Updated: Wednesday, 01 January 2014 17:33 | By Agence France-Presse

Sri Lanka fight back in first Pakistan Test

Sri Lanka staged a fightback against Pakistan by grabbing two early wickets on the second day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.


Sri Lanka fight back in first Pakistan Test

Pakistan batsman Younis Khan (L) plays a shot as Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene and Mahela Jayawardene looks on during the second day of the first Test at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on January 1, 2014

Pacemen Suranga Lakmal and Shaminda Eranga took a wicket each as Pakistan reached 121-3 at lunch in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings total of 204.

At the break, Younis Khan was batting on 23 with skipper Misbah-ul Haq unbeaten on 24 as Pakistan trailed by 83 runs.

Resuming at 46-1 Pakistan lost Mohammad Hafeez (11) and opener Ahmed Shehzad (38) to irresponsible shots, which gave Sri Lanka the semblance of a chance to restrict Pakistan.

Hafeez had started off well, hitting two straight boundaries off Lakmal before miscuing a drive off the same bowler and was smartly caught at short cover by Kaushal Silva.

Silva, also a wicket-keeper but selected as opener in this Test, dived to his left and caught the ball inches from the ground.

Shehzad also miscued a hook shot and was caught at forward square-leg by Dimuth Karunaratne after hitting three boundaries.

Both Misbah and Younis batted sensibly with Pakistan's hopes of a big lead resting on their shoulders, adding 38 for the unbroken fourth wicket stand.

The second Test will be played in Dubai (January 8-12) and the third in Sharjah (January 16-20).

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