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Sri Lanka Enjoy Strong Opening Day

Nuwan Pradeep
Nuwan Pradeep (centre) celebrated his recall with three wickets to put Sri Lanka on top in Dubai
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Pakistan 165 (Khurram Manzoor 73) v
Sri Lanka 57-1 (Karunaratne 32)
Second Test, Dubai, day one

The first day of the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai ran along similar lines to the first Test in Abu Dhabi except this time, Sri Lanka dominated proceedings.

It was they who bowled out the side batting first cheaply and the only blemish on their day came when one of their openers was dismissed.

Pakistan were bundled out for 165 in just 63.5 overs before Sri Lanka closed on 57 for one in 16 overs.

Pakistan made just the one change, replacing injured wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal with Sarfraz Ahmed while Sri Lanka brought in Nuwan Pradeep in place of Sachithra Senanayake.

Progress was slow for Pakistan after Sri Lanka won the toss and it took them just short of 10 overs to get their first breakthrough. Ahmed Shehzad had made three in 27 balls when he played round a straight ball from Pradeep to be trapped in front.

Mohammad Hafeez made a more fluent 21 before Pradeep found a gap between bat and pad and bowled him before both Younus Khan (13) and Misbah-ul-Haq (1) were caught behind by Prasanna Jayawardene off Shaminda Eranga to leave Pakistan in trouble at 109 for four.

It got little better as just nine more runs were added when batting mainstay Khurram Manzoor, whose 73 in 136 balls had kept Pakistan on an even keel, fell when he was also caught by Jayawardene as Suranga Lakmal took his first wicket.

Asad Shafiq gifted a catch to Kaushal Silva off Lakmal for six and Sarfraz edged Pradeep to Jayawardene for seven.

Bilawal Bhatti then offered some resistance with 24 not out in 49 balls but Sri Lanka have a way of dealing with lower-order stubbornness. Where once they used to throw the ball to Muttiah Muralitharan, now Rangana Herath does a similar job and he quickly had Saeed Ajmal (8) sharply caught by Silva at short leg and both Rahat Ali (0) and Junaid Khan (2) trapped in front to leave Bhatti stranded at the other end.

Herath finished with figures of three for 25, the impressive Pradeep three for 62, Eranga took two for 25 and Lakmal two for 45 as Manzoor scored 46 per cent of Pakistan's runs that came from the bat.

Where Pakistan had crawled along in the early part of their innings, Sri Lanka scored their runs at a decent rate with Dimuth Karunaratne (32 in 43 balls) playing the lead hand.

He struck seven fours before falling five overs before stumps when Junaid got one to angle back from outside off stump and strike him on the pads. The batsmen opted to review but the on-field decision was upheld.

At stumps, both Silva and Kumar Sangakkara had reached 12 not out to complete a thoroughly satisfactory day's work for Sri Lanka.

After feeling the force of Sri Lanka's fightback in the drawn Test in Abu Dhabi, Pakistan now need to produce one themselves to get back into the second Test.

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