Pakistan progresses to 121-3 in 1st test
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sri Lanka’s fast bowlers snared two wickets on the second morning of the first test on Wednesday, leaving Pakistan at 121-3 and the game evenly poised.
Pakistan added 75 to their overnight 46-1 and was within 83 runs of Sri Lanka first innings score of 204.
Pakistan lost the wickets of Ahmed Shehzad (38) and Mohammad Hafeez (11) through some smart field placings by Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews before experienced skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (24) and Younis Khan (23) batted through to lunch.
Hafeez was brilliantly caught one-handed by diving Kaushal Silva at short cover after he had started well by hitting two straight boundaries off Suranga Lakmal.
Hafeez forced his way back into the test eleven ahead of test specialist Azhar Ali after hitting three centuries in last month’s 3-2 victory in the one-day series against Sri Lanka.
He showed a glimpse of that form before going for an extravagant drive and Silva dived in time to pluck the catch inches off the ground.
Shaminda Eranga then frustrated Ahmed Shehzad with some tidy swing bowling before Pakistan opener was undone by a short delivery and offered a simple catch to short fine leg.
Pakistan lost two wickets inside the first hour, but Misbah took his time to settle down and played watchfully against Sri Lanka’s key spinner Rangana Herath to add 38 runs with Khan.