Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 2: Pakistan make steady start after Chandimal’s unbeaten 155

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Dinesh Chandimal celebrates after bringing up his ninth Test century

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Pakistan made a strong start to their innings on the second day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi, but it was Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal who stole the spotlight as he scored an unbeaten 155.

Starting off the day on 227/4, Sri Lanka continued to pile on the runs as Chandimal and wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella converted their 66-run partnership into a 134-run stand.

With both batsmen cruising along, Pakistan were in desperate need of a wicket. Ultimately, it was Hasan Ali who provided the breakthrough as he clean bowled Dickwella for a career-best 83, which came off 117 balls and included nine boundaries and a six.

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Niroshan Dickwella struck his sixth half-century in Test cricket

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Despite losing Dickwella, Sri Lanka continued on their merry way as Chandimal and Dilruwan Perera kept the runs flowing with a 92-run partnership.

But, Dilruwan’s time at the crease came to an end when he was given out lbw off the bowling of debutant Haris Sohail for 33.

Rangana Herath fell shortly after as he was caught by Babar Azam off the bowling of Yasir Shah for four runs.

Sri Lanka continued to collapse and were eventually bowled out for 419. However, Chandimal remained undefeated on 155, which came off 372 balls and included 14 boundaries.

Yasir and Mohammad Abbas picked up three wickets apiece, while Hasan snapped up two and Sohail chipped in with one.

Trailing by 419 runs, Pakistan made an excellent start to their innings as openers Sami Aslam and Shan Masood amassed an unbeaten 64-run partnership before stumps was called.

Aslam finished on 31 off 65 balls, which included four boundaries, while Masood remained undefeated on 30, which came off 74 deliveries and included two boundaries.

Pakistan ended day two on 64/0 and will continue batting on Saturday at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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