Afridi scored 3 wickets in the match and Sri Lanka ended the day with a score of 242/6. Due to rain, only 65.4 overs of the scheduled 90 overs could be played and play will start earlier on day two to make up for lost time.

Vice-captain Dhananjaya de Silva put up an inspiring show, scoring 94 and more importantly creating two crucial partnerships that helped Sri Lanka recover.

De Silva, who was expected to bat at number 6, did not expect to be called upon in the first session of play, but after Afridi and Nasim Shah made some terrific plays with the new ball, he did just that.

De Silva added 131 runs for the fifth wicket of Angelo Mathews after the early defeat to the Swedes. Mathews looked uncomfortable against the pace at the start of the innings, but when spin came into play, he settled down and scored his 39th Test half-century. He was run out of the game in the 64th minute, hitting one ball towards the wicket off leg-spinner Abrar Ahmed’s delivery.

De Silva then combined with Sadeera Samarawickrama to score 57 for the sixth wicket. The wicketkeeper was dismissed with a score of 36 in the last over of the day.

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