Off-spinner Mendis, who took five wickets in Pakistan’s first innings, provided skillful support by picking up four more when the touring side were knocked out for 261 in their second innings during the second session.
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“I worked hard and was patient,” said Jayasuriya, who was named Player of the Series for his collection of 17 wickets from two matches.
“It wasn’t an easy pitch to bowl, but we did well to bowl in partnerships and that led to wickets.”
With a record goal of 508, Pakistan, who won the opening test in Galle by four wickets, got off to a false start in their attempt to save the match when Imam-ul-Haq fell to Mendis at 49 in the third over of the day after they were resumed at 89-1.
But captain Babar Azam, who was Pakistan’s top scorer with a decisive knockout of 81, and Mohammad Rizwan increased their chances of a draw with a third wicket score of 79.
Jayasuriya then turned the game in Sri Lanka’s favor when he cleared out Rizwan, who misjudged a straight throw and was thrown out without making a shot for 37, to cause a collapse.
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Fawad Alam was quickly eliminated after a miscommunication with Babar, while Agha Salman fell to a stunning short leg catch by Kusal Mendis at Jayasuriya’s bowling.
From 176-2, the touring squad was reduced to 205-7 after the lunch break when Babar and Mohammad Nawaz were gone in quick succession, leaving the Sri Lankan spinners to mop up the Pakistani bat tail.
“Absolutely a difficult game for us. The hitting was not enough,” said Babar.