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Mahela joins the elite club

Sharjah: Sri Lanka lost ea rly wickets in their second innings but extended their lead to 220 runs over Pakistan in the third and final Test in Sharjah to boost their chances of a series victory.

Spinner Abdur Rehman and paceman Mohammed Talha picked up two wickets apiece to reduce Sri Lanka to 89 for four but experienced Mahela Jayawardene (46) and captain Angelo Mathews (14 batting) thwarted Pakistan with a stand of 38 runs.

At stumps on the penultimate day of the series, Sri Lanka reached 133 runs for five wickets to add to their first-innings lead of 87.

Jayawardene, who made 129 in his team’s nine-wicket win in Dubai in the second Test, became the first Sri Lankan to cross 11,000 Test runs and eighth batsman overall during his innings.

His careful knock came to an end when his bat-pad catch off Saeed Ajmal was smartly taken by Azhar Ali at short leg.