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Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka, 1st Test: Day 3 Scorecard and Report from Abu Dhabi

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 28:  Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka gets hit on the finger by Mitchell Johnson of Australia during day three of the Second Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 28, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJanuary 2, 2014

Pakistan remained in control of the first Test against Sri Lanka despite an improved day from the tourists in Abu Dhabi.

First the bowlers stepped up to restrict Pakistan in the morning, bowling them out for 56 further runs. Misbah-ul-Haq was the last man to depart, chasing quick runs and eventually falling on 135.

Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan: 1st Test Scorecard
Pakistan 1st Innings(SL 204)
BatsmanDismissalBowlerRunsMinsBalls
Karunaratne b Junaid Khan 24 72 56
Silva c A Akmal b Junaid Khan 81 268 177
Sangakkara c Y Khan b Bhatti 55 138 99
M Jayawardene c Shafiq b Bhatti 0 5 1
Chandimal not out 24 48 36
Extras 0nb 0w 0b 2lb 2
Total for 4 186 (61.3 ovs)
BowlerOversMaidensRunsWickets
Junaid Khan 13.3 0 46 2
Rahat Ali 17.0 6 33 0
Bhatti 14.0 1 65 2
Ajmal 13.0 3 30 0
Hafeez 4.0 1 10 0
BBC

It gave Pakistan a lead of 179 after the first innings, which Sri Lanka had narrowly inched past by stumps.

However, that effort came at a cost, with four top-order wickets falling.

As a result, Sri Lanka will in effect begin Day 4 at 7-4, a precarious position. Any rally from the tail, however, could yet cause Pakistan a few jitters in the fourth innings.

Captaincy Record For Pakistan In Tests. pic.twitter.com/rbKUwKEAmw

PTV Sports Official (@PTVSp0rts) January 2, 2014

The wickets were shared around the Sri Lankan bowlers on Day 3, with Rangana Herath collecting three in quick time, and Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal and Angelo Mathews all striking.

It served as a reminder of how fragile the Pakistan batting can be.

Sri Lanka started well in reply, reaching tea at 71 for one with Kumar Sangakkara and opener Kaushal Silva looking settled.

However, a double blow from Bilawal Bhatti finally wrested the advantage back—first he collected Sangakkara for 55, then he capped a disappointing Test for veteran Mahela Jayawardene with a first-ball duck.

Now both Kumar Sangakkara & Mahela Jayawardena have been dismissed "first ball" on four occasions each during their Test career #PakvSL

— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 2, 2014

The dismissal of Silva for 81 in the day also took the lustre off Sri Lanka's day.

Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka, 1st Test Scorecard
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings(Pak 383)(SL 1st Inns 204)
BatsmanDismissalBowlerRunsMinsBalls
Karunaratne b Junaid Khan 24 72 56
Silva c A Akmal b Junaid Khan 81 268 177
Sangakkara c Y Khan b Bhatti 55 138 99
M Jayawardene c Shafiq b Bhatti 0 5 1
Chandimal not out 24 48 36
Extras 0nb 0w 0b 2lb 2
Total for 4 186 (61.3 ovs)
BowlerOversMaidensRunsWickets
Junaid Khan 13.3 0 46 2
Rahat Ali 17.0 6 33 0
Bhatti 14.0 1 65 2
Ajmal 13.0 3 30 0
Hafeez 4.0 1 10 0
BBC

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