Pakistan dominates as Sri Lanka struggles on Day 1 at 202-5


Pakistani bowlers made a strong comeback after lunch and took back-to-back wickets as Sri Lanka finished Day 1 of the first Test at 202-5.

After a compact session one, Sri Lanka fell short to their targets as Shaheen Shah Afridi bagged in-form skipper Dimuth Karunaratne on 59 runs followed by a struggling phase for the tourists.

Young Naseem Shah struck to maintain his partner’s confidence in 35th over and bagged second opener Oshida Fernando to reduce Sri Lanka to 109-2. Fernando, after a good opening start, managed to score just 40 runs.

Just in a while, Kusal Mendis (10) lost to Usman Shinwari while Mohammad Abbas took Dinesh Chandimal (2) to further strengthen their grip on the visiting side in front of a healthy crowd at Pindi Stadium.

Experienced Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya Silva somehow managed to put Sri Lanka back on track as the duo scored 62 runs together. Mathews (31) lost to young Naseem off an edge to slips. Silva (38*) and Niroshan Dickwella (11*) remained not out and will resume the inning for Sri Lanka on Day 2 of the match.

Earlier, openers Karunaratne and Fernando provided a steady start as they posted 89-0 in the first session till Lunch on the opening day of a historic Test.

For Pakistan, Naseem bagged two wickets while Shaheen, Abbas, and Shinwari took a wicket each.