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Despite defiant knock by Sarfraz Ahmed :

Lankan pace duo Prasad, Pradeep rattle Pakistan

Pakistani wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed (72 n.o) and tail-ender YashirShah brought Pakistan partially back into the game with a-45-run- stand for the eighth wicket as Pakistan in reply to Sri Lankaís first innings total of 278 ended the second day at 209 for 9 trailing by 69 runs when bad light stopped play at Pallekele yesterday.

There were three stoppages due to rain but all three were not enough for a complete halt of the game.

Sarfraz Ahmed , Pix: Rukmal Gamage

Leader of the pack, Dammika Prasad (3 for 78) and the late replacement for injured Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep (3 for 26 off 14overs) cut the hard crust of the Pakistan batting by sharing six wickets between them while off spinner Tharindu Kaushal gave a vigorous twist to the Pakistan tail taking 2 for 34.

Pakistan were at one stage six for 151 when skipper Mishbah-ul-Haq batted in discomfort due to injury.

But Sarfraz Ahmed and Azhar Ali brought Pakistan into reasonable limits, on a day which belonged to the Sri Lankan pacemen, especially Dammika Prasad (3 for 75) and Nuwan Pradeep.

Sri Lanka continuing from their overnight score of 272 for 8, batted only for 20 minutes in the morning adding just six runs. wRahat Ali and Imran Khan bowled from either side.

Rahat Ali struck first in the morning with the second new ball not so old having Tharindu Kaushal leg before wicket after adding one run to his overnight score.

BothTharindu Kaushal and Suranga Lakmal showed signs of good batsmenship. But after just 3.5 overs in the morning Yasir Shah clipped the wings taking his 22nd wicket in the series when he had Nuwan Pradeep leg before wicket.

Yasir Shah created some sort of a record becoming only the second visiting bowler after Shane Warne to take three five-wicket-hauls in a Test series on the Sri Lanka soil and the Pakistani bowler to take the highest number of wickets (22) in a Sri Lanka-Pakistan Test series in Sri Lanka surpassing Saeed Ajmalís 17 scalps.

Yasir Shah took 5 for 77 and was ably supported by Rahat Ali ( 3 for 77) in Sri Lankaís first innings total of 278.

With the absence of regular opener Mohammed Hafeez, Pakistan opened with Shan Masood, who shone during the recent Pakistan ĎAí tour of Sri Lanka and Ahmed Shehzad.

Left- hander Shan Masood looked a strong front foot player, he twice drove Dammika Prasad on either side of the wicket with finetiming, but looked vulnerable while facing the short pitched delivery.

Prasadís first few overs were wayward, but after settling down he bowled on a fuller length and trapped Shan Masood lbw for 13.


(overnight 272-8): 
D. Karunaratne st Sarfraz b Azhar	       130 
K. Silva c Sarfraz b Rahat			09
U. Tharanga c Younis b Yasir			46
L. Thirimanne c sub (Azam) b Yasir		11
A. Mathews c sub (Azam) b Yasir			03
J. Mubarak st Sarfraz b Yasir			25
D. Chandimal lbw b Rahat			24
D. Prasad c Yasir b Azhar			00
T. Kaushal lbw b Rahat				18
S. Lakmal not out				06
N. Pradeep lbw b Yasir				00
Extras: (lb3, w3)				06 
Total (all out, 89.5 overs)		       278      
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Silva), 2-106 (Tharanga)
		 3-133 (Thirimanne), 4-137 (Mathews)
		 5-204 (Mubarak), 6-248 (Karunaratne)
		 7-248 (Prasad), 8-264 (Chandimal)
		 9-277 (Kaushal), 10-278 (Pradeep)
Bowling: Rahat 21-4-74-3 (w1) 
	 Ehsan 14-3-37-0 (w1) 
	 Imran 16-3-51-0 (w1) 
	 Yasir 31.5-4-78-5
	 Azhar 7-0-35-2 

Pakistan 1st innings:
Shan Masood lbw b Prasad			13
Ahmed Shehzad c Chandimal b Pradeep		21
Azhar Ali c Karunaratne b Pradee		52
Younis Khan run out	  			03
Asad Shafiq lbw b Prasad			15
Sarfraz Ahmed not out				72           
Misbah-ul Haq lbw b Pradeep	       		06
Ehsan Adil lbw b Kaushal	             	00
Yasir Shah c Chandimal b Prasad			18
Rahat Ali lbw b Kaushal	               		02
Imran Khan not out				00     
Extras: (lb4, w1, nb2)	                   	07
Total (for nine wickets, 64 overs)	       209         
Fall of wickets: 1-32 (Masood), 2-40 (Shehzad)
		 3-45 (Younis), 4-91 (Shafiq)
		 5-135 (Azhar), 6-151 (Misbah)
		 7-152 (Ehsan), 8-197 (Yasir)
		 9-202 (Rahat)  
Bowling: Prasad 19-1-78-3 (w1)
	 Lakmal 14-1-64-0 (nb2)
	 Pradeep 14-5-26-3
	 Mathews 4-1-3-0
	 Kaushal 13-1-34-2


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