Colombo: The second Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo ended in a stalemate, despite a spirited attempt by the visitors to force a result. In the end, the hours lost to rain proved decisive, and Sri Lanka, set a 261-run target to win off 37 overs on the last evening, ended on 86 for two when play was called off.
Starting the fifth day on 278 for five, still adrift of the follow-on mark by 74 runs, Sri Lanka needed Kumar Sangakkara, unbeaten overnight on 144, to take the team to safety. Sangakkara did that, and more, and in Angelo Mathews' company, took Sri Lanka to 370. The duo played with caution, taking singles and playing the rare aggressive stroke, till the follow-on mark was breached.
The pitch didn't help much, but Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, might have missed a trick in bowling Junaid Khan, the star of the fourth evening, and Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan’s No. 1 spinner, from ends opposite to the ones they operated from on Tuesday when they rattled the Sri Lankans.