Sri Lanka have been 89-Zero at lunch on Wednesday as Pakistan hosted its first cricket Take a look at since a dangerous 2009 assault scared off international groups.
Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne used to be unbeaten on 57 and Oshada Fernando used to be on 26 after Sri Lanka gained the toss on a greenish Rawalpindi stadium pitch.
The fit is a momentous instance for Pakistan, and there used to be applause as Pakistan captain Azhar Ali tossed the coin within the air to open complaints.
Sri Lanka have embarked at the first Take a look at excursion of Pakistan for the reason that gun-and-rocket assault in March 2009 killed 8 other folks and wounded visiting avid gamers and officers, plunging Pakistan into carrying isolation.
With international groups refusing to excursion, Pakistan have since performed their ‘house’ fixtures within the United Arab Emirates, which means all in their present staff are actually enjoying their first Take a look at on house soil.
Alternatively, as safety has stepped forward, Pakistan has progressively revived world cricket with limited-overs suits towards Zimbabwe, Global XI, the West Indies and Sri Lanka during the last 4 years.
Pakistan, who unusually neglected their key spinner Yasir Shah and opted for a four-man tempo assault, struggled for a step forward.
16-year-old Naseem Shah used to be the stand-out bowler as he generated tempo, hitting Karunaratne at the helmet within the 19th over.
Sri Lankan skipper, then on 42, fell down however confirmed no indicators of discomfort, hitting Shaheen Shah Afridi for his 8th boundary to achieve 24th Take a look at fifty.
Pakistan have passed Take a look at debuts to opener Abid Ali and pacer Usman Shinwari whilst Sri Lanka incorporated 3 pacers and Dilruwan Perera as lone spinner.