PALLEKELE: Pakistan managed just one wicket after inviting Sri Lanka to bat first on the first morning of the third and final Test played at the Pallekele International Stadium.
Sri Lanka went to lunch at 85 for one wicket with Dimuth Karunaratne unbeaten on 34 and Upul Tharanga on 39.
The pair has so far added 70 runs off 129 balls for the second wicket after Kaushal Silva was dismissed for nine in the fifth over of the innings.
The in-form Silva was forced to edge a rising delivery from Rahat Ali to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed with the score on 15.
Left-handers Karunaratne and Tharanga deprived Pakistan of any further success with some attacking strokeplay backed by solid defence.
Tharanga who replaced Kumar Sangakkara in the team started off positively and at the break had hit five fours off 70 balls.
He set the pace for Karunaratne who also had five fours having faced 75 balls.
The nearest Pakistan came to capturing Karunaratne’s wicket was when he was rapped on the pads by a delivery from Imran Khan with his score on 12. Pakistan challenged the umpire’s decision to negative the appeal and lost a review.
With three seamers in the side Misbah-ul-Haq cannot be faulted for putting the opposition in to bat, but despite the ball beating the bat on several occasions Pakistan could consider themselves rather unlucky not to have more than one.
Scores: Sri Lanka 85-1 at lunch (Dimuth Karunaratne 34 not out, Upul Tharanga 39 not out) v Pakistan.