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Sri Lanka crawl to 220/5 on Day 1 of 3rd Test against Pakistan

Pakistan players celebrate the fall of Sri Lanka batting mainstay Mahela Jayawardene © AFP
Pakistan players celebrate the fall of Sri Lanka batting mainstay Mahela Jayawardene © AFP

Sharjah: Jan 16, 2014

Sri Lanka fought hard against Pakistani spinners led by Saeed Ajmal to reach 220-5 at close on the opening day of the third Test in Sharjah on Thursday.

Ajmal took 2 for 62 to leave Sri Lanka struggling at 166-5 before Angelo Mathews (24) and Prasanna Jayawardene (28) saw off the day with a 54-run unfinished stand on a spin-friendly Sharjah stadium pitch.

Pakistan had to rue a dropped catch by paceman Mohammad Talha when Mathews had not scored while a leg-before decision against Prasanna was turned down on referral — two lapses which denied Pakistan the chance to take full control.

Pakistan took the second new ball after 87 overs with Sri Lanka on 206 for five but Mathews, who hit a career best 157 not out and alongwith Prasanna helped Sri Lanka to salvage a draw in the first Test in Abu Dhabi, batted sensibly.

Sri Lanka leads the three-match series 1-0 after winning the second match in Dubai by nine wickets. The first Test ended in a draw.

Pakistan grabbed the key wickets of Kumar Sangakkara (52) and Mahela Jayawardene (47) on either side of tea. Sangakkara flicked a straight drive into the hands of mid-wicket from paceman Junaid Khan, two balls after completing his half-century.

The left-hander could have been dismissed on 14 when he gloved a miscued sweep which Younis Khan caught in the slip off Rehman but Indian umpire Sundaran Ravi turned down a vociferous appeal.

Unfortunately Pakistan did not challenge the decision while television replays showed the ball had hit the batsman’s glove. Sangakkara took full advantage of the lucky escape, hitting Junaid for his fifth boundary to reach his 44th half-century but perished soon after.

Jayawardene, who hit 129 in Sri Lanka’s nine wicket win in the second Test in Dubai, hit two sixes and five boundaries during a 108-ball knock but edged a turning ball and was smartly caught at short-leg.

Dinesh Chandimal couldn’t survive long, as he miscued a drive off Ajmal and was caught by a running Asad Shafiq at mid-on after making 11. Pakistan had a good start as they removed both Sri Lankan openers Kaushal Silva (17) and Dimuth Karunaratne on either side of lunch.

Paceman Mohammad Talha forced an edge off Silva in his second spell to leave Sri Lanka 31 for one.

Silva — who made 81, 95 and 58 in the series — hit one boundary. Left-hander Karunaratne hit two boundaries and a six before he edged left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman in the first over after lunch and was caught by Younis Khan in the slips.

Pakistan made three changes from the second Test line-up, brining in Rehman, Talha and Azhar Ali in place of Rahat Ali, Bilawal Bhatti (hamstring injury) and Mohammad Hafeez.

Sri Lanka gave a Test cap to spinner Dilruwan Perera in place of paceman Nuwan Pradeep.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 220 for 5 (Dimuth Karunaratne 34, Kumar Sangakkara 52, Mahela Jayawardene 47; Saeed Ajmal 2 for 62) vs Pakistan.

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