Pakistan take upper hand in opening Test against Sri Lanka

By | Oct 2, 2017

Sohail took reigns of the innings to present Pakistan a three-run lead over Sri Lanka in a seesaw Check match

A dream debut by Haris Sohail ensured Pakistan the higher hand as the primary Check in opposition to Sri Lanka enters the judgement day at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.

Within the morning session of Day Four on Sunday, mainstay Azhar Ali was packed again early by spinner Rangana Herath, who as soon as once more took his 32nd five-wicket haul – his seventh in opposition to Pakistan. Nevertheless, Sohail took reigns of the innings to present Pakistan a three-run lead over Sri Lanka in a seesaw Check match.

Sohail was among the many wickets too because the Pakistan bowlers ran by the top-order. Sri Lanka completed the day at 69 for the lack of 4 wickets, with a lead of 66 runs.

Pakistan suffered an early setback when Azhar Ali departed after including simply 11 runs to his in a single day rating of 74 runs. Each Azhar Ali and Sohail had managed to see off Dilruwan Perera and Nuwan Pradeep.

It was, nonetheless, the introduction of Herath, which tousled issues. Azhar ended up flicking Herath and substitute Sadeera Samarawickrama accomplished a very good catch to finish a brief 28-run partnership.

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed began with a bang with back-to-back boundaries and a six off Perera, taking Pakistan previous 300. The blitz, nonetheless, ended quickly as flamboyant Suranga Lakmal obtained an inside edge onto stumps to ship Ahmed again. The lanky bowler struck once more as he trapped Mohammad Amir leg-before.

New batsman Yasir Shah, too, did not final lengthy as Herath induced an edge, which was safely taken by Lahiru Thirimanne within the slips. Pakistan at lunch break had been at 340 for eight wickets.

Simply when issues gave the impression to be drifting the Lankan approach, Sohail discovered an unlikely ally in Hasan Ali.

The duo made discovering boundaries and sixes a routine. The benefit with which Ali smashed these lusty blows was exceptional.

Ali, unintimidated by the legacy of the veteran spinner, smashed Herath for 3 large sixes. Ali introduced up the 49-ball 50-run partnership with one other most.

The bowler, nonetheless, had the ultimate say as Herath had Ali stumped. The entertaining innings took Pakistan nearer to 400 and ensured a shift in momentum.

Sohail then ably managed a last-wicket partnership of 32 runs, by which Mohammad Abbas contributed only a run.

Sohail took boundaries each time doable and took Pakistan previous the Lankan complete.

Sohail, whereas pushing the rating, fell to Pradeep after a 161-ball 76. He had guided the tail and anchored the innings to place Pakistan in place of benefit. Herath completed the innings with 5 wickets for 93 runs.

Beginning the second innings reply, Sri Lanka had been dealt an sudden blow as Dimuth Karunaratne was given caught out when he was not. The batsman strolling away additionally did not assist their trigger both.

Karunaratne hadn’t nicked the supply from Yasir Shah and it was simply his bat hitting the pitch. This was yet one more resolution gone incorrect by the umpires within the match.

The following wicket of Thirimanne got here from a part-timer Asad Shafiq, who was finishing the over for an injured Hasan Ali. Thirimanne could not get away a well-flighted supply from Shafiq and ended up giving an edge to keeper Ahmed.

Spin was on supply and skipper Ahmed turned to the person of the day Haris Sohail. He did not disappoint both and trapped Kaushal Silva. Pakistan bowlers did not enable any batsmen to cool down and there have been no partnership cracking past 20. It was time as soon as once more for a Chandimal traditional.

Nevertheless, Shah obtained the Sri Lankan skipper to edge and Shafiq accomplished a regulation catch at first slip.

Sri Lanka ended the day at 64 for 4. The stage is about for Niroshan Dickwella & Co to return good and make it attention-grabbing periods on the ultimate day.


Sri Lanka 1st innings 419 (D. Chandimal 155 not out, D. Karunaratne 93, N. Dickwella 83; Abbas Three-75, Yasir Shah Three-120)

Pakistan Ist innings (in a single day 266-Four)

Shan Masood b Herath 59

Sami Aslam lbw b Perera 51

Azhar Ali c Mendis b Herath 85

Asad Shafiq c Thirimanne b Herath 39

Babar Azam c Dickwella b Pradeep 28

Haris Sohail c Lakmal b Pradeep 76

Sarfraz Ahmed b Lakmal 18

Mohammad Amir lbw b Lakmal Four

Yasir Shah c Thirimanne b Herath Eight

Hasan Ali st Dickwella b Herath 29

Mohammad Abbas not out 1

Extras: (b5, lb9, nb8, w2) 24

Complete: (all out, 162.Three overs) 422

Fall: 1-114, 2-116, Three-195, Four-266, 5-294, 6-316, 7-326, Eight-340, 9-390

Bowling: Lakmal 22-5-42-2 (1nb, 1w), Pradeep 25.Three-1-77-2 (6nb, Perera 37-10-92-1 (1nb), Sundakan 35-7-98-Zero (1w), Herath 40-12-93-5, Karunaratne Three-1-6-Zero

Sri Lanka 2nd innings

Extras: (b1, nb1) 2

Complete: (for Four wkts; 40 overs) 69

To bat: N. Dickwella, D. Perera, R. Herath, L. Sandakan, N. Pradeep

Fall: 1-20, 2-33, Three-51, Four-65

Bowling: Amir 7-2-14-Zero, Abbas 6-2-7-Zero (1nb), Shah 14-2-25-2, Hasan Four.2-Zero-Eight-Zero, Shafiq Three.Four-Zero-7-1, Sohail 5-2-7-1


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