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Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Ebbs and flows, twists and turns, the fortunes of both sides swung back and forth on Day 4. Eventually, Pakistan ended the day in ascendancy with Sri Lanka in front by 66 runs. With Yasir extracting considerable turn, Pakistan would feel they have the weapons to win the Test. Earlier, Haris Sohail had played a mature hand to compose a vital innings of 76 to ensure Pakistan would wriggle out of a rather tricky position and get a slender lead of 3.
Oh, Sri Lanka in a spot of bother now. Kushal Silva tried to sweep Haris, missed and was trapped in front of the stumps. Pakistan are buoyant while Sri Lanka seem to be jittery. Worrying signs – Hasan Ali going off the field with what looked like a back problem. Strangely, there was no inside edge and Karunaratne just walked off without reviewing! Is there still life in this Test? Karunaratne, the first innings hero, inside edged one to short leg and was dismissed.
Huge wicket as Karunaratne has been Sri Lanka’s best Test batsman for a while. Replays, however, suggested no inside edge! Well, well Karunratne didn’t review. Shafiq then prised out Thirimanne.
Sri Lankan batsmen seem to be too cautious. The left-handed batsman on his Test debut showed exemplary composure to compile a measured hand of 76 and help Pakistan gain a slender lead of three runs. He shared vital stands of 50 and 32 with Hasan and Abbas before eventually falling to Pradeep – the final wicket to fall. With Pakistan at 340 for 8, Sri Lanka seemed to be holding the edge but the home side has wrested back the advantage. Hasan Ali showed his big hitting prowess by tonking Herath for three sixes and a boundary.
He used the long handle to good effect before Herath had the last laugh as he lured Hasan out of the crease and Dickwella did the rest. 32nd five-fer for the veteran spinner! Haris, at the other end, composed a valuable fifty on Test debut. Lakmal prised out Amir LBW and Herath dismissed Yasir off the final over of the session as Sri Lanka rallied back during the morning session of Day 4.
Despite Pakistan still 79 runs behind, the Test could end up as a stalemate. Only one innings has been completed so far in the match. Sarfraz Ahmed has been done in by the slowness of the track as Lakmal castles the Pakistan batsman. Lakmal banged it short but as the track is really slow, Sarfraz was into the pull shot too early and could only eke out an edge onto the stumps. Pakistan are still over 100 runs behind! Samarawickrama, the substitute, pouched a smart catch at midwicket to dislodge Azhar. The mainstay of the Pakistan batting line-up flicked it to the fielder stationed at midwicket who snaffled a good, low catch.