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Sharjah: Pakistan are desperate for a helpful pitch to restore parity against Sri Lanka, in the third and final Test, beginning in Sharjah, from Thursday.

Captain Misbah-ul Haq was frustrated over two previous unresponsive pitches, the first in Abu Dhabi where Sri Lanka batted resolutely to salvage a draw, and then in Dubai where a first-day seaming pitch undid Pakistan’s batting and later blunted their bowling.

Sri Lanka, helped by their new-look pace attack and a fighting century from old campaigner Mahela Jayawardene, recorded their biggest-ever win — by nine wickets — over Pakistan to take a 1-0 lead.

The lack of spin on those pitches nullified Pakistan’s trump card, spinner Saeed Ajmal, who has taken only five wickets in two Tests so far.

The look of the Sharjah stadium pitch suggests it will only turn on the last two days.

Misbah admitted Pakistan’s chances of levelling the series largely depend on the pitch.

“In my opinion, this looks a good pitch and I think you get spin on the pitches here and the team which plays better and show patience will have more chance,” he said.

“I think pitches here are like that, but there are strange results here,” said Misbah.