Tantalising fifth day target with Sri Lanka ahead
Pakistan 138 & 329 (Azhar 117)
Sri Lanka 315 (Silva 80)
Second Test, Colombo, day four
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 resumed the day on 171 for two and started steadily.
Younis Khan (40) survived a superb delivery and a review in the 61st over and the following over took Pakistan into the lead with a couple.
Azhar Ali (117) was dropped on 68 by Kumar Sangakkara at first slip, even though it was as much a wicket-keeper’s chance as his.
Younis also brought up the 200 with a four off Dhammika Prasad (4-92) in the 69th over. But, Angelo Mathews (2-15) got the first breakthrough of the day getting Younis to edge one to the keeper to end a 73 run partnership.
Sri Lanka took the new ball as soon as it was available.
Misbah-ul-Haq (22) had a start and hit a four off Prasad in the 83rd over before being trapped lbw. He opted for a review but the decision stayed with the umpire.
Pakistan went into lunch at 244 for four in 87 overs with Asad Shafiq (27) glancing the last ball of the session for a four.
Shafiq joined the string of Pakistan batsmen who couldn’t carry on despite a start. In the post-lunch session, he got a short, quick delivery into his ribs that he edged to the wicket-keeper.
Ali brought up his century in the 101st over, courtesy a risky couple, off 266 balls to take Pakistan to 280 for five.
Sarfraz Ahmed (16) brought up the Pakistan 300 with a couple amidst a string of half-chances and edges as the ball just started doing things for Rangana Herath (1-89).
After a 27 run sixth wicket partnership, Sarfraz threw it away playing a poor shot chasing a wide delivery and edging it to the wicket-keeper. That proved to be a turning point as the lower order fell quickly and couldn’t put up much resistance.
From 301 for five Pakistan descended to 329 all out. Yasir Shah (0) got an excellent yorker from Prasad and he could only bottom edge it onto his stumps.
Ali was given lbw in the 113th over but when he reviewed, the ball tracker showed him being struck outside off-stump. It didn’t help much as he was out the next over, missing the ball and stumped to give Herath his first wicket of the Test.
Eventually, Wahab Riaz (6) came out in spite of a fractured finger but his bravado didn’t help Pakistan in terms of runs as they folded over very quickly.
Prasad was the pick of the bowlers with a four wicket haul while the young pacer Dushmantha Chameera (3-53) picked three wickets.
Dinesh Chandimal had six dismissals to his credit in the innings. Pakistan managed a lead of 152 but Sri Lanka couldn’t start their chase because of rain.
Play was eventually called off on day four with Sri Lanka having the whole of fifth day to score the runs and level the series.
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