Pakistani bowlers were able to contain Sri Lanka at 261/8 by claiming five quick wickets in the last session of the second cricket test match on first day at Sinhalese Sports Club Colombo. Pakistan cricket team bounced back after the Sri Lankan opening batsmen gave a 79 runs solid platform.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that was expected to support batsmen. Sri Lankan cricket team moved from their lunch score of 69-0 to 162-2 by tea break on the opening day of the second cricket test match
Jayawardene, a 37-year-old veteran of 149 tests received standing ovation from about 3000 home fans. Firecrackers went off in the stands when Jayawardene took the crease. Pakistan’s cricket team also lined up to greet Jayawardene who was playing his last test match of his career.
Kumar Sangakkara, who scored 221 in the first cricket test in Galle which Sri Lanka won by seven wickets, managed just 22 when he was bowled by a superb in-cutter from another left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz.
Sri Lanka made two changes from the side that won the first test to take the lead in the two-match series. Left-arm seamer Chanaka Welegedara and batsman Lahiru Thirimanne replaced the injured duo of Shaminda Eranga and Kithuruwan Vithanage.
Pakistan replaced fast bowler Mohammad Talha to include Riaz Wahab who claimed three wickets on first day.