SL vs PAK: Dinesh Chandimal propels Sri Lanka in Angelo Mathews’ 100th Test
SL vs PAK: On the first day of the second Test on Sunday at Galle, Dinesh Chandimal scored his fourth consecutive half-century to push Sri Lanka’s total before Pakistan fought back with late wickets.
In his historic 100th Test, Angelo Mathews, who fell short of scoring fifty runs, and Chandimal, who scored 80 runs, formed several crucial partnerships that included a 75-run fourth-wicket stand.
The hosts chose to bat first in an effort to recover from their initial setback in the two-match series, and Sri Lanka reached 315 for six before terrible lighting forced a halt to play for the day.
After pace bowler Naseem Shah hit with the second new ball, wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella (on 42) and debutant Dunith Wellalage (on 6) were still in the batting order.
When Dickwella was on 24 and Naseem had Dhananjaya de Silva bowled for 32. Babar Azam, the captain, dropped his second catch of the day at second slip.
For Pakistan, left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz distinguished himself by taking the two crucial wickets of Oshada Fernando, who scored 50, and Chandimal.
Until his exit on a pitch that changed on day one, Chandimal, who had hit 206 not out, 76 and 94 not out in his previous two Tests, handled the opposition spinners with ease.
Even though Mathews got off to a strong start, he was unable to take advantage of a break on 36. When Azam dropped an easy chance at extra cover off left-arm spinner Nauman Ali.
After the tea break, Nauman came to fetch Mathews. And the batsman was celebrating his 100th Test when he was caught behind.
Before Nawaz made his breakthrough, Fernando. And captain Dimuth Karunaratne put up a 92-run opening partnership.
Fernando hit Nawaz for six to achieve his sixth half-century in a Test. But dismissed on the following ball after caught behind.
Before getting run out at the stroke of noon by Agha Salman’s direct throw, Kusal Mendis faced 11 balls. And made three runs while backing up at the non-strikers’ end.
At 120-3, Sri Lanka appeared to be in trouble when Karunaratne caught by Yasir Shah’s leg spin. After his attempted reverse sweep went to backward point, where Naseem made a fine catch.
Chandimal made a 63-run partnership with Mathews and De Silva. Before caught at backward point by Nawaz because to an errant slog.
At the commencement of the Test, Mathews, 35, honoured by Sri Lanka Cricket. And joined by his family for completing his century of five-day matches. Since making his debut there in 2009, also against Pakistan.