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Sri Lanka seal series despite Shafiq

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Asad Shafiq’s century proved in vain as Pakistan drew the final Test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele, who therefore completed a 1-0 victory in the three-match series.

At 1-0 down in the series, the tourists made a bold declaration on 380 for eight, after Shafiq had moved his overnight 55 on to 100, to leave their opponents 71 overs to chase 270.

Sri Lanka made a positive start and were 132 for two at tea, but Dinesh Chandimal’s wicket just before the break gave Pakistan hope.

Asad Shafiq

Asad Shafiq celebrates a stylish century, having raised hopes of a victory that would have earned Pakistan a 1-1 Test series draw against Sri Lanka

The spin of Saeed Ajmal then choked the momentum, leaving Sri Lanka unable to force victory despite Kumar Sangakkara’s unbeaten half-century.

Adnan Akmal - batting bravely with a broken finger - added 81 runs alongside Shafiq prior to Pakistan calling a halt to their innings.

They batted for 24.4 overs in the morning, Shafiq facing 61 balls and taking 45 runs on what was still a reasonably benign pitch.

Adnan, who was scoreless at the start of the day, chipped in with 35 not out, standing firm and striking four fours of his own despite obvious discomfort.

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq called his batsmen in as soon as Shafiq nudged Rangana Herath for a single to bring up his second Test hundred.

Chandimal did the bulk of the scoring early in the chase, with three boundaries in the last over of the morning session - bowled by Umar Gul - taking him to 14 not out.

Tharanga Paranavitana was first man out after the restart, caught by Younus Khan at second slip off namesake Junaid after making 22.

Chandimal continued but found his run-rate slowed by some tight bowling from Ajmal.

His fifty included seven fours but, by the time he fed a catch to Shafiq at mid-off from Ajmal's bowling, the opener had added just 15 more.

Sri Lanka still, however, appeared favourites to complete victory as Mahela Jayawardene joined Sangakkara in the middle - only to depart early on attempting a scoop shot.

That, combined with Ajmal also getting rid of Thilan Samaraweera, all but ended Sri Lanka’s ambitions as Sangakkara, unbeaten on 74, batted through alongside Angelo Mathews, who scored just one off 18 balls.