Kumar Sangakkara survives a close chance for a run out on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan at the Galle International Stadium. AFP Picture by Ishara S Kodikara

GALLE: Opener Kaushal Silva scored his eighth Test half-century and his fifth against Pakistan to take Sri Lanka to tea on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan at 123 for one wicket at the Galle International Stadium on Thursday.

The diminutive right-hander was unbeaten on 52 scored off 138 balls with the aid of eight fours. Batting with him was Kumar Sangakkara on 41 scored off 88 balls inclusive of two fours and a six.

The pair has so far added 93 for the second wicket, after Sri Lanka lost Dimuth Karunaratne for 21 in the truncated first session.

Silva who adopted a rather dogged approach in the morning scoring eight off 42 balls was in a positive frame of mind after the break freeing his arms to move to his half century off 122 balls.

Silva had showed a liking for the Pakistani bowling scoring a century against them in the 3-day warm up match played at the Colts grounds last week.

Pakistan missed two golden opportunities of dismissing the dangerous looking Sangakkara at 14 and at 24 and may have to pay dearly for the lapses.

The left-hander who has been a thorn in the Pakistan side survived a close run out call at 14 when he had to dive full length to beat a throw from Wahab Riaz from square leg when Silva called him for a sharp single.

Eight balls later Pakistan again missed him when Azhar Ali at leg slip dropped a sitter off Yasir Shah.

Sri Lanka scored 83 runs in the session off 28 overs.

Scores: Sri Lanka 123-1 at tea (Kaushal Silva 52 not out, Kumar Sangakkara 41 not out) v Pakistan.