Updated: Tuesday, 31 December 2013 16:29 | By Agence France-Presse

Sri Lanka lose Karunaratne after solid start

Sri Lanka were 66-1 at lunch after a confident start in the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.


Sri Lanka lose Karunaratne after solid start

Sri Lankan batsman Dimuth Karunaratne (R) runs between wickets during the opening day of their first match against Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on December 31, 2013

Sent in to bat, Sri Lanka were given a solid start of 57 by openers Dimuth Karunaratne (38) and Kaushal Silva (20 not out) after Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq opted to field on a greenish pitch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Experienced batsman Kumar Sangakkara was the other not out batsman, on eight.

The state of the pitch prompted Pakistan to play three pacemen and off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, but the Sri Lankan openers blunted the attack with some confident batting.

Karunaratne hit three boundaries in the first three overs, and five in all, before he miscued a drive off paceman Junaid Khan and was smartly snapped up at gully by Asad Shafiq.

Pakistan brought on Ajmal in the 16th over but Karunaratne and Silva coped well with his two overs.

Pakistan strove hard for wickets in the first hour but wasted one review when they appealed for a caught behind against Silva off Junaid. Replays showed the batsman had not touched the ball.

Sri Lanka left out senior paceman Nuwan Kulasekara and entered the Test with two seamers and all-rounder Angelo Mathews plus two spinners, Sachitra Senanayake and Rangana Herath.

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