GALLE: Sri Lanka lost the wicket of opener Dimuth Karunaratne for 21 as they took lunch on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan at 40 for one wicket at the Galle International Stadium.
Karunaratne who batted rather unconvincingly during his 42-ball stay at the crease finally succumbed to the left-arm pace of Wahab Riaz under- edging a catch to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed as he attempted to pull a slow ball.
That was to be Pakistan’s only success of a shortened morning session where play began two hours late due to a wet outfield.
The opening day’s play was washed out by rain without a ball bowled.
At the crease were Kaushal Silva on eight and Kumar Sangakkara on four.
Pakistan won the toss and invited Sri Lanka to bat first with the hope of extracting something out of the pitch that had remained covered for more than a day.
But the surface offered hardly any assistance to the bowlers although Riaz could have dismissed Karunaratne for one when he edged a no-ball to first slip and Silva at six when Yasir Shah dropped him at point off a full blooded cut that went through his hands to smash onto his right shin.
Yasir required some treatment on the field.
Sangakkara came to bat to warm applause from the appreciative crowd and soon made his intentions clear by pushing the first ball he received from Riaz past the bowler for four. The bowler responded by peppering Sangakkara with short pitched deliveries which the batsman did well to avoid.
Scores: Sri Lanka 40-1 at lunch (D Karunaratne 21, Wahab Riaz 1-22) v Pakistan.