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SL pacers rock Pak

Rangana Herath

Dubai: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was vindicated for surprisingly deciding to field after winning the toss when his fast bowlers skittled Pakistan for 165 in the first innings of the second Test, in Dubai, on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka then lost opener Dimuth Karunaratne (32) to reach 57 for one when bad light brought an end to the day’s play. Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara (both 12) were the unbeaten batsmen at the crease.

Ahmed Shehzad (3) was the only batsman out in the morning as Pakistan reached 57 for one at lunch after Mathews became the first captain in six Tests to put the opposition in at the International Stadium.

Nuwan Pradeep was impressive on his recall to the Test side after a year and finished with three wickets for 62 while Shaminda Eranga picked up the prized scalps of the experienced Younus Khan (13) and Misbah-ul-Haq (1).

Younus and Misbah departed in the space of an over in similar fashion, edging Eranga to wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene.

Sri Lanka’s other fast bowler, Suranga Lakmal, accounted for Manzoor and Asad Shafiq (6) while left-arm spinner Rangana Herath polished off the Pakistan tail to pick up three wickets, having given up a total of 26 runs in the innings.