Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 2nd 2014 Contents ABU DHABI---Pakistan rode on cen-
turies by Younis Khan and captain
Misbah-ul-Haq to finish the second
day of the first test on a healthy 327-
4 and 123-run lead against Sri Lanka
Khan hit 19 fours and a six in his
23rd test century, an unblemished 136
off 198 balls, before he was bowled
off an inside edge off Shaminda Eranga
(2-63). Misbah ground out an unbeat-
en 105 off 250 balls with 13 fours and
will resume the third day with Asad
Shafiq unbeaten on 12.
Misbah s and Khan s 218-run stand
in 4 ¼ hours has placed Sri Lanka
in a tight corner as their bowlers
struggled to contain Pakistan s two
most experienced batsmen.
Sri Lanka twice missed dismissing
Misbah on 69 when Mahela Jayawar-
dene dropped a sitter, and on 76 they
didn t go for a TV referral when fast
bowler Suranga Lakmal (1-84) could
have earned an lbw verdict after
onfield umpire Richard Kettleborough
of England turned down a strong
Sri Lanka started off well by claim-
ing two wickets inside the first hour
but took only one more wicket in the
day as Khan and Misbah ensured Pak-
istan took a sizeable lead against Sri
Lanka s 204-run first innings effort.
"We lost back-to-back wickets so
it was needed to hang on there as
senior players and we did that exactly,"
Misbah completed his fifth test
century soon after Khan was dismissed
when he drove offspinner Sachithra
Senananyake to mid-on for a single.
Earlier, Sri Lanka had the wickets
of Mohammad Hafeez (11) and Ahmed
Shehzad (38) soon after Pakistan
resumed from 46-1 overnight, but
then Misbah and Khan took charge.
Both batsmen guided Pakistan to
121-3 by lunch before they cut loose
by scoring 130 runs in the second ses-
sion with the pitch considerably easing
Khan completed his half century
off 100 balls with nine fours when he
hit fast bowler Suranga Lakmal for
two boundaries in one over. Misbah,
who finished last year as top-scorer
in one-day internationals, hit identical
fours and faced a similar number of
deliveries to complete his 50.
Misbah survived a leg before
wicket television referral off Ran-
gana Herath on 48 as the replays
clearly suggested the ball got a faint
inside edge of the Pakistan captain s
bat before hitting the pads.
Khan upped the scoring tempo and
led Pakistan past Sri Lanka s total
when he lofted Herath over long on
for a big six as he dominated Sri
Lanka s premier left-arm spinner.
"He tried his best but the problem
is that he has just joined the team,
but I think he tried well and will be
better in the next games," Khan said
of Herath, who didn t compete in the
one-day series last month after his
Khan equaled Pakistan great Javed
Miandad s number of test centuries
when he cover drove Herath to the
cover boundary just before tea as he
raised his second 50 off only 47 deliv-
eries. Khan trails only Mohammad
Yousuf (24) and Inzamam-ul-Haq
(25) on Pakistan s list of leading test
Earlier, Pakistan added 75 in the
first session but lost the wickets of
Hafeez and Shehzad through some
smart field placings by Sri Lanka cap-
tain Angelo Mathews.
Hafeez was brilliantly caught one-
handed by a diving Kaushal Silva at
short cover after he started well by
hitting two straight boundaries off
Hafeez forced his way back into the
test 11 ahead of test specialist Azhar
Ali after hitting three centuries in last
month s 3-2 victory in the one-day
series against Sri Lanka.
He showed a glimpse of that form
before going for an extravagant drive
and Silva dived in time to pluck the
catch inches off the ground.
Eranga then frustrated Shehzad
with some tidy swing bowling, and
the Pakistan opener was undone by
a short delivery and offered a simple
catch to short fine leg before Sri Lanka
could get just one more wicket.
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SYDNEY---David Warner has been
recalled and Michael Clarke returns as
captain of Australia s limited-overs
team for the five-match ODI series
against England starting January 12.
Australia selectors announced the
14-man squad on Tuesday, three days
before the test team attempts to sweep
with Ashes series in the fifth test in
Warner, who was dropped from the
ODI squad due to poor form ahead of
the October tour to India, regained his
place due to his weight of runs in the
test series and domestic cricket.
Clarke, Shaun Marsh and paceman
James Pattinson, who were all un-
available for the India tour due to in-
juries, have been recalled.
Opener Warner returns at the ex-
pense of Phil Hughes, while Adam
Voges, Moises Henriques and Callum
Ferguson also lost their spots in the
squad. George Bailey, who led the ODI
team in Clarke s absence, is vice-cap-
tain for the England series. (AP)
Warner recalled, Clarke returns in ODI squad Australia squad: Michael Clarke (captain), George
Bailey (vice-captain), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier
Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad
Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn
Maxwell, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, David
Warner, Shane Watson.
Misbah-ul-Haq ....completed his fifth test century.
inspire PakistanSri Lanka 1st Inns: 204
Pakistan 1st Inns (o/n 46-1)
Khurram Manzoor run out..................................21
Ahmed Shehzad c Karunaratne b Eranga38
Mohammad Hafeez c Silva b Lakmal ........11
Younis Khan b Eranga .........................................136
Misbah-ul-Haq not out.......................................105
Asad Shafiq not out .................................................12
Extras: (1b, 1w, 2nb)...................................................4
TOTAL: (for 4 wickets)......................................327
Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-59, 3-83, 4-301
Bowling: Suranga Lakmal 27-7-84-1 (2nb
1w), Angelo Mathews 9-0-36-0, Shaminda
Eranga 24-5-63-2, Rangana Herath 31-9-77-
0, Sachithra Senanayake 18-2-66-0
To ss: Pakistan.
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough, England,
and Bruce Oxenford, Australia.
TV umpire: Sundaram Ravi, India. Match
referee: Javagal Srinath, India.
Olympics chief Thomas Bach
says terrorism "must never tri-
umph" and believes Russia will
deliver "safe and secure" Winter
Olympics despite two recent
deadly attacks in Volgograd.
In his New Year s message, the
president of the International
Olympic Committee condemned
what he called "cowardly terrorist
attacks" on the main railway sta-
tion of Volgograd and on a city
trolleybus which killed 34 people
and wounded scores.
Volgograd is about 650 kilo-
meters (400 miles) northeast of
Sochi, which will host the
Olympics from February 7-23.
Russian authorities believe the
two attacks were carried out by
the same group but no one has
claimed responsibility for the
bombings, which came several
months after Chechen rebel
leader Doku Umarov threatened
new attacks against civilian tar-
gets in Russia, including the
"We trust that the Russian
authorities will deliver safe and
secure Olympic Winter Games
for all athletes and all partici-
pants," Bach said.
Bach also said the Sochi Games
"should be a demonstration of
unity in diversity and of remark-
able athletic achievements - not
a platform for politics or divi-
The Russian government has
been criticized for a new law
against gay "propaganda" that
has provoked an international
backlash, but Russia has given
the IOC reassurances it will com-
ply fully with the Olympic Char-
ter s provision against discrim-
ination of any kind in Sochi.
In the fight against doping,
Bach said the IOC increased the
number of pre-competition tests
for Sochi by 57 percent compared
to the Vancouver Olympics in
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