Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 3 Highlights Today 08 Oct 2017
Pak v SL match highlights today – Second test D/N day three from Dubai International Cricket Stadium (United Arab Emirates) Sunday 8th October 2017.
Watch Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd test match highlights, Pak vs SL 2nd test day 3 highlights Today we are showing at cricop. A great first innings of Sri Lanka ended at 482 runs, thanks to a massive 196 by Karunaratne. The opener was unable to complete his maiden double hundred: the southpaw speedster Wahab Riaz bowling him out. Three other batsmen hit half-centuries to steer Sri Lanka towards a healthy lead of 482 runs against Pakistan. Chandimal, Dickwella and Perera each contributed to the total by hitting half centuries while the lefty Sri Lankan bowler Rangana Herath stood headstrong at the crease and played 72 balls, remaining unbeaten till the final wicket.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 3 Highlights – Oct 8, 2017
Ever the entertainers, Pakistan first made a lavish surrender with the bat, then came hurtling back into the game with the ball, during an extraordinary 15-wicket day in Dubai. Though they ceded a 220-run first-innings lead to Sri Lanka, so total was their dominance in the last 14.3 overs of the day, that their hopes of squaring the series live for another day. Wahab Riaz, in one of his wonderfully intense bursts, uprooted three batsmen while conceding only 10 runs, as Yasir Shah and Mohammad Abbas took one wicket apiece. Though they had seemed almost completely out of the match only one hour prior, it is Sri Lanka who will be under most strain when play begins again on day four. They have five wickets in hand still but were only 254 runs ahead after the third day. They have lost matches from stronger positions in the past three years.
Toss: Sri Lanka have won the toss and will bat first.
It was Yasir Shah, who once again bamboozled the Sri Lankan batsmen, sending six Sri Lankan players back to pavilion. As the analysts have been saying, the pitch at Dubai assists spinners more than it does to speedsters. Thus it was the time for Herath and Yasir Shah to shine, which they did. It was the fifth consecutive test match in which Yasir Shah took at least one five wicket haul. Amir found his first wicket of the series while Abbas was able to dislodge two batsmen. Wahab Riaz took the only but major wicket of Karunaratne.
Pakistan began steadily. They were 51-0 at stumps day 2 with Shan Masood and Sami Aslam at the crease. They need to be consistent; Pakistani batsmen lack consistency. If they try to manage and play slowly, take their time at the pitch and play like their skipper Azhar Ali, they might be able to give Sri Lanka a trail. Azhar Ali is yet to come at the crease but he has been usually the savior of the side. The absence of legends has been covered by Karunaratne brilliantly for his side and Pakistan need to do the same; produce legends that can replace the duo of Younis and Misbah.
Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (c) †, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas.
Sri Lanka Team
FDM Karunaratne, JK Silva, S Samarawickrama, BKG Mendis, LD Chandimal (c), N Dickwella †, MDK Perera, HMRKB Herath, RAS Lakmal, PLS Gamage, ANPR Fernando.
The only extended wicket-free patch of day three came in the second session, as Azhar and Sohail made 71 runs in each other’s company. Haris attacked occasionally, flitting down the pitch to launch Herath over the straight boundary twice, while Azhar hit his boundaries through cover. But it was the singles and twos that defined their partnership. Azhar favoured the leg-side, stepping out towards off stump to flick or sweep the spinners. Haris scored square of the pitch on both sides, hitting two memorable fours behind point, off Perera and Nuwan Pradeep. Both went on to make half-centuries but were each dismissed before they could reach 60. Without this partnership, Pakistan would have been out of the match completely. The expressions of Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur, on the dressing room balcony, summed up his team’s day the best. He was visibly disappointed in the afternoon, tense through the twilight session, then grumpy as Pakistan’s middle and lower order threw their wickets away. At stumps, he was grinning.
Match Highlights Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2st Test Day 3 Oct 8, 2017 Today
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Umpires – Ian Gould, Richard Kettleborough
TV Umpires – Nigel Llong
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Shozab Raza