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Karunaratne century holds Sri Lankan innings on day one

Dimuth Karunaratne remained unbeaten on 133
Dimuth Karunaratne remained unbeaten on 133

Sri Lanka 254-3 (Karunaratne 133no) v Pakistan
Second Test, Dubai, day one

Dimuth Karunaratne slammed an unbeaten century as Sri Lanka managed 254 for three at stumps on day one of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first on what was the first day-night encounter between these two teams.

After a cautious start, Karunaratne (133 not out) struck two boundaries in the fifth over to get going. The openers Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva (27) managed a run-rate of under three and brought the 50 run opening stand in the 19th over.

Yasir Shah (2-90) provided the breakthrough for Pakistan when he had Silva caught behind but Karunaratne shifted gears and hit four boundaries in a span of two overs to reach his half-century as Sri Lanka went into supper break with a score of 96 for one.

The boundaries flowed at the start of the second half with Sadeera Samarawickrama (38) being the aggressor as he plundered five boundaries and a six in his 35-ball knock before he held a return catch back to Mohammad Amir (1-59), which was also his first wicket in the series.

Pakistan soon capitalised on the advantage as Shah accounted for Kusal Mendis (1) as well, leaving the visitors down to 136 for three.

As Dinesh Chandimal (49 not out) and Karunaratne dropped anchor, runs were coming at a slow rate and Sri Lanka ended the second session at 174 for three. They had 78 runs scored in the second session, losing two wickets.

In the sixth over of the final session, Karunratne hit two boundaries to bring his seventh Test century. Both Karunaratne and Chandimal added 118 runs between them for the fourth wicket to take the total past the 250 run mark.

Pakistan also suffered a setback when Amir left the field with a hamstring injury in the penultimate over.

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