Dubai Test: Sri Lanka restricted Pakistan to 165
DUBAI: Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews made the unprecedented decision to bowl in Dubai and his bowlers putting combined effort and restricted Pakistan at the low total of 165, ARY News reported.
Pakistan opener Khurram Manzoor (73) batted with good judgment but there were jittery moments at the other end. There weren’t any long partnerships in the inning as the wickets kept losing with short interval of time. The best was second-wicket partnership of 50 runs between Manzoor and Mohammad Hafeez. But the stand between the two ended when Pradeep, playing his first Test since January 2013, nipped one in off the seam to bowl Hafeez between bat and pad.
Then there wasn't be any prominent contribution. Century makers of the last match Younis Khan and Misbah ul Haq scored 13, 1 respectively.
Bilawal Bhatti played a watchful knock of unbeaten 24 runs but of none any other batsmen along with him able to reach even in the double figures.
Nuwan Pradeep and Shaminda Eranga had provided the early breakthroughs while Suranga Lakmal, arguably Sri Lanka's best bowler on the day, had gone wicketless. But he was soon rewarded with the biggest scalp, when Manzoor's patience thinned and he prodded and edged to give Prasanna Jayawardene his third catch. Lakmal later picked up Asad Shafiq before tea too.
Meanwhile, left-arm spinner Rangana Herath dominated the lower order with quick dismissals of Saeed Ajmal, Rahat Ali, Junaid Khan ending his spell at 3 for 26.
Lakmal and Eranga took 2 wickets each while Pradeep sent three batsmen back to the pavilion.
Sri Lanka at the stumps of the day were 57-1. Kumar Sangakkara and Kaushal Silva were not out on the crease at 12 runs.