Abu Dhabi: Dinesh Chandimal smashed a brilliant unbeaten hundred to steer Sri Lanka to 403-7 at tea on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
The Sri Lankan skipper was batting on a punishing 151 and with him Suranga Lakmal was four not out as Sri Lanka progressed from their overnight score of 227-4 with stubborn batting.
Chandimal added 134 for the fifth wicket with Niroshan Dickwella, who made a career-best 83, before frustrating Pakistan further with a 92-run stand for the sixth wicket with Dilruwan Perera.
Perera made 33 as Pakistan’s spin-cum-pace attack had to toil hard for the only wicket of Dickwella in the first session.
The Chandimal-Dickwella stand was only broken in the 22nd over of the day when Dickwella played on to fast bowler Hasan Ali, spurning a good chance to post his maiden hundred. Dickwella hit nine boundaries and a six during his rapid, 117-ball knock.
Chandimal reached his ninth Test century — his first in four Tests as captain, and first against Pakistan — by driving fast bowler Mohammad Amir through the covers for his 11th boundary.
It took him 383 minutes to reach the three-figure mark, ably lifting Sri Lanka from 61-3 when he came on to bat on Thursday. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah has figures of 3-119 in 56 overs. — AFP
Sri Lanka first innings:Sri Lanka first innings:D Karunaratne (run out) 93K Silva b H Ali 12L Thirimanne lbw Shah 0K Mendis c S Ahmed b Shah 10D Chandimal (batting) 151N Dickwella b H Ali 83D Perera lbw Sohail 33R Herath c B Azam b Shah 4S Lakmal (not out) 4 Extras (LB-11, NB-2) 13Total (for 7 wkts, 151 overs) 403Fall of wickets: 1-34, 2-35, 3-61, 4-161, 5-295, 6-387, 7-396. Bowling: M Amir 27-5-63-0, M Abbas 25-0-64-0, Y Shah 56-11-119-3, H Ali 27-6-88-2, S Masood 1-1-0-0, H Sohail 12-0-47-1, A Shafiq 3-0-11-0.