Ramesh Mendis‘ scintillating all-round effort helped Sri Lanka reach a commanding position on Day 2 of their ongoing second Test against Pakistan in Galle.
Mendis first frustrated the Pakistan bowlers in the morning session with a vital 35 before destroying the visitor’s batting order by bagging three wickets.
The tourists were reduced to 191/7 at Stumps, trailing Sri Lanka’s first innings score of 378 by 187 runs.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah remained unbeaten on 13, while Agha Salman, who displayed excellent form with the bat, fell for 62 on the final delivery of the day’s play.
Pakistan 191/7 (Agha Salman 62, Ramesh Mendis 3/42) trail Sri Lanka 378 (Dinesh Chandimal 80, Niroshan Dickwella 51, Oshada Fernando 50, Naseem Shah 3/58, Yasir Shah 3/83) by 187 runs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
.@SalmanAliAgha1 falls just before stumps after a fighting innings.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) July 25, 2022
Under the circumstances, a gallant display of self-belief, concentration & skills by Salman Ali Agha. Dividends of another chance despite failure on debut. The concept of one Test wonders should be eliminated. Bravo @SalmanAliAgha1 👍💪 more power to you.
— Dr. Nauman Niaz (@DrNaumanNiaz) July 25, 2022
Stumps in Galle! 🏏
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) July 25, 2022
Dinesh Chandimal last 4 Test innimgs:
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) July 24, 2022
Ramesh Mendis was almost dropped for the second Test after an unimpressive bowling effort last week. He’s bounced back well. Pitch still good for batting. Sri Lanka have bowled really well to take seven wickets. Mendis gutsy cricketer. Gun fielder and always chips in with bat. pic.twitter.com/kvMIDZT2o6
— Rex Clementine (@RexClementine) July 25, 2022
Stumps in Galle! 🏏
Pakistan finish the day on 191/7 trail by 187.#SLvPAK
— UMAR MUHAMMAD (@UmarMuhammad888) July 25, 2022
Clever Bowling by Ramesh Mendis, Mixing it up very Beautifully, One Flighted fuller at 80 kph another One Quicker Armer at 90 kph with Control. #SLvPAK
— 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗮𝗶𝗱 𝗭𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗮𝗿 🇵🇰 (@iam_JZK) July 25, 2022
Bowlers enjoy plying their trade in the second innings but what stands out in these stats is Yasir Shah’s strike-rate. As good as some fast bowling greats. A wicket every 46 balls! #SLvPAK #yasirshah pic.twitter.com/swV9YySIZD
— Hassan Bilal (@HBstats) July 25, 2022
Ramesh Mendis led an inspired Sri Lanka spin attack to leave Pakistan in trouble at 191-7 in reply to the hosts’ 378 on day two of the second Test on Monday#SLvPAK
— Muhammad Areeb Uddin Sheikh. #AreebCricketWorld (@areeb_7official) July 25, 2022
Sri Lanka’s day today…fascinating Test. Again. Galle never fails to deliver #SLvPAK
— Hemant (@hemantbuch) July 25, 2022
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