Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 3: Silva and Sangakkara keep Sri Lanka alive

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Silva scored an outstanding half-century

Sri Lanka opening batsman Kaushal Silva and veteran batsman Kumar Sangakkara both scored magnificent half-centuries to keep the national team alive against Pakistan on the third day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi.

Silva and Sangakkara were well supported by pace bowler Shaminda Eranga and spinner Rangana Herath as they took three wickets apiece.

Starting out the day on 327/4, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq only managed to add two runs onto their 26-run partnership before Shafiq was caught by Silva at short leg off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal for 13.

Following Shafiq’s dismissal, Pakistan’s entire middle and lower order collapsed as they went from 329/5 to 383 all out.

Ul-Haq was the last man to be dismissed and managed to guide Pakistan to 383 with his spectacular knock of 135 off 306 balls, which included 16 boundaries and a six.

Eranga and Herath were the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers with three wickets apiece, while Lakmal snapped up two and Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews chipped in with one.

Trailing by 179 runs, Sri Lanka got off to a solid start as their opening pair of Dimuth Karunaratne and Silva put together a 47-run partnership before Karunaratne was clean bowled by Junaid Khan for 24.

Sangakkara and Silva stabilised the innings with a 99-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before being caught by Younis Khan in the slips off the bowling of Bilawal Bhatti.

Sangakkara’s brilliant knock of 55 came off 99 balls and included six boundaries.

Mahela Jayawardene failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Shafiq at gully off the bowling of Bhatti for a golden duck.

Silva ended up making 81 runs off 177 deliveries, which included 11 boundaries, before being caught behind off the bowling of Khan.

Dinesh Chandimal remained undefeated on 24 off 36 balls, which included four boundaries, while Mathews has yet to face a single delivery.

Khan and Bhatti picked up two wickets apiece.

Sri Lanka ended the day on 186/4 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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