Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Usman Khan named Mohammad Amir's replacement for Sri Lanka ODIs

Dilruwan Perera dismissed Haris Sohail Shan Masood and Babar Azam to leave Pakistan in tatters Dilruwan Perera dismissed Haris Sohail Shan Masood and Babar Azam to leave Pakistan in tatters
Melissa Porter | 09 October, 2017, 15:39

Riaz grabbed 3-10 to derail Sri Lanka's second innings - 34-5 at close - but the visitors were still in a strong position with an overall lead of 254 runs with five wickets intact.

Sri Lanka are now leading by 254 runs with two more days to go.

They will also know that Pakistan have the momentum.

Usman Khan is set to make his first one-day worldwide appearance after replacing Mohammad Amir in the Pakistan squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka. Deciding to not enforce the follow-on, they came in to bat late Sunday only to face the wrath of Wahab - who had looked feeble and uncomfortable just a day earlier.

It was paceman Mohammad Abbas who started the slide, having opener Kaushal Silva caught behind for three before Wahab dismissed first innings centurion Dimuth Karunaratne for seven. Ali hit six boundaries in his patient knock.

Playing a drive to a ball angled across him from around the wicket, he managed only to get an edge to the delivery. Dilruwan Perera was out soon after, pinned in front of the stumps by a Yasir flipper. Sohail, earlier in the same over, took his partner Herath when their partnership looked unsafe for Pakistan. Aiming another sweep off Haris' first ball, Herath managed only to top edge it to short fine leg. This one went high in the air and was caught by the keeper.

But Kusal Mendis (29) and Rangana Herath (17) added 35 for the eighth wicket to frustrate Pakistan but Sohail struck thrice in his only over to give his team hope of an upset win.