Pallekele - Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali
combined to keep Pakistan afloat in the third and final Test against Sri
Lanka in Pallekele on Wednesday.
The overnight pair batted
through most of the morning session on the fourth day as Pakistan wiped
out the 111-run deficit in the first innings to reach 119-2 in their
second knock by lunch.
Hafeez and Azhar, who both hit centuries in
the drawn second Test in Colombo, put on 94 runs for the second wicket
after Taufeeq Umar had fallen early on Tuesday evening.
made 52 when he was dismissed 10 minutes before lunch, edging a wild
drive off fast bowler Dilhara Fernando to Tharanga Paranavitana in the
Azhar was unbeaten on 48 and veteran Younis Khan was on two
with Pakistan, who are seeking a series-levelling win, ahead by eight
runs with eight wickets in hand.
Younis put Pakistan in front by tapping Angelo Mathews for a single to point.
wicket of Hafeez came against the run of play after Sri Lanka's bowlers
failed to contain the flow of runs on a pitch that appeared to ease out
under bright sunshine.
Sri Lanka lead the series 1-0, having won the first Test in Galle by 209 runs.