Pakistan took control of the first Test against Sri Lanka after centuries from Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq helped them to a 123-run first innings lead—and counting—by stumps.
The hosts ended the day on 327-4 at the close of play, grinding their opponents down, and are on course for a match-winning lead.
Khan scored 136 before he was bowled by Shaminda Eranga, but Misbah continued to the close of play, unbeaten on 105.
Their partnership was worth 218 runs and dominated proceedings.
|Pakistan 1st Innings||SL 1st 204 all out|
|Khurram Manzoor||run out (Mathews/†HAPW Jayawardene)||21||57|
|Ahmed Shehzad||c Karunaratne b Eranga||38||83|
|Mohammad Hafeez||c Silva b Lakmal||11||18|
|Younis Khan||b Eranga||136||198|
|Asad Shafiq||not out||12||50|
|Extras||(lb 1, w 1, nb 2)||4|
|Total||(4 wickets; 109 overs)||327||(3.00 runs per over)|
Sri Lanka's day began quite well—resuming at 46-1, the tourists struck early, with Suranga Lakmal removing Mohammad Hafeez and Eranga accounting for Ahmed Shehzad. At 83-3, the game was still in the balance.
However, the two most experienced players in the Pakistan team blunted the Sri Lanka attack thereafter.
Particularly troubling for Sri Lanka will be the fruitless day of spinner Rangana Herath—he has sent down 31 overs in the innings already and has yet to take a wicket.
Day 3's brief for Pakistan will be simple: bat their way into total control. Asad Shafiq and the rest of the batting order will be expected to bat around their skipper, and a near-insurmountable lead will be theirs if they make it through to the tea interval.