New Zealand claimed victory against Sri Lanka by an innings and 58 runs on Monday, securing a 2-0 Test series whitewash despite a late fightback from the visitors
Kusal Mendis made a lively 87 off 83 balls to put tourists Sri Lanka in the driving seat at 305-6 after the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand
On the second ball of the 36th over, Virat Kohli hit Dhananjaya de Silva for a six to reach the 50-run mark
Wanindu Hasaranga led an inspired bowling effort before Dhananjaya de Silva hit a fine fifty as Sri Lanka kept their semifinals hopes alive with a six-wicket win over Afghanistan in the T20 World Cup
de Silva went on to score 26 runs off 23 deliveries and was involved in a 69-run second-wicket stand with Pathum Nissanka (40). It laid the foundation for Sri Lanka's competitive total of 157/6 in 20 overs.
SL vs PAK: Pakistan were 89/1 at Stumps on Day 4 in their 508-run chase after Dhananjaya de Silva's century put Sri Lanka in a commanding position.
Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne battled through back pain to extend Sri Lanka's second-innings lead to 323 after key strikes by Pakistan's bowlers in the second Test on Tuesday
Pakistan's Shaheen Shah Afridi led an inspired attack to bowl out Sri Lanka for 222 but the hosts hit back with two wickets before stumps on the opening day of the first Test on Saturday.
SL vs PAK: Fresh from sealing a thrillingdraw in the two-match Test series against Australia, Sri Lanka will now hosts Pakistan for two Tests, starting with the first game at the picturesque Galle International Stadium on Saturday, July 16.
Sri Lanka's Dhananjaya de Silva will return to the team after recovering from Covid-19, skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said Friday ahead of the first Test against Pakistan.