Joy for Pakistan as Test cricket returns

Sports | 12 Dec 2019

Pakistan's teenage fast bowler Naseem Shah led the hosts' recovery against Sri Lanka on a riveting opening day as Test cricket returned to the country after a decade.

Sri Lanka started strongly but Pakistan fought back through their four-pronged pace attack as the visitors reached 202 for five when bad light brought an end to the day's play at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi.

Dhananjaya de Silva was unbeaten on 38 with Niroshan Dickwella 11 not out.

The two-match series marks Pakistan's first Tests on home soil since the militant attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore in 2009.

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne opted to bat after winning the toss. He and his opening partner Oshada Fernando combined for 96 for the first wicket.

Shaheen Afridi gave Pakistan the first breakthrough when he dismissed Karunaratne leg before for 59.

Fernando (40) then fell to the 16-year-old Naseem, who also accounted for veteran Angelo Mathews (31).

REUTERS

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