Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 2nd Test: Dinesh Chandimal leads Sri Lanka on day one
Dinesh Chandimal hit his fourth half-century to take Sri Lanka’s total forward before taking a late wicket on the first day of the second Test in Galle on Sunday. Chandimal, who scored 80 runs, formed a crucial partnership with Angelo Mathews, including a fourth-wicket stand of 75, to fall short of fifty in his 100th Test. Sri Lanka reached 315 for six when bad light stopped play for the day, with the hosts opting to bat first to bounce back from an early defeat in the two-match series.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella was batting on 42 and debutant Dunith Velalez on six, after being hit by a second new ball from pacer Naseem Shah.
Naseem bowled Dhananjay de Silva for 32 and Dickwella was nearly dismissed for 24, but captain Babar Azam dropped his second catch of the day this time at second slip.
For Pakistan, left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz took two important wickets, Oshada Fernando, who made 50 and Chandimal.
Chandimal, who scored an unbeaten 206, 76 and 94 not out in his last two Tests, handled the opposition spinners until he took to the pitch on the first day.
Mathews started well but failed to capitalize on 36 runs when Azam dropped a simple catch at extra cover off left-arm spinner Nauman Ali.
Nauman came to catch Mathews after the tea break, the batsmen walking back into the dressing room to cheer for their Test milestone.
Fernando and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne opened for 92 runs before Nawaz broke through.
Fernando completed his seventh Test half-century by hitting Nawaz for a six, but was caught on the next ball.
Kusal Mendis survived 11 balls and scored three before being run out at the stroke of lunch on a straight throw by Agha Salman while the batsman was backing up at the non-striker’s end.
Karunaratne fell into Yasir Shah’s leg spin when his reverse sweep went to backward point, where Naseem took a sharp catch as Sri Lanka looked to be in trouble at 120-3.
Chandimal put on a 63-run stand with Mathews and then de Silva, but a wild slog caught him at backward point off Nawaz.
Mathews, 35, was brought up in Test debut with Sri Lanka cricket and his family to reach his century in five-day matches since his debut against Pakistan at the same venue in 2009.
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