Lunch Sri Lanka 378 and 22 for 0 (Dickwella 11*, Fernando 8*) lead Pakistan 231 (Salman 62, Imam 32, Ramesh 5-47, Jayasuriya 3-80) by 169 runs
While Sri Lanka’s spinners were occasionally threatening in the first hour, they operated with a lot more menace with the second new ball, which they took as soon as it became available. Jayasuriya raised a big lbw appeal against Hasan when the batter was on 13, but although that appeal was turned down, Jayasuriya soon made the breakthrough. Attempting to sweep Jayasuriya in his next over, Hasan managed only to get a bottom edge to the ball, which then clattered into the stumps.
The other two wickets didn’t take long to come, though there was a catch dropped off the bowling of Jayasuriya, at gully, in between. Ramesh turned one sharply to take Nauman Ali’s outside edge, before getting Yasir Shah lbw in his next over. This was his third Test five-for.
With Dimuth Karunaratne unable to take the field because of back sprain, Dickwella was moved up the order and appeared comfortable against the 18 deliveries he faced, making 11. Although Hasan struggled for rhythm in the three overs he bowled, he thought he had got Fernando nicking behind in the last over before lunch, even convincing his captain to use a review when the on-field umpire turned down the appeal. But Fernando had missed this yorker-length delivery completely, and the noise Hasan and the fielders heard likely came from his bat hitting the pitch.
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