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Pak seamers leave Lanka reeling

Mohammad Asif snared four for 41 as Sri Lanka were skittled out for a modest 185 on the second day of the first Test on Monday.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2006 16:00 IST

Fast bowler Mohammad Asif snared four for 41 as Sri Lanka were skittled out for a modest 185 on the second day of the first Test on Monday.

Asif was supported by new ball partner Umar Gul (2/41) and leg spinner Danish Kaneria (3/44) as the tourists snatched the initiative after skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq had won the toss.

Inzamam's decision to bowl first was quickly justified as the ball danced round off the seam on a pitch that had remained covered for 24 hours after the first day's play had been abandoned due to heavy rain.

The hosts's openers were dismissed in a 3.4 over session before a further rain interruption held up play for nearly 40 minutes.

Upul Tharanga (0) was adjudged lbw by a delivery from Asif that held its line and veteran opener Sanath Jayasuriya (6), playing his first Test for over six months, chopped a short ball onto his stumps.

Sri Lanka's problems deepened after the rain break, Kumar Sangakkara (8) shouldering his arms to a fine delivery that cut back to clip his off bail.

Captain Mahela Jayawardene laboured 30 minutes for his one run before chasing a wide delivery from Gul and edging a low catch to wicket keeper Kamran Akmal.

Then Thilan Samaraweera (4) played no stroke to a delivery that cannoned straight into his middle stump.

After just 13 overs the hosts were left reeling on 32 for five before middle order batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan and all rounder Farveez launched a brave fightback either side of lunch.

Dilshan cracked 69 from 106 balls with 10 boundaries and Maharoof scored a more sedate 46 from 90 balls.

The pitch eased after the lunch interval as the sun burned off the morning moisture and the pair added 111 runs for the sixth wicket.

Asif, bowling around the wicket, ended the partnership within the first over of his second spell, courtesy of a wonderful reflex catch at second slip by Younis Khan.

Khan was back in action a few minutes later as Dilshan edged a leg break from Kaneria to slip.

Kaneria deceived fellow leg spinner Malinga Bandara with a googly and with all rounder Shahid Afridi he mopped up the tail.

Pakistan fast bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan returned home on Sunday night to be with his family.

Key middle order batsman Mohammad Yousuf was unavailable for selection due to a hamstring injury.


Sri Lanka 1st innings: U Tharanga lbwAsif 0, S Jayasuriya b Gul 6, K Sangakkara b Asif 8, M Jayawardene c Akmal b Gul 1, T Samaraweera b Asif 4, T Dilshan c Y Khan b Kaneria 69, F Maharoof c Y Khan b Asif 46, M Bandara b Kaneria 16, D Fernando c Inzamam-ul-Haq b Kaneria 16, L Malinga c Inzamam-ul-Haq b Afridi 8, M Muralitharan not out 0, Extras: (b-4 lb-6 w-1) 11, Total: (all out, 57.5 overs) 185.

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-10, 3-18, 4-26, 5-32, 6-143, 7-149, 8-162, 9-177.

Bowling: Asif 15-4-41-4, Gul 13-3-41-2,Razzaq 10-1-43-0,Kaneria 17.5-3-44-3.

First Published: Mar 27, 2006 10:50 IST