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GALLE, Sri Lanka---Opener
Kaushal Silva notched his second
century as Sri Lanka posted 300
and limited Pakistan to 118-5 on
day three of the first Test yes-
Fast bowler Dhammika Prasad
removed the Pakistan openers
cheaply, then spinner Rangana
Herath dismissed Azhar Ali to
reduce Pakistan to 38-3 at tea.
In the rain-curtailed final ses-
sion, Sri Lanka dismissed the
experienced pair of Younis Khan
for 47, and captain Misbah-ul-
Haq for 20 to put Pakistan in deep
trouble. At the crease were Pak-
istan s last recognised batsmen,
Asad Shafiq on 14, and Sarfraz
Ahmed with 15.
Returning from a non-bowling
broken left hand which cost him
the Cricket World Cup, Prasad
dismissed Mohammad Hafeez on
2 in the first over of Pakistan s
reply when the opener thick-
edged one to third slip. Prasad
trapped Ahmed Shehzad leg
before wicket on 9 in his next
over to reduce Pakistan to 11-2.
Herath was introduced early,
and he dismissed Azhar Ali for 8.
Younis went on the attack
despite the early setbacks, and
added 51 runs for the fourth wick-
et with captain Misbah.
He gave offspinner Dilruwan
Perera the charge, but was beaten
on the flight and failed to connect
as the ball spun and struck the
top of leg stump. His 47 included
six fours and a six.
Misbah was brilliantly caught
by Kumar Sangakkara at first slip
off the bowling of Nuwan
Pradeep. The ball flew to the left
of Sangakkara after taking the
outside edge, and the former cap-
tain took a fine one-handed
instinctive catch. Misbah made
20.Shafiq and Sarfraz ensured Pak-
istan didn t lose further wickets,
but they have a giant task on day
four to steer Pakistan closer to Sri
Lanka s first-innings total.
The Pakistan bowlers did well
to restrict Sri Lanka to 300 from
Opener Kaushal Silva, who was
dropped on six the previous day,
went from 80 overnight to his
second test century. He was even-
tually caught behind for a well-
compiled 125 in a knock that lasted
for seven-and-a-half hours. He
hit 16 fours.
Wahab Riaz, who bowled
exceptionally well, dismissed cap-
tain Angelo Mathews early for 19
after adding just nine runs to his
Pakistan opted for spin with
the new ball from one end, and
kept picking up wickets. Wahab
and left-arm spinner Zulfiqar
Babar picked up three wickets
Pakistan 118-5 in reply
to Sri Lanka's 300
Bangladesh fast bowler
Mustafizur Rahman and India
captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni
were fined yesterday for colliding
during the first One-Day inter-
At a hearing the players attend-
ed a day after the match, they
were found guilty of breaching the
ICC code of conduct by match
referee Andy Pycroft, who fined
Mustafizur 50 per cent of his
match fee, and Dhoni 75 per cent.
Pycroft decided the collision was
"inappropriate and deliberate."
The incident happened in the
25th over, when Dhoni hit a deliv-
ery from debutant Mustafizur to
mid-off and ran a single.
Mustafizer moved into Dhoni s
path, and Dhoni knocked over the
fast bowler, who left the field for
a short time.
"In the hearing, Dhoni defended
the charge on the basis that the
bowler was on the wrong line, and
realising that he couldn t avoid
the collision, he used his hand
and arm to push him away as he
went through to minimise the
"However, my assessment was
that Dhoni deliberately pushed
and shouldered Mustafizur, which
was inappropriate. Even if there
was a narrow gap between the
runner (Suresh Raina) and the
bowler, an experienced Dhoni
should have tried to avoid the col-
lision, as cricket is a non-contact
sport, and the players are expected
to avoid physical contact at all
Mustafizur pleaded guilty at the
hearing and accepted the fine.
"Mustafizur admitted his
actions in not getting out of the
batsman s way were inappropriate,
and he should have done more to
avoid the contact," Pycroft said.
Mustafizer, Dhoni fined for collision
Sri Lanka and Pakistan:
Sri Lanka 1st Innings (overnight 178-3)
Dimuth Karunaratne c Sarfraz b Wahab
Kaushal Silva c Sarfraz b Babar
Kumar Sangakkara c Younis b Wahab
Lahiru Thirimanne c Babar b Hafeez
Angelo Mathews b Wahab
Dinesh Chandimal b Babar
Kithruwan Vithanage c and b Hafeez
Dilruwan Perera c Sarfraz b Yasir
Dhammika Prasad lbw b Babar
Rangana Herath not out
Nuwan Pradeep c and b Yasir
Extras: (5lb, 4nb, 2w)
TOTAL: (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-30, 2-142, 3-154, 4-189, 5-226, 6-261, 7-277, 8-288, 9-291.
Bowling: Junaid Khan 16-5-38-0 (1w), Wahab Riaz 26-3-74-3 (4nb, 1w),
Zulfiqar Babar 27-8-64-3, Yasir Shah 30.3-6-79-2, Mohammad Hafeez 10-
Pakistan 1st Innings
Mohammad Hafeez c Karunaratne b Prasad
Ahmed Shehzad lbw b Prasad
Azhar Ali lbw b Herath
Younis Khan b Perera
Misbah-ul-Haq c Sangakkara b Pradeep
Asad Shafiq not out
Sarfraz Ahmed not out
TOTAL: (for 5 wickets)
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-11, 3-35, 4-86, 5-96.
Still to bat: Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Yasir Shah.
Bowling: Dhammika Prasad 9-2-24-2, Nuwan Pradeep 9-1-36-1 (2nb),
Rangana Herath 12.4-3-33-1, Dilruwan Perera 9-2-23-1, Angelo Mathews 2-
Toss: Pakistan Umpires: Richard Illingworth, England, and Paul Reiffel,
Australia. TV Umpire: Chris Gaffaney, New Zealand.
Match Referee: Chris Broad, England.
Sri Lanka's Kaushal Silva raises his bat and helmet after scoring a century during the third day of the first
test cricket match against Pakistan at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle, Sri Lanka, yesterday.
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