Azhar Ali played a fine innings of 59 runs    AFP
Azhar Ali played a fine innings of 59 runs AFP

After scoring a much-needed half-century, Azhar Ali failed to convert it into a big innings, getting out just before dinner of Day Three. Pakistan now stutter at 186 for 5 in the second Test against Sri Lanka. So far at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sri Lanka have dominated most of the sessions. Pakistan’s only respite so far was Azhar’s defense. However, just before the end of the second session, Sri Lanka bagged the most precious wicket, regaining the commanding position in the match yet again. After dinner, Sarfraz Ahmed (5*) and Haris Sohail (38*) will continue batting as Pakistan trail by 296 runs.

While the top-order collapsed, Azhar showed his patience. The experience batsman held fort, even though he kept on losing his partners. The scoring rate was affected by the successive wickets and in the second session of the day, Azhar played cautiously to get to his half-century. He formed a partnership with Harris Sohail, the first steady partnership since the one between the openers. The 71-run partnership was finally broken by Rangana Herath. Azhar was trapped in front.

Herath has been the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets so far in the innings.

In the session, Sri Lanka gave away 71 runs but picked up the crucial wicket of Azhar.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 482 lead Pakistan 186 for 5 (Sami Aslam 39, Azhar Ali 59, Haris Sohail 38*; Suranga Lakmal 1 for 28, Lahiru Gamage 1 for 29, Dilruwan Perera 1 for 57, Rangana Herath 2 for 45) by 296 runs.