Sri Lanka 99-1 after Younis heroics help Pakistan post 451 runs in first innings

Kaushal Silva was unbeaten on 38 and Kumar Sangakkara was on 36 with Upul Tharanga dismissed for 19.


Afp August 07, 2014

GALLE: Having toiled for over a day and a half against a Pakistan side who had amassed 451runs in their first innings, Sri Lanka managed to close off day two of the first Test in Galle on Thursday at 99-1.

Kaushal Silva was unbeaten on 38 and Kumar Sangakkara was on 36. But Sri Lanka had lost Upul Tharanga in the process who was dismissed for 19.

Earlier on Thursday Sri Lankan off-spinner Dilruwan Perera grabbed the last five wickets as Pakistan were bowled out for 451 just before tea on the second day of the first Test in Galle on Thursday with veteran batsman Younis Khan top scoring with 177.

Resuming after lunch on 347-5, the tourists made use of the easy-paced wicket to build a challenging total, with veteran Younis Khan top-scoring with 177.

Younis, who came in to bat at 19-2 on the first morning and ended the day on 133, anchored the innings with the help of lower-order batsmen.

The 36-year-old, who is playing his 90th Test, batted for eight hours and 16 minutes, hitting 15 boundaries and a six in his 24th Test century.

Younis' vigil came to an end soon after lunch when he flicked Perera to Kithuruwan Vithanage at short mid-wicket, a soft dismissal that came against the run of play.

Pakistan's wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed made 55 and shared a sixth-wicket stand of 66 with Younis when he lobbed an easy catch to mid-on to give Perera his second wicket.

The off-spinner had Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan caught at leg-slip by Mahela Jayawardene, taking the retiring former Sri Lankan captain's tally to 202 Test catches.

Only India's Rahul Dravid has taken more catches (210) by a fielder other than a wicket-keeper.

Tailender Abdur Rehman, essentially a left-arm spinner, showed his batting skills by hammering six fours and a six while making 50, his second Test half-century.

Pakistan, who resumed at their overnight score of 261-4, went to lunch on 347-5 with Asad Shafiq making 75 during a fifth-wicket stand of 137 with Khan.

The visitors added 32 runs in the first hour when left-arm spinner Rangana Herath broke through for Sri Lanka by trapping Shafiq leg-before. The batsman's appeal to the TV umpire went in vain.

Sri Lanka came close to removing Younis when he was on 156, but seamer Shaminda Eranga spilled a sharp return catch as the batsman failed to keep a drive along the ground.

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