Hosts nonetheless path Sri Lanka by 153 runs in opening Take a look at of three-match sequence
Azhar Ali is joined by debutante Haris Sohail as Pakistan resume their first innings on the fourth day of the first-Take a look at in opposition to Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Earlier, Ali, who turned the eighth cricketer in nation’s wealthy Take a look at historical past to attain 5,000 runs, rescued hosts batting with a preventing half-century on the day three.
The one-drop batsman was unbeaten on 74 however noticed Babar Azam fell for 28 within the final over of the day as Pakistan completed on 266-Four on a Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch which has began to help spinners.
First Take a look at: Azhar helps Pakistan defy Sri Lanka
Pakistan nonetheless path the Sri Lankan first innings whole of 419 by 153 runs with six wickets intact.
Pakistan had pinned their hopes on Ali within the submit Younus Khan and Misbahul Haq period who retired in Could this yr after shouldering workforce’s batting for almost seven years.
A cautious Ali made certain Pakistan don’t concede an enormous lead within the first innings, having hit just one boundary in his 26th Take a look at half century.
Azhar Ali completes 5,000 runs in Take a look at cricket
In all Ali has up to now hit three boundaries throughout his 297 minutes of batting. He added 79 for the third wicket with Asad Shafiq who made 39 to take the struggle to Sri Lankan three-pronged spin assault.
Veteran left-arm spinner Herath was essentially the most profitable bowler with 2-47.