Sri Lanka opener Oshada Fernando struck a maiden century to extend Pakistan’s victory quest after the domestic team’s top four all scored thousands in the 2d Test in Karachi on Sunday.
Set a daunting 476 runs to win, Sri Lanka had been tottering at ninety seven for five earlier than Oshada and Niroshan Dickwella halted the slide with a resolute 104-run stand for the sixth wicket. But the remaining three overs of the day noticed Dickwella fall for 65 -- bowled whilst trying a reverse sweep off spinner Haris Sohail -- and Dilruwan Perera caught in the back of off Naseen Shah for five.
The 16-year-old Naseem had the excellent figures of 3-31. At the close, Sri Lanka were 212 for seven with Oshada (102 no longer out) at the crease and with the site visitors wanting an unlikely 264 runs for victory. Pakistan need simply three wickets on Monday to win the collection -- their first at domestic considering that the 2009 assault on the Sri Lanka facet resulted in global cricket being suspended in the country.
Pakistan before declared their second innings at lunch on 555 for three after Azhar again to structure with 118 and Babar Azam struck 100 no longer out. It was once a dismal batting show by means of the Sri Lankans on a National Stadium pitch where the domestic batsmen flourished.
Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne went for 16, Kusal Mendis for a duck and Angelo Matthews for 19 before tea. Pace spearhead Mohammad Abbas had Karunaratne caught in the back of in the tenth over of the innings before Naseem had Mendis snapped up in the slips. It became 70 for three when Mathews, Sri Lanka’s most experienced batsman, edged a quick shipping from Shaheen Shah Afridi to wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan.
After tea, younger Naseem accounted for Dinesh Chandimal (two) and leg-spinner Yasir Shah brushed aside Dhananjaya de Silva (nought) to depart Sri Lanka struggling at ninety seven for five. In the morning Pakistan batsmen flayed the Sri Lankan bowling.
It was once only the second time in a Test innings that the top four all scored centuries after openers Abid Ali (174) and Shan Masood (135) grabbed theirs on Saturday. India in opposition to Bangladesh at Dhaka in 2007 was once the other occasion.
Azhar, who had a lean 2019, executed his 16th century earlier than he was stumped off spinner Lasith Embuldeniya after eleven boundaries in his 157-ball innings. Azam’s fourth century -- and third in the closing four Tests -- had seven boundaries and a six off 131 balls. Earlier, when Pakistan resumed at 395 for two, Azhar smashed three boundaries off tempo bowler Vishwa Fernando and then took two runs to whole his first century in 12 months.
Azhar introduced 148 for the 1/3 wicket with Azam as Sri Lankan bowlers toiled difficult for wickets. Lahiru Kumara finished with two for 139.