Sri Lanka bat first against Pakistan as Haris Sohail debuts

Sarfraz Ahmed and Pakistan are on a high after big wins in limited overs cricket

Sri Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne led his team's recovery with a solid half-century on the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Test is a day only encounter and it will begin at 11:00 hrs PST (06:00 GMT) and 10:00am local.

Captain of Pakistan, Sarfraz Ahmed celebrates with his teammates.

Yasir then dominated in the first session with successive wickets of Kusal Mendis and Thirimanne.

Karunaratne added an invaluable 100-run partnership with skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who was 60 not out at stumps, as Pakistan failed to break through with the second new ball.

Pakistan lost the toss in this game and had to field first. They are yet to lose at this ground and the last time Pakistan and Sri Lanka met in Abu Dhabi, the Test ended in a draw.

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Pakistan will play their first Test match in UAE after the successful conclusion of the Independence Cup Twento20 worldwide tournament.

But with a seventh Test century seeming inevitable, Karunaratne set off for a single when on 93 only for Chandimal to stay in his crease.

Though assured of a good display by the team, the head coach said that it will not be easy tackling Sri Lanka and we are not treating them lightly.

Fast-rising batsman Babar Azam at four and Haris Sohail will attempt to fill the void, while Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq will also be expected to play a leading role.

But Shah is the quickest spinner to the landmark as both Barnes and Waqar were fast bowlers. On the other hand, Sri Lanka will be looking to bounce back from a 3-0 Test series whitewash at the hands of India.

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