Sohail helps edge Pakistan ahead in Abu Dhabi
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.