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

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Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 4: Scorecard and Report
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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)
Batsman Method of Dismissal Runs Balls
Khurram Manzoor c †HAPW Jayawardene b Eranga 52 125
Ahmed Shehzad b Herath 147 275
Azhar Ali c Mathews b Perera 8 27
Younis Khan c †HAPW Jayawardene b Herath 17 31
Misbah-ul-Haq* c Chandimal b Herath 63 113
Asad Shafiq lbw b Eranga 18 45
Sarfraz Ahmed† c †HAPW Jayawardene b Herath 5 7
Abdur Rehman c †HAPW Jayawardene b Eranga 2 5
Mohammad Talha lbw b Eranga 2 9
Saeed Ajmal not out 0 8
Junaid Khan c Chandimal b Herath 16 11
Extras (b 3, lb 6, w 1, nb 1) 11
Total (all out; 109.1 overs) 341
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
HMRKB Herath 38.1 8 125 5
RAS Lakmal 23 4 61 0
MDK Perera 17 1 71 1
RMS Eranga 24 5 60 4
AD Mathews 7 3 15 0
Sri Lanka Second Innings: 133-5 (71 Overs)
Batsman Method of Dismissal Runs Balls
FDM Karunaratne b Mohammad Talha 8 16
JK Silva b Abdur Rehman 36 94
KC Sangakkara c Khurram Manzoor b Abdur Rehman 8 30
DPMD Jayawardene c Azhar Ali b Saeed Ajmal 46 144
LD Chandimal b Mohammad Talha 13 38
AD Mathews* not out 14 99
HAPW Jayawardene† not out 6 6
Extras (w 1, nb 1) 2
Total (5 wickets; 71 overs) 133
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Junaid Khan 15 5 25 0
Mohammad Talha 16 2 36 2
Abdur Rehman 22 7 36 2
Saeed Ajmal 18 5 36 1

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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.

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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.

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