SL Vs PAK, 2nd Test, Day 1: Dinesh Chandimal propels Sri Lanka to 315/6 at stumps

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Dinesh Chandimal propels Sri Lanka to 315/6 at stumps on Day 1

Dinesh Chandimal struck his fourth consecutive half-century to propel Sri Lanka towards a decent opening day total before Pakistan hits back with late wickets on Sunday, the second Test at Galle.

Dinesh Chandimal struck his fourth consecutive half-century to propel Sri Lanka towards a decent opening day total before Pakistan hits back with late wickets on Sunday, the second Test at Galle.

Chandimal, who scored 80 runs, put on a key partnership including 75 runs in the fourth wicket stand with Angelo Mathews who fell short of his half-century in his 100th Test.

Sri Lanka reached a total of 315/6 when bad light interrupted the play for the day, with the hosts electing to bat first after winning the toss in the second Test.

The wicketkeeper batter Niroshan Dickwella (42) and the debutant Dunith Wellalage (6) were batting after the pacer Naseem Shah struck with the second new ball.

Naseem got rid of Dhananjaya de Silva (32) and nearly got the better of Dickwella (24) but Babar Azam dropped his second catch of the day.

Left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz showed his skills as he got the two key wickets in Oshada Fernando (50) and Chandimal.

Chandimal scored 206, 76, and 94 in his last two Tests and handled the opposition spinners with calmness until his departure on a pitch that turned on day one.

Mathews played well but failed to take advantage to stay on the pitch when Azam dropped an easy catch at extra cover off left-arm spinner Nauman Ali.

Nauman came to bowl after tea to get Mathews caught behind, with the batter walking back to the pavilion cheering his Test milestone.

Fernando and skipper Dimuth Karunarathna made a 92-run stand before Nawaz broke through.

Fernando hit six to Nawaz to reach his seventh Test half-century but got out caught behind on the next ball.

Kusal Mendis get through 11 balls and made three before run-out at the stroke of launch off a direct hit from Agha Salman, while the batter was fall back at the non-striker’s end.

Karunaratne knock down to Yasir Shah’s leg spin after his attempted reverse sweep and was caught by Naseem Shah to the backward point as Sri Lanka was in total trouble at 120-3.

Chandimal made the partnerships with Angelo Mathews and de Silva of 63, but wild wade got him caught at a backward point off Nawaz.

Mathews, 35, was defamed by Sri Lanka Cricket and assisted by his family at the start of the Test for completing his century of five-day matches since his debut at the same venue in 2009, also against Pakistan.

Sri Lanka 315 for 6 (Chandimal 80, Oshada 50, Nawaz 2-71) vs Pakistan

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