21 Jul 2009

Pakistan recover in Colombo

8:59 am on 21 July 2009

Khurram Manzoor and Mohammad Yousuf narrowly missed scoring centuries as they led Pakistan's recovery on the opening day of the final cricket Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Pakistan, sent in to bat in overcast conditions by Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara, collapsed to 34 for 2 within the first hour as left-arm seamer Thilan Thushara grabbed two wickets in four balls.

Manzoor (93) and Yousuf (90) lifted the beleaguered tourists with a 167-run partnership for the third wicket as Pakistan moved to 289 for 7 by stumps at the Sinhalese sports club.

Pakistan are hoping to deny Sri Lanka a clean sweep of the series after losing the first Test in Galle on the fourth morning and the second at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo in three days.