Kaushal Silva helps Sri Lanka start solidly on day two
Sri Lanka 178-3 (Silva 80 no) v Pakistan
First Test, Galle, day two
Kaushal Silva anchored one end with an unbeaten 80 to take Sri Lanka to 178 for three at stumps on day two against Pakistan, after rain caused the loss of a session before the game could eventually get underway in Galle.
After the first day of the Test was lost to rain, the game finally got started at noon on day two.
Pakistan won the toss and opted to bowl first. There was early trouble for Wahab Riaz (2-51) who bowled couple of no-balls.
Silva (80 not out) took a while to get going unlike his partner Dimuth Karunaratne (21).
Silva was dropped when on six by Yasir Shah (0-43) at backward point as Sri Lanka reached 29 for no loss after 10 overs.
Spin was brought on early but it was Wahab who got the first breakthrough with the wicket of Karunaratne with a sharp, back of length delivery that was under-edged to the wicketkeeper.
Kumar Sangakkara (50) started with a crisp drive for four and negotiated couple of overs before lunch, Sri Lanka going in at 54 for one after 16 overs.
In the post-tea session, Silva managed to get the boundaries even as Sangakkara reached his half-century with a single in the 49th over.
The very next over, Wahab got the big wicket of Sangakkara with a full delivery following couple of short ones.
Sangakkara got lured into the drive and could only edge it to the lone slip fielder, Younus Khan.
That ended the imperious 112-run partnership for the second wicket. Like his predecessor, Lahiru Thirimanne (8) started off with a four.
However, he didn’t last too long, stepping out and trying to clear mid-on only to offer an easy catch off the bowling of Mohammad Hafeez (1-24).
Silva kept the runs coming with fours in the next two overs. Even as the light was fading, the umpires at that point decided to let the game carry on with spinners operating on either end.
There was turn for Shah with uneven bounce, although nothing sharp enough to trouble the Sri Lankan batsmen.
After further deliberation, play was eventually called off due to bad light, even though there was still time left in the day.
Sri Lanka were on 178 for three after 64 overs at stumps, Silva and Angelo Mathews (10 not out) having added 24 runs for the fourth wicket.
For Pakistan, Babar was the most economical, but as always, it was Wahab who looked the most menacing with two wickets, with Hafeez picking up a bonus wicket.
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