Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 1st day October 26, 2011

Sangakkara praises Pakistan new-ball bowlers

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Kumar Sangakkara has praised the way Pakistan used the new ball on the first day of the second Test in Dubai. Sri Lanka lost five batsmen in the first session, with Umar Gul and Junaid Khan doing the damage, and ended up being dismissed for 239. Sangakkara top scored with 78 while Chanaka Welegedara and Rangana Herath boosted the visitors with a 75-run partnership for the eighth wicket.

"It was just a case of getting through that new ball without losing too many wickets," Sangakkara said. "But, having said that, I thought Pakistan used that new ball very well. There wasn't too much in that wicket, so it was a bit disappointing from our side, but again it was a great fightback to get to 240-odd runs at the end."

Sri Lanka's capitulation on the first day for the second Test in a row left Pakistan needing to face a testing nine overs, but the openers saw off the new ball without too much fuss and Pakistan ended the day on 42 without loss.

"With 240, if we get some wickets with the new ball we might have a chance of keeping Pakistan down to a manageable total," Sangakkara said. "This wicket is probably slower than the one in Abu Dhabi, with less movement first up so it was unfortunate we couldn't make better use of it, but that's the beauty of Test cricket.

"Sometimes, when you don't have a great first innings you need to claw your way back into the match and every day and over that we play out there is an opportunity for us to get back in the game."

Umar Gul, who made the early inroads for Pakistan, said the bowlers exploited the moisture in the pitch well. "Definitely we are very happy because the coach told us that there was a bit of moisture on the wicket and you can try and get five to six wickets early. I was a bit surprised but later on what he said was true.

"We have to bat well to take the lead and then repeat our bowling performance of the first innings to win the Test. We are up to it and will do our best to take a 1-0 lead here."

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  • RohanMarkJay on October 27, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    @G.Sri I very much gree with you. If Pakistan puts their best bowling line up on the park. Including more of their high quality spinners like Amjad. Pakistan can beat this England team, especially in UAE where conditions are similar to Pakistan. In my opinion Pakistan has much much better bowling attack than Australia. If Pakistan play to their potential, they will expose the many weaknesses of this particular England team that won the Ashes. England 2011 isn't as good as some people think. They are only marginally better than the England team of the 1990s. In fact I rate Nasser Hussain's 2001 England side better than the current lot. That said they have played well in the last 2 years. However a high quality bowling attack like Pakistan's will expose them. I think personally Pakistan will beat England in the coming series. So I totally agree with you G.Sri.

  • on October 27, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    @Pradeep actually when i was 8 yrs old i used to fantasised about being the fast bowler. Believe u me when i was 11 yrs old and i was in 5 grade i was attacker bowler of my class although i could not contined it. So every child in pak want to become fast bowler. There is really a charm to become fast bowler. so thats why we have factory of producing fast bowlers.

  • on October 27, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    Happy birthday to sanga. you have missed an another 3 figure score yesterday. try in second innings to do better. cheers.

  • on October 27, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    World class fast bowlling vs silly batting.Dilshan could not not performed as a operner.Now he is not performing in midle order.3 wickets down below 50.Still playing with careless drives.Can anybody gurantee his temremant and maturity as a captain.So ..Dear Selectors can U apply the same theory that U applied for Thilan Samaraweera.My suggestion is Tilan is a good test player and good captain than Dilshan.So keep Dilshan out of next tour and give the captaincy to Thilan Samaraweera and see.Both openers are failed in the series.Though Thirimanne scord a half century, he has given so much opertunities.Prasanna J is injured.I wonder the dynamic wicket keeper opening bat Dinesh Chandimal is still in the bench and watching the match.Can anybody justify reason of non inclusuion of Dinesh Chandimal.My team for Africa tour is 1.Tharanga 2.Chandimal 3.Sanga 4.mahela 5. Thilan 6 Mathews 7. Prasa J 8.Rangana 9.Eranga 10.Welagedara 11.Mendis

  • Srini_Indian on October 27, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Great comment from Sangakkara. After the end of this series, Pakistan should put a very dry and turning track to beat England. Ajmal can run through them, England are very pathetic playing spin. They have no clue!!!!

  • anver777 on October 27, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Another poor effort by SL in the 1st inning of a test match, put Pak in the driver's seat.....similar situation for Pak... i wonder this time Pak won't repeat the mistakes what they did in the last match & make use of the advantage they have right now !!!!!

  • on October 27, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Many happy returns of the day sanga!!!!!!

  • on October 27, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    For sometime,Pakistan has continued to buckle under pressure in fielding. The fact is also that good fielding takes time and experience, and there is to much player turn over for new palyers to really settle down and get used to different conditions. This has also happens to others. For Pakistan now, is to judge its fileding by it own standard, and that, catches can be dropped. This will reduce pressure and avoid more drops. Is batting any different, when a well executed shot lands straight in hands of a waiting fielder, or is it different in umpring decisions?

  • on October 27, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    I understand Mohammad Amir was one in a million sort of a talent BUT we have got to move on for now... Gul, Junaid, Sadaf, Cheema are the way to go.

  • on October 27, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Herath was dropped on 0... Sanga was dropped on 28!! Imagine we had caught them?? The difference between winning and drawing matches for Pak is fielding!

  • RohanMarkJay on October 27, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    @G.Sri I very much gree with you. If Pakistan puts their best bowling line up on the park. Including more of their high quality spinners like Amjad. Pakistan can beat this England team, especially in UAE where conditions are similar to Pakistan. In my opinion Pakistan has much much better bowling attack than Australia. If Pakistan play to their potential, they will expose the many weaknesses of this particular England team that won the Ashes. England 2011 isn't as good as some people think. They are only marginally better than the England team of the 1990s. In fact I rate Nasser Hussain's 2001 England side better than the current lot. That said they have played well in the last 2 years. However a high quality bowling attack like Pakistan's will expose them. I think personally Pakistan will beat England in the coming series. So I totally agree with you G.Sri.

  • on October 27, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    @Pradeep actually when i was 8 yrs old i used to fantasised about being the fast bowler. Believe u me when i was 11 yrs old and i was in 5 grade i was attacker bowler of my class although i could not contined it. So every child in pak want to become fast bowler. There is really a charm to become fast bowler. so thats why we have factory of producing fast bowlers.

  • on October 27, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    Happy birthday to sanga. you have missed an another 3 figure score yesterday. try in second innings to do better. cheers.

  • on October 27, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    World class fast bowlling vs silly batting.Dilshan could not not performed as a operner.Now he is not performing in midle order.3 wickets down below 50.Still playing with careless drives.Can anybody gurantee his temremant and maturity as a captain.So ..Dear Selectors can U apply the same theory that U applied for Thilan Samaraweera.My suggestion is Tilan is a good test player and good captain than Dilshan.So keep Dilshan out of next tour and give the captaincy to Thilan Samaraweera and see.Both openers are failed in the series.Though Thirimanne scord a half century, he has given so much opertunities.Prasanna J is injured.I wonder the dynamic wicket keeper opening bat Dinesh Chandimal is still in the bench and watching the match.Can anybody justify reason of non inclusuion of Dinesh Chandimal.My team for Africa tour is 1.Tharanga 2.Chandimal 3.Sanga 4.mahela 5. Thilan 6 Mathews 7. Prasa J 8.Rangana 9.Eranga 10.Welagedara 11.Mendis

  • Srini_Indian on October 27, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Great comment from Sangakkara. After the end of this series, Pakistan should put a very dry and turning track to beat England. Ajmal can run through them, England are very pathetic playing spin. They have no clue!!!!

  • anver777 on October 27, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Another poor effort by SL in the 1st inning of a test match, put Pak in the driver's seat.....similar situation for Pak... i wonder this time Pak won't repeat the mistakes what they did in the last match & make use of the advantage they have right now !!!!!

  • on October 27, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Many happy returns of the day sanga!!!!!!

  • on October 27, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    For sometime,Pakistan has continued to buckle under pressure in fielding. The fact is also that good fielding takes time and experience, and there is to much player turn over for new palyers to really settle down and get used to different conditions. This has also happens to others. For Pakistan now, is to judge its fileding by it own standard, and that, catches can be dropped. This will reduce pressure and avoid more drops. Is batting any different, when a well executed shot lands straight in hands of a waiting fielder, or is it different in umpring decisions?

  • on October 27, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    I understand Mohammad Amir was one in a million sort of a talent BUT we have got to move on for now... Gul, Junaid, Sadaf, Cheema are the way to go.

  • on October 27, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Herath was dropped on 0... Sanga was dropped on 28!! Imagine we had caught them?? The difference between winning and drawing matches for Pak is fielding!

  • on October 27, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    @my pak friends.. where do u guys get these kind of fast bowlers?? do you have a production line or something?? amazing... hope you export some of your bowlers to india.. :)

  • afred_234 on October 27, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    well! great batting display as well at the end of the Day 1, but watch for that short highted 140 kph bowler parsad. He is gonna be the key if srilanka are to win or even draw this one, provided the chickens don't slip from the pakistani fielders it's gonna be 1-0 up this time.

  • on October 27, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    pakistani fast bowlers huntng in packs and a world-class off spinner in the ranks, is this the nineties?

  • rustyryan on October 27, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    Happy bday to Classy Sanga - From an Indian fan.

  • on October 27, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    This time Pak have the chance to win this match.Misbah will hv to show his aggressive nd optimistic attitude to attain it.As for as fielding part-----it is always like this nd v wl hv to live with it for some more time.No short term solution expected.

  • dmqi on October 27, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Does Pakistan need a coach? Sure but not for batting if the present line up stays, and definitely not for bowling. But they are in dire need for a fielding coach. How many test match they could have won in last 2 years, if they could catch like the Australians? YOU NEED a fielding coach from Australia or from south Africa. I am tired if drop catches.

    Pakistan can think of exporting fast bowlers to other countries, foreign currency is important for them

  • randikaayya on October 27, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    Sanga, well spoken and well played. But cannot say the same about the rest of SL top order. A bit mistified with Dilshan's approach, its almost as if he's saying 'I don't give a toss about winning or losing, I will play the ball as I please'. Mahela will come good I's sure, but hopefully not too late for SL. The opening combination must be worked upon, they have had a fairly long run to establish themselves and now its time for them to deliver results consistently!

  • on October 27, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    @Warren Smith: indeed Sangakkara is probably the most eloquent sportsman in whole world in any sport! BTW: SL is know produce high quality English speakers which comes with their education system.

  • bookie7600 on October 27, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    I am an Indian and I so hope Pakistan could slip a few pacers to India for we could use them to be on the TOP FOREVER. lol .. It is such a shame that Aamer was involved in fixing! I hope after he serves his time and comes out a better person (a more humble version) and be a champion that he is.

  • Daveptee on October 27, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    Pakistan has a rich tradition of producing quality fast bowlers and they will continue to do so.The reason they have had a higher percentage of test wins than India ( overall) has been their superior fast bowling stock. If there had been no partition, they could have put together the number one and number two sides in all forms cricket. While Pakistan has such a huge arsenal of quality fast bowlers, a large number of world class pace bowlers never manage to get a chance to play for the national team.The same applies to Indian batsmen. Imagine,they beat England 5-0 without Tendulkar , Sehwag, Yuvraj, Yusuf ,Rohit, Uthappa and Pujara.Pakistan can do the same without any of their top pacemen

  • on October 27, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Given the way we failed to take 20 wickets in the last game, Pakistan will have to bat more positively and give the bowlers enough time to get SL out in the second innings.

  • on October 27, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    LOL I just read the article where goerge binoy stated "can pak take 20 wickets"

  • Irfan_chn on October 27, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    Wow! Another tremendous bowling perfomance from Pak. They did well to restrict SL, it was just at the end that Pak bowlers found it difficult to take last 2 wickets. Sanga as usual played with diligence, except for the shot he got out. Pak has huge advantage now, its upto their batsmen to pile up good score with good RR - importantly :)

  • RohanMarkJay on October 27, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    In my opinion Pakistan has the most varied and most balanced and best bowling attack in Test Cricket. Given their problems over the last 11 years. They finally have an attack that can take them top tier test nation. That is 75 percent of becoming the number one test side in cricket. Pakistan have that bowling talent in abundance. Also this attack will be tough for opposition batsman to face in one day cricket 20/20. Despite the lack of international cricket in their country. Pakistan look set to become a good team again. This is an excellent cricket series in the UAE. A wonderful cricket duel going on between Sri lanka's high class batsman and Pakistan's high class bowlers. So far Pakistan just in front. However Sri Lanka's batsman are well capable of batting out a draw as we saw in the last test match. This is test cricket at its best.

  • khiladisher on October 26, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    SANGA WASTING ENERGY AS USUAL BY TALKING AND NOT PLAYING TO POTENTIAL-DOUBLE HUNDRED WAS ONE OF THE WORST EVER WITH DROPPED CHANCES GALORE.AND IN THIS TEST HITTING TH BALL TO DEEP AT 78 WHEN HIS TEAM REQUIRED HIM TO PLAY A LONG INNINGS.

  • khiladisher on October 26, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    IT IS HIGH TIME SANGAKKARA PUTS HIS FOCUS ON HIS TEAM,AND TRY TO WIN A TEST MATCH FOR LANKA{WHICH THEY HAVE NOT DONE FOR THE PAST 2 YEARS.THE BATTING OF LANKA HAS BEEN VERY POOR FOR THE LAST 12 TESTS ,AND THEY DO NOT HAVE THE BOWLERS TO TAKE 20 WICKETS WITHOUT THE GREAT MURALI.

  • AniruddhaGupta1977 on October 26, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    Unfortunately IPL is played only once a year, so all Sri Lankan performances cannot be blamed on that round the year. Wish they could play IPL before every series - at least their fans wouldnt be hiding from these forums.

  • khiladisher on October 26, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    SANGAKKARA BETTER TALK MORE ABOUT THE BATTING OF SRI LANKA THAN THE OPPOSING TEAM BOWLERS.LANKAN BATTING PERFORMANCES OVER THE LAST 12 TEST MATCHES OVER 2 YEARS HAVE BEEN PATHETIC TO SAY THE LEAST.THEY ARE STRUGGLING TO PUT MORE THAN 200-250 RUNS IN EVERY INNINGS SINCE THE LAST 12 TEST MATCHES AND HAVE BEEN VERY POOR.SANGAKKARA SCORING 208 IN THE LAST TEST HAVING 4-5 CATCHES DROPPED OFF HIM TELLS US THAT HE IS STILL NOT BATTING UPTO THE MARK.IT WAS A VERY PATCHY INNINGS ASSISTED BY PATHETIC AND ATROCIOUS PAKISTANI FIELDING.IT WILL BE A LONG TIME BEFORE LANKA GETS 20 WICKETS TO WIN A TEST MATCH WITHOUT CHAMPION BOWLER MURALI.

  • AniruddhaGupta1977 on October 26, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    Sri Lankans are specializing the art of praising their opponents...well if you have not even come close to winning a test since June 2010, maybe this comes by default. The way it is going - Murali might have to do a Jayasurya and make a comeback.

  • Q72941 on October 26, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    That was really ridiculous to drop Cheema as the guy was putting every ounce of effort in every delivery. He was just not lucky to get more wickets but the intent was pretty obvious. Dropping Asad was OK but Shoaib Malik should have been picked instead of Abdur Rehman. That would have been a balanced formation both for batting & bowling. It was erroneous of Misbah not to utilize Azhar as an option for bpwling.

  • johnathonjosephs on October 26, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    Holy moly... Somebody tell mahela and dilshan to step up their game. Also, drop Parana, bring Dilly up the order and bring back Samaraweera

  • La_Bangla on October 26, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    I said it when the 1st test started that SL is very ordinary team and if you take Sangakara out they're medocre team. They showed that in the first test and they're proving me right again. SL should be playing to Bangladesh and Pakistan should play with top teams like SA and Aus.

  • Gone4Duck on October 26, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    pak fielding just pathetic as highlighted by earlier posters, imagine if they had fielding of teams like south africa their bowlers would have such a high strike rate. In almost every innings pak bowlers have to take 13-14 wickets in order to get their opponents allout. With regards to sangakara i realy like his attitude he is a true ambassor of the game always gives credits to his opponents, generaly srilankan are very well behaving. other teams can learn something from them.

  • Desihungama on October 26, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    This is a new Pakistan Team. They are finally learning from their mistakes as it was evident from the 9 overs they faced. They are going to score runs with a better run rate this time around to ensure they have enough runs and time on board to bowl Sri Lanka out. I am really really ecstatic to see the discipline in their bowling effort. I guess fixers are out which is why we are seeing the results. As for SangaKara, he is a true gentleman and a champion. Perhaps, Dilshan can learn a thing or two from him on how to conduct yourself. Lately, he's been holding negative attitude toward Pakistan. Good luck to both teams.

  • Zookinii on October 26, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    I didn't think needed to say this as I assumed that SL team management would be wary of the issue. But after today, I need to get this off my chest. Our top order, bar a few performances from Sanga and Mahela have been failing badly recently. The performance of the openers; Tharanga and Thirimanne, as well as Dilshan is most concerning. Their failures always transfer the burden on Sanga, Mahela, and Matthews. Basically nowadays it's Sanga and Mahela opening really, when you consider how fast the openers get out. And on a lucky day the openers may provide a 150 ball 35 - 45. How long will SL keep persisting with them? I think it'd be better to groom Chandimal in the test side as he is a real up and coming talent for SL, not these openers. Or find someone else at least. It's painful to see SL fail time and again because of them. And it's a shame Samaraweera isn't in this line up, seeing how Dilshan's failures have been becoming common place, the presence of Samaraweera is sorely missed.

  • on October 26, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    I hope every one can learn from this guy. Playing with bowlers who would never get chance in team if Asif and Amir was in team but better to to players who play for there country.... Keep all selfish player out of team...

  • on October 26, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    nice to see Pak bowling back on track

  • Ellis on October 26, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    Sangakkara is very eloquent and is never afraid to give praise to his opponents. and I agree with @ Warren Smith. However, the underlying tenor of his comments reflects the SL penchant for snatching " positives" out of negative situations. Simply put, the batting was way below the class and application needed. Mahela and Dilshan are not firing and that puts a major load on Sangakkara. The younger batsmen are talented but are not quite there at the moment in terms of building constructive Test innings. SL will be lucky to avoid defeat in this match.

  • on October 26, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Junaid is a wonderful find. Hope he doesn't get distracted just the way Muhammed Amir did. Pakistan's batting wasn't good until recently but with the inclusion of Azhar and Asad and the rediscovery of Hafeez, it looks solid. The only blemish is fielding - I don't think anyone can do anything about it in the short run. Like Dhoni said, it is what it is and it cannot get any better any time soon. Misbah and Younus are the two best catchers in the slips. Pakistan will win if they take 80% of their chances - beyond that you are asking for too much!

  • on October 26, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    It seems that pakistan has the factory of fast bowlers and special stock of left armers One thing is sure there is no such talent in the world like mohamad aamir but junaid and aizaz cheema are 10th 12th choice pakistani bowlers still they are too good hav the potential to be the number 1 bowling attack in the world hope there fielding issue get resolved soon. and for srinivas: to get all out soon doesnt always mean bad batting there was brilliant display of swing bowling from junaid and umargul and if taufiq would hav taken the catch of sangakara at 26 than srilanka would hav got all out before 100 grow up man

  • SaintsFan on October 26, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    I agree with salman_0902. PK need to resolve the fielding issue at the domestic level first. However, for that, the PCB needs to provide grounds to their fielders to dive on. Its not just the catching, its the ground fielding as well that is pathetic most of the times. You can't blame the fielders too much for that as they don't have similar, grassier grounds at home for their domestic encounters. Mohsin Khan, even though he's just an interim coach, needs to guide Misbah's sad leadership in the right direction so PK don't make the same mistake of spending too much time at the crease to get a reasonable lead. I think they need to have a mind set to bat at most one hour after lunch on day 3. If they can bat all day tomorrow without losing more than 3 wickets, which is not unreasonable the way SL bowlers have bowled, they'll easily have a lead of around 100. This way, on day 3 they can show some aggressiveness by getting another quick 150-175 till an hour after lunch. PK will win.

  • on October 26, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Remarkable achievment in bowling Department.. Rehman inclusion Justified ....Cheema absence feel but Typical Bowling use intelligently by Misbah.... Hope this Time Pak Will never let Down.........:)

  • Rakim on October 26, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Nice to see Junaid Khan/Umar Gul!! Let's hope a 300+ lead :D

  • on October 26, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    I just love the way Sangakkara speaks - mostly of his opponents. He is a rare breed. A top ambassador for the game - maybe the only with worth calling an ambassador. I have the utmost respect for him!

  • salman_0902 on October 26, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Pakistan's bowling is good bating is Ok and fielding is bad. They are not winning mostly because of fielding. its not a new problem. they have to resolve it in the domestic level first.

  • on October 26, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    comeon, sangakkara is being overoptimistic here. There is a possibility that this match ending up as a contest but his explanation to the mediocre batting display today is just appalling...

  • hassan13 on October 26, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Can pak take wickets hm....

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  • hassan13 on October 26, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Can pak take wickets hm....

  • on October 26, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    comeon, sangakkara is being overoptimistic here. There is a possibility that this match ending up as a contest but his explanation to the mediocre batting display today is just appalling...

  • salman_0902 on October 26, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Pakistan's bowling is good bating is Ok and fielding is bad. They are not winning mostly because of fielding. its not a new problem. they have to resolve it in the domestic level first.

  • on October 26, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    I just love the way Sangakkara speaks - mostly of his opponents. He is a rare breed. A top ambassador for the game - maybe the only with worth calling an ambassador. I have the utmost respect for him!

  • Rakim on October 26, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Nice to see Junaid Khan/Umar Gul!! Let's hope a 300+ lead :D

  • on October 26, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Remarkable achievment in bowling Department.. Rehman inclusion Justified ....Cheema absence feel but Typical Bowling use intelligently by Misbah.... Hope this Time Pak Will never let Down.........:)

  • SaintsFan on October 26, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    I agree with salman_0902. PK need to resolve the fielding issue at the domestic level first. However, for that, the PCB needs to provide grounds to their fielders to dive on. Its not just the catching, its the ground fielding as well that is pathetic most of the times. You can't blame the fielders too much for that as they don't have similar, grassier grounds at home for their domestic encounters. Mohsin Khan, even though he's just an interim coach, needs to guide Misbah's sad leadership in the right direction so PK don't make the same mistake of spending too much time at the crease to get a reasonable lead. I think they need to have a mind set to bat at most one hour after lunch on day 3. If they can bat all day tomorrow without losing more than 3 wickets, which is not unreasonable the way SL bowlers have bowled, they'll easily have a lead of around 100. This way, on day 3 they can show some aggressiveness by getting another quick 150-175 till an hour after lunch. PK will win.

  • on October 26, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    It seems that pakistan has the factory of fast bowlers and special stock of left armers One thing is sure there is no such talent in the world like mohamad aamir but junaid and aizaz cheema are 10th 12th choice pakistani bowlers still they are too good hav the potential to be the number 1 bowling attack in the world hope there fielding issue get resolved soon. and for srinivas: to get all out soon doesnt always mean bad batting there was brilliant display of swing bowling from junaid and umargul and if taufiq would hav taken the catch of sangakara at 26 than srilanka would hav got all out before 100 grow up man

  • on October 26, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Junaid is a wonderful find. Hope he doesn't get distracted just the way Muhammed Amir did. Pakistan's batting wasn't good until recently but with the inclusion of Azhar and Asad and the rediscovery of Hafeez, it looks solid. The only blemish is fielding - I don't think anyone can do anything about it in the short run. Like Dhoni said, it is what it is and it cannot get any better any time soon. Misbah and Younus are the two best catchers in the slips. Pakistan will win if they take 80% of their chances - beyond that you are asking for too much!

  • Ellis on October 26, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    Sangakkara is very eloquent and is never afraid to give praise to his opponents. and I agree with @ Warren Smith. However, the underlying tenor of his comments reflects the SL penchant for snatching " positives" out of negative situations. Simply put, the batting was way below the class and application needed. Mahela and Dilshan are not firing and that puts a major load on Sangakkara. The younger batsmen are talented but are not quite there at the moment in terms of building constructive Test innings. SL will be lucky to avoid defeat in this match.