Sri Lanka scores 88-3, leads by 175 runs
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Paksitan spinner Abdul Rehman got two vital wickets and restricted Sri Lanka to 88-3 for an overall lead of 175 runs on the fourth day of the decisive third test on Sunday.
Rehman (2-22) clean bowled Kaushal Silva (36) and Kumar Sangakkara (8) top edged a sweep off the left-arm spinner after Pakistan was bowled out for 341 in its first innings and conceded an 87-run lead.
Mahela Jayawardene completed 11,000 runs in test cricket and was unbeaten on 23 while Dinesh Chandimal was not out on 13 at tea.
Sri Lanka lost Dimuth Karunaratne (8) before lunch as the left-hander chopped Mohammad Talha’s short pitched delivery back onto his stumps when he completely mistimed the pull shot off the fast bowler under overcast conditions.
Rehman tied down the scoring rate after the break before Sangakkara tried to cut lose in frustration but top-edged a sweep in the deep to Khurram Manzoor.
Rehman came close to have Jayawardene lbw on 7, as Pakistan went for the television referral only to see that the ball would have missed the leg stump.
Jayawardene became first Sri Lankan to score 11,000 runs when he swept Saeed Ajmal for six and went to 14 before Rehman struck again.
Silva, who faced 94 balls and hit four boundaries, thought to have covered his stumps well but the ball spun enough after pitching to knock back the off stump.
Earlier, Pakistan added 50 to its overnight 291-6 before Rangana Herath (5-125) and Shaminda Eranga (4-60) wrapped up Pakistan’s first innings in just over an hour.
Captain Misbah-ul-Haq, 36 overnight, made 63 off 113 balls and tried to prolong the innings by mostly keeping the strike to himself before he finally holed out in the deep after hitting a four and three sixes off Herath.
Misbah farmed the strike and added 25 runs with Saeed Ajmal, who remained scoreless, after Eranga’s twin strike had reduced Pakistan to 300-8.
Eranga struck in his first over when he had Rehman caught behind before having Talha trapped leg before wicket to surpass his previous career best figures of 4-65 against Australia at Colombo in 2011.
No. 11 batsman Junaid Khan brought the deficit to under 100 runs when he lofted Herath for two big sixes but then couldn’t clear Chandimal at deep mid-wicket while repeating the same shot to give Herath his fifth wicket of the innings.
Sri Lanka leads the series 1-0 after winning the second test by nine wickets.