Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2nd Test Day 3: Sri Lanka in full control following record-breaking effort from Herath

Herath became the first left-arm spinner to take nine wickets in a Test innings

Herath became the first left-arm spinner to take nine wickets in a Test innings

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Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath took a career-best nine wickets to help his side maintain full control over Pakistan at the end of the third day of the second Test in Colombo.

Herath was brilliantly supported by the batting duo of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, who is playing in his last Test, as they scored an unbeaten 54 and 49 respectively.

Starting out the day on 244/6, Pakistan wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed and spinner Abdur Rehman converted their 11-run partnership into a 40-run partnership before Rehman was caught by Jayawardene at slip off the bowling of Herath for 16.

Wahab Riaz scored 17 runs before he was caught by Chanaka Welegedara at deep backward square leg off the bowling of Herath.

Ahmed went on to score his maiden Test century before he was caught behind off the bowling of Herath.

Ahmed’s career-best score of 103 came off 127 balls and included seven boundaries and a six.

Ahmed is ecstatic after bringing up his maiden Test century

Ahmed is ecstatic after bringing up his maiden Test century

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With his century, Ahmed became the first Pakistani wicketkeeper to score a ton since Kamran Akmal did it back in 2009.

Pakistan were bowled out for 332, which gave them a lead of 12 runs, when Saeed Ajmal was clean bowled by Herath for four runs.

Herath was without a doubt the pick of the bowlers with his career-best nine wickets, while Dilruwan Perera took one.

Herath also became the first left-arm spinner to take nine wickets in a Test innings.

Trailing by 12 runs, Sri Lanka got off to a great start as Upul Tharanga and Kaushal Dilva amassed a 54-run partnership before Tharanga was clean bowled by Rehman for 45.

Silva ended up scoring 17 runs before he was caught by Younis Khan at slip off the bowling of Rehman.

Sangakkara and Jayawardene stabilised the innings with an unbeaten 98-run partnership, during which Sangakkara brought up his half-century, before stumps was called.

During their partnership, Sangakkara and Jayawardene surpassed Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes to second place on the list of most runs scored scored by a pair in Test history.

Sangakkara and Jayawardene amassed an unbeaten 98-run partnership

Sangakkara and Jayawardene amassed an unbeaten 98-run partnership

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Sangakkara finished on 54 off 121 balls, which included four boundaries, while Jayawardene remained undefeated on 49 off 123 deliveries, which included seven boundaries.

Rehman was the only bowler to take any wickets.

Sri Lanka ended day three on 177/2 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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