Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 3: Pakistan falter after Silva’s ton

Silva celebrates after scoring his second Test century

Silva celebrates after scoring his second Test century

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Pakistan found themselves in all sorts of trouble after Sri Lanka opener Kaushal Silva converted his overnight score of 80 into 125.

Starting out the day on 178/3, Silva was involved in a number of promising stands with captain Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal and Kithuruwan Vithanage, but none of them blossomed into a major partnership as every single one of Silva’s partners were removed.

Even after Sri Lanka had lost all their main batsmen, Silva tried to amass a partnership with one of the tail-enders, but it was to no avail as they were all dismissed cheaply.

Silva eventually had no choice but to take matters into his own hands and it ultimately led to his demise as he was caught behind off the bowling of Zulfiqar Babar when attempting a sweep shot.

Silva’s superb knock of 125 came off 300 balls and included 16 boundaries.

Sri Lanka managed to add nine runs to their total after Silva’s dismissal before they were bowled out for 300 when Nuwan Pradeep was caught and bowled by Yasir Shah for four runs.

Babar and Wahab Riaz picked up three wickets apiece, while Shah and Mohammad Hafeez snapped up two wickets each.

Trailing by 300 runs, Pakistan were dealt three early blows when pace bowler Dhammika Prasad removed Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad before spinner Rangana Herath dismissed Azhar Ali for eight runs.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and veteran batsman Younis Khan somewhat stemmed the bleeding with a 51-run partnership before Khan’s encouraging innings of 47 was brought to an end when he was clean bowled by Dilruwan Perera.

Khan was Pakistan's top-scorer on day three with 47

Khan was Pakistan’s top-scorer on day three with 47

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It was only a short while later that ul-Haq was walking back to the pavilion after having been caught by Kumar Sangakkara at first slip for 20.

With the heavens parting right near the end the play, the umpires decided to call it a day just when Sarfraz Ahmed and Asad Shafiq were beginning to rebuild Pakistan’s innings with an unbeaten 22-run partnership.

Ahmed finished on 15 off 20 balls, which included two boundaries, while Shafiq remained undefeated on 14.

Prasad was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Pradeep, Herath and Perera claimed one wicket each.

Pakistan ended day three on 118/5 and will continue batting tomorrow at 09:45 local time or 04:15 GMT.

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