Second Test Match
Pakistan 90 (K M D N Kulasekara 4-21) & 178-1 (Fawad Alam 102 no) v Sri Lanka 240 (K C Sangakkara 87, Saeed Ajmal 4-87, Umar Gul 4-43)
Debutant opener Fawad Alam capped a dominant second day for Pakistan with his maiden Test match hundred as Sri Lanka relinquished their grip on the second Test in Colombo.
Alam's unbeaten 102 propelled Pakistan up to 178-1 at stumps on a remarkable second day which saw the tourists reignite hopes of levelling the series 1-1.
Resuming the day on 164-3 - 74 runs ahead of Pakistan - Sri Lanka added just 54 more runs to their overnight total as Younis Khan's men launched an inspired fightback.
Pace bowler Umar Gul (4-43) produced a quick three-wicket burst as he and off-spinner Saeed Ajmal (4-87) shared eight wickets to restrict Sri Lanka's lead to 150.
Alam and Younis then forged an unbroken 93-run stand in the final session as Pakistan edged 28 runs ahead with nine second innings wickets remaining.
The day began on a bizarre note with Pakistan briefly losing the ball in the morning which delayed the start of play.
When the ball was eventually retrieved Sri Lanka pressed the self-destruct button - Mohammad Aamer throwing down the stumps at the non-striker's end with Thilan Samaraweera (21) well short of his ground.
It did not take long for Gul to enter the fray, and, with the aid of substantial reverse swing, the Pakistan paceman immediately made an impact.
His first scalp was the prize one, that of Kumar Sangakkara for 87 when the Sri Lanka skipper was deceived by a delivery which nipped back and careered into off-stump.
Tillakaratne Dilshan (20) and Angelo Mathews attempted to put Sri Lanka back on track, however an incorrect decision by umpire Daryl Harper saw the former's stay ended when he was adjudged caught behind off Ajmal.
Mathews, who was dropped on four by Khurram Manzoor at slip, attempted to farm the strike from then on but Gul struck off consecutive deliveries in one over to remove Nuwan Kulasekara (11) and Rangana Herath (0).
And, after Abdur Rauf had removed Thilan Thushara (1) shortly after the lunch interval, Ajmal wrapped up the innings when Mathews holed out to Mohammed Yousuf for 27.
With the momentum well and truly behind Pakistan, openers Manzoor and Alam backed up their bowlers with an 85-run stand for the first wicket.
Left-armer Herath eventually broke the partnership when Manzoor (38) bottom-edged a short ball and Dilshan took a sharp catch behind the stumps.
Alam then teamed up with Younis for an unbroken 93-run stand as the pair set about erasing, and then overhauling the deficit.
Alam, 23, struck six fours and one six before he became the 10th Pakistani to score a century on his Test debut and the first to do so away from home with a couple of runs through third man off Herath before the close.