PALLEKELE – Sri Lankan team crumbled against Pakistan when Yasir Shah tokk three back to back wickets on the first of third and the last test match of the series on Friday.
Sri Lankan team scored 272 runs at the lost of eight wickets. Sri Lankan openers provide bright start to their team but Pakistani spinners Yasir Shah and Azhar Ali took back to back wickets and put Pakistan on track.
Both teams selected extra pacer instead of spinner but on the very first spinner dominated the game on a fast track.
Karunaratne played a great knock of 130 runs and remain top scorer for his side. Tharanga scored 46 runs and Mathews put 25 runs on score board.
Yasir Shah again put Lankan players in trouble and took for wicket his side. Azhar Ali sent back two batsmen. Rahat Ali also took two wickets on the very first dat of third test match.
Sri Lanka were only one down with hundred runs on board before Misbah bring young leggie,Yasir on attack who grabbed three wickets in no time and pushed Sri Lanka very much on the back foot.
According to detail, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl first on green top wicket but Pakistan’s fast bowlers failed to capitalize friendly conditions for the bowlers.
In morning, Pakistan skipper Misbah ul Haq opted to bowl first in the light of overcast conditions and green grass on the wicket.
Pakistan has made four changes in the playing XI of second test match in Colombo. Mohammed Hafeez is replaced by young opener Shan Masood.
Fast bowler Junaid Khan has also been dropped from third test and is replaced by Irfan Adil. Fast bowlers Rahat Ali and Imran Khan are also part of side while Wahab Riaz and Zulfiqar Baber are not included in playing XI for third test.
Sri Lanka goes into this match without mighty Kumar Sangakkara.