Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan, 2nd Test: Day 3 Highlights, Scorecard and Report

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Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan, 2nd Test: Day 3 Highlights, Scorecard and Report
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Pakistan failed to take advantage of Sri Lanka’s 320 first innings on Saturday, posting 332 to keep the second Test wide open in Colombo.

The hosts went on to rack up 177-for-2 at stumps to round off Day 3, but it’s Rangana Herath who’ll be stealing the headlines after a phenomenal bowling display.

Eranga Jayawardena/Associated Press

The Sri Lankan spinner produced a remarkable 9-for-127 haul as he worked his way through the Pakistan order, demonstrating exactly why he’s one of the most feared spin bowlers in the game.

Here’s a look at the scorecard from another exciting day of Test cricket in Sri Lanka:

Pakistan First Innings: 332
Batsmen Dismissal Bowler Runs Balls Fours Sixes
Tharanga c Azhar Ali b Riaz 92 179 12 0
K Silva c Sarfraz Ahmed b Junaid Khan 41 106 6 0
Sangakkara b Riaz 22 45 2 0
M Jayawardene lbw b Ajmal 4 16 0 0
Mathews c Sarfraz Ahmed b Riaz 39 86 3 0
Thirimanne c Sarfraz Ahmed b Junaid Khan 20 50 2 0
Dickwella lbw b Junaid Khan 24 27 2 0
D Perera lbw b Junaid Khan 0 3 0 0
Prasad lbw b Junaid Khan 13 34 2 0
Herath c Y Khan b Rehman 17 27 2 0
Welegedara not out 27 30 5 0

BBC Sport

Sri Lanka Second Innings: 177-2 (63 overs) & 320
Batsmen Dismissal Bowler Runs Balls Fours Sixes
Tharanga b Rehman 45 63 5 0
K Silva c Y Khan b Rehman 17 72 1 0
Sangakkara not out 54 121 4 0
M Jayawardene not out 49 123 7 0

BBC Sport

Herath Into the Record Books

Eranga Jayawardena/Associated Press

While it’s easy to say that Pakistan’s batsmen didn’t perform on Saturday, there was nothing they could do about the brilliance of Herath.

As BBC Sport revealed, his 9-for-127 figures were the best recorded in Test cricket for 12 years, but the record gets a little better than that according to ESPNcricinfo:

The surface in Colombo was generous, sure, but the way that Herath got the ball moving was exemplary, limiting Pakistan to 332 almost single-handedly.

Pakistan looked like enduring a day to forget on Saturday with their front order struggling to make any real impact on the Test, but Sarfraz Ahmed came to the rescue.

The Pakistan wicketkeeper notched his maiden Test century on Day 3 with an impressive 103, rounding it off with a huge six to take him over the line.

His innings was over pretty soon afterward when Herath struck once again, but the damage to the scorecard was well and truly done.

Pakistan fans would have been fearing the worst with their openers struggling, but Ahmed put an end to the poor form of the tail-order batsmen—as OptaJim revealed:

Ahmed’s expertise at the crease was a rare highlight for Pakistan, and their misery continued as Sri Lanka began their second innings.

Though Sri Lankan openers Upul Tharanga and Kaushal Silva were dismissed for 45 and 17 respectively, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene then produced an excellent display to give the hosts an advantage.

Eranga Jayawardena/Associated Press

The pair notched up 103 runs between them on Saturday, giving the Sri Lankans a great platform from which to build on Day 4.

The hosts’ lead currently stands at 165, but if they can find a way to get close to the 400 mark then the second Test could well be in the bag come Day 5.

Pakistan haven’t looked themselves with the bat across the series so far, and if Herath keeps up his stunning form, the visitors luck won’t be changing any time soon.

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