Sri Lankan spinners put Pakistan under pressure on day three




In reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings whole of 419, Pakistan reached 266-Four on the third day of the primary Take a look at in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Azhar Ali was unbeaten on 74 whereas Babar Azam fell within the final over of the day for 28 as Pakistan have been nonetheless 153 behind with six wickets intact.

Openers Shan Masood (59) and Sami Aslam (51) had put 114 for the primary wicket whereas Asad Shafiq made 39. Earlier, openers Shan Masood and Sami Aslam scored half-centuries earlier than Sri Lanka’s spinners hit again to place Pakistan beneath stress on the third day of the primary Take a look at.

Pakistan have been 121-2 at lunch 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 whole of 419. Masood struck a assured 59 whereas Aslam made 51 in a strong 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 Take a look at 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 Azhar and Shafiq survived assured appeals. Azhar properly reviewed a leg-before resolution off Perera, however the ball hit his bat earlier than the pad. Shafiq was given not out on a evaluation when he was stumped off Herath on one.

Pakistan, replying to Sri Lanka’s first innings whole of 419, had reached 64-Zero at shut on the second day of the match on Friday. Earlier, Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal scored a superb 155 not out whereas Niroshan Dickwella made a career-best 83, to submit an enormous 419 in opposition to Pakistan on the second day.

Chandimal remained unbeaten over 546 minutes with 14 boundaries, which left Pakistan’s bowlers annoyed on a flat pitch. Diruwan Perera added 33 to the Sri Lankan scoreboard. Quick bowler Mohammad Abbas (Three-75) and leg-spinner Yasir Shah (Three-120) sported the most effective figures for Pakistan.

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