Pakistan vs Sri Lanka

Match info: Test Series 3rd Test at Sharjah CA Stadium, UAE - Third Test

Date: 7th Nov 2011 Status: Day 5 of 5 Umpires: S K Tarapore and S J A Taufel

Home team and score Away team score

Pakistan

340 All out (138.2 Overs)
87/4 (57.0 Overs)

Result

Sri Lanka

413 All out (153.3 Overs)
181/6 Dec (58.0 Overs)

Match Drawn

  • Last Updated: November 10 2011, 8:35 GMT

Pakistan claimed a morale-boosting Test series win over Sri Lanka after the third and final match between the sides in Sharjah ended in a draw.

Taufeeq Umar: Dismissed for 39
Taufeeq Umar: Dismissed for 39

The Pakistani game has been rocked by the custodial sentences handed to former captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir in the UK last week for their roles in a spot-fixing conspiracy, but Monday's result meant Pakistan's nine-wicket win in the opening Test in Dubai was enough for a 1-0 series victory.

Rain meant no play was possible in the first session and when play finally did get under way, Sri Lanka quickly declared on 181 for six, leaving designated hosts Pakistan needing a notional 255 to win from 61 overs, though their primary target was simply to protect wickets.

They managed it comfortably, as the captains shook hands on the draw with Pakistan on 87 for four in fading light.

Sri Lanka made a positive start in their bid to bowl out Pakistan as Mohammad Hafeez was run out for 13 after he was hesitant in making his ground for what looked like a straightforward single, with substitute fielder Lahiru Thirimanne claiming the direct hit.

Azhar Ali was trapped lbw by the left-arm spin of Rangana Herath for seven to leave the hosts two down with 30 on the board.

Thirimanne was also heavily involved in the dismissal of Younus Khan, as the Pakistan batsman inexplicably drove a straightforward-looking Chanaka Welegedara delivery to him at mid-on.

Opener Taufeeq Umar took tea unbeaten on 26 having faced 87 balls, but tamely gave his wicket away in the final session, lobbing the ball to Kumar Sangakkara off Suraj Randiv for 39 before the umpires brought the players off for bad light.

Earlier, Sri Lanka had opted not to declare immediately upon the resumption after the rain delay. Kosala Kulasekara was the first man out, bottom-edging a doosra from Saeed Ajmal onto his stumps having added just seven to the tourists' total. Opener Tharanga Paranavitana batted on to 76 not out before the declaration came.

The sides will now reconvene in Dubai for the first leg of a five-match one-day series on Friday before Sri Lanka's tour concludes with a one-off Twenty20 international on November 25.