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Dhananjaya de Silva notched up his sixth Test century

Dhananjaya de Silva notched up his sixth Test century

With over three days lost to bad light and rain, the Rawalpindi match marking the return of Test cricket to Pakistan has very little left to offer even on a sun-bathed fifth day. Though, not for the record books. Dhananjaya de Silva notched up his sixth Test century, and first on his debut on Pakistan soil, prompting Sri Lanka to declare with 308 for 6, though not to force a result but to get their bowlers some time in the middle before the series-deciding second and final Test. The hosts, in reply, reached 54 for 1 at Lunch, batting and negotiating the bowlers safely with a drab draw looming.

De Silva got to the milestone in the fifth over of the morning, with a gorgeously timed cover drive off Mohammad Abbas but it was Dilruwan Perera who got Sri Lanka moving. The thick top-edge flew over the slip cordon and into the third-man fence as Perera slashed hard at the Abbas hit-me ball served up early in the day. He then took Sri Lanka to the 300-run landmark as he crunched a backfoot cover drive in Abbas's following over. Once de Silva got to his triple figures, Sri Lanka declared having played only five overs in the morning.

Handed the new ball, Kasun Rajitha all but picked up a wicket in his very first over when Shan Masood poked at an away swinging delivery to be caught in gully. Only for it to be ruled a no-ball as the pacer had overstepped. Masood survived but only to be dismissed by the same bowler in his succeeding over, chipping a hit-me full toss tamely to Dinesh Chandimal at extra cover for catching practice.

On the other hand, Abid Ali looked confident on debut and brought forward his rich form from first-class cricket to put on an unbroken 51-run partnership for the second wicket with Azhar Ali as Pakistan went in to Lunch without any further hiccups. The opener took an early liking to the fiery pace of Lahiru Kumara, hitting as many as four boundaries off his bowling that ranged between 140-150kmph. Azhar, meanwhile, headed into the session break with an unbeaten 21 against his name.

Brief scores: Pakistan 54/1 (Abid Ali 31*, Azhar Ali 21*, Kasun Rajitha 1-5) trail Sri Lanka 308/6 decl. (Dhananjaya de Silva 102*; Shaheen Afridi 2-58) by 254 runs.

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