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Asif rips through Sri Lanka for 11-wicket match haul

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COLOMBO, Apr 4 (Reuters) Sri Lanka collapsed to 73 for eight in their second innings, a lead of 182, after Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Asif claimed his first 10-wicket haul on the second day of the second test today.

Pakistan, replying to Sri Lanka's 279 all out, lost their way after a solid start and were dismissed for 170 in just 52.4 overs after the tea interval.

Asif hit back during two long spells of sustained hostility in the final session of a day in which 20 wickets fell.

Superbly exploiting a difficult pitch offering extravagant seam movement and increasing variations in bounce, Asif claimed five for 27 in 12 overs.

The 23-year-old's haul followed a career-best six for 44 in the first innings to give him match figures of 11 for 71.

The first test was drawn.

REUTERS DH BS1922

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