Abu Dhabi [UAE], Sept. 30 (ANI): Azhar Ali's fighting half century helped Pakistan to take control on the third day of the ongoing first Test of the two-match series against Sri Lanka at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Saturday.
Ali, who was unbeaten on 74, saw Babar Azam fell for 28 in the last over of the day. He has made sure Pakistan do not concede a big lead in the first innings, having hit only one boundary in his 26th Test half century.
The right-handed batsman has so far hit just three boundaries during his 297 minutes of batting.
Ali then added 79 for the third wicket with Asad Shafiq who made 39 to take the fight to the visitors.
However, it was veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath who took the priced wicket of Shafiq and ended the partnership.
Herath was the most successful bowler for Sri Lanka as he finished the day with 2-47.
Chandimal remained unbeaten over 546 minutes with 14 boundaries, which left Pakistan's bowlers frustrated on a flat pitch.
Diruwan Perera added 33 to the Sri Lankan scoreboard.
Fast bowler Mohammad Abbas (3-75) and leg-spinner Yasir Shah (3-120) sported the best figures for Pakistan. (ANI)