Sri Lanka strike early

2015-06-25 08:56
Mohammad Hafeez (AP)

Colombo - Sri Lanka's seamer Dhammika Prasad claimed two early wickets as Pakistan moved to 70 for two at lunch on the opening day of the second Test in Colombo on Thursday.

Mohammad Hafeez was unbeaten on 31 and Younis Khan, playing his 100th Test, was on two after surviving an appeal for leg-before on zero.

Prasad, who took the field despite having suffered a finger injury during net practice on Wednesday, struck with the first ball of his second over to make it 5 for 1 at the P. Sara Oval.

Prasad forced Ahmed Shehzad to edge a rising ball to second slip where the 37-year-old Kumar Sangakkara dived to his right to pick up a low catch.

Azhar Ali, who put on 46 for the second wicket with Hafeez, was dismissed for 26 when TV umpire Paul Reiffel upheld Sri Lanka's review for a caught behind off Prasad after on-field official Richard Illingworth had turned down the appeal.

Another review by Sri Lanka in the next over for a leg-before appeal by Angelo Mathews against Khan was turned down. The on-field umpire's decision stood as replays showed not enough of the ball hitting the top of off-stump to overturn it.

Pakistan, who won the toss and elected to bat on the hard, bouncy pitch, retained the same side that won the first Test in Galle by 10 wickets to take the lead in the three-match series.

Sri Lanka made two changes, replacing off-spinner Dilruwan Perera and seamer Nuwan Pradeep with another off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal and debutant fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera.


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