Sri Lanka are right on top against Pakistan at the end of Day 3 of the first Test match between the two nations at Galle. Pakistan finished 118 for five at the end of day's play on Friday after they managed to bowl the hosts out for 300 runs.
Kaushal Silva was the star of the Lankan innings as he scored a fighting century (125) on Day 3, but unfortunately he did not get any kind of support from the other end as wickets kept on tumbling at regular intervals.
Wahab Riaz was the pick of the bowlers who picked up three wickets by giving away 74 runs. Zulfiqur Babar and Yasir Shah bowled well towards the end of the innings.
Pakistan were expected to make a solid start to their innings but Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad were dimissed quickly and all of a sudden the visitors were reeling at a score of 11 for the loss of two wickets. Soon after this Sri Lankan off-spinner Rangana Herath sent back Azhar Ali to the pavilion reducing Pakistan to 35 for three.
Younis Khan top-scored their innings so far with 47 runs, but he too got out at a crucial point. Soon after Khan was dismissed Nuwan Pradeep got Pakistan skipper Misbah ul Haq to scoop one to Kumar Sangakkara and he was dismissed too. Pakistan were struggling at 96 for the loss of five wickets and then it was Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed, who held their nerves and was playing out the rest of the overs until rain forced an early stumps on Day 3.
Earlier on Day 2, Pakistan captain Misbah ul Haq had won the toss and had decided to bowl first looking at the overcast conditions. Silva and Sangakkara added 112 runs in third wicket, which gave the Sri Lankan innings some momentum and they finished at 178 for three at the end of Day 2.
Sri Lanka bounced back brilliantly after they were dismissed for 300 runs on Day 3. If the Lankan bowlers manage to remove the rest of the Pakistani batsmen quickly on Day 4 then the game might have a result at the end of the Test match and this will be possible only if it does not rain.
Where to Watch Live:
The third day of the first Test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan is scheduled for 9:45am local time (9:45am IST, 4:45am BST, 3:45am GMT) start with the live coverage in India and Sri Lanka on Ten Cricket and Ten HD. The live streaming option will be available on Tensports.com.
Cricket fans in Pakistan can stream the match live on GeoSuperTv.
Viewers in the US can watch the match live on Willow TV and stream the game on Willow TV Online.