Pakistan trailed Sri Lanka by 153 runs in an evenly balanced first test after reaching stumps at 266-4 on the third day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Azhar Ali was 74 not out as Pakistan attempted to move in on the 419 posted by Sri Lanka, which included a ninth Test century from Dinesh Chandimal.
Pakistan resumed the day on 64-0 and extended the opening partnership to 114 before offspinner Dilruwan Perera claimed Sami Aslam lbw for 51.
Fellow opener Shan Masood went only two runs later for 59, bowled by left-arm spinner Rangana Herath.
Azhar and Asad Shafiq (39) stabilised the innings with a 79-run partnership before Herath dismissed Shafiq.
Azhar then shared a 71-run partnership with Babar Azam (28). Azam was caught behind off a delivery from Nuwan Pradeep to end play for the day.
Herath finished with 2-47 off 25 overs.
Pakistan was 121-2 at lunch and went through the afternoon session without conceding a wicket to go to tea at 194-2. Reported by Live News2