Rangana Herath’s late blows brought Sri Lanka strongly back in the Pallakele Test as Pakistan ended Day 4 on a disappointing note with a lead of 188 runs with just two wickets in hand. This was despite a century from Azhar Ali and half centuries from Hafeez and Asad Shafiq.
Sri Lanka are in the driver’s seat in the Pallekele Test thanks to a heroic knock from Thisara Perera followed up by an early Pakistani wicket. By the close of play on Day 3, Pakistan are 27 for 1 in 6 overs having conceded a first innings lead of 111 runs.
The first day of the Pallekele Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan produced a wonderful contest, with the ball dominating the bat right from the word go. If at the SSC batsmen made merry, things were exactly the opposite at Pallekele.
Pakistan hold a definite advantage in the Pallekele Test after reducing Sri Lanka to 44 for 3 by the close of Day 1. It was a strong fightback from the Pakistanis led by left arm quick Junaid Khan after the visitors were bundled out for 226.
With rain around at Pallekele as well, a draw seems the most likely result in the third Test too. If indeed the rain gods allow enough play to take place for a result to be possible, Pakistan would be looking forward to their pacers to do some damage, and give the visitors a realistic chance of squaring the series.