Pakistan 165 (Manzoor 73, Pradeep 3-62, Herath 3-26) and 132 for 3 (Younis 62*, Misbah 53*) route Sri Lanka 388 (Mahela 129, Silva 95) by 91 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Sri Lanka were a wicket divided from violation Pakistan after lunch on a third day of a second Test in Dubai, yet they could not take it. Having conceded a first-innings lead of 223, and afterwards slumped to 19 for 3 in a second, Pakistan were on a brink. Their aged ensure dragged them behind from it. Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq batted with concentration and not peep to make a necessity next 100 yet since of a fantastic top-order disaster their pursuit was distant from done. Their 113-run organisation spanned 41.1 overs, yet Sri Lanka were still a wicket divided from violation Pakistan.
The events that unfolded on a morning of a third day showed Pakistan what could have been had their wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed not forsaken Angelo Mathews off Rahat Ali a prior evening. The Sri Lanka captain was on 5 during a time, his partnership with Mahela Jayawardene was 12 and their lead was 74. Rahat drew a identical corner from Mathews this morning, before a batsman had combined to his overnight score, and Sarfaraz dived to his right to successfully take a catch.
Pakistan went on to boot Sri Lanka by holding 6 wickets for 70 runs in a initial session. Between those edges from Mathews, however, he had changed to 42 and his partnership with Mahela had grown to 93, flourishing Sri Lanka’s lead towards 200. By a time a visitors were out for 388, 20 mins before lunch in an extended session, their advantage was such that Pakistan compulsory an shun act identical to what Sri Lanka pulled off to save a Abu Dhabi Test.
Those prospects took a strike in a 3 overs Sri Lanka bowled before a break, when Rangana Herath got a new round to slice and rebound neatly divided from Ahmed Shehzad’s front-foot prod, extending a outward corner on a approach into Prasanna Jayawardene’s gloves. They trooped off a margin a happy bunch, their bowlers commencement to expostulate home a advantage warranted by Mahela’s century.
After lunch Nuwan Pradeep continued a trend of a Sri Lankan quicks gaining some-more assistance from a representation than Pakistan’s did, by bowling dual deliveries that seamed divided usually adequate to lift edges from Mohammad Hafeez and Khurram Manzoor, giving Prasanna dual some-more catches.
Perhaps it was a change of round in a 13th over, yet there were few alarms thereafter. Misbah assimilated Younis and a span went about restoring fortitude by personification commission shots. Younis was intensely clever during a start, scoring 2 off 20 balls before personification several smooth off and cover drives opposite a seamers. Misbah, on 3 off 16, planted his front feet brazen and strike Herath with a spin over a long-off boundary, and afterwards went past 3000 runs in Test cricket.
Despite his experience, though, Misbah had a mind blur off a final round before tea and was propitious to survive. He ran after pulling tighten on a off side yet a bowler Suranga Lakmal had got to a round fast and Younis did not respond. Misbah’s scurry to reserve would have been in vain had Lakmal directly strike a stumps. He was on 41 during a time.
Younis and Misbah had scored during some-more than 3 runs an over before tea, yet they combined usually 47 runs in 21 overs in a final event curtailed by bad light. A underline of their innings was how they played Herath, lunging brazen to brush and pushing with a spin by a off side. The batting and a gait seemed homogenous, with Younis reaching his half-century off 109 balls and Misbah removing his off 108. They were a usually reason Pakistan were not lost.
Sri Lanka’s position of comfort in this compare was mostly due to Mahela’s century, during a march of that he upheld Steve Waugh to pierce to No. 8 on a list of highest run-scorers in Tests. He combined usually 23 to his overnight measure of 106 though. With Sri Lanka losing 3 discerning wickets in a morning, Mahela began to lift and chip over a infield and also plantation strike. He welcomed Saeed Ajmal with a brush to a range yet when he attempted to play a retreat in a offspinner’s second over, he missed and was bowled. The exclusion finished a 77.2-over wicket drought for Ajmal.
Pakistan mislaid Bilawal Bhatti to a hamstring niggle shortly after he bowled Shaminda Eranga, who scored 14 after being forsaken on 8 by Hafeez during slip, yet a rest of a conflict gradually worked a approach by a Sri Lankan tail. Pakistan desperately indispensable to eat into a necessity with many of their wickets total yet their tip sequence unsuccessful them, withdrawal Misbah and Younis to grind for a good escape.