Pakistan lost the wickets of their two most experienced batsmen Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq in the fourth morning as they strived to stretch their lead in the second Test against Pakistan at the P Sara Oval.
Younis Khan playing in his 100th Test looked pretty unconvincing during his 107 minutes in the middle and eventually succumbed tamely to Angelo Mathews edging a straight forward catch to wicket-keeper Dinesh Chandimal with his score on 40.
With Azhar Ali who was unbeaten on 85 at the break, Younis shared a partnership of 73 for the third wicket.
Dhammika Prasad who bowled a persistent line and length throughout the morning was rewarded with the wicket of the Pakistani captain when he pushed forward rather tentatively and was rapped on the pads.
The umpire was convinced that it was in line with the stumps and gave him out, but Misbah challenged the decision and Pakistan lost a review. He made 22.
Sri Lanka could have got the wickets of Azhar and Younis early in the day but was unlucky.
They reviewed a caught behind decision against Younis (24) off Prasad and lost it.
Azhar at 68 was lucky to be dropped by Kumar Sangakkara at first slip of the luckless Prasad although the indication was that it was the wicket-keeper’s catch.
Azhar had hit four fours in his six and a half hour stay.
Scores: Pakistan 138 and 171-2 contd 244-4 at lunch (Younis Khan 40, Azhar Ali 85 not out, Dhammika Prasad 2/70, Angelo Mathews 2/15).
Sri Lanka 315.