SL vs PAK, 2nd Test: Chandimal and Fernando beat Sri Lanka for 315 at the end of Day 1 in Galle

SL vs PAK, 2nd Test: Chandimal and Fernando beat Sri Lanka for 315 at the end of Day 1 in Galle
Image Source: Twitter/SLC Chandimal in action during the first day of the second Test vs Pakistan.

operated by Dinesh ChandimalIn the 80s and Oshada Fernando’s 50, Sri Lanka finished the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan in a commanding position. To win the series, Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Fernando gave the team a strong start by adding 92 runs for the first wicket.

Fernando was the standout performer, using his legs against spin during the stand and hitting three straight sixes. The third six brought his seventh half-century in Test match cricket.

On the very next ball, he was dismissed by Mohammad Nawaz. Fernando scored 50 runs in 70 balls and it included four fours and three sixes. Later in the morning session, Pakistan hit a boundary off the last ball before lunch Kusal Mendis (3) Was run out from back up too far. Captain Karunaratne was dismissed for 40 after lunch when he played an unusual reverse sweep off Yasir Shahi And brilliantly caught by Naseem Shah, who had to dive to ensure a dismissal.

For the fourth wicket, there was a 75-run partnership between former captain Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews Close to 200 runs for Sri Lanka. Chandimal was the more impressive partner with the help of two sixes and nine fours as he went on to top the score with 80 runs.

Mathews was lauded ahead of the day’s play as he became the sixth Sri Lankan player to play in 100 Test matches. 36 by . but when they were removed Babar Azmi Nauman Ali at extra cover. This relief did not cost Pakistan as Mathews soon gave the wicketkeeper a wicket, much to Nauman’s delight. He 42.

Chandimal, who had scored twin half-centuries in the first Test and a double century in the second Test against Australia, was all running down the galley and looked ready to post a century when a lack of concentration threw his wicket away. ,

He stepped out and attempted a wild slog against the turn-off Nawaz, but took a thick lead and was caught at backward point. Chandimal has been in fine form this year, scoring 698 runs in nine innings at an average of 116. He has two hundreds, including a career-best 206 not out and four half-centuries in 2022.

Naseem Shah passed with the second new ball Dhananjay De Silva(33) Defense. Two balls later, Babar dismissed Niroshan Dickwella at second slip. He ended the day with 42 off 43 balls with the help of five fours and a six while Dunith Velalez was on six at stumps. Both the teams made two changes each for the match.

Pakistan took a tough decision to drop their former captain Azhar Ali while Shaheen Afridi was ruled out due to a knee injury. He was replaced by Fawad Alam and Nauman Ali. Sri Lanka gave 19-year-old schoolboy Dunith Velalez his Test debut and called back Asitha Fernando to replace Mahesh Thekshana and Kasun Rajitha.

Pakistan lead the two-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test by four wickets. Opener Abdulah Shafiq scored an unbeaten 160 to chase down the target of 342 runs with a marathon batting session of eight and a half hours. The second trial was scheduled for Colombo but was shifted to the southern coastal city due to political unrest in the capital.

With Dickwella still at the crease for Sri Lanka, Pakistan will be looking to get rid of him and clean the tail at the start of the second day. Anything above 350 would be a daunting task for Pakistan.

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