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‘Pak don’t deserve to be in WTC Finals’ – Fans unhappy with Pakistan after their dismal batting in the first innings of the second Test against Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan spinners were relentless as Pakistan got bowled out for 231

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The second Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan is moving ahead pretty quickly. After posting 378 runs on the board in the first innings, Sri Lanka bundled out Pakistan for 231 getting a lead of 147 runs. After their record-breaking chase in the first Test, Pakistan were expected to bat responsibly and give a good reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings total.

However, their innings began in the worst possible manner as the centurion of the last match Abdullah Shafique was bowled in the very first over of the innings by Asitha Fernando. In another big blow to Pakistan, captain Babar Azam dragged on a ball from Fernando onto his stumps. After losing two in-form batters, Pakistan were in a spot of bother and needed a big partnership from their middle-order batters. But the Sri Lankan bowlers tightened the noose on the Pakistan batters with their disciplined bowling.

The Pakistan batting line-up fell like a pack of cards as they had no answer to Sri Lankan spinners. Imam-ul-Haq, Fawad Alamand Mohammad Rizwan failed to convert their starts as Sri Lankan spinners hunted them one after the other. Pakistan were reeling at 145/6 when Agha Salman who’s playing just the second Test of his career decided to take the onus of scoring runs on himself. The 28-year-old was finally dismissed for 62 at the score of 191/7. Useful contributions from tailenders Hasan Ali and Yasir Shah of 26 and 21 respectively got the Pakistan total to pass 200 as they were bowled out for 231 on Day 3.

Ramesh Mendis was the pick of the bowlers from Sri Lanka who picked up 5 for 47 in 21.1 overs. Having a lead of 147 runs in the first innings, Sri Lanka will now be looking to set Pakistan a target in excess of 400 keeping in mind their successful chase of 342 in the last game.

Twitter didn’t spare Pakistan after their dismal batting performance in the first innings. Here are the fans’ reactions after Pakistan’s first innings:

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