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Pakistan fights back with Shehzad, Azhar fifties

Visitor bowls Sri Lanka out for 315 early on Day 3 before reaching 171 for 2 at stumps, still trailing by six runs

Pakistan fights back with Shehzad, Azhar fifties - Cricket News
Ahmed Shehzad played to the situation and made 69 as Pakistan got to 171 for 2 in the second innings, trailing by six runs.
Sri Lanka struck once in a curtailed final session even as Pakistan continued to fight in its second innings as it sought to eat into the first-innings deficit on Saturday (June 27), the third day of the second Test at P Sara Oval in Colombo.
In the 12 overs that were possible after tea, Pakistan collected 42 runs for the loss of Ahmed Shehzad for 69. When stumps were drawn after bad light forced an early finish, Pakistan was 171 for 2, still trailing by six runs. Azhar Ali, on 64, was at the crease, with Younus Khan (23 not out) giving him company.  
Pakistan lost Shehzad off the very first ball of the session when the opener misread the length of a Dhammika Prasad delivery. Shehzad looked to pull but the ball was too full and Shehzad got a top edge for his efforts that was easily taken by Dinesh Chandimal, the wicketkeeper. 
Azhar continued to be defiant and showed great patience to reach 64, collecting a couple at extra cover off Tharindu Kaushal, the off-spinner, to bring up his 20th Test fifty. 
Younus scored a few delightful boundaries in his short stay, but could have been out had Chandimal gotten to a tough chance – Younus was on 19 then – when the batsman got an edge while attempting to cut Tharindu.
Pakistan’s innings began with the early loss of Mohammad Hafeez when Kumar Sangakkara caught him at first slip off Angelo Mathews. 
But Azhar was unflappable and hardly put a foot wrong, while Shehzad, the more flamboyant of the two, overcame a few early jitters against the pacers.  

Shehzad’s attempt to not allow Rangana Herath to get into his groove made for an engrossing contest after Sri Lanka had done well for the first half hour with the new ball. 
Dushmantha Chameera, who clocked the fastest ball of the match at 149.9 clicks in the first innings, had to leave the field, clutching his side, 20 minutes before lunch to force Mathews to turn to Tharindu, who had taken five wickets in the first innings. But Shehzad and Azhar managed to avoid further damage before lunch. 
The duo consolidated further after the break to help Pakistan inch closer after having conceded a 177-run first-innings lead. Pakistan went through the entire session without losing a wicket as Shehzad and Azhar stretched their stand past the 100-run mark. 
The usually aggressive Shehzad toned down his game to suit the situation, even as Azhar went about his business in a sedate manner to keep the bowlers at bay on an overcast afternoon.
Earlier, in the morning, Pakistan took just 15 minutes to pick up the last Sri Lanka wicket. 
Sri Lanka, who resumed on 304 for 9, was bowled out for the addition of 11 more runs in 3.1 overs when Younus pouched an excellent catch off Yasir Shah to end Chameera’s stay. Shah, who surpassed Waqar Younis to become the fastest Pakistan bowler to 50 Test wickets, finished with 6 for 96, taking his wickets tally in the series to 15.

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