Sri Lanka will chase any total in the second innings, says Mahela
Former captain Mahela Jayawardena said that Sri Lanka would chase any
total in their second innings in an attempt to register a historic
three-nil clean sweep after another absorbing second day’s play in the
third and final Test match against Pakistan at the SSC ground in
Maitland Place yesterday.
Jayawardena who hit a top score of 79 believed that there is little
danger in the wicket although the bowlers had dominated the proceedings
once again while capturing a total of fourteen wickets. The 32-year-old
right hander stated that they have already gained a psychological
advantage by capturing a vital wicket in the Pakistan second innings and
is looking forward to adding the finishing touches when play resumes
Jayawardena said that Pakistan have not fared well in the second
innings in any of the two previous Test matches of this series and
believes the visitors could collapse once again under pressure.
Jayawardena noted that with the presence of four fast bowlers in the
side they will be looking to create more opportunities and add more
pressure and will not mind even sending down a few overs as he did in
the first innings.
Jayawardena was disappointed in the manner he got out and felt that
lack of concentration was the main reason for his dismissal. He also
commended the brave effort of Tillekeratne Dilshan who hit a valiant 44
before being last man out.