Half-centuries from Ahmed Shehzad and Azhar Ali saw Pakistan put up staunch resistance to wipe out the first innings deficit of 177 on the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval.
By stumps brought forward by bad light that saw 26 overs going unutilized for the day Pakistan had moved to within six runs of making Sri Lanke bat again by scoring 171 for two wickets.
Azhar who shared a second wicket partnership of 120 with Shehzad was unbeaten on 64 (3 fours) and Younis Khan playing in his 100th Test was on 23 not out.
Sri Lanka captured the wicket of Shehzad in the first ball after the tea break when the opener attempted to pull Dhammika Prasad and top edged a catch to wicket-keeper Dinesh Chandimal.
Shehzad made 69 off 154 balls and would have been disappointed with his dismissal after laying the foundation for a Pakistani recovery.
Earlier Sri Lanka were all out for 315 in reply to Pakistan’s first innings of 138.
Pakistan leads the three-match series 1-0.
PAKISTAN 1ST NNINGS 138
D Karunaratne c Sarfraz b Junaid 28
K Silva run out 80
K Sangakkara c Shafiq b Babar 34
L Thirimanne c Azhar b Yasir 7
A Mathewsn lbw b Yasir 77
D Chandimal b Yasir 1
K Vithanage b Yasir 3
D Prasad lbw b Hafeez 35
R Herath not out 18
T Kaushal c Misbah b Yasir 18
D Chameera c Younis b Yasir 2
Extras (b-6, lb-4, nb-1, w-1) 12
Total (all out, 121.3 overs) 315
Fall of wickets: 1-47 (Karunaratne), 2-98 (Sangakkara), 3-119 (Thirimanne), 4-191 (Silva), 5-194 (Chandimal), 6-202 (Vithanage), 7-275 (Prasad), 8-275 (Mathews), 9-303 (Thushara), 10-315 (Chameera).
Bowling: Riaz 9-2-19-0 (nb1), Junaid 29-5-89-1 (w1), Babar 32-8-82-1, Yasir 41.3-5-96-6, Hafeez 10-2-19-1.
PAKISTAN 2ND INNINGS
Mohammad Hafeez c Sangakkara b Mathews 8
Ahmed Shehzad c Chandimal b Prasad 69
Azhar Ali not out 64
Younis Khan not out 23
Extras (b-2, lb-1, nb-2, w-1) 7
Total (two wickets at close, 59 overs) 171
Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Hafeez), 2-129 (Shehzad).
Bowling: Prasad 13-3-46-1 (w1), Mathews 5-3-5-1, Herath 14-3-33-0, Chameera 8.3-1-28-0 (w1), Kaushal 18-2-56-0 (nb2).