Written by Staff Writer
29 Jun, 2015 | 12:52 pm
Sri Lanka have equalled the three-match series, 1-1 beating Pakistan by seven wickets in the second Test on Monday June 29 at P. Sara Oval grounds, despite rain threatening to disrupt play.
The game was delayed by thirty minutes due to the heavy rains overnight and the start of play was pushed to 10.15 a.m.
Sri Lanka needed 153 runs to win on day five and they opted to open the batting with Dimuth Karunarathne and Kithruwan Vithanage.
The left-handed duo took Pakistan by surprise with a T20 style chase as the threat of rain loomed throughout the morning session.
Vithanage smashed 4 fours and 2 sixes during his brief stay of 34 in 23 deliveries. The pair managed to stroke 49 runs in 7 overs for the first wicket.
Kumar Sangakkara was then surprised by Yasir Shah’s spin and bounce as the batting legend was dismissed for a golden duck.
Sri Lanka was in a precarious position when their skipper Angelo Mathews came to the middle but he and Karunaratne constructed a valuable 72-run stand for the 3rd wicket in just 79 balls to guide their team closer to the target. Karunaratne reached his 6th Test half-century before he was given LBW off Yasir Shah.
Vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne joined his senior partner and guided the hosts across the finish line with an unbroken 32-run stand.
Sri Lanka reached their target of 153 comfortably in 26.3 overs.
Dhammika Prasad who picked up 7 wickets in the match and made 35 with the bat in the first innings, was adjudged man of the match.
The third and final game will start on July 3 at the Pallekelle International Stadium.
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