Joseph Mariathasan: ‘An open China heralds a more beautiful spring’

first_img“A more open China heralds a more beautiful spring,” declared the Chinese ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, last week at a lecture in the new Bloomberg offices in London.What was most fascinating about his talk was what he did not mention, rather than what he did. The elephant in the room, and the name that dare not be mentioned: US president Donald Trump.In the topsy-turvy world in which we now live, China is opening its economy to free trade and globalisation, while the US has shifted to a narrower ‘America First’ policy, defined by a simplistic, mercantilist view of international trade.“A single flower does not make a spring,” Liu said. “It requires different flowers blooming together. The beauty of the world requires different countries blooming together.”  That China is willing to publicly affirm that belief shows the confidence of a nation that knows its future is going to be better than its past, and that its rising prosperity can also be an enabler for increasing the prosperity of its trading partners. Wealth creation in the world is not a zero-sum game, as America’s mercantilists may believe.For China, 2018 represents the 40th anniversary of the start of its reform process and the opening up of the Chinese economy. In 1997, its GDP represented 2% of the global economy. In 2017, at $12trn (€10trn), it represents 15% of the global economy and is already the second largest economy on the planet. It is on course to become the largest within the next generation by a factor of two or three.China may be run by a Communist leadership but, as anyone who has been to China can vouch, its economy has embraced free markets with gusto. The Chinese call it “a path of socialism with Chinese characteristics”. Four decades of reform allows a certain perspective to be had on that process.The ambassador listed three lessons to be learned. Firstly, to advance the reform process, China had to follow the trends of the times. There was no clear textbook on what should be done; they had to “cross the river by feeling the stones”. The high-speed growth of the first few decades was being abandoned in favour of high-quality growth.The low hanging fruits have all been plucked, and it is the more difficult issues of what to do with state owned assets, environmental pollution and similar issues that require more resources.Secondly, to develop further reforms, Liu argued that China needed to find out what had gone wrong in the past, and adopt a solution-led reform process.Thirdly, the success of the reform process should be judged by its impact on the population, in terms of metrics such as poverty alleviation, urbanisation and the environment, he said.At the last Party Congress it was made clear that China intended to continue its policy of opening up its economy. The ambassador said this would be done through increasing market access in financial and manufacturing sectors. China would then create a more favourable environment for investment, with more protection for intellectual capital and the break-up of monopolies.Lastly, it would focus on increasing imports, Liu said. This is clearly an area of great sensitivity for the rest of the world, particularly in the US. China will be cutting tariffs on cars and other products, but it also wants to see a relaxation of rules on technology exports – again a sensitive area for both the US and the EU.While critics complain that China has not been effectively adhering to World Trade Organisation rules, Trump’s rhetoric has put pressure on China and what we are seeing could be interpreted as a response to such criticisms.For the UK, China represents its most important trading partner in a post-Brexit world. Germany leads the EU in terms of trade with China, particularly in manufactured goods, and it is hard to see that changing any time soon.The UK does not have anything to bring out of its cupboard that is going to supplant the demand for BMWs and Mercedes. What the UK does have is a vocal and high-profile consensus with China on upholding globalisation and a multi-lateral global trading system. The US is now adopting a narrow populist and anti-China stance – with Britain at least, China can see the ability to have a very stable long-term partner, and the UK government is anxious to exploit this.Last week, the UK’s minister for trade and export promotion Rona Fairhead opened the UK’s national pavilion at the Silk Road International Expo (SRIE) in Xi’an. The UK’s largest ever trade delegation to north-west China was in attendance, promoting key sectors where the UK has strengths, particularly advanced manufacturing.China has encouraged investment in its trade routes, such as the ‘One Belt and One Road’ initiative – this event was an opportunity for UK companies to showcase their prospects for cooperation.The ambassador made reference to the “golden era” of China-UK relations that opened up after president Xi Jinping’s visit to the UK in 2015. He also suggested that Britain pay attention to China taking a number of major steps to further open up its financial sector this year.The UK cannot compete with Germany in selling cars to China, but the ambassador did proclaim that Britain had always been at the cutting edge in finance.For Britain, can it take the lead in the new opportunities that China’s reforms will bring? Post-Brexit, developing more trade with China will be a necessity, not just a daydream.last_img read more

Dominica government embarks upon massive project in the City

first_img Tweet LocalNews Dominica government embarks upon massive project in the City by: – March 30, 2012 Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that his government is willing to work with various private sector entities in Roseau as it seeks to embark upon a new sidewalk project in the city.The prime minister revealed earlier this week that government will soon be erecting sidewalks in Roseau geared at controlling traffic and further enhancing the city.He also noted that government will soon construct apartment buildings in Roseau which will cost US$40 million.According to the prime minister, one of the apartments will be erected in the Boys Avenue.“The bulk of the apartments will be in Bath Estate, where the old housing division was located. Government has some couple of acres of land there. I believe it would lend itself to a very nice community there. Government has also acquired a substantial amount of land in the Boys Avenue area”.He said the intention would have been to use the Kennedy Avenue, Pound area but there is a challenge in relocating the residents of these areas.“You must build houses first to relocate these people. The intention is to acquire these buildings because a lot of the derelict buildings are owned by people. Either they are dead or out of state so we are looking to acquire them to build more apartments and extend the private sector,” he said.Meantime Prime Minister Skerrit says government will also be embarking upon drainage project in Roseau.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share 29 Views   one comment Sharelast_img read more

House OKs ABS-CBN’s provisional franchise bill on 2nd reading

first_imgMANILA – ABS-CBN Corp. moves closer to going back on air after the House of Representatives approved on second reading a measure that gives the network a provisional franchise until October 31. The House Speaker also lambasted ABS-CBN and its artists for making it appear that the government was silencing them when the reason for the shutdown was the absence of franchise. The House members approved the measure filed by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano last night, hours after the House, convened as the Committee of the Whole, also approved the bill. “Through this measure, we hope to strike a balance between the immediate needs of the people amid this crisis and the duty of Congress to ensure accountability to our present laws,” Cayetano said. “The fact that ABS-CBN was able to broadcast its content (online) shows that this issue is not about silencing media. Just look at the social networking platforms and see that those freedoms are alive,” Cayetano said. The ABS-CBN has been off the air since the NTC issued a cease and desist order against the network following the expiration of its franchise on May 4./PN “We cannot, in good conscience, sweep the accusations under the rug,” the House Speaker further said. Cayetano said he filed the measure as the Congress needs to focus on addressing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis and giving them sufficient time to tackle the network’s “controversial” application for a fresh 25-year franchise.center_img “The fact is, if only the NTC had said to us from outset that they could not give the network provisional authority, then we would not have relied on their word,” Cayetano said. The bill was co-sponsored by Representatives Neptali Gonzalez, Raneo Abu, Roberto Puno, Dan Fernandez, LRay Villafuerte Jr., Ferdinand Romualdez, and Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado. “It is a fact that they (NTC) gave their word under oath,” he added. “We must not allow the betrayal of the NTC and the unconstitutional meddling of the Solicitor General (Jose Calida) to go unchallenged.” During the House panel hearing, Cayetano did not mince words against the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for not following its commitment to the House back in March that it will provide provisional franchise to ABS-CBN. “Providing ABS-CBN with a provisional franchise will give (Congress) time to hear the issues being raised for and against the renewal, and assess, with complete impartiality and fairness, whether or not the network shall be granted a franchise for another twenty-five (25) years,” he added. “Wala po tayong binbulsalsalan dito. We are just simply following the law that every 25 years, you have to present your case why we should give you 25 years,” he added. “Some may say they are in the service of the Filipino people, pero sa gitna ng sakuna, gusto nila sila ang unahin.”last_img read more

State Trooper Application Deadline is Nov. 30

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Looking for a rewarding career? The Indiana State Police application process is underway and ends on November 30.Individuals interested in becoming a state trooper may apply online here.Basic eligibility requirements to become an Indiana State Police Trooper:Must be a United States citizen.Must be at least 21 and less than 40 years of age as of November 20, 2015.Must meet a minimum vision standard (corrected or uncorrected) of 20/50 acuity in each eye and 20/50 distant binocular acuity in both eyes.Must possess a valid driver’s license to operate an automobile.Must be willing, if appointed, to reside and serve anywhere within the State of Indiana as designated by the Superintendent.Must be a high school graduate as evidenced by a diploma or general equivalency diploma.The Indiana State Police Department starting salary is competitive and is approximately around $38,000.last_img read more

Igali warns athletes against using performance-enhancing drugs

first_imgRelatedPosts Igali praises Team Nigeria’s performance in Rome tournament All African Games: Our plan is to win many medals – Igali Nigeria on course to winning an Olympic medal in wrestling – Igali Former Olympic athlete, Daniel Igali on Saturday in Yenagoa warned sports men and women in Bayelsa against using performance-enhancing drugs while participating in competitions. Igali, who is the state’s Commissioner for Sports Development, gave the warning while addressing the athletes, saying “using drugs to win in a game is not helpful in strengthening talent”. He expressed worry at the development and noted that the state government would not take it lightly with any athlete who resort to cheating to win medals in any tournament. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commissioner, who is also the President of Nigeria Wrestling Federation had received the state’s weightlifters who just returned from a competition. They had participated in the National Open Weightlifting Championships in Jigawa, where they won six medals made up of three gold, one silver and two bronze. Igali commended the weightlifters for their outstanding achievement in spite of the constraints they experienced before their departure. He urged the athletes to always be passionate and dedicated, instead of waiting for monetary incentives before taking part in sports competitions. The commissioner pointed out that weightlifting offers an athlete the opportunity of winning more than one medal at national, continental and global championships. “I urge you to be up and doing. The state government is making arrangements to sponsor and support athletes to the forthcoming National Sports Festival in 2020 and we are hopeful that you will make us proud,” he said.Tags: athletesDaniel Igalilast_img read more

Suarez enjoying life at Anfield

first_img The Uruguay international, who scored four and provided an assist for the other in Wednesday’s 5-1 win over Norwich, has indicated he is content with life at Anfield. In doing so he echoed the assertion of manager Brendan Rodgers, who on Thursday reiterated his post-match comments stating he believes the 26-year-old is happier than he has ever been on Merseyside – a far cry from four months ago when the player was claiming the club had reneged on a deal to allow him to leave for a Champions League club. “When I’m happy off the field I’m at home in the Premier League and it is the best league out there,” he told Spanish newspaper Marca. “Yes, I am happy here and I will continue. “The main thing is Liverpool are in the top four after a long time. I will help the team get it (Champions League football).” And there lies the crux of the matter. While Liverpool can still dangle the prospect of a return to Europe’s elite then Suarez is likely to be satisfied. However, if they should slip from their fourth-placed position by the end of the season the situation is likely to change. After a run of 13 goals in nine matches to become the Premier League’s leading scorer, Rodgers can be bullish about Suarez’s future, especially considering they fought so hard to keep him in the light of Arsenal’s £40,000,001 summer bid. “It is just a feel, just an inkling of where he is at in his life,” said the Reds boss. “Through my regular conversations with him, he seems happy. I don’t think there is a clearer benchmark than on the field. “His behaviour, his mannerisms, his maturity and his performance level tells me he is very happy here at Liverpool and in the Premier League. “He is playing remarkably well, consistently well, and that’s what gives me the confidence. “We don’t want to regurgitate everything from the past. That was a difficult summer for everyone. “We stood firm as a club. He understood where we were at. Our thinking was to keep our best players. Hopefully he certainly feels he is vindicated for staying. “This is the perfect club for him, the whole profile suits Luis down to the ground and hopefully in the coming years he can achieve everything he wants to achieve which is to play at the top level of the game. “His talent deserves that and this is a club that deserves that.” Rodgers knows only too well, however, that a failure to turn their form in the first half of the season into something more tangible come May will have a definitive bearing on Suarez’s future. And on his virtuoso display against the Canaries there are few who can argue his talent does not deserve to be displayed at the very top of the game. “It (Suarez’s future) is linked to him being the best player he can be and playing at the highest level he can,” added Rodgers. “He is that type of player that he wants to succeed. He has got two and a half years left on his contract – there is nothing more to be said. “The only moment now is to focus on his football.” Suarez has now scored 51 league goals in 85 matches and despite all the controversies – the race row with Patrice Evra, biting Branislav Ivanovic, transfer speculation – and suspensions he is well on his way to securing a very high position in the club’s illustrious history. “There’s no doubt that this club has been blessed with a number seven like Kenny (Dalglish), the greatest player this club has had, and many others number sevens that have been brilliant,” Rodgers said. “I think if Luis Suarez stays here for his career, he is certainly going to challenge that, there’s no question about that. “He deserves all the acclaim he gets. It was a wonderful performance (against Norwich). “If he is going to be here a long time, he has a great chance of establishing himself as one of the greats of this football club.” Press Association Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has pledged his immediate future to the club suggesting there will be no transfer window drama in January like there was in the summer.last_img read more

Coloccini proud to retain armband

first_img The Argentinian was linked with a summer move away from Tyneside with former boss Alan Pardew, now at Crystal Palace, among his admirers. However, he remains at St James’ Park after signing a contract extension and is thrilled still to be wearing the armband. Press Association Coloccini told BBC Radio Newcastle: “For me, it’s something very important. I know there was much speculation about the captaincy, but for me it is something special. “The manager made the choice and to be captain again is fantastic news.” Coloccini was one of the men to receive criticism last season as the Magpies struggled to retain their Barclays Premier League status, and there was a school of thought which suggested he should be relieved of the captaincy. He insists he would have had no problem had McClaren looked elsewhere, but is delighted that he did not. He said: “It’s part of football. It’s the team, we have to think of the team. If the manager thinks it is better for the team, then I don’t have a problem. “But for me, it’s fantastic because as I have always said, I am from Argentina and I came to another country and didn’t know the language, so everything was new. But they made me feel part of the family here, and I am very proud of that.” center_img Fabricio Coloccini has spoken of his pride at being asked to continue as captain by new Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgStanton, Verlander will likely miss opening dayUNDATED (AP) — Oft-injured New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton will likely miss opening day because of a strained right calf. Manager Aaron Boone says Stanton was injured near the end of defensive drills yesterday. Yankees star pitcher Luis Severino needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season. The AL East champion Yankees open on March 26 at Baltimore.The Yankees put a major league-record 30 players on the injured list last year, with Stanton missing most of the season.Meanwhile, Justin Verlander’s spring training debut will be postponed at least a few more days while the Houston Astros ace deals with tightness in his groin. Verlander had been scheduled to start Thursday against Washington. Instead, he will throw a simulated game at the Astros’ complex prior to that exhibition. Houston manager Dusty Baker said the tightness first appeared a couple of days ago. Baker says he isn’t worried about the injury lingering. Verlander won his second Cy Young Award last season by going 21-6 with a 2.52 ERA.Elsewhere in the majors: — South Korean star Kwang Hyun Kim is proving problematic for major league hitters so far. The 31-year-old left-hander retired all six Miami batters he faced in his first Grapefruit League start for the St. Louis Cardinals. It came after he threw one shutout inning of relief against the New York Mets on Saturday. Kim struggled with control of his off-speed pitches in the first inning, but he found his rhythm in the second. He kept batters off balance mixing a fastball that touched 95 mph with his curve. The Marlins didn’t get a ball out of the infield against Kim.— Ubaldo Jimenez took another step in his comeback attempt with the Colorado Rockies, pitching two innings against the Texas Rangers. The 36-year-old threw 21 pitches, 14 for strikes. He gave up two hits and one run, with no walks or strikeouts. He last pitched in the majors in 2017 for Baltimore.— Miguel Sano has volunteered to move across the diamond to accommodate Twins newcomer Josh Donaldson. Sano gave up his regular spot at third base, moving to first base, and let Donaldson take his place at third. Sano bounced back from a winter injury last season and hit a career-high 34 home runs. His power helped the Twins set a major league record with 307 homers and win the AL Central.— Houston’s Alex Bregman was hit on the back by a breaking ball from St. Louis reliever Ramon Santos, the seventh Astros player plunked in five spring training games. Some opposing players have called for retaliation against the Astros following Major League Baseball’s finding that Houston broke rules against electronic sign-stealing en route to its 2017 World Series title and again in 2018. Dustin Garneau was hit Sunday against Washington, and José Altuve was grazed Monday against Detroit, when Osvaldo Duarte and Alex De Goti also were hit.  Aledmys Díaz and Jake Meyers were hit Tuesday by Miami.— The Houston Astros continued to get booed on the road in spring training as they visited the home of the New York Mets. Former World Series MVP George Springer was heckled as part of Houston’s split squad. Fans are calling the Astros cheaters, and doing it loudly in the wake of their sign-stealing scam. Springer had to hear it for a bit longer on Wednesday. The star leadoff man stepped into the batter’s box a minute before the game was scheduled to begin, giving the crowd extra time to boo him. NFL-NEWSPlayer reps send new CBA to union members for approvalUNDATED (AP) — The NFL and its players are closer to a new collective bargaining agreement and the next decade of labor peace that would come with it. There’s still work to be done to get the deal into the end zone, however. Following a late-night vote on the slim majority approval of the 32 team representatives, the NFL Players Association was preparing to send the current CBA proposal to the full union membership for potential ratification. Last week, owners gave their majority-vote approval. Negotiations have been gone on for the past 10 months. The 17-game regular season is the most significant change.In other NFL news:— Former TCU and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Trevone Boykin has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges from the 2018 beating of his girlfriend. Boykin and prosecutors agreed to the sentence in return for his guilty plea Wednesday to aggravated assault and witness tampering charges. Boykin’s attorney says his client will be eligible for parole in less than a year. Shabrika Bailey alleged that Boykin broke her jaw in two places in the March 2018 beating. The Seahawks cut Boykin in the wake of the allegation. In other NHL news:— St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has been ruled out from returning to play in the regular season or in the playoffs. Bouwmeester spoke to reporters for the first time since he collapsed on the bench in the first period during a game at the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 11. The 36-year-old Edmonton native was hospitalized and spent five nights in the hospital.— Montreal Canadiens defenseman Victor Mete will miss the rest of the season with a broken foot. Mete suffered the injury during the game in Detroit on Feb. 18. The 21-year-old Mete had four goals and 11 assists in 51 games this season.— Peter Laviolette (lah-vee-uh-LET’) is returning to the bench after being selected as the coach of the United States men’s national team competing at the world hockey championships in May. The move was announced by USA Hockey on Wednesday, seven weeks after Laviolette was fired by the Nashville Predators. Laviolette ranks 16th in NHL wins with 637 covering four teams over 18 seasons, including the 2006 Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes. He also coached the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers.MLB-STANTON, VERLANDER TO MISS OPENING DAY — Hornets guard Malik Monk has been suspended without pay for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA’s anti-drug program. Monk’s suspension will begin with Wednesday’s game against the New York Knicks and continue until he is determined to be in full compliance with the program.— The NBA fined Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) $25,000 Wednesday, two days after he made an obscene gesture on the court and used profane language during a live television interview. The gesture occurred with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Sixers’ 129-112 victory over the Hawks on Monday night. With the clock winding down, Atlanta’s Kevin Huerter came from behind and swiped the ball from Embiid, who was trying to dribble it out. Embiid responded by flashing a middle finger at Huerter. He later apologized.NHL-NEWSMuzzin outUNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have suffered another setback on defense with the loss of Jake Muzzin to a broken hand. The Leafs announced that Muzzin will be out about four weeks after suffering the injury during a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Toronto also is missing defensemen Morgan Rielly and Cody Ceci because of injuries. February 26, 2020 SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKJapan baseball will play in empty stadiums, Irelands rugby match, Asian soccer postponedUNDATED(AP) — Japan’s professional baseball league says it will play its 72 remaining preseason games in empty stadiums because of the threat of the spreading coronavirus. The regular season is to open on March 20. The virus that began in China is disrupting all of the country’s sports schedules and has raised concerns about the Tokyo Olympics. They are to open on July 24. Representatives of the baseball league’s 12 teams made the move at a special meeting.Meanwhile, Ireland’s Six Nations rugby match against Italy in Dublin has been postponed because of concerns about the spreading virus in Europe. The Italians were scheduled to play at Ireland on March 7, part of annual rugby competition that also includes England, France, Scotland and Wales. A women’s game the following day was also postponed.And Asian soccer leaders have postponed two key meetings because of the outbreak. — The New York Giants have released linebackers Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin, clearing significant salary cap space with the departure of their two most expensive defensive players. The Giants, rebuilding under rookie head coach Joe Judge, gained more than $13 million in salary cap savings by jettisoning the two. Ogletree was twice elected a team captain and accumulated a team-high 173 tackles as the starter at inside linebacker over two seasons with the Giants.NBA-NEWSHornets’ Monk suspended indefinitelyUNDATED (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) left Wednesday night’s game against Cleveland with an injured left shoulder. Embiid appeared to collide with Cavaliers center Ante Zizic while being fouled late in the first quarter. The 7-footer held his shoulder when he went to the foul line and was in obvious pain as he missed two free throws. Embiid scored a career-high 49 points Monday against Atlanta.In other NBA news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMEN’S T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLVillanova beats St. Johns 71-60UNDATED (AP) — Saddiq Bey scored 23 points and Justin Moore had 21 to lead No. 12 Villanova past St. John’s 71-60 on Wednesday night. Moore hit eight 3-pointers and Bey had seven.  The Wildcats honored former Wildcats star Kyle Lowry. Lowry played two seasons for Villanova before he became a five-time NBA All-Star with the defending champion Toronto Raptors. St. John’s were 12 1/2-point underdogs but kept it close until Moore got on a hot streak down the stretch to seal the win. Update on the latest sports Associated Press last_img read more

Corporate Guyana continues to support RHTYSC

first_imgROSE Hall Town Youth & Sports Club cricket teams received donation from M&M Investments, Harris Paints and Poonai Pharmacy.The outstanding work of Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation, the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, MS, and its eight cricket teams continue to attract the support of corporate Guyana.The club and its eight cricket teams are currently organising a hectic calendar of activities to mark the 175th anniversary celebration.As such, the management of M&M Snackette located at Peter’s Hall, East Bank, Demerara, handed over a cheque for $80 000 to club secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster, while Harris Paints donated ten gallons of paint towards the decoration of the Township and restoration works at the Area ‘H’ Ground.Poonai Bhirooj of Poonai’s Pharmacy also contributed financially towards the construction of a mini arch for the 175th Anniversary.Foster, who is spearheading the historic celebration, praised the donors for coming on board with the cricket teams.He also disclosed that the cricket teams, the Club’s Over-35 group and the M&M Investment Group would be working together with NAMILCO to host a massive Fitness Walk and Diabetes Clinic on the August 31, at the Independence Avenue, Rose Hall Town.The Fitness Walk and Diabetes Clinic would form part of Ms Guyana World 2017 Vena Mookram’s personal platform for the Ms World Contest later in the year.The walk is expected to attract hundreds of Berbicians including Law Enforcement Officers, GUYSUCO Training Centre students, RHTYSC members and others.Meanwhile, the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club has disclosed that its Patron His Excellency President David Granger has accepted the Invitation to be the Guest Speaker at the Grand Ceremony on the September 14.The President would also take the salute at the 175th Parade.last_img read more

Shafiq and Sarfraz give Pakistan hope of unlikely win

first_imgASAD Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed gave Pakistan hope of drawing the series with an unlikely victory in a captivating second Test after Sri Lanka were embarrassingly dismissed for only 96 on day four in Dubai.Wahab Riaz took 4-41 and part-time spinner Haris Sohail (3-1) became the first man to take three wickets bowling just one over in the longest format as the tourists were pitifully skittled out yesterday.Dilruwan Perera (3-76) came to the fore to leave Pakistan in the mire on 52-5 chasing 317 to win, but Shafiq (86 not out) and captain Sarfraz (57 n.o.) came to the rescue with an unbroken stand of 146 – a record for the sixth wicket against Sri Lanka.Pakistan, striving to avoid a first Test series defeat in the United Arab Emirates since they have been unable to play on home soil, closed on 198-5 and require another 119 to complete a remarkable fightback and salvage a 1-1 draw on the final day.Sri Lanka slumped to 34-5 in a dramatic final session on day three and were six down for 59 when Niroshan Dickwella (21) was well taken by wicketkeeper Sarfraz to become Wahab’s fourth victim after the dangerous left-hander struck four boundaries.Dilruwan followed in the next over when he was trapped in front by a Yasir Shah flipper and Sohail wrapped up the tail in a flash by getting Rangana Herath, Kusal Mendis and Nuwan Pradeep in an astonishing over.Debutant Lahiru Gamage was left frustrated when he had Sami Aslam caught at second slip early in Pakistan’s run chase but was deemed to have over-stepped, before getting rid of the opener in the same manner two balls later.Pakistan collapsed feebly in their first innings and looked set for a crushing loss when they lost four wickets in the space of nine overs in the second session.Dilruwan seemingly put Sri Lanka well on their way to victory after Pradeep removed Azhar Ali, Sohail feathering one behind which turned away before the all-rounder saw the back of Shan Masood and Babar Azam in the same over.Shafiq and Sarfraz both had a stroke of luck when Mendis failed to hold on to sharp chances at short leg in consecutive deliveries, but the pair showed their team-mates how to counter the spin as they batted with increasing assurance.They used their feet expertly and waited for loose deliveries to be served up, Shafiq bringing up his 19th Test half-century with a sumptuous cut to the boundary and Sarfraz also passing fifty by pulling Mendis for four.Sri Lanka were unable to conjure up a late breakthrough and lost their second review in the final over of a day which left the outcome in the balance, with the tourists having only seven overs to wait before they can take the new ball on day five. (Omnisport) SRI LANKA 1st innings 482 (D. Karunaratne 196, D. Chandimal 62, D. Perera 58, N. Dickwella 52; Y. Shah 6-184)PAKISTAN 1st innings 262 (A. Ali 59, H. Sohail 56)SRI LANKA 2nd innings (Overnight: 34-5)Dimuth Karunaratne b Riaz 7Kaushal Silva c S. Ahmed b Abbas 3Sadheera Samarawickreme c S. Ahmed b Riaz 13Kusal Mendis c S. Ahmed b Sohail 29Suranga Lakmal lbw b Shah 1Dinesh Chandimal lbw b Riaz 0Niroshan Dickwella c S. Ahmed b Riaz 21Dilruwan Perera lbw b Shah 0Rangana Herath c B. Azam b Sohail 17Lahiru Gamage out 1Nuwan Pradeep lbw b Sohail 0Extras: (lb-1, nb-3) 4Total: (all out, 26 overs) 96Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-22, 3-26, 4-33, 5-34, 6-59, 7-60, 8-95, 9-96.Bowling: Mohammad Abbas 4-2-6-1, Yasir Shah 12-2-47-2, Wahab Riaz 9-0-41-4 (nb-3), Haris Sohail 1-0-1-3.PAKISTAN 2nd innings (Target: 317 runs)Shan Masood c Dickwella b D. Perera 21Sami Aslam c K. Mendis b Gamage 1Azhar Ali c K. Silva b Pradeep 17Haris Sohail c Dickwella b D. Perera 10Asad Shafiq not out 86Babar Azam c K. Silva b D. Perera 0Sarfraz Ahmed not out 57Extras: (lb-1, nb-5) 6Total: (for 5 wickets, 73 overs) 198Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-36, 3-49, 4-52, 5-52.Bowling: Suranga Lakmal 11-4-28-0, Lahiru Gamage 13-4-27-1 (nb-3), Rangana Herath 19-2-53-0, Nuwan Pradeep 8-3-6 – 1 (nb-1), Dilruwan Perera 21-1-76-3, Kusal Mendis 1-0-7-0 (nb-1).last_img read more