Pakistan 165 (Manzoor 73, Pradeep 3-62, Herath 3-26) and 330 for 7 (Misbah 97, Younis 77, Sarfraz 70*) lead Sri Lanka 388 (Mahela 129, Silva 95) by 107 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Pakistan’s personality Misbah-ul-Haq batted with vast calm and rookie Sarfraz Ahmed punched his approach to a lass half-century to give their side a spark of wish of saving a Test that once seemed lost. Pakistan painstakingly amassed 198 runs on a fourth day yet mislaid usually 4 wickets, and with some sleet foresee in Dubai on Sunday, Sri Lanka could get shaken if Sarfraz and a tail extend a lead many over 107.
It requires extensive certainty in one’s skills for a batsman to sojourn scoreless for a prolonged duration and afterwards slave along unruffled during his own, homely pace. Not many in a complicated diversion have a mental strength to bat like Misbah does. He resumed on 53 off 119 balls, and afterwards stayed scoreless during a initial hour, creation his initial run off his 37th delivery. When he was discharged for 97 shortly before tea, Misbah had taken 129 deliveries to measure 44 on a fourth day and ensured Sri Lanka would have to bat a second time.
After Misbah’s burial came to an end, Sarfraz upped Pakistan’s dash in a association of two-Test aged Bilawal Bhatti. They played shots on a representation that had turn nonchalant for a bowlers, and yet Sri Lanka’s conflict did not err, a runs came faster. Pakistan scored 65 runs in 21.3 overs after tea, after creation 133 runs in 53 overs in a initial dual sessions.
Though Sri Lanka’s breakthroughs were few and distant between, any strike set Pakistan behind a prolonged approach since of their composed scoring. And either Misbah’s recession in a morning had an impact on his some-more gifted partner Younis Khan is arguable. With Pakistan trailing by 91 during a start, Younis had done a early play opposite Sri Lanka’s seamers, pushing with a fluency that had brought him a half-century a prior evening.
He had been station outward his double to annul a pitch though, and when Suranga Lakmal sent down a brief and far-reaching turn outward off stump, a additional rebound resulted in a tip corner as Younis attempted to cut and Prasanna Jayawardene took his fourth catch. With no runs entrance during a other end, maybe Younis had felt a need to penetrate during a necessity whenever he could. The fourth-wicket mount had constructed 129 and Younis was left for 77.
Only after a initial drinks mangle did Misbah get going, by flicking Lakmal to prolonged leg for two. Maybe that brought on a small adrenalin swell for Misbah as he pushed tough during a subsequent turn and edged to collect a range to third man. And after that he was struck on a pad by one that seamed in, yet a lbw interest was incited down since a impact had been too high. Misbah subsequently slowed adult again and usually incited assertive when Rangana Herath was brought on late in a session, slog-sweeping a spinner’s initial turn to a boundary.
Misbah’s partner in a 52-run mount for a fifth wicket, Asad Shafiq, also batted cautiously, yet with flashes of colour. When Shaminda Eranga or Nuwan Pradeep gave him width, Shafiq flayed his bat to cut to a indicate boundary. He also drilled Herath tough down a belligerent yet between those shots, he was measured.
Shafiq countered Eranga’s retreat pitch with a aged turn by removing his front outward off and fortifying confidently. When a new turn was taken, however, Eranga began to join a peculiar smoothness divided and Shafiq was reduction certain of his footwork. He finished adult prodding during an away-going smoothness and edged to second slip. Pakistan were still 23 behind.
Sarfraz was a many sprightly of Pakistan’s batsmen. Sri Lanka always felt they had a possibility when he was on strike yet Sarfraz done frail strike with his shots. His 45-run partnership with Misbah came during some-more than 3 runs an over and gave Pakistan a lead. In a final half hour before tea, however, Herath drifted a turn into a right-hander from turn a wicket, pitched on middle, and spun it past a outward corner of a bat offering in brazen counterclaim to strike off stump. Misbah had been discharged on 97, withdrawal some in a Pakistan sauce room in shock. They were usually 22 ahead.
If Sri Lanka had hopes of a four-day finish, they were squashed by Sarfraz and Bhatti, who continued their forward fondness in a final event by personification busily. Sarfraz brought adult his 50 off 73 balls, and enjoyed a let-off on 51 when Lakmal could not hang on to a lapse catch.
As a lead grew closer to a 100, Angelo Mathews widespread his catchers and it indispensable an inswinging yorker from Eranga to mangle a partnership on 67. Bhatti did intensely good to jam his bat down on a ball, yet it snuck by to shave leg branch before he could hit it away.
Sarfraz became some-more clever in a association of a initial tailender Saeed Ajmal, and played for stumps as it grew darker and began to drizzle. With a umpires checking their light meters often, Sri Lanka gave Kumar Sangakkara a play for usually a fourth time in Tests in a deficiency of any correct part-timers in their wicketkeeper-laden XI. His usually over cost 7 and took Pakistan’s lead past 100.