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    SL-Pak second Test ends in a draw

    Colombo: Sri Lanka took no risks with a winning target of 261 against Pakistan by settling for a draw in the second Test at Sinhalese Sports Club on Wednesday. That means Sri Lanka hold onto their 1-0 series lead, with the third Test starting on Sunday in Pallekele.

    Pakistan declared their second innings an over after tea on 100 for 2, offering Sri Lanka just 37 overs to win. The home side took its time and reached 88 for 2 when the captains decided to call off the match with 15 overs remaining.

    The Test was heavily affected by rain with four sessions lost. The fifth and final day began with Sri Lanka resuming their first innings on 278 for 5, still requiring 74 to avoid the follow-on.

    Vice-captain Angelo Mathews and overnight batsman Kumar Sangakkara batted through the morning session adding 92 for the sixth wicket and reaching lunch on 367 for 5. Then Junaid Khan and Abdur Rehman teamed to pick up five wickets for 21 runs as Sri Lanka slumped to 391 all out.

    Sangakkara missed out on a double hundred for a second successive game when he fell to the left-arm spin of Rehman shortly after lunch. Sangakkara batted serenely and on 192 attempted to work the ball on the legside but got a leading edge and was caught at short square leg.

    Sangakkara faced 351 deliveries and hit 15 fours and a six for his 192. The left-hander also missed out on a double hundred in the first Test in Galle when he was left stranded on 199 as he ran out of partners.

    Pakistan went for quick runs in their 18-over second innings but the target they left for Sri Lanka was improbable.

    Sri Lanka lost openers Tillakaratne Dilshan (28) and Tharanga Paranavitana (32) in their second innings and were 88-2 when the captains shook hands. Sangakkara was unbeaten on 24 and Mahela Jayawardene was 1 not out.