Centuries from Shan Masood and Younis Khan in an unbroken stand of 217 has put Pakistan in pole position on the fourth day of the third Test with Sri Lanka at Pallekele.
Opener Shan and Younis came together with the tourists staring down the barrel at two for 13 having been set a sizeable 377 to win and made hay against an indisciplined Sri Lankan attack.
Shan’s maiden ton came off 172 balls as he finished on 114 not out while veteran Younis was unbeaten on 101, with Pakistan closing on 230 for two, needing another 147 to win on the final day.
That looked a long way off after a superb century from captain Angelo Mathews and a spirited fifty from Dinesh Chandimal saw Sri Lanka, resuming on 228 for five, register 313 in their second innings.
Mathews struck 12 fours and a six in his 397-minute vigil while Chandimal found the boundary eight times, though the hosts may be disappointed not to set Pakistan more, with Imran Khan taking the final five wickets of the innings for just 35 as the medium pacer finished with figures of 5-58.
Pakistan were wobbling as Ahmed Shehzad went for a third-ball duck with Azhar Ali following soon after before Shan and Younis embarked on a double-century stand.
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