Lahore: Sri Lanka took an early advantage by grabbing four Pakistan wickets on the first day of the Asian Test championship final at the Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday.
At lunch Pakistan was struggling at 108 for four, losing key batsman Inzamam-ul Haq on the stroke of the interval. Yousuf Youhana was not out without scoring as the Sri Lankan bowlers made early inroads in Pakistan's batting line up. Haq was caught in the slip off Buddhika Fernando for 29 while an over before off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan dismissed the prolific Younis Khan. Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya won the toss and put Pakistan into bat on a hard grassy pitch. Pakistan lost opener Taufiq Umer in the fifth over when he failed to keep down a tentative push off Chaminda Vaas and was caught at forward short leg for six. Two balls later Shahid Afridi was run out for nine after failing to regain the crease when his call for a sharp single was turned down by Younis Khan. Haq and Khan posted a half century in their partnership of 53 minutes. Khan hit two fours and a six in Muralitharan's third over before the off spinner hit back and bowled him for 46. Khan hit eight boundaries and a six during his 90-minute stay. Pakistan entered the Test with four seamers and off-spinning all- rounder Shoaib Malik, leaving out experienced off spinner Saqlain Mushtaq. Sri Lanka included three seamers and two spinners.
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