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Sri Lanka continued to rule the roost on the third day of the Galle Test, setting their visitors Pakistan a massive target of 510 runs to win the first test. The day started with Sri Lanka completing the formalities to wrap up Pakistan's first innings for just 100 runs, with their spinners getting the benefit of some poor umpiring decisions. Surprisingly, Mahela Jayawardene chose not to impose the follow-on despite having a 372 run lead. Sri Lanka came out swinging in their second innings and batted for 41 overs in which they posted 137 for the loss of 5 wickets. The wickets though didn't really matter, and it was more a question of putting on enough runs on the board to give Mahela the comfort of being able to put enough fielders around the bat. Pakistan had a little over an hour to survive after the hosts declared, but managed to lose another 3 wickets to leave themselves in a world of trouble at 36-3. Barring a miracle, Sri Lanka would be favourites to seal an early win in the test tomorrow.
Resuming from an abysmal 48-5, former skipper Younis Khan was the first to fall this morning, a recipient of one of those poor decisions from umpire Steve Davis, given out leg before for 29 despite getting a thick inside edge onto his pads. Rangana Herath was the fortunate recipient of the wicket.
Debutant Mohammad Ayub shared in a 23 run stand with wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal before the latter was run out for 9, with both batsmen stuck at the same end due to some poor decision making from Ayub. The tail sadly failed to wag with Abdur Rehman and Umar Gul falling for 1 and 2 runs respectively, on either side of Ayub's dismissal for 25, also leg before to Herath, this time a more straight forward decision.
Despite picking up a huge 372 run lead, the Lankans shocked one and all by choosing not to enforce the follow-on. The only possible logical explanation for their decision could be that they felt that they had over achieved with the ball in the first innings, and the pitch was still very good for batting.
To their credit, the Lankan openers came out in the mood to take on the Pakistani bowling, and were on the attack right away. Dilshan was his usual free flowing self, and armed with the confidence of his century in the first innings, launched into the seamers and spinners alike. He was fortunate not to be given out caught behind though, after gloving a poor leg-side delivery from Saeed Ajmal, as the Umpires continued to have a horror show out in the middle. Later in the same over, he brought up his half-century off just 51 balls.
At the other end, Tharanga Paranavitana was playing himself into some form, making 25 before a poor decision to use his feet to Ajmal, saw the ball strike him on his back leg with the umpire this time ruling in favour of Pakistan. The openers though had done their job, making 81 in 20 overs to put Sri Lanka 450 runs ahead.
Pakistan made it a double strike, removing Dilshan in the very next over trapped leg before for 56 by Junaid Khan. Pakistan continued to end the session well with Kumar Sangakkara getting his 200th run of the match, but going no further, falling for 1 to give Saeed Ajmal his second wicket. Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera survived the remaining deliveries to take Sri Lanka into Tea at 93-3, a cool 465 runs ahead.
Sri Lanka batted for exactly 15 more overs after tea before declaring the innings closed. In that period, the hosts added 44 runs for the loss of another two wickets as both Mahela and Thilan fell in their teens to Junaid Khan, who ended the innings with confidence boosting figures of 3-44.
Pakistan were set an unlikely target of 510 runs to win in over 2 days. Their immediate assignment was to try and survive a minimum of 16 overs left in the day.
The Pakistani batsmen though continued to look completely out of place on this tour, as the top three once again fell without making a significant contribution. Stand-in skipper Mohammad Hafeez (4) was the first to go, caught in the slips while attempting to drive Nuwan Kulasekara in just the 5th over. Azhar Ali quickly followed suit, caught at a well positioned second slip off Rangana Herath for 7. Kulasekara then made it a perfect end to the day for the Lankans by getting Taufeeq Umar to inside edge the ball back onto his stumps to fall for 10.
The nightwatchman Saeed Ajmal (11) and Younis Khan (0) saw Pakistan through to the close of play, finishing the day at a disappointing 36-3, a massive 474 runs behind the Lankans with 7 wickets in hand.
Sri Lanka: T Dilshan, T Paranavitana, K Sangakkara, M Jayawardene (c), T Samaraweera, A Mathews, P Jayawardene (wk), N Kulasekara, N Pradeep, R Herath, S Randiv
Pakistan: T Umar, M Hafeez(c), Y Khan, A Ali, A Shafiq, A Akmal(wk), M Ayub, A Rehman, S Ajmal, U Gul, J Khan
Sri Lanka 1st Innings 472 all out (153.2 overs, 3.07 rpo)
K Sangakkara 199* (387) S Ajmal 5-146
T Dilshan 101(181) M Hafeez 3-55
Pakistan 1st Innings 100 (54.3 overs, 1.83 rpo)
M Ayub 25 (103) R Herath 3-30
Y Khan 29 (91) S Randiv 4-13
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings 137-5 declared (41 overs, 3.37 rpo)
T Dilshan 56 (58) J Khan 3-44
Pakistan 2nd Innings 36-3 (15 overs, 2.4 rpo)
S Ajmal 11* (10) N Kulasekara 2-13
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