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Sri Lanka-Pakistan series: Pakistan out cheaply, Sri Lanka 57-1 trails by 108

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Sri Lanka's fast bowlers exploited Pakistan's weakness against seam bowling by dismissing the home side for 165 to take control of the second test on the first day Wednesday.Sri Lanka was
India TV News Desk January 08, 2014 19:53 IST
India TV News Desk
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Sri Lanka's fast bowlers exploited Pakistan's weakness against seam bowling by dismissing the home side for 165 to take control of the second test on the first day Wednesday.



Sri Lanka was 57-1 in reply, trailing by only 108 runs when umpires called off the day's play due to bad light eight overs before the scheduled close.

Dimuth Karunaratne hit seven fours in a quickfire 32 before he fell to Junaid Khan but Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara guided Sri Lanka to stumps, with both on 12.

Nuwan Pradeep, with only three wickets in his last four tests, led the attack and took 3-62 with excellent backup from Shaminda Eranga, 2-25, and Suranga Lakmal, 2-45, after captain Angelo Mathews won the toss.

Pakistan opener Khurram Manzoor stood out with a gritty 73 in 3 1/2 hours before he succumbed in a sensational collapse, as Pakistan lost eight wickets for 58 runs.

Paksitan's collapse justified Sri Lanka's choice to go with three fast bowlers and dropping offspinner Sachithra Senanayake after the pitch was left under cover due to rain on Tuesday and retained enough moisture in it for the fast bowlers.

The signs of seam movement were ominous when opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad should have been dismissed in the fifth over for nought but was dropped by Mathews in the slips off Lakmal.

But it didn't matter much as Pradeep in his third over brought one sharply into Shehzad and had him plumb leg before wicket for 3.

Pradeep could have had Mohammad Hafeez off the very next ball but Mahela Jayawardene couldn't hold onto a sharp low chance in the slips as Pakistan was restricted to 57-1 by lunch.