Sri Lanka hit back after Aamer stars on debut

Sri Lanka hit back after Aamer stars on debut

Pakistan were 15 for two in reply after openers Salman Butt and Khurram Manzoor had fallen in the first four overs. Butt was bowled by Nuwan Kulasekera off the second ball of the innings and Manzoor was trapped leg-before by Thilan Thushara.

Aamer, a 17-year-old left-armer, grabbed three wickets and fellow debutant Rauf picked up two after Younis sent Sri Lanka in to bat on a wicket freshened up by early morning rain. Aamer justified his Test debut at the expense of seasoned all-rounder Abdur Razzaq.

Younis himself took two for 23 while wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal claimed four catches and a stumping as Sri Lanka slipped to 194 for six before the lower order fought back.

Left-handed opener Tharanga Paranavitana was Sri Lanka’s saviour with 72, adding 75 for the third wicket with Mahela Jayawardene and 43 for the fourth with Thilan Samaraweera.
Sri Lanka’s lone debutant, Angelo Mathews, boosted the tail with a sparkling 42 off 57 balls during a 47-run stand for the seventh wicket with Kulasekera.

Aamer struck with the last ball of his first over in Test cricket when he bowled opener Malinda Warnapura for two as the batsman chopped the ball on his off-stump.

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