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Pakistan pick four wickets after gaining a three-run first innings lead

Yasir Shah picked a couple of wickets for Pakistan
Yasir Shah picked a couple of wickets for Pakistan

Sri Lanka 419 & 69-4 (Yasir 2-25) v
Pakistan 422 (Azhar 85)
First Test, Abu Dhabi, day four

After a valiant 76 run knock from Haris Sohail helped Pakistan gain a three run first innings lead, the spinners kept Sri Lanka down to 69 for four at stumps on day four of the first Test in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan resumed day four with a score of 266 for four. Sohail (76) struck seven runs in his first two deliveries to set the tone for the remainder of his innings.

Sohail and Azhar Ali (85) helped Pakistan gain some confidence before Rangana Herath (5-83) accounted for the latter in the 123rd over.

Sarfraz Ahmed (18) struck a six and a four to get going but a double strike from Suranga Lakmal (2-42) removed Sarfraz Ahmed (18) and Mohammad Amir (4) while Yasir Shah (8) too perished in the final ball before lunch by which Pakistan were 340 for eight.

After the restart, both Sohail and Hasan Ali (29) played attacking strokes as they scored three boundaries and two sixes. Sohail completed a fifty on debut and with back to back sixes Hasan completed the 50-run stand with Hasan.

The onslaught was finally ended by Herath when he had Hasan stumped, it was also his fifth wicket in the innings. Sohail managed to add another 32 runs with Mohammad Abbas (1) for the final wicket to push Pakistan's total to 422 before they were bowled out in the 163rd over.

Beginning their second innings with a slender trail of three runs, Kaushal Silva (25) and Dimuth Karunaratne (10) added 18 runs in the first nine overs before the latter was removed by Yasir (2-25).

With Hasan (0-8) walking off the field with an injury, Asad Shafiq (1-7) came to complete the over and the move turned fruitful for Pakistan as he had Lahiru Thirimanne (7) caught behind in his third delivery.

Silva's 87-ball vigil was ended by Sohail (1-7) while at the stroke of stumps, Yasir removed Dinesh Chandimal (7) as Sri Lanka ended the day with a 66 run lead and six wickets in hand.

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