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Pakistan off to solid start after Chandimal marathon

Dinesh Chandimal played a solid knock
Dinesh Chandimal played a solid knock

Sri Lanka 419 (Chandimal 155no) v
Pakistan 64-0 (Aslam 31no)
First Test, Abu Dhabi, day one

After Dinesh Chandimal scored an unbeaten 155 to help Sri Lanka post 419, the Pakistan openers provided a solid start of 64 for naught at stumps on day one of the first Test in Abu Dhabi.

Sri Lanka resumed the day at 227 for four. With a boundary and a couple in the second over of the day, Niroshan Dickwella (83) completed his half-century and few overs later, he brought the 100-run stand with Chandimal (155 not out).

The first hour yielded 50 runs for Sri Lanka as they inched closer to the 300 run mark. The 134 run partnership finally ended when Hasan Ali (2-88) removed Dickwella but Chandimal went on to complete a fighting century. Dilruwan Perera (33) was providing a solid support at the other end in an extended first session, which saw Sri Lanka score 322 for five.

The runs were hard to come by at the start of the second session which saw them score just 29 runs from 14 overs. Chandimal finally upped the ante with back to back boundaries in the 138th over and added a vital 92 run stand with Perera.

But Pakistan made a strong comeback as Haris Sohail (1-51) trapped Perera LBW, with Pakistan had to use a review. It was also Sohail's maiden Test wicket.

Pakistan soon wrapped up Sri Lanka for 419 runs following a three-wicket haul from Mohammad Abbas (3-75), leaving Chandimal unbeaten at 155.

The Pakistan openers looked solid against a relatively easy new ball attack on a pitch that hardly had movement. Both the batsmen went about with strike-rates in the 40s. As both Shan Masood (30 not out) and Samo Aslam (31 not out) held firm, Pakistan reached 64 for naught at stumps on the end of the second day.

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