Sri Lanka restricts Pakistan to 189-4 on day 4
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sri Lanka restricted Pakistan to 189-4 in its second innings at lunch on day four of the second test, having taken the key wicket of Younis Khan in Saturday’s morning session.
Resuming at 132-3 under overcast conditions, Pakistan made slow progress, adding only 57 runs in the session, with captain Misbah-ul-Haq unbeaten on 74 and Asad Shafiq on 18.
Pakistan needs a further 34 runs to make Sri Lanka bat again, having conceded a 223-run first innings lead.
Khan succumbed to the pressure built by Sri Lanka’s seamers, bowling at a probing line and length, and was out for 77, edging a Suranga Lakmal delivery to wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene for his fourth catch of the innings.
Jayawardene, who also took four catches in the first innings, needs one more to equal Amal Silva’s Sri Lanka test record of nine catches. Silva took nine catches twice during the series against India in 1985.
Khan stretched the fourth wicket stand to 129 runs with Misbah but could not accelerate the scoring rate against some tidy bowling before getting out of a rash stroke after facing 173 balls and hitting five boundaries.
Misbah required over an hour and 38 deliveries to score his first runs of the day when he flicked Lakmal to backward square leg for two runs before edging a boundary in the same over through the slips.
The Pakistan captain has faced 190 balls, hitting seven fours and a six.
Nuwan Pradeep, who did the early damage on Friday, has taken 2-41 while Lakmal and leftarm spinner Rangana Herath shared one wicket each conceding 37 and 70 runs respectively.