Considering the fact that he had walked off the field during the first day itself, it begs the question why Pakistan's team management did not take him for a scan immediately and allowed him to bowl with a shin injury on the second day.
All these individual pieces have combined to form a nightmare for Pakistan where the fast bowlers look far from effective, one spinner bowls 50 overs or more and part-timers bowl far too many overs. Having come to the crease roughly halfway through the first session, Dickwella did as Dickwella does - heaving Yasir Shah over the legside off his ninth ball, before punching Amir through the covers soon after.
By then, Pakistan quick Mohammad Amir was back in the stands, struggling after bowling only three overs with a left shin injury which forced him to rest on Friday.
Pakistani bowlers were quite unsuccessful in that day except Yasir Shah. Sami Aslam fetched the first boundary of the day when he guided Gamage past the slip and the gully, and in the following over, he stepped down to Dilruwan for his second four. But this being a Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test, things rarely go that smoothly for an ascendant team.
"Imam-ul-Haq has been selected in the squad, keeping his performance in the domestic circuit, and to give a chance to a youngster in home conditions", Inzamam said while announcing the squad. To compound Pakistan woes in the first session, Wahab Riaz had a minor existential crisis. Karunaratne appeared exhausted after facing 405 balls and hitting 19 boundaries and a six. Mohammad Abbas struck twice as well, while Yasir wheeled away at one end.
Aslam finished on 30 off 49 balls, which included three boundaries, while Masood remained undefeated on 15 off 59 deliveries, which included a solitary boundary.
Twenty-year-old Charith Asalanka, an off-spinning all-rounder who led Sri Lanka Under-19s last year, will serve as De Silva's deputy. Had Suranga Lakmal been more accurate with his throw, Pakistan would have lost an early wicket. But it was the singles and twos that defined their partnership.