Mahela Jayawardene © Getty Images

Aug 10, 2014

Mahela Jayawardene and Upul Tharanga were in control of the 99-run chase as Sri Lanka were on course to chase down the target against Pakistan in the final hour of the day’s play. Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan were pitching the ball in the right areas and making things difficult for the openers after the early flow of runs in the first three overs. Sri Lanka need to go at atleast five runs an over as only 15 overs are left in the day’s play.

Earlier, Mahela Jayawardene and Upul Tharanga got Sri Lanka off to a flying start chasing a modest target of 99 against Pakistan. With clouds covering the stadium and the visitors looking to slow proceedings, the openers struck a couple of boundaries in the first two overs and the Pakistanis were under pressure straight away. Mahela is looking his classy self  — ticking the ball around through the gaps and looking for the odd boundary.

Rangana Herath inspired Sri Lanka to what could be another Test victory, as he grabbed six wickets to bowl out Pakistan for 180 on Day Five of the first Test at Galle. Sri Lanka now require 99 runs to complete what will be a resounding victory if they get it. Earlier, Pakistan survived Sri Lanka‘s assault till Tea, but were reeling at 153 for eight with Sarfaraz Ahmed the last recognised batsman out in the middle. Pakistan lost the wicket of Abdur Rehman off the last ball of the second session, as Sri Lanka looked set for a victory.

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