Pakistan reduce Sri Lanka to 34/5 after conceding 220 run first innings lead
Sri Lanka 482 & 34-5 (Riaz 3-10) v
Pakistan 262 (Azhar 59)
Second Test, Dubai, day three
After Pakistan conceded 220 run first innings lead to Sri Lanka, the bowlers led by Wahab Riaz restricted the visitors to 34 for five at stumps on the third day of the second Test in Dubai.
Earlier, Pakistan resumed their first innings with a score of 51 for naught. Shan Masood (16) could not quite carry on as he was castled by the debutant Lahiru Gamage (2-38) and in the next over Sami Aslam (39) was trapped LBW by Dilruwan Perera (3-72).
Azhar Ali (59) tried to hold one end up but Pakistan lost Asad Shafiq (12) and Babar Azam (8) at the other end as they headed into the supper break with a score of 115 for four.
Both Azhar and Haris Sohail (56) showed valiant fight in the second innings with the duo even hitting a six and a four in the 55th over to get things rolling.
The session was dominated by Pakistan with both Sohail and Azhar adding 71 runs between them for the fifth wicket but Sri Lanka managed to bounce back with Rangana Herath (3-84) trapping the latter LBW but not before he completed his half-century. Sri Lanka were positioned 181 for five at that stage.
The wickets continued to tumble as Sarfraz Ahmed (14) had another failure while Mohammad Amir (7) followed him soon. Sohail went past a half-century while late fightbacks from Yasir Shah (24) and Wahab Riaz (16) took Pakistan to 262 before they were bowled out. Herath and Perera picked three wickets apiece.
Having gained a massive 220 run first innings lead, Sri Lanka were put to test in the 14.3 overs of play possible before stumps as Riaz (3-10) removed Dimuth Karunaratne (7), Sadeera Samarawickrama (13) and Dinesh Chandimal (0) while Yasir (1-17) and Mohammad Abbas (1-6) accounted for Suranga Lakmal (1) and Kaushal Silva (3) respectively as the visitors were down to 34 for five.
Sri Lanka still will feel comfortable, courtesy their performance in the first innings as they have a 254 run lead with five wickets in hand and Pakistan's performance in the second innings will give them a lot of confidence even without Amir.
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