Silva, Sangakkara challenge Pakistan in opening Test: PAK v SL

Kaushal Silva, Sri Lanka’s batsman irritated Pakistan with an undefeated 80, as the rain hit first Test ultimately got underway on the arranged second day in Galle on Thursday.

Kumar Sangakkara contributed 50 to leave the natives on 178 for 3 at stumps, and after Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq chose to field first on an relaxed -paced pitch.

After extreme weather had worn out, the first day’s play on Wednesday, just 64 overs were played on the second day after a rainy outfield belated the match by 2 hours at the Galle International Stadium.

Dimuth Karunaratne, who is a  left-handed batsman, scored 21 in the opening position of 30 with Silva. He was dismissed by Wahab Riaz in the 13th over of the battings.

Karunaratne tried to pull a short ball, but only achieved to edge a catch to Sarfraz Ahmed, wicket-keeper to provide the travelers a much-needed step forward.

Sangakkara and Silva played as a team, to add 112 runs for the second wicket, batting through the post-lunch sitting to take their team to a contented 123 for one.