Hafeez, Taufeeq steady ship
Abu Dhabi - Pakistani's openers remained
unseparated to take their team to 115-0 by lunch on the second day of
the first Test against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
bowled out Sri Lanka for 197 in their first innings on the back of a
five-wicket haul by paceman Junaid Khan, blunted the Sri Lankan attack
at Abu Dhabi Stadium.
At lunch, opener Mohammad Hafeez was
unbeaten on 73 and Taufiq Umar was on 35 with Pakistan only 82 runs
behind with all their wickets intact.
Resuming at 27-0, Pakistan
found the going easy against the Sri Lankan pace duo of Nuwan Pradeep
and Chanaka Welegedara, with Hafeez smacking a boundary through covers
off the debutant Pradeep in the first over of the day.
more cautious as Sri Lanka introduced spinners Rangana Herath and
Tillakaratne Dilshan from both ends. They bowled four maiden overs
between them with tight line and length, but did not get much turn.
then broke the deadlock in scoring, jumping out of his crease to hit
Herath over long-off for a six and then slashed towards third man to
bring his fifth Test half-century.
He then swept the same bowler
for two to bring up Pakistan's 100. Hafeez has so far hit eight
boundaries and a six during his 121-ball knock.
three-pronged pace attack and spinners failed to give any trouble to the
Pakistani openers on a pitch which had some grass on the first day.
remaining two Tests in the series will be played in Dubai (October
26-30) and Sharjah (November 3-7). The Tests will be followed by five
one-day and a Twenty20 international.