Azhar Ali © AFP
Azhar Ali © AFP

Aug 10, 2014

Azhar Ali and Misbah-ul-Haq teamed up to take Pakistan ahead, as the tourists took a slender lead in their second innings on the final day of the Galle Test against Sri Lanka. Pakistan were 96 for four after 51 overs, taking their lead to 14 runs.

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.

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