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Sri Lanka comfortable after Kaushal five-for

Off-spinner's effort helps host bowl Pakistan out for 138; host motors to 70 for 1 on opening day of second Test

Sri Lanka comfortable after Kaushal five-for - Cricket News
Tharindu Kaushal's 5 for 42 helped Sri Lanka bowl Pakistan out for 138 before its batsmen took the team to 70 for 1 at stumps.
Sri Lanka put up a solid show with the bat to extend its advantage over Pakistan after an impressive show with the ball on the opening day of the second Test at the P Sara Oval in Colombo on Thursday (June 25).
 
After bowling Pakistan out for 138, courtesy Tharindu Kaushal and Dhammika Prasad, Sri Lanka reached 70 for 1 from 32 overs at stumps, trailing Pakistan by 68 runs. Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara were unbeaten on 21 and 18 respectively to steady the ship after Junaid Khan got rid of Dimuth Karunaratne for 28.
 
After Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat, Prasad, Angelo Mathews and Dushmantha Chameera – the debutant paceman – all found appreciable bounce and a little bit of nip. Ahmed Shehzad was dismissed early fending at a short delivery from Prasad – the first ball of his second over – that caught the outside edge and ended up with Sangakkara, who took a smart catch at first slip.
 
Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali began the resistance, Azhar picking Mathews for consecutive fours in the very next over. They were mostly assiduous, putting on 46 for the second wicket when Prasad returned to the attack and struck with his first ball. This one had extra bounce and moved away a tad, with Azhar all squared up. 
 
In the next over, Younus Khan, in his 100th Test, survived a close call when Mathews rapped him on the pads with a full delivery. Hafeez and Younis were dogged thereafter – except when Hafeez raced down the track and lifted Kaushal, the off-spinner, straight down – ensuring Pakistan headed to lunch without anymore wobbles.
 
Pakistan, however, lost eight for 68 after lunch as Kaushal, playing his second Test, ended with a five-wicket haul. Younus (2) fell in the very first over after lunch, giving Prasad his third wicket of the day. The ball pitched short of a good length and didn’t bounce as much as Younis expected. Although he swayed away from the line and got his hands down, the ball took the glove and lobbed for an easy catch to Dinesh Chandimal, the wicketkeeper. 
 
Hafeez made a promising 75-ball 42, but his innings was cut short by Kaushal. While the pitch had a bit of grass and assisted the pacers, Kaushal got enough purchase and found the inside edge of the bat before the ball crashed onto the stumps. 


 
With the score at 89 for 4, Pakistan needed consolidation. However, that wasn’t to be. Kaushal was rewarded for bowling a tentative line and flighting the ball. Off the second ball of the 31st over, Asad Shafiq (2) got an inside edge onto the pads off Kaushal and the ball lobbed to short-leg but fell just short. However, Shafiq failed to capitalise on it and was lbw the next ball. 
 
After a rain intervention, Misbah-ul-Haq (7) was run out having patted the ball towards cover in the first over after the break. Misbah took off hoping Sarfraz Ahmed would respond, but was sent back. His effort wasn’t good enough as he fell well short to leave Pakistan 96 for 6. 
 
Sarfraz, Pakistan’s star in the first Test, couldn’t replicate his heroics and was dismissed leg before wicket by Kaushal for 14. Soon after, the off-spinner had Wahab Riaz (4) lbw. Zulfiqur Babar and Yasir Shah couldn’t offer any resistance as Sri Lanka wrapped up the tail quickly to bring up tea. 
 
Sri Lanka’s start with the bat was convincing with Karunaratne and Silva leading the charge. They had their anxious moments but made it through unscathed before Karunaratne chased a short ball and edged it to Sarfraz, the wicketkeeper.
 
Earlier, Sri Lanka made two changes to the side that lost the first Test by ten wickets, replacing Dilruwan Perera and Nuwan Pradeep with Kaushal and Chameera respectively.

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