Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka, 1st Test: Day 2 Scorecard and Report from Abu Dhabi

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJanuary 1, 2014

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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Pakistan took control of the first Test against Sri Lanka after centuries from Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq helped them to a 123-run first innings lead—and counting—by stumps.

The hosts ended the day on 327-4 at the close of play, grinding their opponents down, and are on course for a match-winning lead.

Khan scored 136 before he was bowled by Shaminda Eranga, but Misbah continued to the close of play, unbeaten on 105.

Their partnership was worth 218 runs and dominated proceedings.

Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka: 1st Test, Day 2 Scorecard
Pakistan 1st InningsSL 1st 204 all out
Khurram Manzoorrun out (Mathews/†HAPW Jayawardene)2157
Ahmed Shehzadc Karunaratne b Eranga3883
Mohammad Hafeezc Silva b Lakmal1118
Younis Khan b Eranga136198
Misbah-ul-Haq*not out105250
Asad Shafiqnot out1250
Extras(lb 1, w 1, nb 2)4
Total(4 wickets; 109 overs)327(3.00 runs per over)
RAS Lakmal277841
AD Mathews90360
RMS Eranga245632
HMRKB Herath319770
SMSM Senanayake182660

Sri Lanka's day began quite well—resuming at 46-1, the tourists struck early, with Suranga Lakmal removing Mohammad Hafeez and Eranga accounting for Ahmed Shehzad. At 83-3, the game was still in the balance.

However, the two most experienced players in the Pakistan team blunted the Sri Lanka attack thereafter.

Particularly troubling for Sri Lanka will be the fruitless day of spinner Rangana Herath—he has sent down 31 overs in the innings already and has yet to take a wicket.

Day 3's brief for Pakistan will be simple: bat their way into total control. Asad Shafiq and the rest of the batting order will be expected to bat around their skipper, and a near-insurmountable lead will be theirs if they make it through to the tea interval.