Sri Lanka v Pakistan

  • Last Updated: August 17 2014, 13:57 BST

Pakistan were the victims of a devastating spell of spin bowling by Rangana Herath on the second day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Rangana Herath: Picked up five wickets in Colombo
Rangana Herath: Picked up five wickets in Colombo

Having contributed a useful 17 before his dismissal brought an end to Sri Lanka's first innings on 320 in the morning, Herath then claimed five of the six Pakistan wickets to fall during the day as the tourists limped to 244 for six at stumps - to trail Angelo Mathews' side by 76 runs.

Pakistan's deficit would have been far greater had it not been for the defiance of Sarfraz Ahmed (66no), Ahmed Shehzad (58) and Asad Shafiq (42).

Sri Lanka, who stuttered to 261 for eight at stumps on the opening day, added 59 runs for their final two wickets with number 11 batsman Chanaka Welegedara plundering five fours in an unbeaten knock of 27.

Abdur Rehman brought the hosts' innings to a close by accounting for Herath after Junaid Khan removed Dhammika Prasad to claim his fifth five-wicket haul of his Test career.

Pakistan made a steady start to their run chase with Khurram Manzoor clubbing successive fours in the opening Prasad over, before Shehzad trumped his opening partner by dispatching three successive Welegedara deliveries to the ropes.

Sri Lanka skipper Mathews decided on a change of tack by opting for Herath's off-spin and it paid immediate dividends when, in his second over, the left-armer coaxed Manzoor into edging behind three balls before lunch to leave Pakistan 47 for one.

Shehzad, who correctly reviewed when given out caught behind off Herath, made the most of his reprieve by notching his second Test fifty with a single off the spinner, before Azhar Ali took Pakistan past 100 with a single off Perera.

Pakistan's solid start was then undone somewhat when both batsmen gave their wickets away as the tourists lost two wickets for 12 runs.

Azhar mistimed a Herath delivery to mid on, while Shehzad inside-edged a poor Perera ball behind when a boundary should really have been the outcome.

There was worse to come when Younis Khan and captain Misbah-ul-Haq fell cheaply as Pakistan slumped to 140 for five, before Shafiq and Sarfraz set about repairing their side's stuttering innings.

The pair scored 93 runs for the sixth wicket, during which time Sarfraz passed 50, before Shafiq was bowled by Herath (five for 98) two balls before the end of play.

Sarfraz, who scored five fours in his unbeaten 81-ball knock, will resume with Rehman (one not out) on Saturday hoping to get Pakistan as close to, if not beyond, Sri Lanka's first innings total as possible.