SLC XI 354 for 5 dec (Thirimanne 116, Kapugedera 115, Tharanga 50) and 137 for 2 dec (Paranavitana 48, Tharanga 44) drew with Pakistanis 400 for 8 dec (Fawad Alam 83, Manzoor 83, Butt 82, Suraj 4-120) and 54 for 4)
With little chance of an out-and-out result and rain threatening to mar proceedings, SLC XI captain Thilina Kandamby gave Pakistan their best shot at a win in the tour game, declaring at 137 for 2 and setting the visitors a tempting target of 83. However, a mini-collapse which saw Pakistan lose 4 for 29 put an end to the possibility of an outright result.
The Pakistanis would no doubt have their team strategy in place ahead of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, with Fawad Alam looking in good touch and Salman Butt's welcome return to form. With both Mohammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq failing to impress, Fawad's success gives Younis Khan a good selection dilemma.
The third and final day began with Fawad continuing from where he left off the previous day. Confident strokeplay helped him bring up his half-century in quick time. Suraj Mohamed, who had picked up two catches and taken two crucial wickets on the second day, dismissed overnight batsman Faisal Iqbal in the sixth over of the day and removed Kamran Akmal three balls later. He then caught Razzaq to give Farveez Maharoof his first wicket of the match as Pakistan slid to 322 for 8. But Pakistan rode Fawad's superb innings, comprising six boundaries, to go past SLC XI's total and declared 55 runs ahead.
Openers Upul Tharanga and Tharanga Parnavitana ensured a steady start for SLC XI, putting on 66. But the introduction of spin yielded immediate results with Saeed Ajmal getting Upul caught behind. But Paranivitana held firm after missing out in the first innings, stringing together a 56-run partnership with wicketkeeper Kaushal Silva. Paranavitana though, was dismissed just short of his fifty, falling to Danish Kaneria before the heavens opened up, and Kandamby spiced up the game.