Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah snatched the key wicket of Dinesh Chandimal to leave Sri Lanka battling to maintain a strategic distance from vanquish after the fourth day of the primary Test in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
The productive wicket-taker took 2-25 as Sri Lanka attempted to 69-4, requiring a rearguard activity to spare the Test.
Pakistan will hope to push for triumph in the opening match of a two-Test arrangement on the fifth and last day.
It was hard to arrange turn on a fourth-day Sheik Zayed Stadium pitch, however notwithstanding a 32nd Test five-wicket pull for veteran Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath, Pakistan presented 422 on take a thin three-run lead.
Sri Lanka had made 419 in their first innings.
At the nearby, Kusal Mendis was batting on 16, with nightwatchman Suranga Lakmal on two, following a day of fluctuating fortunes.
Herath’s 5-93 of every 40 overs were very much thwarted by a splendid 76 by Test debutant Haris Sohail, as at first it looked just as Sri Lanka would take a first-innings lead.
Pakistan at that point hit back in the second innings through Shah, who initially had opener Dimuth Karunaratne got for 10 and after that expelled first-innings centurion Chandimal, got at slip, for seven.
Sohail took after his dependable thump by guaranteeing Kaushal Silva’s wicket, whom he caught leg before for 25, while part-clock Asad Shafiq had Lahiru Thirimanne for seven.
Prior in the day, Pakistan too were battling at 316-6 and were in threat of surrendering a sound lead with Herath utilizing all his experience and cleverness.
The 39-year-old left-arm spinner, who now has 394 wickets in 84 Tests, gave his group the genuinely necessary wicket of a steadfast Azhar Ali, drawing him into an uppish drive which was splendidly gotten at short mid-wicket by a plunging Mendis.
Azhar’s disobedient thump of 85 endured over five hours and included four limits, yet with his rejection Pakistan’s expectations of building a lead looked thin.
Be that as it may, Sohail had different thoughts as he included an important 50 for the ninth wicket with tail-ender Hasan Ali to lift Pakistan from 340-8.
Sohail hit seven fours and two sixes preceding holing out to paceman Nuwan Pradeep, who completed with 2-77. Hasan’s hurricane 25-ball 29 highlighted three sixes and two fours.
The second and last Test — a day-night issue — will be played in Dubai from October 6.