Tharanga Paranavitana might well be an unknown commodity in international cricket but the young left-hander is surely settling in well. He had an inauspicious Test debut when he was dismissed for a first ball duck in Karachi earlier this year. However, things improved for the 27-year-old during the current series against Pakistan. In the first Test at Galle, Paranavitana came up with 72 and 49 in both the innings respectively. Then in the next Test at Colombo, he scored 26 and 17. And now in the final Test, he failed in the first innings with only nine but got going when it mattered. Requiring an impossible target of 492, Sri Lanka needed a good start and Paranavitana opened well with Malinda Warnapura adding 83 for the first wicket. He kept rotating the strike and also hit a few boundaries while completing his second Test fifty off 85 balls. The good thing about Paranavitana's innings was his footwork which he used to the good against in-form Pakistan spinners Danish Kaneria and Saeed Ajmal. The pitch was showing signs of wear and tear and the batsmen needed to make good use of their feet and Paranavitana did just that well. He knitted another good partnership of 56 runs for the second wicket with captain Kumar Sangakkara. But when he looked just set for his maiden hundred he was dismissed. Shoaib Malik did the damage and Paranavitana tapped one to Fawad Alam doing the rest at short leg. The left hander made 73 off 126 balls including five fours. His innings might not be a very attractive one in terms of his strokeplay but it was very effective and his application was very good.