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Five-wicket Yasir battles for Pakistan


Yasir Shah of Pakistan roars an appeal during the 2nd day of the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Friday.
 COLOMBO, June 26 (AFP): Leg-spinner Yasir Shah claimed five for 95 as Pakistan halted Sri Lanka’s march towards a big first innings lead in the second Test at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo today.

 Shah made up for the absence of injured pace spearhead Wahab Riaz to keep Sri Lanka down to 304-9 by stumps on the second day in reply to the tourists’ modest 138.

Opener Kaushal Silva top-scored with 80 and skipper Angelo Mathews made 77, but Sri Lanka lost six wickets for 112 runs after at one stage being 191-3.

Rangana Herath (10) and last man Dushmantha Chameera (0) will resume on the third day with their team leading by 166 runs on a pitch that is giving spinners plenty of bounce and turn.

Pakistan missed Wahab, who has been ruled out for the rest of the series with a hairline fracture in his left hand that he received while batting on Thursday.

Wahab bowled nine overs on the first day but did not take the field on Friday, leaving Pakistan one strike bowler short.

SCORECARD

Pakistan 1st innings: 138

Sri Lanka 1st innings (overnight 70-1): Karunaratne c Sarfraz b Junaid 28, Silva run out 80, Sangakkara c Shafiq b Babar 34, Thirimanne c Azhar b Yasir 7, Mathews lbw b Yasir 77, Chandimal b Yasir 1, Vithanage b Yasir 3, Prasad lbw b Hafeez 35, Herath not out 10, Kaushal c Misbah b Yasir 18, Chameera not out 0. Extras: (b6, lb3, nb1, w1) 11. Total: (for nine wickets, 118.2 overs) 304. Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-98, 3-119, 4-191, 5-194, 6-202, 7-275, 8-275, 9-303. Bowling: Wahab 9-2-19-0, Junaid 27.2-5-80-1, Babar 32-8-82-1, Yasir 40-5-95-5, Hafeez 10-2-19-1.

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