Junaid lifts Pakistan hopes
Junaid Khan struck twice late on the opening day of the third Test to revive Pakistan's hopes of a series-levelling win against Sri Lanka in Pallekele.
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The tourists' bid to square the three-Test series looked to have been immediately unhinged when Thisara Perera's career-best four for 63 helped bundle them out for 226.
Asad Shafiq's 75 had provided the lone hand but Sri Lanka's hard work was almost undone by a single Junaid over as the left-armer removed Dinesh Chandimal before grabbing the key scalp of Kumar Sangakkara without scoring.
Veteran quick Mohammad Sami then arrowed a yorker into Mahela Jayawardene's toes to trap him lbw with the final ball of the day and leave Sri Lanka 44 for three.
Sangakkara has punished Pakistan's bowlers already in the series, twice falling short of a double century, but he lasted just three balls today.
An inspired new-ball spell from Junaid was rewarded when he trapped Chandimal (eight) in front before another inswinger squeezed between Sangakkara's bat and pad to knock back his stumps.
Opener Tharanga Paranavitana (13 not out) and Jayawardene (12) looked like they would prevent any further damage until Sami struck to share the honours on an entertaining first day.
Perera, playing his sixth Test, had made the most of a lively pitch early on after Pakistan were sent in.
The 23-year-old removed Taufeeq Umar (29), Mohammad Hafeez (22) and Azhar Ali (0) before lunch leaving Pakistan 56 for four.
Younus Khan (0) was the other Pakistan wicket to fall at the hands of Nuwan Kulasekara.
Pakistan regrouped, however, with Shafiq and skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (40) adding 85 runs for the fifth wicket before the latter became Perera's fourth victim when he edged to wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene.
Pakistan suffered another setback when Adnan Akmal was forced to retire hurt on 10 after being struck on the glove by a Dilhara Fernando bouncer.
Shafiq brought up his half-century from 122 balls but at the other end Rangana Herath (three for 40) started to spin out the tourists' tail.
Herath bowled Akmal (24) when he returned to the crease, although the wicketkeeper was unable to return when Pakistan took the field after requiring an X-ray on a finger.
Shafiq then himself fell to Herath when he gloved a ball that turned sharply to Prasanna Jayawardene.
Herath then ended the innings midway through the final session when he trapped Saeed Ajmal (six) lbw.