Pakistan grab wickets as Test cricket returns after attack.


RAWALPINDI -- PakistanA's all-pace attack snared four key Sri Lankan wickets on Wednesday to buoy the crowd as Test cricket made its long-awaited return after a deadly attack in 2009. Shaheen Shah Afridi trapped Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne leg before for 59 soon after lunch to trigger a collapse which saw the visitors lose four wickets within just 31 runs in Rawalpindi. That saw Sri Lanka slump to 137-4 at tea after being well set at 89 without loss at lunch. Angelo Mathews was unbeaten on 14 and with him Dhananjaya de Silva not out on three. Karunaratne hit nine boundaries in his 110-ball knock and set the platform after Sri Lanka won the toss and batted.

Once the opening stand of 96 was broken, 16-yearold pacer Naseem Shah had Oshada Fernando caught in the slip for 40, laced with six boundaries and a six. It was NaseemA's first Test wicket after he came away empty-handed from his debut in Brisbane against Australia last month. Usman Shinwari also claimed his first wicket when Kusal Mendis edged him to wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan...

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