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Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath sliced through Pakistan’s batting line-up once again to leave them in absolute tatters during their chase of 271 on the fourth day of the second Test in Colombo.
Starting out the day on 177/2, Sri Lanka’s batting duo of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene only added nine runs to their 98-run partnership before Sangakkara was caught by Azhar Ali at silly point off the bowling of Saeed Ajmal.
Sangakkara’s brilliant knock of 59 came off 130 balls and included four boundaries.
Jayawardene, who was playing in his last Test match, ended up making 54 off 137 deliveries, which included eight boundaries, before he was caught by Ahmed Shehzad at midwicket off the bowling of Ajmal.
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Lahiru Thirimanne only made 10 runs before he was clean bowled by Ajmal.
Niroshan Dickwella scored 21 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Wahab Riaz.
Riaz struck again just two balls later when Dilruwan Perera was trapped lbw for a duck.
Perera decided to review the decision at the last second, but replays showed that the ball was clipping leg stump, which led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.
Dhammika Prasad mustered 19 runs before he was run out by Umar Akmal, who was the substitute fielder.
Herath failed to trouble the scorers as he was clean bowled by Riaz for a duck.
Sri Lanka were bowled out for 282, which set Pakistan a target of 271 to win, when Chanaka Welegedara was run out by Riaz for a duck.
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was left stranded on 43 off 119 balls, which included two boundaries.
Riaz and Ajmal picked up three wickets apiece, while Abdur Rehman snapped up two.
Chasing 271 to win, Pakistan got off to a poor start as Khurram Manzoor was caught behind off the bowling of Prasad for 10 runs.
Shehzad only scored eight runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Prasad.
Shehzad wanted to review the decision, but he took too long to give the signal.
Ali made 10 runs before he was caught by Jayawardene at slip off the bowling of Herath.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq failed to save his team as he was also caught by Jayawardene at slip off the bowling of Herath for five runs.
Things went from bad to worse for Pakistan when Younis Khan was given out lbw off the bowling of Herath.
Khan reviewed the decision right away, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit the stumps. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.
Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed steadied the innings with a 55-run partnership before Shafiq was stumped by Dickwella off the bowling of Herath for 32.
Abdur Rehman scored five runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Perera.
Ahmed and Riaz amassed an unbeaten five-run partnership before stumps was called.
Ahmed finished on 38 off 63 balls, which included one boundary, while Riaz remained undefeated on two.
Herath was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Prasad chipped in with two and Perera claimed one.
Pakistan ended day four on 127/7 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.