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(Pakistan have drawn the first blood, and it is time for Sri Lanka to step up for the challenge. Catch live cricket scores and commentary of the first day’s play in the 2nd Test here)

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka 67/1 | Overs 30

Kaushal Silva 21*, Kumar Sangakkara 15*

Kumar Sangakkara plays a few strokes off the back foot to lift the scoreboard from slumber, and Kaushal Silva employs his defence typically immaculately. Sangakkara’s strike-rate is about 50, but Silva’s is about 25, as he plays yet another slow over, this time off Yasir Shah.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 48/1 | Overs 23

Kaushal Silva 16*, Kumar Sangakkara 1*

WICKET! Soon after Junaid Khan is brought back into the attack, Dimuth Karunaratne attempts a cut off a ball wide outside off stump, but edges to the wicketkeeper. That wicket boosts the morale of Pakistan, who have toiled away without any reward, as the openers had been playing the bowlers cautiously. Before this, a review taken by Pakistan, after Kaushal Silva failed to put bat on ball in his typical forward forward defence off Zulfiqar Babar, and was caught by a fieldsman nearby, but it was struck down.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka 30/0 | Overs 16

Kaushal Silva 8*, Dimuth Karunaratne 19*

Zulfiqar Babar has been able to coax only forward defences — done with the front foot planted forward and head over the ball studiously — and despite fielders around the batsmen, he is being played relatively comfortably. Dimuth Karunaratne scored a boundary via a punch off the back foot, but otherwise has kept quiet alongside Kaushal Silva. Wahab Riaz appears a bit irritated with the area forming his run-up.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka 19/0 | Overs 11

Kaushal Silva 6*, Dimuth Karunaratne 11*

A couple of clips off the pads apart, Sri Lanka’s openers are largely intent to hold fort. Zulfiqar Babar has quite a few close-in fielders around the batsman; Pakistan clearly need early wickets and they recognise this.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka 2/0 | Overs 5

Kaushal Silva 0*, Dimuth Karunaratne 2*

Leaves outside the off stump and forward defences form the highlight of the first five overs of Sri Lanka’s innings, which started after tea.The last ball of the fourth over from Junaid Khan cut Kaushal Silva in half as it sizzled to the wicketkeeper. Sri Lanka have hardly been allowed to score.


Live cricket score: Pakistan 138 | Overs 42.5

OUT! Yasir Shah c Kumar Sangakkar b Dushmantha Chameera 15(17)

Junaid Khan 2(2)

The last wicket falls, as Kumar Sangakkara takes an amazing catch at the deep to dismiss Yasir Shah. Sri Lanka have picked up eight wickets in this session from 19.5 overs and Tharindu Kaushal carries the ball as he registers five wickets. Amazing performance by Sri Lanka.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 126/9 | Overs 42

OUT! Wahab Riaz b Dushmantha Chameera 5(7)

Yasir Shah 3(12), Junaid Khan 2(2)

Another wicket! Chameera picks up his first wicket on Test debut! This has been a nasty stumble by Pakistan cricketers. Junaid Khan is the final batsman for Sri Lanka.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 118/8 | Overs 41

OUT! Wahab Riaz lbw Tharindu Kaushal 4(21)

Yasir Shah 3(12), Zulfiqar Babar 1(1)

Another wicket for Tharindu Kaushal! Four wickets! He has really broken through Sri Lankan’s middle-order. Another chance for wicket! A doosra and Angelo Mathews could not manage to complete the catch. LBW appeal. However, S Ravi says no. Replays show inside edge. Yasir Shah is safe for now.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 113/7 | Overs 39

OUT! Sarfraz Ahmed c Angelo Mathews b Tharindu Kaushal 14(29)

Wahab Riaz 4(19), Yasir Shah 1(2)

Another wicket falls! Safraz Ahmed edges and Angelo Mathews takes a clean catch. Tharindu Kaushal picks up his third wicket!

Live cricket score: Pakistan 96/6 | Overs 31

OUT! Misbah-ul-Haq run out Angelo Mathews/Dinesh Chandimal 7(20)

Sarfraz Ahmed 1(1), Wahab Riaz 0(1)

The match restarts after rain and looks like Misbah-ul-Haq has been run out. Poor judgement and Misbah could never reach the crease on time as a Mathews and Chandimal completed a brilliant run out. Two new batsmen in the middle. Pakistan are six down now.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 95/5 | Overs 30.3

OUT! Asad Shafiq lbw Tharindu Kaushal 2(7)

Misbah-ul-Haq 7(19)

Oh dear, Asad Shafiq too misses one that comes in after pitching and is caught plumb in front of the stumps. He reviews in vain as the Hawk Eye shows that it is hitting the stumps. That is out and the players rush off the field as it starts to rain heavily in Colombo. What a session for Sri Lanka, they have made inroads into the Pakistan line-up.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 90/4 | Overs 29

OUT! Mohammad Hafeez b Tharindu Kaushal 42(75)

Misbah-ul-Haq 3(15) Asad Shafiq 1(1)

Misbah-ul-Haq watches as Hafeez defends one that comes in from Kaushal back onto his stumps. What a breakthrough for Sri Lanka and Asad Shafiq joins Misbah. Pakistan in trouble after Lunch.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 74/3 | Overs 24

OUT! Younis Khan c Dinesh Chandimal b Dhammika Prasad 6(38)

Mohammad Hafeez 31(61)

Dhammika Prasad continues after lunch. Younis Khan is on strike. Four dot balls and Younis plays a classic shot straight for four. OUT! Younis Khan tries to avoid playing a shot but the ball nicks his gloves. Dhammika bowls a good delivery which he hits his gloves and Chandimal takes an easy catch.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 70/2 | Overs 23

Mohammad Hafeez 31(61), Younis Khan 2(32)

Tharindu Kaushal bowling the final over before lunch. He starts with huge no ball. Single taken off the second delivery. The third ball was a clean doosra. Single taken. Straight down the line and four runs. Hafeez looks quite settled.  That will be lunch.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 51/2 | Overs 15

OUT! Azhar Ali c Dinesh Chandimal b Dhammika Prasad 26(45)

Mohammad Hafeez 19(45), Younis Khan 0(0)

Azhar Ali edges and Dinesh Chandimal takes an easy catch behind the stumps. The umpire signals not out but Angelo Mathews straight away goes upstairs, as he takes DRS. Sri Lankan cricketers look confident. Review shows two noises and it passes slighlt by the bat. The third umpire is taking good amount of time to make his decision. And that has been given OUT! Azhar Ali has to walk back.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 50/1 | Overs 14

Mohammad Hafeez 19(44), Azhar Ali 25(39)

Azhar Ali is looking good. Four runs off the second ball. Good feet movement and boundary. Another no-ball. Single and Hafeez on strike. Straight down the ground by Haffez for four. Fifty comes up for Pakistan. Short and fast ball to end the over.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 24/1 | Overs 6

Mohammad Hafeez 10(20), Azhar Ali 12(14)

Debutant Dushmantha Chameera will bowl. First ball, dot. His second bowl has been around 143 kmph. No ball signalled. The umpire is having a word with the bowler. Single taken by Azhar Ali, as he defends a good yorker. Mohammad Hafeez to face the final delivery of the over. And dot ball.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 12/1 | Overs 3 | Read: Sri Lanka-Pakistan play 50th Test

OUT! Ahmed Shehzad c Kumar Sangakkara b Dhammika Prasad 1 (3)

Mohammad Hafeez 8(13), Azhar Ali 3(2)

Dhammika Prasad strikes in his second over with the first ball. Ahmed Shehzad edges and Kumar Sangakkara takes a spectacular catch at first slip to dismiss the opener. Azhar Ali is the new batsman. Dot ball. He is off the mark as he takes three runs. Dot balls. Four runs on the off side.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 4/0 | Overs 1

Mohammad Hafeez 4(6), Ahmed Shehzad 0(0)

Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad open the batting for Pakistan. Dhammika Prasad will bowl the first over. Hafeez gets a couple of runs. The wicket is little green but there has not been any swing till now. Few dot balls and a couple of more twos. Angelo Mathews will bowl the second over.


TOSS: Dean Jones is out in the middle with Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka and Misbah-ul-Haq of Pakistan. Chris Broad is the match referee. Misbah wins the toss and Pakistan will bat first. Younis Khan will play his 100th Test. Misbah wishes him good luck on this occasion. Angelo says that he although wanted to bowl first and he is happy with the situation currently. READ: Pakistan eager to make Younis Khan’s 100th Test a memorable one

Teams:

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.

Sri Lanka: Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kithuruwan Vithanage, Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Tharindu Kaushal, Dushmantha Chameera.


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the first day’s play in the second Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the P Sara Oval in Colombo on Thursday. This is Sudatta Mukherjee, and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and live updates of this second cricket Test. PREVIEW: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2015, 2nd Test at Colombo: Hosts look to avenge loss

Pakistan will be looking to strengthen their hold on this series as they are ahead by 1-0, after registering an emphatic win in the first Test. Despite the first day of the opening Test of this three-Test series being washed out, Pakistan found their way to win with some splendid on-field performances. READ: All-round Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in 1st Test at Galle; lead series 1-0

There were expectations that it will be Rangana Herath who would be having a huge impact in the first Test, like he did last time when these two teams clashed. But it was Yasir Shah who had a game to remember, as he snaffled seven-wicket haul to bowl his team to a stunning victory.

Pakistan will be keen on winning this Test particularly for their venerable Younis Khan, who will be playing his 100th Test today. Younis has been a pillar of strength for Pakistan especially in Test cricket, and it will be a fitting celebration for him if his side wins this clash for him. READ: Pakistan eager to make Younis Khan’s 100th Test a memorable one

For Sri Lanka, it will be a test of character as they have been playing really well in their backyard like most of the teams do. They will need their big guns such as Kumar Sangakkara, Herath and few others to fire. READ: Sri Lanka need Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews, Rangana Herath to fire against Pakistan

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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