Ajmal, Gul give Pak chance of sealing series
Wily spinner Saeed Ajmal took four wickets while paceman Umar Gul grabbed three to help Pakistan restrict Sri Lanka to just 225 in the fourth day-night international in Abu Dhabi yesterday.
Gul removed openers Kusal Perera (eight), Tillakaratne Dilshan(eight) and Dinesh Chandimal (five) to reduce Sri Lanka, who won the toss and opted to bat, to 36-3 on a flat Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch before Ajmal (4-39) tightened the screws at the end of the innings.
Ashan Priyanjan fought hard during his 93-ball 74, which included ten boundaries, to register the highest score for a one-day debutant for Sri Lanka, beating Chamara Silva's 55 made against Australia in Colombo in 1999. Priyanjan shared two useful stands of 89 with Kumar Sangakkara (51) and then added 40 with skipper Angelo Mathews (38).