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Silva, Prasad put Sri Lanka in charge

Arnold: Prasad and Pradeep supplement one another

Sri Lanka took control of the Galle Test, diminishing Pakistan to 118 for 5 at stumps on the third day and abandoning them confronting a precarious hop on a pitch with a lot of assistance for the spinners. At the point when downpour wrapped play up eight overs early, Pakistan were 182 runs afloat of Sri Lanka's first-innings aggregate of 300. That aggregate was made conceivable by a persistent 125 from Kaushal Silva, who held the innings together in the morning even as wickets continued falling at the flip side.

Silva 100's against Pakistan at 1st Test Galle  
At the point when Sri Lanka lost their last wicket most of the way into the post-lunch session, the match showed up to be decided. It just took Dhammika Prasad ten balls to swing the point of preference immovably the house side's direction. Last bundle of his first over, Mohammad Hafeez pursued a full outswinger and scratched to third slip; fourth wad of his second, Ahmed Shehzad played back to a length ball and fell over as it nipped back and pinged him on the front cushion, before center stump. Shehzad picked not to audit, shrewdly, as ball-following indicated umpire Richard Illingworth's choice would remain with the ball seeming to clasp the outside 50% of leg stump.

Rangana Herath has had the wood over Azhar Ali, and had rejected him six times in Tests before he came into bat today. Azhar was jittery against his flight and plunge all through his stay at the wrinkle, and it was nothing unexpected when he rearranged falteringly over his wrinkle to an arm ball that beat his inside edge and smacked his cushion right in front.

Post-tea, Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq organized a brief recuperation and demonstrated positive aim amid a fourth-wicket association of 51, with Younis specifically hoping to utilize his feet against the spinners and set weight back on them. He got to 47 with various punchy blows - including a strong six off Dilruwan Perera that smacked into the highest point of the sightscreen - before dying by the same systems that had presented to him his runs. Dilruwan changed edge to around the wicket, and straightened an offbreak past Younis' inside edge when he descended the track and hoped to drive back to front with a calculated bat; 86 for 4.

Pakistan had added just 10 to their aggregate when Nuwan Pradeep sucked Misbah into driving at a fullish ball in the hall that formed away ever so somewhat. Pushing before his body with an insignificant front-foot stride, he could just edge thickly to one side of Kumar Sangakkara, who took a staggering find jumping to one side from first slip.

By then Pakistan were tottering, still 55 shy of the take after on imprint. Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed batted through to stumps and minimized the possibilities of missing the mark concerning that objective, however Pakistan were still in adequate peril of surrendering a sufficiently major lead for Sri Lanka to win notwithstanding all the time lost to rain.

In that light, Silva's endeavors in the morning were extremely valuable. He just added 45 to his overnight score in spite of batting through the first session and near to ten overs of the second. His strong vicinity toward one side implied Pakistan were just ready to chip away at the center and lower request instead of impact their way through.

Pakistan's playing was relentless and sharp directly through. The morning started with Yasir Shah tearing his legbreaks from a risky length and Wahab Riaz hustling in with pace and hazard from the other. Wahab made the first leap forward of the morning when he played Angelo Mathews from around the wicket. He discovered the ideal length, full yet not exactly drive-capable, to adventure Mathews' short, non-existent front-foot step and resultant calculated bat, and kiss his inside edge onto the stumps.

Sri Lanka's score crept along, with the bowlers keeping up tightening lines, and Silva had just made three keeps running in 27 balls before he put Yasir away for two fours in one over, driving him with the turn through the spreads and against it through midwicket. Dinesh Chandimal, comparatively soothed till then, struck three fours in two overs from Zulfiqar Babar.

Exactly when Sri Lanka appeared to have gotten a portion of the energy, the second new ball pegged them back. Pakistan took it when it was expected, however proceeded with Babar's left-arm twist, battling that the sparkle would add additional slide to his arm ball. Babar struck Silva on the front cushion with one such ball, with stature conceivably sparing the batsman, and created another lbw yell against Chandimal in his next over, before knocking down some pins him when he imprudently attempted to make room and cut.

Junaid Khan, keeping it tight without truly demonstrating the entry point of his kindred left-arm seamer Wahab, about got on the scorecard when he discovered the edge of Kithuruwan Vithanage's glimmering, screwy bat outside off, yet the ball flew too rapidly for the airborne Younis Khan to get it at second slip.

Pakistan didn't need to sit tight too ache for Vithanage's wicket, however, and like Lahiru Thirimanne on the second day, he excessively fell, making it impossible to a delicate rejection, and he excessively fell, making it impossible to that scourge of left-gave batsmen, Hafeez. The ball that got him was a harmless low full-hurl, which he exploded straight back to the bowler. It was Hafeez's 51st Test wicket, and his 35th of a left-gave batsman.

Yasir had looked the most undermining Pakistan bowler however his first wicket just came when he had Dilruwan found behind with a spitting legbreak two balls into the post-lunch session. The end didn't take too long advancing, regarding runs, however Prasad made Pakistan hold up somewhat more than they would have preferred with a 23-ball duck, before Silva was ninth out, gloving an endeavored compass to the manager.

Arnold: Prasad and Pradeep supplement one another

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