Sri Lanka took a significant step in their attempt to thwart Pakistan from levelling this rain-affected series, through a combination of dogged batting on a testing pitch, a fair amount of luck, and aggression.
Pakistan contributed much to that luck through sloppy fielding when an urgent quest for wickets was the need of the hour after a rained-out second day.
A determined century-stand between Tharanga Paranavitana and Thilan Samaraweera included survival against a hostile morning spell from Pakistan's seamers, helping the two overcome their own lean runs this series.
Thisara Perera's counterattack against the second new ball restored a sense of security for Sri Lanka, having stretched their lead to 111, and gave them a strong opportunity to push for a win.
Beginning their second innings Pakistan lost Taufeeq Umar early on and closed the day on 27/1.