By Sa’adi Thawfeeq
Fast bowler Dhammika Prasad captured two wickets in the morning session to have Pakistan at 70 for two wickets at lunch after choosing to bat first in the second Test against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval.
Prasad exploiting the bounce and seam the pitch afforded sent back opener Ahmed Shehzad for one in the third over of the day when the batsman edged a delivery to first slip where Kumar Sangakkara gobbled it up
Azhar Ali helped Mohammad Hafeez in a second wicket partnership that produced 46 when Prasad coming for his second spell once again broke through for Sri Lanka.
Azhar was unfortunate to be given out at 26 caught behind the wicket by Dinesh Chandimal when Sri Lanka called for the review and the third umpire gave him out on the basis of hearing two sounds whereas TV replays did not show conclusive evidence that the ball had hit the bat.
Likewise Younis Khan on his 100th Test appearance was lucky to survive a confident lbw decision before he had scored when Sri Lanka again challenged the umpire’s decision. But on this occasion it was turned down as the review showed the ball hitting on line but going over the stumps.
Hafeez held up one end of the Pakistan innings to bat throughout the session and remain unbeaten on 31 with four fours. Younis was two not out.
Test debutant Dushmantha Chameera bowled at a good pace but was searching for his maiden Test wicket having bowled six overs for 20 runs in two spells.
Sri Lanka introduced spin in the final over before lunch with Tharindu Kaushal commencing with a no-ball.
Prasad the most successful of the Lankan bowlers had figures of two for 23 while Mathews who opened the bowling with Prasad was economical conceding 16 runs in nine overs.
Sri Lanka’s over rate was pretty slow bowling only 23 overs in the session.
Scores: Pakistan 70-2 at lunch (Mohammad Hafeez 31 not out, Azhar Ali 26, Dhammika Prasad 2/23) v Sri Lanka.