Wickets tumble on day three with Sri Lanka ahead
Pakistan 118-5 (Younis 47) beat
Sri Lanka 300 (Silva 125)
First Test, Galle, day three
Sri Lanka collapsed from 178 for three to 300 all out before putting Pakistan in the spotlight getting five wickets for just 118 at stumps on day three of the first Test in Galle.
After the first two days were affected by rain, the third day started on time, Sri Lanka resuming from their overnight score of 178 for three.
Angelo Mathews (19) didn’t last long as Wahab Riaz (3-74) yet again,gave his team a massive breakthrough with a ball that nipped in to crash into the stumps off the inside edge.
Kaushal Silva (125) moved into the 90s with two fours off Yasir Shah (2-79) in the 76th over and Dinesh Chandimal (23) followed it up with two fours off Zulfiqar Babar (3-64) just before the new ball became available.
Five overs into the new ball, with a spinner operating, surprisingly, Babar picked Chandimal with an arm ball that beat the bat and crashed into the middle stump.
Kithuruwan Vithanage (18) hit two fours off Junaid Khan (0-38) in the 88th over on either side of a life, as he was dropped at second slip by Younis Khan.
Meanwhile, Silva brought up his second Test hundred in the next over with a four off Babar.
However, just on the stroke of lunch, Mohammad Hafeez (2-40) removed Vithanage with a flighted ball that was lobbed back to the bowler.
Pakistan went into lunch at 273 for six. However, second ball into the post-lunch session, they lost Dilruwan Perera (15) who feathered a lovely leg-spinner from Shah.
Dhammika Prasad (0) was the next to go trapped lbw by Babar.
Silva narrowly missed carrying his bat through the innings as he tried sweeping and instead edged the ball from the back of his bat to give a simple catch to the wicket-keeper.
That ended his 300 ball vigil. Sri Lanka were eventually dismissed for 300 in the 110th over. For Pakistan, only Junaid failed to pick any wickets.
Pakistan had a bad start to their innings, with Prasad (2-24) removing Hafeez (2) in the very first over, who edged the ball to the third slip in a loose attempt to drive.
Ahmed Shehzad (9) cracked two glorious fours before falling to Prasad trapped lbw to a delivery that moved in and was a touch low.
Azhar Ali (8), Pakistan’s One-Day International skipper couldn’t resist the tide either trapped lbw to Rangana Herath (1-33) off a tossed up delivery that went straight.
Misbah-ul-Haq (20) and Younis (47) steadied the ship yet again with a 51-run partnership that consumed 18 overs on either side of tea.
Misbah showed some intent cracking a four and a six off Herath in the 21st over to take Pakistan to 70 for three.
However, just three short of a well-compiled half-century, Younis lost his leg stump attempting a drive charging out and missing a flighted delivery from Perera (1-23).
Pakistan were in deep trouble when Misbah edged one to first slip, where Kumar Sangakkara took an outstanding one-handed low catch to his left.
That left Pakistan tottering at 96 for five in the 35th over.
The day’s quota of overs couldn’t be completed because of a rain interruption, by which time Asad Shafiq (14 not out) and Sarfraz Ahmed (15 not out) had added 22 runs in 7.3 overs to take Pakistan to 118 for five at stumps on day three, trailing Sri Lanka by 182 runs.
Although, there was no exaggerated help for the Sri Lankan bowlers, all of them did a fine job to keep a tight leash on. Pakistan will look to salvage the game with two days remaining.
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