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

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. Misbah ground out an unbeaten 105 off 250 balls with 13 fours.

Their 218-run stand placed Sri Lanka in a tight corner.

Sri Lanka twice missed dismissing Misbah on 48 when Mahela Jayawardene dropped a sitter, and on 76 when they didn’t go for a TV referral when fast bowler Suranga Lakmal could have earned an lbw verdict.

Sri Lanka started off well by claiming two wickets inside the first hour but took only one more wicket in the day, after Khan’s and Misbah’s 4 1/4-hour partnership.

08:28ET 01-01-14

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