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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka

Pakistan v Sri Lanka: Mohammad Hafeez scores 50 as first Test ends in draw

Mohammad Hafeez made an unbeaten 50 for Pakistan in Abu Dhabi

An unbeaten half-century from Mohammad Hafeez ensured the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka ended in a draw in Abu Dhabi.

Set an unlikely victory target of 302 in just over two sessions - following Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews' declaration - Pakistan opted instead to bed in for a draw and were 158-2 when the two teams shook hands.

Mathews set up the prospect of a chase when he declared at 480 for five late in the morning session after hitting a career-best unbeaten 157.

Pakistan surged to lunch at 20-0 from five overs to provide belief they might take up the challenge, but their desire seemed to fade once Khurram Manzoor edged behind off Suranga Lakmal shortly after the break.

Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad instead dug in and both notched half-centuries with a 101-run stand, steering Pakistan through comfortably to tea and into the evening session.

Hafeez stands firm

Shezad eventually fell for 55, trapped leg before by Rangana Herath, but Hafeez continued to hold the fort and had reached an unbeaten 80 when the match was ended, with Younus Khan on 13.

After batting through day four to reach his second Test century, Mathews combined with Prasanna Jayawardene (63) to add a further 60 runs in 20.3 overs on Saturday morning.

That extended their unbeaten stand to 156 and the lead beyond 300 runs to prompt Mathews - who had reached three figures for the first time since taking over the captaincy last February - to call an end to the innings.

That left Sri Lanka with 57 overs to take the 10 wickets they needed to go 1-0 up in the three-match series, but Pakistan seemed happy to share the spoils.

The second of the three-match series will begin in Dubai on January 8.

Match Details

31st Dec 2013 - 4th Jan 2014
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium
B N J Oxenford, R A Kettleborough
TV Umpire
S Ravi
Match Referee
J Srinath
Reserve Umpire
S Raza


Batsman R
K. Manzoor c Jayawardene b Lakmal 8
A. Shehzad lbw Herath 55
M. Hafeez Not out 80
Y.M. Khan Not out 13
Extras 1nb, 1lb 2
Total 52.0 Overs 158 - 2
Full Batting Card

sri lanka BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
R.A.S. Lakmal 13 1 43 1
R.M.S. Eranga 11 0 38 0
H.M.R.K.B. Herath 21 8 37 1
A.D. Mathews 2 0 9 0
S.M.S.M. Senanayake 5 0 30 0
Full Bowling Card