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Sri Lanka march forward to 176 for 3 at dinner on Day One of the second Test versus Pakistan. Resuming from 96 for 1, Dimuth Karunaratne kept visitors ahead with a gritty 89*. Pakistan struck back with wickets of Sadeera Samarawickrama and Kusal Mendis. However, skipper Dinesh Chandimal and Karunaratne have kept Pakistan at bay since then.

Samarawickrama was the first to bite the dust in the second session. He looked impressive in his first outing, but had a tame end to the innings. Mohammad Aamer outfoxed him with an off-cutter and held onto a sharp return catch. The debutant was beaten by the bounce and made the long walk back. Kusal Mendis, at No. 4, perished for 1 as Yasir Shah picked up his second scalp. Mendis tried to take on Yasir and went for a glory shot. All he could manage was a thick edge, and was neatly taken by Asad Shafiq.

Chandimal and Karunaratne weathered the storm by playing sensibly. The last 10 overs leaked only 15 runs, but Chandimal and Karunaratne would be eyeing to add runs in the fag end of the last session. Pakistan, on the other hand, would like to strike back harder and make things difficult for visitors in the evening session

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 174 for 3 (Dimuth Karunaratne 89*, Kaushal Silva 27, Sadeera Samarawickrama 35; Yasir Shah 2 for 75) vs Pakistan.