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Sri Lanka lead by 291 runs in 3rd test against Pakistan

July 5, 2015 GMT

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka recovered from 80-4 to reach 228-5 in its second innings at stumps on day three of the third test against Pakistan on Sunday.

With the three-match series tied at 1-1, Sri Lanka took control to lead by 291 runs with five wickets left when play ended early due to bad light.

Pakistan’s seamers had reduced Sri Lanka to 35-3 before lunch and legspinner Yasir Shah dismissed Upul Tharanga for 48 to make it 80-4 in the afternoon session when Sri Lanka’s lead was only 143.

However, Jehan Mubarak and captain Angelo Mathews added 81 runs for the fifth wicket.

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Wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal then joined Mathews for an undefeated 67-run sixth-wicket partnership to give the home team the advantage.

Earlier, Sri Lanka restricted Pakistan to 215 after resuming on 209-9 in reply to Sri Lanka’s 278, conceding a first-innings lead of 63 runs.

Unbeaten on 77 at stumps, Mathews was outstanding despite some nervous moments against fast bowlers. Pakistan unsuccessfully reviewed a leg before wicket appeal in the last ball before lunch with Mathews on 11.

As the day progressed, the wicket eased and Mathews reached his 22nd half-century by charging down the track to Yasir Shah for a straight boundary. It was Mathews’ eighth test fifty against Pakistan.

Mubarak, playing his first test after eight years, was caught at short leg off Yasir for 35.

Sri Lanka’s top order had struggled as Rahat Ali bowled exceptionally well against the left-handers and dismissed first-innings centurymaker Dimuth Karunaratne (10) with a ball that nipped back after several deliveries moved away from him.

Yasir now has 24 wickets in the series. Only Australian great Shane Warne (26) has taken more wickets in a series in Sri Lanka.

A total of 65 minutes was lost in the day due to rain.