Thursday, August 11, 2022

1st Test, Day 1: Pak finish on 24/2 at stumps in reply to Sri Lanka 222

Pakistan were 24/2 at stumps, trailing by 198 runs, after bowling out Sri Lanka for 222 in their first innings on the opening day of the first Test at Galle International Stadium, here on Saturday. Azhar Ali (3) and skipper Babar Azam (1) were unbeaten at the crease for Pakistan when the play came to an end on Day 1.
Opting to bat first, Sri Lanka hoped to make it count with a big first innings total. But the Pakistan bowling attack, led by Shaheen Afridi, were too hot to handle for the hosts.
Meaningful scores were few and far for Sri Lanka, with Afridi starting the proceedings for the visitors taking the all-important wicket of skipper Dimuth Karunaratne. Afridi took three more wickets in the form of Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella and Maheesh Theekshana, ending with figures of 4/58. Yasir Shah (2/66) and Hasan Ali (2/23) were also massively impressive, as Pakistan bowled out Sri Lanka to a modest total of 222. However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Sri Lanka batting department. Dinesh Chandimal continued his golden run in Galle after his brilliant double ton against Australia.
As wickets were falling, Chandimal was dogged in his resistance, playing a vital knock of 76.

SourceIANS

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