Abid Ali leads the charge in Rawalpindi Test
Opening batsman Abid Ali led the charge for Pakistan against Sri Lanka on day five of the first Test in Rawalpindi.
Sri Lanka had declared their first innings on 308-6 with middle-order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva scoring a well-deserved hundred on the last day.
In response, debutant Ali led the charge for the hosts reaching an attractive 91, adding 87 runs for third wicket partnership with Babar Azam, 47.
Skipper Azhar Ali scored 36 runs before getting out soon after lunch while Shan Masood was caught on zero.
At tea, Pakistan were trailing by 131 runs with 8 wickets remaining.
Earlier, de Silva reached his sixth Test hundred after driving paceman Mohammad Abbas to cover boundary for his 15th boundary to complete his Test ton in his 28th Test.
De Silva remained unbeaten on 102 after 241 minutes of batting, having come in with the score on 127-4 on Thursday. He hit 15 boundaries. Dilruwan Perera remained unbeaten on 16.
Any hopes of a result in Pakistan's historic Test were dashed by rain and bad light which meant only 91.5 overs were possible on the first four days.
The pick of the Pakistan bowlers were 16-year-old pace bowler Naseem Shah, who took 2-92, and Shaheen Shah Afridi with 2-58.
The Test is the first in Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus killed eight people in March 2009, leading to the suspension of international cricket in the country as foreign teams refused to visit over security fears.
The second Test is in Karachi from December 19.
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