20/07/2009

Pakistan negates Sri Lanka’s early thrust.

3rd Test Match, Sri Lanka Vs Pakistan, Sinhalese Sports Club

Sangakkara signaled his intention of going for a whitewash by putting Pakistan in. The fact that it rained for the past few days may have made his decision to field easier.

Straight away Thilan Thushara validated his captain’s decision by producing a double blow inside the first hour. However, Yousuf and Manzoor helped Pakistan negate the early thrust with an unbroken 151-run stand for the third wicket.

Yet, Sri Lanka regained lost ground by reducing Pakistan to 289 for 7 in 86 over’s by close of play.

For Sri Lanka Vaas replaced Mendis and Kaneria replaced Abdur Rauf for Pakistan.

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