COLOMBO: Mahela Jayawardene was dismissed for 54 in his last Test innings as Pakistan kept themselves in the hunt to force a series-levelling win in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Sunday.
Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal grabbed three wickets in the morning session of the fourth day’s play to leave Sri Lanka on 234-5 in their second innings, a lead of 222 runs with five wickets in hand.
The overnight pair of Jayawardene and his long-time team-mate Kumar Sangakkara, batting together for the last time in a Test match, took their partnership to 107 after Sri Lanka resumed at 177-2.
But both batsmen fell to Ajmal within three runs of each other as the hosts slipped to 189-4 within 30 minutes of the start of the day’s play.
Ajmal had left-handed Sangakkara caught at silly point by Azhar Ali for 59 and then removed Jayawardene in his next over after the batsman had added five runs to his overnight score of 49.
Jayawardene mistimed a lofted shot to mid-wicket where Ahmed Shehzad took a low tumbling catch to the dismay of some 3,000 home fans at the Sinhalese Sports Club.