Angelo Mathews made a useful 35 to push Sri Lanka’s lead forward. © AFP
In a session of fair pull from either side, Sri Lanka were reduced 109 for 4, after having taken a 147-run lead in the first innings of the second Test, at the Galle International Stadium, on Tuesday. The veteran duo of Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne went to Tea unbeaten on 16 and 4 respectively.
Resuming the session on 22 for no loss, the hosts lost the wicket of Niroshan Dickwella in the first over after Lunch. Two balls after crunching Naseem Shah for a boundary, the hard-hitting southpaw went after a delivery angled away from him and edged it to the ‘keeper.
Sitting on a big lead, Sri Lankan batters chose to take an attacking approach. It paid off briefly, but never allowed a partnership to flourish. Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis too didn’t waste opportunities to find boundaries and cracked two each before the former was trapped legbefore by Yasir Shah’s slider, on 19.