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Pakistan Dominate Opening Day

Junaid Khan
Junaid Khan took five wickets as Pakistan dominated 2013's final day of international cricket
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Sri Lanka 204 (Mathews 91, Junaid Khan 5-58) v
Pakistan 46-1
First Test, Abu Dhabi, day one

Pakistan dominated the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi by dismissing their opponents for 204 before closing on 46 for one in reply.

Pakistan won the toss, chose to field and almost everything went their way until Khurram Manzoor was run out off the final ball of the day.

Junaid Khan's five for 58, Bilawal Bhatti's three for 65 and Saeed Ajmal's two for 32 ensured Sri Lanka's innings lasted just 65 overs.

And but for captain Angelo Mathews' 91 in 127 balls, they wouldn't have threatened the 200-run mark having slipped to 82 for five with the dismissal of Kumar Sangakkara and they then lost three wickets for 20 runs to slide to 124 for eight.

Mathews, who hit 15 fours, mounted some resistance with Shaminda Eranga (14) to add a touch of respectability to the Sri Lankan total.

Nevertheless, Pakistan were making serene progress in the final session with Ahmed Shehzad, like Bhatti making his debut, on 25 and Manzoor on 21 when the latter was needlessly run out by Mathews and Prasanna Jayawardene.

In the first Test since the retirement of Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka recalled Kaushal Silva to join Dimuth Karunaratne at the top of the order, the wicket-keeper playing his first Test in more than two years, and he made 20, Karunaratne making 38 in a partnership of 57.

That stand fell just four short of Sri Lanka's highest - the 61 put on by Mathews and Eranga for the ninth wicket as Sri Lanka ended 2013 with a whimper.

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