Pakistan can’t be too happy with their batting performance on the opening day of their 3-day warm-up tour match against a Sri Lanka Board President’s XI when they were dismissed for 247 at the Colts grounds today.
Winning the toss and batting first they lost the wickets of opener Mohammad Hafeez (3) and Azhar Ali (12) to be 39-2, but a partnership of 113 for the third wicket between Ahmed Shehzad and veteran Younis Khan saw them recover to 152-2.
Both batsmen made half-centuries with Shehzad scoring 82 off 110 balls with eight fours and one six and Younis 64 off 78 balls with five fours and three sixes.
However following their dismissals the rest of the Pakistani batting disappointed as they succumbed to the leg-spin of Jeffrey Vandersay who ended up taking five wickets.
In only his fourth year of first-class cricket the SSC spinner had the wickets of Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq and Shehzad amongst his victims.
Giving Vandersay good support was Milinda Siriwardena who took two wickets with his left-arm spin.
By stumps the home team had replied with 44-1 having lost the wicket of Test opener Dimuth Karunaratne for a second ball duck when Junaid Khan trapped him lbw.
Scores: Pakistan 247 (Ahmed Shehzad 82, Younis Khan 64, Asad Shafiq 27, M Siriwardena 2/63, J Vandersay 5/73)
Sri Lanka Board President’s XI 44-1 at close (U Tharanga 29 n.o.).