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Pakistan pull off big victory over Sri Lanka to level Test series

Published:Monday | January 20, 2014 | 12:10 PM

Pakistan chased down 302 in two sessions to win the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Sharjah today and draw the series 1-1.

Sri Lanka began the day on 133 for 5 but were bowled out for 214, losing their last five wickets for 25 runs.

Pakistan had 59 overs to reach their target and their top order scored at 4.45 runs an over in the  afternoon.

Azhar Ali, who was dropped for the first two Tests, set up Pakistan’s victory with his fifth Test century.

Ali scored 103 off 137 balls and shared a 109-run stand for the fifth wicket with Misbah-Ul-Haq.

Misbah-ul-Haq, who finished with 68 not out, hit the winning single with just nine balls remaining.

Ali was also involved in another crucial partnership.

With Pakistan struggling at 107 for three at tea and needing 195 in the last 35 overs, Ali put on a rapid 89-run partnership in 14.5 overs for the fourth wicket with Sarfraz Ahmed, who scored 48.

It was Pakistan's second highest chase in Tests, their best being the 315 for 9 to beat Australia in Karachi 20 years ago.

Sri Lanka had won the second Test in Dubai by nine wickets while the first Test ended in a draw in Abu Dhabi.


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