Sri Lankan new ball bowlers wreck Pakistani top order

Having won the toss Pakistan found themselves in early trouble in day one of the 2nd Test.

Sri Lanka’s new ball bowlers yet again troubled the Pakistani openers with swing and seam. Kulasekara and Thushara tormented the openers, swinging the ball both ways. Perhaps a sign that Pakistan’s collapse in Galle had little to do with the wicket, and more a case of the bowler’s skill.

At 17-3 and with Pakistan’s most successful batsman, Mohammad Yousuf walking back, things looked pretty bleak. The top three back in the hut in just the 5th over of the morning.

"I don’t think the pitch has caused any problems to the batsman," said Waqar Younis on Ten Sports commentary. I doubt the pitch had anything to do with the result in Galle either.

Kulasekara, as he did in Galle, continued to ask more questions from the Pakistani’s technique. He swung the ball in sharply and then bowled another that just held it’s line. All on a good length and line.

Soon it was 19-4. Misbah went for a duck. Another Kulasekara in-swinger which nipped back to take the inside edge and off to the wicketkeeper Dilshan.

Shoaib Malik found him self trying to salvage the Pakistani inning and he finished unbeaten on 39.  Only three batsman reached double figures.

Pakistan were bowled out for 90.

At stumps on day one: Pakistan 90 Sri Lanka 164/3 (48.0 ov) Sri Lanka lead by 74 runs with 7 wickets remaining in the 1st innings.

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