Sri Lanka win day one after Pakistan capitulate in two sessions
Sri Lanka 70-1 (Karunaratne 28)
Pakistan 138 (Hafeez 42)
Second Test, Colombo, day one
Tharindu Kaushal picked up a five wicket haul as Sri Lanka dismissed Pakistan for just 138 within two sessions without Rangana Herath having bowled a single delivery, before knocking off 70 runs with the bat late on day one of the second Test in Colombo.
Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first. Dhammika Prasad (3-43) produced a corker in his second over that was short and caught the outside edge of Ahmed Shehzad (1) for Kumar Sangakkara to take a diving catch at first slip.
Azhar Ali (26) and Mohammad Hafeez (42) were steady for a while but Prasad nipped out another in the 16th over in his second spell in the form of Ali who was squared up by a length delivery.
Although it was originally given not out and the replays were not decisive, the third umpire made a brave call to give it out based on two noises heard.
Younis Khan (6) survived an early scare for lbw thanks to umpire’s call on the Sri Lankan review.
Pakistan went into lunch at 70 for two after 23 overs, the session shared between the two teams even though Pakistan would begrudge the third umpire’s call without too much evidence to overturn the on-field umpire’s decision.
Pakistan had a nightmare second session. Younis was gone first over, gloving a short delivery that didn’t bounce as high as he expected, from Prasad again.
Kaushal (5-42) plucked out Hafeez with an absolute ripper that turned in a long way. Hafeez tried to keep it out but it hit the inside edge of the bat, then the pad and then disturbed the stumps.
Asad Shafiq (2) was given out lbw the next over from Kaushal. Even though Shafiq reviewed, it was plumb. That was the last ball before an hour long break caused by a sharp shower.
The second ball after play resumed, Misbah-ul-Haq (7) ran himself out, after Sarfraz Ahmed (14) and he were involved in a misunderstanding.
Kaushal cleaned up the Pakistan lower order, getting Wahab Riaz (4) lbw through review, while debutant Dushmantha Chameera (1-33) castled Zulfiqar Babar’s (5) stumps.
Pakistan were bundled out for just 138 in 42.5 overs. Kaushal was the pick of the bowlers having taken a five-wicket haul while Prasad was exceptional picking three wickets.
Sri Lanka started solidly as the openers Dimuth Karunaratne (28) and Kaushal Silva (21 not out) added 47 for the opening wicket.
They were exceptionally slow though, scoring those runs in 22 overs. There was another DRS controversy in the 19th over when Pakistan reviewed a decision when their appeal for a catch at first slip was turned down.
However, replays showed that it could have been a close lbw call as well, which the third umpire didn’t look for, although he should have, as per the ICC rule book, even if the on-field umpire hasn’t asked him to.
Silva survived fortuitously. There was some joy for Pakistan late in the day when Karunaratne edged one to the wicket-keeper to give Junaid Khan (1-26) his 50th wicket against Sri Lanka.
Kumar Sangakkara (18 not out) and Silva ensured Sri Lanka ended the day on 70 for one just 68 behind Pakistan’s first innings total with nine wickets intact, the match firmly in control by stumps on day one.
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