Pakistan run into trouble in final Test

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July 22, 2009 (AFP) – Pakistan lost three quick wickets to fritter away the advantage on the third morning of the third and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka here on Wednesday. The tourists took their second innings from an overnight 16-1 to 86-4 by lunch at the Sinhalese sports club, an overall lead of 152 runs with six wickets in hand.

Pakistan’s hopes of setting Sri Lanka a big fourth innings target rest on the last two recognised batsmen at the wicket, Shoaib Malik (six not out) and Misbah-ul Haq (16 not out).

Pakistan had on Tuesday grabbed a first innings lead of 66 runs when they bowled Sri Lanka out for 233 in reply to their own 299.

Pakistan added just six runs to their overnight score when Fawad Alam fended at a short ball from left-arm seamer Thilan Thushara and spooned an easy catch to the bowler.

Left-handed Alam, who hit 168 on debut in the second Test, scored 16 in each innings here.

Younus Khan looked solid while making 19 when he was unfortunate to be given leg-before to Nuwan Kulaksekera by umpire Ian Gould. Television replays showed an inside edge off the bat.

Younus walked back dejected as Pakistan slipped to 54-3, ju