Junaid, Riaz put Pakistan in driver's seat

Mahela Jayawardene scored four streaky runs in his last Test as Pakistan’s bowlers dismantled Sri Lanka’s first innings at the start of the second and final match, here on Thursday.

The hosts, who won the toss and elected to bat on the easy-paced wicket, found runs hard to come by against the steady attack and plodded to 261/8 by stumps on the opening day at the Sinhalese Sports Club.

Upul Tharanga hit 92 and fellow opener Kaushal Silva made 41, but Sri Lanka lost seven wickets on either side of the tea interval after coasting to 144/1.

Pakistan’s two left-arm seamers Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz toiled manfully under the hot sun to share seven wickets and lead a spirited display by the tourists seeking a series-levelling win.

Junaid ended the day with four for 69, including two wickets in the first over with the second new ball taken towards the end of the day’s play. Riaz had three for 66.

Sri Lanka’s skipper Angelo Mathews made 39 when he was caught behind off Riaz for what became the last delivery of the day.

Tharanga put on 79 for the first wicket with Silva and 65 for the second with Kumar Sangakkara, but missed his century when he fell to a sharp catch by Azhar Ali at short-leg off Riaz.

Sangakkara managed just 22 when he was bowled by a superb in-cutter from Riaz. Pakistan’s fielders lined up to greet Jayawardene, a 37-year-old veteran of 149 Tests, to the crease as firecrackers went off in the stands and some 3,000 home fans gave him a standing ovation.

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