Sri Lanka struggling in Dubai
Dubai - Umar Gul ripped through Sri Lanka's
top order with a burst of three wickets in his opening spell on the
first day of the second Test on Wednesday.
Gul broke through in
only the third over of the match after Sri Lanka, electing to bat,
slumped to 30-3 by the ninth over before struggling to 78-5 by lunch at
the Dubai cricket stadium.
Kumar Sangakkara, who scored a fighting
211 to help Sri Lanka draw the first Test at Abu Dhabi last week, was
unbeaten on 29 and with him was Kaushal Silva (one) after Junaid Khan
carried on Gul's good work with two more wickets.
paceman Gul trapped opener Lahiru Thirimanne (one) in front of the
wicket with the second delivery of his second over as Indian umpire
Shahvir Tarapore upheld the appeal for his maiden decision in his first
Gul then had two wickets in his fifth over, as Tharanga
Paranavitana slashed a wide delivery straight into the hands of skipper
Misbah-ul Haq, who held a sharp chance. Tharanga made six.
sixth delivery, Gul had the experienced Mahela Jayawardene edging into
the slips for Misbah to make it two wickets in two balls, leading by
example in the slips after Pakistan floored seven chances in the first
Amidst the wicket slide, Sangakkara held his nerves as he
straight drove Khan for two fours to release some pressure at the other
He also benefited from a dropped catch when Taufiq Umar failed to hold a chance off spinner Saeed Ajmal.
who took a career-best 5-38 to dismiss Sri Lanka for a paltry 197 in
the first innings at Abu Dhabi, dismissed Sri Lankan captain
Tillakaratne Dilshan for seven, caught off a rash drive in the slip for
Misbah's third catch.
Khan then broke the Sangakkara-Mathews brief
stand of 28, when wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal held a faint edge off
Mathews, who made 19.
Sri Lanka were forced to make two changes as
wicket-keeper batsman Prasanna Jayawardene, who hit a match-saving 120
in the first Test, was ruled out due to an abdominal strain.
also left out paceman Nuwan Pradeep, giving a Test cap to wicket-keeper
batsman Kaushal Silva and bringing in experienced paceman Dhammika
Pakistan brought in left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman for paceman Aizaz Cheema as the only change.