Angelo Mathews © Getty Images
Angelo Mathews © Getty Images

Angelo Mathews was the star with a magnificent century as Sri Lanka finished the first session of Day Four of the third Test at Pallekele at 313. Pakistan therefore need 377 runs to win the third Test. Dinesh Chandimal and Mathews put on 117 for the sixth wicket, but was dismissed leg before off the bowling of Imran Khan. Imran then followed it up with the wicket of Dhammika Prasad off the very next delivery. Live Blog: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 3rd test Day 4 at Pallekele

Meanwhile Mathews was unfazed and completed his century. Once Sri Lanka lost the first two wickets Mathews was playing sensibly. He was going from the big shots but also played every ball to its merit. But Imran was on fire, picking up the wickets of Tharindu Kaushal and Suranga Lakmal as well. Last man Nuwan Pradeep managed to survive the last few minutes with Mathews, but Mathews was eventually caught behind off the bowling of Imran to give him his fifth wicket of this innings. Full scorecard: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 3rd Test Day 4 at Pallekele

Imran has now picked up all five wickets to fall in the first session. He bowled well in the first innings too, but has finally been rewarded for his good bowling in the second innings. Pakistan will have their work cut out when they come out to bat in their second innings. Misbah-ul-Haq’s men will have to come out with a positive intent.

On Day One, Pakistan had won the toss and elected to bowl first. Both teams have made four changes to their sides. Sri Lanka made 278 in their first innings, courtesy of a century from Dimuth Karunaratne. Pakistan responded with 213, conceding a first innings lead of 63 runs.Sarfraz Ahmed and Azhar Ali scored half-centuries for the visitors. Pakistan will need their top order to step up, if they are to have any chance of winnig the game.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka: 278  (Dimuth Karunaratne 130, Upul Tharanga 46;  Rahat Ali 3 for 74, Yasir Shah 5 for 78) & 313 (Angelo Mathews 122, Dinesh Chandimal 67; Imran Khan 5 for 58, Yasir Shah 2 for 80)  lead Pakistan 213 ( Azhar Ali 52, Sarfraz Ahmed 78*; Dhammika Prasad 3 for 78, Nuwan Pradeep 3 for 29, Tharindu Kaushal 3 for 37) by 376 runs.

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(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)