In second Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Karachi, the fast bowlers saw utter dominance over the batsmen. The excellence from the tourists was good enough to stop Pakistan in their own backyard. When the hosts, after winning the toss, decided to have a first go with the bat, they lost two wickets in the space of three balls to Vishwa Fernando.
Shan Masood had another ghastly outing for his national side. The left-hander scored just 5 and failed to impress the selectors once again. Pakistan captain Azhar Ali’s awful run with bat continued as he was cleaned up by Fernando on a duck.
The centurions of Rawalpindi Test, Abid Ali and Babar Azam, showed some brilliance with some master-blaster strokes around the ground. Both batsmen added 55 runs together after two early blows. Abid was dismissed by Lahiru Kumara for well compiled 38 runs. Babar smoked his another fifty and went on to built an important partnership of 62 with Asad Shafiq.
Azam was stumped by Niroshan Dickwella off Lasith Embuldeniya bowling. Pakistan’s best batsman scored 60 in second Test match. The hosts were dent by Kumara who got both Mohammad Rizwan and Yasir Shah out right after the tea.
Lahiru and Embuldeniya shared 4 scalps apiece to restrict Azhar’s team on 191 on a very much batting-friendly surface of National Stadium. While in reply, the visitors also struggled against Pakistani bowlers. Shaheen Afridi was the one who provided the breakthrough for his side. Afridi took the wicket of Oshada Fernando.
Sri Lankan captain fought really hard late in the day’s play but could not resist against the accuracy of Mohammad Abbas. Abbas sent down a jaffa to disturb the furniture for Dimuth Karunaratne’s wicket. At the end of the day the visitors also lost Kusal Mendis to the same bowler.
Sri Lanka are currently 3 down on 64 and they are still 127 runs behind to Pakistan’s first innings total with 7 wickets in hand.