Pakistan in deep trouble after batting collapse

July 14, 2009 (AFP) – Sri Lanka engineered a spectacular Pakistan batting collapse on the third day to wrest control of the second Test at the P. Sara Oval here on Tuesday. The last three batsmen were leg-before in quick succession.

The dramatic collapse undid Pakistan’s remarkable fightback in the match after they were shot out for a paltry 90 in 36 overs on the first day.

The bowlers, led by four wickets each from Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal, had hit back to dismiss Sri Lanka for 240 before Alam and Younus made light of a first innings deficit of 150 runs. Pakistan, sitting pretty at 285-1 just before lunch, crashed to 320 all out after the break to leave Sri Lanka a victory target of 171 for a decisive 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Sri Lanka, who have never won a home Test series against Pakistan, notched up 41 without losing a wicket by tea with Malinda Warnapura on 25 and Tharanga Paranavitana on 11.

Pakistan’s meek surrender against the second new ball came after debutant opener Fawad Alam hit a superb 168 and shared a record stand of 200 for the second wicket with skipper Younus Khan (82).

The partnership was Pakistan’s highest for