Dimuth Karunaratne acknowledges the crowd after reaching three figures     Getty Images
Dimuth Karunaratne acknowledges the crowd after reaching three figures Getty Images

After scripting a famous win in the first Test versus Pakistan, Sri Lanka have started on course in the second and final match. Sri Lanka finish Day One at 254 for 3 courtesy a gritty hundred by opener Dimuth Karunaratne. He was well supported by Kaushal Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama and skipper Dinesh Chandimal. Chandimal remains unbeaten at 49* and has added 118 runs with the centurion. In addition, Karunaratne becomes the first Sri Lankan to score a century in a day-night Test.

Opting to bat, Sri Lanka started on a steady note. They resumed the final session at 174 for 3. Sarfraz Ahmed did not introduced his pacers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Abbas straight away. The ball was expected to wobble under lights, but Chandimal-Karunaratne did not deter. They played the waiting game and resorted from doing anything silly. Chandimal was in no hurry, and Karunaratne scored runs off the poor deliveries. He slammed his seventh hundred courtesy a cheeky shot off Yasir Shah.

Sarfraz held onto his part-timers, Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail, for long and delayed taking the new ball. It was finally taken by the home side in the 83rd over. Mohammad Aamer, Abbas and Riaz gave their best, but couldn’t provide a breakthrough. Even Yasir was kept at bay.

Sri Lanka added 80 runs in the final session, and will consolidate after ending Day One in a strong position.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 254 for 3 (Dimuth Karunaratne 133*, Sadeera Samarawickrama 35, Dinesh Chandimal 49*; Yasir Shah 2 for 90) vs Pakistan.