Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka Live Score-3rd Test Day
Pallekele: Gusty fifties by Tharanga Paranavitana (75) and Thilan Samaraweera (73) helped Sri Lanka reach 220/6 at tea. They were just 6 runs shy of Pakistanís first innings score of 226 all out.
But Pakistan made a strong comeback into the match after off-spinner Saeed Ajmal sent both the batsmen to the pavilion during the post lunch session.
They put on 143-run stand before Samaraweera was consumed by Ajmal for a well-made 73. Pakistan badly needed to break the partnership as both the batsmen looked all set to complete their centuries which would have helped Sri Lanka take a decisive first innings lead. Ajmal then removed Paranavitana for 75 to give Pakistan a high chance of wrapping the Lankan innings under 300.
Tharanga Paranavitana hit an unbeaten fifty (52*) to lead Sri Lankaís fightback against Pakistan on Day 3. At lunch Sri Lanka were 142/3 with Thilan Samaraweera assisting Paranavitana on 45 not out.
When both the batsmen joined in the middle at the fag-end on Day 1, Sri Lanka were tottering at 44/3. They had to wait the entire day on Monday as rain washed out 2nd dayís play. But both came with positive intents today and pulled the team out of the wood with a fighting 98-run unbeaten stand for the 5th wicket.
They had some anxious moments in the middle as both the Pakistani pace men- Junaid Khan and Umar Gul- generated good pace off the pitch. But Sri Lankan batsmen ensured that they did not throw their wickets away during the entire morning session.
The first one hour definitely belonged to Pakistani bowlers. But once they saw off the first hour, confidence started to grow.
Earlier, the proceedings on Day 3 started after the entire Day 2 of the 3rd Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was washed out due to heavy rains.
The first day saw some competitive cricket as Pakistan were bundled for just 226 runs in the first innings after which they reduced Sri Lanka to 44/3.
Sri Lanka won the first Test in Galle by 209 runs while the Colombo Test ended in a draw.