Late strikes put Pakistan top
Abu Dhabi - Paceman Bilawal Bhatti removed experienced Sri Lankan batsmen Kumar
Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene off successive deliveries to put
Pakistan in command of the first Test on Thursday.
debutant removed Sangakkara (55) with the last ball of his tenth over
and then had Jayawardene off the first of his next to leave Sri Lanka at
186/4 in their second innings at close on the third day on a Sheikh
Zayed Stadium pitch which had eased out for batsmen.
Junaid (2-46) built on the strikes by dismissing Kaushal Silva for 81, caught behind in the last over of the day.
that Silva and Sangakkara added 99 for the second wicket, which had
thwarted Pakistan's pace-cum-spin attack in the last session.
Chandimal was the unbeaten batsman at close with 24 as Sri Lanka, who
trailed by 179 runs after the first innings, ended the day seven runs
ahead with six wickets in hand.
Earlier, Pakistan were dismissed for 383 in their first innings in reply to Sri Lanka's 204.
Bhatti said he felt proud.
and Jayawardene are big names and (the) strength of Sri Lankan batting
and I am proud at getting their wickets," said Bhatti. "We need to get
them out early on Friday for a win."
Silva's dismissal has given
Pakistan a sniff of victory on the fourth day. He hit 11 boundaries
during his 275-minute stay and gave Sri Lanka a confident start of 47
with Dimuth Karunaratne (24).
Silva, playing only his fourth Test,
used his feet well against spinner Saeed Ajmal and looked comfortable
against Pakistani bowling, reaching his maiden half-century with a
single off Junaid.
The experienced Sangakkara, who hit an epic
double hundred to draw a Test at the same venue against Pakistan in
2011, brought up his 43rd Test fifty with a crisp cut shot off Bhatti
for his sixth boundary.
It was Bhatti (2-65) who seemed to have
got Sangakkara on 29 when a sharp delivery trapped the left-hander leg
before as English umpire Richard Kettleborough upheld the appeal, but
the batsman challenged the decision.
Television replays showed the ball was pitched outside leg-stump and the umpire had to change the decision.
But Bhatti had the last laugh as he forced an edge off Sangakkara which was smartly snapped up in the slips by Younis Khan.
Sangakkara hit six boundaries during his 98-ball stay.
over, Bhatti had a ball rear up from a good length which forced
Jayawardene to hand an easy catch to gully for a first-ball duck.
the morning, Sri Lanka's pace and spin attack brought their team back
in the game by taking the last six wickets for just 54 runs after
Pakistan resumed the day at 327-4.
Paceman Shaminda Eranga
finished with 3-80 while left-arm spinner Rangana Herath took 3-90 --
all his three wickets coming in ten balls on the day. Fast bowler
Suranga Lakmal grabbed 2-99
Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq scored
135. He hit 16 boundaries and a six off 306 balls before being last man
out, caught at long-off off from spinner Herath.
In all, Misbah
batted for 425 minutes and his 218-run partnership with Younis Khan
(136) on Wednesday set Pakistan on track for their big lead.
lost Asad Shafiq (13) and Adnan Akmal for six before Bilawal Bhatti
(14) helped his skipper add 27 for the seventh wicket.
Herath dismissed Saeed Ajmal and Rahat Ali off consecutive deliveries to restrict Pakistan's lead.
The second Test will be played in Dubai (January 8-12) and the third in Sharjah (January 16-20).