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

Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2014

Pakistan's Khurram Manzoor leaves the pitch after being dismissed as Sri Lankan cricketers celebrate during the second day of the second test cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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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
BatsmenDismissalBowlerRunsBallsFoursSixes
Tharangac Azhar Alib Riaz92179120
K Silvac Sarfraz Ahmedb Junaid Khan4110660
Sangakkarab Riaz224520
M Jayawardenelbwb Ajmal41600
Mathewsc Sarfraz Ahmedb Riaz398630
Thirimannec Sarfraz Ahmedb Junaid Khan205020
Dickwellalbwb Junaid Khan242720
D Pereralbwb Junaid Khan0300
Prasadlbwb Junaid Khan133420
Herathc Y Khanb Rehman172720
Welegedaranot out273050
BBC Sport
Sri Lanka Second Innings: 177-2 (63 overs) & 320
BatsmenDismissalBowlerRunsBallsFoursSixes
Tharangab Rehman456350
K Silvac Y Khanb Rehman177210
Sangakkaranot out5412140
M Jayawardenenot out4912370
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.