Pradeep’s brace leaves Pakistan 85-3 at tea
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan’s troubles deepened on the third day of the second test when it limped to tea at 85-3 still trailing Sri Lanka by 138 runs in the second innings on Friday.
Fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep struck twice to reduce Pakistan to 19-3 before Younis Khan, 41 not out, and captain Misbah-ul-Haq, on 27, steered them to the break.
Khan and Misbah rebuilt the innings with an unbroken 66-run stand and the captain survived a run out off the last ball before tea when Suranga Lakmal couldn’t hit the stump while picking up the ball cleanly off his follow through.
Mahela Jayawardene received little support from the lower order as Sri Lanka was bowled out for 388 by adding just 70 runs to its overnight 318-4. Still, Sri Lanka established a 223-run lead.
Jayawardene, 106 overnight, braved the pain with his stitched left hand and moved to 129 off 278 balls with 15 fours when his leg stump was uprooted while attempting a reverse sweep off Saeed Ajmal.
Pacemen Junaid Khan took 3-102 and Rahat Ali claimed 2-131.
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath made the first impact in Pakistan’s reply by having Ahmed Shehzad caught behind for 9 in the last over before lunch.
Pradeep came back hard after the break. Mohammad Hafeez, on 1, poked at a full-length delivery and gave a healthy edge, while Khurram Manzoor, on 6, was squared up off a good length delivery and gave Prasanna Jayawardene his third catch of the innings as Pakistan lost three wickets inside eight overs.
Resuming from 318-4 overnight, Sri Lanka’s slump began in the second over of the day with Mathews edging Ali to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed without adding to his overnight score of 42. Mathews was dropped on 6 by Sarfraz on Thursday and went on to add 93 runs with Jayawardene for the fifth wicket.
Jayawardene elegantly placed Ali to the point boundary to reach 118 and passed Steve Waugh for eighth on the list of all-time leading test run-scorers.
Prasanna Jayawardene was undone for 9 by Junaid Khan’s sharp delivery and was clean bowled, then Herath tried to go for a quick single and was run out for 6 at 348-7.
Khan failed in an attempt to win an lbw decision through a TV referral against Jayawardene after the batsman added three to his overnight 106, and in the same over Shaminda Eranga cut the left-arm seamer to the third man boundary to extend the lead to 200. Eranga made 14.
Ajmal, who bowled 49 wicketless overs in the second innings of the drawn first test last week, had to wait a further 28 overs before he uprooted Jayawardene’s leg stump.
The last-wicket pair of Lakmal and Pradeep frustrated Pakistan for nearly half an hour before Ajmal finally folded the innings by having Pradeep leg before wicket to finish with 2-56.