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Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 4th day

Hafeez's lapse and Fernando's strikes

Jul 11, 2012: Plays of the Day from the fourth day of the third Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Pallekele

Kanishkaa Balachandran in Pallekele

Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 4th day

Sri Lanka in control despite Ali ton

Jul 11, 2012: On a day that began with Pakistan needing to bat positively to set a competitive target, Sri Lanka surged ahead with a strong chance of winning the series 2-0

The Report by Siddhartha Talya

Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 3rd day

Paranavitana comes through when it counts

Jul 10, 2012: The Pallekele Test was one last chance for Tharanga Paranavitana to end the season with confidence, and he grabbed it

Kanishkaa Balachandran in Pallekele

Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 3rd day

Whatmore disappointed Pakistan didn't 'capitalise'

Jul 10, 2012: Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore has said his side has conceded the advantage they had coming into the third day of the Pallekele Test

Sa'adi Thawfeeq in Pallekele

Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 3rd day

Pakistan fumbles, Thisara flourishes

Jul 10, 2012: Plays of the Day from the third day of the third Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Pallekele

Kanishkaa Balachandran in Pallekele

Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 3rd day

Attacking Perera gives Sri Lanka control

Jul 10, 2012: 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

The Report by Siddhartha Talya

Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 2nd day

Rain ruins follow-up to exciting first day

Jul 9, 2012: Rain returned to haunt this Test series on day two in Pallekele, after the first day's promise of an exciting game

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Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 1st day

Adnan Akmal suffers hairline fracture

Jul 8, 2012: Adnan Akmal, the Pakistan wicketkeeper, has suffered a hairline fracture on his left ring finger

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Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 1st day

Perera gives Pakistan a headache again

Jul 8, 2012: After troubling Pakistan in the Twenty20s and the one-dayers, Thisara Perera wrecked their top order in his first chance in the Test series

Kanishkaa Balachandran in Pallekele

Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 1st day

Fernando and Sami, the Comeback kings

Jul 8, 2012: Plays of the day from the first day of the third Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Pallekele

Kanishkaa Balachandran in Pallekele

Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 1st day

Match even after bowlers dominate

Jul 8, 2012: Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq put up a solid resistance against the Sri Lankan seamers but the hosts retained the edge at tea, having broken that partnership after inflicting significant damage in the pre-lunch session

The Report by Siddhartha Talya

Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele

Should Pakistan play three seamers?

Jul 7, 2012: Mohammad Hafeez, the Pakistan vice-captain, didn't rule out the possibility of playing three seamers on a Pallekele pitch that is expected to have more bounce and seam movement

Kanishkaa Balachandran in Pallekele

Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele

Rain a factor in 'lively' Pallekele

Jul 7, 2012: The preview of the third Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Pallekele

The Preview by Siddhartha Talya

A gamble that almost backfired

Jul 7, 2012: The decision to bowl at the SSC proved risky, and there could have been a result had the Test been played the full five days

Mahela Jayawardene

Draw-fests at the SSC

Jul 6, 2012: The SSC has consistently produced pitches that are loaded in favour of batting. Shouldn't this be questioned, just as Galle was last year?

S Rajesh

ICC news

Sangakkara returns to the top of ICC rankings

Jul 5, 2012: Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara made a return to the No. 1 spot in ICC Test batting rankings after scoring a big century against Pakistan in the drawn Test at the SSC

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, 5th day

A Test of positives for Pakistan

Jul 4, 2012: The Pakistan top-order struck form, while an inexperienced Junaid Khan led the bowling with a five-for on a flat track

Kanishkaa Balachandran in Colombo

Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, 5th day

Sri Lanka almost paid price for toss gamble - Jayawardene

Jul 4, 2012: Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka's captain, has said his team almost 'paid the price' for putting Pakistan in to bat in the second Test in Colombo

Sa'adi Thawfeeq in Colombo

Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, 5th day

Another miss for Sangakkara

Jul 4, 2012: Plays of the day from the fifth day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Colombo

Kanishkaa Balachandran in Colombo

Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, Colombo, 5th day

Sangakkara misses another double-ton in draw

Jul 4, 2012: With more than a day's worth of overs lost to rain, and a pitch that was a scourge of bowlers, the SSC Test ended in the inevitable and dreary draw it was destined to be

The Report by George Binoy
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