At the stumps of the first day, Sri Lanka were cruised at a total of 252 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Sangakkara and Jayawardane played magnificently on the third day. There are no big marks even though this is a fourth day pitch. Batting friendly pitch. It looks like everything is set for another Jayawardane and Sangakkara show.
Sangakkara was in good form in previous day, but started his journey with his big mistake but he was saved by his luck. Junaid was going to trap him on the first ball of the day as the ball full and swinging away from the batsman, Sangakkara went after it, played it away from the body and sliced it straight to point, where Rehman had all the time to prepare it, but just fluffed that chance. Junaid was determined that he needed to break this big partnership and got another big man into his trap. Junaid gets one to curl into Mahela, the ball pitched on middle and swings in to hit him right in front, but the umpire gave it not out. That looked out straightaway. Junaid went for the review. It was hitting the off bail and that was out. Jayawardane contributed 59 runs. More firecrackers at the ground, but they seemed to be a bit ill-timed. Angelo Mathews walks in through the smoke. Kumar Sangakkara continued to torment Pakistan. Talha joined the initial spell to get another big wicket. After the out of Jayawardane, Sangakkara and Mathews were playing cautiously. They were rotating the strikes quite fast. Ajmal, Rehman joined the bowling attack to break this crucial partnership but they handled Pakistani bowlers well. Sri Lanka began the day 199 runs behind but Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews wiped off the deficit with a 181-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Till lunch Sri Lanka scored 338 runs for the loss of 3 wickets.
At the initial stage of second session Mathews started his innings aggressively. Sangakkara was moving slowly toward his next milestone of 150 runs. At the 116th over he got his 150 with a two run. It was 18th 150+ score in tests for Sangakkara and he joins Sir. Donald Bradman in 3rd position of that list. Only Lara(19) and Tendulkar(20) ahead of him. Anyone could easily say this is Sangakkara’s luckiest day as he dropped again 128th over. After the end of 130th over Sri Lanka was at 414 runs for loss of 3 wickets. Mathews was playing magnificently but Ajmal got him in 138th over. He pushed firmly at a doosra and got a thick outside edge to first slip. Younis dived low to his right and snaffled that one. He contributed a quick 91 runs and boosted the scoreboard. Vithanage took Mathews place in the crease. At the time of tea at the end of second session they scored 449 runs for the loss of 4 wickets.
At the early stage of third session Pakistan took an early wicket of Vithanage. He contributed only 5 runs. Dickwella came out to the crease replacing Vithanage. Pakistan was slowly dominating over Sri Lanka as they got another wicket after Vithanage’s wicket. Ajmal got Dickwella into his trap. He also contributed 5 runs. Sangakkara joined into the “Double Century” family. He punched 1 run this to point to bring up his 10th double-century. Only Don Bradman ahead of him with 12 scores of 200+ now. The machine keeps churning along. O the other hand Ajmal took another wicket. This time he got Perera into his trap. Prasad took Perera’s place. Sangakkara and Prasad were building a partnership but Rehman got the big one. Sangakkara contributed magnificent 221 runs. Herath took Sangakkara’s place in the crease. Ajmal was the superstar of the third session as he got another one. They scored 533 runs till now. After this wicket Angelo Mathews has declared the innings with a lead of 82 runs. Pakistan openers came out to the crease. Herath got an early success at the end of the day at the 4th over. Khurram Manzoor failed once again. Ajmal took his place as night watchman. They played only 6 over today. At the end of the 6th over Pakistan scored 4 runs for the loss of 1 wicket.
Let’s see after the loss of one wicket how they move ahead. Though it is looking like the match heading towards a draw.