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Pakistan fightback after Shaheen’s 5-wkt haul in 2nd Test

Lankan batsman Niroshan Dickwella is clean bowled during the second day of the second test in Karachi, Pakistan, on Friday. – AP/PTI
 KARACHI, Dec 20: Lanky paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi took a maiden five-wicket haul to lead Pakistan’s fightback after Sri Lanka gained a crucial lead in the second Test in Karachi on Friday.

The 19-year-old paceman took 5-77 and was ably supported by new-ball partner Mohammad Abbas (4-55) to keep Sri Lanka down to 271 on a tricky National stadium pitch.

That gave the visitors a lead of 80 runs over Pakistan’s first innings total of 191.

By the close of second day’s play Pakistan had wiped off 57 of the deficit for no loss but still trail by 23 runs with all 10 wickets in hand and three days to play.

Opener Abid Ali – who became the first batsman ever to hit a debut hundred in both Test and one-day international in the first match in Rawalpindi – was unbeaten on 32 and Shan Masood on 21 not out.

The first Test in Rawalpindi ended in a draw due to bad weather, leaving both teams to fight it out for the series win in Karachi.

The series is part of the ongoing World Test championship with nine teams competing. The top two teams will play the final in June 2021.


Pakistan 1st innings 191.

Sri Lanka 1st innings: O Fernando c Rizwan b Shaheen 4, D Karunaratne b Abbas 25, K Mendis c Sohail b Abbas 13, A Mathews c Rizwan b Shaheen 13, L Embuldeniya c Shafiq b Abbas 13, D Chandimal c Masood b Sohail 74, D de Silva c Abbas b Shaheen 32, N Dickwella b Abbas 21, D Perera lbw b Shaheen 48, V Fernando not out 5, L Kumara b Shaheen 0; Extras: (b 4, lb 10, nb 3, w 6) 23. Total: (all out; 85.5 overs) 271. Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-39, 3-61, 4-78, 5-80, 6-147, 7-184, 8-235, 9-271. Bowling: Shaheen 26.5-5-77-5 (1nb), Abbas 27-9-55-4 (1w), Naseem 16-1-71-0 (2nb, 5w), Yasir 13-0-43-0, Sohail 3-0-11-1.

Pakistan 2nd innings: Shan Masood not out 21, Abid Ali not out 32; Extras: (lb 4) 4. Total: (for no loss, 14 overs) 57. Bowling: Fernando 5-1-14-0, Kumara 3-0-20-0, Embuldeniya 5-0-17-0, Perera 1-0-2-0. – AFP

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