Sri Lanka, who have been gradually pegged back by an improving Pakistan ever since their collapse on the second day in Galle, entered the decider without Dilshan Tillerkaratne, who has a century in each of the first two Tests and Surav Randiv, probably their best bowler of the series. Dinesh Chandimal opened and Thisara Perera took the the new ball and Fernando was given another try in place of Pradeep on what looked to be a pacy wicket at Pallekele.
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Sri Lanka used the rest of the first day to collapse, finishing at 3-44 after being 2-8 in the eight over. Junaid Khan showed why he has been such a rapid improver in international cricket, removing Chandimal and the number one batsman in the world, Kumar Sangakkara, within four balls of each other. Sangakkara's scalp was the biggest, after he had scored more than 400 runs in four innings of this series with two near double hundreds. Cricket was again the great leveller.
The second day was lost to rain without a ball being bowled.