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Sri Lanka - Pakistan 1st Test evenly poised

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Sri Lanka ended day 2 of the first test in Galle at 99-1 after Pakistan were bundled out for 451 following a massive Younis Khan century.

Asad Shafiq and Younis Khan got Pakistan off to a streaky start from their overnight score of 261-4, with plenty of runs down to third man. However Shafiq sent Herath for a superb straight six while Younis continued to knock away at the runs the other end, as Pakistan began the first session well with a good first hour. Herath then trapped a vibrant Shafiq plumb infront of wicket for 75 to break the 137-run partnership.

Sarfaraz Ahmed set off well with a shot through to the cover point boundary as Pakistan went past the 300-run mark while Younis soon made his way past 150 runs before he was dropped by fast bowler Shaminda Eranga. The two batsmen continued to build further for the visitors as Sarfaraz settled in quickly. However, Younis Khan was dismissed after lunch for 177 as he was caught rather tamely at midwicket off Perera.

Sarfraz Ahmed brought up his fifty with a straight boundary as Pakistan approached the 400-run mark. Abdur Rehman got off to a cautious start his end before Sarfaraz smashed Perera straight to silly mid-on as he walked back for 55. Rehman took over the mantle, sending Eranga for three boundaries in an over as Pakistan crossed the 400-run mark. Saeed Ajmal chose to knock it around as Rehman flurried the boundaries before sending Perera for a six over long on en route to a quick fifty.

Perera picked up his fourth wicket as Sarfaraz skied one straight to long off for 50. The Pakistanis were soon bundled out for 451 as Junaid Khan walked back for nought.

Sri Lankan openers, Upul Tharanga and Kaushal Silva, started rather edgily with respective boundaries. Junaid Khan then trapped Tharanga in front of wicket for 19, the batsman using the DRS but to no avail. The two batsmen continued to score heavily through the third man region. There were convincing boundaries though, with Silva cutting one through point of spinner Abdur Rehman before crunching Saeed Ajmal through cover. Sangakkara then flat batted Junaid to cow corner before delightfully sending the fast bowler through the covers as Sri Lanka finished strongly at 99-1 at stumps, with Silva and Sangakkara unbeaten on 38 and 36 respectively.


Pakistan 1st Innings, 451 all out (140.5 overs)

Y Khan 177 (331)  D Perera 5-137 (31.5)

A Shafiq 75 (147) R Herath 3-116 (38)

Sri Lanka 1st Innings, stumps 99-1 (34 overs)

K Silva 38 (94) J Khan 1-38 (10)

K Sangakkara 36 (95)