Pak restrict Lankans to 243

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Paceman Shoaib Akhtar finished with five wickets in an innings today as Pakistan restricted Sri Lanka to 243 on the second day of the first cricket Test.

Faisalabad:

Paceman Shoaib Akhtar finished with five wickets in an innings today as Pakistan restricted Sri Lanka to 243 on the second day of the first cricket Test today. Opening batsman Yasir Hameed (51 not out) then gave a blazing start to Pakistan and completed his half century in the last over before lunch. The hosts were 85 for 1. Hameed hammered eight boundaries and 67 balls to complete his half century. Asim Kamal was unbeaten on a patient 11 at the break. Imran Farhat (11) put on 28 runs with Hameed before he was caught by Jehan Mubarak at deep square leg off paceman Lasith Malinga's short delivery. Earlier, Pakistan took just 22 deliveries to wrap up Sri Lanka's first innings after the visitors resumed at the overnight total of 233 for seven. Thilan Samaraweera, 97 overnight, scored his first Test century outside Sri Lanka with a square drive off Akhtar's first delivery for three runs, but two balls later offered a tame catch at square leg. Samaraweera, who had scored his previous three Test centuries in Colombo, faced 232 balls in his five-and-a-half hours knock of 100, which included 10 boundaries. Akhtar (5-60) then knocked off Dilhara Fernando's middle stump with the new ball to claim his ninth five-wicket haul in 33 Test matches. Mohammad Sami (4-71) wrapped up the innings by clean bowling last man Malinga. (AP)

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