Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 3: Video Highlights, Scorecard and Report

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJanuary 18, 2014

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 08:   Ahmed Shehzad of Pakistan bats during the first day of the second Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium on January 8, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
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Pakistan lost three late wickets to lose ground on Sri Lanka after day three of the third Test in Sharjah, falling to 291 for six in Dubai, 137 runs behind.

Batting all day, the hosts built steadily, with Ahmed Shehzad the star of the day with an innings of 147.

It was his first Test ton, and a fine effort, coming from 275 deliveries.

He had some assistance, however, with opening partner Khurram Manzoor adding 52, and captain Misbah-ul-Haq reaching 36 not out by stumps.

Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka: 3rd Test, Day 3 Scorecard
Pakistan 1st InningsSL 428-9 dec.
Manzoor c P Jayawardene b Eranga 52 189 125
Shehzad b Herath 147 338 275
Azhar Ali c Mathews b Perera 8 41 27
Y Khan c P Jayawardene b Herath 17 49 31
Misbah-ul-Haq not out 36 110 64
Shafiq lbw b Eranga 18 42 45
Sarfraz Ahmed c P Jayawardene b Herath 5 14 7
Extras 1nb 0w 1b 6lb 8
Total for 6 291 (95.3 ovs)
Herath 31.3 8 88 3
Lakmal 21.0 4 57 0
Perera 17.0 1 71 1
Eranga 19.0 5 53 2
Mathews 7.0 3 15 0

Once again, however, it will be up to the captain to marshall the tail. Shehzad's dismissal with 245 on the board suddenly allowed Sri Lanka in, and Shaminda Eranga and Rangana Herath struck to weaken the hosts' position.

They have to win this Test in order to draw the series, and their best hope after Sri Lanka's ponderous first innings is to build an advantage batting just once, and then shoot the tourists out cheaply in the second innings.

That looks a remote hope now, with Pakistan's tail having appeared brittle all series long.

Herath was the pick of the bowlers on a sedate day of cricket, biding his time and taking three wickets, while Eranga's late burst of pace gave him two scalps.