On day two of the second Test against Pakistan in Galle on Monday, Ramesh Mendis came through with a lower order cameo and then took three wickets for 42 runs to put Sri Lanka on track for a sizable first innings advantage. Mendis, who batted at position nine, made a 35-point contribution to Sri Lanka’s 378 total loss in the Galle International Stadium. The visitors ended day two on 191-7, still 187 down, as the off-spinner came back to destroy Pakistan’s middle order.

Before getting removed in the penultimate delivery of the day, Agha Salman spearheaded Pakistan’s comeback with a resolute 62. For his 13 not out, Yasir Shah faced 61 balls and an lbw call that was later overturned. Earlier, when the hosts began on 315-6, Pakistan’s Naseem Shah and Yasir shared the last four Sri Lankan wickets. To frustrate Pakistan, Niroshan Dickwella scored 51 runs and Mendis showed he was a capable batsman.

Abdullah Shafique, whose unbroken 160 had given Pakistan a two-wicket win in the first game of the series, faltered early in Pakistan’s response, falling to the second delivery of the innings. After a clumsy grab at an Asitha Fernando delivery, Shafique pulled the ball against his stumps and was out for a duck. When Babar Azam (16), the captain of Pakistan, attempted to drive a Prabath Jayasuriya delivery but missed the ball’s pitch, he produced an inside edge that slammed into his stumps.

Imam-ul-Haq made 32 before Dhananjaya de Silva broke through his defense as the opener. Both Mohammad Rizwan and Fawad Alam, who both scored 24, received starts, but they were unsuccessful since Mendis trapped them both as lbw. Additionally, Rizwan wasted a review by attempting to appeal the lbw ruling against him.

Mendis took out Mahammad Nawaz to bring Pakistan to 145-6, but Salman wouldn’t give up. The right-hander scored four fours and a six, but he was caught at the slip by Jayasuriya’s bowling and could not go through the day.