Pakistan crumbles against Sri Lankan seamers
Seam bowlers Nuwan Kulasekera and Thilan Thushara shared five wickets to leave Pakistan reeling at 74-6 at lunch on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka.cricket Updated: Jul 12, 2009 13:50 IST
Seam bowlers Nuwan Kulasekera and Thilan Thushara shared five wickets to leave Pakistan reeling at 74-6 at lunch on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
The Pakistan batsmen batsmen struggled against the new ball on a seaming pitch after captain Younis Khan won the toss and elected to bat first at P Sara-Oval.
Kulasekera first dismissed Khurram Manzoor for three when the opener pushed at an inswinger and was caught by wicketkeeper Tillakaratne Dilshan with the total on four.
Khan was out for a duck off a ball from left-arm seamer Thushara, while Mohammad Yousuf reached 10 before playing a square-drive against Kulasekera only to be caught at cover-point by Rangana Herath.
Misbah-ul-Haq edged a Kulasekera delivery to Dilshan without scoring as Pakistan collapsed to 19-4. Rookie opener Fawad Alam and former captain Shoaib Malik tried to resurrect the innings with a 32-run, fifth wicket stand, before seamer Anjelo Mathews trapped Alam (16) lbw.
Malik was 27 not out at the break with Abdur Rauf, who was yet to score.
Kulasekera returned the best bowling figures 3-17 while Thushara took 2-23.
Sri Lanka, which leads the three-match series 1-0, fielded an unchanged side from the 1st Test. Pakistan dropped regular opener Salman Butt for Alam, who has a first-class average of more than 56 runs.
Pakistan squad: Younis Khan (capt), Khurram Manzoor, Mohammad Yousuf, Fawad Alam, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal (wk), Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Aamer, Abdur Rauf
Sri Lanka squad: Kumar Sangakkara (capt), Malinda Warnapura, Tharanga Paranavitana, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Angelo Mathews, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Thushara, Nuwan Kulasekara