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Pakistan erase deficit on a slow day

Pakistan erase deficit on a slow day
Ahmed Shehzad (69) and Azhar Ali (64 not out) made sure there was no further slide after a shaky start by Pakistan.
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Sri Lanka 304-9 (Silva 80) v
Pakistan 138 & 171-2 (A Shehzad 69)
Second Test, Colombo, day three

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.

Sri Lanka resumed the day on 305 for nine.

They couldn’t really frustrate the Pakistan bowlers for long, as Yasir Shah (6-96) plucked out Dushmantha Chameera (2), the last wicket as Sri Lanka were bundled out for 315.

Pakistan had a shaky start, Angelo Mathews (1-5) dismissing Mohammad Hafeez (8) who edged the ball to first slip. However, Ahmed Shehzad (69) and Azhar Ali (64 not out) made sure there was no slide this time around in the absence of too much movement. Dhammika Prasad (1-46) bowled some rippers but couldn’t really get the wicket.

Rangana Herath (0-33) was brought in early, but he was negotiated well as was the young, fast bowler Chameera (0-28) who was cracked for two consecutive fours by Shehzad in his first over in spite of touching 147kph. Shehzad attacked Herath as well with a six in the 14th over.

Chameera though, had to go off the middle of the 14th over because of some discomfort, even though he did come back later.

Pakistan went into lunch at 62 for one after 19 overs. Sri Lanka lost a review in the 21st over when Shehzad survived an LBW appeal thanks to an inside edge. Shehzad was even smacked on the helmet and played out half a dozen overs on 48 before eventually reaching his fifty in the 35th over.

Pakistan went into tea, 129 for one after 47 overs, without having lost a single wicket in the post lunch session. However, Shehzad threw his wicket away first ball after tea trying to pull a short delivery from Prasad and mistiming it, the 120 run stand ending with a wicket-keeper’s catch.

Younis Khan (23 not out) playing his 100th Test though, looked like a man on a mission, scoring some brisk runs very confidently, hitting three fours. Ali brought up his 20th half-century and then hit a four to take Pakistan to 146 for two after 51 overs.

Dinesh Chandimal dropped Younis on 19* behind the stumps.

However, the match had to be prematurely halted because of bad light that really dipped sharply.

Play could never be resumed and Pakistan remained on 171 for two after 59 overs, trailing by just six runs with eight wickets remaining.

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