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Aug 10, 2014
Pakistan survived Sri Lanka‘s assault till Tea on Day Five of the first Test at Galle, but were reeling at 153 for eight with Sarfaraz Ahmed the last recognised batsman out in the middle. Pakistan lost the wicket of Abdur Rehman off the last ball of the second session, as Sri Lanka looked set for a victory.
Pakistan crawled along after lunch at a slightly faster clip than they had in the morning. Misbah-ul-Haq did his best to up the ante, but was dismissed for 28, LBW off Dilruwan Perera. Meanwhile at the other end, Rangana Herath continued to dominate the Pakistani batsmen, getting rid of Azhar Ali caught behind for 41. Asad Shafiq did not last long either, getting LBW for just eight.
Sarfaraz Ahmed and Abdur Rehman hung around for a while, before Shaminda Eranga broke through, getting Rehman caught behind in the last over before Tea, to leave Pakistan in dire straits. Sarfaraz was looking good, but with just two wickets in hand, Sri Lanka went to Tea firmly ahead.
Earlier at lunch, Pakistan produced a spineless show with the bat to crawl to a total of 66 for four against Sri Lanka, at lunch on the final day of the first Test match at Galle. Misbah-ul-Haq was unbeaten on seven and Azhar Ali consumed as many as 89 deliveries to score his 18 not out. Pakistan still trail by a further 16 runs in the second innings.
Resuming the day’s play at 4/1, Pakistan lost their nightwatchman Saeed Ajmal soon. The tailender was impatient at the crease and kept going for his strokes. At one point, Ahmed Shehzad even walked down to the striker’s end to give Ajmal some suggestions. However, the next ball off Dhammika Prasad, Ajmal gave a simple catch to Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella.
Pakistan 451 (Younis Khan 177, Asad Shafiq 75, Sarfraz Ahmed 55; Dilruwan Perera 5 for 137 Rangana Herath 3 for 116) & 153 for 8 (Azhar Ali 41, Sarfaraz Ahmed 29*; Rangana Herath 4 for 38) lead Sri Lanka 533 for 9 decl. (Kaushal Silva 64, Kumar Sangakkara 221, Mahela Jayawardene 59, Angelo Mathews 91; Saeed Ajmal 5 for 166, Junaid Khan 2 for 104) by 71 runs.
(Shiamak Unwalla is a reporter with Cricket Country. He is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic who likes to pass his free time by reading books, watching TV shows, and eating food. Sometimes all at the same time. You can follow him on twitter at @ShiamakUnwalla)
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