Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 4: Scorecard and Report

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2014

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 08:  Kaushal Silva of Sri Lanka 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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Sri Lanka will take a lead of 220 into the final day of the third Test against Pakistan, as they made painstakingly slow progress with the bat on day four. The tourists struggled to a score of 133-5 at the end of the fourth day, and their scoring rate of just 1.87 runs per over made for some arduous viewing.

3rd Test Match: Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka in Sharjah
Pakistan First Innings: 341 (109.1 Overs)
BatsmanMethod of DismissalRunsBalls
Khurram Manzoorc †HAPW Jayawardene b Eranga52125
Ahmed Shehzad b Herath147275
Azhar Alic Mathews b Perera827
Younis Khanc †HAPW Jayawardene b Herath1731
Misbah-ul-Haq*c Chandimal b Herath63113
Asad Shafiqlbw b Eranga1845
Sarfraz Ahmed†c †HAPW Jayawardene b Herath57
Abdur Rehmanc †HAPW Jayawardene b Eranga25
Mohammad Talhalbw b Eranga29
Saeed Ajmalnot out08
Junaid Khanc Chandimal b Herath1611
Extras(b 3, lb 6, w 1, nb 1)11
Total(all out; 109.1 overs)341
BowlerOversMaidensRunsWickets
HMRKB Herath38.181255
RAS Lakmal234610
MDK Perera171711
RMS Eranga245604
AD Mathews73150
Sri Lanka Second Innings: 133-5 (71 Overs)
BatsmanMethod of DismissalRunsBalls
FDM Karunaratne b Mohammad Talha816
JK Silva b Abdur Rehman3694
KC Sangakkarac Khurram Manzoor b Abdur Rehman830
DPMD Jayawardenec Azhar Ali b Saeed Ajmal46144
LD Chandimal b Mohammad Talha1338
AD Mathews*not out1499
HAPW Jayawardene†not out66
Extras(w 1, nb 1)2
Total(5 wickets; 71 overs)133
BowlerOversMaidensRunsWickets
Junaid Khan155250
Mohammad Talha162362
Abdur Rehman227362
Saeed Ajmal185361
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Sri Lanka currently hold a 1-0 advantage in the series and will be confident of preserving their lead with five wickets and a decent lead in hand. 

Pakistan gave themselves a glimmer of hope when they dismissed Mahela Jayawardene just 15 minutes before play was called off for bad light. They need to win in this final Test match to avoid an overall series defeat.

Pakistan resumed day four on 293-6 with plenty of ground to make up. But things got off to the worst possible start when Abdur Rehman was caught behind off the bowling of Shaminda Eranga in the first full over of the day.

Things were to get even worse for Pakistan as Eranaga struck again in the second over of his spell, pinning Mohammad Talha in front of the stumps for just two.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 08:  Dimuth Karunaratne (L) and Prasanna Jayawardene (R) appeal the wicket of Rahat Ali (C) of Pakistan during the first day of the second Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Dubai Sports City Cricket Sta
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At 300-8, Misbah-ul-Haqwho was well set on 41went after the Sri Lankan bowling, trying to make inroads into what was still a significant deficit. He accelerated his run rate and looked to play in a much more aggressive manner. He went past 50 in the 101st over, lofting a Rangana Herath delivery out of the ground.

But he would only go on to make 13 more runs, as Herath had him caught trying to smash another six over the boundary. Tailender Junaid Khan came in and bludgeoned a couple of huge sixes, but Pakistan finished on 341, 87 runs short of the Sri Lankan total. Herath bowled very well, finishing with figures of 5-125.

Pakistan took to the field knowing they required a massive effort from their bowling attack. Things started well for them too as Abdur Rehman and Mohammad Talha snaffled two wickets each to leave Sri Lanka 89-4 in their second innings. 

Rehman found some turn and bowled some wonderful deliveries. The spinner will have been delighted to have picked up the prized wickets of Kaushal Silva for 36 and Kumar Sangakkara for just eight. Talha, on the other hand, dismissed Dimuth Karunaratne for eight and Dinesh Chandimal for 13, giving Pakistan real hope of pulling off a shock win.

But the tourists dug-in. Really dug-in. They took minimal risks and seemed unconcerned about scoring runs, obviously happy with a draw. Jayawardene played a careful innings and looked set to bat out the day for Sri Lanka. 

He made 46 from 144 balls and became the first ever Sri Lankan batsman to exceed 11,000 test runs. But he was caught off the bowling of spinner Saeed Ajmal just before the close of play.

Prasanna Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews batted out the rest of the day and they will resume day five on six and 14 respectively with a chance to bat Pakistan out of the game and secure a series win.