Pakistan dominated Sri Lanka on the opening day of their Test series in Abu Dhabi, bowling out the islanders for just 204 on a placid pitch and then reaching stumps at 46-1 in reply.
It was a poor showing from the tourists with the bat—although it justified Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq's decision to field first on what looked like a placid wicket in the United Arab Emirates.
Junaid Khan was the star of the show, taking five wickets for 58, but praise also had to go debutant Bilawal Bhatti, whose teasing spell of seam sparked the Sri Lanka collapse.
Sri Lanka's patient approach had got them to the relatively strong position of 66-1 at the lunch interval, but Bhatti struck soon after the break to turn the Test Pakistan's way.
First he dismissed opener Kaushal Silva for 20, then accounted for Mahela Jayawardene twice in two balls (only a no-ball on the first of those saved the Sri Lankan veteran).
In a final strike in the same extraordinary over, Dinesh Chandimal was dismissed for a duck.
few conversations on top fast bowlers today seem to include junaid khan. he is going to be some bowler.... like look of bilawal bhatti too— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 31, 2013
Sri Lanka could not recover, though they were indebted to captain Angelo Mathews' innings of 91. He turned a complete disaster of an innings at 124-8 into only a marginally worse one by eking out more runs with the tail.
Pakistan did not race on when it was their turn to bat—their approach through openers Khurram Manzoor and Ahmed Shehzad was disciplined and steady.
They looked set to reach the close of play safely as a result, until a moment of confusion led to the run out of Manzoor.
It was Mathews again who did the damage for Sri Lanka, his throw to wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene sealing Manzoor's fate and ending a disappointing opening day for the visitors on a positive note.