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Late bursts put Pak in command

Danish Kaneria takes two wickets to tilt balance in Pakistan’s favour as Sri Lanka, chasing a world record 492, end the penultimate day on 183/3.

cricket Updated: Jul 23, 2009 23:37 IST

Pakistan’s Danish Kaneria picked up two wickets to jolt Sri Lanka’s record

victory chase as the hosts closed Thursday’s fourth day of the third Test on 183-3, needing 309 more runs on the final day with seven wickets in hand. Pakistan declared their second innings at 425-9 shortly after the lunch break on day four, and with a 66-run lead from the first innings they set a world record 492-run target for Sri Lanka to win the final Test and sweep the series 3-0.

Sri Lanka made a strong start to the run chase before two late scalps put Pakistan back in charge. Sri Lanka openers Tharanga Paranavitana and Malinda Warnapura put on 83 for the first wicket before Kaneria broke through, with Warnapura (31) caught by Shoaib Malik at leg-slip. Then captain Kumar Sangakkara joined Paranavitana in a valuable 56-run stand before Paranavitana (72) was snapped up by Fawad Alam at forward-short-leg off the bowling of Malik.

If Sri Lanka win this match it will take the record for the highest run chase to win a Test. West Indies currently holds the record for reaching the highest fourth innings target --- 418 for seven against Australia at Antigua six years ago.

Pakistan elected to bat on after lunch for just 11 minutes, adding 15 runs before declaring. Malik was the star of the second innings, scoring 134 and anchoring three key partnerships.


Pakistan 1st innings: 299
Sri Lanka 1st innings: 233
Pakistan 2nd innings
Manzoor b Herath 2, Alam c and b Thushara 16, Younis lbw b Kulasekera 19, Yousuf c Sangakkara b Herath 23, Misbah c Sangakkara b Mathews 65, Malik c sub (Lakmal) b Herath 134,
Akmal c Jayawardene b Kulasekera 74, Gul c Vaas b Herath 46, Kaneria c Thushara b Herath 5, Aamer not out 22, Ajmal not out 3. Extras: (b-10, lb-2, nb-2, w-2) 16. Total (for 9 wkts decl) 425. FoW: 1-16, 2-22, 3-54, 4-67, 5-186, 6-319, 7-371, 8-399, 9-405. Bowling: Kulasekera 20-5-55-2, Thushara 28-2-121-1, Herath 46-6-157-5, Vaas 19-6-47-0, Mathews 10-1-33-1.

Sri Lanka 2nd innings
: Paranavitana c Alam b Malik 73, Warnapura c Malik b Kaneria 31, Sangakkara batting 50, Jayawardene c Akmal b Kaneria 2, Samaraweera batting 20. Extras: (lb-5, nb-2) 7. Total (for 3 wkts) 183. FoW: 1-83, 2-139, 3-155. Bowling: Gul 6-0-27-0, Aamer 9-0-20-0, Younus 3-0-16-0, Ajmal 16-1-36-0, Malik 9-1-23-1, Kaneria