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Sri Lanka bowled Pakistan out for a disappointing 165
Sri Lanka’s bowling attack absolutely ripped Pakistan apart on the first day of the second Test in Dubai to give the national team the upper hand heading into day two.
Pakistan opening batsman Khurram Manzoor deserves some credit as well as he scored a valiant 73.
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and chose to bowl first.
His decision paid off as Pakistan opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad was given out lbw off the bowling of Nuwan Pradeep for just three runs.
Mohammad Hafeez and Manzoor made up for the early loss of Shehzad with a 50-run partnership before Hafeez was clean bowled by Pradeep for 21.
Following Hafeez’s dismissal, Pakistan’s middle and lower order completely succumbed to the pressure of Sri Lanka’s bowling attack.
It was only thanks to Manzoor, who made 73 off 136 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six, and Bilawal Bhatti, who scored an unbeaten 24, that Pakistan were able to reach 165 before being bowled out.
Rangana Herath and Pradeep were the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers as they took three wickets apiece, while Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal chipped in with two wickets each.
Trailing by 165, Sri Lanka got off to a solid start as opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne made 32 runs before being given out lbw off the bowling of Junaid Khan.
Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara amassed an unbeaten 17-run partnership before the umpires brought play to an end for the day.
Khan was the only bowler to pick up a wicket for Pakistan.
Sri Lanka ended the day on 57/1 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.