At their first innings, Pakistan bowled out for 422 and spinner Rangana Herath finished by taking 5 wickets on the fourth day of first Test held on Sunday in Abu Dhabi.
Herath managed to take 5-93. But the new-entrant Haris Sohail knocked off with 76 runs and gave a 3-run lead to Pakistan with 422 over Sri Lanka’s 419 runs scored at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Azhar Ali, who joined 5000 Test club, scored 85 runs.
On fourth day of first Test, Pakistan was 340/8 at lunch, against Sri Lanka, still 79 runs left to score in the first innings, in Abu Dhabi.
On 31, newcomer Haris Sohail was unbeaten, while Yasir Shah, the tail-ender was dismissed on the last ball by Spinner Rangana Herath (4-59) before lunch for 8.
Other wickets were Mohammad Amir (4), Sarfraz Ahmed (18) and Azhar Ali (85) to fall. Spinner Rangana Herath from Sri Lanka took two major wickets of Pakistan to keep Sri Lanka with a hope of lead in first innings on the fourth day of 1st Test held on Sunday in Abu Dhabi.
First of all, the left-handed spinner removed Azhar Ali, who was well set for 85, before Yasir Shah (8) dismissed off the last ball after lunch and left Pakistan at 340-8 at interval. On 31, debutant Haris Sohail was unbeaten.
Pakistan finally resumed at almost promising score of 266-4. But it still trailed the first innings total of Sri Lanka to 419 by 79 runs with 2 wickets to fall.
Herath was the player who gave the much-needed wicket to his team. He lured Ali to uppish drive which was caught excellently at short mid-wicket when Kusal Mendis dived in.
The defiant knock of Azhar lasted up to 5 hours and covered 4 boundaries. But Pakistan hopes to build a lead faded with his dismissal. Then the entry of Paceman Suranga Lakmal begins. Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan skipper off the inner edge for 18 runs before Mohammad Amir trapped his leg for four. Herath was the pick with 4-59 from the bowlers with Lakmal has 2-41.
Entry of Azhar Ali at Pakistan’s 5000 club in Test Matches
The middle-order yet consistent batsman in Pakistan, Azhar Ali finishes 5000 runs in Test format during his play at third day in the first Test on Saturday against Sri Lanka. The 32-year-old has become 8th batsman in Pakistan to cross the record in his 61st Test. He just took a single to cross 32.
He made his Test debut at Lord’s against Australia in neutral venue series of Pakistan in England in 2010 at since become a consistent player with bat.
In a day-night Test, he was the first century maker during his legendary triple hundred in Dubai against West Indies last year. In 11 runs, he scored his 1198 runs in 2016 and added double hundreds at Melbourne against Australia. The leading Test run-scorer was Younis Khan for Pakistan. In 118 Tests, he scored 10099 runs. There are many batsmen in Pakistan who scored up to 5000 in Test series.