Pakistan clinched the series with historic run chase. Younis Khan’s unbeaten 171 led Pakistan to their highest, the second highest in Asia for any side, and the sixth-highest in all Test cricket. Pakistan grabbed the three match Test series with a 2-1 margin, chasing a mammoth 375 runs target in the thrid and final Test. This is Pakistan’s highest run chase in Test cricket.
A thumping seven wickets victory means Pakistan registered their series victory since 2006 and with this 2-1 series victory Pakistan stands third in the ICC Test ranking.
Commencing the chase, Pakistan opener, Ahmed Shehzad was clean bold by Suranga Lakmal in the third ball of the second over. A thorny start for Pakistan continued, as second man Azar Ali, who on a personal score 5, was caught by Chandimal off Dhamika Prasad.
Sri Lanka took the control of the situation. However, a 242 run partnership between young gun Shan Masood and veteran Younis Khan released the tension for Pakistan. Masood fell on the fifth morning for 125. Misbah-ul-Haq arrived with 122 needed, saw off Sri Lanka’s quicks till lunch, and opened up after that to reel unbeaten 59, finishing the match with a six.
Sri Lanka’s bowlers were desperate with the new ball to break the partnership of Younis and Misbah.
On fifth and final day Pakistan needed 147 more with eight wickets in hand. Massod and Younis added 25 runs more to their match winning 242 run partnership before Masood feel to offspinner Tharindu Kaushal. Masood was aiming for some lofted shot, but was beaten by the turn to be stumped.
Kaushal began promisingly, when he was introduced by captain Mathews on the 11th over. But, he succumbed to pressure. Misbah and Younis used the sweep frequently, and put away regular full tosses with ease.
It was a different story against the fast bowlers. The first boundary of the day came only in the tenth over, when Younis forced an edge through the vacant slip region off Nuwan Pradeep.
However, fast bowlers were not coming easy to Younis and Misbah with the new ball. It took ten overs to come first boundary of the day.
Fast bowlers had nothing to do with as the wicket was offering nothing to them as the game progressed.
Misbah, who is not good while playing new ball, was lucky as prolific Younis Khan was playing the balls to all parts of the ground. There was an unsuccessful appeal from Dhamika Prasad for lbw against Younis, on 128, replays replays denied Prasad .
There was an unsuccessful review for leg-before against Younis, on 128, by Dhammika Prasad, replays returning umpire’s call for points of impact on pad and stumps.
Finally, the winning stroke again came from captain Misbah’s bat, last time during their Sharjah chase of 302 against Sri Lanka in 2014 Misbah did it for the first time.