Taufeeq Umar Century Punishes Sri Lanka

Taufeeq Umar Century Punishes Sri Lanka
Taufeeq Umar Century Punishes Sri Lanka
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Pakistan 259-1 (Taufeeq Umar 109no) v
Sri Lanka 197 (Mathews 52no, Junaid Khan 5-38)
First Test, Abu Dhabi, day two

Pakistan continued to dominate proceedings on day two of the opening Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi as Taufeeq Umar's unbeaten century guided them to a 62-run lead at stumps.

He was unbeaten on 109 in 296 balls as Pakistan closed on 259 for one, having only lost the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez during the day's play, in reply to Sri Lanka's 197.

Hafeez fell for 75 shortly after lunch while Azhar Ali made 60 not out to give Taufeeq vital support and keep Sri Lanka at bay.

Sri Lanka were certainly a little unlucky to not see the back of Taufeeq when he edged Chanaka Welagedara to Prasanna Jayawardene when on 102 but was given a reprieve.

Earlier, Ali was dropped on seven by the normally reliable Mahela Jayawardene as Sri Lanka failed to take their chances.

Their only wicket came when Rangana Herath had Hafeez trapped in front as the right-hander missed a straight delivery having faced 127 balls and hit eight fours in addition to one six.

Taufeeq's sixth Test century came from 259 balls and included seven fours as he patiently batted his side into the lead.

Their bowlers excelled on the opening day - Junaid Khan taking five for 38 - as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 197 after being invited to bat first.

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