Sri Lanka recovers against Pakistan

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Sri Lanka recovered to take the prized wickets of Inzamam-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik and fight its way back in the first cricket Test against Pakistan today.

Sri Lanka recovers against Pakistan

Faisalabad:

Sri Lanka recovered to take the prized wickets of Inzamam-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik and fight its way back into the first cricket Test against Pakistan today. Pakistan finished the second day at 256 for 8 - a lead of just 13 runs. Tailenders Mohammad Sami (2 not out) and Shoaib Akhtar (6 not out), who earlier took five wickets in Sri Lankan first innings total of 243, both survived the last three overs of the day. Left-arm spinner Sanath Jayasuriya opened up Pakistan tail by dismissing Moin Khan (5) late in the last session, while Abdul Razzaq (39) was neatly caught by Mahela Jayawardene in the slips three overs before stumps off left-arm seamer Chaminda Vaas. Inzamam (32) top edged left-arm spinner Rangana Herath soon after tea while Malik (48) hit seven crisp boundaries in his knock but missed his maiden half century when Vaas ran him out off a direct throw from mid on. Opening batsman Yasir Hameed was the top scorer with 58 and gave a blazing start to Pakistan's reply as the home team was comfortably placed at 85 for 1 in 20 overs before lunch. However, medium fast Dilhara Fernando struck twice after lunch. Asim Kamal (11) chased Fernando's wide delivery to Jayawardene while Hameed, who hit 10 boundaries, mistimed a pull shot and Jehan Mubarak plucked a splendid two-handed diving catch at square leg. Yousuf Youhana (17) was caught behind while attempting a lose shot off left-arm Herath before Malik and Inzamam added 54 runs for the fifth wicket. (AP)

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