Supreme efforts from Pakistan centurions Shan Masood and Younis Khan saw a complete turn-around in fortunes come stumps on day four of the third Test in Pallekele, with Sri Lanka needing to defend 147 more runs and take eight wickets on the last day.
The new playing conditions for Tests, ODIs and T20Is have come into effect with the series between Bangladesh and South Africa, which started with a T20 in Mirpur on Sunday 5 July.
Sri Lanka were in control of the third and final Test against Pakistan at stumps on day three in Pallekele, thanks to skipper Angelo Mathews' unbeaten half century that saw them to a lead of 291 runs.
Day two of the third and final Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Pallekele was interrupted by rain more than once, but that didn't prevent the bowlers from again having the last laugh, as they had on day one.
After scoring a century on the first day of the third and deciding Test against Pakistan, Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne feels he is at his best when the team is under real pressure.
Opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne struck his second Test century but Sri Lanka ended day one of the third, and deciding, Test against Pakistan on 272 for eight at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.