Sri Lanka take upper hand against Pakistan

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Sri Lanka gained the toss and opted to bat. By stumps, opener Dimuth Karunaratne (93) and skipper Dinesh Chandimal (60) have ensured a slight edge going into the second day towards a Pakistan

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p itemprop=”articleBody”>Sri Lanka managed 227 runs for the lack of 4 wickets towards Pakistan on Day One of many first Check match at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
Sri Lanka gained the toss and opted to bat. By stumps, opener Dimuth Karunaratne (93) and skipper Dinesh Chandimal (60) have ensured a slight edge going into the second day towards a Pakistani assault shouldered closely by spinner Yasir Shah, who took two wickets on the day.
The grass on the pitch appeared to have influenced the squad choice as Pakistan included only one spinner towards three by Sri Lanka, who shall be making final use of the wicket.
Sri Lanka began the proceedings properly. Openers Kaushal Silva and Karunaratne watchfully negated the preliminary spells as pacers Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Amir stored asking questions with a good line and size. It was a sluggish however resolute begin and Lankan openers made their option to drinks break with 31 runs from 15 overs.
The slight benefit that Lankans had constructed was razed as younger Hasan Ali packed Silva again for 12 runs. The opener had left a fiery supply from Ali however did not maintain his bat out because the ball took the underside edge onto the stumps.
Lankan had been additional pushed onto the again foot as wily Yasir foxed new batsman Lahiru Thirimanne in entrance of wicket. It was a unnecessary slog, in solely his seventh ball, by the comeback man. Thirimanne, who was enjoying first Check after Lords match in June 2016, left with out disturbing the scoreboard.
And Pakistan, with back-to-back wickets, had pegged again Lanka to 35 for 2 in 18 overs.
Subsequent up, Kusal Mendis joined Karunaratne and knitted a small partnership to hit 61 by the top of 28 overs. And simply when Lankans had been ready for lunch, Shah struck once more. The spinner induced an edge out of Mendis and the ball snuggled into palms of keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.
And amid the wickets, Karunaratne bought to his 50. The opener continued to carry floor towards bowlers searching in packs. Amir, Abbas and Ali bended their backs and maintained stress from one finish and on the different Yasir, the warhorse, bowled 18 overs unchanged. Bowlers, with good line, plugged runs and stored Dinesh Chandimal on a good leash. Lanka bought to 100 by 48th over.
Chandimal, conserving temperament, started to flourish. There was a cultured shot, the place Chandimal created a boundary from a Hasan Ali’s yorker.
The duo scripted a mini-revival with Karunaratne orchestrating the proceedings.
Pakistan gave Yasir a break with Haris Sohail, Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq stepping in. Half-timers and spread-out discipline helped Lankan trigger. And at Tea, the batsmen shared 82-run partnership to take Lanka to 143 runs.
After the break too, Yasir needed to anchor the assault from one finish once more. Pakistan had deployed seven bowlers by now. And Karunaratne-Chandimal bought to their 100-run partnership from 235 balls.
Simply when Sri Lanka appeared to be settling in, a wicket fell, a present at that. Karunaratne struck to mid-on and took off however Chandimal stood rooted to his crease. Each the batsmen ended up in the identical crease and Sohail threw to Sarfraz, who crashed the stumps to ship Karunaratne again. Chandimal stood apologetically as Karunaratne walked again seven in need of a deserving century.
Chandimal made amends with a half-century and with Niroshan Dickwella bought to 50-run partnership from 98 balls.
The periods within the day had been evenly dominated by each groups. The day noticed some spirited bowling assault from Pakistan and Lankans bat with good temperament. The match is evenly-poised and a slowing pitch will make issues fascinating.

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Sri Lanka 1st innings
D. Karunaratne run out               93
Ok. Silva b Hasan                     12
L. Thirimanne lbw b Shah              Zero
Ok. Mendis c Ahmed b Shah             10
D. Chandimal not out                 60
N. Dickwella not out                 42
Extras: (lb8, nb2)                   10
Complete: (for 4 wkts, 90 overs)    227
To bat: D. Perera, R. Herath, S. Lakmal, L. Sundakan, N. Pradeep
Fall: 1-34, 2-35, Three-61, Four-161
Bowling: Amir 17-2-39-Zero, Abbas 16-Zero-43-Zero (1nb), Shah 34-Eight-59-2, Hasan 17-Three-58-1 (1nb), Masood 1-1-Zero-Zero, Sohail Four-Zero-14-Zero, Shafiq 1-Zero-6-Zero
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas
Toss: Sri Lanka
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG)and Nigel Llong (ENG)
TV umpire: Ahsan Raza (PAK)
ICC match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)

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