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Pak spinners tie down Lanka to 220/5 on Day 1

Kumar Sangakkara top scored with 52 off 103 balls, but was lucky to hit his 44th test fifty when the umpire couldn’t spot the left-hander had gloved the catch on 15.

Sharjah | Published: January 17, 2014 4:42:30 am

Pakistan spinners Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman tied down Sri Lanka to 220-5 in the decisive third test on a grassless wicket at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday. Ajmal took 2-62 and Rehman — one of the three changes Pakistan made after trailing 1-0 in the series — picked up 1-45 to keep Sri Lanka’s progress in check on the first day.

Kumar Sangakkara top scored with 52 off 103 balls, but was lucky to hit his 44th test fifty when the umpire couldn’t spot the left-hander had gloved the catch on 15. Mahela Jayawardene, another experienced Sri Lanka batsman, made 47 off 108 balls before he fell to Ajmal in the last session as it was hard for the batsmen to pace their innings on a slow wicket.

Prasanna Jayawardene will resume on 28 while captain Angelo Mathews, who won the toss and elected to bat, was unbeaten on 24.
Both batsmen survived some tense moments in adding an unbeaten 54 runs for the sixth wicket stand. Fast bowler Mohammad Talha — replacing Rahat Ali in the eleven — couldn’t hold on to a difficult catch before Mathews had scored, and later the TV umpire upheld a not out decision against the Sri Lanka skipper off Rehman’s appeal for lbw in the penultimate over of the day.

Prasanna also successfully managed to overturn Indian umpire Sundaram Ravi’s lbw decision off Ajmal when on 19.
Ajmal, who had struggled in the previous two test matches with only five wickets, bowled the bulk of the overs with Rehman and struck early in the last session.

He had Jayawardene caught close to the wicket off a big inside edge off a ball that turned and bounced. Dinesh Chandimal (11) also couldn’t read the ‘doosra’ — the ball which spun away from him — and got a leading edge to get caught at deep mid on.

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SHARJAH, JANUARY 16

Pakistan spinners Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman tied down Sri Lanka to 220-5 in the decisive third test on a grassless wicket at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday. Ajmal took 2-62 and Rehman — one of the three changes Pakistan made after trailing 1-0 in the series — picked up 1-45 to keep Sri Lanka’s progress in check on the first day.
Kumar Sangakkara top scored with 52 off 103 balls, but was lucky to hit his 44th test fifty when the umpire couldn’t spot the left-hander had gloved the catch on 15. Mahela Jayawardene, another experienced Sri Lanka batsman, made 47 off 108 balls before he fell to Ajmal in the last session as it was hard for the batsmen to pace their innings on a slow wicket.
Prasanna Jayawardene will resume on 28 while captain Angelo Mathews, who won the toss and elected to bat, was unbeaten on 24.
Both batsmen survived some tense moments in adding an unbeaten 54 runs for the sixth wicket stand. Fast bowler Mohammad Talha — replacing Rahat Ali in the eleven — couldn’t hold on to a difficult catch before Mathews had scored, and later the TV umpire upheld a not out decision against the Sri Lanka skipper off Rehman’s appeal for lbw in the penultimate over of the day.
Prasanna also successfully managed to overturn Indian umpire Sundaram Ravi’s lbw decision off Ajmal when on 19.
Ajmal, who had struggled in the previous two test matches with only five wickets, bowled the bulk of the overs with Rehman and struck early in the last session.
He had Jayawardene caught close to the wicket off a big inside edge off a ball that turned and bounced. Dinesh Chandimal (11) also couldn’t read the ‘doosra’ — the ball which spun away from him — and got a leading edge to get caught at deep mid on.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 220/5 in 90 overs (K Sangakkara 52, M Jayawardene 47, D Karunaratne 34; S Ajmal 2/65) vs Pakistan

: Sri Lanka 220/5 in 90 overs (K Sangakkara 52, M Jayawardene 47, D Karunaratne 34; S Ajmal 2/65) vs Pakistan

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