By CricketCountry Staff
Pallekele: Jul 11, 2012
Pakistan will look to score quickly and set a formidable target against Sri Lanka as they resume on 27 for one on the fourth day of the final Test at Pallekele.
Young all-rounder Thisara Perera followed his four wickets with 75 off 86 balls as Sri Lanka seized control of the final Test against Pakistan in Pallekele on Tuesday.
Pakistan, seeking a series-levelling win, paid for sloppy fielding as Sri Lanka recovered from a middle-order collapse to make 337 in their first innings on the third day.
The tourists, trailing by 111 runs, were 27-1 in their second knock by stumps, losing opener Taufeeq Umar for four, leg-before to seamer Nuwan Kulasekara.
Mohammad Hafeez was unbeaten on eight and Azhar Ali was on six, with Pakistan trailing by 84 runs with nine wickets in hand.
The resolute batting by the hosts has given them a chance to build on the 1-0 series lead. Sri Lanka won the first Test by 209 runs before the second was drawn.
Brief Scores: Pakistan 226 & 27 for 1 (Mohammad Hafeez 8*, Azhar Ali 6* Nuwan Kulasekara 1 for 9 ) trail Sri Lanka 337 (Tharanga Paranavitana 75, Thisara Perera 75, Thilan Samaraweera 73, ; Junaid Khan 5 for 70) by 84 runs