Karunaratne, Chandimal propel Sri Lanka to 227 for four on slow batting day
Sri Lanka 227-4 (Karunaratne 93) v Pakistan
First Test, Abu Dhabi, day one
After early strike from Pakistan pegged Sri Lanka, Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal helped the visitors recover and post 227 for four at stumps on day one of the first Test in Abu Dhabi.
Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first. The openers Karunaratne (93) and Kaushal Silva (12) had a cautious start of 22 runs in the first 10 overs. The first hour yielded 31 runs but Sri Lanka managed to not lose a wicket.
Pakistan finally managed to get a breakthrough when Hasan Ali (1-58) castled Silva and in the next over Yasir Shah (2-59) trapped Lahiru Thirimanne (0) LBW and in the final delivery before the lunch, the leg-spinner also had Kusal Mendis (10) caught behind.
The runs were hard to come by in the second session but Karunaratne along with skipper Dinesh Chandimal (60 not out) managed to hold the innings. The duo brought their 50 run stand in the 50th over that is well after Karunaratne completed his 13th Test fifty.
Sri Lanka ended the second session with a score of 143 for three as the run-rate was a touch above two. Pakistan finally managed to break the 100 run stand that came off 41 overs when an indecision in running costed the wicket of Karunaratne, who fell short of his century by seven runs.
Niroshan Dickwella (42 not out) survived an appeal from Pakistan in the third delivery he faced though Sarfraz Ahmed's men did not lose the review according to the new ICC rules. However, they did lose the review few overs later for a caught behind appeal.
Dickwella provided the much-needed momentum later in the innings as he struck five boundaries and a six while Chandimal reached his half-century as Sri Lanka posted 227 for four at stumps on day one.
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