GALLE: Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq resisted Sri Lanka's victory charge by sharing an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 70 runs to take Pakistan to 108 for four at lunch on the fourth day of the first test on Monday.
Younis was batting on 34 while Asad was unbeaten on 36 at the break with Pakistan requiring a further 402 runs with six wickets in hand for an improbable victory.
The pair came together in the second over of the morning after nightwatchman Saeed Ajmal (12), sent back by Younis after he had charged down the wicket, failed to beat Nuwan Pradeep's direct hit from extra cover.
Pakistan could have been in bigger trouble but Kumar Sangakkara dropped Asad off Suraj Randiv at short mid-wicket when the batsman was on 33.
Younis, then on nine, too survived some anxious moments when Tillakaratne Dilshan dived forward at mid-off to take a catch before the batsman was adjudged not out by the third umpire.