Pakistan three wickets away to win Karachi Test at stumps on Day 4

Pakistan's cricketers celebrate after the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis (unseen) during the fourth day of the second Test cricket match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi on December 22, 2019. (Photo by Asif HASSAN / AFP)

Pakistan are now just three wickets to win the second and final Test of the series against Sri Lanka at National Stadium in Karachi. Young Naseem Shah’s disciplined bowling of 3-31 along with all the bowlers has allowed the hosts to inch closer to a historic series win.

Sri Lanka at stumps on Day 4 needs 264 runs to chase the mammoth total of 476 runs with opener Oshada Fernando not out on the score of 102, he made his maiden Test hundred which included 13 fours. He along with wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella who made 65 showed some courage for sixth wicket-partnership adding 104 runs.

Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, Yasir Shah, and Haris Sohail all claimed one wicket each.

Earlier Pakistan declared their second innings for 555-3 at Lunch with Azhar Ali (118) gaining his form back, scoring a Test hundred after a span of a year. Number 9 ICC ranked batsman Babar Azam (100*) scored consecutive hundreds in two Tests and his fourth of the career.  They both added 148 runs together on the scoreboard for third wicket. Lahiru Kumara claimed the two wickets while spinner Lasith Embuldeniya picked one wicket.

Yesterday, Shan Masood (135) and Abid Ali (174) provided a strong 278 runs opening partnership to lay down a solid foundation for the home team.