PALLEKELE: Pakistan who started the proceedings of third and the last Test of the series with four major changes playing with three pacers and one spinner, opted to bowl first on a green top wicket after winning the toss. Though Rahat got them an early breakthrough, but unfortunately Pakistani pace attack could not capitalise on it.
Sri Lanka made a great comeback after loosing early wicket of K Silva on 16. Islanders were only one down with hundred runs on board before Misbah brought young leggie, Yasir on attack who grabbed four wickets in no time and pushed Sri Lanka very much on the back foot.
four wickets and only sixty off runs in the 27 overs after lunch. Pakistan have undermined Sri Lanka’s early momentum quite well.
At the time, Sri Lanka felt absence of veteran Sangakkara, but it was Kuranaratne who held Sri Lankan innings together making another well-crafted hundred. He was flying high before Azher Ali deceived him with a wrong one, when he tried to use feet against him and was cleverly stumped by Sarfaraz. He palyed a solid and patient innings of 130 runs. Azher ALi’s two back-to-back wickets strengthened Pakistan’s grip on the innings.
Pakistan managed to grab one more wicket at the end of the day when Chandimal unable to tackle Rahat’s in swinging delivery fell leg before wicket for 23.
Sri Lanka were 272/8 at the stumps of day one.
Yasir Shah picked up four while pacer Rahat Ali manged to grab two wickets.
Pakistan has made four changes in the playing XI of second test match in Colombo. Mohammed Hafeez is replaced by young opener Shan Masood.
Fast bowler Junaid Khan has also been dropped from third test and is replaced by Irfan Adil. Fast bowlers Rahat Ali and Imran Khan are also part of side while Wahab Riaz and Zulfiqar Baber are not included in playing XI for third test.
Sri Lanka goes into this match without mighty Kumar Sangakkara.
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 3rd Test – scorecard
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2015
Day 1: Stumps
SL 1st Innings Match Info
SL 1st Innings – 272/8 (86 overs)
Batting Out Desc R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunaratne st S Ahmed b Azhar Ali 130 230 14 0 56.5
Kaushal Silva c S Ahmed b Rahat Ali 9 11 2 0 81.8
Upul Tharanga c Younis Khan b Yasir Shah 46 92 6 0 50.0
Lahiru Thirimanne c (sub)Babar Azam b Yasir Shah 11 30 2 0 36.7
Angelo Mathews (c) c (sub)Babar Azam b Yasir Shah 3 12 0 0 25.0
Jehan Mubarak st S Ahmed b Yasir Shah 25 63 4 0 39.7
Dinesh Chandimal (wk) lbw b Rahat Ali 24 41 2 0 58.5
Dhammika Prasad c Yasir Shah b Azhar Ali 0 1 0 0 0.0
T Kaushal batting 17 30 3 0 56.7
Suranga Lakmal batting 1 6 0 0 16.7
Extras 6 (b – 0 w – 3, nb – 0, lb – 3)
Total 272 (86 Overs, 8 Wickets)