Taufeeq Double Keeps Pakistan Well On Top
Sri Lanka 197 (Mathews 52no) & 47-1 v
Pakistan 511-6 dec. (Taufeeq Umar 236)
First Test, Abu Dhabi, day three
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Taufeeq Umar scored his maiden Test double-century as Pakistan set Sri Lanka a stiff task to save the first Test in Abu Dhabi by closing day three 267 runs ahead.
Having fielded for almost two days, Sri Lanka lost a wicket from the first ball of their second innings before recovering to reach 47 for one after Pakistan eventually declared on 511 for six.
Sri Lanka were bowled out on the opening day for 197 and now face a battle to avoid defeat after enduring another difficult day.
Nuwan Pradeep was denied a maiden Test wicket when he delivered a no ball before getting Asad Shafiq (26 not out) caught at slip and Prasanna Jayawardene dropped Younus Khan when on 18. He went on to score 33 before he was trapped in front by Chanaka Welagedara.
Welagedara earned Sri Lanka's first breakthrough when he bowled Azhar Ali for 70 but Taufeeq showed continued resilience and determination to move well past his prvious best Test score of 135 and then his previous best first-class knock of 176.
He faced 496 balls in all, hitting 17 fours and a six before he was run out by Kumar Sangakkara and Jayawardene.
Misbah-ul-Haq accelerated Pakistan's scoring rate, hitting four fours and a six during a bright innings of 46 in 52 balls before he was given out, caught by Jayawardene off Herath, although the ball had flicked his shirt, rather than his bat.
Umar Gul was then promoted ahead of Adnan Akmal as Pakistan looked for quick runs but he was superbly caught by Angelo Mathews at deep midwicket off Herath before he had scored a run and Pakistan immediately declared.
Left-arm spinner Herath bowled a marathon 61.4 overs to return figures of three for 126 while Welagedara took two for 80.
Gul and Aizaz Cheema then produced an outstanding spell with the new ball that saw the end of Tharanga Paranavitana - trapped in front by Gul - before Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne managed to see off ten overs and five more balls, making 27 and 20 respectively.
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