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Pakistan Close In On Series Win Despite Oshada Fernando's Maiden Hundred. "Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test".

  • 22 Dec 2019 22:32:11

Sri Lanka opener Oshada Fernando struck a lady century to postpone Pakistan's triumph mission after the host group's main four all scored hundreds in the second Test in Karachi on Sunday. Set an overwhelming 476 races to win, Sri Lanka were tottering at 97 for five preceding Oshada and Niroshan Dickwella ended the slide with an unfaltering 104-run represent the 6th wicket. Yet, the last three overs of the day saw Dickwella fall for 65 - bowled while endeavoring an invert clear off spinner Haris Sohail - and Dilruwan Perera got behind off Naseem Shah for five.

The 16-year-old Naseem had the best figures of 3-31.

At the nearby, Sri Lanka were 212 for seven with Oshada (102 not out) at the wrinkle and with the guests requiring an improbable 264 runs for triumph.

Pakistan need only three wickets on Monday to win the arrangement - their first at home since the 2009 assault on the Sri Lanka side brought about worldwide cricket being suspended in the nation.

Pakistan prior proclaimed their second innings at lunch on 555 for three after Azhar came back to shape with 118 and Babar Azam struck 100 not out.

It was a grim batting appear by the Sri Lankans on a National Stadium pitch where the home batsmen prospered.

Captain Dimuth Karunaratne went for 16, Kusal Mendis for a duck and Angelo Matthews for 19 preceding tea.

Pace initiate Mohammad Abbas had Karunaratne gotten behind in the tenth over of the innings before Naseem had Mendis gobbled up in the slips.

It got 70 for three when Mathews, Sri Lanka's most experienced batsman, edged a short conveyance from Shaheen Shah Afridi to wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan.

After tea, youthful Naseem represented Dinesh Chandimal (two) and leg-spinner Yasir Shah expelled Dhananjaya de Silva (nothing) to leave Sri Lanka battling at 97 for five.

Dickwella applauded Oshada's opposition.

"He is an awesome batsman and has scored vigorously at household level," said Dickwella of the opener, who struck 13 limits in his 266-minute thump.

"Had we had one all the more large organization we could have spared this Test," he included.

Pakistan's lead trainer Misbah-ul-Haq commended his group's fightback.

"We were feeling the squeeze in the wake of surrendering a 80-run lead in the principal innings," said Misbah.

"To turn out and be in a triumphant position is fulfilling and facilitated the weight."

In the first part of the day Pakistan batsmen excoriated the Sri Lankan bowling.

It was just the second time in a Test innings that the main four all scored a very long time after openers Abid Ali (174) and Shan Masood (135) snatched theirs on Saturday.

India against Bangladesh at Dhaka in 2007 was the other event.

Azhar, who had a lean 2019, finished his sixteenth century before he was baffled off spinner Lasith Embuldeniya after 11 limits in his 157-ball innings.

Azam's fourth century - and third in the last four Tests - had seven limits and a six off 131 balls.

Prior, when Pakistan continued at 395 for two, Azhar crushed three limits off pace bowler Vishwa Fernando and afterward took two hurries to finish his first century in quite a while.

Azhar included 148 for the third wicket with Azam as Sri Lankan bowlers drudged hard for wickets. Lahiru Kumara completed with two for 139.