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Upul Tharanga followed his first innings score of 46 with 48 in the second innings on the third day of the third Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Pallekele. AFP picture by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi

PALLEKELE: Sri Lanka managed to hang on amidst a Pakistan fight back to extend their overall lead to 175 with six second innings wickets in hand on the third day of the third and final Test played at the Pallekele International Stadium.

Sri Lanka went to tea brought forward by 35 minutes to rain on 112-4 with Angelo Mathews unbeaten on 31 and Jehan Mubarak on nine.

The passage of play in the afternoon was slow as both sides tried to get an edge over the other.

Sri Lanka lost the wicket of Upul Tharanga in the session when the left-hander pushed forward at a quicker delivery from leg-spinner Yasir Shah and was caught at short leg by Azhar Ali for 48.

Tharanga throughout his 47-ball innings was positive and kept the runs flowing hitting six fours.

Following his dismissal the Lankan innings went into a shell as Mathews and Mubarak played passively to take the side to tea without any further loss.

Scores: Sri Lanka 278 and 112-4 at tea (Upul Tharanga 48, Angelo Mathews 31 not out, Rahat Ali 2/38)

Pakistan 215.