Shaheen Afridi led Pakistan’s spirited bowling display with a four-wicket haul to help the touring side skittle Sri Lanka out for 222 on the first day of the opening Test in Galle on Saturday.
1st Test: Shaheen Afridi takes four as Pakistan restrict Sri Lanka to 222 on Day 1 (AP Photo)
- Shaheen Afridi picked a 4-wicket haul to restrict Sri Lanka to 222
- Pakistan lost openers Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique at the close of play on day one
- Pakistan trail Sri Lanka by 198 runs with eight wickets in hand at Galle
Pakistan lost openers Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique at the close of play on day one of the ongoing Galle Test after Shaheen Shah Afridi picked a four-wicket haul to restrict Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 222 on Saturday. Pakistan reached 24/2 by the close of play, trailing by 198 runs.
Having elected to bat first, Sri Lanka’s batting collapsed as they slumped to 133 for eight, but the lower order fought back to enable them to get to 222 on a good batting surface. On a surface expected to aid spinners as the match progresses, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne did not hesitate to bat first after winning the toss.
But the hosts’ hopes of piling up a big first innings total were hit hard when Karunaratne was out for just one, inside-edging left-arm Afridi onto his stumps.
Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando combined for a second-wicket stand of 49 to set up a platform for Sri Lanka’s batters to build on, but Pakistan hit back by picking up three wickets for eight runs to reduce them to 68/4.
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Experienced leg-spinner Yasir Shah celebrated his return to the Pakistan side for the first time since August by dismissing Mendis for 21 and Angelo Mathews without scoring, while seamer Hasan Ali sent back Fernando for 35.
Former captain Dinesh Chandimal, who smashed an unbeaten 206 to set up the victory against Australia, top-scored for the hosts with 76 and along with some resistance from the tailenders, saw the side go past the 200-run mark.
Afridi’s heroics saw Sri Lanka tottering at 133/8 but Chandimal and Maheesh Theekshana staged a small recovery with a ninth-wicket stand of 44 before the former fell to an athletic catch by Shah off Hasan.
Theekshana, who made 38, and number 11 batter Kasun Rajitha continued to frustrate Pakistan’s bowlers with a dogged last-wicket stand of 45, much to the delight of the sparse crowd.
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