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Pakistan Fight Back In Final Session

Wahab Riaz celebrates after taking the wicket of Upul Tharanga
Wahab Riaz celebrates after taking the wicket of Upul Tharanga
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Sri Lanka 261-8 (Tharanga 92) v Pakistan
Second Test, Colombo, day one

Pakistan fought back late on day one of the second and final Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo to reduce their hosts to 261 for eight at stumps.

Pacers Junaid Khan (4-69) and Wahab Riaz (3-66) did much of the damage as six wickets fell after tea, undoing much of Sri Lanka's hard work earlier in the day.

Upul Tharanga made 92 and they were well set as they went for tea on 162 for two with Mahela Jayawardene, making his final Test appearance, at the crease.

However, he fell to Saeed Ajmal for four soon after the break and then Pakistan tore through, capping their late charge by taking the wicket of Angelo Mathews with the last ball of the day.

Sri Lanka lead the two-match series 1-0 after a seven-wicket win in Galle.

Despite calling up two uncapped pace bowlers in Binura Fernando and Lahiru Gamage, Sri Lanka opted for the experience of Chanaka Welagedara to replace the injured Shaminda Eranga as Lahiru Thirimanne came in to replace Kithuruwan Vithanage.

Pakistan replaced Mohammad Talha with Riaz in their only change and it paid off as he combined effectively with Junaid, particularly in the final session.

It was slow going for Sri Lanka in the morning and they battled to lunch on 69 without loss as Tharanga and Kaushal Silva began compiling their 79-run stand for the first wicket.

Soon after the break, Pakistan broke through when Silva edged Junaid to Sarfraz Ahmed behind the stumps for 41.


Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Niroshan Dickwella (+), Dilruwan Perera, Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Chanaka Welagedara

Pakistan: Khurram Manzoor, Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Younus Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (+), Abdur Rehman, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan

Tharanga, who faced 179 balls and hit 12 fours, then put on 65 with Kumar Sangakkara (22) for the second wicket as the crowd waited patiently for Jayawardene to get his chance.

It came when Sangkkara was bowled by Riaz, who followed up a barrage of short balls with a full-length delivery that the batsman edged onto his stumps.

Jayawardene made his way to the crease but unfortunately for his adoring crowd at his home ground, he lasted just 16 balls, scoring four runs before Ajmal had him trapped in front with a delivery that turned past his bat.

Less than five overs later Tharanga fell eight runs short of a century and Sri Lanka's collapse was on. He was brilliantly caught by Azhar Ali at short leg off Riaz.

Mathews stood firm with 39 in 86 balls while Pakistan chipped away at the other end. Junaid had Lahiru Thirimanne caught by Sarfraz for 20 and then trapped both Niroshan Dickwella (24) and Dilruwan Perera (0) in front.

Then, after Dhammika Prasad hit the last ball of the penultimate over of the day for four, Pakistan grabbed the important wicket of Mathews, who under-edged Riazthrough to Sarfraz as he tried to pull a short ball.

Ajmal finished with one for 67 as only Abdur Rehman, who conceded 49 runs in 19 overs, went wicketless for Pakistan.

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