Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2nd Test Day 1: Junaid’s four-for leaves Sri Lanka reeling

Khan dismissed Silva, Thirimmane, Dickwella and Perera

Khan dismissed Silva, Thirimmane, Dickwella and Perera

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Pakistan pace bowler Junaid Khan sliced through Sri Lanka’s batting line-up with a four-wicket haul to leave them reeling at the end of the first day of the second Test in Colombo.

However, Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga deserves a lot of credit as he made a crucial 92 to ensure that his side kept Pakistan at bay for a while.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews would have been delighted with his decision to bat first early on as Tharanga and Kaushal Silva amassed a 79-run partnership before Silva was caught behind off the bowling of Khan for 41.

Tharanga and Kumar Sangakkara kept the runs flowing with a 65-run partnership, during which Tharanga brought up his half-century, before Sangakkara was clean bowled by Wahab Riaz for 22.

Mahela Jayawardene, who was playing in his last Test, only made four runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Saeed Ajmal.

Tharanga went on to score 92 off 179 balls, which included 12 boundaries, before he was brilliantly caught by Azhar Ali off the bowling of Riaz.

Tharanga hit 12 boundaries during his knock of 92

Tharanga hit 12 boundaries during his knock of 92

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Lahiru Thirimanne scored 20 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Khan.

Niroshan Dickwella managed to make 24 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Khan.

Dickwella decided to review the decision, but replays showed that the ball was clipping leg stump, which led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Khan struck again just three balls later when Dilruwan Perera was given out lbw for a duck.

Pakistan decided to review after the umpire initially gave Perera not out, but replays showed that the ball was smashing into leg stump, which led to the third umpire overturning the original decision.

Mathews mustered 39 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Riaz. During his innings, Mathews became the 11th Sri Lankan to surpass 3,000 Test runs.

Following Mathews’ dismissal, stumps was called.

Dhammika Prasad was left unbeaten on four off four balls, which included one boundary.

Khan was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Riaz snapped up three and Ajmal chipped in with one.

Sri Lanka ended day one on 261/8 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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