Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 1st Test Day 1 Highlights: Pakistan were 24 for two at stumps on Day 1 of the first Test of the two-match series at the Galle International Stadium on Saturday.
Afridi gets four and Chandimal and Theekshana lift Sri Lanka from 133 for 8 to 222
After two sessions dominated by Pakistan’s bowlers, Sri Lanka’s tail combined with Chandimal to give them a respectable score
Sri Lanka’s final two wickets added 89 runs as they recovered from a deserving 133 for 8 to a more respectable 222. Much of this was thanks to Dinesh Chandimal and Mahesh Theekshana, who scored 76 and 38 respectively.
Chandimal fights through another four-wicket meeting to keep Sri Lanka in the battle
Pakistan stays in front as Afridi gets three wickets to go with Yasir Shah‘s two
Dinesh Chandimal remained between Sri Lanka and had a total breakdown, as his side’s capitulation went on the primary day of the first Test, with all the more free stroke-play joined with some close bowling, assisting Pakistan with getting a bad vice-like grasp on the match.
Chandimal cut, pulled, cleared, and drove his direction to an unbeaten 68 off 104 conveyances. Be that as it may, anything counterattack he can marshal until the end of the innings should be in the organization of the tail. Mahesh Theekshana, however, has done well to stand his ground at the opposite end, with the pair presently having placed on 33 – the second-most elevated organization of the innings. Theekshana has confronted 21 balls for his six runs.
Dhananjaya de Silva fell in the fifth over after the break, slashing on a fairly relaxed endeavour at a cover drive off Shaheen Shah Afridi – his second such wicket of the day.
Afridi would then dismiss Niroshan Dickwella off the first ball of his very next over, angling one into the left-hander’s off stump, coaxing the drive, only to seam it away just enough to grab a thick outside edge to gully, where debutant Agha Salman completed an impressive low take.
Ramesh Mendis then, at that point, joined Chandimal at the crease, and the two ground out a 27-run stand before Ramesh gloved a short one from Naseem Shah down the leg. It was one more avoidable excusal.
Pakistan was then into the tail, and having been held off for the majority of the day – generally down to how well the other bowlers did – the left-arm universal twist of Mohammad Nawaz, at last, became an integral factor, catching Prabath Jayasuriya lbw with one that slid through.
Detecting that time was at a higher cost than normal, Chandimal changed gears, taking Naseem for three successive limits. The initial two were short balls dispatched before the square, while the last one raised his 22nd Test fifty, a superb front-foot cut penetrating profound square-leg and profound fine-leg. He saved his best stroke, however, for Nawaz, who he tramp cleared for a most extreme over square leg.
The midday meeting saw a greater amount of what had occurred in the first part of the day.
Having won the throw and chose for bat, Sri Lanka got off to an inauspicious beginning, with captain Dimuth Karunaratne playing onto his stumps.
He turned into the most recent casualty of Afridi’s brand name early-overs rush. Afridi had examined the line outside Karunaratne’s off stump, and having recognized his penchant to push towards cover, inspired one to nip back barely to the point of getting within edge off the forward guard on to cushion and afterwards the off stake.
This early blow, however, wouldn’t dial back the Sri Lankans, as Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando tracked down limits with routineness, and the seamers battled generally to keep to predictable lines and lengths.
At the level of their 49-run stand, Sri Lanka was going at around four an over. Be that as it may, they fell in about three conveyances after the morning drinks break. The first to go was Kusal, conveying a weak base edge to Mohammad Rizwan behind the stumps, as he hoped to slice one that was moved through speedier by Yasir Shah.
Oshawa followed, as a speculative guarded push to one wide outside off from Hasan Ali toward the beginning of the following over tracked down the edge – thicker than Kusal’s – to Rizwan, who needed to place in a jump to stick on. Angelo Mathews trailed not very far behind; disappointed after 14 scoreless conveyances, he chipped a straightforward catch to mid-on off Yasir.
Yasir Shah starts to lead the pack as Pakistan overwhelms the opening meeting
Sri Lanka go to lunch on the first day of the season on an unstable 80 for 4 subsequent to winning the throw and taking the first strike
Lunch Sri Lanka 80 for 4 (Oshada 35, Chandimal 12*, Dhananjaya 8*, Yasir 2-26) versus Pakistan
Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva took Sri Lanka to lunch after a morning meeting that had begun promisingly for them, yet finished with Pakistan on top. Having lost the throw – they would most likely have needed to bat first – Pakistan will be chuffed with procedures up until this point.
Yasir Shah, on his re-visitation of the Test side, was the pick of the bowlers, getting the vital wickets of Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews, while the three quicks in the Pakistan line-up were turned productively in help.
A large part of the harm was finished in about a couple of moments post the beverages break, when the set sets of Oshada Fernando and Kusal fell in about three conveyances. The first to go was Mendis, conveying a weak base edge to Mohammad Rizwan behind the stumps, as he hoped to slice one that was moved through speedier by Yasir.
Oshawa followed, as a provisional protective push to one wide outside off from Hasan Ali toward the beginning of the following over tracked down the edge – thicker than Kusal’s – to Rizwan, who needed to place in a plunge to grip on.
Dinesh Chandimal who played his profession best thump against Australia in the second Test will be the man to look out for. They will be tried without a doubt as Pakistan too has a decent bowling assault.
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