The hosts were 329 for nine when terrible light halted play for the day in Galle,Chandimal helps Sri Lanka
GALLE: Red hot Dinesh Chandimal struck his second progressive 50 years to take Sri Lanka’s lead past 300 and impede the Pakistan assault on day three of the initial Test on Monday.
The hosts were 329 for nine when terrible light halted play for the day in Galle.
Chandimal, on 86, and Prabath Jayasuriya, on four, were batting at the end of play with Sri Lanka driving by 333 in their subsequent innings.
Mohammad Nawaz asserted his lady five-wicket pull and joined with individual spinner Yasir Shah, who took three, to shake the resistance center request in the subsequent meeting.
Yet, Chandimal, who hit bursting structure with his lady twofold hundred years — 206 not out — in his group’s series-evening out Test prevail upon Australia last week, stood firm in another lower-request show of disobedience after the hosts slipped to 235-7.
He arrived at his fifty and put on 41 runs with Maheesh Theekshana for the 10th wicket in an encore from the hosts, who had hit back from 133-8 to post 222 in their most memorable innings.
Prior Kusal Mendis made 76 and opener Oshada Fernando scored 64 and put on a key third-wicket stand of 91 to retaliate after an early wicket in the first part of the day meeting.
Oshada arrived at his 6th Test fifty in the main meeting however tumbled to Yasir on the subsequent ball after lunch.
Kusal raised his fifty and took on the resistance assault with a couple of limits before Yasir bowled him with an unplayable conveyance that pitched external leg and went to stir things up around town of off stump.
Nawaz, who is getting back in the game after almost six years and playing his fourth five-day match, warded breaking off and got key wickets including Angelo Mathews and Niroshan Dickwella.
He got nightwatchman Kasun Rajitha on the third bundle of the day to set things moving for Pakistan, yet the Sri Lankan batsmen continued to return on a pitch that is supposed to offer more go to the spinners come day four.
In a definitely challenged match of last part battles, Pakistan had likewise hit back to post 218, riding on captain Babar Azam’s 119 as he batted with his own lower request on day two.