SL 9/0 (2.4 ov, Dimuth Karunaratne 7*, Oshada Fernando 2*, Shaheen Shah Afridi 0/8)

Pakistan could easily have been hundred runs behind but they finish just four short of Sri Lanka’s total. The last pair frustrated Sri Lanka and proved to be quite a nuisance. Babar Azam soldiered on farming the strike, picking up singles with ease, and even boundaries when the opportunity presented itself. He made his seventh Test hundred in the process, a superb hundred at that. Naseem Shah blocked everything but hung in there resolutely. The weird thing was that Sri Lanka stopped bringing the field in to stop the single as the partnership wore on, making it easy for Babar to keep the strike at the start of each over. Sri Lanka’s last two pairs had added 89 invaluable runs, Pakistan’s last two bettered that, adding 106. Prabath Jayasuriya would walk off the field with his head held high, however. He probed away tirelessly and picked up five wickets for his efforts, his third straight five-wicket haul. But overall, Pakistan would be chuffed to have come so close to Sri Lanka.

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