Chasing 317, Pakistan recover to 198 for 5 after being reduced to 52 for 5

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Sri Lanka struck to have Pakistan reeling on 52 for 5 wickets. But an inspiring 146-run unbroken alliance for the sixth wicket between Asad Shafiq who was on 86 off 141 balls containing 8 boundaries and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed on 57 off 113 balls inclusive of 4 boundaries brought back Pakistan back in to the match. It left an open scenario when play resumes on the fifth and final day on Wednesday in the historic first ever coloured pink ball Test match. Both sides are in with a chance. Already 1-up in the series, Sri Lanka need to get 5 more wickets to register a historic series win in the desert 2-match series while Pakistan require another 119 of the 317 target for victory to draw the series by the close of play of the fourth day’s play in Dubai yesterday.

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It was debutant Gamage who struck for Sri Lanka having Sami Aslam caught by Kusal Mendis for 1. Azhar Ali was the next to go caught by Kaushal Silva bowled Nuwan Pradeep for 17 while Dilruwan Perera accounted for Haris Sohail who was caught behind by wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella  10. Perera claimed his second wicket having Babar Azam caught by Silva for a duck and Pakistan was wobbling at 52 for 5 before Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed batted resolutely to stall everything Sri Lanka threw at them. Sri Lanka will be hoping for an early break when play resumes that would put them back in the game.

By Srian Obeyesekere

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