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Sri Lanka went to Tea at 137 for 4 with all four Pakistan pacers picking up a wicket each.

Sri Lanka went to Tea at 137 for 4 with all four Pakistan pacers picking up a wicket each.

Was it the nerves? Was it luck? Whatever it was, some switch certainly flicked within Pakistan who not only got their act together after lunch, they did so rather symmetrically. All four of their seamers combined for a wicket apiece, one in every half-hour interval, as they completely turned the tide on Sri Lanka in the middle session after going wicketless in the morning.

The comeback started with Shaheen Afridi, their most impressive bowler from the Australia tour who got Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne plumb in front with a full, straight delivery. The surprise of missing a straight one may have prompted the bizarre review, because otherwise there was no explanation for a ball that was crashing into middle and leg.

Oshada Fernando, Karunaratne's ally in the resolute opening stand, then got a really good one from Naseem Shah which stood up off the seam to take the outside of his bat shoulder to first slip. Having been subdued in the morning, Fernando was looking to open up a bit which may have contributed to the hard hands.

Usman Shinwari, on debut, capitalized on the openings to catch the outside edge of Kusal Mendis and by the time Mohammad Abbas straightened one past Dinesh Chandimal's outside edge for the top of off stump, Sri Lanka were the ones feeling the heat.

This was a complete deviation to what had transpired in the morning. The pitch where the ball was expected to dart around didn't do as much. Also, armed with a four-pronged pace attack, Pakistan probably tried too hard while eschewing the basics. In doing so, they had played into the hands of Sri Lanka's openers who modelled their approach on old-fashioned methods by taking their time. Fernando even went as far as the 14th over to open his account, showing patience in abundance that the opposition seemed to lack.

But Pakistan learnt their lesson after lunch. They didn't go searching and rather focussed on tightening the screws, allowing Sri Lanka to come away with a meagre 48 runs from the session. Wickets were only a side-effect of the pressure created with good balls bound to occur on this pitch.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 137/4 (Dimuth Karunaratne 59; Usman Shinwari 1/22) vs Pakistan.

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