1 Jan 2014

Sri Lanka undone on day one

4:27 pm on 1 January 2014

The pace bowler Junaid Khan grabbed five wickets and Bilawal Bhatti finished with three as Pakistan enjoyed the better of the opening day of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi.

Junaid claimed his fourth five-wicket haul, taking figures of 5-58, while Bhatti took 3-65 in his first Test as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 204 after Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and opted to bowl first on a greenish Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.

By the close on Tuesday Pakistan reached 46-1 with debutant opener Ahmed Shehzad not out on 25. Fellow opener Khurram Manzoor ran himself out after making 21, leaving Pakistan trailing by 158 runs but with nine first-innings wickets remaining.

Amidst the collapse in the Sri Lankan innings, skipper Angelo Mathews stood out, defying the Pakistan attack for 160 minutes for his 91.

Misbah-ul-Haq's decision to field first had looked unwise as Sri Lankan openers Dimuth Karunaratne, who scored 38, and Kaushal Silva (20) gave their team a sound start, putting on 57 for the first wicket.

But, from 66 for one, Sri Lanka lost seven wickets for the addition of 101 runs in the afternoon session.

Bhatti took three wickets off just eight balls after lunch.

The second Test will be played in Dubai on January 8-12 and the third in Sharjah from January 16-20.