
Mendis knocked out Mahammad Nawaz to reduce Pakistan to 145-6 but Salman refused to throw in the towel.
The right-hander hit four fours and a six but couldn’t survive the day and was trapped in Jayasuriya’s bowling slide.

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