Pakistan appear headed for a heavy defeat in the opening Test against Sri Lanka at Galle as they ended day three 474 runs adrift of the hosts with seven wickets remaining.
Sri Lanka bowled the tourists out for 100 in their first innings and then, after tacking on 137 for five declared to their first innings total of 472, they reduced Pakistan to 36 for three before the close. Pakistan began on 48 for five in their first innings and the wickets began tumbling again with only debutant Mohammad Ayub (25) offering any resistance.
Suraj Randiv claimed four wickets for 13 runs, while Rangana Herath finished with three for 30 including the controversial scalp of Younus Khan. Younus was adjudged lbw, although he inside-edged the ball, and his dismissal for 29 ended any genuine hopes Pakistan harboured of mounting a fightback.
Adnan Akmal (nine) was run out attempting a second run off Herath to leave the Pakistanis on 88 for seven and the tail never looked like wagging on a pitch offering plenty of turn.
Randiv's off-spin accounted for Abdur Rehman (one), the number nine trapped lbw playing forward, with Ayub snared in similar fashion by Herath soon after before Randiv had Umar Gul caught behind by Prasanna Jayawardene for two to wrap things up.
Sri Lanka opted not to enforce the follow-on at lunch, however, instead heading out for a quick batting cameo which lasted for one and a half sessions before they declared on 137 for five.
They got off to a good start in their second innings as Tillakaratne Dilshan and Tharanga Paranavitana put on 81 for the opening stand, but after the latter was trapped lbw by Saeed Ajmal for 25, things began to unravel.
Kumar Sangakkara managed just one before being caught by Taufeeq Umar, also off Ajmal, and then Dilshan went for 56, also lbw to Junaid Khan. That left Sri Lanka on 93 for three at tea, and two more wickets went shortly after with Mahela Jayawardene out for 14 and Thilan Samaraweera gone for 15.
That seemed to persuade Sri Lanka that it was time to have another bowl, and they quickly had joy once Pakistan were put back in. Opener Mohammad Hafeez was caught by Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene off Nulan Kulasekara for just four.
Things then got worse as Azhar Ali was the victim of a fine catch from Samaraweera at gully off Herath for seven, and in the next over opener Taufeeq Umar became Kulasekara's second victim, bowled between bat and pad for 10.