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Ahmed Shehzad takes Pakistan to safety but a wicket late in the day puts the hosts in command. Can we see a result in this game? We will have to see if Herath can run through the line-up.
Rangana Herath strikes and its a beauty of a delivery. Herath gives a lot of flight on the delivery and the ball pitches on the ‘rough’ and turns away from the batsman. Manzoor chases it and ends up nicking it to ‘keeper Dickwella. The nightwatchman is Saeed Ajmal.
Dhammika Prasad departs after a rather breezy stay at the crease which included with a couple of big hits to the fence. Sri Lanka have a lead of 82 while Saeed Ajmal picks up another five-for, albeit a hard-fought one.
D Prasad st Sarfraz b Ajmal 31(35)
Kumar Sangakkara is finally back in the pavilion. The left-handed batsman comes down to hit Abdur Rehman but misses to connect completely. Sarfaraz Ahmed does the needful behind the wickets. Sangakkara falls after innings of 221 runs off 425 balls, hitting 24 boundaries.
OUT! Sangakkara st Sarfraz b Rehman 221 (425)
Sri Lanka are steady at the moment with Kumar Sangakkara and Dhammika Prasad taking their lead past 50 runs.
Sri Lanka have lost their way somehow in the post tea session. Another batsman bites the dust, this time it is Dilruwan Perera. Saeed Ajmal continues to make inroads, he bags his third wicket in the innings.
OUT! D Perera c Junaid b Ajmal 5 (21)
There it is! Kumar Sangakkara gets to his 10th double century in Test cricket, bringing it up in 398 balls and 21 fours. Sri Lanka have taken a slender lead of 20 runs.
Meanwhile, Kumar Sangakkara has completed 26,000 international runs.
Kumar Sangakkara is fast running out of partners here, as this time it is Niroshan Dickwella who is back in the hut. Saeed Ajmal snares his third wicket as Pakistan take second wicket in the final session.
OUT! N Dickwella c Shafiq b Ajmal 5 (7)
Pakistan strike right after the tea break as Kithuruwan WIthanage is dismissed by Saeed Ajmal, who claims his second wicket in the match after giving away more than 100 runs.
OUT! K Vithanage c A Shafiq b S Ajmal 5 (22)
Time for tea at Galle with Sri Lanka very much in command. The match is possibly heading for a draw with not much time left with both sides left with one full innings to bat. Unlucky for Mathews, he fell nine runs short of his 5th Test ton.
Pakistan make the breakthrough! Angelo Mathews is drawn forward by Saeed Ajmal, and the outside edge off the shoulder of the bat is taken safely by Younis Khan.
OUT! A Mathews c Younis b Ajmal 91 (188)
The fourth-wicket stand between Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews is of 171 runs now. Sri Lanka trail by only 23 more runs and it has been their day so far.
Sri Lanka have gone past 400 with only three wickets down. Sangakkara and Mathews have extended their partnership to 151 runs for the fourth wicket.
Sri Lanka are cruising at the moment. Pakistan are trying hard to make a breakthrough but their bowlers are not creating many chances. Sangakkara and Mathews’s stand is of 136 runs now.
Kumar Sangakkara achieves yet another feat as he crosses the 150-run mark. He has been a pillar for Sri Lankan batting in the past couple of series, and he continues the good run here as well.
Sri Lanka have begun on a confident note post lunch with their captain reaching his half-century. The first goal they’d like to achieve this session would be to get past Pakistan in the first innings’ total. Mathews hits a six and a four in Talha’s over. Big over this as 13 runs come off it.
It’s time for lunch at Galle with Sri Lanka strongly poised at 338 for three on the fourth day. Sangakkara and Mathews have so far added 81 runs, and they will look to erase the 113-run deficit left in the first innings.
Sri Lanka are cruising comfortably at the moment. Pakistan are trying to create chances, but they haven’t had much luck so far.
Sri Lanka are steady after the early loss in form of Mahela Jayawardene. Apart from that blow, Sri Lanka have more or less looked comfortable out there in the middle. Mathews looks rock solid, and so does Sangakkara. Hosts still behind by 162 runs. Sanga ends Mohammad Talha’s over with a cracking cover drive.
Sri Lanka have been dealt with a big blow on the fourth day morning as they have lost the key wicket of Mahela Jayawardene. The right-handed batsman was trapped in front of the wickets by Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan for 59.
OUT! M Jayawardene lbw Junaid 59 (112)
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the first day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Galle. I am Devarchit Varma and I’ll be bringing the live updates of the match.
The play had to be called off on the Third day of first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Galle due to heavy rain. Though the official closing time was 6 pm but because of heavy rain late in the day, the ground was flooded and no more play was possible on Friday. Sri Lanka just lost one wicket in the whole day and is in the driver’s seat. Pakistan will have to take early wickets at the start of fourth day to get back in the game.
Meanwhile Kumar Sangakkara’s good form continues as he reached his 37th century in Test match cricket. Now he has the record of most hundreds against Pakistan (10). In terms of Test hundreds he has gone past Rahul Dravid and fourth on all time list. Only Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis above him. Sangakkara celebrated this moment with his best mate Mahle Jayawardene.
Kaushal Silva’s fall was the only success for Pakistan on the third morning as Kumar Sangakkara was rock solid at the crease. Jayawardene and Sangakkara made another 100 run partnership among them.