ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Perera made a strong start after being sent in to bat by Pakistan on Tuesday's opening day of the first test, reaching 66-1 at lunch.
Sri Lanka showed no rust after a nine-month break from test cricket, and coped well after being sent in on a pitch expected to favor Pakistan's three pacemen.
Karunaratne hit five fours in his 38 before Asad Shafiq took a brilliant catch off the bowling of Junaid Khan to remove him. Perera made it through to lunch on 20 not out while Kumar Sangakkara was on 8.
Pakistan gave debuts to opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad and fast bowler Bilawal Bhatti while Sri Lanka, which last played a test against Bangladesh in March, awarded test cap to offspinner Sachithra Senanayake.