Mathews, Chandimal revive Sri Lanka in second Test

Pakistan make two changes as Fawad Alam and Nauman Ali replace Azhar Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi

By: News Desk
Published: 09:16 AM, 24 Jul, 2022
Mathews, Chandimal revive Sri Lanka in second Test
Caption: Sri Lanka's Oshada Fernando and captain Dimuth Karunaratne exchange views during the first day of the second cricket Test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle.–AFP
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Sri Lanka batters made 315 runs at the lost of six wickets at the end of Day 1 at Galle against Pakistan's bowling side. The umpires fled the light was bad enough and stumps were called. Niroshan Dickwella with 42 runs and Dunith Wellalage with six runs would resume facing the green shirts bowling attack on Day 2.

Former captain Angelo Mathews helped Sri Lanka rebuild in his landmark 100th Test on Sunday after the hosts lost three wickets against Pakistan in the second cricket Test match.

Mathews (36) and Dinesh Chandimal (35) put on an unbeaten stand of 61 at Galle after the hosts lost skipper Dimuth Karunaratne for 40 early in the second session.

Mathews was gifted a reprieve on 36 when Pakistan skipper Babar Azam dropped an easy catch at extra cover off left-arm spinner Nauman Ali.

The hosts reached 181 for three at tea after they elected to bat first in their bid to bounce back from their opening loss in the two-match series.

Oshada Fernando and the left-handed Karunaratne started with a 92-run opening stand before left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz broke through.

Fernando smashed Nawaz for a six to reach his seventh Test half-century, but got out caught behind for 50 on the next ball.

Kusal Mendis survived 11 balls and made three before being run out at the stroke of lunch off a direct throw from Agha Salman, while the batsman was backing up at the non-strikers' end.

Karunaratne fell to Yasir Shah's leg spin after his attempted reverse sweep went to backward point where Naseem took a sharp catch as Sri Lanka looked in trouble at 120-3.

Mathews, 35, was feted by Sri Lanka Cricket and accompanied by his family at the start of the Test for reaching his milestone.

Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat in the second Test match against Pakistan which have an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

The Pakistan side made two changes in their squad as Fawad Alam and Nauman Ali replaced Azhar Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi. Shaheen Afridi has been ruled out of the second Test due to a knee injury.

TEAMS

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

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

Only three players in this World Test Championship who have played more than 400 balls in this wtc cycle first up kraigg braithwaite played 489 balls 160 runs vs England followed by it Babar played 425 balls 196 runs vs Australia and in the previous wtc cycle match Abdullah Shafique played 408 balls 160 runs vs Sri Lanka but he was not out.