Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 4th day

Sangakkara praises Pakistan's bowlers

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 21, 2011

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Kumar Sangakkara walks off at stumps on the fourth day, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 4th day, October 21, 2011
Kumar Sangakkara: "I feel fantastic, once you bat and do the hard work it's great, and there is more to be done." © AFP
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Kumar Sangakkara has said that Pakistan's attack bowled "exceptionally well" on a day when only he stood between Sri Lanka and defeat in the first Test in Abu Dhabi. Sangakkara batted through the fourth day to score 161, whittling the deficit from 267 to 16, as Sri Lanka finished on 298 for 5. Pakistan would have taken several more wickets, though, had their fielders not dropped five catches.

"Pakistan bowled exceptionally well, they used the new ball well. The spinners came on and they also continued to keep the pressure up and that doesn't help," Sangakkara said. "It's a new attack, they got two seniors in [Saeed] Ajmal and [Umar] Gul but it's heartening to see two young bowlers come in.

"Junaid [Khan] used his angles well and used his pace variations well. He bowled in the right areas and that has been a challenge. We have not yet been able to overcome that challenge, but we should do it."

Sangakkara added 153 runs for the second wicket with Lahiru Thirimanne but then watched wickets fall at regular intervals as Sri Lanka lost four batsmen for 80 runs. Sangakkara was also let off twice, off Junaid and Mohammad Hafeez's bowling, and he made his good fortune count by scoring his 26th Test century and his 11th second-innings hundred.

"It would have been nice if I had I got it in the first innings but it was a tough fight and one of my better hundreds," he said. "But there is still work left and if we can get through the first session, we can put some pressure on Pakistan.

"Hundred or 150 [more] would be fantastic, that will also take time away. Let's see tomorrow, first we have to get the morning session out [of the way]. We have to first come out and fight again."

Pakistan opener Taufeeq Umar had ground out a double-century and batted for more than 12 hours in energy-sapping conditions. Sangakkara, however, said the fourth day had not been as bad.

"It was pretty alright, the weather was much cooler than the first day, the breeze helped you keep cool and wicket was flat, so I was just making sure we made few mistakes," he said. "I feel fantastic and great, once you bat and do the hard work it's great and there is more to be done."

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Posted by   on (October 22, 2011, 8:27 GMT)

well droped by pk and well done by sanga

Posted by   on (October 22, 2011, 6:32 GMT)

Sanga is a great player. He has credited his innings by giving credit to the Bowlers.

If bowling was good then making hundred against them is great.

Posted by   on (October 22, 2011, 5:24 GMT)

@ SRT_GENIUS considering the fact that this was his 26th hundred I don't think it will matter if it was discounted or not...also considering he played a beauty in Aus (196 was given out caught off the shoulder) it will take something spectacular to top that 1. So yea if you think he is trying to say the bowling was good cause he wants his 100 to look good maybe you should think again.

Posted by CRIC89 on (October 22, 2011, 5:14 GMT)

Great inning Sanga, fantastic to watch. We need someone like you to lead the team until Mathews take over the captaincy. But unfortunately we haven't one. You and Mahela given up the captaincy wrong time mate.

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (October 22, 2011, 4:33 GMT)

Shades of Sydney 2009 I reckon :P

Posted by Sampath_Lokuge on (October 22, 2011, 4:16 GMT)

Sangakkara VS Pakistan.Good luck for grate batsmen to save SL.

Posted by   on (October 22, 2011, 3:23 GMT)

@SRT_Genius - Did u watch the match?? Did you see how the Pakistani bowlers bowled on this flat pitch?? They were simply unlucky with edges falling just short of the fielders or the fielders dropping a few crucial catches or the umpires making a few blunders! Had they fielded well, this match should have been over by now!! <anyways, missing Osman Samiuddin's report on the day's play!>

Posted by Sharjil.k on (October 22, 2011, 2:35 GMT)

Respect when it is due...and i give Sanga respect for the way he played today. Regardless of how the Pakistani bowlers did today, Pakistans bowlers will always come after you. Its in our blood. But the test match isn't over yet, and Pakistani team shouldn't let his praise get into their head.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (October 22, 2011, 2:06 GMT)

@ORGANTON . PAKISTAN IS BETTER THAN YOUR ANDERSON & BROAD WHICH ONLY TAKES WICKETS IN ENG AUS ,SA . IN ABUDHABHI THEY WILL BE THRASHED . ALSO PAKISTAN IS NOT AT FULL STRENGTH IN BOWLING DPARTMENT . JUST IMAGINE ASIF , AMIR AND THEN COMPARE PAK WITH ENGLAND . PAKISTAN HAS THE BEST SWING BOWLERS IN THE WORLD .EVEN ON FLAT PITCHES THEY LOOKS A THREAT TO THE BATSMEN WITH REVERSE SWING . WE ALL SEE HOW ENGLAND BOWLERS PERFORM ON FLAT TRACKS AS WE SEEING THEM IN RECENT SERIES IN INDIA .IF PAKISTAN 'S FIELDING STEPS UP THEN I CAN CLEARLY SEE ENGLAND SUFFERING A HUGE DEFEAT FROMM PAKISTAN .I HOPE PAKISTAN CONTINUE GOOD PERFROMANCE AND WE WIL SEE THEM AGAIN IN TOP4.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (October 22, 2011, 1:10 GMT)

Amazing player and great orator. He always gives credit to the side when they deserve it (saying of India in WC 11 final that you need 350+ to feel safe beating them and against Pakistan in T20 final saying they were better side, even though Lanka was undefeated whole tournament). Did anybody know that his average when he is not wicketkeeping (after he gave up wicketkeeping to concentrate on batting) is 71?!?!?! 71, that makes him 2nd to only Bradman!!! He will be the fastest to 9000 runs (needs only an average of 31 in the next 6 innings to defeat Dravid) and will most likely be fastest to 10K runs (beating both Lara and Tendulkar) if he maintains an average of 45 for the next 20 odd innings or so. I am truly blessed to have lived in this era to witness such a player

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