Sri Lanka dominate in Dubai

Sri Lanka closed the opening day of the second Test on 57-1 after their bowlers had knocked over Pakistan for just 165 in Dubai.

The seam trio of Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal and Shaminda Eranga claimed seven wickets between them as Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews was richly rewarded for his decision to bowl first after winning the toss.

Pradeep finished up with Test-best figures of 3-62 while Eranga (2-25) and Lakmal (2-45) also played their part on a pitch offering assistance.

Khurram Manzoor's 73 was the only bright spot on a dismal day for Pakistan; they at one stage reached 78-1 before suffering a dramatic afternoon collapse.

Prized scalps

Eranga claimed the prized scalps of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq in successive overs, both experienced batsmen providing catches to Prasanna Jayawardene behind the stumps.

The wicketkeeper also held on to an edge off the bowling of Lakmal to dismiss the well-set Manzoor, who had earlier put on 50 for the second wicket with Mohammad Hafeez (21).

Just before tea Asad Shafiq drove Lakmal to short cover, meaning Pakistan went in at the break on 127-6 having lost five wickets for 71 runs since lunch.

The situation did not improve in the final session as Sarfraz Ahmed edged behind in the second over after tea and although Bilawal Bhatti provided some lower-order resistance, striking three fours and a six in his 24 not out, spinner Rangana Herath picking up the final three wickets.

Saeed Ajmal fell to his fell slow bowler for eight, while Rahat Ali and Junaid Khan were both lbw victims to see the innings wrapped up after 63.5 overs.

Sri Lanka - who were skittled for 204 in the first Test themselves before battling back to claim a draw - lowered the deficit down to 108 runs by the close.

Dimuth Karunaratne was the only casualty, trapped lbw by Junaid Khan for 32. Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara were both unbeaten on 12 at stumps.