Pakistan strikes sets up fascinating final day


Pakistan picked up four wickets in the final session to leave the first Test against Sri Lanka finely poised heading into the final day in Abu Dhabi.

Sri Lanka were 69/4 in their second innings at stumps on day four with a lead of only 66 after Pakistan were bowled out for 422 on the stroke of the interval.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah took the wickets of opener Dimuth Karunaratne (10) and Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal (7), who scored an unbeaten century in his team’s total of 419 all out in the first innings.

Asad Shafiq got the scalp of Lahiru Thirimanne (7) while debutant Haris Sohail removed Kashal Silva (25) to leave Sri Lanka facing a tough battle on the last day.

Pakistan started the day on 266/4 and were eventually all out for 422 to take a slender lead of three runs on the first innings.

Azhar Ali (84) could only add 10 runs to his overnight score while the Babar Azam (28) and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (18) did not add much to the total.

Batting at number six, the 28-year-old Haris showed good composure to play around with the tail and was eventually last man out for 76.

Haris shared in a crucial partnership of 50 for the ninth wicket with Hasan Ali, who swung his willow merrily for a gutsy 298 from 25 balls.

Veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath was once again the star man with the ball for Sri Lanka with figures of 5-93.