22/07/2009

Pakistan thwarts Lankan ambitions

Sri Lanka went into the 3rd and final Test against Pakistan intent on a whitewash, but excellent bowling by Pakistan spinners has reduced them to trying to save the Test.

At close of play on the 2nd day, Pakistan has extended their lead to 88 runs. Unless there is a dramatic collapse, (which is likely) Pakistan can dictate terms. In fact, there is so much time left, that Pakistan can bat through the 3 rd day and time their declaration on the 4 th day.

Ideally, for Pakistan, their batsmen will have to post a huge total and from the looks of it, they need Yousuf to fire. If either Malik and or Younis come good, the Sri Lankan’s could well be chasing another record total for victory. 
 
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