Ramesh Mendis led an inspired spin attack in Sri Lanka to leave Pakistan in trouble at 191-7 in response to the hosts’ 378 on day two of Monday’s second test. The tourists, who led the two-game series 1-0, ended the day 187 runs behind Sri Lanka in their first innings in Galle. Agha Salman withstood the bowling attack with his first Test fifty, but fell to Prabath Jayasuriya’s left arm for 62 in the closing moments of the game before stumps was called.
Jayasuriya got Salman caught slipping with a bum coming into the right-handed batsman.
Salman, who made his debut in the previous game, scored 46 runs with Yasir Shah and batted in 13 to lift Pakistan from 145-6.
Ramesh rocked Pakistan’s middle class with his off-spin bowling on a field that was expected to spin more from day three.
Pakistan faced a lack of partnerships after losing first match hero Abdullah Shafique to a duck and skipper Babar Azam for 16 either side of the lunch break.
Jayasuriya, who took 21 wickets in his first two Tests, threw Azam on a spinning delivery that crashed the edge of the danger man’s bat onto the stumps.
Imam-ul-Haq tried to rebuild the innings with Mohammad Rizwan, but Dhananjaya de Silva broke through with his off-spin to send Imam back at 32.
De Silva takes over as captain in place of Dimuth Karunaratne, who did not enter the field in the Pakistani innings due to back pain.
Rizwan hit a few boundaries to counter-attack, but Ramesh held him lbw for 24 and a review didn’t help the wicketkeeper batsman, with reps showing the ball would have hit the leg stump.
Pakistan had lost opener Shafique, who hit a match-winning 260 in the first Test, when he punched a delivery from Asitha Fernando on his stumps.
Wickets continued to tumble, but all-rounder Salman, who went wicketless in his six overs in the Sri Lankan innings, played the spinners up front until his departure.
Sri Lanka had resumed the day at 315-6 in former captain Angelo Mathews’ historic 100th Test, with nighttime batsman Niroshan Dickwella making 51 and a useful 35 cameo by Ramesh at number nine.
Fast bowler Naseem Shah and leg spinner Yasir each claimed three wickets to end Sri Lanka’s innings in the first session.
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