Disciplined Sri Lanka leave Pakistan in trouble

Tea Pakistan 115 for 4 (Azhar 28*, Sohail 6*) trail Sri Lanka 482 by 367 runs

Sri Lanka took four large strides towards claiming a tight grip on the Dubai Test, removing Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam in the first session of day three. The dismissals were part Sri Lankan pressure and part Pakistani brittleness. There was nothing in the surface to justify such a haemorrhaging of wickets, but in failing to apply themselves, Pakistan slipped to 115 for 4 and left themselves with a difficult road back into the match.

It was Masood, who had been the shakier of the openers during day two’s play, who was first to depart. While Aslam struck early boundaries at the other end, Masood continued to stonewall, adding only a single to his overnight score of 15, off the first 12 deliveries he faced. Debutant right-arm quick Lahiru Gamage was the man to remove him. Bowling from around the wicket, Gamage got a delivery to jag towards Masood off the seam. The batsman would manage only to get an inside edge onto the delivery, before it clattered into middle stump.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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