Salahuddin, Alam keep Pakistan A afloat
Pakistan A 287 for 5 (Salahuddin 86*, Alam 64) trail Sri Lanka A 327 by 40 runs
Pakistan A were led by Usman Salahuddin's 86 not out, and Fawad Alam's 64 to 287 for 5 on the third day, as the second draw of the series loomed, in Pallekele. The visitors went to stumps trailing Sri Lanka A by 40 runs, in the first innings.
Fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera made Sri Lanka A's first incision of the day, removing Khurram Manzoor for 13 in the 10th over of Pakistan A's innings. Left arm spinner Dhananjaya de Silva and offspinner Tharindu Kaushal claimed a wicket each to leave the opposition at 84 for 3, before Salahuddin and Fawad came together. The pair made 123 runs together - Fawad striking at over 70 through his knock.
Fawad was eventually caught behind off Chameera, before left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando dismissed Imad Wasim for 21. Chameera finished with the best figures of the day, but Fernando also collected encouraging returns. His 15 overs in the innings cost only 33.
Salahuddin, who had a strike-rate of just under 40, had wicketkeeper-batsman Adnan Akmal for company when play ended.