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Sri Lanka take control of Colombo Test

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  • Sri Lanka take control on the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan
  • Nuwan Kulasekara claims four wickets as Pakistan are skittled out for just 90
  • Kumar Sangakkara hits a half-century as Sri Lanka reach 164 for three in reply
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(CNN) -- Paceman Nuwan Kulasekara claimed four wickets and then Kumar Sangakkara slammed an unbeaten half-century as Sri Lanka seized control on the first day of the second Test match against Pakistan in Colombo.

Kumar Sangakkara celebrates his half-century as Sri Lanka took a 74-run lead in the Colombo Test.

Kumar Sangakkara celebrates his half-century as Sri Lanka took a 74-run lead in the Colombo Test.

Kulasekara finished with figures of four for 21 and spinner Ajantha Mendis chipped in with three for 20 as the visitors were dismissed for a paltry 90 runs midway through the afternoon session.

Sangakkara continued the home team's dominance with a fluent innings as Sri Lanka's hopes of securing their first Test series win against Pakistan at home gained momentum.

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal claimed two wickets in the final session, but Sri Lanka had progressed to a comfortable 164 for three at stumps -- a lead of 74 runs.

Sangakkara was unbeaten on 81, while Thilan Samaraweera was on 13 in a fourth-wicket partnership so far worth 31.

Kulasekara caused Pakistan problems from the start, picking up three wickets in three successive overs.

He got Khurram Manzoor to edge a ball straight to stand-in wicketkeeper Tillakaratne Dilshan, before left-arm seamer Thilan Thushara sent back Younus Khan with the first ball of his second over -- getting the Pakistan captain to drag one back on to his stumps.

At six for two, Pakistan desperately needed some stability and Mohammad Yousuf began the task of rebuilding confidently.

He chopped Kulasekara into the ground and over the slip cordon for a boundary off the first ball and followed up with delectable square-driven boundary later in the over.

But Kulasekara returned to snare Yousuf, who scooped a fuller length delivery to Rangana Herath at point.

Kulasekara had Misbah-ul-Haq back in the pavilion for a duck, caught behind off the inside edge, as Pakistan's now familiar tendency to capitulate continued.

Shoaib Malik put on 32 for the fifth wicket with debutant Fawad Alam -- quite easily Pakistan's best period of play -- but the innings came apart once Alam was trapped in front for 16 by Angelo Mathews.

Kulasekara returned in the afternoon to get rid of Abdur Rauf for a 34-ball duck, while Thushara had Kamran Akmal caught behind cheaply.

Pakistan's innings then folded for their lowest ever total against Sri Lanka with Mendis claiming three wickets, including two off successive deliveries to bring the curtain down and leave Malik stranded on 39.

Malinda Warnapura, who had two failures in the first Test, and Tharanga Paranavitana began Sri Lanka's response confidently until Umar Gul secured a leg before decision against Warnapura.

Sangakkara then put on 54 for the second wicket with Paranavitana until that partnership was ended by Ajmal, although the bowler was considerably aided by the batsman.

Paranavitana (26) rocked back to cut a short-pitched delivery from the off-spinner but only managed a bottom-edge which Akmal pouched at the second attempt.

Mahela Jayawardene looked good for his 19, but an inside-edge off the pad was neatly held by Manzoor at short leg. By then Sri Lanka had gone well past Pakistan's first-innings total.

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