Chandimal Stands Tall Amidst Collapse

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Chandimal Stands Tall Amidst CollapseChandimal was unbeaten on 68 at Tea.

Dinesh Chandimal, fresh of a career-best double hundred against Australia, was once again Sri Lanka's best batter in an otherwise dismal batting performance. Chandimal's unbeaten 68 played a big part in taking Sri Lanka to 166 by Tea on the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan.

Chandimal, who was largely circumspect in approach, brought up his half-century with three consecutive boundaries off Naseem Shah after Sri Lanka were in danger of being bowled out quickly. The collapse, which was kickstarted in the morning, continued in the second session as well.

Earlier, after Dimuth Karunaratne chose to bat, Shaheen Afridi struck having the skipper chopping on in just the third over.

Briefly after that, Sri Lanka replied in kind to Pakistan's attacking strategy, with the bowlers erring and allowing Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando to collect boundaries at will.

Their 49-run stand offset the early disadvantage caused by Shaheen Afridi and kept Sri Lanka scoring at a healthy rate.

However, there was to be another turnaround with the attacking approach taken by both teams. Yasir Shah, after copping a couple of boundaries, soon had Kusal Mendis caught behind attempting a cut shot. One brought two for Pakistan as Oshada to fell in the next over, nicking Hasan Ali.

Sri Lanka's senior batters – Chandimal and Angelo Mathews – were left with a repair job to do. However, the latter struggled to get off the mark for 14 balls before eventually perishing trying to loft Yasir shortly before Lunch.

Dhananjaya de Silva helped steady the rocking boat briefly but paid the price for an ambitious drive, and dragged on Shaheen. The left-arm pacer struck again in his next over when he enticed Niroshan Dickwella to a drive and had him nicking to slip. As Ramesh Mendis (caught gloving a short ball vs Naseem Shah) and Prabath Jayasuriya fell within the space of nine balls, Chandimal began to go on the attack.

After bringing up his half-century, he even slog swept Nawaz for a six and found company in Maheesh Theekshana to resist for eight overs before the Tea interval.

Brief Scores: 166/8 (Dinesh Chandimal 68*, Oshada Fernando 35; Shaheen Afridi 3-38; Yasir Shah 2-50) vs Pakistan

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