Wahab Riaz bagged 3 wickets    Getty Images
Wahab Riaz bagged 3 wickets Getty Images

After a disappointing batting performance, Wahab Riaz s 3-for brings Pakistan back in contention in the second Test against Sri Lanka. At the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sri Lanka had posted a challenging first-innings total or 482 and Pakistan managed not to lose any wicket on Day Three but the batting collapsed the following day. Pakistan were bundled for 262 and Sri Lanka batted again in order to build big on the lead. However, Wahab Riaz-led bowling rattled the Sri Lanka top-order to reduce them to 34 for 5 at stumps.

Pakistan, who were 51 for 0 at stumps of Day Two, were banking on the openers to convert their partnership into a big one. But the Sri Lanka bowlers took very little time on Sunday to find the right areas to get the desired wickets. Apart from Azhar Ali, none of the top order batsmen managed to score a half-century. On a contrary, Azhar played a brilliant knock showing temperament. He was dismissed for 59. Haris Sohail took charge after Azhar s departure and scored yet another half-century to take his side past 200.

Spinners Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath both bagged 3 wickets each and were the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka.

Though Mohammad Abbas provided Pakistan with the first breakthrough, Wahab was the star of the innings as he picked up the crucial wickets of Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama and Dinesh Chandimal Sri Lanka s ploy to send nightwatchman Suranga Lakmal also failed. Sri Lanka lead Pakistan by 254 at stumps.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 482 and 34 for 5 (Sadeera Samarawickrama 13, Kusal Mendis 8*; Wahab Riaz 3 for 10) lead Pakistan 262 (Sami Aslam 39, Azhar Ali 59, Haris Sohail 56; Dilruwan Perera 3 for 72, Rangana Herath 3 for 84) by 254 runs.