Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Mathews, Chandimal help rebuild Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka reach 181/3 at tea after they chose for bat first in their bid to return from their initial misfortune in two-match series,Chandimal help rebuild Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Chandimal plays a shot during the first day of the second cricket Test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Galle International Cricket Stadium on July 24, 2022. — AFP

GALLE: Former skipper Angelo Mathews assisted Sri Lanka with reconstructing in his milestone 100th Test on Sunday after the hosts lost three wickets against Pakistan in the subsequent match.

Mathews (36) and Dinesh Chandimal (35) put on an unbeaten stand of 61 at Galle after the hosts lost captain Dimuth Karunaratne for 40 right off the bat in the subsequent meeting.

Mathews was gifted a relief on 36 when Pakistan captain Babar Azam dropped a simple catch at additional cover off left-arm spinner Nauman Ali.

The hosts came to 181 for three at tea after they chose for bat first in their bid to return from their initial misfortune in the two-match series.

Oshada Fernando and the left-given Karunaratne began with a 92-run opening stand before left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz got through.

Fernando crushed Nawaz for a six to arrive at his seventh Test 50 years, however got out captured behind for 50 on the following ball.

Kusal Mendis endure 11 balls and made three preceding being run out at the stroke of lunch off an immediate toss from Agha Salman, while the batsman was upholding at the non-strikers’ end.

Karunaratne tumbled to Yasir Shah’s leg turn after his endeavored switch clear went to in reverse place where Naseem took a sharp catch as Sri Lanka searched in inconvenience at 120-3.

Mathews, 35, was feted by Sri Lanka Cricket and joined by his family toward the beginning of the Test for arriving at his achievement.

Prior, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne won the throw and chose for bat against Pakistan.

Young left-arm spinner Dunith Wellalage made his Test debut while quick bowler Asitha Fernando returned subsequent to recuperating from COVID.

Pakistan have likewise rolled out two improvements, with left-arm spinner Nauman Ali coming in for harmed speedy Shaheen Shah Afridi and Azhar Ali for left-hand batsman Fawad Alam.

The sightseers, drove by Babar Azam, dominated the initial match by four wickets on a strained fifth day at a similar setting.

Groups

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wkt), Ramesh Mendis, Prabath Jayasuriya, Dunith Wellalage, Asitha Fernando

Pakistan: Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wkt), Fawad Alam, Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Nauman Ali, Naseem Shah

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