Abu Dhabi - Sri Lanka's pace and spin attack fought back on Thursday to grab
Pakistan's last six wickets cheaply on the third morning of the first
Test and restrict them to 383.
Pakistan, resuming on 327-4, had
eyed a massive lead over Sri Lanka's first-innings 204 but had to settle
for a still-useful 179-run advantage.
All three Sri Lankan
pacemen grabbed a wicket each in the morning and spinner Rangana Herath
finished with 3-93 at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
the Sri Lankan openers Dimuth Karunaratne (two) and Kaushal Silva
(nought) had negotiated one over from Junaid Khan without trouble.
Paceman Shaminda Eranga, who finished with 3-80 and Suranga Lakmal, with 2-99, led Sri Lanka's fightback.
skipper Misbah-ul Haq ended on 135 after resuming on 105. He hit 16
boundaries and a six off 306 balls before being last man out, caught at
long-off off spinner Herath.
In all Misbah batted for 425 minutes
and his 218-run partnership with Younis Khan (136) on Wednesday set
Pakistan on track for their big lead.
Pakistan lost overnight
batsman Asad Shafiq (13) in the fourth over of the day Thursday. He
flicked Lakmal to Silva, who took another smart catch at square-leg.
then accounted for wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal for six before Bilawal
Bhatti (14) helped his skipper add 27 for the seventh wicket.
Mathews accounted for Bhatti before Herath dismissed Saeed Ajmal and
Rahat Ali off consecutive deliveries to restrict Pakistan's lead.