After the end of third day Sri Lanka was sitting on driver’s position in the match. Sangakkara and Jayawardane was on the crease at the end of the third day. Meanwhile Pakistan ere hamstrung by the absence of Junaid Khan, who was taken to hospital for a few tests after he had been hit on the head by a Dhammika Prasad bouncer. Sri Lanka were cruised at 177 runs for the loss of 2 wickets at the end of the third day.
From the very beginning they were trying to settle down themselves, but before they could stable Sangakkara got out by Ajmal. After one over he got Jayawardane too. JAyawardane score 54 runs. Mathews and Thirimanne were on the crease then. Mathews and Thirimanne were playing cautiously to reach a healthy score but Ajmal the man who was taking wickets for Pakistan from the morning took another wicket. He took Thirimanne’s wicket who contributed 10 runs. Mayhews and Dickwella were on the crease, in the meantime Dickwella was lucky as he dropped in 89th over. Till lunch, Sri Lanka were at 234 runs for the loss of 5 wicket.
From the beginning of the second session Riaz was also lucky as he got two wickets in same over at the starting of second session. He got Dickwella and Perera into his trap. It was known that bowlers would get advantage from the fourth day on this pitch. Mathews and Prasad were on the crease then, and after the 100th over Sri Lanka were at 263 for the loss of 7 wickets. Prasad and Mathews were rotating strikes pretty fast. After the 105th over, he was looking aggressive a bit but did not hold his place no longer as Ajmal got him into his trap. In the very next over Riaz got Herath into his pocket. In 109th over Mathews run out. Till tea Sri Lanka were ended at 282 runs.
In the second session Ajmal and Riaz dominated over Sri Lanka. For Pakistan they were needed 271 runs to win this match. Manzoor and Shehzad opened the third session. They were trying to give a momentum on the board. But Shehzad and Manzoor did not click once again and got out by Prasad. At the end of the 6 over Pakistan were at 21 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Azhar Ali and Younis Khan were on the crease who were looking for a stable partnership. But before their partnership could stable Ali was out by the star of this match Herath. Herath took Misbah’s wicket who did not even get the time to get stable on the pitch. After the end of 15 over Pakistan were at 40 runs for the loss of 4 wicket. Another batting disaster for Pakistan. Once again Herath struck, and this time Younis Khan’s wicket went into his pocket. Shafiq and Ahmed were looking for a big partnership to win this match. They were carrying the scoreboard pretty fast. Harath put a full stop on this partnership taking Shafiq’s wicket. The day was totally bowler’s show and Perera took Rehman’s wicket. Pakistan were in great trouble. Ahmed and Riaz were on the crease till stumps. They settled at 127 runs for the loss of 7 wickets.
Looks like Sri Lanka is moving towards the second win. Can Sri Lanka win the test series or will here be some miracle which will help Pakistan to win this match? Let’s see what happens tomorrow.
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