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Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne defied the Pakistan bowlers on the fifth and final morning to score an unbeaten 63 at lunch in the first Test played at the Galle International Stadium. (AFP picture Ishara S Kodikara)

GALLE: Pakistan had Sri Lanka struggling to save the first Test at the Galle International Stadium after capturing two wickets in the final morning.

Sri Lanka went to lunch on a shaky 144 for four wickets – an overall lead of 27 with six second innings wickets in hand. They have two sessions or 66 overs to survive if they are to deprive Pakistan of a win.

Pakistan struck off the very first ball of the day when nightwatchman Dilruwan Perera offered no shot to a ball from leg-spinner Yasir Shah and was bowled for a duck.

Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne overcame that early setback with a stand of 69 but approaching lunch Pakistan achieved their second success of the morning.

Wahab Riaz coming for his second spell of the morning dismissed Thirimanne (44) with a rising ball which the batsman could only edge to Younis Khan at slip.

The Pakistani bowlers found some reverse swing going for them and it was one of those deliveries that got Thirimanne’s wicket.

Karunaratne produced a workmanlike innings at the other end batting throughout the morning session to remain unbeaten on 63 scored off 146 balls with seven fours. It was his fifth Test fifty and second against Pakistan.

Batting with Karunaratne was skipper Angelo Mathews on five.

Scores: Sri Lanka 300 and 144-4 at lunch (Dimuth Karunaratne 63 not out, Wahab Riaz 2/34, Yasir Shah 2/50)

Pakistan 417.