Sri Lanka struggle against Pakistan pace

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Sri Lanka did not have the best day in Colombo on Thursday, reaching stumps on day one of the second Test against Pakistan on 261 for eight, with many batsmen throwing away good starts.

Sri Lanka did not have the best day in Colombo on Thursday, reaching stumps on day one of the second Test against Pakistan on 261 for eight, with many batsmen throwing away good starts.

Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first in Mahela Jayawardene's final Test, and actually got off to a slid start, reaching lunch without loss. Upul Tharanga and Kaushal Silva batted slowly but carefully, making just 69 runs in the morning.

The afternoon was far less stable for them, as Silva departed soon after the restart, bagged by Junaid Khan. This was the first of the paceman's four wickets on the day, while Wahab Riaz's pace saw him bag three.

Kumar Sangakkara did not get a chance to bat with his best mate as he was out for 22, which brought Mahela to the middle. Tharanga watched from the other end as Pakistan's players formed an honour guard for the 149-Test veteran.

It was not to be a happy day for the batsman though, as he was out for just four, trapped LBW by Saeed Ajmal. Tharanga, who had made his way to 92 in the meantime, was out 10 runs later, superbly caught by Azhar Ali.

Thus, the middle order had to try and salvage things, but they all got set before chucking their wickets away. Lahiru Thirimanne, back in the side, and Niroshan Dickwella both reached the 20s before Junaid sent them packing.

Angelo Mathews was the final wicket to fall on the day, the one that brought about the close, as he'd made a slow 39 off 86 balls. He was caught behind by Sarfraz Ahmed off Wahab to end the day. Dhammika Prasad was unbeaten on four.

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Dhammika Prasad, Chanaka Welegedara

Pakistan: Khurram Manzoor, Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan

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