Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi led an impressed assault to bowl out Sri Lanka for 222 however the hosts hit again with two wickets earlier than stumps on the opening day of the primary Check on Saturday. The vacationers reached 24 for 2 on the shut of play in Galle after dropping their openers and . , on three, and skipper , on one, have been batting at shut of play with Pakistan nonetheless trailing by 198 runs. Quick bowler Kasun Rajitha trapped Imam leg earlier than wicket for 2 and Prabath Jayasuriya took down Shafique for 13 together with his left-arm spin on a day dominated by the bowlers.
Left-arm quick bowler Shaheen stood out with figures of 4-58 however‘s attacking 76 and a late cameo of 36 by gave the hosts a combating whole on a pitch anticipated to help spinners.
The hosts have been tottering at 133-8 however added 89 runs for the ultimate two wickets together with a 44-run stand by Theekshana and Chandimal, who hit 10 fours and one six.
Shaheen wrapped up the innings with the wicket of Theekshana within the ultimate session of play.
The tempo spearhead struck within the third over of the day to ship again skipperfor one, and leg-spinner quickly mixed with the short bowlers to have Sri Lanka in hassle after they elected to bat.
Oshada Fernando andtried to rebuild the innings in a 49-run partnership however Yasir, who’s making a comeback to the staff after a thumb damage that stored him out since August final 12 months, broke by.
Yasir bought Kusal caught behind for 21 and Oshada quickly adopted his accomplice again to the pavilion within the subsequent over when tempo bowlerreduce brief the opener’s keep on 35.
then fell for a 15-ball duck as Yasir bought the previous captain caught at mid-on.
Shaheen struck twice after lunch and fellow fastand left-arm spinner took a wicket every.
Chandimal smashed 19-year-old Naseem for 3 straight boundaries to convey up his fifty and supply some cheer to the weekend crowd.
Chandimal, who made an unbeaten 206 in Sri Lanka’s series-levelling Check win over Australia earlier this week, lastly fell to a very good catch by Yasir at cowl with Ali taking his second wicket.
However Theekshana performed a defiant knock in simply his second Check and placed on 45 runs for the final wicket with Rajitha, unbeaten on 12.
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