Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne was part of a historic occasion on Wednesday when he took guard to face the first ball from Mohammad Abbas in the opening Test of the two-match series in Rawalpindi.
In the process, Karunaratne was one of the two main individuals involved in kicking off proceedings for Pakistan’s first taste of Test cricket on home soil in 10 years.
The left-handed opener perpetuated his good form in the longest format with a classy innings that saw him contribute 59 runs to Sri Lanka’s total.
Conjuring sublime cover drives on a tough playing surface, the Sri Lankan captain smashed nine boundaries helping his team to a strong start with the bat.
After the conclusion of the first day, Karunaratne took to Twitter to express his emotions on a momentous day for Pakistan cricket and its fans. The 31-year-old said he felt good to play Test cricket in Pakistan, his first tour to the country as he was warmly welcomed by a sea of Pakistan supporters.