Ahmed Shehzad and Azhar Ali defied the Sri Lankan bowling on the third afternoon of the second Test at P Sara Oval with an unbroken century stand. AFP picture by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi

Ahmed Shehzad and Azhar Ali shared an unbroken century partnership as Pakistan edged closer to wiping out the first innings deficit of 167 runs on the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka played at the P Sara Oval.

Shehzad was unbeaten on 69 with one six and four fours and Azhar on 47 with two fours as Pakistan took tea at 129 for one wicket, to trail by 48 runs.

The afternoon was dominated by these two batsmen who played sensibly not taking any chances to deny Sri Lanka any success.

Sri Lanka had a seam and spin attack going for most of the time and although there were a few close calls the pair managed to last out the session.

Shehzad completed his half-century off 115 balls and at the break the partnership was worth 120 runs off 165 balls.

Scores: Pakistan 138 and 129-1 at tea (Ahmed Shehzad 69 not out, Azhar Ali 47 not out)

Sri Lanka 315.