Pakistan chase 302 to win the first Sri Lanka Test
AFPABU DHABI--Pakistan, set 302 to win, were 20-0 at lunch on the fifth and final day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
January 5, 2014, 12:02 am TWN
Openers Khurram Manzoor and Ahmed Shezad were unbeaten on eight and 12 respectively. They have 62 overs left to achieve their target or bat out for a draw.
Pakistan have never chased more than 314 — against Australia in Karachi in 1994 — to win a Test match.
Earlier, Sri Lanka declared their second innings at 480-5 after batting an hour and 30 minutes.
Skipper Angelo Mathews, who batted brilliantly for his second Test hundred and a career best score on Friday to pull Sri Lanka out of trouble, remained not out on 157 while Prasanna Jayawardene was 63 not out.
The two shared an unbroken 156-run stand for the sixth wicket to put Sri Lanka in a position from where they harbored hopes of an unlikely win.
Mathews batted for 457 minutes, hit 16 boundaries and a six in an extraordinary display of patience and fight.
Prasanna ably supported his skipper during his 169-ball knock, hitting six boundaries and a six.
Pacemen Junaid Khan finished with 3-93, while Bilawal Bhatti took 2-146.
Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who took 18 wickets in Pakistan's 1-0 win over Sri Lanka here in 2011, finished wicket-less in his 49 overs, conceding 115 runs — only the fifth time that he failed to get a wicket in an innings in his 31 Tests.
The second Test starts in Dubai from Jan. 8.