Shan Masood and Younis Khan hit unbeaten tons to put up the biggest fourth innings partnership in Tests for Pakistan of an unbeaten 217 to take their team from a tough position to a fighting distance from a memorable win chasing 377, at stumps on day four of the final Test against Sri Lanka.
Angelo Mathews played a captain’s knock to hold the Sri Lankan innings together and take his team to a lead of 291 runs after Pakistan were bundled out for just 215 on day three of the third Test in Pallekele.
If Arjuna Ranatunga added mettle to the Sri Lankan side and Mahela Jayawardene added finesse, Kumar Sangakkara should be credited for the sophistication that connected the inner core and the outer sheen.
Dimuth Karunaratne scored a fine century, but Sri Lanka frittered away a solid early advantage, thanks to some poor batting execution and disciplined bowling from Pakistan, finishing day one of the third Test in Pallekele on 272 for eight.
Sri Lanka blazed away to their target of 153 in just the 27th over to level the series 1-1 and break their jinx at the P Sara Oval Stadium in Colombo after three consecutive losses, on day five of the second Test against Pakistan.
Pakistan collapsed from 202 for two to 329 all out to set Sri Lanka a target of 153 in the fourth innings before rain made the start of the final innings impossible before stumps on day four of the second Test in Colombo.
Pakistan are just six runs behind Sri Lanka after a solid show from their top order saw them reach 171 for two when play was called off due to bad light on day three of the second Test at P Sara Oval, Colombo.
Yasir Shah took a five-wicket haul to become the fastest Pakistan bowler to 50 Test wickets, but couldn’t stop Sri Lanka from taking a 166-run lead with one wicket remaining, at stumps on day two of the second Test in Colombo.
Pakistan pace spearhead, Wahab Riaz, has been ruled out of the remainder of the Sri Lanka Test series with a fractured hand, after being hit on the glove by debutant Dushmantha Chameera, in the first day of the second Test.
Tharindu Kaushal picked up a five wicket haul as Sri Lanka dismissed Pakistan for just 138 within two sessions without Rangana Herath having bowled a single delivery, before knocking off 70 runs with the bat late on day one of the second Test in Colombo.
Yasir Shah took seven wickets to demolish Sri Lanka in their second innings and set Pakistan up for a win in the first Test at Galle by 10 wickets having to chase down 92 which they did in just 11.2 overs taking a 1-0 lead in the three match series.
Asad Shafiq scored a resilient ton and Sarfraz Ahmed played a brilliant counterattacking innings as Pakistan managed a lead of 117 with a chance to win the game, at stumps on day four of the first Test in Galle.
Kaushal Silva anchored one end with an unbeaten 80 to take Sri Lanka to 178 for three at stumps on day two against Pakistan, after rain caused the loss of a session before the game could eventually get underway in Galle.