Sri Lanka are batting first in the historic first Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi after skipper Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss.
It is a momentous Test for Pakistan and their first on home soil in over a decade. Their previous Test at home came against Sri Lanka as well, during the infamous tour of 2009 which ended abruptly after terrorists attacked the visitors’ team bus in Lahore.
Remarkably, Pakistan have lined up with an all-pace attack for the Rawalpindi Test with leg-spinner Yasir Shah left out. In his stead, Usman Shinwari has been handed a Test debut with Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi forming the rest of the pace contingent.
Opener Abid Ali, too, is playing his maiden Test with Imam-ul-Haq dropping out of the playing XI.
Can the hosts make a strong start in what is an emotional match for Pakistan cricket fans? Find out by following the ball-by-ball LIVE updates from Rawalpindi below.
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