Live Cricket Score: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan third Test at Pallekele - Day five

Sri Lanka players celebrate the fall of a wicket on day four AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Pallekele: Jul 11, 2012

Sri Lanka eye victory on the final day as Pakistan skidded to 299-8 after Azhar Ali smashed a second century in successive matches on Wednesday in the third Test at Pallekele.

Azhar made 136 as Pakistan wriggled out of a corner to post 299-8 in their second innings by stumps on the fourth day in Pallekele, a lead of 188 runs with two wickets in hand.

The tourists now have three sessions on the fifth day to conjure a series-levelling win on a wearing pitch that will offer some turn to prolific off-spinner Saeed Ajmal.

But Sri Lanka remain favourites to win or draw the match and clinch their first series victory in three years since beating New Zealand at home in 2009.

The hosts won the first Test in Galle by 209 runs before the second in Colombo was drawn.

Azhar, who made 157 in the Colombo Test, held the innings together for six hours, hitting 13 boundaries in his fourth Test century and the third this year.

Brief Scores: Pakistan 226 & 299 for 8 (Azhar Ali 136, Asad Shafiq 55, Mohammad Hafeez 52; Rangana Herath 4 for 64, Dilhara Fernando 3 for 65) lead Sri Lanka 337 (Tharanga Paranavitana 75, Thisara Perera 75, Thilan Samaraweera 73; Junaid Khan 5 for 70) by 188 runs.

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