Silva, Mahela steady Sri Lanka
Dubai - Sri Lanka reached 132-3 at lunch on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Thursday.
the break opener Kaushal Silva was on a defiant 40 not out and with him
Mahela Jayawardene unbeaten on 19 having added 44 for the unbroken
fourth wicket stand.
They lost Kumar Sangakkara (26) and Dinesh
Chandimal (12) in the space of 13 runs. Sri Lanka now trail by 33 runs
over Pakistan's first innings total of 165.
Silva, who hit a
fighting 81 in the first Test in Abu Dhabi, has so far hit four
boundaries during his solid 107-ball stay, while Jayawardene looked
determined to strike form after twin failures in the first Test.
The first of the three Tests was drawn last week.
at 57-1, Sri Lanka had hoped experienced batsman Sangakkara would score
more but the left-hander fell in the sixth over of the day.
paceman Rahat Ali, who went wicketless in the first Test, trapped
Sangakkara leg before with a ball that kept straight and missed the
Junaid, who had figures of 2-36, then had Chandimal caught at deep fine-leg off an uppish hook shot.
Saeed Ajmal, also wicketless in the second innings of the first Test,
once again toiled hard, having so far failed to make an impact.
wasted one referral when they appealed for a caught behind against
Silva but the replays showed Ali's delivery did not touch the bat and
Indian umpire Sundaram Ravi's decision was upheld.