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Younus and Misbah frustrate Sri Lanka

Unbeaten half-centurions Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq rescued Pakistan on day three of the second Test with Sri Lanka.

After Misbah’s side conceded a first-innings deficit of 223 at Dubai today, due principally to Mahela Jayawardene’s 32nd format ton, the captain and fellow veteran Younus came together at 19 for three.

They combined for an unbroken partnership worth 113, Younus scoring 62 and Misbah 53, to leave Pakistan 91 runs adrift of making their opponents bat again.

Jayawardene began the day with 106 of Sri Lanka’s 318 for four and, in reaching 129, passed Steve Waugh to become the eighth-highest scorer in Tests.

Jayawardene’s overnight partner Angelo Mathews, who was dropped yesterday on five by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed off Rahat Ali, fell to the same combination without adding to his 42, ending a stand of 93.

Junaid Khan cheaply cleaned up Prasanna Jayawardene the over before Rangana Herath was run out. The centurion was next to go, bowled by Saeed Ajmal when he failed to connect with a reverse-sweep.

Shaminda Eranga played on to Bilawal Bhatti before Ajmal had Nuwan Pradeep lbw to end the innings.

Mathews introducing spinner Herath in the third over of Pakistan’s second dig paid dividends when Ahmed Shehzad was caught behind. Mohammad Hafeez went likewise to Pradeep in the next over.

Pradeep made Khurram Manzoor his second caught-behind victim to put Pakistan in trouble, but Younus and Misbah led a recovery.