Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 4: Ahmed keeps Pakistan alive

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Ahmed remains unbeaten on 70 off 123 balls

Pakistan wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed scored an unbeaten half-century to keep his side alive on the fourth day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Dubai.

Ahmed was well supported by captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who managed to convert his overnight score of 53 into 97.

Starting out the day on 132/3, ul-Haq and batsman Younis Khan converted their 113-run partnership into a 129-run partnership before Khan was caught behind off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal.

Khan’s fantastic knock of 77 came off 173 balls and included five boundaries.

Ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq stabilised the innings with a 52-run partnership before Shafiq was caught by Dimuth Karunaratne at second slip off the bowling of Shaminda Eranga for 23.

Ul-Haq ended up making 97 off 248 deliveries, which included eight boundaries and a six, before he was clean bowled by Rangana Herath.

Ahmed and Bilawal Bhatti kept the runs flowing with an outstanding 67-run partnership, during which Ahmed brought up his half-century, before Bhatti was clean bowled by Eranga for 32.

Ahmed and Saeed Ajmal managed to put together an unbeaten 18-run partnership before the heavens parted.

Due to the heavy rain, the umpires had no choice but to end play early for the day.

Ahmed finished on 70 off 123 balls, which included seven boundaries, while Ajmal remained undefeated on seven.

Pakistan ended the day on 330/7 and will continue batting tomorrow at 09:30 local time or 05:30 GMT.

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