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Pakistan bowled out for 90

KUMAR Sangakkara scored an unbeaten 81 to give Sri Lanka a 74-run first innings lead on the first day of the second test in Colombo after dismissing Pakistan for a paltry 90 runs yesterday.

Sri Lanka reached 164-3 at stumps in response to Pakistan's worst-ever test innings against the hosts, eclipsing its 117 in the first test at Galle last week.

Opener Malinda Warnapura was trapped LBW by seamer Umar Gul for 11 runs with the total on 28 before Sri Lanka captain Sangakkara partnered with Tharanga Paranavitana for a determined 54-run partnership for the second wicket. Paranavitana was out for 26 when he edged a ball from offspinner Saeed Ajmal to wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.

Sangakkara, who completed his 31st test half century, went on to join Mahela Jayawardene for a 51-run third-wicket stand until Jayawardene was caught at forward-short leg by Khurram Manzoor off Ajmal for 19. At stumps, Sangakkara was batting with Thilan Samaraweera on 13. Ajmal was the pick of the Pakistani bowlers with figures of 2-45.

Earlier, seam bowler Nuwan Kulasekera claimed four wickets to bundle out Pakistan in the second session as it struggled against the new ball on a seaming pitch after captain Younis Khan won the toss and elected to bat first.

Kulasekera first dismissed Manzoor for three with the total on four. Khan was out for a duck off a ball from left-arm seamer Thilan Thushara, while Mohammad Yousuf reached 10 before playing a square drive against Kulasekera only to be caught at by Rangana Herath.

Misbah-ul-Haq edged a Kulasekera delivery to the keeper without scoring as Pakistan collapsed to 19-4.

Rookie opener Fawad Alam and former captain Shoaib Malik tried briefly to resurrect the innings with a 32-run, fifth wicket stand, before seamer Anjelo Mathews trapped Alam LBW for 16.

In Cardiff, Wales, Australia reduced England to 169 for seven at tea in its second innings on the final day of the first Ashes test yesterday.

Paul Collingwood fought a dour, rearguard act to reach 55 not out after more than four hours at the crease but at the interval England still trailed by 70 on the first innings with 34 overs remaining.


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