Clinical bowling performance by SL restricts Pakistan

Clinical bowling performance by SL restricts Pakistan

Clinical bowling performance by SL restricts Pakistan

Written by Bella Dalima

08 Jan, 2014 | 10:06 pm

A clinical bowling performance by Sri Lanka restricted Pakistan to a first innings score of 165 runs on day one of the second test. The game is being worked off at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Matthews’ decision to invite Pakistan to take first lease of the wicket paid off as the Sri Lankan pace attack made early inroads. Nuwan Pradeep drew first blood dismissing opener Ahmed Shezad for just three runs. Pradeep struck again a short while later dismissing Mohammad Hafeez for 21 runs.

The Sri Lankan bowling attack made breakthroughs at regular intervals and Pakistan were eventually bundled out for a first innings score of 165 runs. Kurram Manzoor fought a solitary battle for Pakistan with a well made 73 runs.

Nuwan Pradeep and Rangana Herath bagged three wickets a piece while Suranga Lakmal and Shaminda Eranga picked up 2 Pakistani scalps each. Sri Lanka who commenced their reply got off to a brisk start with opener Dimuth Karunaratne scoring 32 runs inclusive of seven boundaries. Karunaratne was however trapped in front by Junaid Khan shortly before stumps.

At close of play Wednesday, Sri Lanka were 57 for the loss of one wicket, trailing Pakistan by 108 runs .

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