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Malik-inspired Pak survive the day

A defiant maiden Test century from the opener helped Pakistan secure a draw on Thursday in the first Test against Sri Lanka.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2006 18:53 IST
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A defiant maiden Test century from opener Shoaib Malik helped Pakistan secure a draw on Thursday in the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Chasing an improbable 458-run target on the fifth and final day, the visitors held out for 337 for four wickets at stumps.

Riding his luck after being dropped on 14 by wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara, and surviving a confident appeal for caught behind at 94, Malik amassed an unbeaten 148 off 369 balls including 21 fours and two sixes.

Malik and Faisal Iqbal shared 115 runs for the third wicket after the visitors had lost two wickets for 71 in pursuit of the massive target. The pair batted together for more than 50 overs, frustrating the home team bowlers.

Iqbal was dismissed for 60, trapped lbw by seamer Ferveez Maharoof, after facing 161 balls and hitting six boundaries.

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq made 48 before being caught at silly mid-off by Tillakaratne Dilshan off Muttiah Muralitharan. Pakistan's cause was helped when play in the first session was suspended for 81 minutes due to rain.

On Wednesday, Muralitharan grabbed two wickets to back up a brilliant 185 runs from Sangakkara to set Pakistan their daunting victory target.

After a positive start of 59 runs between openers Malik and Imran Farhat, Muralitharan struck, first inducing an edge off Farhat to Mahela Jayawardene at slips. No 3 batsman Younis Khan made eight runs before missing a back-cut against a sharp-turning offbreak from Muralitharan (3-94).

Sri Lanka declared their second innings shortly before tea on the fourth day having scored 448 for five, helped by powerful knocks by Sangakkara, Jayawardene (82), Upul Tharanga (72) and Thilan Samaraweera (64).

Sri Lanka were dismissed for 185 in their first innings after being asked to bat first by Pakistan, who later crumbled to 176 conceding a nine-run lead.

Scoreboard:

Sri Lanka 1st Innings: 185, Pakistan 1st Innings: 176, Sri Lanka 2nd Innings: 448-5 declared, Pakistan 2nd Innings (Overnight 89 for two): Shoaib Malik not out 148, Imran Farhat c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 34, Younis Khan b Muralitharan 8, Faisal Iqbal lbw b Maharoof 60, Inzamam-ul-Haq c Dilshan b Muralitharan 48, Abdul Razzaq not out 20, Extras: (b-10, lb-3, nb-5, w-1) 19. Total: (For four wickets in 121 overs) 337.

Fall of wickets: 1-59, 2-71, 3-186, 4-267.

Bowling: Lasith Malinga 13-3-44-0, Ferveez Maharoof 23-8-70-1, Muttiah Muralitharan 42-12-94-3,Dilhara Fernando 15-3-40-0, Malinga Bandara 14-4-35-0, Sanath Jayasuriya 13-3-37-0, Tillakaratne Dilshan 1-0-4-0.

Umpires: Rudi Koertzen (South Africa), and Steve Davis (Australia). TV Umpire: Tyron Wijewardena (Sri Lanka). Match Referee: Alan Hurst (Australia).

Toss: Pakistan. Result: Match Drawn. Series: 0-0 with one match remaining.