Yasir Shah makes Sri Lankan batting reeling

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ABU DHABI: Pakistani spinner Yasir Shah took two wickets in the morning session of day one of the Abu Dhabi Test match as Sri Lanka went for lunch at 61/3.   

Dimuth Karunaratne is on the crease with 32 runs.

The hosts became 34/1 as Kaushal Silva was bowled Hasan Ali after scoring 12 runs from 58 balls.

Sri Lanka were reduced to 35/2 as Lahiru Thirimanne was dismissed LBW on a duck.

Sri Lanka lost their third wicket on the score of 61 runs as Kusal Mendis was caught behind by Sarfraz Ahmed from the bowling of Yasir Shah.

The Islanders entered the Test with three spinners in Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan and Dilruwan Perera although the pitch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium looked greenish in appearance.

Pakistan included only one frontline spinner in Yasir Shah, and handed a Test debut to 28-year-old batsman Haris Sohail who is also a part-time left-arm spinner.

The Test is Pakistan’s first without ace batsman Younis Khan and their most successful Test skipper, Misbah-ul-Haq, who retired in May this year.

English umpire Ian Gould became an early morning casualty as the 60-year-old suffered an upset stomach and was replaced by his countryman Richard Kettleborough, originally the television umpire.

Pakistan’s Ahsan Raza is now the television umpire and can be replaced by Gould in the TV room if he recovers by Friday morning.

Sri Lanka XI: Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep

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Story first published: 28th September 2017

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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