SL vs PAK, 1st Test Day 1, Dhananjaya De Silva and Mathews rescue Sri Lanka

In the first day of the opening Test match against Pakistan in Galle on Sunday, Dhananjaya de Silva and Angelo Mathews helped Sri Lanka recover from a top-order collapse and reach 242 for six.

The decision to bat by Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne appeared to have failed after Shaheen Afridi dealt three blows in the morning session and Sri Lanka fell to 54 for 4.

After scoring 64 when Mathews was dismissed at the stroke of tea, De Silva went on to put together another partnership of at least 50 runs with Sadeera Samarawickrama, who scored 36 before Agha Salman dismissed him with the final delivery of the day.

Afridi achieved the milestone in his second over when he induced a thick edge from opener Nishan Madushka, who made 4 and Sarfaraz Ahmed took the catch behind the stumps. After 5.5 overs, play was interrupted by rain, but when it resumed, Kusal Mendis at 12 was caught in the slips, and Karunaratne at 29 was caught behind, allowing Afridi to destroy Sri Lanka’s top order.

Dinesh Chandimal, who had made one, was dismissed by Naseem Shah before Sri Lanka was saved by Mathews and de Silva.