Dilshan, bowlers help SL dominate
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sri Lanka opener Tillakaratne Dilshan hit 56 in Sri Lanka’s second innings in the first Test against Pakistan at Galle on Sunday.
Sri Lanka had been bowled out for 472 in their first innings, runs having come mainly from Kumar Sangakkara (199*), Dilshan (101) and Mahela Jayawardene (62) while Saeed Ajmal took 5/146 for Pakistan.
Pakistan were bowled out for just 100 in reply as the Sri Lankan spinners Suraj Randiv (4/13) and Rangana Herath (3/30) ran riot with support from Nuwan Kulasekara (2/27).
Instead of enforcing the follow on, SL chose to bat again and the openers Dilshan and Tharanga Paranavitana added a quick 81 for the first wicket. Dilshan brought up his 50 off just 50 deliveries for the second time in the match before being dismissed for 56 (58b, 9x4).
The rest of the batsmen could not match his unrestrained stroke play and found scoring hard as SL slumped to 119/5. Junaid Khan inflicted most of the damage, taking 3/43 while Ajmal chipped in with 2/47.
Mahela Jayawardene declared with the SL score on 137/5, setting Pakistan a target of 510.
Pakistan reached 36/3 at Stumps on Day 3 as Kulasekara (2/13) and Herath (1/2) helped SL tighten their grip on the game.