Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan, 3rd Test, Day 5: Highlights, Scorecard and Report

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2015

Pakistan's Younis Khan plays a shot as Sri Lanka's wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal watches during the first day of the second test cricket match between them in Colombo, Sri Lanka,Thursday, June 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Eranga Jayawardena/Associated Press

Pakistan completed one of the greatest run chases in cricket history to secure victory in the third Test with Sri Lanka.

The tourists were set a victory target of 377 and after beginning Day 5 on 230 for two, they chased down the final 147 runs to clinch a 2-1 victory in the series.

Simply outstanding. To win the 1st & 3rd Tests from points of no return is a brilliant achievement. Hats off Pak. What a series! #SLvPAK

— Sonali Dhulap (@pillya) July 7, 2015
Pakistan 2nd Innings - 382 for 3
BatsmanHow OutRunsBalls
Shan Masood st †Chandimal b Kaushal 125 233
Ahmed Shehzad b Lakmal 0 3
Azhar Ali c †Chandimal b Prasad 5 14
Younis Khan not out 171 271
Misbah-ul-Haq* not out 59103
Extras (b 5, lb 10, w 2, nb 5) 22
Total (3 wickets; 103.1 overs)382
BowlerOversMaidensRunsWickets
KTGD Prasad20 2 65 1
RAS Lakmal19 5 48 1
N Pradeep17 3 51 0
AD Mathews13 2 34 0
PHT Kaushal31 1 153 1
J Mubarak3.10 160
Cricinfo

The Pallekele pitch did not offer much by way of assistance to the bowlers, but Sri Lanka worked an early breakthrough when Shan Masood was stumped off the bowling of Tharindu Kaushal.

The departure of Masood in no way opened the door for Sri Lanka, as it resulted in Misbah-ul-Haq joining Younis Khan at the crease.

The pair kept the score ticking along at a steady rate and they advanced Pakistan to within 56 runs of victory at lunch on the final day.

Younus Khan 150* registers his 11th Test score of 150+ - now the most by a Pakistani. Goes past Javed Miandad's 10 such scores #SLvPak

— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 7, 2015

Sri Lanka thought they had made a breakthrough in the 99th over, but the umpire’s original lbw decision against Misbah was overturned as replays showed the batsman had got a huge inside edge onto the ball.

That was the last chance for Sri Lanka, as Pakistan chased down their target, which is now the sixth highest run chase in Test history.

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