Dimuth Karunaratne bolsters Sri Lanka on day one against Pakistan

Oscar Cross
September 29, 2017

Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first in the Abu Dhabi test match against Pakistan on Thursday, Samaa reported.

Sri Lanka were coming into the series on a low as they were whitewashed 3-0 in their most recent Test assignment against India in July to August.

Captain of Pakistan, Sarfraz Ahmed celebrates with his teammates.

Earlier, leg-spinner Yasir Shah tore into the Sri Lankan top-order batting during the first session of the first Test at Abu Dhabi, becoming the fastest Pakistani to bag 150 Test wickets.

Karunaratne added an invaluable 100-run partnership with skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who was 60 not out at stumps, as Pakistan failed to break through with the second new ball. He was run-out for 93 after saving Sri Lanka from precarious 63 for 1. They are yet to lose at this ground and the last time Pakistan and Sri Lanka met in Abu Dhabi, the Test ended in a draw.

Karunaratne and Chandimal rotated the strike as boundaries continued to be hard to come by, getting through to tea without further damage, but the former threw it away just seven shy of a seventh Test hundred when he set off for a single and the skipper remained rooted at the non-striker's end.

WITH yet another Test series starting today in the UAE Pakistan's nomadic existence as an worldwide cricket team remains unchanged since 2009 when the terrorists attacked the visiting Sri Lankan team during the second Test at Lahore, injuring seven of their players, killing eight policemen and also injuring one of the umpires.

Niroshan Dickwella was unbeaten on 42.

Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Margaret Adamson hosted a reception here to mark the imminent arrival of the Queen's Baton Relay of the XXI Commonwealth Games which will be held on the Gold Coast, Australia from 4 to 15 April 2018.

"We are working hard as a young team", he said.

Chandimal accepted that the previous series of Sri Lanka was not good as it should be, but he expected that his team will regain its lost form.

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