Sri Lanka are aiming to go the 400-run mark after a intently fought first day towards Pakistan in Galle on Sunday.
Oshada Fernando and Dinesh Chandimal each hit half-centuries to drive Sri Lanka’s whole earlier than Pakistan hit again with late wickets to share the opening day honours.
Chandimal fell for 80 – after making 206 not out, 76 and 94 not out in his earlier two Exams – however a string of cameos from their prime and center order saved Sri Lanka on target for a strong whole.
Sri Lanka reached 315-6 when dangerous gentle stopped play, with the hosts electing to bat first of their bid to bounce again from an opening loss within the two-match collection.
Pakistan might have been in a greater place however captain Babar Azam dropped two catches, together with one from Niroshan Dickwella who completed the day unbeaten after a quick-fire 42.
“If we will get 400 runs that might be whole,” mentioned opener Oshada, whose knock of fifty got here off 70 balls. “That whole will assist us to place Pakistan underneath strain. We have to get that whole.”
After electing to bat on the Galle Worldwide Stadium, Sri Lanka received off to a robust begin with Oshada and Dimuth Karunaratne (40) combining in a 92-run opening stand.
Oshada was notably aggressive citing his fifty with a six off Mohammad Nawaz however fell caught behind to the very subsequent supply from the left-arm spinner.
Kusal Mendis departed on the stroke of lunch when bowler Agha Salman, making an attempt to cease Karunaratne’s straight drive, deflected the ball on to the stumps on the non-striker’s finish with Mendis in need of crease.
Karunaratne was wanting good for his fifty however he threw his wicket trying a reverse sweep off Yasir Shah.
Angelo Mathews, enjoying his one hundredth check, batted aggressively and received a reprieve when Babar floored a sitter at cowl when the batsman was on 36.
Mathews couldn’t capitalise on it although and was dismissed caught behind for 42 by Nauman Ali.
Chandimal took a single off Yasir to deliver up his fifty and went on to hit the leg spinner for a few sixes.
A century appeared on the playing cards however Chandimal paid for his ultra-aggression, prime edging Nawaz making an attempt to hit the spinner out of the park.
Dhananjaya de Silva made 33 earlier than shedding his center stump to Naseem Shah quickly after Pakistan took the second new ball.
Shah was denied a second wicket when Babar dropped Dickwella, then on 24, within the slip.
“The whole is a little more than our expectations. We had alternatives come our means however couldn’t avail them,” mentioned Nawaz, who described Babar’s drops as a “uncommon” blip for his captain.
“There have been lapses, catches dropped, however nonetheless if we bowl them out within the first hour tomorrow then hopefully the rating wouldn’t be a lot.”