Cricket

Pakistan bat in first Test

2014-08-06 07:26
Misbah ul-Haq (AFP)

Galle - Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq won the toss and elected to bat in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on Wednesday.

The start was delayed by 30 minutes due to a wet outfield caused by overnight rain. Bad weather has been forecast on all five days of the Test.

Both teams went in with two spinners - Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman for Pakistan, and Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera for the hosts - on a grassless pitch expected to take turn later in the match.

The two-Test series is the final one for former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene, who will retire from the longer format after the second Test in Colombo next week.

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Kaushal Silva, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Dhammika Prasad.

Pakistan: Misbah-ul Haq (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Khurram Manzoor, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Talha, Junaid Khan.

Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG) and Bruce Oxenford (AUS)

TV umpire: Richard Illingworth (ENG)

Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)

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