Pakistan 327 for 4 (Younis 136, Misbah 105*) lead Sri Lanka 204 by 123 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
The dual times Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan had batted together opposite Sri Lanka before, they had combined 130 and 100. Today, they softened that stat serve with a 218-run mount for a fourth wicket that flattened Sri Lanka after an enlivening start, and gave Pakistan a plain first-innings lead. The partnership came during a essential connection when a diversion was in a change and ensured Pakistan took a organisation hold of a Abu Dhabi Test. During a course, Younis drew turn with Javed Miandad by scoring his 23rd century – his sixth opposite Sri Lanka – while Misbah, dominant during a finish of a second day, crossed a 100-mark for a fifth time in Tests.
Sri Lanka had a 121-run aegis when Pakistan’s third wicket fell and with run rate holding a drop usually before lunch, a wicket or dual would have given Sri Lanka a possibility to extent Pakistan. However, usually as a lunch interlude remade a Pakistan bowlers on a initial day, it had a transformational outcome on their batsmen today.
Pakistan’s dual many gifted batsmen had scored 38 in 15.4 overs before lunch in a typically delayed and plain manner, yet switched gears in a second event to supplement 130 runs in 33 overs. It pepped adult a crawling innings to an enterprising rate of 3.17 during tea. Younis served a initial matter of intent, punching a length smoothness firmly, and in a air, by mid-off in a second over after lunch. Misbah followed fit soon, forcefully pushing Sachithra Senanayake by far-reaching mid-on.
Soon Pakistan crossed 150 and Sri Lanka brought Rangana Herath back. It was to no relief as Younis used his feet smartly – possibly to pierce brazen or to pierce low into a double – to disquiet a bowler’s lines. At a other end, Suranga Lakmal kept leaking runs: First, he was strike for uninterrupted bounds by Misbah, afterwards dual overs later, for dual some-more by Younis, a second 4 bringing adult a batsman’s half-century.
Sri Lanka afterwards followed adult with spin during both ends, yet that usually resulted in some-more runs as conjunction spinner was authorised to settle. Pakistan done a discerning lurch towards a Sri Lankan measure of 204 and went past it in a 65th over when Younis launched Herath for a 6 and 4 off uninterrupted deliveries. Younis, who had been gripping gait with Misbah before a strikes, took a lead and zoomed ahead, regulating a brush and a cut shot to stratagem a ball. Three overs before tea, he forged Herath for another range by covers to move adult his century.
On a representation that unprotected Sri Lanka’s bowling frailties – even Herath seemed bereft of ideas, eroding a small successes they had in a morning event – a new-ball was a final possibility to make a comeback, and that finally fetched them Younis’ wicket as he chopped a Shaminda Eranga smoothness on. Younis, however, played a shot of a day shortly before his dismissal: a length smoothness from Eranga was punched by covers, Younis had both his feet in atmosphere when he done hit with a round and they continued to arise after. The shot was all about a force of a physique recoil. And some speak about balance. Younis, who has now many runs in a UAE and a second many opposite Sri Lanka behind Sachin Tendulkar, continued to develop compartment he got one from Eranga to cut in from a length and take a inside edge.
Misbah dragged his glorious run of 2013 to a new year and kept a gait adult in a initial half of his innings, even regulating a retreat brush a few times, before shutting emporium in a second half. He changed to 50 in 100 balls, afterwards to 70 in 140 balls, yet dawdled towards his century holding 101 balls for a final 30 runs. On a soft pitch, however, he remained immoveable. During a early partial of his mount with Younis, Misbah remained sprightly, anticipating bounds whenever a lax round came through. He is 41 runs from a 3000-run symbol and will eye a landmark as Pakistan demeanour to modify a lead into a match-winning one on a third day.
The Sri Lanka bowlers worked tough all day, yet in good batting conditions, they lacked punch to difficulty a batsmen. Herath, a personality of a pack, toiled tirelessly for 31 overs, yet never looked threatening. Senanayake, a other spinner, had a unsatisfactory tour bowling his 18 overs for 66 runs. Sri Lanka had their moments early in a day though. In a initial hour of a day, Kaushal Silva had dived full-length and low to his left to bravery a overwhelming locate to boot a in-form Mohammad Hafeez early in a day, while Ahmed Shehzad was forced into personification a tame lift by a ideal bouncer from Eranga. On a third day, a sleepy Sri Lanka players will have to imitate some of that hint to extent a damage.