Sri Lanka lead by 333 runs
Sri Lanka lead by 333 runs in the first Test of the ICC World Test Championship and bilateral series against Pakistan at the Galle International Stadium. However, when Pakistan bats in the second innings, it will be necessary for the Sri Lankan bowlers, especially the spinners, to control their strong batsmen as they did in the first innings. Oshad Fernando, Gusal Mendis , Dinesh Chandimal, with the help of half-centuries, Sri Lanka were 329 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their second innings at the end of play on the third day of the tournament today (18). Rakappalan lost the wicket of Kasun Rajitha when he joined.Oshatha Fernando and Kusal Mendis shared 61 runs for the 3rd wicket to strengthen the team.Oshatha Fernando Departed with 64 runs, veteran Angelo Mathews failed to shine in the second innings as well and walked for 9 runs. He was followed by Kusal Mendis with 76 runs. (178 – 5 wks) Dinesh Chandimal, who scored a half-century in the first innings, bowled brilliantly in the second innings too and remained unbeaten with 86 runs. Chandimal also played a part in 3 excellent partnerships with the middle and back-order players. Dinesh Chandimal shared 41 runs in the wicket and strengthened the team. Dhananjaya de Silva got 20 runs, Ramesh Mendis got 22 runs and Mahesh Dikshana got 22 runs. In Pakistan bowling, Mohammad Nawaz got 5 wickets for 88 runs and Yasir Shah got 3 wickets for 122 runs. In the first innings of this match, Pakistan got 222 runs and 218 runs. .