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Khan and ul-Haq both scored half-centuries
Pakistan batsman Younis Khan and captain Misbah-ul-Haq both scored half-centuries to keep the team afloat on the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Dubai.
Khan and ul-Haq were well supported by left-arm pace bowler Junaid Khan, who took three wickets.
Starting out the day on 318/4, Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene and captain Angelo Mathews only managed to add two runs onto their 91-run partnership before Mathews was caught behind off the bowling of Rahat Ali for 42.
Following Mathews’ dismissal, Sri Lanka lost wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene and Rangana Herath in quick succession.
Mahela Jayawardene, who scored a fantastic century on the second day, failed to convert it into a bigger score as he was clean bowled by Saeed Ajmal for 129 off 279 balls, which included 15 boundaries.
Shaminda Eranga managed to score 14 runs before being cleaned up by Bilawal Bhatti.
Nuwan Pradeep only made three runs before being given out lbw off the bowling of Ajmal.
Khan was the pick of the Pakistani bowlers with three wickets, while Ali and Ajmal snapped up two wickets apiece and Bhatti and Mohammad Hafeez chipped in with one wicket each as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 388.
Trailing by 223, Pakistan got off to a poor start as opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad was caught behind off the bowling of Herath for just nine runs.
Things went from bad to worse for Pakistan as Khurram Manzoor and Hafeez were both caught behind off the bowling of Pradeep.
However, from that point on it was all Pakistan as ul-Haq and Khan amassed an unbeaten 113-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before bad light ended play early.
Ul-Haq finished on 53 off 119 balls, which included five boundaries and a six, while Khan remained undefeated on 62 off 142 deliveries, which included four boundaries.
Pradeep was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Herath picked up one.
Pakistan ended the day on 132/3 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.