Dimuth Karunaratne leads Sri Lanka fightback in first Test against Pakistan

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By: AFP | Abu Dhabi |
Revealed:September 28, 2017 eight:09 pm


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Opener Dimuth Karunaratne fell seven runs in need of a deserved century as he anchored Sri Lanka’s fightback on the opening day of the primary Take a look at in opposition to Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

The left-hander was run out for 93 however helped his workforce recuperate from a precarious 61-Three to achieve 227-Four at shut after Sri Lanka received the toss and batted on a greenish Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.

Karunaratne added a useful 100-run partnership with skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who was 60 not out at stumps, as Pakistan failed to interrupt by with the second new ball.

Niroshan Dickwella was unbeaten on 42, having added 66 runs for the unbroken fifth-wicket stand alongside his captain.

Chandimal was given leg earlier than to Yasir Shah on 42, a choice which was overturned on overview. His innings has included six boundaries whereas Dickwella hit 5 fours and a six throughout his aggressive knock.

Shah returned figures of 2-59 however didn’t get a lot flip from the pitch whereas seamer Hasan Ali took 1-58.

It was Karunaratne’s knock that introduced Sri Lanka again into it within the final two classes. He batted for 4 hours and 40 minutes throughout an stubborn keep on the crease, recording his fourth half-century in opposition to Pakistan and sixth general.

However he was run out within the final session as he tried a fast single solely to be left stranded after Chandimal on the non-striker’s finish despatched him again.

Pakistan had the benefit within the first session with leg-spinner Shah taking two wickets, dismissing left-hander Lahiru Thirimanne for his 150th Take a look at wicket.

Shah matched fellow countryman Waqar Younis because the joint second quickest to 150 wickets — each attaining the milestone of their 27th Take a look at.

Australia’s Sydney Barnes holds the file after reaching the landmark in simply 24 Checks.

At first, Karunaratne had a stable opening stand of 34 with Kaushal Silva earlier than Hasan offered Pakistan with the breakthrough.

Hasan bowled Silva for 12 because the batsman performed on to an inswinging supply.

Shah then had Thirimanne trapped leg earlier than for a duck and Kusal Mendis caught behind for 10 to go away Sri Lanka reeling.

The Take a look at is Pakistan’s first because the retirement of legendary batsman Younis Khan and their most profitable Take a look at skipper, Misbah-ul-Haq.

Pakistan handed a Take a look at cap to batsman Haris Sohail, whereas Sri Lanka went into the sport with three spinners and two seamers.

English umpire Ian Gould turned an early morning casualty because the 60-year-old succumbed to an upset abdomen and was changed by Richard Kettleborough, initially the tv umpire.

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