Atapattu: We will take stock soon

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Coach Marvan Atapattu looked forward to a formidable second-innings total, as Sri Lanka maintained command on day three of the second and final Test against Pakistan at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo.

Coach Marvan Atapattu looked forward to a formidable second-innings total, as Sri Lanka maintained command on day three of the second and final Test against Pakistan at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo.

An unbeaten half-century from the veteran Kumar Sangakkara and a complementary 49 not out from the stalwart Mahela Jayawardene carried the hosts to 177 for two – and a lead of 165 on Saturday.

Spin bowler Rangana Herath, earlier, clinched a record-breaking nine-wicket haul to reduce the tourists to 332 all out, despite a maiden Test match century from wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed.

"We need to continue the same way on Sunday and put up a big score. There is no target in our mind yet, but we will take stock when the spinners start getting more turn," said Atapattu.

Pakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan, meanwhile, has recovered from a painful blow to the head. Khan underwent a precautionary scan after being struck by a short delivery. He gathered an unbeaten 13, but was near felled by a steep bouncer from seamer Dhammika Prasad.

"Junaid is much better now," added batting coach Grant Flower. "There was no internal bleeding and he is back from hospital. We will see how he feels in the morning. But it's too early to say whether he can bowl again in this game."

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