Home Cricket National Cricket De Silva nears 10th Test ton but Pakistan take control in Galle

De Silva nears 10th Test ton but Pakistan take control in Galle

Pakistan Tour of Sri Lanka 2023

236

Dhananjaya de Silva remained not out on 94 at stumps on Day 1 of the 1st Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Galle.

The right-hander put together partnerships of 131 and 57 for the 5th and 6th wickets alongside Angelo Mathews and Sadeera Samarawickrama, but both Mathews and Samarawickrama fell on the stroke of Tea and Stumps respectively, putting Sri Lanka in a spot of bother at 242/6 at the end of the day’s play.

Things looked much worse for the hosts early in the day as they lost their 1st 4 wickets for just 54 runs, but the partnership between Mathews and DDS helped them to a strong position before the former was dismissed, nicking one to the keeper off Abrar Ahmed.

Shaheen Afridi was the man to deal most of the damage in the 1st session, returning to Test cricket for the 1st time since he sustained a knee injury at the same venue in July of last year.

Afridi picked up 3 of the 4 wickets to fall before lunch, the first of the day being Nishan Madushka, caught behind playing away from the body to give Afridi his 100th Test wicket.

Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis looked to be in decent touch, with the pair managing to find the boundary regularly before a heavy shower saw play halted for over an hour.

The break turned out to be a godsend for the visitors as Afridi and Naseem Shah bowled 8 and 9 overs respectively on the trot, accounting for 3 more wickets before Lunch was taken. Kusal Mendis nicked the first ball after the break through 3rd slip for four, but his luck ran out a couple of deliveries later as he was well caught by Agha Salman at 2nd slip.

Karunaratne was caught down the leg side off Afridi before Shah saw to the end of Dinesh Chandimal in the next over, once again caught at slip. The Sri Lankan camp would have had their hearts in their mouths when Shah struck Dhananjaya de Silva on the pads with the very next delivery, but fortunately, it turned out that de Silva had gotten a thick inside edge.

Mathews started shakily, but was as his resolute best once the spinners came on and he and De Silva looked set for big scores before he fell on the stroke of tea for 64.

Another rain delay saw another 18 overs lost (24), with De Silva and Samarawickrama coming out to face 7.4 overs late in the day.

While de Silva did the bulk of the scoring in his partnership with Mathews, Samarawickrama outscored him in their partnership of 57 but after surviving a probing spell by Afridi, he gave it away against the part-time spin of Agha Salman in the last over of the day – caught well by a leaping Imam Ul Haq at short leg.

With the loss of overs today, the game will begin 15 minutes early on day 2 – at 9.45 am – and will have an allotted number of 98 overs for the day.

Result


Sri Lanka
312/10 (95.2) & 279/10 (83.1)

Pakistan
461/10 (121.2) & 133/6 (32.5)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Nishan Madushka c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Shaheen Shah Afridi 4 9 0 0 44.44
Dimuth Karunaratne c Safraz Ahmed b Shaheen Shah Afridi 29 43 6 0 67.44
Kusal Mendis c Agha Salman b Shaheen Shah Afridi 12 14 3 0 85.71
Angelo Mathews c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Abrar Ahmed 64 109 9 0 58.72
Dinesh Chandimal c Babar Azam b Naseem Shah 1 6 0 0 16.67
Dhananjaya de Silva c Shan Masood b Naseem Shah 122 214 12 3 57.01
Sadeera Samarawickrama c Imam-ul-Haq b Agha Salman 36 57 5 0 63.16
Ramesh Mendis c Babar Azam b Abrar Ahmed 5 40 1 0 12.50
Prabath Jayasuriya c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Naseem Shah 4 29 0 0 13.79
Kasun Rajitha c Abdullah Shafique b Abrar Ahmed 8 24 1 0 33.33
Vishwa Fernando not out 21 28 2 1 75.00


Extras 6 (b 4 , lb 1 , nb 1, w 0, pen 0)
Total 312/10 (95.2 Overs, RR: 3.27)
Fall of Wickets 1-6 (2.2) Nishan Madushka, 2-22 (6.4) Kusal Mendis, 3-53 (14.2) Dimuth Karunaratne, 4-54 (15.2) Dinesh Chandimal, 5-185 (48.1) Angelo Mathews, 6-242 (65.4) Sadeera Samarawickrama, 7-257 (76.6) Ramesh Mendis, 8-282 (85.6) Prabath Jayasuriya, 9-283 (87.1) Dhananjaya de Silva, 10-312 (95.2) Kasun Rajitha,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Shaheen Shah Afridi 24 3 86 3 3.58
Naseem Shah 22 2 90 3 4.09
Abrar Ahmed 31.2 9 68 3 2.18
Agha Salman 5 1 18 1 3.60
Nauman Ali 13 2 45 0 3.46
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Abdullah Shafique c Dhananjaya de Silva b Prabath Jayasuriya 19 28 3 0 67.86
Imam-ul-Haq c Kamil Mishara  b Kasun Rajitha 1 10 0 0 10.00
Shan Masood lbw b Ramesh Mendis 39 30 5 1 130.00
Babar Azam c Sadeera Samarawickrama b Prabath Jayasuriya 13 16 2 0 81.25
Saud Shakeel not out 208 361 19 0 57.62
Sarfaraz Ahmed lbw b Prabath Jayasuriya 17 15 3 0 113.33
Agha Salman st Sadeera Samarawickrama b Ramesh Mendis 83 113 9 1 73.45
Nauman Ali lbw b Ramesh Mendis 25 57 4 0 43.86
Shaheen Shah Afridi lbw b Vishwa Fernando 9 14 2 0 64.29
Naseem Shah b Ramesh Mendis 6 78 1 0 7.69
Abrar Ahmed c Angelo Mathews b Ramesh Mendis 10 12 1 1 83.33


Extras 31 (b 9 , lb 8 , nb 6, w 8, pen 0)
Total 461/10 (121.2 Overs, RR: 3.8)
Fall of Wickets 1-3 (1.6) Imam-ul-Haq, 2-47 (10.2) Abdullah Shafique, 3-67 (11.6) Shan Masood, 4-73 (14.4) Babar Azam, 5-101 (20.2) Sarfaraz Ahmed, 6-278 (55.6) Agha Salman, 7-330 (73.2) Nauman Ali, 8-346 (76.3) Shaheen Shah Afridi, 9-440 (116.5) Naseem Shah, 10-461 (121.2) Abrar Ahmed,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Vishwa Fernando 18 1 69 1 3.83
Kasun Rajitha 19 1 77 1 4.05
Prabath Jayasuriya 35 3 145 3 4.14
Ramesh Mendis 42.2 2 136 5 3.22
Dhananjaya de Silva 7 1 17 0 2.43
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Nishan Madushka c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Nauman Ali 52 115 7 1 45.22
Dimuth Karunaratne c Agha Salman b Abrar Ahmed 20 27 4 0 74.07
Kusal Mendis lbw b Nauman Ali 18 45 2 0 40.00
Angelo Mathews c Babar Azam b Nauman Ali 7 21 1 0 33.33
Dinesh Chandimal c Imam-ul-Haq b Agha Salman 28 64 3 0 43.75
Dhananjaya de Silva c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Shaheen Shah Afridi 82 118 10 2 69.49
Sadeera Samarawickrama c Abdullah Shafique b Agha Salman 11 11 2 0 100.00
Ramesh Mendis lbw b Abrar Ahmed 42 79 3 1 53.16
Prabath Jayasuriya c Shan Masood b Shaheen Shah Afridi 10 11 2 0 90.91
Vishwa Fernando not out 0 6 0 0 0.00
Kasun Rajitha c Shan Masood b Abrar Ahmed 5 3 0 0 166.67


Extras 4 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 1, w 2, pen 0)
Total 279/10 (83.1 Overs, RR: 3.35)
Fall of Wickets 1-42 (11.1) Dimuth Karunaratne, 2-79 (24.6) Kusal Mendis, 3-91 (32.1) Angelo Mathews, 4-99 (36.6) Nishan Madushka, 5-159 (53.1) Dinesh Chandimal, 6-175 (55.5) Sadeera Samarawickrama, 7-251 (78.1) Ramesh Mendis, 8-269 (80.6) Dhananjaya de Silva, 9-274 (82.3) Prabath Jayasuriya, 10-279 (83.1) Kasun Rajitha,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Shaheen Shah Afridi 13 0 64 2 4.92
Naseem Shah 12 2 32 0 2.67
Agha Salman 9 0 39 2 4.33
Abrar Ahmed 24.1 5 68 3 2.82
Nauman Ali 25 5 75 3 3.00


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Abdullah Shafique c Sadeera Samarawickrama b Prabath Jayasuriya 8 18 1 0 44.44
Imam-ul-Haq not out 50 84 4 0 59.52
Shan Masood c Nishan Madushka b Prabath Jayasuriya 7 11 1 0 63.64
Nauman Ali run out (Ramesh Mendis) 0 7 0 0 0.00
Babar Azam lbw b Prabath Jayasuriya 24 28 5 0 85.71
Saud Shakeel c Sadeera Samarawickrama b Ramesh Mendis 30 38 6 0 78.95
Sarfaraz Ahmed c Kusal Mendis b Prabath Jayasuriya 1 10 0 0 10.00
Agha Salman not out 6 1 0 1 600.00


Extras 7 (b 4 , lb 3 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total 133/6 (32.5 Overs, RR: 4.05)
Fall of Wickets 1-16 (6.4) Abdullah Shafique, 2-36 (10.4) Shan Masood, 3-38 (12.6) Nauman Ali, 4-79 (20.3) Babar Azam, 5-122 (29.4) Saud Shakeel, 6-127 (32.4) Sarfaraz Ahmed,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Vishwa Fernando 2 1 6 0 3.00
Ramesh Mendis 14 1 62 1 4.43
Prabath Jayasuriya 14.5 0 56 4 3.86
Dhananjaya de Silva 2 1 2 0 1.00