So­hail helps edge Pak­istan ahead in Abu Dhabi

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

PAK­ISTAN bats­man Haris So­hail marked his maiden Test with an im­por­tant half-cen­tury be­fore Sri Lanka’s top or­der suc­cumbed to spin in Abu Dhabi.

So­hail found the bound­ary rope nine times, clear­ing it twice, en route to 76 from 161 balls while Azhar Ali top-scored with 85 as Pak­istan made 422 to eke out a three-run first-in­nings lead on day three of the first Test.

Ran­gana Herath claimed his 32nd five-wicket haul to en­sure Pak­istan’s ad­van­tage was min­i­mal, but the tourists limped to 69-4 at the close, with all four wick­ets go­ing to the slow bowlers.

Dimuth Karunaratne walked even though nei­ther his bat nor glove seem­ingly made any con­tact with a Yasir Shah de­liv­ery that was pouched at short leg, be­fore part-timer Asad Shafiq had Lahiru Thi­r­i­manne caught be­hind.

So­hail’s day fur­ther im­proved when his slow left-arm spin trapped Kaushal Silva in front and Pak­istan ended the day firmly in charge when Sri Lanka cap­tain and first-in­nings cen­tu­rion Di­nesh Chandi­mal edged to slip off Yasir’s legspin.

Scot­land seamer Safyaan Sharif claimed four wick­ets as Pa­pua New Guinea posted 285-7 on the first day of their ICC In­tercon­ti­nen­tal Cup clash at Amini Park.

Sharif (4-69) worked his way through the top or­der be­fore be- ing aided by Alas­dair Evans, Mark Watt and Michael Leask, who took a wicket apiece.

Pa­pua New Guinea opener Tony Ura was Sharif ’s first vic­tim be­fore the right-armer dis­missed Vani Morea after his knock of 53 from 52 balls.

As­sad Vala fol­lowed two balls later and Sharif went on to bowl Lega Si­aka (48) be­fore the righthander could claim his half-cen­tury.

Sese Bau (52) did sur­pass the half-cen­tury mark and help­ful stints from Mahuru Dai (24) and Jack Vare (42) kept Pa­pua New Guinea tick­ing over.

Chad Soper (32) and Nor­man Vanua (17) re­main at the crease head­ing into the se­cond day in Port Moresby with the hosts seek­ing to record their third win of the com­pe­ti­tion.

RAN­GANA HERATH: Claimed his 32nd five-wicket Test haul for Sri Lanka against Pak­istan.

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