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Khan’s five-wicket haul left Sri Lanka in absolute tatters
Pakistan pace bowler Junaid Khan recorded a five-wicket haul as he and debutant Bilawal Bhatti ripped through Sri Lanka’s batting line-up to leave them reeling on the first day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi.
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews deserves some credit as well as he scored a valiant 91 to lead his side to 204 before they were bowled out.
Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to bowl first.
However, his decision to do so backfired early on as Sri Lanka’s opening pair of Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva put together a 57-run partnership before Karunarate was caught by Asad Shafiq at gully off the bowling of Khan for 38.
Silva managed to make 20 runs before he was caught by Mohammad Hafeez in the slips off the bowling of Bhatti.
Following Silva’s dismissal, Khan and Bhatti tore through Sri Lanka’s middle and lower order with relative ease.
However, just as Sri Lanka looked to be down and out at 124/8, Mathews and Shaminda Eranga amassed a 61-run partnership, during which Mathews brought up his half-century, before Eranga was caught behind off the bowling of Saeed Ajmal for 14.
Mathews ended up making 91 runs off 127 balls, which included 15 boundaries, before he was stumped by wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal off the bowling of Ajmal.
Khan registered his fourth five-wicket haul, while Bhatti snapped up three wickets and Ajmal chipped in with two.
Trailing by 204, Pakistan got off to a solid start as their opening pair of Khurram Manzoor and debutant Ahmed Shehzad compiled a 46-run partnership before Manzoor was run out for 21.
Following Manzoor’s wicket, the umpires brought play to an end for the day.
Shehzad finished on 25 off 52 balls, which included three boundaries, while Hafeez has yet to face a ball.
Pakistan ended the day on 46/1 and will continue batting today at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.