| GEO Sports|
| Pakistan need 97 to beat Sri Lanka in first Test|
| Updated at: 1848 PST, Tuesday, July 07, 2009|
GALLE: Pakistan chasing 168 runs to win the first Test after bowling Sri Lanka out for 217 in their second innings after tea on the third day here on Monday.
Pakistan were 71 for two at stumps on third day, still needing 97 runs to beat Sri Lanka, with opener Salman Butt (28) and experienced batsman Mohammad Yousuf (12) at the crease.
The two Pakistan batsmen dismissed were Khurram Manzoor (15) and captain Younis Khan (3).
Earlier, teenaged fast bowler Mohammad Aamer ripped through Sri Lanka's middle-order. The 17-year-old left-armer, playing his first Test match, grabbed three wickets for two runs as Sri Lanka collapsed from their lunch score of 70-2 to 101-5 soon after resumption.
The hosts went to tea on the third day struggling at 182-7 in their second innings, an overall lead of 132 runs with three wickets in hand at the Galle International Stadium.
Aamer, who hero-worships Pakistan's left-arm pace legend Wasim Akram, followed his three wickets in the first innings with a hostile burst soon after lunch.
He had Tharanga Paranavitana, Mahela Jayawardene and skipper Kumar Sangakkara caught by wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal in the space of 16 deliveries on a lively wicket freshened up by early morning rain.
Paranavitana, top scorer in Sri Lanka's first innings with 72, once again held the innings together with 49, but found little support from the top order.
Jayawardene failed to score and Sangakkara, leading Sri Lanka for the first time in a Test series, made nine and 14 in the two innings.
Sri Lanka were just 51 runs ahead with half the side back in the pavilion when Thilan Samaraweera and Tillakaratne Dilshan put on 37 for the sixth wicket.
Dilshan looked set while making 22 when he fell to Pakistan captain Younus Khan's part-time seam bowling, edging a catch to Khurram Manzoor in the slips.
Samaraweera was dismissed soon after for 34, beaten by the flight and turn from off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to give Misbah-ul Haq a low catch in the slips.
Rangana Herath, who opened the innings late Sunday as a nightwatchman and played out the lone over from Aamer, batted for an hour and 28 minutes to make 15.