Sri Lanka hurt Pakistan with four Test wickets

Pakistan were dismissed for 262 in their first innings, conceding a big 220-run lead following Sri Lanka's first innings 482. Karunaratne was unbeaten on a solid 170 for his seventh Test hundred, alongside Niroshan Dickwella on 47 not out, as Sri Lanka added 101 runs after resuming at overnight total of 254-3.

Wahab Riaz, in one of his wonderfully intense bursts, uprooted three batsmen while conceding only 10 runs, as Yasir Shah and Mohammad Abbas took one wicket apiece.

Amir left the field in the afternoon session due to a shin injury that will prevent the paceman from bowling in the second innings and keep him out of the one-day global series. Having come to the crease roughly halfway through the first session, Dickwella did as Dickwella does - heaving Yasir Shah over the legside off his ninth ball, before punching Amir through the covers soon after.

It was the third collapse, however, that was the most dramatic.

Karunaratne plays a shot during the second day. When Yasir eventually bowled him around his legs, Sri Lanka's score had passed 450.

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Mohammad Abbas made the initial breakthrough, getting Kaushal Silva to nick a straightening ball behind. Pakistan will also be without seamer Hasan Ali, who has a side strain, with he will be replaced by left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz. Sami Aslam and Shan Masood are still in field for the team. Had Suranga Lakmal been more accurate with his throw, Pakistan would have lost an early wicket.

But Karunaratne was still there at the end of the final session, ably assisted by captain Dinesh Chandimal, who closed one run shy of a half-century.

Haris Sohail signalled his intentions by smashing Herath for a six off the second ball but considering the pitch is only going to tougher to bat on from this point in time, a deficit of 367 looks out of reach for the hosts. Without this partnership, Pakistan would have been out of the match completely.

"This is a young batting line-up obviously trying to find their way", was Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur's best attempt at trying to make sense of what had transpired on a insane final day. At stumps, he was grinning.

  • Regina Holmes