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Bowlers put Sri Lanka on top

Published:Monday | June 29, 2015 | 6:00 AM
Sri Lanka's Dhammika Prasad (right) celebrates after capturing the wicket of Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul-Haq during the fourth day's play of their second Test match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, yesterday.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):

Seam bowler Dhammika Prasad's four wickets stole the limelight from a ninth Test century by Azhar Ali as Pakistan were dismissed for 329 in their second innings, setting Sri Lanka 153 runs to win the second Test yesterday.

Sri Lanka did not get a chance to start their chase on the fourth day after play was called off at tea due to rain.

Ali made 117 off 308 deliveries, including six boundaries, before being stumped by Dinesh Chandimal off spinner Rangana Herath. He spent more than eight and a half hours at the crease.

Ahmed Shehzad was dismissed on Saturday for 69.

In the morning session Angelo Mathews had overnight batsman Younis Khan caught by Chandimal for 40.

Prasad trapped Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq leg before wicket for 22 and then dismissed Sarfraz Ahmed (16) and Yasir Shah (0) to return 4-92.

Debutant fast bowler Dush-mantha Chameera took three wickets and Mathews had two.

"A bit disappointed I didn't take five wickets, unfortunately I missed the first chance of the day," Prasad said of a dropped catch by Sangakkara off his bowling. Ali had added just four runs to his overnight score of 64 when he got the reprieve.

Wahab Riaz, who was ruled out of the rest of the series due to an injury, batted last in an attempt to increase Pakistan's lead. But he managed just six runs.

Resuming on 171-2, Pakistan quickly eliminated a 177-run first innings lead and looked set to build a decent second innings lead before it faltered against the Sri Lanka seamers.

The tourists lost eight wickets on the day for 158 runs, including the last six for 55.

Pakistan made 138 in their first innings and Sri Lanka scored 315.