Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test Day 4: Herath keeps Sri Lanka in control

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Herath recorded his 17th five-wicket haul

Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath took a five-wicket haul to keep his side in control against Pakistan on the fourth day of the third Test in Sharjah.

Herath was well supported by veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene, who scored a magnificent 46.

Starting out the day on 291/6, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and spinner Abdur Rehman were only able to put together a two-run partnership before Rehman was caught behind off the bowling of Shaminda Eranga for two.

Mohammad Talha also made two runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Eranga.

Ul-Haq ended up making 63 off 113 balls, which included one boundary and three sixes, before he was caught by Dinesh Chandimal at wide long-on off the bowling of Herath.

Pakistan were bowled out for 341 when Junaid Khan was caught by Chandimal at deep midwicket off the bowling of Herath for 16.

Herath recorded his 17th five-wicket haul, while Eranga snapped up four wickets and debutant Dilruwan Perera chipped in with one.

With an 87-run lead in hand, Sri Lanka got off to a poor start as opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne was clean bowled by Talha for eight runs.

Kumar Sangakkara only made eight runs as well before he was caught by Khurram Manzoor at backward square leg off the bowling of Rehman.

Kaushal Silva managed to make 36 runs before he was clean bowled by Rehman.

Things went from bad to worse for Sri Lanka as Chandimal was cleaned up by Talha for 13.

Jayawardene stabilised the innings with his knock of 46 off 144 balls, which included four boundaries and a six, before he was brilliantly caught by Azhar Ali at short leg off the bowling of Saeed Ajmal.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews and wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene put together a six-run partnership before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

Mathews finished on 14 off 99 balls, which included one boundary, while Jayawardene remained undefeated on six off six deliveries, which included one boundary.

Talha and Rehman picked up two wickets apiece, while Ajmal chipped in with one.

Sri Lanka ended the day on 133/5 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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