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

Sangakkara praises Pakistan new-ball bowlers

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Mark 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Srinivasan 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!!!!

  • Anver 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 !!!!!

  • Dummy4 on October 27, 2011, 6:39 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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?

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

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