Lankan bowlers keep Pak on leash, 198/7 at tea
Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2002, 21:37 [IST]
Lanka takes early advantage, grabs 4 wickets
Lahore: Pacer Buddhika Fernando's double strike left Pakistan struggling at 198 for seven at tea on the first day of the Asian Test championship final at Gaddafi stadium on Wednesday. At tea, Rashid Latif was batting on 19 and captain Waqar Younis on 17. Put into bat, Pakistan's top order failed miserably against some tight Sri Lankan bowling, losing wickets at regular intervals. Buddhika Fernando was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers with three for 70. Pakistan lost both of their openers by the sixth over at 18. Taufiq Umer failed to keep down a tentative push off Chaminda Vaas and was caught at short leg for six while Shahid Afridi was run out for nine when he attempted a quick single and was sent back to the crease by Younis Khan. Pakistan's most reliable batsman Inzamam-ul Haq and Khan added 86 runs for the third wicket and when it seemed they would take Pakistan safely to lunch the Sri Lankan bowlers dealt two crucial blows a minute before the interval. Khan, who hit a century against West Indies in Pakistan's last Test in Sharjah, hit two fours and a six off Muttiah Muralitharan's third over but was bowled round his leg while attempting a sweep against the off spinner. Haq edged Fernando to slip for 29 to leave Pakistan reeling at 108 for four at lunch. Fernando, playing his fifth Test, hit back soon after lunch when he forced Yousuf Youhana to edge to wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara, who took a simple catch. Youhana, with two centuries in Pakistan's last four Tests, made six. All-rounder Abdur Razzaq hit four fours and tried to release the Sri Lankan pressure but after making 24 he padded an incoming delivery from Vaas and was adjudged leg before wicket. Shoaib Malik and Latif added 29 for the seventh wicket before Fernando returned in his third spell to have Malik caught behind for 13.