Sri Lanka have Pakistan at 171-5 at tea in second Test

KARACHI (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s pace and spin attack restricted Pakistan to 171 for five at tea yesterday after dismissing the dangerous Babar Azam on the opening day of the second Test in Karachi.

Azam was well set after scoring his 13th half-century before left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya had him stumped off a well-disguised delivery for 60.

Ebbuldeniya then removed Haris Sohail leg-before for nine at the stroke of tea to further hit Pakistan, who will now look to experienced batsman Asad Shafiq, unbeaten on 49, to better the score.

Mohammad Rizwan was the other batsman, on four.

Earlier, Sri Lanka left-arm pacer Vishwa Fernando dismissed opener Shan Masood for five and skipper Azhar Ali for a duck to rattle Pakistan, who won the toss on a greenish-brown National Stadium pitch.

Fernando’s new-ball partner Lahiru Kumara dismissed first Test centurion Abid Ali for 38 to end a third-wicket partnership of 55, which had lifted Pakistan from a precarious 10 for two.

Fernando thought he had Azam leg-before on four, but TV referalls showed the ball hit the bat first.

Azam reached his fourth half-century in the last five innings with a crisp boundary to cover off-spinner Dilruwan Perera, but could not match his hundred in the first Test.

Azam’s 96-ball knock contained eight boundaries and a six.

Pakistan’s Babar Azam plays a shot. PHOTO: AFP