The 3rd day’s play started half an hour late because of rain. Sri Lanka added 11 runs to their overnight total and were bowled out for 315 with a lead of 177. The last man to be dismissed was Chameera. Yasir Shah picked up 6 wickets in the Sri Lanka’s first innings. Pakistan second innings got off to a poor start losing Mohmmad Hafeez when the score was 9. After that Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad made sure that no more wickets fell till Lunch. At the end of first session, Pakistan were 62 for 1 and still trailed by 115 runs.
In the second session, Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shezad were positive and hit the bad balls away. Both the players played some solid cricket. Ahmed Shehzad completed his fifty and Azhar Ali too did his job. The two batsmen made sure that Pakistan cameback in this game in grand style. The Sri Lankans were hampered by the loss of Dushmanta Chammera. At the end of 2nd session Pakistan are 129 for 1 and trail by 52 runs only.
After tea, the Pakistan team lost the wicket of Ahmed Shehzad for a well made 64 and the wicket was taken by Dhammika Prasad. After the loss of Ahmed Shezad, Younis Khan and Azhar Ali played some excellent shots. Azhar Ali completed his 50. Before bad light Pakistan were 171 for 2 and are only six runs behind. At the end of day 3, Pakistan ended with 171 for 2 with 8 wickets to spare. Mathews and Prasad were only wicket takers. The Lankan spinners struggled and they need to come tommrow with better plans.
Due to Sri Lanka’s lack of potency in bowling department, Day 4 promises to be an exciting affair as match is now evenly poised. Tommrow’s day play will start 15 minutes early and 98 overs will be bowled if the rain permits.
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