Dinesh Chandimal stood out with an attacking seventy-six in a disappointing Sri Lanka show
Pak Vs Sri Lanka 2022 Test:
GALLE: Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi led a stimulated assault to bowl out Sri Lanka for 222 however the hosts hit returned with wickets earlier than stumps on the whole day of the primary Test on Saturday.
The vacationers reached 24 for 2 on the near of play in Galle after dropping their openers Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique.
Azhar Ali, on 3, and skipper Babar Azam, on one, have been batting on the near of play with Pakistan nonetheless trailing through 198 runs.
Fast bowler Kasun Rajitha trapped Imam’s leg earlier than wicket for 2 and Prabath Jayasuriya took down Shafique for thirteen together along with his left-arm spin on an afternoon ruled through the bowlers.
Left-arm speedy bowler Shaheen stood out with figures of 4-fifty eight however Dinesh Chandimal’s attacking seventy-six and a past due cameo of 36 through Mahesh Theekshana gave the hosts a combating overall on a pitch anticipated to resource spinners.
“That’s the splendor of Test cricket, from time to time tailenders and from time to time lower-order batsmen appear like right batsmen,” Shaheen informed reporters.
“We to get them out underneath neath 150-160, be that as it may, the past couple of batsmen performed well. Chandimal performed well.”
The hosts have been tottering at 133-eight however brought 89 runs for the very last wickets which includes a 44-run stand through Theekshana and Chandimal, who hit 10 fours and one six.
Shaheen wrapped up the innings with the wicket of Theekshana withinside the very last consultation of play.
“They bowled well,” stated Chandimal. “What we believe that should do is to get the up-sides from this innings and take it to the accompanying innings.”
Chandimal, a former captain, stated early wickets will determine the path of the fit on Sunday day and a lead of approximately forty could make the hosts an advantage extra ground.
Shaheen struck withinside the 0.33 over of the day to ship returned skipper Dimuth Karunaratne for one, and leg-spinner Yasir Shah quickly mixed with the fast bowlers to have Sri Lanka in hassle when they elected to bat.
Oshawa Fernando and Kusal Mendis tried to rebuild the innings in a 49-run partnership however Yasir, who’s making a return to the crew after thumb damage that stored him out since August final year, broke through.
Yasir was given Kusal stuck in the back of for 21 and Oshada quickly observed his companion returned to the pavilion withinside the subsequent over whilst tempo bowler Hasan Ali reduced brief the opener’s live on 35.
Angelo Mathews then fell for a 15-ball duck as Yasir was given the previous captain stuck at mid-on.
“He’s an excellent bowler,” stated Chandimal. “We had a plan for him. We aren’t going to present him an excessive amount of admiration either.”
Shaheen struck two times after lunch and fellow brief Naseem Shah and left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz took a wicket each.
Chandimal smashed 19-year-antique Naseem for 3 immediate barriers to carrying up his fifty and provide a few cheers to the weekend crowd.
Chandimal, who made an unbeaten 206 in Sri Lanka’s series-leveling Test win over Australia in advance this week, sooner or later fell to an awesome capture through Yasir at the duvet with Ali taking his 2d wicket.
But Theekshana performed a defiant knock in only his 2d Test and placed on forty-five runs for the final wicket with Rajitha, unbeaten on 12.
Pak: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (vc, wk), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Salman Ali Agha, Shaheen Afridi and Yasir Shah
Dimuth Karunartne (c) Oshanda Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Ramesh Mendis, Mahesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Prabath Jayasuriya