Pak draws first Test with Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi

Johannesburg, Jan 5: The first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka has ended in a draw on the fifth and final day in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, with batsmen Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad hitting half-centuries.

The draw left the three-Test series open, with the second Test starting in Dubai on Wednesday. The third Test will be played in Sharjah from January 16.

According to Sport24, Hafeez finished with 80 not out for his ninth Test half-century, his first in 11 innings, while Ahmed Shehzad notched his maiden fifty on his debut as Pakistan, set 302 runs in a possible of 67 overs, finished on 158-2.

The no-result is also a moral victory for Sri Lanka, which was in a danger of losing after conceding a big 179-run lead in the first innings and were 186/4 after the third day, leading by just seven runs with six wickets intact.

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who took 18 wickets in Pakistan’s 1-0 win over Sri Lanka in 2011, finished wicket-less in his 49 overs, conceding 115 runs – only the fifth time that he failed to get a wicket in an innings in his 31 Tests, the report added. (ANI)