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Shaheen, Naseem, Abrar Claimed 9 Wickets

Pakistan bowls out Sri Lanka for 312; Dhananjaya de Silva scores 122.

Shaheen, my speedy friend The Sri Lankan innings was over after 95.2 overs and lunch was declared. Leg-spinner Abrar and wicket-taker Shah both finished with three wickets.

After the top-order collapsed on a wet opening day in Galle, De Silva improved from his overnight score of 94 to score his 10th Test century in his 50th outing, strengthening Sri Lanka position.

The second day action started early, with altered schedules for each of the three sessions, and de Silva quickly went to his hundred-off-pace spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Ramesh Mendis, who had batted overnight, was returned for five runs as Abrar made the first breakthrough of the day.

De Silva persisted in trying to use the lower order to get some important runs before succumbing to Naseem, who struck twice after Pakistan received the second new ball.

In his 214-ball innings, De Silva hit 12 fours and three sixes as the batsman expertly handled the Pakistan bowling. Vishwa Fernando, who is ranked 11, made an unbeaten 21.

Sri Lanka had a terrible start to the two-match series after choosing to bat first on Sunday, falling to 54-4 in the first session.

After two rain delays on Sunday, the hosts rallied and fought back with a 131-run fifth-wicket partnership between Angelo Mathews (64), who made it, and de Silva.

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