Khan & Misbah centuries spur Pakistan to 327-4 for a lead of 123 against Sri Lanka in 1st test

Published: January 1, 2014

By Rizwan Ali

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Pakistan rode on centuries by Younis Khan and captain Misbah-ul-Haq to finish the second day of the first test on a healthy 327-4 and 123-run lead against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

Khan hit 19 fours and a six in scoring an unblemished 136 off 198 balls before he was bowled off an inside edge off Shaminda Eranga (2-63). Misbah ground out an unbeaten 105 off 250 balls with 13 fours and will resume the third day with Asad Shafiq unbeaten on 12.

Misbah’s and Khan’s 218-run stand in 4 1/4 hours has placed Sri Lanka in a tight corner as their bowlers struggled to contain Pakistan’s two most experienced batsmen.

Sri Lanka twice missed dismissing Misbah on 69 when Mahela Jayawardene dropped a sitter, and on 76 they didn’t go for a TV referral when fast bowler Suranga Lakmal (1-84) could have earned an lbw verdict after onfield umpire Richard Kettleborough of England turned down a strong appeal.

Sri Lanka started off well by claiming two wickets inside the first hour but took only one more wicket in the day as Khan and Misbah ensured Pakistan take a sizeable lead against Sri Lanka’s 204-run first innings effort.

Misbah completed his fifth test century soon after Khan was dismissed when he drove offspinner Sachithra Senananyake to mid-on for a single.

Earlier, Sri Lanka had the wickets of Mohammad Hafeez (11) and Ahmed Shehzad (38) soon after Pakistan resumed from 46-1 overnight, but then Misbah and Khan took charge.

Both batsmen guided Pakistan to 121-3 by lunch before they cut loose by scoring 130 runs in the second session with the pitch considerably easing for batting.

Khan completed his half century off 100 balls with nine fours when he hit fast bowler Suranga Lakmal for two boundaries in one over. Misbah, who finished last year as top-scorer in one-day internationals, hit identical fours and faced a similar number of deliveries to complete his 50.

Misbah survived a leg before wicket television referral off Rangana Herath on 48 as the replays clearly suggested the ball got a faint inside edge of the Pakistan captain’s bat before hitting the pads.

Khan upped the scoring tempo and led Pakistan past Sri Lanka’s total when he lofted Herath over long on for a big six as he dominated Sri Lanka’s premier left-arm spinner.

Khan equaled Pakistan great Javed Miandad’s number of test centuries when he cover drove Herath to the cover boundary just before tea as he raised his second 50 off only 47 deliveries. Khan trails only Mohammad Yousuf (24) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (25) on Pakistan’s list of leading test centurions.

Earlier, Pakistan added 75 in the first session but lost the wickets of Hafeez and Shehzad through some smart field placings by Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews.

Hafeez was brilliantly caught one-handed by a diving Kaushal Silva at short cover after he started well by hitting two straight boundaries off Lakmal, 1-66.

Hafeez forced his way back into the test 11 ahead of test specialist Azhar Ali after hitting three centuries in last month’s 3-2 victory in the one-day series against Sri Lanka.

He showed a glimpse of that form before going for an extravagant drive and Silva dived in time to pluck the catch inches off the ground.

Eranga then frustrated Shehzad with some tidy swing bowling, and the Pakistan opener was undone by a short delivery and offered a simple catch to short fine leg before Sri Lanka could get just one more wicket.

08:54ET 01-01-14

[+]

Tags:



Readers Comments (0)

Comments are closed.

Featured

varsha

Ontario teen fighting superbugs with an assist from Indian home cooking

TOM SPEARS OTTAWA CITIZEN Like a lot of great discoveries, Varsha Jayasankar’s foray into how to kill superbugs with an extract from Indian food started…
Continue Reading »

File photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Low caste teen in India burnt alive after goats stray into neighbours’ field

CEN AGENCY A poor goat herder was burnt to death after greedy land owners doused him in petrol and set him ablaze because his goats…
Continue Reading »

Police are investigated a suspected murder in Surrey, B.C.

Police investigating suspected homicide in Surrey

SURREY NOW Police say an autopsy will be required to determine how Surrey’s 14th homicide of 2014 died. The body of the victim, a man…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

B.C.’s LNG emissions’ law greenest, cleanest in the world: environment minister

By Dirk Meissner THE CANADIAN PRESS VICTORIA – New legislation introduced in British Columbia requires liquefied-natural-gas plants to meet emission standards or face penalties and…
Continue Reading »

N.B.’s new premier to oilpatch: support for Energy East has not wavered

By Lauren Krugel THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY – New Brunswick’s new premier said Monday he’s looking to assure Alberta’s oilpatch that even though the government…
Continue Reading »

B.C.’s LNG emissions’ law greenest, cleanest in the world: environment minister

By Dirk Meissner THE CANADIAN PRESS VICTORIA – New legislation introduced in British Columbia requires liquefied-natural-gas plants to meet emission standards or face penalties and…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Vancouver-BC-surrey

Most South Asians and Chinese in B.C. have faced discrimination based on ethnicity

A quarter reported experiencing moderate or significant amounts of discrimination DOUGLAS TODD VANCOUVER DESI  Stereotyping. Verbal harassment. Poor customer service. Workplace unfairness. Exclusion from dating….
Continue Reading »

MINOR ATACKED

False confession leads police to arrest new suspect in sexual assault of 9-year-old Surrey girl

FRANK LUBA VANCOUVER DESI A man who confessed to the sexual assault of a nine-year-old girl in Surrey has been released and a 28-year-old man…
Continue Reading »

Dilwali Fest

Diwali Fest kicks off with IndiGlam fashion-fusion show (w/ video)

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI It was a classic mother-daughter argument that propelled Surrey’s Raji Khaira into a career of fashion design. Khaira, 25, grew up…
Continue Reading »

Vancouver Desi

Canada Place caught the eye of man who builds models in chalk (w/gallery)

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI When Jagdeep Singh Bihal moved to Vancouver from India two years ago and did some sightseeing around the city,  it was…
Continue Reading »

SURREY-VANCOUVER-MUMBAI

Diwali organizer inspired by memories of Mumbai revelry

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI Vancouver’s Rohit Chokhani can still recall his childhood in Mumbai when Indian streets would light up with fireworks and life would…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Desi boobs Sonakshi SInha

Sonakshi Sinha enjoyed Tamil film debut with Lingaa

IANS Chennai  – Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who is making her Tamil debut opposite superstar Rajinikanth in upcoming Tamil actioner Lingaa, says she thoroughly enjoyed working…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood

Irrfan Khan to head Abu Dhabi film fest jury

IANS New Delhi  – Acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan will preside over the Narrative Feature Competition Jury at the forthcoming Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF). The…
Continue Reading »

Rekha

Rekha’s TV presence has left tremendous impact: Indra Kumar

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS Mumbai  – Veteran actress Rekha, who has kept her distance from the small screen, has duly followed the current tradition of…
Continue Reading »