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Pakistan, Sri Lanka trade blows in historic Rawalpindi Test

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 11, 2019 | Last Updated: 8 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Dec 11, 2019 | Last Updated: 8 months ago
Pakistan, Sri Lanka trade blows in historic Rawalpindi Test

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Sri Lanka were 202-5 at stumps on day one against Pakistan in Rawalpindi as Test cricket returned to the country after a decade.

The visitors had won the toss and chose to bat first.

Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and Oshada Fernando batted through the first sessionto go into lunch at 89-0.

The momentum swung in Pakistan’s favour after the break though as they began to take wickets at regular interval. The 96-run opening stand between skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and Oshada Fernando came to an end when the captain was dismissed for 56.

The visitors lost wickets in quick succession as Oshada was dismissed for 40 when he was caught by Haris Sohail off Naseem Shah’s bowling.

Kusal Mendis didn’t last long at the crease either as Usman Shinwari had the batsman caught behind by Mohammad Rizwan for 10 before Mohammad Abbas had Dinesh Chandimal castled for two with a superb delivery that jagged off the surface.

Sri lanka were in a bit of trouble at 137-4 before Dhananjaya de Silva and Angelo Mathews got together to put on a 62-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

The 16-year-old Naseem Shah continued his stellar rise when he made Mathews his second victim by getting him caught behind by Asad Shafiq for 31.

De Silva and Niroshan Dickwella will resume the Sri Lankan innings on day two.

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