ABU DHABI, December 31, 2013 (AFP) – Pacemen Junaid Khan grabbed five and Bilawal Bhatti took three wickets as Pakistan caught Sri Lanka napping at 167-8 at tea on the opening day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Pakistan strove hard for wickets in the first hour but wasted one review when they appealed for a caught behind against Silva off Junaid. Replays showed the batsman had not touched the ball. Junaid registered his fourth five-wicket haul with 5-51 – all coming against the same opponents – as Sri Lanka lost seven wickets in the space of 101 runs after being sent into bat on a greenish Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.
Skipper Angelo Mathews helped Sri Lanka’s fightback with an unbeaten 57 and Shaminda Erange not out on 12, both adding 43 for the unbroken ninth wicket.
Misbah-ul Haq’s decision of fielding first had looked unwise as Sri Lankan openers Dimuth Karunaratne (38) and Kaushal Silva (20) gave their team a sound start of 57 but from 66-1 at lunch, Junaid and Bhatti (3-59) changed the script in the second session.
Bhatti, making his Test debut along with opener Ahmed Shehzad, took three wickets off just eight balls after lunch.
Bhatti had Silav caught in the slip off the fourth ball after res