Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 1: Younis helps Pakistan recover after shaky start

Khan celebrates after bringing up his 24th Test century

Khan celebrates after bringing up his 24th Test century

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Veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan scored an unbeaten century to help his side recover after a very shaky start on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

Khan was well supported by batsman Asad Shafiq, who remained undefeated on 55.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq would have been regretting his decision to bat first after opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad was clean bowled by Dhammika Prasad for four runs.

Khurram Manzoor only made three runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Prasad.

Azhar Ali managed to make 30 runs before he was cleaned up by Rangana Herath.

Khan and ul-Haq stabilised the innings with a 100-run partnership, during which Khan brought up his half-century, before ul-Haq was caught behind off the bowling of Herath for 31.

Khan and Shafiq kept the runs flowing with an unbeaten 105-run partnership, during which Khan registered his 24th Test century and Shafiq his half-century, before bad light brought play to an end for the day.

Khan finished on 133 off 228 balls, which included 11 boundaries and a six, while Shafiq scored 55 off 110 deliveries, which included six boundaries and a six.

Shafiq struck six boundaries and a six during his unbeaten knock of 55

Shafiq struck six boundaries and a six during his unbeaten knock of 55

Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo

Prasad and Herath picked up two wickets apiece.

Pakistan ended day one on 261/4 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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