Pakistan watchful after openers fall

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Openers Shan Masood and Sami Aslam scored one half apiece earlier than Sri Lanka’s spinners hit again to place Pakistan beneath strain on the third day of the primary Check in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

At lunch Pakistan have been 121-2 after each openers have been eliminated, with Azhar Ali unbeaten on 5 and Asad Shafiq on one with Pakistan nonetheless 298 runs behind Sri Lanka’s first innings complete of 419.

Masood struck a assured 59 whereas Aslam made 51 in a stable stand of 114 earlier than the Sri Lankan spinners Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath put the brakes on the innings.

Aslam, recalled after being dropped from the West Indies tour on disciplinary grounds earlier this yr, was trapped leg-before by off-break bowler Perera. He hit 4 boundaries in his seventh Check half century.

Two runs later Masood tried a sweep shot off the wily Herath however missed the ball and was bowled spherical his legs.

Each Ali and Shafiq survived assured appeals. Ali correctly reviewed a leg-before determination off Perera, however the ball hit his bat earlier than the pad.

Shafiq was given not out on a overview when he was stumped off Herath on one.

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