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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Junaid Khan grabs three as Sri Lanka slump on first day of test

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Left-arm pacer Junaid Khan grabbed 3-21 as Pakistan reduced Sri Lanka to 115-7 at tea on the opening day of the first test on Tuesday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

The 21-year-old Junaid, playing only his second test, was well supported by off-spinner Saeed Ajmal (2-33) and fellow seamers Aizaz Cheema (1-27) and Umar Gul (1-22).
Cheema made a crucial breakthrough with the scalp of Kumar Sangakkara in the second over after lunch as Sri Lanka resumed at 50-1.
Sangakkara (2) sparred outside off stump and edged behind, where wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal dived in front of first slip to take a left-handed catch.
Paranavitana and Jayawardene added 28 for the third wicket before Gul ended the three-hour resistance of Paranavitana at 79-3.
The left-hander hit three fours in 37 off 128 balls before he was hurried by a Gul bouncer and gloved a hook to Akmal down the leg side.
Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan started positively and shared a further 33 with Jayawardene before Ajmal and Junaid ripped apart the innings.
Dilshan (19) fell to Ajmal, but was unhappy with umpire Tony Hill's decision that he edged a delivery to Akmal.
Junaid then took over, claiming the two Jayawardenes, Mahela and wicket-keeper Prasanna, as well as Rangana Herath.
Mahela nudged a short ball to first slip where Mohammad Hafeez juggled twice before clinging on while Prasanna's middle and off stumps were splayed by a yorker.
Herath fell leg before first ball to leave Junaid on a hat-trick. Suranga Lakmal survived that and was unbeaten on nought at the break. Angelo Mathews, who watched the decline from the other end, was on three not out.

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