Dimuth Karunaratne raises bat after fifty    AFP
Dimuth Karunaratne raises bat after fifty AFP

Sri Lanka took early advantage by finishing the opening session of Day One of the second Test at 96 for 1. Dimuth Karunaratne remained unbeaten on 52, while Sri Lanka lost Kaushal Silva for 27 after the openers avoided early downfall. From Pakistan‘s perspective, Yasir Shah removed Silva and was the most successful of the lot.

Opting to bat, Sri Lanka openers found it difficult against Mohammad Aamer who got off to a dream start with the pink ball. He got the ball to move both ways and added to the openers’ miseries. Despite that, he could not scalp a wicket. Batting eased out after the initial overs. Mohammad Abbas and Wahab Riaz kept it tight, but found no luck. As a result, Sri Lankan openers added 63 runs for the first wicket.

Sarfraz Ahmed banked on Yasir, and the leg spinner paid dividends. He removed Silva against the run of play. Silva went on the back-foot to pull only to get a faint edge to Sarfraz behind the wickets. He threw his wicket on a ball asking to be hit. Apart from that blip, Sri Lanka worked their way to 96 for 1, and will move forward with confidence.

Sadeera Samarawickrama, making his debut, remains not out at 14 and will like to lend good support to Karunaratne. It will be a riveting second session under lights.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 96 for 1 (Dimuth Karunaratne 52*, Kaushal Silva 27; Yasir Shah 1 for 31) vs Pakistan.