Pakistan stutter after Yasir Shah claims five wickets in 3rd Test

04 Jul, 2015 7:04 pm

PALLEKELE – Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah claimed his third five-wicket haul of the series but Sri Lanka took the upper hand on day two of the third and final Test by restricting the visitors to 209 for nine at Pallekele on Saturday.

After Azhar Ali (52) showed some fight in an otherwise top order capitulation, Sarfraz Ahmed remained not out after a gutsy 72 to take Pakistan past the 200-mark in the series-deciding contest.

Imran Khan was scoreless at the other end, having survived six balls with Pakistan still 69 runs behind Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 278.

Intermittent rain allowed only 68 overs on the second day at the Pallekele InternationalCricket Stadium.

Resuming on 272 for eight, the hosts put on six runs before losing their last two wickets inside four overs. Shah (5-78) dismissed Nuwan Pradeep as Sri Lanka’s last five wickets could only add 30 runs to the total.

Having claimed 22 victims in five innings, Shah will fancy his chances of surpassing Australia spin great Shane Warne’s record haul of 26 wickets in a series by a visiting bowler in Sri Lanka.

His team, however, found themselves deep in trouble after losing three wickets in the morning session and could not really recover.

Dhammika Prasad (3-78) troubled the Pakistan openers with his lively pace and was rewarded when he trapped Shan Masood (13) leg before with a yorker.


Pradeep (3-26) tasted success with his third delivery when Ahmed Shehzad (21), caught in two minds, withdrew his bat but not before the ball kissed an edge en route to the wicketkeeper.

Younus Khan (three) made matters worse for the tourists when he set off on a suicide single and could not beat Kaushal Silva’s direct throw from short midwicket.

Azhar battled on, as wickets tumbled at the other end, and brought up his 20th test fifty before edging Pradeep to the slip.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq (6), nursing a groin injury, came out to bat at number seven but did not last long, trapped leg before by a Pradeep delivery that angled in.

Sarfraz reached his fifty in 57 balls but Sri Lanka are well set to take a first innings lead which might prove crucial in what could be a low-scoring contest.

SCOREBOARD 

Sri Lanka 1st innings (Overnight: 272-8)
D. Karunaratne             st S. Ahmed b Az. Ali     130 
K. Silva                   c S. Ahmed b R. Ali       9   
U. Tharanga                c Y. Khan b Shah          46  
L. Thirimanne              c sub b Shah              11  
A. Mathews                 c sub b Shah              3   
J. Mubarak                 st S. Ahmed b Shah        25  
D. Chandimal               lbw b R. Ali              24  
D. Prasad                  c Shah b Az. Ali          0   
T. Kaushal                 lbw b R. Ali              18  
S. Lakmal                  not out                   6   
N. Pradeep                 lbw b Shah                0   
Extras                     (lb-3 w-3)                6   
Total                      (all out, 89.5 overs)     278 
Fall of wickets: 1-15 K. Silva,2-106 U. Tharanga,3-133 L. Thirimanne,4-137 A. Mathews,5-204 J. Mubarak,6-248 D. Karunaratne,7-248 D. Prasad,8-264 D. Chandimal,9-277 T. Kaushal,10-278 N. Pradeep
Bowling               
R. Ali                     21 - 4 - 74 - 3(w-1)          
E. Adil                    14 - 3 - 37 - 0(w-1)          
I. Khan                    16 - 3 - 51 - 0(w-1)          
Y. Shah                    31.5 - 4 - 78 - 5             
Az. Ali                    7 - 0 - 35 - 2                
Pakistan 1st innings  
S. Masood                  lbw b Prasad              13  
A. Shehzad                 c Chandimal b Pradeep     21  
Az. Ali                    c Karunaratne b Pradeep   52  
Y. Khan                    run out (K. Silva)        3   
A. Shafiq                  lbw b Prasad              15  
S. Ahmed                   not out                   72  
Misbah-ul-Haq              lbw b Pradeep             6   
E. Adil                    lbw b Kaushal             0   
Y. Shah                    c Chandimal b Prasad      18  
R. Ali                     lbw b Kaushal             2   
I. Khan                    not out                   0   
Extras                     (lb-4 nb-2 w-1)           7   
Total                      (for 9 wickets, 64 overs) 209 
Fall of wickets: 1-32 S. Masood,2-40 A. Shehzad,3-45 Y. Khan,4-91 A. Shafiq,5-135 Az. Ali,6-151 Misbah-ul-Haq,7-152 E. Adil,8-197 Y. Shah,9-202 R. Ali
To bat:
Bowling               
D. Prasad                  19 - 1 - 78 - 3(w-1)          
S. Lakmal                  14 - 1 - 64 - 0(nb-2)         
N. Pradeep                 14 - 5 - 26 - 3               
A. Mathews                 4 - 1 - 3 - 0                 
T. Kaushal                 13 - 1 - 34 - 2               
Referees              
Umpire: Ian Gould. –Reuters                                       
Umpire: Paul Reiffel                                     
TV umpire: Sundaram Ravi                                 
Match referee: Chris Broad



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