Pakistan’s batsmen bounced behind after a initial innings disturbance to chuck open a second Test opposite Sri Lanka during a P. Sara Oval in Colombo on Thursday.
The tourists, who conceded a lead of 177 runs after being discharged for 138 in a initial innings, sealed a third day’s play during 171 for dual in their second knock.
When bad light halted play an hour early, Pakistan trailed by only 6 runs with 8 wickets in hand, earnest a penetrating scuffle between bat and round over a subsequent dual days.
Sri Lanka, looking for a series-levelling win after losing a initial Test in Galle, private Mohammad Hafeez low for 8 before lunch, held in a slips by Kumar Sangakkara off Angelo Mathews.
Opener Ahmed Shehzad strike 69 during a second-wicket mount of 120 with Azhar Ali, a span batting by a post-lunch event to challenge a Sri Lankan bowlers.
Shehzad was discharged off a initial round after tea, top-edging a offshoot off Dhammika Prasad, though Younis Khan assimilated Azhar to put on 42 for a consecutive third wicket.
Azhar was dominant on 64 and Younis, dynamic to make his 100th compare special after descending for 6 in a initial innings, sealed a day on a sharp 23.
Sri Lanka, who began during their overnight measure of 304-9 after a behind start due to bad weather, were discharged for 315 in their initial innings in respond to Pakistan’s 138.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah finished with total of 6 for 96 after final male Dushmantha Chameera was held well by Younis using behind from a slips, withdrawal Rangana Herath dominant on 18.
Yasir had claimed 7 wickets in Sri Lanka’s second innings in Galle to conform Pakistan’s 10-wicket victory.
Sri Lanka were dealt a shock in a margin when Chameera, a debutant seamer, went off a margin in a morning event after promulgation down only 9 deliveries.
But he returned after lunch to play 7 some-more overs and conceded 28 runs but any success.
Veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath was also wicketless in 14 overs, while Prasad returned with one for 46 from 13.3 overs.
The third and final Test starts in Pallekele on Jul 3.