Sri Lanka will look to dominate at home © Getty Images
Sri Lanka will look to dominate at home © Getty Images

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Live cricket score: Sri Lanka  178/3 | Overs 64

Angelo Mathews 10(26), Kaushal Silva 80(197)

That is stumps on Day Two as the umpires have called it enough for the day since it is getting dark. A good day for both teams. Sri Lanka started the day well with the 112-run stand but Pakistan came back well with wickets to ensure they stay in the game.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka  169/3 | Overs 61

Angelo Mathews 4(15), Kaushal Silva 77(190)

Both Angelo Mathews and Kaushal Siva are playing cautiously and rightly so. The Pakistan bowlers are trying very hard to get one more breakthrough before play ends today. Silva is looking really solid and is intent on playing through safely and in between keeps playing superb shots with preference on timing.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka  154/3 | Overs 56

Angelo Mathews 0(1), Kaushal Silva 66(170)

Misbah brings back Hafeez for a bowl and he strikes right away as Thirimanne get impatient and holes out to Babar at mid on. That is also 50th Test wicket for Mohammed Hafeez! Just the timely wicket with around 45 minutes to go to stumps.

OUT! Lahiru Thirimanne c Zulfiqar Babar b Mohammed Hafeez 8(17)

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka  151/2 | Overs 54

Lahiru Thirimanne 5(10), Kaushal Silva 66(170)

Kaushal Silva looks a bit hurried here to get going. Thirimanne at the other end is looking very good though. Pakistan are looking for a wicket to ensure they get on top  of the game. Riaz is running in hard, and giving it his everything.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka  142/2 | Overs 50

Lahiru Thirimanne 4(3), Kaushal Silva 62(153)

Kumar Sangakkara get to another milestone as he brings up his 52nd Test fifty as Pakistan continue to hunt for a wicket. Sangakkara will look to bat positively. And just then, Wahab Riaz gets him to drive at one outside off and the first slip takes the catch. Lahiru Thirimanne gets going with a nice boundary through mid-wicket.

OUT! Kumar Sangakkara c Younis Khan b Wahab Riaz 50(106)

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka  128/1 | Overs 45

Kumar Sangakkara 42(91), Kaushal Silva 56(131)

Pakistan start the final session of day with Yasir Shah who has been the best bowler for them. Kumar Sangakkara is nearing his fifty and will be wanting to get it out of the way and continue to bat well. Silva ends the over with a boundary.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka  123/1 | Overs 44 – Tea

Kumar Sangakkara 41(88), Kaushal Silva 52(128)

Both the batsmen have done well to see through to Tea. 28 overs are left in the day and Sri Lanka will want both of them to play through the day. Pakistan have had their moments but have not done well to make those chances count.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka  112/1 | Overs 39

Kumar Sangakkara 31(70), Kaushal Silva 51(126)

Yasir Shah is bowling well and beating Sangakkara often now. Kaushal Silva has just scored his eight Test half-century and has really looked good ever since he was dropped on 6 by Yasir. Sri Lanka will want him to continue doing well.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka  84/1 | Overs 31

Kumar Sangakkara 15(44), Kaushal Silva 39(104)

Yasir Shah comes into the attack. Sangakkara survived a close chance when Silva tapped one to mid-wicket and set off for a quick single. Wahab Riaz did not put in a good throw and Sangakkara’s dive just about saved him in time from getting out. The 50-run stand is up too between Sangakkara and Silva.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka  76/1 | Overs 28

Kumar Sangakkara 13(42), Kaushal Silva 33(88)

Both Sangakkara and Silva are playing the ball on its merit and are getting the runs. The pitch is slow and it is taking a toll on Pakistan bowlers. Babar has bowled the odd good ball. The ball is just starting to take some turn.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka  64/1 | Overs 23

Kumar Sangakkara 12(28), Kaushal Silva 22(71)

Kumar Sangakkara keeps playing his shots, he hits Babar for a big one over the long on fence as Silva starts to look solid. It is bright and sunny and the players will wish it remains the same and they get a good period of game.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka  49/1 | Overs 17

Kumar Sangakkara 4(15), Kaushal Silva 17(48)

Wahab Riaz starts the session for Pakistan to Silva who ticks one down to fine leg for a boundary. Silva then plays a lovely pull shot to find the square leg fence as it is bright and sunny at Galle now. Silva is flirting with fire.

A mixed session for Sri Lanka. They have been good so far but with some scares as Pakistan were not that good with the new ball. They did not bowl well and also dropped a catch. Karunaraten could not make use of the luck of being caught off a no ball and departed for 21. Kumar Sangakkara and Kaushal Silva have looked good and will wish to come out after Lunch and play better.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka  40/1 | Overs 16 – Lunch

Kumar Sangakkara 4(15), Kaushal Silva 8(42)

Riaz continues to  bowl well and he welcomes Sangakkara to the crease with plenty of short balls. Sangakkara though had got off the mark off the very first ball he faced, driving it through mid on for a boundary. Both Silva and Sangakkara have ensured they do not lose any further wicket going into Lunch.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka  30/1 | Overs 12.2

Kumar Sangakkara 0(0), Kaushal Silva 7(34)

Junaid continues to have a longer spell as Misbah-ul-Haq brings on spin early on from the other end. Kaushal Silva got a life when he was dropped by Yasir Shah at point. Shah not just dropped the chance but also hurt himself in the process. Pakistan are starting to look desperate for a wicket as dark clouds gather around Galle and they get the breakthrough as Karunaratne under edges his pull back to the keeper. A wicket at last for them!

OUT! Dimuth Karunaratne c Sarfraz Ahmed b Wahab Riaz 21(42)

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka  23/0 | Overs 7

Dimuth Karunaratne 19(29), Kaushal Silva 2(15)

Karunaratne has looked to be positive right after he was dropped earlier on. Both batsmen have been beaten often by the moving ball as Pakistan continue to look for a wicket.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka  3/0 | Overs 2

Dimuth Karunaratne 1(12), Kaushal Silva 0(0)

Wahab Riaz bowls from the other end, he gets Karunaratne to edge one and Mohammed Hafeez took a simple catch but to the horror of Riaz, he had overstepped and that is a chance given early on. To add to his woes, he has already got an unofficial warning for following through on the pitch. Poor poor start from Riaz.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka  1/0 | Overs 1

Dimuth Karunaratne 1(6), Kaushal Silva 0(0)

We’re getting underway at last! Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne are out to bat for Sri Lanka. Junaid Khan to start with the new ball for Pakistan. Three slips a gully for Junaid who traps Karunaratne on the pads on the very first ball of the Test. Karunaratne plays out the rest of the over well without any issues and gets off the mark off the very last ball of the over.


Toss: Pakistan have won the toss and elected to field. Misbah-ul-Haq says that it is a situational call and does not want to risk given they are already into Day Two. He wishes to use the conditions. Angelo Mathews is not upset since he anyway wanted to bat first. Mathews reckons it will be a good cricket wicket.

Sri Lanka: Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews(c), Dinesh Chandimal(wk), Kithuruwan Vithanage, Dilruwan Perera, Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Pradeep.

Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed(wk), Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Junaid Khan.

1115 IST update: The rain has not come thankfully and we finally have good news! Toss to take place at 11.30 IST with play to start at 12.00 noon. All of that provided there is no rain, we will have a target of 72 overs. Lunch will be taken at 1315 IST, Tea at 1540 IST. Play can be extended till 1745 IST!

1100 IST update: Just as we were hopeful of getting a game in, the covers are being brought back on as they are expecting a shower! Not good news! It has got dark and it is a precautionary measure but it is indeed frustrating.

 

1030 IST update: Not much to give to you all, the wait continues as the next inspection will be at 1100 IST!

 

1000 IST update: The inspection will be at 1030 IST! Should get play any time soon after that!

 

0945 IST update: All the covers are off, we are sure to have a delayed start though. The umpires will come out for an inspection soon.

0930 IST update: Good news folks, the covers are coming off. Also, the sun is out and shinning brightly.

0900 IST update: The toss has been delayed due to a slight drizzle which has resulted in covers being back on. There was a lot of rain yesterday and just when we thought we would get going, it started to drizzle. While we wait, read this on spin twins of Pakistan, who will hope to combine to Rangana Herath Sri Lanka!

 

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Day Two of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Galle. The rain ruled out any chance of play on Day One and with more rain expected in coming days, it remains to be seen how teams approach the Test. Read: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan,1st Test at Galle: Preview

Sri Lanka are playing without Mahela Jayawardene and will wish Kumar Sangakkara steps up and guides the youngsters through as they look to rebuild their team. Rangana Herath will be expected to lead their bowling attack. Sri Lanka have a couple of youngsters playing in the middle order for them and will hope they shine.

Pakistan will be playing without Saeed Ajmal and they will want Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar step up. The rain had not allowed any play and the game will hope to start early weather permitting. Toss should take place at 0915IST. Read: Junaid Khan: Pakistan’s best bet to counter Kumar Sangakkara

Squads:

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kithruwan Vithanage, Jehan Mubarak, Kusal Perera, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Tharindu Kaushal, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhammika Prasad, Dushmantha Chameera, and Suranga Lakmal (subject to fitness).

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Azhar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Shan Masood, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Imran Khan, Ehsan Adil.

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