Pakistan was made to work hard for runs on the third day of the final Test against Sri Lanka despite a maiden Test century by opener Ahmed Shehzad.
Shehzad, in only his second Test, scored a gritty 147 as Pakistan ended the day at 291 for 6, trailing Sri Lanka’s first innings total by 137 runs. Sri Lanka earlier had declared late on day two at 428 for 9. Sarfraz Ahmed was caught behind off Rangana Herath for 5 in the last over of the day, while captain Misbah-ul Haq remained unbeaten on 36 at stumps.
Resuming at 19 for 0 on day three, Pakistan scored only 150 runs in the first two sessions with the loss of Khurram Khan after he scored a defiant 52, and Azhar Ali for 8. Shehzad however, upped the ante in the last session and helped put on 122, but losing four wickets in the bargain.
Shehzad put on 114 for the first wicket with Manzoor, making a slow but steady start until Shaminda Eranga picked up Manzoor’s wicket after lunch. Younus Khan departed for 17 as Herath picked up three wickets.
Sri Lanka’s tight bowling, coupled with Pakistan’s cautious batting, hampered its attempt to get close to Sri Lanka’s first-innings total. With two days left in the match, Pakistan will be aiming at pushing for a result, while Sri Lanka, with a 1-0 lead in the series already, will be more than willing to settle for a draw.
(International Cricket Council)