Openers Sami Aslam (31 not out) and Shan Masood (30 not out) negotiated 23 overs to take Pakistan to 64/zero, nonetheless trailing Sri Lanka’s first innings whole of 419 by 355 runs.
They want one other 156 to keep away from the follow-on, a activity which ought to be easy on a flat Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.
Each Masood and Aslam, opening for the primary time collectively, appeared assured as Sri Lanka attacked by all their three spinners and two seamers briefly spells.
However it was a memorable day for Sri Lankan skipper Chandimal, whose marathon knock of over 9 hours in scorching circumstances propelled his crew to a robust whole.
He got here in to bat along with his crew in bother at 61/three on Thursday, however led the fightback in a fourth-wicket stand of 100 with Dimuth Karunaratne (93).
On Friday, after Sri Lanka resumed at 227/four, Chandimal added 134 for the fifth wicket with Niroshan Dickwella (83) and one other 92 for the sixth with Dilruwan Perera, who made 33. Chandimal confronted 372 balls and struck 14 boundaries to go away Pakistan toiling for wickets, earlier than the tail succumbed to Abbas, who took three/75.
Scores: Sri Lanka 419 (o/n 227/four) (D. Chandimal 155 not out, D. Karunaratne 93, N. Dickwella 83, Abbas three/75, Shah three/120, Hasan 2/88) vs Pakistan 64/zero.