Galle, July 18: Pakistanâ€™s middle-order comprising the southpaw Saud Shakeel and right-handed batter Salman Agha stitched 177-run partnership to help their team take a decisive lead against Sri Lanka.
On Day 3, after the rain delayed the start of the match, the overnight unbeaten battersâ€”Saud and Salmanâ€”continued their merry way and piled up misery for Sri Lanka.
Eventually, Salman Agha was out after a well compiled knock of 83 runs. His prized wicket was claimed by off-spinner Ramesh Mendis. Saud, however, continued to bat and played intelligent cricket with the tail-end batters to score his maiden double hundred. He remained unbeaten on 208* runs from 361 balls, laced with 19 fours.
Pakistan was all out for 461 runs, taking a crucial lead of 149 runs. Lanka were 14/0 in their response when the bad light stopped play at the end of Day 3 of the Galle Test.
Lanka in their first innings had made 312 runs. Middle-order batter Dhananjaya de Silva scored a century.
For Lanka, Ramesh Mendis took a 5-fer while left-arm spinner Prabhat Jayasuriya took three wickets.
For Pakistan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah and spinner Abrar took three wickets, each, while Agha Salman chipped in with a wicket.