A couple of leg byes from the over, good over from Ajmal. Sri Lanka keep ticking away at the target, 74 for no loss.
A single to start the over from Junaid, Silva then drives it through the square for four, beautiful shot from him. Junaid bowls it short and then Silva pulls it through square leg for four. Nine runs from the over.
Ajmal finishes a quick maiden. Sri Lanka stay on 63 for no loss.
A couple of runs to start the over, Dimuth drives it to midwicket. Dimuth then goes for the hook, plays it awkwardly but finds the boundary at long leg. A better shot from Dimuth, he flicks it through square leg for four. Ten runs from the over, Sri Lanka need 74 more to win.
Ajmal continues, five dots and then Silva takes two runs to avoid a maiden. Good batting by this pair for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka need 84 more to win.
A single to start the over, Dimuth pushes it to midwicket to rotate strike. Three runs to Silva to bring up the 50 run stand, he pulls it confidently in front of square.
A couple of runs and then a boundary to end the over, Silva batting very well against Ajmal. Six runs from the over, Sri Lanka accelerating after lunch.
Junaid continues, a couple of singles from the over, Sri Lanka move on to 41 for no loss.
A maiden from Ajmal, Sri Lanka need 98 runs to win.
After lunch, Junaid comes back into the attack, a no ball to start and then Silva takes a single to bring Dimuth on strike. A couple of runs through midwicket. Four runs from the over.
Ajmal continues, bowls a full toss and Silva walks out of his crease, hits it through midwicket for four. Four from the over. Sri Lanka need 102 more to win at lunch.
A few minutes to go to lunch, Ali continues. Dimuth takes a single from the first ball. Pakistan having a look at the ball again, showing it to the umpire, delaying the inevitable. Silva plays it over the slips to third man for a single. Sri Lanka 30 for no loss.
Ajmal continues, Dimuth drives him through midwicket for a single. Just a single from it, Sri Lanka need 109 more to win.
Short and wide from Ali and Dimuth misses out on the drive. Dimuth takes a single to fine leg. A single to Silva, who almost plays it on to his stumps. The next one keeps low and the keeper misses it, a bye in the end.
Ajmal comes into the attack, these will be some crucial overs for Sri Lanka. A big shout for lbw against Dimuth, the Sri Lankans get a leg bye. Replays show it was going down leg. Silva tries to get it past the man at point but some good fielding from Pakistan saves the single.
Dimuth drives Ali straight down the ground for four, good solid shot from him. Dimuth takes a single to rotate strike. Five from the over, Sri Lanka 23 for no loss.
Junaid starts over the wicket to Silva. There is some problem with the ball, the Pakistanis complain about it but umpires don't change the ball. A maiden from Junaid, Sri Lanka are 18 for no loss.
Rahat Ali comes into the attack, good dots from Ali and then Silva takes a single from the last ball to avoid a maiden.
A few dots and then Silva takes a single to long leg. Good over from Junaid, Sri Lanka need 120 more to win.
Dimuth punches the ball through point for four, slightly short and wide from Hafeez and Dimuth makes the most of it. Dimuth takes a stride outside his crease and works it through midwicket for four, a good shot for four, that will give him some confidence.
Ajmal has come back on the field, so Pakistan only missing one bowler in Bhatti. Good ball from Junaid, almost produces the outside edge, Silva does well in the end to leave it. Silva tucks it away to fine leg for a single. Another single, Dimuth takes a single to third man.
Hafeez continues, a few dots and then Silva edges it past Younis Khan to third man for three runs. Sri Lanka 6 for no loss.
Junaid starts another over, three slips waiting for an edge. Dimuth tucks it to deep square leg for a single to get off the mark, first runs off the bat for Sri Lanka. Silva gets off the mark, runs the ball down to third man.
Hafeez continues, another maiden from him.
Junaid starts his work with the ball from the other end. A bit of swing for Junaid, and just a leg bye from the over.
Ajmal is not on the field, he was hit on the foot from Lakmal's last ball. Pakistan start with Hafeez with the ball, Silva and Dimuth take strike. Bhatti is also off the field because of the hamstring sprain. A maiden from Hafeez.
Lakmal continues from the other end, Ajmal takes a single to third man and then Junaid pushes it to point for a single. WICKET! Ajmal bowled, Lakmal bowls another batsman, his best bowling figures in tests. Pakistan are all out for 359 and Sri Lanka need 137 runs to win.
Herath continues, a single from the over.
A big swing and a miss from Ali. WICKET! Ali tries to swing at it again and just edges it to the keeper, just pokes at it in the end. Junaid is the new man in. A single from Junaid to get off the mark, pushes it to midwicket. Another single to end the over, Ajmal keeps strike for the next over.
Herath bowls a maiden to Ajmal, who blocks it out.
Ajmal plays a few dots and then takes a single, Ali survives the last ball of the over. Pakistan 131 runs ahead.
Three fielders close to the bat for Herath, a maiden in the end.
Ajmal takes a couple of runs to Lakmal, hits the first ball to point. Ajmal pulls it for four, he was ruffled up with the short ball but hits the next one for four through square leg to bring up the 350 for Pakistan. Six from the over, the lead is now 130.
A couple of runs to start the over, Ali pushes it to fine leg, Herath comes back into the attack. Ali drives it through midwicket for four, hitting it against the spin. Pakistan lead by 124 runs.
A leg bye from the first ball, Ajmal pushes it past point for a couple. Ajmal then takes a single brings Ali on strike. Pakistan 341 for 8.
Ajmal takes a single from the second ball, Rahat Ali on strike. Ali swings and inside edge it to fine leg for a single. Pakistan 336 for 8.
Three dots and then Lakmal bowls a peach to Sarfraz. WICKET! It angles into the batsman, goes between bat and pad and bowls Sarfraz, big wicket for Sri Lanka. Pakistan lose their 8th, Ali walks out with the lead 111 runs. Pakistan 334 for 8.
Three dots and then Sarfraz gets a single to deep cover, Ajmal survives the rest of the over. Pakistan 334 for 7.
A shout for lbw, Lakmal was interested but umpire was not. Replays show it was missing stumps. A single to Sarfraz, Ajmal has to survive two balls. Pakistan 333 for 7.
Eranga starts the day from the other end, four men on the boundary. A single to Sarfraz, Ajmal has to survive two balls. A big shout for an inside edge that goes to the keeper, umpire not interested and Mathews goes for the review.
Herath finishes the over, just a single from the last ball, Sarfraz keeps strike.
Join us tomorrow for an absorbing final day's contest here in Dubai - thanks for your company today. I'm Gareth Allison, take care until next time. By for now.
All in all, a day where Pakistan fought hard to stay in this match with their captain Misbah-ul-Haq anchoring their efforts with 97. Younis Khan fell first for 77, before Misbah and Asad Shafiq put on 52 runs together. The stand-out today for me was wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed, who stood firm and helped eliminate the deficit partnered by a hamstrung Bilawal Bhatti. Safraz went to his first-ever Test fifty, ending the day on 70 not-out. Can Sri Lanka winkle out the tail in the morning to give themselves a shot at winning the Test and the series? Or will Pakistan grind it out to force the draw?
Right - the umpires have called stumps as the rain worsens at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Word is that there is a prediction for some rain tomorrow as well - your reaction to that news likely depends on which team you support. Play will start early tomorrow to make up the lost overs from today - a 9:30am start (Emirates time).
The official word is that play is currently only suspended - stumps has not been called. Stay tuned, we'll have more for you shortly. Meanwhile, Pakistan have stretched their lead to 107, with Sarfraz Ahmed leading the charge on 70 not-out.
We're waiting to hear whether that'll be that for the day's play - the rain combined with the worsening light may just mean that we won't get the remaining 15.3 overs left in the day's allotted time won't be bowled today.
Flighted delivery from Herath is carted for four, courtesy of a Sarfraz slog-sweep...and that's about that, folks, as the umpires take the players off. It appears that there is a light rain coming down as well, and the groundstaff have been waved on.
Ergh - a couple of long-hops from Sanga, and Ajmal pastes them both to mid-wicket for two and four respectively. A full-toss seems destined for the boundary as well, but is mercifully reeled-in by the chasing fielder. Definitely not one of the better overs I've ever seen - doubt he'll be given a second one. Like I said, I'm pretty sure this has a lot to do with the light rather than Angelo Mathews reckoning Sanga has a trick up his sleeve.
Well now - what's all this, then? Kumar Sangakkara hands his cap to the umpire, and he'll have a bowl. This may have something to do with the declining quality of the light, methinks.
Herath tosses one up, and Sarfraz's eyes light up as he puts his front leg far forward for a mighty sweep attempt...and misses. Jayawardene has the bails off, and they've gone up for a stumping which the third umpire is called on to adjudicate. Brilliantly done by Sarfraz, he dragged his toe back just in time to be over the line at the point the bails popped off the woodwork - not out. Oh dear, the light meter has come out again, and the umpires are conferring. Nope, no decision yet - play will continue.
Saeed prods away from his body, fending at one he should really have left alone. but plays the yorker much better next ball for a single at long-leg. It seemed like he was making eyes at the umpire, trying to intimate that the light isn't good enough for play to continue. No luck yet I'm afraid, Saeed. Play goes on.
Ajmal pokes forward to one that takes the edge of his pad and flicks away past a diving leg-slip for a leg-bye, bringing the more established Sarfraz back on strike.
The two remaining batsmen in the pavilion for Pakistan are Rahat Ali and Junaid Khan. Play resumes here in Dubai, with Saeed Ajmal facing Rangana Herath.
Eranga tries another yorker - not a bad idea at all - but Sarfraz is able to jam his bat down on it in time, before getting off-strike. Ajmal is beaten by two quick ones in succession that swing in, trying to tuck his bat inside the line of the deliveries. He moves across the line to play one to fine-leg, and is extremely lucky to get an edge as the ball cannons off his front-pad - missing leg, but not a get position to get into. That's Ajmal off the mark then, and drinks are taken for the final time today.
Rangana Herath will be licking his lips at the chance to bowl to Saeed Ajmal, who has joined Sarfraz at the crease. Four men around the bat as he comes on strike after a Sarfraz single, but he plays out one ball with a minimum of fuss. Can Sri Lanka seize this opportunity and kill off the game before the end of the day now?
Sharp single to a slightly deep mid-on, and the throw from Herath hits the stumps direct - oh, he's safely made his ground has Bilawal. Close, but well-run in the end. Another slower-ball bouncer won't really trouble anyone right now, with these two having been at the crease for some time now...and just as that's said, Bilawal tries to keep a fuller one out, but the ball spins back viciously after being played into the ground and knocks the leg-bail off! OUT! Oh dear, unlucky and a rather cruel way to go - he's batted really well, but Bilawal Bhatti is out for 32, and the seventh wicket has gone down...literally.
A hint of in-swing on show for Suranga Lakmal, but he hasn't been able to make it count so far. Sarfraz Ahmed plays out a maiden, as the umpires still look up warily at the sky.
Shaminda Eranga is back, and fires another ineffectual bouncer harmlessly over Bilawal's head. He does try to pull a shorter one across the line, but doesn't get it quite right to inside-edge onto his legs, preventing any run. He keeps out a rather fast swinging yorker, and the umpires have the light meter out now. Are we going off for bad light? They've had a chat, but it looks like play will continue...for now. There seem to be a few rain-drops around too now, and Pakistan won't mind seeing that at all.
No slip at all now for Suranga Lakmal now, with Sri Lanka firmly on the defensive to try and stop these two from scoring freely. However, there are still easy singles on offer with the field spread back, and, without the threat of getting out, Sarfraz and Bhatti will feel far less pressure as they go about their business. A trio of singles from a far-from-taxing over from the Sri Lankan right-arm pacer.
Sarfraz moves outside leg, as he has done a few times to Herath now, and drives down to long-on for one. Bilawal decides that he can do better, and rocks back to force the ball through the off-side for a classy boundary - FOUR, and that helps Pakistan to cross the 300-run threshold.
A smacked straight-drive from Sarfraz hits the bowler's hand and ricochets into the stumps at the non-striker's end, but Bilawal had stayed in his ground. The ball was in the air, and technically it was a dropped chance, despite being hit very firmly in the opposite direction of Lakmal's follow-through. A single brings up the fifty partnership between these two, showing the grit of the Pakistani lower order. Well done, chaps.
Herath is floating them up, trying to draw Bilawal into a false stroke, but the batsman defends resolutely. One slip in place, hoping beyond hope for a little edge to come his way, but Sri Lanka remain searching for a seventh wicket to bring victory ever closer - another maiden over.
Just the one run against Suranga Lakmal this time, who also comes in around the wicket to angle the ball across. He, though, does have a deeper short-leg in place, but he's not needed in this over. Bilawal Bhatti helps himself to a straight-forward single in front of mid-wicket to inch Pakistan closer to 300 in their second time at bat.
Ah, Rangana has returned from the other end. He's over the wicket, this time with no leg-slip or short-leg fielders in place for a bat-pad catch. One run off the bat and one leg-bye is all we'll get from that over, and it seems as if Angelo Mathews might be getting a little defensive here. The light really has got worse, but they'll carry on with the lights on here in Dubai.
The light has got a bit worse here in Dubai as Suranga Lakmal returns to the attack in place of Herath. The two batsmen run hard and well to pressure the fielder at fine-leg to nick two runs from a Sarfraz flick across the line. He is even further out of his crease when taking guard than he was earlier - you could fit at least two additional batsmen between him and the stumps! After a short wait, he pushes one into the covers and claims his first-ever Test fifty, pumping his fist as he crosses. Well-played under pressure with his team in a hole - can he and Bilawal extend Pakistan's lead of 68 even further now?
All this over-around-the-wicket hoo-ha has convinced Eranga to do the same. He challenges Bilawal from around, before switching to over and pitching too short - bam, four runs pulled to mid-wicket! Thanks very much, says Bilawal, and he chances his arm again to loft a cover-drive over the fielders to pick up a couple more. Too much room given by the bowler, allowing Bhatti to free his arms and play that shot. He overcompensates, trying a slower ball that loops harmlessly down leg-side - struggling with his radar, is Shaminda, and this partnership is now worth 43 runs to Pakistan. Nice.
Sarfraz jumps outside leg to Herath, coming over the wicket, as he anticipated the leg-side line from the bowler. Herath changes his angle to around the wicket until Sarfraz hands over the strike to Bilawal, switching back to over and trying to entice him with balls pitching outside leg. No interest from the batsman, who lets one that doesn't turn go past his leg-stump without fuss.
This pair have been positive after the break, steering balls into the off-side assuredly to pick up the ones and twos. Eranga is fairly brisk, but certainly not express pace, allowing these two time to place the ball. Oopsie, that being said: Bilawal is EXTRMELY lucky as the ball loops up after a defensive shot in the blockhole and just misses rolling back onto the stumps! That was close.
Sarfraz sweeps and Bilawal bunts one into the covers - three runs off the over from Rangana Herath. Captain Mathews will be looking to his veteran spinner to strike as he has on so many occasions for his country.
Solid start from Sarfraz, who cuts strongly to the deep point boundary for one before Bilawal hangs back to clout one through extra cover, adding two to the total. A willd swing to a ball with width sees the outside edge flying away to the boundary - four! Looks like Bhatti is going to have a go here, while Sarfraz now has his highest score in Tests, 41. Incidentally, this pair have only 5 Test matches between them - a lot now rests on their shoulders.
Here come the players for the final session of the day - will it be the final session of the match and the series as well? Shaminda Eranga will begin from the Emirates Road End.
Back-foot and across, Bilawal turns a shorter one to the right of mid-on for another run. Sarfraz decides to turn on the aggression and uses his feet to come out to one, collecting it well to the mid-wicket boundary for four! Great, authoritative shot, that, right before the break. It's time for tea, and Sri Lanka will have to wait and see if they can prise out these last 4 wickets in the Pakistani order in the evening session. The hosts are 42 runs ahead, with four second-innings wickets remaining.
Bhatti plays out a maiden over from Angelo Mathews - Sri Lanka staying patient here, with Herath in particular looking incisive.
Ah, that's better from Bilawal as he cover-drives Herath for a couple of runs to get off a dreaded duck. The pressure is still on though, as Herath goes up for a huge appeal for LBW - no, says the umpire. They think about a review, deciding against it eventually, although the bowler is still flabbergasted at not getting the wicket. Perhaps a little too high? Did it smooch the edge of the bat gently as it went past? Replays confirm that the ball would have passed over the top of the stumps, and that was a good call from the on-field umpire! The batsmen takes advantage by absolutely cracking the next ball to extra cover, who lets the ball spurt through his hands for four in a sub-standard exhibition of fielding. Insult to injury.
Two slips in as Mathews attacks from a little wider of the crease this time. Attempted yorker, but he gets the line and length wrong and is driven wide of long-on in style for four. Nicely played by Sarfraz Ahmed, showing some real application in this innings. He'll be wanting to nail down his spot in this Test Xi, and a good show at the popping crease will only enhance his chances.
Rangana's definitely got his tail up now, and he tests Sarfraz with two quicker, fuller balls almost had him trapped LBW and bowled - squeezed out both times. Bilawal shuts up shop, getting forward to meet the spinner with the deadest bat he can muster. Still on nought, though, his partner has 29 now from 48 deliveries.
Play-and-miss from Bilawal after being put on strike by Sarfraz - Angelo angled one in that missed both the outside edge and the stumps. He survives the remainder of the over, but doesn't look too confident at the crease yet.
Angelo Mathews will have enjoyed that - he continues from the other end.
Another four from the first ball of the over, and this time its Misbah who does the damage to Herath with a fine sweep. But, oh, don't celebrate too soon - OUT! Misbah is gone, just short of a century as he's bowled. 97 valuable runs, he played inside the line and the ball turned nicely from middle to smack the stumps. Pakistan lose their captain with a lead of 22 runs, and with 6 wickets down Sri Lanka must fancy their chances of running through the tail now! Great delivery to dislodge the rock of Faisalabad, who's replaced out there now by Bilawal Bhatti.
Mathews tries to draw his opposite number into having a go at a shorter one, but Misbah abstains. He plays forward to the next one, but decides to tuck his bat inside the line of it and avoids getting an edge - that would have been disastrous for Pakistani fans! He steers an umpteenth single towards third-man to let Sarfraz play out the remainder of the over with little fuss.
Ah, the slog-sweep - a shot we usually see in limited-overs cricket is brought out as Sarfraz smacks the spinner over mid-wicket for four! The length was full enough to allow the batsman to get under it easily, and there were no fielders out in that area to dissuade him . Misbah edges closer to century territory with a leg-side drive to the left of mid-wicket - he's eight runs short now of another gritty hundred.
Three runs from Angelo's first over, as Sarfrazfirst punches one past gully and then into the covers. Misbah does similar - Mathews looks a little tentative and definitely hasn't worked up much pace yet. Understandable, but he'll need to try and find some sort of variety to test these two set batsmen and coax an error out of them.
Well now - interesting to see Angelo Mathews bringing himself on to bowl after picking up a niggle in his calf yesterday which ruled him out of the attack. Sri Lanka looking to change things up to take a crucial wicket and attempt to cut this Pakistani innings short, with their lead currently just 8 runs.
One thing Misbah does love is a little paddle-sweep, and he showcases it here again as Herath pitches a fuller one on middle. The first slip fielder started running towards leg as he saw the batsman prepare to sweep, but there was no looping edge and the ball went down to the deep fielder for two runs. Misbah moves into the 90s.
Some spin to break things up between the all-pace attack from Sri Lanka - Rangana Herath returns.
Sharp run to wide mid-on from Sarfraz, who ran well to put pressure on the fielder (and Misbah through his paces as well!). A defensive prod forward runs to fine-leg from Misbah's blade, bit of an inside-edge but he wouldn't have minded too much with no catching fielder near on the leg-side. Not much pressure on these two batsmen at the moment, to be honest, and Lakmal slings down a wayward bouncer that veers towards leg to emphasise the point a little more.
Open face of the bat from Misbah gleans him yet another run down to third-man, inching ever-closer to another Test match hundred for his country. Sarfraz is still taking guard far out of his ground, aiming to disrupt the bowler's length - just the single from Nuwan Pradeep's over, his 19th of the innings so far.
Suranga Lakmal goes up for an LBW appeal against Misbah, but there was a massive inside-edge negating it. Odd that he even appealed, such was the thickness of the edge thudding into his front leg as he defended. A fuller one has the batsman leaning forward, drawing the edge that doesn't carry to the man wide at gully; they're able to trot through for a single.
Scores are level as Sarfraz pushes a single to point, and Misbah drags his side into the lead kicking and screaming with a back-foot punch through to a wide third-man. Bouncer from the bowler, but its far too short to trouble the Pakistani keeper, who ducks easily under it and grins. Its worth noting that his bat looks like it has hit about a million cricket balls - either that, or it has been the victim of a really bed red paint job. Must be an old favourite!
Umpires testing the shape of the new ball, putting it through one of those high-tech rings. It seems that it's already taken a weird knock, and the fourth official comes out with a suitcase full of replacements. I think this is quite probably the earliest I've seen a new ball be changed in a Test match (7.1 overs, to be exact). The umpires decide to call on the drinks trolley at the same time - smart move.
Sarfraz is not shy to play away from his body outside off, which will encourage the fielding side - he bunts to point before finally opening the face more to steer it past that man for four runs. Nicely played by the wicket-keeper, who reveals some of the bowler's frustrations when he thwacks the ball back at him, drawing a shy at the stumps from Lakmal in his follow-through. Easy now, Suranga.
Misbah defends far in front of his pad as he leans out to the bowler after Safraz claims a run from an inside-edge to a fuller ball. He loves working the ball to leg, Misbah, and he does so here through mid-wicket for two. He's only 16 runs away from a century, and Pakistan are only 6 runs shy of making Sri Lanka bat again now as well.
The head-band of Nuwan Pradeep homes into view now as he replaces Shaminda Eranga at the Dubai Sports City End - Sarfraz continues to take guard a foot or so outside out of his crease. Interesting.
Ooh er lad, don't bowl it there: first ball from Lakmal is sprayed down leg and Sarfraz gets a touch on it to send it on its way to the boundary. Glare from the bowler, but he'd do well to rather go back to his mark and bowl a better one than that. He charges in and this time hits the batsman on the pad - big appeal, and it'll be reviewed after being given not-out. Replays show Sarfraz outside the line, as well as a decent way out of his crease, far down the pitch, No dice, I'm afraid - not-out it stays. The batsman celebrates by driving sweetly through the covers, although it doesn't have the legs on it to make the fence and is pulled back for three.
Herath makes way for the fast-medium of Suranga Lakmal now.
Misbah doggedly defends as Eranga steams in, his tail up after the wicket in his previous over. He's bowling a fuller length closer to the stumps in this over, making it a tad (yes, a tad) easier for the batsman to defend, rather than pitching it just outside off to tempt a sneaky edge. All dead-bat stuff in this over, a maiden accrues.
Four runs as Sarfraz leans out seemingly half-way down the pitch to sweep Herath hard to the square-leg boundary. Quite a stride, that. That gets him off the mark and into Rangana's bad books, I'd imagine.
Edge, out! Shafiq can't resist having a poke outside the off-stump to one that shaped away slightly from Shaminda Eranga, and the new ball has done the track for the paceman. Second-slip Karunaratne made no mistake there, and Asad Shafiq makes his way back to the hut for 23. It wasn't unplayable, but a good ball that forced the error from the batsman. Pakistan's fifth wicket falls with their total on precisely 200, and Sarfraz Ahmed joins his captain in the middle with pressure back on the hosts. So much still rests on Misbah-ul-Haq's shoulders
Misbah gets an edge to the man at deep point for a single, and Asad Shafiq has the honour of to bring up his team's 200 by using his feet to chip a single down to a deep mid-on. Celebrations from the die-hard Pakistani fans in the crowd, waving flags and cheering their side's fight-back. Misbah is on 80, and Shafiq moves along to 23 now.
Yep, the second new ball has been taken by Sri Lanka. Interestingly enough, it's then immediately handed to Rangana Herath to bowl his left-arm spin with. He'll definitely get some more bounce with it, that's for sure - spin, maybe not so much.
Straight-drive from Misbah, who sets off instantly - Shafiq takes off a little late and really has to sprint hard and put in the dive at the keeper's end as a shy at the stumps misses! Replays show that the dive would have been enough to save him had the throw splattered the stumps. He celebrates with a good-looking drive through extra-cover, where the man fielding at wide mid-on mis-fields to allow an extra run to bring up the fifty partnership. Pakistan are just shy of the 200-run mark now as well, their deficit reduced to just 25 runs.
Herath persists with his leg-side approach, floating it in and is calmly padded away by Shafiq. Because of the predictable line, he's able to easily defend or kick away balls, as there is not huge spin coming out of any dangerous rough. Maiden over, and we've got one left until the new ball becomes available to Angelo Mathews.
Cheeky shot from Misbah! He reverse-paddles a ball that pitched far outside leg for a single, much to the annoyance of the bowler. Shafiq also shows a bit of enterprise, using his feet and coming out to bunt one down the ground. Herath's extreme leg-side attack is not working for him, as Misbah again reaches out to pat one past short-leg for another single - the partnership is approaching fifty now, a welcome one for Pakistan.
Shaminda Erange takes up the challenge at the other end for Sri Lanka. Misbah reaches out and leans into a drive to the man sweeping on the cover boundary for one to open his account in this afternoon session. Not much foot movement, but he got the job done, did the skipper. Shafiq helps himself to an easy single down to fine-leg, allowing Misbah to repeat his earlier shot to the sweeper.
The 75th over of the innings, and Herath is pushing the ball a little too far down the leg-side to really test Asad Shafiq, with the batsman able to either leave or kick the ball away easily. No runs, a maiden to start the session with.
Welcome back - we're almost ready to go again at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Thanks for joining us, where-ever you are in the world! Will Pakistan continue to fight and set Sri Lanka a testing score in the fourth innings? This session will go a long way towards letting us know. Rangana Herath opens proceedings, coming over the wicket with a leg-slip and short-leg in place to the right-handers.
Do join us in about half-an-hour for the second session here in Dubai - see you then.
The bowling hasn't looked penetrative much at all this morning from Sri Lanka, and one feels they are struggling a little by not having Angelo Mathews available to bowl some overs to give the front-line men a rest. Rangana Herath hasn't had any luck either this morning, and the Lankans will be hoping that the second new ball, due in another 6 overs, will be the tonic they need to nip this Pakistani innings in the bud. They are still the team ahead at this stage, but the danger of a drawn Test and, with it, the series, is looming a little closer than they would like.
A prod forward gets the inside-edge of Misbah's bat and races into the leg-side, to the frustration of the bowler Eranga. Hands on head, he thought for a split-second that he had burst through the batsman's defences there. There, there Shaminda. It will be okay. Asad Shafiq is circumspect, but latches on to one that started too straight and swung slightly to leg, adding another single to mid-wicket to his total. That's the end of the session, folks - just the wicket of Younis Khan in the morning session, and Pakistan have only 34 runs left until they can set Sri Lanka a total that will at least make the game safe for the hosts, if not win it for them.
Ranaga decides to come over the wicket rather to Misbah, who promptly sweeps him (albeit a little awkwardly) for two more. An edge onto the pads gets him another run towards the leg-side, and Pakistan creep ever closer towards nullifying the deficit, now 36 runs.
Misbah prods at a fuller ball outside off and gathers another single for himself in the covers. Oh dear, Eranga gives Shafiq a short and wide one, easy stuff to deal with for a batsman of his quality and he leans back to cream it for four to the point boundary. Lovely.
Herath was swatted a bit in his first over of day four - seond time around is far better for him, as Asad Shafiq plays out a maiden over.
The bowler starts on a good line-and-length, but gets a little too straight to allow Misbah an easy single turned to fine-leg. Hello hellow, what's this? Prasanna Jayawardene goes up for an appeal as Shafiq shoulders arms and the ball kisses the flap of his pad on the way through - he was outside the line of off though, and another appeal off the following ball is also deemed not-out, this time due to height. That jagged back a far amount! Ten overs left until the second new ball will be taken - Mathews is going to have to rotate his fast men well to ensure they are fresh enough to take it and make an impact.
Eranga replacing Suranga Lakmal now at the other end.
Welcome to the crease, Rangana Herath - Misbah opens his stance and heaves him leg-side. Not sweetly-timed, but it finally trickles over the boundary in front of square - slow and steady wins the race! He's a good player of spin, is the Pakistan captain, and he laps one round the corner to add a single and cut Sri Lanka's lead to an even fifty. It seems that Pakistan have been waiting for Herath, and they target him as Shafiq steps out to clout him back over his head for a second four in the over! The runs are suddenly flowing here in Dubai, and it's a rude welcome indeed for the left-arm spinner.
Here comes Rangana!
A prod to third-man for Misbah, didn't use his feet too well there for a man who has been in for a while. Shafiq showcases a more classical forward-defence immediately to ensure that the purists of the game can rest easy once more. One run is all we get this over, Suranga Lakmal keeping it quiet. This partnership is now worth 20 runs, for those keeping track.
A leg-bye takes Pakistan level with their completed first-innings total, before Shafiq takes them one better by slapping one to the man sweeping on the cover boundary. He's been in good form recently here in the UAE, scoring well against South Africa and getting a fifty in the first Test of this series too.
Misbah is all defence, but can't resist a slightly shorter one and swivels to pull one to fine-leg to scratch another run off the Sri Lankan lead.
Bang! Four runs, too much width afforded to Asad Shafiq who cracked it behind point. Good shot, and Angelo Mathews doesn't look happy with that effort from Nuwan Pradeep.
Meanwhile, over in Mount Maunganui in New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates (the country hosting this very Test match) have beaten the Netherlands in a World Cup 2015 Qualifier warm-up match.
Shafiq is doing his best to work the ball to leg for runs, but he finds the fielder at square-leg each time. There is a man in a catching position at silly-mid-on, a bit wider than he was earlier to try and take advantage, but the batsman leans back and cuts late past the slip to get a single from the last ball of the over, retaining the strike.
Very few spectators in the ground at the moment, in what really is a beautiful modern stadium. Banks and banks of empty blue seats as far as the eye can see. Pity.
First and third slips lie in wait, but all they have to do this over is shout encouragement to the bowler as Misbah defends stoically, leaving one and bunting one to the fielder at gully for a maiden.
No sign of spin yet, as Nuwan Pradeep replaces Shaminda Eranga - that's right, the headband is back! Can it prove to be good luck for the islanders? Let's see, shall we?
We're back, and Shafiq drives one square of point and runs hard to scramble three runs - ooh, the throw to the bowler's end spat out of the bowler's hand and it could have been interesting had he collected cleanly and broken the stumps! As it stands, Shafiq is off the mark and has clearly inspired his captain - Misbah breaks the shackles and finally adds to his overnight score by glancing into the mostly vacant leg-side and collecting a double. Perhaps that excited him too much - Lakmal draws the edge as the batsman attempts a drive, and it bounces just before the slip fielder and goes through his hands for four! Well, well. Close to a second wicket of the session for Sri Lanka, and an appeal for LBW to a high ball heading down leg doesn't work either - eventful over from Suranga Lakmal indeed, folks!
In case you were wondering, Misbah hasn't added to his overnight score of 53 yet. He's been kept quiet for 35 balls in the hour of play so far this morning.
Good straight-drive to a ball angled across him, but Misbah is denied a run as the bowler fields himself. Eranga is continuing his angled attack around the wicket, and has positioned the solitary slip quite wide in the cordon, at about second or second-and-a-half slip in the event of a healthy nick from the Pakistani captain. Another maiden over goes by, and it's time for drinks.
Wicket! How about that? Just as I say that the bowling hasn't looked threatening, Suranga Lakmal gets Younis to waft at one outside off and edge behind to a joyous Prassana Jayawardene. Big blow for Pakistan. Asad Shafiq strides in, having seen Younis play a shot to a ball he could have left - maybe a slight lapse in concentration from the big man? In any case, he goes for 77 to give Lakmal his first wicket of the innings. Shafiq is watchful, letting several deliveries go through to the keeper, who has taken all four catches in the innings wickets to fall so far!
Eranga continues around the wicket to the right-hander, angling across to encourage an edge through to the keeper and lone slip. Younis takes the opportunity to steer one past gully, adding one to his personal total and trimming Sri Lanka's lead down to 75 now. The visitors haven't really asked much of these two batsmen so far this morning, and truth be told it's been easy going out in the middle for this well-set pair. Two more slips are added to the cordon for Eranga to Misbah, but no luck as the over peters out.
Suranga Lakmal gets Younis to jump as he punches into the covers , adding a little excitement to a normally orthodox shot. Silly mid-on is still in place, but Lakmal is currently concentrating on a fourth-and-fifth-stump line. The batsman gets a single to cover, as the fielder mis-fields slightly to make it easier for the two Pakistanis to trot through.
An update for any fashionistas out there following the game today - Nuwan Pradeep has dispensed with the head-band and is going au naturale.
The bowler gets away with one that was a touch short and gave Misbah room to cut - the captain didn't quite get hold of it, and a diving gully elminates the threat of a run. Misbah is nothing if not patient, however, and it's that composure that has seen him rescue his side so often in the last few years. Eranga tries a different tack, coming around the wicket and bouncing Pakistan's skipper, but the batsman ducks under the short balls to snuff out any chance.
Ah, we have a boundary! The first of the day is courtesy of a glorious cover-drive from Misbah, punishing Lakmal's over-pitched delivery with authority. The bowler has a silly-mid-on in place, but that fielder will be twiddling his thumbs if the bowler doesn't bowl the lines to bring him into play. Younis has moved to 75, and has looked the more positive of the two batsmen this morning. Is he edging towards a 24th Test century?
Bouncer to Younis, and he ducks under it well before pushing a good single to mid-on, who's standing a little too deep to prevent it. Good pace and aggression shown by Eranga. Pakistan's innings run-rate at the moment is under two per over, and they didn't manage to touch three an over yesterday. Still, their first objective is to eliminate the Sri Lankan deficit of 81 runs.
Back-foot punch from Younis makes the cover fielders turn and chase - he picks up three runs. The visitors will do well to remain focused and remember that breaking this partnership could trigger another batting collapse and bring this game to a close with a day to spare - the wickets of Younis and Misbah are key to Pakistan extending Sri Lanka and giving the hosts a fighting chance.
Sri Lanka are keeping it fairly tight this morning so far - their captain, Angelo Mathews, wasn't able to bowl yesterday and is doubtful to bowl today either due to a niggle. A maiden over from Eranga keeps the two veteran Pakistani batsmen quiet for an over, bowling in the mid-130km per hour range.
Pradeep continues, and he's finding some appreciable in-swing under the overcast skies of Dubai now. He hasn't quite managed to hit the areas he found yesterday to get the two wickets of Hafeez and Khurram Manzoor - both absolute rippers that had the batsmen edging through to Sarfraz behind the stumps. Great bowling, it most definitely was. Meanwhile, Misbah opens his account for the day with a single, and Younis drives smartly into the covers for two to end the over.
Shaminda Eranga to head up the Sri Lankan attack from the other end - he isn't looking as trendy as his opening counterpart who is sporting a headband, but he'll be focusing more on seperating this pair at the crease. Misbah and Younis have been together for 115 runs now, with Younis adding another to his score with a tap down to third-man.
First over of the morning, and Pradeep hasn't settled into his line and length just yet. He has a slip in place for Younis but needs to put the ball in that corridor of uncertainty if he's going to draw an edge from the veteran right-hander. One sprayed down leg is rather well fielded by keeper Sarfraz, and we have just the one run to start off day four!
The lights are already on here at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Some spectators (and there aren't very many at all) get in front of the sightscreen just as play is about to start - Nuwan Pradeep aborts his run-up whilst the umpire ushers them off. Here we go, with Pakistan on 132/3.
Morning folks, and welcome to the fourth day's play here in Dubai. Sri Lanka still have a lead of 91 runs, with Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan still at the crease for Pakistan.
The light was fading and the umpire call it stumps, end of day three, Pakistan 132 for 3 with Younis Khan and Misbah at the crease. Sri Lanka need 7 wickets and Pakistan trail by 91 runs.
The umpires check the light again, ask Mathews to bowl a spinner and he agrees, Herath comes in instead of Pradeep. Younis takes a single to short leg, four men around the bat for Misbah. Misbah takes a couple of runs to end the over, Pakistan 132 for 3.
A single to start the over from Eranga, the umpire checks for the light and everything seems to be okay. Three singles from the over, Pakistan 129 for 3.
Herath starts his 13th over for this end, Misbah takes two runs from the first ball to get his 50. Good knock from him, leading from the front, his 23rd test fifty. Pakistan trail by 97 runs.
Another maiden from Eranga, Pakistan stay on 124 for 3 and Misbah stays on 48.
A couple of dots and then Misbah get two runs to third man. Just the two runs from the over, Pakistan 124 for 3.
Another century stand by this pair, they have delivered time and time again for Pakistan. Eranga goes around the wicket to Khan after the first three balls. A maiden from Eranga.
A couple of singles to start the over from Herath, Younis takes another single to deep square leg. Three singles from the over, Pakistan 122 for 3.
A couple of dots from Eranga and then Misbah takes a single behind point and moves on to 45. Younis takes another single to rotate strike, Misbah on strike for the last two balls. The 100 run partnership comes up, good batting from his pair. Misbah stays on 45, Pakistan trail by 104 runs.
A slip, leg slip and short leg in place for Misbah as Herath continues. Misbah sweeps it for a couple of runs on the leg side. Three runs from the over.
Eranga continues, and finishes a maiden, 19 overs left in the day, Pakistan 114 for 3.
A big shout for caught behind against Misbah, but the umpire gives it not out and Sri Lanka don't review it. Replays show it was hitting the thigh pad. Misbah flicks it to fine leg for a single, Younis then comes down the track and drives it to long off for four. A single to end the over, Pakistan 109 runs behind, this partnership now worth 95 runs.
Eranga starts a new spell and Younis takes a single from the first ball. Misbah takes a single to long leg. Couple of runs from the over, Pakistan 108 for 3.
Herath starts from around the wicket. A quick single from Younis who moves on to 49, Misbah was slow to respond but makes it safely in the end. Another single to Misbah who drives the ball to long off. Younis tucks the short ball to midwicket for a single to get to his 50, good innings from him.
A single from Pradeep's over, this partnership is very important for Pakistan. Younis moves on to 48.
Good over from Herath, just a single from it. Pakistan trail by 121 runs.
Four dots from Pradeep and then Misbah hits a four to third man. The floodlights around the ground have been switched on. Pakistan are 101 for 3 and trail by 122 runs.
A couple of dots and then a single to Younis Khan to fine leg. Misbah takes a single to third man. Pakistan move to 97 for 5 after 33 overs.
A single to start the over, Misbah plays it to square leg, Pradeep starts his second over after tea. Khan plays it to square leg for a single. Two runs from the over, Pakistan 95 for 3.
A single from the over from Lakmal.
A couple of dots after tea and then Misbah hits Herath for a four to long leg. A single through cover makes it six runs from the over.
Misbah guides the ball to the third man boundary, Sanga gives chase but the ball wins. Just the boundary from the over, this partnership is now worth 66 runs for Pakistan.
Herath finishes a quick maiden, Pakistan stay on 81 for 3, 142 runs behind.
Lakmal starts his 3rd over of this spell, Khan takes a single to cover, another strong drive from him. Misbah takes a single to square leg. Three singles from the over, Pakistan 81 for 3.
Herath starts his 9th over, Younis Khan takes a single to cover point after playing out three dots. Herath finishes a quick over, just one from it.
A couple of dots and then Misbah rolls his wrists to position the ball between midwicket and long on for four, good shot from him. Misbah pulls the last ball of the over to the fine leg fence, eight from the over, Pakistan are 146 runs behind.
Herath starts his third spell in the second innings. Younis takes a single from the first ball, whips it behind square to get off strike. A few more singles as Misbah and Younis rotate strike against the spinner. Six singles from the over, Pakistan 69 for 3.
Lakmal comes back into the attack, Misbah takes a single through midwicket. Another single to end the over, Pakistan trail by 160 r uns.
A couple of singles from the first two balls, Misbah gets to his 3000th test run. Khan gets two, drives the ball through extra cover for a couple of runs. Pakistan 61 for 3.
Four dots from Eranga and then Younis sweeps it through midwicket for three runs, he was late on the shot but still got it through the leg side powerfully. Three runs from the over, Pakistan trail by 166 runs.
Younis takes a single from the first ball as Eranga starts his 5th over. Just a single from the over, Pakistan soldier on to 54 for 3.
Herath bowls his third over of the spell and finishes a maiden, Misbah plays it out.
A couple of dots, then Younis pushes it through cover for a couple of runs. Younis drives it again through the covers, a better shot from him, reaches the boundary to end the over. Six runs from it, Pakistan trail by 170.
Six, Misbah slogs it over the long off boundary. Just the six from the over after drinks.
A nasty delivery from Eranga, it bounces awkwardly for Misbah who edges it to leg gully, Silva puts in a good effort but can't catch it, Misbah gets a single. Younis gets three runs to end the over, Pakistan 40 for 3.
Herath comes on for another spell, he got the first wicket for Sri Lanka just before lunch. He starts his second spell with a maiden.
Three dots from Eranga and the umpires are checking the shape of the ball, new set of balls come out and the ball is being changed. Just a single from the over, Pakistan 36 for 3.
Khan takes a couple of runs to square leg from the first ball. Younis drives it down the ground again, good shot for four more. Three runs to end the over, Younis flicks it through midwicket. Pakistan 35 for 3.
Eranga comes into the attack, replacing Lakmal. First ball is sprayed down leg, Misbah tries to flick it but it is out of reach. A loud appeal for lbw against Misbah, the umpire is not interested but Sri Lanka go for the review. There was no inside edge, the ball went on to hit the back pad after hitting the front pad, it may be slightly high. The third umpire gives it not out, Misbah survives and Sri Lanka lose a review. Misbah takes a single to midwicket. Khan takes another single to end the over, an eventful one for Sri Lanka.
Pradeep runs in from the other end, he is bowling well after lunch. Misbah gets a short ball from Pradeep, well directed bouncer at the captain. Misbah turns the ball away to long leg for a single. Khan drives it down the ground for a four through long off, classy drive from a classy player. Five runs from the over, Pakistan trail by 199 runs.
Lakmal replaces Herath, Pakistan trail by 204 runs. A maiden from Lakmal, Sri Lankans keep the pressure on with some good bowling.
A leg bye to Khan, Pradeep strays on his pads and Khan goes for the flick but does not hit it. WICKET! Manzoor edges it to the keeper, Pakistan's poor batting continues. Good bowling from Pradeep, he gets his second wicket today. Misbah walks out into a familiar situation, with Khan at the other end.
Herath bowls it quicker and around off, Manzoor gets deep into his crease and cuts it away from the point fielder for four. Just a boundary from the over, Pakistan 18 for 2.
A maiden from Pradeep, Younis plays it out. Pakistan trail by 209 runs.
Herath continues from the other end, Khan takes a single from the first ball to mid-off. A slip, silly point and short leg in place, Manzoor plays the rest of the over out.
Pradeep continues from the other end. WICKET! Hafeez edges it and Prasanna takes a good catch behind the wickets. Poor shot from a top order batsman. Younis Khan comes out to bat, Pakistan two wickets down. A single to end the over, Khan gets off the mark.
Herath to bowl the final over before lunch, a slip, short leg and short cover in place for Herath. Short and wide and Shehzad puts it away square of the wicket for four to deep point. WICKET! Herath strikes just before lunch, Shehzad edges it and sharp catch from Prasanna behind the stumps. Pakistan go to lunch 11 for 1, Sri Lanka take a crucial wicket. A single to end Herath's over.
Nuwan Pradeep gets the new ball and starts from the other end. Shehzad drives a wide ball through cover for four, not much footwork but good balance. A single to fine leg, Shehzad clips it away from middle stump. Five runs from the over.
Lakmal starts with the ball for Sri Lanka and Manzoor and Shehzad open the innings for Pakistan. A couple of runs from the first over to Manzoor.
Lakmal takes a single, and Pradeep plays the rest of the over out from Ajmal. WICKET! Pradeep is out lbw, Pradeep goes for another review but this time it is plumb, Sri Lanka all out for 388 runs. The lead is 223 runs.
A single to start the over, Lakmal gives Pradeep the strike. Pradeep plays out the rest of the over, Sri Lanka are putting up a good fight.
A shout for lbw against Pradeep, the umpire gives it not out and Pakistan review. The on-field call stands, Pradeep survives and Pakistan lose both their reviews. Another lbw decision, the umpire gives it out and this time Pradeep goes for the review. Pradeep survives again.
Lakmal takes a single and the field comes in, Ali bowling to Pradeep. Two singles from the over, Pradeep keeps strike.
Lakmal takes a single from the first ball, Pradeep gets off the mark with a couple of runs to third man. Bhatti has a hamstring strain and has gone off the field. Three runs from the over.
Lakmal slogs Ali through the cover for a couple of runs, Sri Lanka get to 380. Lakmal takes a single, three runs from the over.
Nuwan Pradeep is the new man in, the lead is now 212. Ajmal continues, around the wicket. A single from the last ball.
A single to Lakmal to start the over and then a jab from Eranga sends the ball to the midwicket boundary for four. WICKET! Bhatti bowls Eranga, good knock from Eranga comes to and end.
Three dots from Ajmal and then Eranga takes a single to mid off to bring Lakmal on strike. Lakmal gets off the mark with a single, two runs from the over.
Junaid pushes it down the leg side and Eranga pads it to the fine leg boundary for four leg byes, useful runs for Sri Lanka. Five runs from the over,
WICKET! A few dots and then Mahela goes for the reverse sweep and is bowled by Ajmal, a big wicket for Pakistan. Ajmal gets his first wicket of the match, Mahela falls for an important 129. A wicket maiden from Ajmal.
After drinks, Eranga flashes hard outside off and a thick outside edge flies past gully for four to third man. The lead is now 200. Another chance goes down for Pakistan, Hafeez drops Eranga at first slip.
Ajmal comes into the attack, Misbah looking to bundle up the tail. Mahela does not take the single, trying to keep Eranga away from the strike. Mahela plays out 5 balls and then hits a boundary off the last ball to fine leg. Eranga will be on strike for the next over.
Mahela pulls the short ball away for four, swivels on the back foot and puts it away for four to square leg. Mahela takes a single to keep strike and Eranga survives the last ball. The lead goes up to 192 runs.
Eranga edges one wide of the slips for four to third man, good ball from Rahat, unlucky edge for the bowler. Just the boundary from the over, Eranga survives and Sri Lanka bring up their 350.
Mahela plays out the over, refusing to take singles and farming the strike. A maiden from Junaid.
Mahela takes a single, WICKET! Herath is run out. Herath looks for a single that was not there, Mahela says no, Herath turns back but it is too late. Sri Lanka gift a wicket to Pakistan.
WICKET! The pressure was building and it leads to another wicket for Pakistan. Prasanna is bowled by Junaid on 9, Sri Lanka lose their 6th wicket with the lead 176 runs. A couple of runs to Herath and then he hits a four to third man. Sri Lanka 347 for 6.
Mahela starts the over with a single to fine leg, it was a short ball from Ali and Mahela rocks back and swivels to get it fine. Prasanna takes a single and then Mahela square drives the ball for four to sweeper cover. Mahela goes past Steve Waugh on the most test runs list with that boundary. Six runs from the over.
Mahela tucks the ball away to square leg for a single and then Prasanna pushes the ball to fine leg for two runs. Three runs from the over, Sri Lanka 335 for 5.
A couple of singles from the Ali over, Sri Lanka looking to push this lead into a substantial one.
A couple of singles from the over from Junaid, the lead goes to 165 runs.
Mahela takes a single from the first ball from Ali, brings Prasanna on strike. Prasanna plays out the rest of the over.
A single from the first ball, pushes the lead to 158 runs. A few dots and then Prasanna pulls Junaid through midwicket for four to end the over.
Rahat Ali bowls to Prasanna, another maiden from Pakistan. Good pressure being built today after the wicket of Mathews.
A loud appeal for lbw against Mahela, umpire gives it not out and Pakistan go for a review. The ball was pitching well outside leg, poor review from Pakistan. A maiden from Khan in the end.
WICKET! A single from the first ball brings Mathews on strike and then he tries to poke at one only to edge it to the keeper. Sarfraz takes the catch, Rahat Ali gets the wicket. Pakistan get a much needed breakthrough. Prasanna Jayawardene comes out to bat. A couple more singles from the over.
Junaid starts the day off for Pakistan, just a single from the over.
Last over of the day and Ajmal will bowl it. Mahela takes a single to long leg. It is stumps and Sri Lanka end the day on 318 for 4 and lead Pakistan by 153 runs.
Hafeez bowls a maiden, the lead stays on 152 runs.
Bhatti starts his 21st over of the day, a maiden from him with some seam movement late in the day.
4 overs to go in the day, the umpires have called for the light meter, Hafeez comes into the attack. A couple of singles and the lead is now 150 runs. Four singles from the over.
Mahela is on 99 and on strike, Mahela gets a boundary and moves on to 103 runs, his 32nd test hundred, he guides it behind point for four. He dedicates this hundred to his new born baby. Sri Lanka 313 for 4.
Five dots and then Mathews gets a boundary through backward point to end the over, Sri Lanka lead by 144 runs.
Over number 100, Bhatti to bowl it. Mahela gets a single to move on to 95, guided to third man. The 300 comes up for Sri Lanka, a single from Mathews puts Mahela back on strike. He plays it streakily to third man for a boundary, moves on to 99.
Ajmal continues, a maiden from him in the end, Mathews plays it out.
Bhatti comes back into the attack, a single to Mathews to midwicket. The last ball is a wide from Bhatti, it was a short ball that was too high. Sri Lanka 299 for 4.
A maiden from Ajmal, he is rushing through his overs today.
The lead is 130 with 10 overs to go in the day's play. Three dots and a single to Mathews, and another single to Mahela.
Ajmal bowls a few dots and then Mahela sweeps it away for four on the leg side to move into the 90s. Sri Lanka 295 for 4.
Mahela hits a four through the off side, a handy late cut from him, takes him to 88. A single for Mahela through midwicket, off the back foot. Five runs from the over, the lead is now 126.
A couple of singles from Ajmal's over, Mahela moves on to 84.
Mahela takes a single to Junaid, he has batted well today even with his injury. Another single to end the over, Sri Lanka 119 runs ahead.
Misbah brings Ajmal back into the attack, a couple of singles to start the over, this partnership is now worth 55 runs. The lead extends to 117 runs.
A couple of singles to start the over, then Mathews get a boundary through point, powerful shot. Mathews edges it through second slips for four and a single to end the over. 11 runs from the over.
A couple of singles to start the over, Junaid Khan starts the over around the wicket and then goes over.
Rahat Ali continues after drinks, a single from the last ball makes it a lead of 100.
Bhatti to bowl the over before drinks, two slips and a gully in place for Bhatti. Just a single from the over, the lead is 99 runs at drinks.
Mathews hits it straight past the bowler for four, no foot movement but good timing and balance from the Sri Lankan captain. Six runs from the over, Sri Lanka lead by 98 runs.
Junaid bowls it down leg, Mathews clips it away from his pads to the fine leg boundary, the fielder puts in an average effort and is unable to stop the ball. A single for Mathews, another flick to fine leg. A couple of runs to end the over, Mahela clips it to square leg and moves on to 76.
Mahela clips it through square leg for four, good shot and then new ball races away to the boundary. Rahat over pitches and Mahela drives it for four through cover, eight runs from the over. The 205 comes up for Sri Lanka.
A couple of singles to start the over, Mahela moves on to 66 and the lead is now 77.
Rahat Ali comes back into the attack to bowl with the second new ball. The reviews are reset after 80 overs too so both teams now have 2 reviews. A few dots and then a couple of runs to Mathews. A single to end the over, Sarfraz drops Mathews behind the stumps, Misbah disappointed.
The new ball is due, Pakistan persist with the old ball, Junaid bowls three balls and then Pakistan take the new ball. Junaid bowls it short and Mathews puts it away through point for four.
Ajmal brought back into the attack, four fielders around the bat. Good over from Ajmal, just a single from it.
Three dots to start the over from Bhatti and then Mahela clips it away to square leg for a couple of runs. Two runs from the over, Sri Lanka lead by 64 runs.
Three dots from Hafeez and Silva drives it through the cover for a couple of runs. Silva is given out lbw, this is very close, he wants a review. WICKET! The third umpire confirms, a wicket against the run of play for Pakistan. Sri Lanka lose their 4th wicket and Silva does not get a well-deserved century.
Mahela uses Bhatti's pace and helps the short ball to the fine leg boundary. A single to Mahela who hits it off his pads for a single. A no ball from Bhatti, oversteps and bowls a poor short ball. A single to end the over, Sri Lanka 225 for 3.
A single to start the over, Mahela angles the ball to fine leg. Just the single from the over, Hafeez finishes his 3rd over for the day.
Bhatti is getting a touch of reverse swing on the ball, Misbah takes out the slips and gives him a leg slip. A single to Mahela who flicks it to square leg, just a single from the over.
33 overs left in the day, after tea, Hafeez starts his 2nd over of the match. A single to Mahela who pushes it to long on. A single from the over, Sri Lanka 216 for 3.
A couple of singles to start the over, three singles from the Bhatti over. Mahela gets his 50, a fighting innings from him with a injury to his hand. Mahela brings up his 50 just before tea, Sri Lanka lead by 50 runs at tea.
Hafeez finally comes into the attack, Misbah running out of ideas. Mahela pushes it to long on for a couple of runs. Three runs from the over, Sri Lanka lead by 47 runs.
Mahela clips it to midwicket for three runs, neat shot from him against Bhatti. Silva runs the ball down to third man for a single. Five runs from the over, Sri Lanka 209 for 3.
The leg slip is moved to silly point, Ajmal starts his 19th over of the match. Three dots and then a couple of runs to Silva who punches it through cover. A couple of runs from the over, Silva on 90 now.
A single to Silva and then Mahela gets a boundary through deep square leg. Five runs from the over, Sri Lanka 202 for 3.
Too short from Ajmal, Mahela pulls it to deep midwicket for a single. Silva gets an inside edge that goes to deep square leg for a single. Sri Lanka 197 for 3.
Bhatti comes back into the attack, no sign of Hafeez. A couple of runs to Mahela, makes this partnership 100 runs now, Mahela guides it behind point. A couple more to Mahela, square of the wicket, then he takes a single to give the strike to Silva. Silva gets a boundary to end the over, a thick outside edge takes it to the third man boundary.
Mahela gets a single to backward square leg to give the strike to Silva, this partnership worth 97 runs now. Silva picks up a single to square leg. Another single to end the over, three runs from it. Sri Lanka 186 for 3.
Good ball from Rahat, Silva edges it, it falls short of second slip and goes for four to the third man boundary. Lucky boundary takes Silva to 77. Four more, another edge from Silva, goes through the gully region this time for four more, takes him to 81.
A leg slip in place, three dots from Ajmal and a single to cover. No sign of Hafeez yet, Mahela plays out the rest of the over.
A little delay because of sightscreen trouble. Another maiden from Ali, Sri Lanka moving along slowly at 2.8 runs per over.
Ajmal bowls a quick over, a single from it, Silva moves on to 72.
A maiden from Ali, Sri Lanka stay on 173 for 3, and lead by 8 runs.
Ajmal starts after drinks, Mahela gets a single to give the strike to Silva. A couple of singles from the over, Sri Lanka 173 for 3.
Ali bowls it straighter and Silva flicks it to long leg, Junaid has to put in two dives to stop the boundary, just two runs in the end. Silva cuts it away to the point boundary, Sri Lanka lead by 2 runs. Four more, Silva gets cuts it again to sweeper cover for four to end the over. Sri Lanka 171 for 3.
Ajmal starts his 13th over of the match, still wicketless. Mahela plays out a maiden.
Rahat Ali finishes his 2nd over of this spell. Sri Lanka trail by 4 runs.
Ajmal bowls it straight and Mahela clips it through midwicket for a single. Silva takes two through the off side from a late cut. Sri Lanka trail by 5 runs.
Rahat Ali replaces Junaid, a couple of runs to start the over, Silva clips it away through midwicket. Just the two runs from the over.
A couple of runs to start the over, Silva whips it through midwicket. A single to Silva and then Mahela takes a couple of runs to short fine leg, the slip runs to cut it off. Five runs from the over.
A single to start the over from Junaid, Silva takes the single to long leg to bring up the 150 for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka trail by 15 runs with 7 wickets in hand.
Ajmal goes around the wicket to Silva. Just a single from the over, Ajmal is looking to stop the runs rather than take the wickets.
Silva works Junaid to midwicket for a single, risk free cricket from him. The difference between Pakistan and Sri Lanka while batting has been that Sri Lanka have looked more intent to score runs. Pakistan looked to survive and when they started losing wickets they did not have enough runs on the board. Just a single from the over, Sri Lanka 148 for 3.
A couple of dots and then Silva drives Ajmal through sweeper cover for four. Silva gets to his 50 with that shot, a good knock from him. A single to end the over, Sri Lanka trail by 18 runs.
A couple of singles to start the over, then Junaid switches to bowling over the wicket. Sri Lanka trail by 23 runs.
Ajmal starts another over to Silva, another quick maiden from him.
Mahela faces Junaid, a slip in place for Mahela. A maiden in the end, two maidens in a row for Pakistan.
Ajmal finishes another quick maiden. Sri Lanka trail by 25 runs.
Junaid Khan starts around the wicket to Silva. Junaid bowls it wide outside off and Silva takes three runs through point and cover. Three more to Mahela brings up the 50 run partnership between these two, he hits it through the covers off the front foot. A single to end the over makes it 7 from the over.
Ajmal starts after lunch, a single from the last ball. Good over from Ajmal.
Mahela rolls his wrists over the ball and places it behind square for a single. A single to Silva to backward square leg. A couple of singles from the Bhatti over, Sri Lanka 132 for 3. Sri Lanka are 33 runs behind at lunch on day two.
Another quick maiden from Ajmal. Sri Lanka trail by 35 runs.
Silva tucks it away to mid wicket looks for a single, but a quick call of no from Mahela. Sri Lanka 130 for 3.
Three dots and then Mahela hits Ajmal over midwicket for four, good shot from a good batsman. Just the boundary from the over.
Bhatti starts his 5th over of this spell, Mahela hits it square of the wicket for four. Mahela takes a single between cover and point, and then Silva punches the ball through point for a couple more. Seven runs from the over.
Ajmal bowls another maiden, Sri Lanka stay on 118 for 3.
A couple of dots to start and then Silva takes a single to square leg. Just a single from the over, Sri Lanka trail by 47 runs.
Ajmal comes in to bowl for the first time today. Ajmal starts with a maiden.
Mahela's injury seems to be limiting his strokes, very little power behind shots. Bhatti bowls his first maiden of the match.
Rahat Ali strays on the pads and Silva hits a good leg glance for four to fine leg. Misbah not happy with his bowler, Silva follows it up with a single. Five runs from the over, Sri Lanka 117 for 3.
A couple of singles to start the over, then Bhatti bowls it outside off and Silva gets an outside edge on it, manages to keep it along the ground and gets a boundary to third man. Seven runs from the over, Sri Lanka 112 for 3.
A single to mid off to start the over for Silva, Ali bowls over the wicket to Mahela. Mahela takes a single to fine leg. Another single to short third man, making it three runs from the over.
Bhatti comes on to ball. A good yorker to start and Mahela jams his bat down and gets an outside edge through slips for four, good start from Bhatti. Sri Lanka bring the 100 up in the 31st over.
After drinks, Rahat Ali bowls to Mahela. Three dots and then a bye outside off, keeper unable to collect it cleanly. One run from the over, Sri Lanka 98 for 3.
Mahela gets off the mark, good shot straight down the ground for three runs. Three runs from the over, Sri Lanka 97 for 3.
Silva flicks it away to long leg for a couple of runs. Rahat bowls it short and Silva crisply pulls it away for four to deep midwicket. Six from the over, Sri Lanka 94 for 3.
WICKET! the bouncer from Junaid and Chandimal top edges it to long leg and Rahat Ali almost spills an easy catch. Mahela comes out to bat. A successful over for Pakistan.
A couple of runs to Chandimal, Ali worked away through mid off for a couple of runs. A couple more runs to end the over, Chandimal pushes it to cover. Sri Lanka 87 for 2.
Junaid Khan continues around the wicket with three slips waiting for an edge. Chandimal pushes it between point and cover for a couple of runs. Chandimal takes a single to mid on, Sri Lanka half way there, and trail by 82 runs.
Pakistan have appealed for a caught behind, the umpire gives it not out, Pakistan go for the review. Replays show it was a poor review, the ball came off the thigh pad. Good over from Ali, a maiden in the end.
Junaid back over the wicket now. Three slips in place now, and Junaid bowls a maiden to Chandimal.
A chat between Rahat Ali and Misbah before the over. WICKET! Big wicket for Pakistan, Rahat Ali traps Sanga in front of his stumps. Sri Lanka lose their second wicket as Sanga falls for 26 runs. Dinesh Chandimal walks out to bat instead of Mahela. Four, Chandimal gets off the mark with a boundary through slips, a streaky shot outside off. A single to end the over, Sri Lanka 80 for 2.
A couple of slips and a gully for Khan, he bowls a couple of balls over the wicket and then decides to go around the wicket. A maiden from Khan.
Bhatti is replaced by Rahat Ali, an early change from Misbah. Rahat bowls it outside off and Sanga outside edges it to the third man boundary. Another boundary, this time Sanga hits it through extra cover for four, a better shot to end the over.
Junaid Khan starts his second over today, a good maiden in the end. Pakistan need to build pressure today.
Bhatti starts the day from the other end for Pakistan, Silva takes three runs from the second ball to third man, outside edges it. A boundary to end the over, Sanga drives it to sweeper cover.
The update on Mahela's injury is that he split his webbing yesterday and went to the hospital for a few stitches. He can bat today, his place will depend on the match situation. A single to start the day, and then Sanga whips it away for a couple of runs on the leg side.
The umpires have a chat with the batsmen, looks like they are offering them the light and Sri Lanka are happy to take it. They end the day on 57 for 1.
Silva takes a single to long leg and then Sanga pushes it for a couple of runs to square leg. Sanga cuts the ball to square third man for four, good shot late in the day. Sri Lanka 57 for 1.
20 minutes to go in the day's play and Bhatti comes in to bowl his first over today. Three dots and then Sanga gets a single through midwicket. Another single, Silva works the ball to midwicket. Two runs from the over, Sri Lanka trail by 115 runs. Sri Lanka 50 for 1.
Rahat Ali starts his second over of this spell. Five dots and then a single from the last ball, Sri Lanka 48 for 1 after 14 overs.
A single to start the over, Sanga hits it to cover, then a leg bye from Silva as he pads it to fine leg. Another single to Sanga in the cover region. Another single, Silva flicks it to long leg. Five singles from the over.
Rahat Ali comes back into the attack. A single to Silva brings Sangakkara on strike. Sanga gets off the mark with a single through midwicket.
Pakistani seamers are not getting the same movement that Sri Lankans were getting. Dimuth hits it between slips and gully for four. Another boundary to third man, two in a row for Dimuth. WICKET! Pakistan get their first wicket. Dimuth lbw to Junaid Khan, he goes for 32 and Sri Lanka 40 for 1.
Ajmal comes into the attack in the 10th over. A maiden in the end, Sri Lanka 133 runs behind.
Three dots and then Dimuth gets it to third man for four. Another four to end the over, Sri Lanka 32 for no loss after 9 overs.
Silva joins the action with a boundary square of the wicket on the off side, four more runs to the Sri Lankan total. A couple more, Silva flicks it wide of mid on for two more. Sri Lanka 24 for no loss after 8 overs.
A few dots to start the over from Junaid, Pakistan need regular wickets to stay in this game. Dimuth hits it in the air through point for four, commanding boundary from him. Sri Lanka trail by 147 runs.
A single to start the over, Silva hits it through point. Three dots to follow and then Dimuth takes a single, a couple of runs from the over.
Just a single from the over, Silva gets off the mark. Junaid's figures so far are 3 overs, 2 runs and one maiden.
Dimuth hits a four from the first ball, he clips it square of the wicket for on the leg side. Another four, Dimuth hits it through mid off for four, good attacking cricket from the opener. A couple of runs to end the over, 10 runs from the over.
A single from the over, Karunaratne gets off the mark with a single to cover.
Rahat Ali starts from the other end. Maiden from both ends for Pakistan.
Silva and Karunaratne start for Sri Lanka and Junaid Khan starts with the ball for Pakistan. A maiden from Khan to start the Sri Lankan innings.
WICKET! Four dots from Herath to Junaid and then he is trapped on the pads in front of the stumps. The umpire gives it out but Junaid reviews it. Pakistan all out for 165 runs, Sri Lanka won the toss and put them in to bat first.
Bhatti plays it to midwicket but refuses a single from the first ball. Bhatti swipes a six to fine leg, Bhatti goes for the pull and top edges it over the fence.
Herath to Bhatti, three dots to start the over and then Bhatti slogs the ball over midwicket for a single. Just a single from the over, Pakistan 159 for 9.
Eranga comes back into the attack. A leg bye from the over, Pakistan need a few more runs, they are 158 for 9 after 61 overs.
Herath finishes a quick over, just a single from it.
Junaid is the new man in, Bhatti with him for the last wicket. Bhatti takes a couple of runs through mid on, he is farming the strike. A single to Bhatti, and a couple of runs to Junaid to end the over.
WICKET! Herath gets his first wicket of the test, Ajmal is caught by Silva at forward short leg, brilliant catch again. Rahat Ali plays out the rest of the over, a wicket maiden from Herath. Rahat Ali has been given out lbw, he reviews the decision. It looked out at first glance, WICKET! third umpire confirms and Ali goes for a duck.
Ajmal late cuts it for four, Lakmal provides the width and Ajmal cuts it square of the wicket to the boundary. Ajmal follows it up with a single. Bhatti hits a boundary to third man, useful runs for Pakistan, nine runs from the over.
A single to Ajmal from the third ball of the over, then Bhatti flicks it away to square leg for a couple of runs. Three runs from the over, Pak 142 for 7.
A single to start the over from Lakmal, Bhatti on strike. Bhatti drives it through midwicket for four, important runs for Pakistan. Five runs from the over, Pakistan 139 for 7.
Pradeep continues from the other end after tea, WICKET! a few dots and then Pradeep gets his third wicket. He square up Sarfraz completely and produces an edge to the keeper, good bowling from Pradeep. Sri Lanka get their 7th wicket today. Ajmal gets a single and then Bhatti hits a boundary to end the over.
A single to start after tea, Ahmed drives it to cover. A shout for lbw against Bhatti from the last ball, the umpire gives it not out and Sri Lanka review. Bhatti survives because of an outside edge.
Pradeep comes back into the attack, Sarfraz takes a single from the first ball. Just a single from the over, Pakistan 128 for 6.
WICKET! Lakmal picks up his 2nd wicket, Shafiq fails again, Pakistan in trouble at 127 for 6. He goes for the drive, mistimes it to short cover and Silva takes another brilliant catch. Bhatti walks out to bat. Four slips in place for Bhatti, a wicket maiden from Lakmal.
A single to start the over from Herath, a couple of dots and then Shafiq takes a single to mid on. Pakistan 127 for 5.
Sarfraz gets a couple of runs through mid on, just pushing the ball into the gap and calling early. A single through midwicket. Three runs from the over, Pakistan 125 for 5.
Herath starts his 6th over for the day. Shafiq cuts the short ball outside off for three runs between point and cover. A single to end the over, Pakistan 122 for 5.
WICKET! Four dots and then Lakmal gets the important wicket of Manzoor. Pakistan lose half their side for 118. Manzoor tries to poke one outside the off side but gets an edge on it and the keeper takes an easy catch.
Herath comes back into the attack. He starts his spell with a maiden.
Lakmal replaces Eranga, Shafiq takes a single. Just a single from Lakmal's over, Pakistan 118 for 4.
Pradeep continues around the wicket, a single to Manzoor and then Shafiq gets off the mark with a single to cover. Manzoor plays with an angled bat and gets two runs to fine leg. Four runs from the over.
A lazy shot from Manzoor to start the over, he is beaten by Eranga who is bowling a good line. Manzoor then takes a single to get off strike, a flick off the pad to long leg. Shafiq still not off the mark, Pakistan 113 for 4.
Pradeep bowls a few dots and then Manzoor pushes it through cover off the back foot for three runs, it bounced a bit more than he expected.
Eranga strikes again and Pakistan lose another wicket. WICKET! Misbah caught behind, he tries to run it down to third man but only manages to get an edge on it, keeper takes an easy catch. Asad Shafiq walks out to bat and plays out the over, another wicket maiden from Eranga.
Pradeep comes back into the attack after Sri Lanka pick up the wicket. Manzoor takes a single from the 5th ball, and then Misbah gets off the mark with a single to square leg.
WICKET! Eranga strikes with the first ball of the over, Khan caught behind and Pakistan lose their 3rd wicket. Umpires check for no ball but Eranga is fine, Khan goes, Misbah comes out to bat. A wicket maiden from Eranga.
Six, Manzoor comes down the wicket to Herath and hits it over long on for a six. Just the six from the over, Pakistan 107 for 2.
A single to Manzoor and then Khan takes two to bring up the 100 for Pakistan in the 37th over. Pakistan 101 for 2.
A maiden from Herath to Younis Khan. Pakistan stay on 98 for 2.
Three dots and then Manzoor hits a boundary through backward point. Just the boundary from the over, Pakistan 2 runs away from 100.
First boundary for Younis Khan, it was a length ball and he pushed it through the gap on the off side for a handsome boundary. Three more runs to Khan, he places it between point and gully, good cricket from the senior player. Eight runs from the over, Pakistan 94 for 2.
A no ball from Lakmal, he had the same problem in the last test, he oversteps again. A maiden from Lakmal, Pakistan 86 for 2.
Pradeep finishes another over, Pakistan were looking intent on scoring quickly but have slowed down again, just a single form the over.
Three dots to start Lakmal's over and then a couple of singles. Three slips in place for Khan. Just two from the over, Pakistan 85 for 2 after 31 overs.
A couple of singles from the over, Pradeep finishes his 10th over today. Good bowling from him, Pakistan looking for a partnership here.
Lakmal comes back into the attack, Manzoor gets a single and gets to his 50, good knock from him at the top. A couple of runs to Khan, he gets off the mark with a push to long off.
Manzoor takes a single to bring up the 50 run partnership and moves to 49. WICKET! Sri Lanka get a wicket after lunch, Hafeez bowled by Pradeep who gets both wickets today. Younis Khan walks out to bat. Pradeep brought the ball into Hafeez who did not expect it and played a casual shot in the end.
Hafeez joins the action as Pakistan look to attack after lunch, first ball is driven through midwicket for four and then Hafeez cuts Herath through point for four more. Eight from the over.
Manzoor starts the over after lunch with two boundaries, first one is slapped to the right of point for four and then he goes through the slip cordon for four. Manzoor ends the over with a boundary, Pradeep giving the advantage away with 12 runs from that over.
Herath comes in to bowl, just before lunch. Short ball from Herath and Hafeez pulls it through midwicket for four to end the boundary drought. Pakistan are 57 for 1 at lunch on day one.
Rangana Herath is warming up, he may bowl an over or two before lunch. Pradeep bowls four dots and then Manzoor takes a couple more runs to mid off. Pakistan 53 for 1 after 24 overs.
10 minutes to go to lunch, the batsmen will look to stay at the crease to the break. Manzoor takes a single to fine leg. Pakistan have scored only 4 runs from the last 34 balls.
Lakmal starts his 9th over for the day, another maiden from him. Pakistan stay on 50 for 1.
Hafeez gets a single and Pakistan get to 50, good start from them. Just a single from the over.
Lakmal bowls a maiden, Pakistan going at less than 2.5 per over.
The umpires are checking the shape of the ball. The ball is changed and Eranga runs in with a new cherry. Good fast bowling from him, bowling around 140kph. Manzoor takes a single to rotate strike.
A single to Manzoor who flicks Pradeep off his pads on to the leg side. Just a single from the over, Pakistan moving closer to 50.
Hafeez gets his first four for the day, drives it through deep midwicket for four. Pakistan 47 for 1.
A bit of width from Pradeep and Manzoor cuts it square on the off side for three runs. Three more runs, Hafeez clips a fuller ball away from middle stump through midwicket. Manzoor drives it straight down the ground for four, good over for Pakistan. Ten runs from the over.
Eranga continues after drinks, a maiden from him, Pakistan stay on 33 for 1.
A maiden from Pradeep, Manzoor plays it out.
The news is that Mahela Jayawardene has split his webbing and is going to a hospital, that will be a big blow for Sri Lanka. Eranga comes back into the attack and a shout for lbw. Sri Lanka review it but replays show that it was missing the stumps so Manzoor survives. Three dots and then Manzoor gets a single to the right of silly mid on, just a single from the over.
Good over from Pradeep, a maiden in the end good over for Sri Lanka.
A couple of dots from Lakmal and then Manzoor takes a couple of runs with a punch past the bowler, good solid drive from him. Just two runs from the over, Pakistan 32 for no loss.
WICKET! A couple of dots and the Pradeep claims the wicket of Shehzad, the scratchy knock from Shehzad ends, good bowling from Pradeep. A lack of footwork and Shehzad is trapped lbw. Hafeez comes out to bat. Hafeez gets off the mark with a quick single to second slip. Manzoor guides the ball to fine leg for a single. Good over for Sri Lanka.
Lakmal finishes a maiden, Manzoor plays it out.
Manzoor dabs it to cover again for a single. Shehzad pads it on the leg side for a leg bye. Manzoor drives it through midwicket this time, three runs on the leg side. Five from the over, Pakistan 28 for no loss.
Lakmal starts his 4th over and Manzoor drives him through cover for a single. Just a single from the over.
Nuwan Pradeep comes into the attack, five dots and then Shehzad gets a couple of runs to end the over. Good first over from Pradeep.
Shehzad gets off the mark with a single to gully, he was walking into the shot, edges it to gully and Mathews drops a catch. A couple of runs to Manzoor who leans into the drive. Pakistan are 20 for no loss.
Eranga continues, Manzoor tries to defend it but ends up outside edging to through the slips for a couple of runs. Manzoor showing a lot of intent, another boundary to end the over, four more through mid on.
First boundary off the bat, Manzoor drives Lakmal through the covers for four. Then he takes a single to bring Shehzad on strike. Five runs from the over, Pakistan 11 for no loss.
Eranga starts the day from the other end. Eranga strays down leg and Manzoor pads it to the fine leg boundary. Manzoor clips it behind square leg for a single. Pakistan 6 for no loss after the first two overs.
Ahmed Shehzad and Khurram Manzoor come out to bat for Pakistan, Lakmal will start things off for Sri Lanka with three slips, a gully and a short leg in place. First runs for Pakistan as manzoor takes a single. A single from the first over.
Sarfraz Ahmed comes in for the injured Adnan Akmal. Nuwan Pradeep comes in for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka have won the toss and have elected to bowl first.
Hello and welcome to the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai, with the series still even after the first match ended in a draw. Join us at 6am GMT on 8 January for our live commentary.