Dinesh Chandimal propels Sri Lanka in Angelo Mathews’ 100th Test | Cricket News

GALLE (Sri Lanka): Dinesh Chandimal hit his fourth consecutive half-century to lead Sri Lanka’s aggregate before Pakistan hit back with late wickets on Sunday’s opening day of the second Test in Galle.
Chandimal, who has reached 80, has established key partnerships including a 75-run fourth-wicket stand with Angelo Mathews, who did not reach his 50s in his historic 100th Test.
Sri Lanka reached 315 in six when poor light stopped play for the day, with the hosts opting to strike first in their bid to bounce back from an opening loss in the two-game series.
Goalkeeper-batter Niroshan Dickwella, at 42, and rookie Dunith Wellalage, at 6, were at bat after pace pitcher Naseem Shah hit with the second new pitch.
Naseem beat Dhananjaya de Silva for 32 and nearly had Dickwella on 24, but skipper Babar Azam lost his second catch of the day, this time on the second slide.
Left arm spinner mohamed nawaz stood out for Pakistan with the two key wickets of Oshada Fernando, who made 50, and Chandimal.
Chandimal, who had 206 not eliminated, 76 and 94 not eliminated in his previous two Tests, handled opposing spinners with aplomb until his start on a spinning field on day one.
Mathews started well but failed to capitalize on a reprieve at 36, when Azam dropped an easy grab to extra coverage from the left arm spinner Nauman Ali.
Nauman came on after the tea break to get Mathews behind, the batsman returning to a locker room applauding his test milestone.
Fernando and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne started with an opening position of 92 points before Nawaz broke through.
Fernando smashed Nawaz for six to reach his seventh Test in half a century, but got caught on the next ball.
Kusal Mendis survived 11 balls and made it three before being exhausted at lunchtime on a straight pitch from Agha Salman, while the batsman fell back to the non-attacking side.
Karunaratne fell under Yasir Shah’s leg spin after his reverse sweep attempt went over to the back spot where Naseem took a clean grab as Sri Lanka looked in trouble at 120-3.
Chandimal made the point with Mathews then De Silva in a partnership 63 but a hard shot got him caught in Nawaz’s back spot.
Mathews, 35, was celebrated by Sri Lanka Cricket and accompanied by his family at the start of the test for reaching his century of five-day games since making his debut at the same venue in 2009, also against Pakistan.

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