GALLE, Sri Lanka - Century-maker Kumar Sangakkara was dropped off the first ball on the fourth day and he made Pakistan pay by guiding Sri Lanka to 338-3 at lunch on Saturday.
Sangakkara played a loose drive off fast bowler Junaid Khan's first delivery with the second new ball but Abdul Rehman dropped a sitter at point after Sri Lanka resumed at 252-2.
But two balls later Khan won a leg before decision against Mahela Jayawardene (59) through television referral after English umpire Ian Gould had ruled in favour of the batsman.
Sangakkara, 102 overnight, progressed to 140 off 298 balls with 18 fours and captain Angelo Mathews was not out on 43 with Sri Lanka trailing by 113 runs and the game seemingly drifting toward a draw barring some bold declarations.
Jayawardene, playing his last series before retiring after the second test, was beaten by his first delivery and got an edged boundary through slips off the next ball before falling to Khan's immaculate delivery that jagged back into the batsman.
Sangakkra shared the second century-stand in the innings by putting on 113 runs with Jayawardene and has also added 81 runs with Mathews, who was little troubled by either pace or spin.
Junaid Khan had picked up 2-85, but the ace offspinner Saeed Ajmal (0-104) was still searching for his first wicket after bowling 39 overs.
Khan tested batsmen briefly with the second new ball as rest of the Pakistan bowlers struggled to get any help from a placid wicket where the visitors also scored 451 in their first innings.
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