Silva, Sangakkara nick fifties opposite Pakistan as rain-hit exam finally gets underway

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Galle, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s opener Kaushal Silva undone Pakistan with an dominant 80 when a rain-hit initial Test finally got underway on a scheduled second day in Galle on Thursday.

Veteran Kumar Sangakkara chipped in with 50 to leave a hosts on 178 for 3 during stumps after Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq inaugurated to margin initial on an easy-paced pitch.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews (R) pats opener Kaushal Silva (L) for a volatile innings. AFP Photos.Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews (R) pats opener Kaushal Silva (L) for a volatile innings. AFP Photos.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews (R) pats opener Kaushal Silva (L) for a volatile innings. AFP Photos.

After severe continue had cleared out a whole initial day’s play on Wednesday, usually 64 overs were bowled on a second day after a soppy outfield behind a start by dual hours during a Galle International Stadium.

Left-handed Dimuth Karunaratne scored 21 in an opening mount of 30 with Silva when he was discharged by left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz in a 13th over of a innings.

Karunaratne attempted to lift a brief ball, though usually managed to corner a locate to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed to yield a tourists a much-needed breakthrough.

Silva and Sangakkara teamed adult to supplement 112 runs for a second wicket, batting by a post-lunch event to take their group to a gentle 123 for one by tea.

Sangakkara, Test cricket’s stream heading run-getter who is approaching to retire during a home array opposite India in August, strike dual bounds and a six.

The inclusive left-hander, who took a mangle from his English county commitments with Surrey to play for his nation, began ominously by pushing his initial smoothness from Wahab to a mid-on fence.

But he fell shortly after reaching his 52nd half-century when he edged a expostulate off Wahab to Younis Khan in a trip region.

Pakistan could have private Sangakkara when he was on 24, though Azhar Ali during short-leg spilled a pointy possibility off leg-spinner Yasir Shah.

The tourists struck again shortly after as Lahiru Thirimanne, who scored eight, gathering Mohammad Hafeez uppishly to mid-on where Zulfiqar Babar hold a locate after sophistry with a ball.

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Silva, looking gentle opposite both gait and spin, stepped closer to his second Test century. He has so distant strike 12 boundaries.

Wahab was a many considerable bowler with dual for 51, though those total would have review improved if Karunaratne had not been held off a no-ball in a bowler’s initial over.

Later in a same over, Wahab was warned by referee Paul Reiffel for using on a wicket on his follow through.

Hafeez, who picked adult his 50th Test wicket, had total of one for 24 from 7 overs.

Rain has been foresee in a southern coastal city for all 5 days of a match.

Sri Lanka and Pakistan are due to play 3 Tests, followed by 5 one-day internationals and dual Twenty20 matches.

AFP

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