When Sri Lanka bowled an incredible bowling performance to reduce Pakistan to 188/5 before lunch on the final day of the second Test here on Thursday, the home team needed just five more wickets to win.
The session’s captain, Babar Azam, batted steadily although wickets kept coming from the other end, scoring 76 runs without being dismissed.
Ramesh Mendis, a spinner, made the first breakthrough for Sri Lanka by dismissing Imam-ul-Haq early in the day, just one run short of reaching fifty.
With an overnight score of 89/1, Pakistan began the final day of play, and they only added eight runs before Imam left.
After that, the skipper and wicketkeeper Batter Mohammad Rizwan worked well together for a third-wicket partnership of 79 runs that raised the score from 97 to 176.
However, the strong-looking partnership was destroyed when in-form spinner Prabath Jayasuriya knocked out Rizwan after he had scored 37 runs off of 69 balls while smashing six boundaries.
Following Rizwan’s demise, Pakistan lost two more wickets quickly as the left-handed batsman Fawad Alam suffered a poor run-out and went cheaply on one. However, just before lunch, Agha Salman gave Jayasuriya his wicket for just 4 runs.
With three wickets, Jayasuriya led the way for Sri Lanka, while Mendis only managed one.
With captain Babar Azam beginning play in the second session, Pakistan needed 319 more runs to win the match and five wickets to hold on in order to save the second Test.