COLOMBO (AFP) - Khurram Manzoor and Mohammad Yousuf narrowly missed scoring centuries as they led Pakistan's recovery on the opening day of the final cricket Test against Sri Lanka here on Monday. Pakistan, sent in to bat in overcast conditions by Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara, collapsed to 34-2 within the first hour as left-arm seamer Thilan Thushara grabbed two wickets in four balls. Manzoor (93) and Yousuf (90) lifted the beleaguered tourists with a 167-run partnership for the third wicket as Pakistan moved to 289-7 by stumps at the Sinhalese sports club here. Manzoor, a 23-year-old from Karachi, fell short of his maiden Test century in only his fifth match, while the seasoned Yousuf missed his 25th ton after the pair had stayed together for more than a session. Shoaib Malik (45) and Misbah-ul Haq (27) put on 75 for the fifth wicket to carry the total to 285-4 before the second new ball taken shortly before stumps claimed three wickets for two runs. Thushara trapped Malik leg-before for his third wicket of the day, before Nuwan Kulasekera had Misbah caught behind and bowled Umar Gul to open up the Pakistan tail. Pakistan are hoping to deny Sri Lanka a clean sweep of the series after losing the first Test in Galle on the fourth morning and the second at the P. Sara Oval here in three days. Pakistan captain Younus Khan hoped the tailenders would be able to take the total to 325-330, which will put Sri Lanka under pressure. "The second new ball created problems for us, but we must remember that Sri Lanka have not scored 300 in any of the matches," he said. "I had hoped that either Misbah or Malik would be there till the end, but I am confident we will not fold up easily tomorrow. "The wicket here is quite similar to the ones in the previous Tests, but the ball skids a bit more and that will not make batting easy later in the game." Openers Fawad Alam and Manzoor had put on 34 within the first hour when Thushara struck twice in his third over. Left-handed Alam, who hit a brilliant 168 on debut in the previous Test, made 16 when he edged Thushara to wicket-keeper Tillakaratne Dilshan. Three balls later, Younus chopped a delivery wide of the off-stump on to his stumps after making two. It was left to the retiring Chaminda Vaas to break the threatening third-wicket stand after tea when he had Manzoor edging a catch to Mahela Jayawardene in the slips. Vaas, 35, who was ignored for the first two matches, replaced spinner Ajantha Mendis in the team a day after saying he will retire from Test cricket once the series has ended. Yousuf himself departed three overs later in unfortunate circumstances when he was run out attempting a second run following an overthrow. Yousuf drove Thushara to mid-off and easily completed a single - his 7,000th Test run from 82 matches - even as the throw from the fielder missed the mark and the ball sped to the outfield. Yousuf tried to take a second run, but this time failed to beat Vaas' return into the wicket-keeper's gloves as Misbah hesitated mid-pitch. This sparked a mini collapse. SCOREBOARD PAKISTAN, 1st innings: Khurram Manzoor c Jayawardene b Vaas 93 Fawad Alam c Dilshan b Thushara 16 Younus Khan b Thushara 2 Mohammad Yousuf not out 90 Misbah-ul Haq c Dilshan b Kulasekera 27 Shoaib Malik lbw b Thushara 45 Kamran Akmal not out 1 Umar Gul b Kulasekera 2 Danish Kaneria not out 1 EXTRAS: (b10, nb2) 12 TOTAL: (for 7 wkts, 86 overs) 289 To bat: Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Aamer. Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Alam), 2-36 (Younus), 3-203 (Manzoor), 4-210 (Yousuf), 5-285 (Malik), 6-285 (Misbah), 7-287 (Gul). BOWLING: Vaas 20-6-43-1 Kulasekera 14-1-43-2 Thushara 19-2-77-3 (nb2) Herath 23-4-76-0 Mathews 8-2-31-0 Jayawardene 2-0-9-0 Toss: Sri Lanka Umpires: Simon Taufel (AUS) and Ian Gould (ENG) TV umpire: Gamini Silva (SRI) Match referee: Alan Hurst (AUS)