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Nawaz five-for in useless as Sri Lanka lengthen lead over 300

Pakistan’s Mohammad Nawaz (2R) celebrates after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Ramesh Mendis (not pictured) in the course of the third day of play of the primary cricket Check match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan on the Galle Worldwide Cricket Stadium in Galle on July 18, 2022. AFP

GALLE: Pakistan spinners Mohammad Nawaz and Yasir Shah damage Sri Lanka’s batting however the hosts stretched their second innings result in over 300 on day three of a keenly contested first Check on Monday.

Sri Lanka had been 301 for eight after 84 overs with Dinesh Chandimal, on 63, and Maheesh Theekshana, on 10, batting on a turning pitch on the Galle Worldwide Stadium.

Nawaz claimed 5 wickets together with his left-arm spin whereas veteran leg-spinner Yasir had three.

Kusal Mendis made 76 and opener Oshada Fernando scored 64 and placed on a key third-wicket stand of 91 to struggle again after an early wicket within the morning session.

Oshada reached his sixth Check fifty within the first session however fell to Yasir’s leg spin on the second ball after lunch.

Kusal raised his fifty and took on the opposition assault with just a few boundaries earlier than Yasir bowled him with an unplayable supply that pitched outdoors leg and turned to hit the highest of off stump.

Nawaz, who acquired nightwatchman Kasun Rajitha on the third ball of the day, mixed with Yasir as the 2 dented the opposition center order.

Sri Lanka’s Prabath Jayasuriya had claimed 5 wickets on Sunday earlier than Pakistan skipper Babar Azam hit 119 to steer the fightback from a precarious 85-7.

The guests’ first innings ended simply 4 runs in need of Sri Lanka’s 222.

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