Pakistani opener, Shan Masood and veteran middle order batsman, Younis Khan scored a hundred each as they helped turn the match dramatically in their team’s favor. They came together at just 13/2 with Ahmed Shehzad and Azhar Ali getting out cheaply early in the match. The duo put up the highest 4th innings partnership ever for Pakistan, leaving the visitors just 147 runs shy of achieving the team’s highest successful run chase ever in Srilanka.

Srilanka started the day as strong favorites, leading Pakistan by 291 with 5 wickets remaining. Out of form pace bowler, Imran Khan pitched the ball up and caused trouble for the set batsmen. He picked up his maiden five wicket haul as he destroyed the Srilankan lower middle order. He picked up Dinesh Chandimal’s wicket by trapping him up front and had Matthews edge one to the keeper as Srilanka stumbled, giving Pakistan 376 to win the test match.

Pakistan got off to the worst possible start with Ahmed Shehzad playing a defensive shot down the wrong line and getting bowled out to Suranga Lakmal. Azhar Ali soon followed the opener to the dressing room when he played an unnecessary shot, chasing a delivery way down the leg side.

Shan Masood and Younis Khan survived the challenging periods of play earlier on and looked confident by the time Angelo Matthews introduced spin. The duo kept the spinner on his toes as they kicked up a notch, scoring aggressively and slowly turning the match in their favor.

Shan Masood brought up his maiden test hundred with a huge six down the ground before Younis Khan , too, reached his 50th First Class century. Pakistan ended the day set on 230/2 requiring just 147 runs for victory on Day 5.