Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2nd Test Day 2: Five-star Herath leads counter-attack

Herath dismissed Manzoor, Ali, Khan, ul-Haq and Shafiq

Herath dismissed Manzoor, Ali, Khan, ul-Haq and Shafiq

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Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath ripped through Pakistan’s batting line-up to put his side back in contention on the second day of the second Test in Colombo.

However, Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed both deserve some credit as they scored half-centuries.

Starting out the day on 261/8, Dhammika Prasad and Rangana Herath put together a 23-run partnership before Prasad was trapped lbw on 13 to give Junaid Khan his fifth five-wicket haul.

Sri Lanka were bowled out for 320 when Herath was caught by Younis Khan at first slip off the bowling of Abdur Rehman.

Following his catch to dismiss Herath, Khan went down in history as the first Pakistan cricketer to take 100 Test catches.

Chanaka Welegedara was left stranded on a quickfire 27.

Khan was easily the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Wahab Riaz snapped up three and Rehman and Saeed Ajmal chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 320 runs, Pakistan got off to a solid start as Khurram Manzoor and Shehzad amassed a 47-run partnership before Manzoor was caught behind off the bowling of Herath for 23.

Shehzad and Azhar Ali kept the runs flowing with a 63-run partnership, during which Shehzad brought up his half-century, before Ali was caught by Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews at short mid-on off the bowling of Herath.

Shehzad went on to score 58 off 85 balls, which included seven boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Dilruwan Perera.

Shehzad struck seven boundaries during his knock of 58

Shehzad struck seven boundaries during his knock of 58

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Younis Khan only made 13 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Herath.

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq failed to have an impact with the bat as he was also caught behind off the bowling of Herath, but only for five runs.

Ahmed and Asad Shafiq stabilised the innings with a 93-run partnership, during which Ahmed registered his half-century, before Shafiq was clean bowled to give Herath his 20th five-wicket haul.

Ahmed and Rehman managed to accumulate an unbeaten 11-run partnership before stumps was called.

Ahmed finished on 66 off 81 balls, which included five boundaries, while Rehman remained undefeated on one.

Ahmed is currently unbeaten on 66

Ahmed is currently unbeaten on 66

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Herath was the most successful bowler with five wickets, while Perera claimed one.

Pakistan ended day two on 244/6 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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