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Dimuth Karunaratne leads Sri Lanka fightback against Pakistan

AFP
Published : Sep 29, 2017, 5:00 am IST
Updated : Sep 29, 2017, 5:00 am IST

Niroshan Dickwella was unbeaten on 42, having added 66 runs for the unbroken fifth-wicket stand alongside his captain.

Dimuth Karunaratne
 Dimuth Karunaratne

Abu Dhabi: Opener Dimuth Karunaratne fell seven runs short of a deserved century as he anchored Sri Lanka's fightback on the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

The left-hander was run out for 93 but helped his team recover from a precarious 61/3 to reach 227/4 at close after Sri Lanka won the toss and batted on a greenish Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.

Karuna- ratne added an invaluable 100-run partnership with skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who was 60 not out at stumps, as Pakistan failed to break through with the second new ball.

Niroshan Dickwella was unbeaten on 42, having added 66 runs for the unbroken fifth-wicket stand alongside his captain.

Chandimal was given leg before to Yasir Shah on 42, a decision which was overturned on review. His innings has included six boundaries while Dickwella hit five fours and a six during his aggressive knock.

Shah returned figures of 2/59 but didn't get much turn from the pitch while seamer Hasan Ali took 1/58.

It was Karunaratne's knock that brought Sri Lanka back into it in the last two sessions. He batted for four hours and 40 minutes during an obdurate stay at the crease, recording his fourth half-century against Pakistan and sixth overall. But he was run out in the last session as he attempted a quick single only to be left stranded after Chandimal sent him back.     

Scores: Sri Lanka 227/4 in 90 overs (Karunaratne 93, Chandimal 60, Yasir 2/59) vs Pakistan. 

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