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Sri Lanka reel at 133 for 5 at end of Day Four; Pakistan in with a chance

Pakistan celebrate the dismissal of Kumar Sangakkara (in picture) © AFP
Pakistan celebrate the dismissal of Kumar Sangakkara (in picture) © AFP

Sharjah: Jan 19, 2014

Sri Lanka finished the fourth day of the third Test slightly worried at 133 for the loss of five wickets, against Pakistan at Sharjah on Sunday.

Pakistan grabbed the prized wicket of Mahela Jayawardene to press their advantage for a series-levelling win over Sri Lanka in the third Test in Sharjah on Sunday.

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal removed Jayawardene for 46 near stumps on the fourth day after an exciting tussle between the bat and ball as Sri Lanka finished at 133 for five.

They now lead by 220 runs with five wickets in hand and a full day’s play to retain their 1-0 lead.

They won the second Test in Dubai by nine wickets after the first ended in a draw in Abu Dhabi.

At the close of play, Angelo Mathews was unbeaten on 14 and with him Prasanna Jayawardene was on six not out.

Jayawardene and Mathews had frustrated Pakistan in the last session through their slow-paced 38-run fifth wicket stand and when it seemed both will see off the day, Ajmal had Jayawardene caught at short-leg.

Ajmal could have had Prasanna caught behind off his gloves on nought but wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed failed to hold the catch, much to Pakistan’s desperation.

Jayawardene, who struck 129 in Sri Lanka’s nine wicket win in the second Test in Dubai, swept Ajmal over deep square-leg for a six to complete 11,000 runs in his 141st Test.

He became the eighth batsman in all Test cricket and the first Sri Lankan to score 11,000 or more runs in a list topped by now-retired India’s Sachin Tendulkar with 15,921.

Australia Ricky Ponting (13,378), South Africa’s Jaques Kallis (13,289), India’s Rahul Dravid (13,288), West Indian Brian Lara (11,953), his countryman Shivnarine Chanderpaul (11,219) and Australia’s Allan Border (11,174) are the other members of the club.

Jayawardene hit four boundaries and a six during his defiant knock.

Pakistan did waste a golden chance of removing Mathews when Khurram Manzoor dropped an easy chance at extra cover off paceman Junaid Khan. Mathews was then on 11.

It was Abdul Rehman (2-36) who raised hopes for Pakistan by dismissing experienced Kumar Sangakkara (eight) and Kaushal Silva (36) in the post lunch session, leaving Sri Lanka precariously placed at 66 for three.

It became 89 for four when Dinesh Chandimal (13) was bowled by Mohammad Talha, who took two for 36, soon after tea, but Jayawardene and Mathews ensured Sri Lanka did not panick.

Pakistan had removed opener Dimuth Karunaratne for eight, bowled by Talha as Sri Lanka reached 19 for one at lunch.

Earlier, Pakistan were bowled out for 341 in their first innings, 87 short of Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 428 for nine declared.

Skipper Misbah-ul Haq scored 63 to notch up his 24th Test half-century before holing out to left-arm spinner Rangana Herath who finished with five for 125.

Paceman Shaminda Eranga removed Rehman (two) and Talha (two) after Pakistan resumed on 291 for six, searching for quick runs.

Eranga bettered his four for 65 against Australia in Colombo in 2011.

Misbah struck Herath for a six and then took a single to complete his fifty off 86 balls. He hit three sixes and a four before being caught at long-on.

Junaid also struck two boundaries to reduce the deficit before he too was caught in the deep off Herath as Pakistan’s innings was wrapped up before lunch.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 428 for 9 decl. (Kumar Sangakkara 52, Angelo Mathews 91, Dilruwan Perera 95; Junaid Khan 3 for 81, Mohammad Talha 3 for 99) and 133 for 5 (Kaushal Silva 36, Mahela Jayawardene 46; Mohammad Talha 2 for 36, Abdul Rehman 2 for 36) lead Pakistan 341 (Ahmed Shehzad 147, Misbah-ul-Haq 63; Rangana Herath 5 for 125, Shaminda Eranga 4 for 60) by 220 runs.

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