Earlier, Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath returned with 5 wickets however a half century from Haris Sohail on his debut noticed Pakistan take a three-run lead on the fourth day within the first Take a look at in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
The wily left-armer completed with 5-93 in a marathon 40 overs however left-hander Sohail fought via his 76 run knock to take Pakistan to 422 all out in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings whole of 419.
The sluggish activate a flat wicket means the Take a look at heads for a draw until Sri Lanka flop within the second innings.
Sohail added a useful 50 for the ninth wicket with tail-ender Hasan Ali to raise Pakistan from 340-Eight and disadvantaged Sri Lanka of a wholesome lead.
Sohail hit seven fours and two sixes earlier than holing out to paceman Nuwan Pradeep who completed with 2-77.
Herath gave his crew the much-needed wicket of a resolute Azhar Ali, luring him into an uppish drive which was brilliantly caught at quick mid-wicket.
Azhar’s defiant knock lasted greater than 5 hours and included 4 boundaries, however together with his dismissal Pakistan’s hopes of constructing a lead light.
Hasan whirlwind 25-ball 29 had three sixes and two boundaries.
Paceman Suranga Lakmal then got here into his personal, bowling Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed off an inside edge for 18 earlier than trapping Mohammad Amir leg earlier than for 4.
Lakmal completed with 2-42.