Fast-bowlers put Pakistan on top in 1st Test

Pakistan finish opening day of 1st Test 158 runs behind Sri Lanka after dismissing the tourists for 204 in Abu Dhabi.

Last updated: 31 Dec 2013 15:42
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Pakistan players celebrate after he dismissing Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal [AFP]

Pakistan fast-bowlers Junaid Khan and Bilawal Bhatti scythed through Sri Lanka's batting during an exciting afternoon session to restrict their opponents to 204 on the first day of the opening Test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

Left-armer Junaid grabbed his fourth five-wicket haul, all against Sri Lanka, and debutant Bhatti took three as Sri Lanka wasted a solid start after being put into bat.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews made a valiant 91 and was the last batsman to fall as he became off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's second victim of the innings.

Pakistan, who play their home matches in the UAE due to security concerns in their country, reached 46 for the loss of Khurram Manzoor (21) at stumps, trailing Sri Lanka by 158.

Manzoor run out

Manzoor's run-out after a misunderstanding with debutant Ahmed Shehzad (25 not out) was the last ball before stumps were drawn for the day.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq's decision to field first on a pitch that had a greenish tinge to it looked wrong as Sri Lanka added 57 runs for the opening stand.

Dimuth Karunaratne (38) was Pakistan's only victim during the morning session after the left-hander fell to a sharp catch at gully by Asad Shafiq off Junaid.

But it was Bhatti's spell immediately after lunch that hurt Sri Lanka.

First day scorecard

Sri Lanka 1st innings 204
Pakistan 1st innings 46-1

K Manzoor run out 21
A Shehzad not out 25

Extras: 0
Total: (1 wicket, 18.1 overs) 46
Fall of wickets: 1-46

The 22-year-old right-armer sent back Kaushal Silva (20) in the first over in the second session and accounted for Mahela Jayawardene (five) and Dinesh Chandimal (zero) in his next to leave Sri Lanka tottering at 76 for four.

Jayawardene edged Bhatti to wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal but got a reprieve as the delivery was adjudged a no-ball by the television umpire.

He was, however, not so lucky on the next delivery as Bhatti once again found his edge for Akmal to complete the catch.

Junaid then got in on the act with wickets of Kumar Sangakkara (16) and Prasanna Jayawardene (five) in quick succession.

The 24-year-old also dismissed debutant off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake and Rangana Herath off consecutive deliveries to complete his five-wicket haul as Sri Lanka were reduced to 124 for eight.

Mathews staged a lone fightback, adding 61 runs for the ninth wicket with Shaminda Eranga (14) in an innings studded with 15 powerful boundaries as Sri Lanka crawled past the 200-run mark.


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