Sri Lanka hold steady in Galle chase

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Sri Lanka held firm in their chase of Pakistan's first innings score in the first Test, reaching stumps on 99 for one on day two in Galle, still trailing by 352 runs.

Sri Lanka held firm in their chase of Pakistan's first innings score in the first Test, reaching stumps on 99 for one on day two in Galle, still trailing by 352 runs.

Pakistan had been all out for 451 earlier in the day, before Junaid Khan took the only Sri Lanka wicket of the day by bagging Upul Tharanga cheaply. Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara then added 75 runs together till the close.

Pakistan started the day on 261 for four, with YOunis Khan well set with a century to his name, and Asad Shafiq on 55. The pair had rescued the knock after three early wickets on day one, and they added 32 more runs to their partnership in the morning.

Shafiq was the first to fall, out for 75 to Rangana Herath, and he was the only man to depart in the morning session. The afternoon saw Younis advance to 177, before becoming one of Dilruwan Perera's five wickets.

Sarfraz Ahmed and Abdur Rehman added quick half centuries to the tally in the afternoon, at one-day pace, before Perera rip through the lower order as Pakistan were all out for 451 on the stroke of tea.

This left Sri Lanka with a session to survive, and they did so mostly unscathed, and going at a good pace. Tharanga was out for 19 to Junaid, but Sangakkara (36) and Silva (38) had few problems as they saw out the day.

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