Five Junaid Khan scalps saw Sri Lanka dismissed for 204 at Abu Dhabi before Pakistan reached 46 for one on the opening day of the Test series.
Most of the damage to Sri Lanka’s innings was done in the afternoon session, during which Pakistan took seven wickets and conceded 101 runs in fairly blameless batting conditions. Junaid took four of them and there were three for fellow seamer Bilawal Bhatti on Test debut.
Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva sharing an opening stand of 57 after Pakistan won the toss gave no indication of the carnage that followed. Indeed, Junaid having Karunaratne held for 38 at gully was the sole breakthrough before lunch.
But in Bhatti’s first two overs immediately after the interval Silva and Dinesh Chandimal were held at slip either side of Mahela Jayawardene being caught behind.
Junaid then snared Kumar Sangakkara at backward point and Prasanna Jayawardene nicked behind. He ousted Sachithra Senanayake like the latter scalp, the delivery before bowling Rangana Herath en route to figures of 5-58.
While wickets tumbled, Angelo Mathews counter-attacked, raising a 49-ball fifty prior to tea, and he continued the fight as he and Shaminda Eranga added 61. However, Eranga was caught behind off Saeed Ajmal who then had Mathews stumped for 91, featuring 15 fours.
The reply was solid until Ahmed Shehzad sent Khurram Manzoor back only for the latter to be run out from what became the day’s last ball.