Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2nd Test Day 3: Shehzad and Azhar put Pakistan back in contention

Shehzad raises his bat after bringing up his half-century

Shehzad raises his bat after bringing up his half-century

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Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad and batsman Azhar Ali both scored half-centuries to help their side launch a brilliant comeback against Sri Lanka on the third day of the second Test in Colombo.

Even though Shehzad ended up being dismissed, Ali remained unbeaten on 64 when bad light brought play to an end earlier than expected.

Starting out the day on 304/9, Sri Lanka were only able to score 11 more runs before debutant Dushmantha Chameera was caught by Younis Khan of the bowling of Yasir Shah for two runs.

Shah was the pick of the bowlers with six wickets, while Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez and Zulfiqar BabarĀ chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 177 runs, Pakistan got off to an awful start as Hafeez was caught by Kumar Sangakkara at first slip off the bowling of Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews for eight runs.

Shehzad and Ali made up for the early loss of Hafeez with a 120-run partnership, during which Shehzad brought up his half-century, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Dhammika Prasad.

Shehzad’s excellent knock of 69 came off 154 balls and included four boundaries and a six.

Ali and Younis Khan kept the runs flowing with an unbeaten 42-run partnership, during which Ali recorded his half-century, before bad light brought play to an end for the day.

Ali finished on 64 off 152 balls, which included three boundaries, while Khan remained undefeated on 23 off 35 deliveries, which included three boundaries.

Ali hit three boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 64

Ali hit three boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 64

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Mathews and Prasad claimed one wicket each.

Pakistan ended day three on 171/2 and will continue batting tomorrow at 09:45 local time or 04:15 GMT.

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