Sri Lanka A v Pakistan A, 2nd unofficial Test, Colombo, 3rd day August 15, 2009

Rehman puts Pakistan on top

Cricinfo staff

Pakistan A 14 for 0 and 342 need 53 runs to beat Sri Lanka A 180 and 229 (Pushpakumara 95, Silva 79*, Rehman 5-82, Riaz 3-52)

Though only around 25 overs were possible in the day, Pakistan A consolidated their advantage and are now just 53 away from victory with all ten wickets intact. Despite a sixth-wicket 161-run stand between Muthumudalige Pushpakumara (95) and captain Kaushal Silva (79 not out) which rescued Sri Lanka A from what seemed a hopeless situation at 30 for 5, the hosts could only muster a lead of 66 while following on. Left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz (3 for 52) broke the resolute stand and left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman (5 for 82) ran through the tail to severely restrict Sri Lanka's lead and leave his team's batsmen to chase a paltry target.

The Pakistan openers, Khurram Manzoor and Umar Amin, had added 14 in four overs before the day ended. They just need to complete the formalities tomorrow to take the series 1-0, though they'll hope the rain doesn't play spoilsport.