Updated: Thursday, 02 January 2014 16:39 | By Agence France-Presse

Sri Lanka fight back to restrict Pakistan's lead

Sri Lanka pace-cum spin attack bowled Pakistan out for 383 in their first innings on the third morning of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Sri Lanka fight back to restrict Pakistan's lead

Pakistan batsman Misbah-ul-Haq plays a shot during the third day of the first cricket Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on January 2, 2014

Resuming at 327-4, Pakistan had looked for a big lead but all three Sri Lankan pacemen grabbed a wicket each and spinner Rangana Herath finished with 3-93 to help their team fight back at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Pakistan gained a valuable 179-run lead over Sri Lanka's first innings total of 204.

At lunch Sri Lankan openers Dimuth Karunaratne (two) and Kaushal Silva (nought) negotiated the one over from Junaid Khan without any trouble.

Sri Lanka now need another 177 runs to avoid an innings defeat.

It were paceman Shaminda Eranga who took 3-80 and Suranga Lakmal, who finished with 2-99, who led Sri Lanka's fightback. 

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq finished with 135 after resuming at 105. He hit 16 boundaries and six off 306 balls before being the last man out, caught at long-off to spinner Herath.

In all Misbah batted for 425 minutes and his 218-run partnership with Younis Khan (136) on Wednesday that set the tone for Pakistan's lead.

Pakistan lost overnight batsman Asad Shafiq (13) in the fourth over of the day in a slow start to the proceedings. Shafiq flicked paceman Lakmal straight into the hands of Silva who took another smart catch at square-leg.

Eranga then accounted for wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal for six before Bilawal Bhatti (14) helped his skipper add 27 for the seventh wicket.

Angelo Mathews had Bhatti before Herath dismissed Saeed Ajmal and Rahat Ali off consecutive deliveries to restrict Pakistan's lead.

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