Karunaratne fifty gives Sri Lanka strong start

Sri Lanka 96 for 1 (Karunaratne 52*, Samarawickrama 14*) v Pakistan
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Mohammad Amir swung the new ball, and Wahab Riaz was intense in his first spell, but it was a half-tracker from Yasir Shah that produced Pakistan’s only breakthrough of the first session, while Sri Lanka made a strong start.

As has often been the case throughout the year, Dimuth Karunaratne was the driving force behind Sri Lanka’s early progress. He had his edge repeatedly beaten by Amir early on, but survived that period to move to 52 unbeaten, by tea. Alongside him was debutant Sadeera Samarawickrama, who seemed composed as he faced his first 13 balls in Test cricket. On what appeared to be a faster track and a quicker outfield than Abu Dhabi had produced, Sri Lanka were 96 for 1 at the break. They had, for the second Test running, won the toss and batted first.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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