Sri Lanka 204 and 186 for 4 (Silva 81, Sangakkara 55, Junaid 2-46) lead Pakistan 383 by 7 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Bilawal Bhatti and Junaid Khan picked adult 3 wickets late on a third day to put Pakistan in a widespread position during stumps on third day notwithstanding Sri Lanka erasing a first-innings deficit. Bhatti private a gifted twin of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene in unbroken deliveries, while Junaid discharged a set Kaushal Silva off a final round of a day to put a win within sights.
A 99-run second-wicket mount between Sangakkara and Silva was reviving memories of Sri Lanka’s second-innings fightback twin years ago when a double-century from Sangakkara helped them clean off a 314-run necessity and save a Test. It was a identical dynamic response from Sri Lanka after surrender a 179-run lead. Sangakkara was unfazed and Silva was accumulating runs during his possess pace, both going past their half-centuries.
But usually when it seemed that Sri Lanka’s fortunes were on a rise, an desirous spell from Bhatti pulled a rugs from underneath. In a final smoothness of Bhatti’s second over after a final drinks break, Sangakkara was drawn into a drive, yet could usually corner it as a round changed divided during a final instance. Younis Khan, during initial slip, dived to his right and swooped a good low catch. In a subsequent over, off a initial ball, Jayawardene got one that kicked adult from a length, strike a shoulder of a bat and lobbed adult for a fielder during gully. Unplayable. It also meant that Jayawardene had edged 3 unbroken deliveries from Bhatti in a Test (the initial one, in a initial innings, was a no-ball).
Bhatti continued to difficulty Dinesh Chandimal with pacy deliveries – one of them, a bouncer during 145 kph that strike a bat handle. But Silva, who had worked tough for his 81, helped Sri Lanka into lead. He looked set to take to take a quarrel to a fourth day yet couldn’t tarry a final over from Junaid, circumference a third smoothness to a wicketkeeper.
For many of a day though, it had been Sri Lanka who had managed to scratch their approach behind into a match. The tip 3 batsmen continued a good work started by their bowlers, who picked adult Pakistan’s remaining 6 wickets before lunch on a third day.
Both Suranga Lakmal and Shaminda Eranga, uninformed after a night’s rest, found a right lengths and regularly got a round to deviating to difficulty a batsmen. They found some assistance from a representation too. The aspect had defended a greenish shade from a initial day, yet there were a series of indents – combined by a quicks over a final twin days – that a twin Sri Lankan seamers strike consistently.
A wary Asad Shafiq flicked Lakmal to block leg, where Silva took a intelligent diving catch. He had combined usually a unique run to his overnight measure of 12. Adnan Akmal didn’t final prolonged possibly circumference Eranga to gully. Bilawal Bhatti, a debutant, gave Misbah association for 27 runs before perishing opposite a peaceful middle gait of Angelo Mathews as he got a gloomy corner to a keeper.
Misbah was uneasy by a join transformation as Lakmal kick him both with incoming and effusive deliveries. The initial range of a day on a off side came by Misbah’s outward corner that was followed by an uncharacteristic try to toil a length ball. He continued to play and skip deliveries via a initial hour, with some attack a shoulder of a bat.
It was usually when Rangana Herath was introduced that Misbah started looking comfortable. He reverse-swept a initial round from a spinner, afterwards got a 4 with a required brush in a same over. He also slogged Herath over low midwicket for his usually 6 of a innings, before finally being held during long-on, perplexing to repeat a shot.
In response, a Sri Lanka openers stayed organisation during a contrast spell opposite a new round to give a group a second plain start. As a measure approached 50, Karunaratne was discharged by a Junaid smoothness that sneaked in between a bat and pad to strike a tip of off stump. But a studious Silva kept a bowlers during brook with his parsimonious counterclaim and compress strokeplay. Ten of his 11 bounds were on a off side – a cover expostulate being his many essential shot – as he brought adult his lass half-century in 113 balls.
Silva had a plain Sangakkara with him for company. Sangakkara, notwithstanding a representation display signs of twin nature, scored an free half-century – his 43rd. During a 99-ball stay that enclosed 6 boundaries, he did use a salvation once after he was adjudged lbw early in a third session, a replays display a round had pitched outward a line of leg stump.
Sangakkara’s dismissal, though, non-stop a gates for Pakistan and they were discerning to waylay a advantage. The responsibility will now be on Chandimal and Angelo Mathews to widen a quarrel for Sri Lanka.