Kaushal Silva makes runs on the off side against Pakistan on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan at the P Sara Oval. AFP picture by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi

By Sa’adi Thawfeeq

Opener Kaushal Silva continued his fine form against Pakistan by scoring an unbeaten half-century to give Sri Lanka the lead in the second Test against Pakistan played at the P Sara Oval.

Sri Lanka went to lunch on the second day at 147 for three wickets leading by nine runs in reply to Pakistan’s first innings of 138.

Pakistan managed to capture two wickets in the morning session including that of Kumar Sangakkara for 34 and Lahiru Thirimanne for seven.

Sangakkara was out to a lofted on drive off left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar where Asad Shafiq did well to make good ground from deep mid wicket to hold onto.

Thirimanne failed to make good a dropped catch at five by Shafiq at shortleg when he was caught by same fielder in the same position after adding just two runs to his personal score.

Angelo Mathews helped Silva to his half-century which he brought up with a fine cover drive off Junaid Khan for his sixth four.

At lunch Silva who has already hit two hundreds off the Pakistan bowling was unbeaten on 64 and Mathews on 11.

Pakistan were handicapped in their bowling by the absence of left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz who has been ruled out of the Test series with a hand injury.

Scores: Pakistan 138;

Sri Lanka 70-1 contd 147-3 at lunch (Kaushal Silva 64 not out, Kumar Sangakkara 34).