PALLEKELE: Pakistan recovered from losing two early wickets to take tea at 99 for two wickets on the fourth day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Stadium.
Pakistan still required 278 runs with eight wickets in hand and four sessions of play left to beat Sri Lanka and win the three-match series which stand at 1-all.
At the wickets were Shan Masood who has steadied himself after a nervous start to be unbeaten on 52 (8 fours) – his second Test half-century and Younis Khan on 41 not out with four fours. The pair has so far added 86 for the third wicket.
Chasing a tall total of 377 for victory Pakistan got off to their worst possible start when Ahmed Shehzad was dismissed without scoring when Suranga Lakmal got a ball to seam into him to beat his defences and bowl him.
Dhammika Prasad got rid of Azhar Ali when the batsman attempted to play him off his pads but only succeeded in getting an inside edge to wicket-keeper Dinesh Chandimal with his score on five.
However Masood and Younis steadied the Pakistan innings with some positive batting not allowing the bowlers to get on top on a pitch that is not doing much.
Scores: Sri Lanka 278 and 313;
Pakistan 215 and 99-2 at tea (Shan Masood 52 not out, Younis Khan 41 not out)