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Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 3: Video Highlights, Scorecard and Report

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 17:  Captain of Pakistan Misbah-ul-Haq with team mate Younis Khan walk off of the field at lunch during day three of the Second Test match between the New Zealand Blackcaps and Pakistan at Basin Reserve on January 17, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images)
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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJanuary 10, 2014

Pakistan's efforts to save the second Test against Sri Lanka were carried by veteran duo Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, with the pair seeing the side to stumps at 132-3 in their second innings in the second Test in Dubai.

Pakistan still trail Sri Lanka by 91 runs after bowling the tourists out for 388 earlier in the day. Mahela Jayawardene, who returned to form with a century, was finally dismissed for 129.

Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka Scorecard
Sri Lanka 1st Innings(Pak 164)
BatsmanDismissalBowlerRunsMinsBalls
Karunaratne lbw b Junaid Khan 32 46 43
Silva lbw b Hafeez 95 325 221
Sangakkara lbw b Rahat Ali 26 41 36
Chandimal c Rahat Ali b Junaid Khan 12 24 23
M Jayawardene b Ajmal 129 409 278
Mathews c Sarfraz Ahmed b Rahat Ali 42 122 88
P Jayawardene b Junaid Khan 9 37 32
Herath run out (Rahat Ali) 6 5 4
Eranga b Bhatti 14 44 30
Lakmal not out 10 41 27
Pradeep lbw b Ajmal 3 27 23
Extras 1nb 1w 1b 7lb 10
Total all out 388 (134.0 ovs)
BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsBowler
Junaid Khan 36.0 7 102 3Junaid Khan
Rahat Ali 36.0 6 131 2Rahat Ali
Ajmal 34.0 11 56 2Ajmal
Bhatti 22.0 3 80 1Bhatti
Hafeez 6.0 1 11 1Hafeez
BBC

But it could have been far worse for Pakistan without Younis (62 not out) and Misbah (53 not out). They came together with Pakistan in disarray at 19-3 after Nuwan Pradeep and Rangana Herath had struck. Keeper Prasanna Jayawardene held on to all three catches.

With two days to play Sri Lanka are still the favourites to wrap up a victory—once the pair in the middle are out, Pakistan's batting has looked brittle all series long.

Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Scorecard
Pakistan 2nd Innings1st Inns - 164Sri Lanka 388
BatsmanDismissalBowlerRunsMinsBalls
Manzoor c P Jayawardene b Pradeep 6 30 22
Shehzad c P Jayawardene b Herath 9 10 7
Hafeez c P Jayawardene b Pradeep 1 3 4
Y Khan not out 62 208 142
Misbah-ul-Haq not out 53 191 119
Extras 0nb 0w 0b 1lb 1
Total for 3 132 (49.0 ovs)
BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsBowler
Lakmal 6.0 1 19 0Lakmal
Pradeep 10.0 2 28 2Pradeep
Herath 21.0 3 58 1Herath
Eranga 12.0 3 26 0Eranga
BBC

However, if Pakistan can fashion any kind of a lead, the tables could turn on Sri Lanka.

Pakistan cleaned up Sri Lanka's final six wickets for just 70 runs, and with three top-order wickets falling in quick succession, the pitch will be tricky to score on. Despite the resistance from Younis and Misbah, their stand owed everything to patience and discipline, rather than attack.

The three-Test series has swung one way and the other since it began in Abu Dhabi last week, and it would be rash to predict an outcome in the two days to come.

 

 

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