Perfect, except for the last 40 minutes. After Asad Shafiq had clipped Rangara Herath through mid wicket after advancing down the wicket to him in the previous over and raising the hundredth run of his fifth wicket partnership with century maker Azhar Ali, Pakistan had placed themselves in a great position of strength. The next nine overs were a disaster as Azhar got an under edge to Fernando from a tired stroke and was caught behind. Mohammad Sami, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal all left in quick succession, lbw. Sami was duped by a bad call from Umpire Davis but the other two looked plumb.
|Azhar Ali - two hundreds in the series|
|Herath has 4-64|
A lead of 188 isn't enough but time is short. Adnan Akmal has bravely joined Shafiq at the crease with a broken finger but with eight wickets being down might define Pakistan's task more clearly. Had they still been four wickets down, deciding when to declare can be a problem of maths and gut. This way, Pakistan are unlikely to last long. If they can have 220 to defend and 80 overs to bowl, it might be enough. Of course, if they are out sooner, the target might be too small but they'll get a new ball at the end when things might be interesting. The pitch is playing lower and lower and Pakistan may rue not having Abdur Rehman who is one of the world's best under such circumstances.
You would favour Sri Lanka but Misbah can quote an cricket relality ... we've got 'em, they still have to.