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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pakistan leads Sri Lanka by 366 runs in third cricket Test

Shoaib Malik scored 106 not out and put on two century stands Wednesday to help Pakistan reach 300-5 and lead by 366 runs over Sri Lanka at stumps on the third day of the final Test.

Malik hit 10 boundaries and two sixes in nearly five hours. He added 119 with Misbah-ul-Haq (65) and an unbeaten partnership of 114 with Kamran Akmal (60 not out) as Pakistan bids to deny Sri Lanka a 3-0 series sweep.

Akmal's ninth half-century came off 68 balls, including six boundaries and a six.

Misbah was was the only batsman to be dismissed after the morning session, when three wickets fell. He hit five boundaries and a six in 149 balls before he chased a ball outside off stump from Angelo Mathews and was caught by wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara.

Pakistan lost its first wicket for the day when opener Fawad Alam on 16 scooped a return catch to bowler Thilan Thushara with six runs added to the overnight score of 16-1.

Pakistan captain Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf shared a 32-run partnership before Khan was out lbw for 16 to a dubious decision by English umpire Ian Gould.

Television replays showed that Khan got an inside edge to an inswinger from Nuwan Kulasekera before the ball hit high on a pad.

Yousuf was next out for 23, pushing forward to an away-turning delivery by Herath and edging the ball to Sangakkara.

Regular wicketkeeper Tillakaratne Dilshan did not take the field for Pakistan's second innings because of a fractured finger and a cut on the eyebrow after being hit by a ball while batting on Tuesday.

Herath was the best of Sri Lanka's bowlers in the second innings with figures of 2-113.

Batting first after losing the toss, Pakistan made 299 in the first innings before dismissing Sri Lanka for 233.

Sri Lanka lost its last five wickets for 69 in the post-tea session Tuesday despite Mahela Jayawardene's 79.

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