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Fantastic day for Pakistan! First they posted a score of 417, thanks to Sarfraz Ahmed’s 96 which gave them the platform, Asad Shafiq with his 131 built on it and Babar’s 56 took the lead past 117. Wahab Riaz continued his good run to dismiss Kaushal Silva and then Yasir Shah got rid of Kumar Sangakkara. They are still 54 runs behind and  Pakistan will hope to keep taking wickets to try and force a result.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka 63/2 | Overs 21 – Stumps

Dilruwan Perera 0(5) Dimuth Karunaratne 36(64)

Dimuth Karunaratne has done well to play through as Sarfraz Ahmed was in full flow behind the stumps. He wanted his team-mates to be loud and put pressure on the batsmen. What a day for Pakistan!

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka 63/2 | Overs 20

Dilruwan Perera 0(5) Dimuth Karunaratne 36(58)

Dimuth Karunaratne continues to be impressive, using his feet well against the two spinners. Mohammad Hafeez is in as the two left handers are batting together. Shah was troubling Sangakkara and he gets rid of him, caught at short leg by Ali. So Pakistan continue to dominate! Dilruwan Perera is the nightwatchman.

OUT! Kumar Sangakkara c Ali b Shah 18(27)

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka 57/1 | Overs 18

Kumar Sangakkara 17(23) Dimuth Karunaratne 31(55)

Kumar Sangakkara is starting to flow now which is not a good sign for Pakistan. Yasir Shah and Misbah will hope to get one more wicket before play ends today. Shah has troubled Sangakkara a bit today.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka 47/1 | Overs 13

Kumar Sangakkara 10(10) Dimuth Karunaratne 28(38)

A chance goes abegging! Kumar Sangakkara has again been dropped on 0 by Azhar Ali at  short leg. Was a tough chance but should have been taken. Sangakkara does not look at his fluent best. Dimuth Karunaratne though has looked nice and solid.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka 18/1 | Overs 9

Kumar Sangakkara 0(2) Dimuth Karunaratne 13(22)

Kaushal Silva’s struggle ends as he edges one from Wahab Riaz to Azhar Ali at third slip who takes a good catch. Just the breakthrough Pakistan would have wished for. Kumar Sangakkara is the new man in.

OUT! K Silva c Ali b Riaz 5(30)

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka 12/0 | Overs 6

Kaushal Silva 0(16) Dimuth Karunaratne 6(13)

Pakistan are looking hard for a wicket here as both the openers are intent on just surviving. Karunaratne is looking good and has hit a few lovely shots so far. Silva is yet to get off the mark here.

Live cricket score: Sri Lanka 0/0 | Overs 1

Kaushal Silva 0(6) Dimuth Karunaratne 0(0)

Action right away! Silva is given out caught at short leg but Silva reviews it and survives since there was not much bat there. Wahab Riaz was right on the money in the first over. Sri Lanka know they will be tested here.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 417 | Overs 113.1

Junaid Khan 6(26)

Pakistan are all out for 417, gain a 117-run lead. A superb comeback from Pakistan after they were 118 for five at the end of Day Three. Sarfraz Ahmed first hit Sri Lanka hard with his 96 and then Asad Shafiq stepped up with his ton to ensure Pakistan got the lead of over. Can Pakistan from here, force a result?

OUT! Asad Shafiq st Chandimal b Perera 131(253)

Live cricket score: Pakistan 417/9 | Overs 113

Asad Shafiq 131(252) Junaid Khan 6(26)

Pakistan are not quite going for the big shots but are intent on getting a big score on the board so that they have enough to let their bowlers go hard at the hosts. Khan has struggled to find any timing as Lanka start to look desperate for the final wicket.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 403/9 | Overs 107

Asad Shafiq 123(236) Junaid Khan 0(6)

End of an entertaining knock from Zulfiqar Babar as he comes down to hit a full toss down the ground but holes out to Kithuruwan Vithanage. He is out after doing the damage though, both he and Shafiq added 100 runs together.

OUT! Z Babar c Vithanage b Perera 56(60)

Live cricket score: Pakistan 397/8 | Overs 104

Asad Shafiq 120(229) Zulfiqar Babar 53(55)

Pakistan have not declared at Tea and still batting. Sri Lanka will be under pressure as they come out to bowl. They now will have to bat last on this surface and it will not be easy. It remains to be seen how Zulfiqar Babar and Asad Shafiq go about scoring from here. Dilruwan Perera starts the session for Sri Lanka.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 390/8 | Overs 103 – Tea

Asad Shafiq 115(226) Zulfiqar Babar 51(52)

The ground staff is getting ready, they are probably expecting a shower here. Babar though continues to make merry. Shafiq has been superb for Pakistan as they go into Tea. Zulfiqar Babar brings up his maiden Test fifty with a massive six! Pakistan are completely dominating Sri Lanka here. And that is Tea on Day Four!

Live cricket score: Pakistan 349/8 | Overs 96

Asad Shafiq 103(208) Zulfiqar Babar 22(28)

Asad Shafiq gets to his ton, his seventh one in Test cricket and it has been a superb knock from him. Defying all the bowlers and acclerating towards the end. Pakistan are right after the Lankans here and might look to bat till Tea.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 333/8 | Overs 93

Asad Shafiq 91(199) Zulfiqar Babar 18(19)

Runs are coming thick and fast now for Pakistan as both Babar and Shah are playing this shots. Babar hit one over covers for a maximum from his crease of the bowling of Rangana Herath to signal his intents. Shafiq is nearing his seventh Test ton as a declaration looks imminent.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 302/8 | Overs 87

Asad Shafiq 78(180) Zulfiqar Babar 0(2)

Yasir Shah was been tested by the short stuff and he gives in moments after Pakistan take a slender lead of two runs. He gloved his pull to Dinesh Chandimal of the bowling of Nuwan Pradeep. How Shafiq bats from here is key for how this game goes ahead.

OUT! Yasir Shah c Chandimal b Pradeep 23(29)

Live cricket score: Pakistan 292/7 | Overs 85

Asad Shafiq 74(176) Yasir Shah 17(22)

Yasir Shah has been tested by the Sri Lankan pace bowler who have dug it in short to him. He responds by hitting the spinner for a few runs. Shafiq at the other end is just looking to occupy the crease. Shah is now starting to play his shots and has got a couple of boundaries off the bowling of Dhammika Prasad.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 274/7 | Overs 80 – Second new ball taken

Asad Shafiq 72(168) Yasir Shah 1(1)

Wahab Riaz loses patience, looks go big but fails to put bat to ball and is bowled. D Perera strikes for Sri Lanka. The game is meandering along with Pakistan not quite scoring that well.

OUT! Wahab Riaz b D Perera 14(54)

Live cricket score: Pakistan 268/6 | Overs 77

Asad Shafiq 68(158) Wahab Riaz 13(47)

Shafiq and Riaz have looked good so far. Angelo Mathews brings himself onto bowl as well. Sri Lanka are looking for wickets while Pakistan might be looking to play carefully for now with the second new ball due.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 261/6 | Overs 73

Asad Shafiq 65(151) Wahab Riaz 9(30)

We’re back for the post-Lunch session! Asad Shafiq has Wahab Riaz for company and both of them will first want to get their team into lead and build it into a big one to put pressure on the hosts. How will they approach this will be key too. Sri Lanka on the other hand will wish to wrap this up soon and get batting. This sets up for a thrilling finish to this game. Nuwan Pradeep starts the session with a good over.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 259/6 | Overs 72 – Lunch

Asad Shafiq 64(149) Wahab Riaz 8(26)

A fantastic session for Pakistan! Sarfraz Ahmed’s 96 has brought them back in the game. Asad Shafiq has looked good and will want to continue to bat well and take Pakistan closer to the Sri Lankan total. The game might change quickly if wickets start to fall after the break and Pakistan bowlers step up. Lot of action to come, stay tuned and join us for the post-Lunch session.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 237/6 | Overs 68

Asad Shafiq 51(140) Wahab Riaz 0(11)

The record stand is broken as Sarfraz Ahmed attempts to paddle one but misses and is bowled for 96. What a way to get out and miss a ton. This was the highest sixth wicket stand for Pakistan against Sri Lanka. Asad Shafiq brought up his 12th Test fifty too!

OUT! Sarfraz Ahmed b Prasad 96(86)

Live cricket score: Pakistan 196/5 | Overs 58

Asad Shafiq 33(110) Sarfraz Ahmed 74(67)

Sarfraz has taken Pakistan to safer shores as Sri Lanka get desperate for a wicket now. Rangana Herath is called back on but the nothing doing as the batsmen are looking at ease and there is no pressure for now on them. The lead is being wept off quickly here. The 100-run stand between the two is also up!

Live cricket score: Pakistan 174/5 | Overs 53

Asad Shafiq 24(93) Sarfraz Ahmed 61(54)

A milestone period for Sarfraz Ahmed! He first gets to 1,000 Test runs and then brings up his sixth Test fifty as Pakistan avoid the follow-on. This has been a superb knock from the keeper for Pakistan.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 146/5 | Overs 48

Asad Shafiq 18(78) Sarfraz Ahmed 39(39)

Both Shafiq and Sarfraz are playing their shots as Pakistan get closer to their first target of avoiding the follow-on. Shafiq had a scare when his attempted sweep went wrong but the ball just rolled past the stumps. The 50-run stand between these two batsmen is up as well.

Live cricket score: Pakistan 120/5 | Overs 43

Asad Shafiq 16(65) Sarfraz Ahmed 15(22)

We’re starting on time! Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed come out to bat for Pakistan, Rangana Herath finishes his over from yesterday. Dhammika Prasad bowls from the other end. Pakistan’s first target will be to get past the follow-on mark which is still 30 runs away.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the fourth day’s play of the first of the three-Test  series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Galle on Wednesday. This is Nikhil Popat, and I will be presenting to you the live updates from the day’s play. Read:

Sri Lanka were bowled out for 300 but not after Kaushal Silva scored a brilliant 125 to put the hosts on top despite them losing seven wickets for 122 on Day Three. The bowlers lead by Dhammika Prasad reduced Pakistan to 118 for five at the end of day when rain forced early stumps. They will look to continue to put pressure on Pakistan and force a result. Read: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2015, 1st at Galle, Day 3: Dhammika Prasad gets his revenge

Pakistan did not take their chances when they bowled and were poor with the bat too. None of the batsmen barring Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq showed enough grit to fight it out. They have a lot of work to do going into the final two days of this Test. Read: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2015, 1st Test at Galle: Pakistan fielders let bowlers down

Sri Lanka: Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews(c), Dinesh Chandimal(wk), Kithuruwan Vithanage, Dilruwan Perera, Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Pradeep.

Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed(wk), Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Junaid Khan.

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