SL pocket series as Pakistan collapse

Cricket: Colombo Test: Hosts score seven-wicket victory in second Test

SL pocket series as Pakistan collapse


Sri Lankan bowler Rangana Herath celebrates the dismissal of Pakistan's batsman Shoaib Malik (not in pic).AP

Sri Lanka raced to their 171-run victory target in 31.5 overs during the afternoon with opener Malinda Warnapura scoring a brisk 54, Kumar Sangakkara an aggressive 46 and Mahela Jayawardene finishing off the game with an undefeated 37.

Having won the first Test in Galle by 50 runs, Sri Lanka now have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series and can celebrate their first series win against Pakistan on home soil.

The run chase had been set up by bowlers Rangana Herath and Nuwan Kulasekara, the pair ripping through the Pakistan order after lunch as nine wickets fell for just 35 runs.

Spinner Herath claimed career-best figures of five for 99 and seamer Kulasekara finished with four for 37 as Pakistan were dismissed for 320.

A few hours earlier, Pakistan had seized control of the match when makeshift opener Fawad Alam (168) and skipper Younus Khan (82) compiled a 200-run partnership to put the tourists in a strong position on 285-1 shortly before lunch.

However, a rash reverse sweep from Younus gave Sri Lanka's dispirited fielders a much-needed lift just before the break. Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara took the new ball after lunch and handed it to his slow bowlers, an unusual ploy that worked beautifully.

Mohammad Yousuf (6) was the first to go as he was trapped lbw. With Yousuf gone, Sangakkara changed tactics and introduced Kulasekara, his premier fast bowler, who went on to compile match figures of eight for 58 from his 28.4 overs.

Kulasekara swung the ball sharply into the right-handers and picked up four lbw decisions, the first of which was the dangerous Misbah-ul-Haq for three. The innings then descended into freefall with Shoaib Malik (6) bowled by an arm ball, Kamran Akmal (3) trapped leg before wicket by a Kulasekara.

Sri Lanka's openers seized momentum with Tharanga Paranavitana (17) and Warnapura adding 60 in just 10 overs.  Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal eventually bowled Paranavitana, but Sangakkara and Jayawardene ensured Sri Lanka a clinical victory.

SCOREBOARD

PAKISTAN (I Innings): 90

SRI LANKA (I Innings): 240

PAKISTAN (II Innings, O/n: 178/1):

Manzoor c Dilshan b Herath    38
Alam c Warnapura b Herath    168
Younis c Dilshan b Paranavitana    82
Yousuf lbw Herath    6
Misbah lbw Kulasekara    3
Malik b Herath    6
Akmal lbw Kulasekara    3
Rauf lbw Kulasekara    0
Gul lbw Herath    2
Aamer (not out)    1
Ajmal lbw Kulasekara    0

Extras (B-8, LB-1, W-1, NB-1)    11
Total (all out, 96.4 overs)    320

Fall of wickets: 1-85, 2-285, 3-294, 4-303, 5-303, 6-306, 7-312, 8-316, 9-319.
Bowling: Kulasekara 19.4-6-37-4, Thushara 13-0-48-0, Mathews 6-0-20-0, Mendis 17-0-81-0, Herath 35-5-99-5, Paranavitana 6-0-26-1.

SRI LANKA (II Innings)

Warnapura  c Akmal b Rauf    54
Paranavitana  b Ajmal    17
Sangakkara c Misbah b Malik    46
Jayawardene (not out)    37
Samaraweera (not out)    6

Extras (LB-7, NB-4)    11     
Total (for 3 wkts, 31.5 overs)    171

Fall of wickets: 1-60, 2-100, 3-160.

Bowling: Gul 6-0-38-0, Aamer 6-0-33-0, Ajmal 12-1-56-1, Rauf 4-1-13-1, Younis 2-0-1-1, Malik 1.5-0-13-1.

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