Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

9.55am Five minutes to go the start. Nuwan Pradeep has been officially given his cap. The SL openers are ready and waiting. Tony Hill and Rod Tucker, the umpires, walk out. Pakistanis in a last-minute huddle, in the shade before they walk out to the cactus heat. Most of them are wearing hats, a lot of zinc and sunglasses, Nobody in the stands or the grass banks to watch them start the match. Umar Gul will bowl the first ball. Three slips, a gully and a short leg. About 10-15 people clap as he runs in

9.30am It's hot and dry in Abu Dhabi. Don't see a crowd at the ground. Can't really blame them, hopefully more will come in as the day progresses. Misbah has won the toss and elected to field because he feels there is some moisture in the wicket. Asad Shafiq takes Umar Akmal's place.

Dilshan says he would have batted anyway. He will continue batting in the middle order. Pace man Nuwan Pradeep will make his debut

9am Hello and welcome to the start of a fresh series between two sides who have rarely failed to generate stories. Often there is drama involved when these two sides face each other, be it Mohammad Asif at Kandy, Rangana Herath at Galle, a Pakistani collapse here, a the win from dead there. They are on friendly terms now, but once upon a time these two couldn't help being scrappy against each other, umpires included. Then again they also meet in the odd boring series on dead tracks. Here is hoping the pitches for this series in the UAE aren't dead. Toss in 30 minutes

0.1

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, 1 run, pitched on a length, on off, pushed to left of point, who is hanging back, and they take the easy single

Point stays deep again

0.2

Umar Gul to Thirimanne, no run, big appeal for lbw. This one swings touch, Thirimanne plays around the front pad, but gets the inside edge that saves him from being dead plumb

0.3

Umar Gul to Thirimanne, 1 run, big premeditated front-and-across movement again, plays around the pad again, pushing it wide of mid-on for one. Both openers are away

0.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, holds its line outside off, left alone, good carry through to the keeper

0.5

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, 2 runs, too straight, 133ks, clipped away off the pads for two

0.6

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, short of a length, turned to leg, short leg makes a diving save to his left

End of over 1 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 4/0
NT Paranavitana    3* (4b)      Umar Gul    1-0-4-0
HDRL Thirimanne    1* (2b)     

"Very strange decision to opt for Junaid Khan instead of Wahab Riaz," says Farrukh. Aizaz Cheema to share the new ball

1.1

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, no run, heavy ball to begin with, although the speed gun says only 130ks, on off, hurries him up, takes the edge towards slip, but it falls short

1.2

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, no run, length ball, on off, angling away, defended off the front foot

1.3

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, 1 run, short of a length, just outside off, pushed wide of cover for one

1.4

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, beats the edge as Paranivatana pushes tentatively outside off. No movement, just the angle

1.5

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, 1 run, length ball on the pads, pushed wide of mid-on for one

1.6

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, no run, short of a length, pitched outside leg, hits the pad in front of leg

End of over 2 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 6/0
HDRL Thirimanne    2* (6b)      Aizaz Cheema    1-0-2-0
NT Paranavitana    4* (6b)      Umar Gul    1-0-4-0

"Playing Junaid over Wahab is a horrid call. Junaid is soft and lacks pace - it will not swing here which is Junaid's strength. Really strange indeed." Zuhair expresses more intrigue over the Pakistan selection

2.1

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, left alone outside off, no movement back in

2.2

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, some swing away, Para is tentative is defence, the ball hits the inside half of the bat and goes towards midwicket where Ajmal is lazy but still manages to deny them the single

2.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, short of a length, outside off, angling away, left alone

2.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, 2 runs, length ball outside off, gets a thick and soft edge past point for couple

2.5

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, bouncer now, on middle-and-leg line, ducks under it comfortably

2.6

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, fuller, outside off, covers the stumps and then shoulders arms

End of over 3 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 8/0
NT Paranavitana    6* (12b)      Umar Gul    2-0-6-0
HDRL Thirimanne    2* (6b)      Aizaz Cheema    1-0-2-0

3.1

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, no run, full, outside off, angling away, easily left alone

3.2

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, no run, full, on middle, near yorker, digs it out

3.3

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, no run, length ball, fourth-stump line, defended off the front foot

3.4

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, no run, closer to the stumps, bowls straighter too, played back to the bowler. A slight leading edge, but falls well short of the bowler

3.5

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, no run, angling across, but has to play because it isn't too wide. Takes the outside half of the bat

3.6

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, no run, wide outside off, angling away, left alone

End of over 4 (maiden) Sri Lanka 8/0
HDRL Thirimanne    2* (12b)      Aizaz Cheema    2-1-2-0
NT Paranavitana    6* (12b)      Umar Gul    2-0-6-0

4.1

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, short of a length, on off, angling away, defended off the back foot

Short leg goes to short midwicket

4.2

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, starts wide outside off, angling further away, left alone

4.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, left alone outside off again, no movement against the angle

4.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, this is better from Gul, short of a length, middle and off, has to play at it, then seams away a touch, and beats the edge

4.5

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, better from Para who doesn't play at this one, pitched on off, and angling away

4.6

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, more seam movement away from the bat. The ball is a touch short, and Para goes for the cut, only to be beaten by the movement away. Good over from Gul

End of over 5 (maiden) Sri Lanka 8/0
NT Paranavitana    6* (18b)      Umar Gul    3-1-6-0
HDRL Thirimanne    2* (12b)      Aizaz Cheema    2-1-2-0

5.1

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, no run, pitched outside leg, angling towards middle and off, defended to mid-off

A straight silly point comes in now

5.2

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, no run, full, pitched outside leg, hits the pad in front of leg

Sixteen balls without a run now

5.3

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, 2 runs, the first real forceful shot from Sri Lanka as he leans into this drive and places it between cover and point. Doesn't go really hard at it, though

5.4

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, no run, back to bowling middle and leg, pushed to midwicket

5.5

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, no run, short of a length, starts outside off, left alone

Kasun Pathirana: "The most interested spectator for this series will be Samaraweera...It might decide his career.The guy should have been here without any doubt...Score one for the SL selectors..."

5.6

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, 3 runs, overpitched, on the pads, gets bat on this drive after missing a few earlier. Places it past midwicket. Again doesn't try to hit it hard

End of over 6 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 13/0
HDRL Thirimanne    7* (18b)      Aizaz Cheema    3-1-7-0
NT Paranavitana    6* (18b)      Umar Gul    3-1-6-0

No catching man in front of the wicket now

6.1

Umar Gul to Thirimanne, no run, pushes forward to defend this to cover

6.2

Umar Gul to Thirimanne, no run, length ball, on off, angling away, takes the outside half of the bat, towards point

6.3

Umar Gul to Thirimanne, no run, better delivery, pitches middle and leg, seams away slightly, squares him up, but the soft hands make sure the edge falls short of third slip

6.4

Umar Gul to Thirimanne, no run, left alone outside off, starts outside off before angling further away

6.5

Umar Gul to Thirimanne, 2 runs, nearly played on, that fourth-stump line draws a tentative push from him, but the inside edge evades the stumps

6.6

Umar Gul to Thirimanne, no run, defended to midwicket this time

End of over 7 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 15/0
HDRL Thirimanne    9* (24b)      Umar Gul    4-1-8-0
NT Paranavitana    6* (18b)      Aizaz Cheema    3-1-7-0

Spin already, that too Mohammad Hafeez's. A slip, a silly point and a short leg in place

7.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, tossed up on off, too full, played back to the bowler

7.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, Close shout. He has no clue about this delivery. Starts to jump out of the crease too early, the ball is full, outside off, goes on with the arm, and he ends up padding up. Huge appeal, but he is too far down the pitch to be sure. They don't review it

7.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, flighted on off, defended

7.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, angling into the pads, pushed to midwicket

Silly point gone

7.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, 1 run, comes down the track, pushes this wide of midwicket for one

7.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, no run, flighted on off, defended to cover

End of over 8 (1 run) Sri Lanka 16/0
HDRL Thirimanne    9* (25b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-1-0
NT Paranavitana    7* (23b)      Umar Gul    4-1-8-0

8.1

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, length ball on the pads, pushed to mid-on

8.2

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, short of a length, effort ball, 130ks, extra bounce, some seam movement, beats the bat

8.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, this starts wide outside off and is left alone

Round the wicket now

8.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, pushed with soft hands for one. Gul is not happy at how easily the single has been allowed

8.5

Umar Gul to Thirimanne, no run, angling in, short of a length, defended to leg

8.6

Umar Gul to Thirimanne, no run, left alone outside off, too wide

End of over 9 (1 run) Sri Lanka 17/0
HDRL Thirimanne    9* (27b)      Umar Gul    5-1-9-0
NT Paranavitana    8* (27b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-1-0

9.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run

9.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, this one goes with the arm, defended to leg

9.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, pushed square, with the slight turn

9.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, flighted on off, pushed to cover

9.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, defended to silly point

9.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, comes down the track to get to the pitch of the ball and defend

End of over 10 (maiden) Sri Lanka 17/0
NT Paranavitana    8* (33b)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-1-1-0
HDRL Thirimanne    9* (27b)      Umar Gul    5-1-9-0

Junaid Khan to bowl now

10.1

Junaid Khan to Thirimanne, no run, short of a length, on off, defended to leg

10.2

Junaid Khan to Thirimanne, no run, length ball on off, presses forward to defend

10.3

Junaid Khan to Thirimanne, no run, length ball outside off, pushes right forward to defend

10.4

Junaid Khan to Thirimanne, 2 runs, clipped away from off-stump line, wide of square leg

10.5

Junaid Khan to Thirimanne, no run, short of a length, shoulders arms outside off

10.6

Junaid Khan to Thirimanne, no run, length ball outside off, defended to cover

End of over 11 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 19/0
HDRL Thirimanne    11* (33b)      Junaid Khan    1-0-2-0
NT Paranavitana    8* (33b)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-1-1-0

A slip and a short leg now

11.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, short of a length, skids on with the arm, pushed to leg

11.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, pushed through, middle and leg, defended

11.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, jumps out of the crease to pad this away outside off

11.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, again leaves his crease, to defend this in front of middle and off

11.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, short of a length, no turn, stays back and punches this to mid-on

11.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, 1 run, tossed up outside off, defended wide of cover, and they steal another single

End of over 12 (1 run) Sri Lanka 20/0
NT Paranavitana    9* (39b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-1-2-0
HDRL Thirimanne    11* (33b)      Junaid Khan    1-0-2-0

No boundary hit yet. The bowling has been disciplined but not menacing

12.1

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, no run, left alone outside off, no movement, gentle floater

12.2

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, no run, angling in towards off, defended off the front foot

12.3

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, no run, this one holds its line outside off, making him play for the angle but beating the outside edge

12.4

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, no run, angling in this team, defended from the crease

12.5

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, no run, bouncer, well outside off, doesn't have anything to do with it

12.6

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone, this moves back in, but mostly after passing the stumps

End of over 13 (maiden) Sri Lanka 20/0
NT Paranavitana    9* (45b)      Junaid Khan    2-1-2-0
HDRL Thirimanne    11* (33b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-1-2-0

Now we have both silly point and forward short leg to go with the slip

13.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, no run, flighted outside off, defended

13.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, no run, short of a length, defended off the back foot

13.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, 1 run, fuller now, driven wide of mid-off for one

13.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, FOUR, the first boundary of the Test comes in the 14th over. He waits for this flat, shortish delivery before cutting it from in front of off

That takes the silly point out

13.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, 1 run, push-driven wide of mid-off for one

13.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, no run, flighted on off, smothers the turn

Time for a drink. Watchful start from Sri Lanka. Pakistan have been disciplined on a flat track. Surprised they didn't bat first

End of over 14 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 26/0
HDRL Thirimanne    12* (37b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-1-8-0
NT Paranavitana    14* (47b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    2-1-2-0

"I am struggling to comprehend the logic behind Pak team thinking. First you leave out Abdul Wahab, an aggressive bowler capable of producing wicket taking deliveries, then you bowl after winning toss on a batting wicket against Srilankan attack (tactics or sheer cowardness?) and then you bowel with Hafeez in 7th 0ver of the match ! Mind boggling. Misbah, the king of defensive captaincy." Mahmood Saeed doesn't hold back at all

"Pakistan Seem to have started well , good discipline shown by the bowlers , but still this is such a negative and defensive move to bowl first on such a wicket. Misbah is a very defensive captain. I have a feeling he will be more than happy with 3 draws here" Irfan Mayani fears the worst

14.1

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, no run, pushes at a delivery wide outside off, the ball holds its line as opposed to going with the angle. Beaten

14.2

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, no run, short of a length, rides the bounce to defend it to point

14.3

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, no run, slash and miss. Goes for the cut, the extra bounce beats the outside edge

14.4

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, FOUR, he keeps slashing, this time he connects, and deliberately goes in the air. Over gully for four

Almost as if Para had told himself to not play shots in the first hour, and then not to hold back

14.5

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, no run, full on off, driven crisply to extra cover

14.6

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

End of over 15 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 30/0
NT Paranavitana    18* (53b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    3-1-6-0
HDRL Thirimanne    12* (37b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-1-8-0

15.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, no run, flighted around off, defended off the front foot

15.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, no run, tossed up on middle and off, driven to mid-off

15.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, no run, defended off the front foot again

15.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, no run, this is a touch shorter, he stays back to defend this around off

15.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, 1 run, full on middle and leg, clipped away for one

Tahir: "Is Misbah hoping for a Zimbabwe style miracle, where he fielded first, when he should have batted, and still won? Well that was Zimbabwe. It isn't happening here. If he'd batted first Sri Lanka would have batted last on a wearing pitch against Ajmal & co. Cricket 101"

15.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, this is a beaut. Bounce more than turn. Pitches off, leaves him slightly and kicks away. Beats the edge. Akmla doesn't collect cleanly

End of over 16 (1 run) Sri Lanka 31/0
NT Paranavitana    18* (54b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-1-9-0
HDRL Thirimanne    13* (42b)      Junaid Khan    3-1-6-0

16.1

Junaid Khan to Thirimanne, 3 runs, Lazy by Umar Gul. Pushed to the left of him at mid-off, not too far of hum but he doesn't dive. Has to then put the long chase in

16.2

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, 1 run, short of a length, middle and off, pushed wide of midwicket

"Mahmood and Irfan! If you had remembered his slower-than-snail inning against India in WC semi-final, you would not imagine even in your dream that he can be aggressive :)" Ouch, Cheema, but he did hit a few sixes. Oh but the match was lost by then

16.3

Junaid Khan to Thirimanne, no run, short of a length, pushed to midwicket

16.4

Junaid Khan to Thirimanne, no run, length ball on off, angling in, pushed back to the bowler

16.5

Junaid Khan to Thirimanne, no run, bouncer, angled well down the leg side. Ducks under it comfortably

16.6

Junaid Khan to Thirimanne, no run, good thinking, slips in a yorker, dug out comfortably, though

End of over 17 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 35/0
HDRL Thirimanne    16* (47b)      Junaid Khan    4-1-10-0
NT Paranavitana    19* (55b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-1-9-0

17.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, defended off the back foot, chose to sit back this time even though it was a length ball

17.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, stays back to another length ball, defended to mid-on

17.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, stays back again, defends this offbreak to leg

17.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, slightly short, rocks back to cut it, but can't beat point

17.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, full, into the pads, pushed to midwicket

17.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, comes down the track to kick this one away

End of over 18 (maiden) Sri Lanka 35/0
NT Paranavitana    19* (61b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-2-9-0
HDRL Thirimanne    16* (47b)      Junaid Khan    4-1-10-0

18.1

Junaid Khan to Thirimanne, 1 run, shuffles across to work this from off-stump line to fine leg for one

18.2

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, no run, short of a length, on off, defended to cover

18.3

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, 2 runs, nicely played, length ball outside off, he leans into the push-drive and places it between cover and extra cover

18.4

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, no run, short of a length, on off, pushed to point

"Defensive? Bah! No imagination, cricket fans! This is actually a cunning plan designed to lull SL into a false sense of security...and when SL become so sleepy they make a mistake, Pakistan will strike! MuHHAHAHAA!" Smudgeon, do you really think you can bore Sanga and Mahela? Statistics would suggest not

18.5

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, no run, tires the bouncer, hardly comes up, and well down the leg side too

18.6

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, no run, length ball on off, defended to cover

End of over 19 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 38/0
NT Paranavitana    21* (66b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    5-1-13-0
HDRL Thirimanne    17* (48b)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-2-9-0

Saeed Ajmal is introduced now. He is the key man on this wicket. One slip and one short leg in

19.1

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, no run, full on off, flat, defended back to him

19.2

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, no run, full on the pads, defended back to midwicket

19.3

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, no run, driven away from off-stump line, finds extra cover

19.4

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, no run, length ball on off, defended off the front foot

19.5

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, no run, full on off, defended off the front foot

19.6

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, no run, flighted, slower through the air, 85ks, defended off the front foot

End of over 20 (maiden) Sri Lanka 38/0
HDRL Thirimanne    17* (54b)      Saeed Ajmal    1-1-0-0
NT Paranavitana    21* (66b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    5-1-13-0

Cheema comes back. "I guess Herath and Co. would have gone out to the beach...looks like a long long day for Pakistan in the field," says Crazy Monk. What will he name himself when he grows old?

20.1

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, short of a length, around off, pushed away to point

20.2

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, slight seam movement along with the angle away. Loose drive from Para, and he is beaten

20.3

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, FOUR, this is crashed away. Half-volley outside off, crisply driven past cover. Shot of the morning

20.4

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, left alone outside off now, angling further away

20.5

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, bouncer, too short, ducks under it comfortably

20.6

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, 1 run, short of a length, worked away off the hip to keep the strike

End of over 21 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 43/0
NT Paranavitana    26* (72b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    4-1-12-0
HDRL Thirimanne    17* (54b)      Saeed Ajmal    1-1-0-0

"Give Misbah a break guys! This pitch is only going to get easier to bat on as the match progresses so bowling first gives Pak the best chance to bowl SL out." Shavi doesn't expect the pitch to break on the final two days

21.1

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, topspinner on off, defended off the front foot

21.2

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, full on the pads, defended to midwicket

21.3

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, comes down the track, the ball dips on him, so he plays defensively to mid-on

21.4

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, left alone outside off

21.5

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, tossed up on off, turning slightly away, pushed to cover

21.6

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, 1 run, length ball, on the pads, no turn, worked away to retain strike again

End of over 22 (1 run) Sri Lanka 44/0
NT Paranavitana    27* (78b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-1-1-0
HDRL Thirimanne    17* (54b)      Aizaz Cheema    4-1-12-0

"I am in Dubai and it is really hot out here today. I do not know how many people will be there in the Stadium. Is it a really good idea to have a test match in this weather?" Rajan, I'll guess that about 20 people have made it

22.1

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, full on the pads, keeps this out

22.2

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, 1 run, short of a length, pushed straight to mid-off and they steal the single

22.3

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, no run, full on middle and leg, driven to mid-on

22.4

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed square to point

Goes round the stumps

22.5

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, no run, bouncer over middle and leg, ducks under it

22.6

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, 1 run, shot of a length, on the stumps, and they steal another single. To midwicket this time. Despite the direct throw. Umar Gul puts in a dive at mid-off to prrevent overthrows

End of over 23 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 46/0
HDRL Thirimanne    18* (58b)      Aizaz Cheema    5-1-14-0
NT Paranavitana    28* (80b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-1-1-0

23.1

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, no run, the arm ball, punched away off the pads, to midwicket

23.2

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, no run, slower through the air, 84ks, middle and leg, straightens a touch, defended back to him

23.3

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, no run, a bit short, a bit wide, cut away, can't beat point

23.4

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, no run, flighted outside off, not much turn, defended back to Ajmal

23.5

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, no run, tossed up even higher, 83ks, driven with the turn, to extra cover

23.6

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, no run, slightly quicker, just outside off, defended off the front foot

End of over 24 (maiden) Sri Lanka 46/0
HDRL Thirimanne    18* (64b)      Saeed Ajmal    3-2-1-0
NT Paranavitana    28* (80b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    5-1-14-0

"The PCB must prioritise mending its fences with the ECB. It is insane to play in front of 20 spectators in the UAE when they could attract far more in Manchester, London or Leeds." Worth a thought, David Furrows

24.1

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, lets this short one hit his arm. Seems like one that didn't quite come up high enough for him to duck under. Or perhaps he didn't pick it up early

Hit him under the elbow. Out comes the magic spray and the physio. Pakistan have earned themselves a break to get a few drinks in. It is a really hot day. Para meanwhile gets the forearm bandaged

Two slips and a gully

24.2

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, short of a length again, this time Para plays at it, defending it to leg

24.3

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, bouncer this come, this one bounces as expected, and he ducks under it

24.4

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, short of a length, on off, defended to cover

24.5

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, fuller, off and middle, defended to mid-off

24.6

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, full on off, push-driven to cover

End of over 25 (maiden) Sri Lanka 46/0
NT Paranavitana    28* (86b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    6-2-14-0
HDRL Thirimanne    18* (64b)      Saeed Ajmal    3-2-1-0

"Re: ".....attract far more in Manchester, London or Leeds...." Not in October!" Not quite, Souwesterly. Mind you it will still be better than the 20 here even if it snowing in Manchester

25.1

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, no run, defended off the front foot

25.2

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, 2 runs, square-driven, opens the face at the last moment, past cover. Asad Shafiq gives the chase

25.3

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, no run, topspinner on off, pushed to cover

Five minutes to lunch, but still only one slip and short leg

25.4

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, no run, defended off the front foot

25.5

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, OUT, Poor shot, lovely catch. Guided straight to slip. That's the coach's job when the fielding practice is on. Quicker, flatter, straighter one, Lahiru leans back to stylishly guide to slip, and Younis takes a smooth low catch

HDRL Thirimanne c Younis Khan b Saeed Ajmal 20 (116m 69b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.98

A strike just before lunch, and despite close to two hours of batting Sri Lanka find themselves at 48 for 1. Many a half-volley has gone unpunished. Now Pakistan can attack for the next three minutes. A silly point comes in too

25.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, defended off the front foot

End of over 26 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 48/1
KC Sangakkara    0* (1b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-2-3-1
NT Paranavitana    28* (86b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    6-2-14-0

Short leg comes in now. Cheema goes back over the stumps

26.1

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, short outside leg, has nothing to do with it

26.2

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, short of a length, middle and off, defended off the back foot

26.3

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, short of a length, outside leg, angling towards off, defended

Rod Tucker doesn't look too pleased with Cheema's follow-through. No official warning yet

26.4

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, 1 run, this one skids through, angling towards the fourth-stump line, takes a thick outside edge past point

Last two balls before lunch. Sanga to face. Two slips, a gully and a short leg

26.5

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, 1 run, hits the outside half of the bat, and the misfield at point allows them a single. More importantly, Sanga won't have to face any more deliveries before lunch. Taufeeq the culprit

26.6

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, short of a length, middle and off, defended

So a session of ceasefire ends. Pakistan have been disciplined on a flat track, Sri Lanka have resisted temptation throughout. Para stays not out on 29 off 91. Pakistan struck five minutes before lunch to send Thirimanne back. Let's see what the second session brings us. We will be back at around 12.35pm

End of over 27 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 50/1
NT Paranavitana    29* (91b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    7-2-16-0
KC Sangakkara    1* (2b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-2-3-1

Welcome back for the middle session. Ajmal will resume

27.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, flighted on off, defended back to the bowler

One slip, one short leg

27.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, short full toss, driven to mid-on where Gul makes a diving save

27.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, fired into the pads, worked away for an easy single

"Something tells me this is going to be one of the most boring series! I hope the cameramen find some pretty faces in the crowd to show me while I endure this match!" Eusha, with about 20 people having turned up today, good luck

27.4

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, quicker one, Para is committed forward too soon, has to retreat fast and defend

27.5

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, flighted on off, defended to cover

27.6

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, flighted on off, Para keeps the bowler interested by playing back, but plays a solid defensive

End of over 28 (1 run) Sri Lanka 51/1
NT Paranavitana    29* (94b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-2-4-1
KC Sangakkara    2* (5b)      Aizaz Cheema    7-2-16-0

28.1

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, OUT, Cheema strikes right away after lunch, superb catch from Adnan diving in front of first slip, it was going away from Sanga with the kind of nip that Cheema has bowled with all morning, a prod produced a thick edge that flew towards first slip who seemed to have it covered before Adnan went flying to his left one-handed, tumbled on the ground but did not let go of the ball, huge strike

KC Sangakkara c †Adnan Akmal b Aizaz Cheema 2 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Mahela is in at No 4

28.2

Aizaz Cheema to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, widish one left alone outside off

28.3

Aizaz Cheema to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tight defence from Mahela, right forward to one slanted in from wide of the crease

28.4

Aizaz Cheema to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, whoa, Cheema is troubling them, straightening outside off after coming in with the angle, Mahela prods inside the line and is beaten

Hugh: "Oh come on Sri Lanka. 300-run partnership now please."

28.5

Aizaz Cheema to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, solid from Mahela now, he lunges forward and dead-bats a sharp length ball coming in

28.6

Aizaz Cheema to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, even better from Cheema, he hits Mahela on the grill with a nasty incoming delivery that continues climbing and Mahela is not sure what to do with it, ends up standing dead in its way, thud!

End of over 29 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 51/2
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (5b)      Aizaz Cheema    8-3-16-1
NT Paranavitana    29* (94b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-2-4-1

29.1

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, 2 runs, playing from the crease to a length ball, dabs it very late from off as it hurries on, Adnan is excited

29.2

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, uses his feet but Ajmal follows him with one fired in full, pushed to mid on

29.3

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, goes deep to block one coming on from a length

29.4

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, 3 runs, again he stays in the crease to a not so short ball, and guides it late past a diving slip who almost got his hands to it

over the stumps to Mahela

29.5

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, smothers a fuller one in defence down the track

29.6

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, bowls it flat and full wide outside off stump, Mahela has had his lunch and is not interested in taking the bait, left alone

End of over 30 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 56/2
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (7b)      Saeed Ajmal    6-2-9-1
NT Paranavitana    34* (98b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    8-3-16-1

30.1

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, that was not far from leg stump as Para shuffled a long way across and missed the flick, the ball zoomed down the leg side

30.2

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, aggression from Para off a full one slanted across but his drive finds point neatly, was in the air for a while

30.3

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, gets across and tightly blocks a length ball on the leg side

Nirmal: "When are they going to regret leaving Samaraweera out of this series?"

30.4

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, shifts the line a touch outside off stump, still not full enough to induce anything else than a straight-bat push, Cheema picks up the ball and threatens to throw it back

30.5

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, 137.4 kph but banged in short of a length, pitching outside leg and coming in, played out towards short leg

30.6

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, 136.7 kph now and homing in on middle and off, he gets bat and pad close together and is hurried in to the defensive push on the leg side

Zain: "Go Go Cheema, we need fierce bowling from you to let selectors and board know what they missed by giving you so late chance."

End of over 31 (maiden) Sri Lanka 56/2
NT Paranavitana    34* (104b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    9-4-16-1
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (7b)      Saeed Ajmal    6-2-9-1

31.1

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up ball defended off the front foot

31.2

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, now Mahela goes after a shortish straight one outside off, it does not get up much and goes under the attempted cut

31.3

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, turns in and trickles on the leg side off the pad

another man coming in at slip, Para has been guiding Ajmal past the first slip

31.4

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, comes down right away to a flighted ball and pushes down the track

31.5

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, remains in the crease, gets forward and smothers the turn with a bit of an open face

31.6

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, tossed up ball, overpitched as well, but his drive finds extra cover

End of over 32 (1 run, maiden) Sri Lanka 57/2
NT Paranavitana    34* (107b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-3-9-1
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (10b)      Aizaz Cheema    9-4-16-1

"I think the PCB should enact a law requiring the players to be restricted for a period of time from reentering after they choose to retire. A law similar to the one about not allowing a bowler to ball immediately if he comes back after having been off for a while." Eusha is talking of Sahebzada Shahid Khan Afridi here

32.1

Aizaz Cheema to DPMD Jayawardene, 3 runs, good square-drive to get his first runs, covers the line of this, plays on the up, opening the face late, placing it past point

32.2

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, good line again, around off and just outside, making him play, then beating him with the angle

32.3

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, 1 run, this one starts outside leg and is worked past short leg for one

32.4

Aizaz Cheema to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, short of a length, pushed with soft hands, wide of cover, Mahela charges through for one. Then comes back and sticks the stumps back after Junaid has hit them direct. Well in

32.5

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, short outside leg, little Adnan has to go full stretch to make that take

32.6

Aizaz Cheema to Paranavitana, no run, outside leg again, Para gets too far inside the line, and it misses the leg stump by inches. Cheema is interested, soon to be disappointed

End of over 33 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 62/2
NT Paranavitana    35* (111b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    10-4-21-1
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (12b)      Saeed Ajmal    7-3-9-1

33.1

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, straighter one outside off, MJ picks it up early, defends solidly

33.2

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, turns in this time, Mahela gets outside the line of off as he defends

33.3

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, the topspinner, MJ stays back and covers the line well

33.4

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, too full on the pads, MJ thinks there might be an easy single on offer, but the leg side is heavily populated

33.5

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, works this around the corner, wide of square leg, gets a single

33.6

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, too wide outside off, left alone

End of over 34 (1 run) Sri Lanka 63/2
NT Paranavitana    35* (112b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-3-10-1
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (17b)      Aizaz Cheema    10-4-21-1

34.1

Aizaz Cheema to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, left alone outside off, bounces in front of Adnan

Three slips, a gully, a short leg

34.2

Aizaz Cheema to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, gets an inside edge onto his toe as he looks to defend this shortish delivery outside off

34.3

Aizaz Cheema to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, cut away powerfully but can't beat cover-point. Not all that short but MJ sees the length early and goes right back

34.4

Aizaz Cheema to DPMD Jayawardene, SIX, MJ hooks. He might have got six, but this is not the most convincing of shots. This is aimed at his face, he hooks, gets a top edge, which just about clears fine leg. For a moment it looked like it was going straight down his throat

Another man goes back for the hook

34.5

Aizaz Cheema to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, quick bouncer, 143ks, but a touch misdirected. Now we have a battle on after an insipid morning

34.6

Aizaz Cheema to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slower ball gone wrong, a beamer, 94ks, but that is going straight at his ribs without bouncing. MJ ducks under it, then gives Cheema the glare. In fact it dipped late, and it would have hit hit the top third of the stumps had it been more accurate

End of over 35 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 69/2
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (23b 1x6)      Aizaz Cheema    11-4-27-1
NT Paranavitana    35* (112b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-3-10-1

35.1

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, some turn there, but it starts well wide outside off, and is left alone

35.2

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, this one goes straight on, Para goes right forward to defend

35.3

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, another forward defensive

35.4

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, pushed to extra cover

35.5

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, 1 run, driven straight to mid-off and steals a single

35.6

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, worked around the corner for another single

End of over 36 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 71/2
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (24b 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    9-3-12-1
NT Paranavitana    36* (117b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    11-4-27-1

36.1

Aizaz Cheema to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, shortish outside off, left alone

36.2

Aizaz Cheema to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a length, jags back in, beats the bat, hits the thigh. MJ is a touch rattled. This is a good contest

36.3

Aizaz Cheema to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone harmlessly

36.4

Aizaz Cheema to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, length ball, just outside off, defended off the front foot

36.5

Aizaz Cheema to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, another bouncer, this time he ducks under it comfortably

36.6

Aizaz Cheema to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the back foot

End of over 37 (maiden) Sri Lanka 71/2
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (30b 1x6)      Aizaz Cheema    12-5-27-1
NT Paranavitana    36* (117b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    9-3-12-1

"Cheema is a real work horse. He can bowl and be persistant with the same nip and speed. Lankans have to be very careful against this hungry cheetah." Ali, talking of persistence, here is Ajmal

37.1

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, tossed up around off, keeps going with the arm, defended late

37.2

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, 1 run, full toss on the pads, worked wide of mid-on, gets away with the rare loose ball

37.3

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, overpitched again, driven wide of mid-off, and Gul puts in a swimming-pool dive to save three runs

37.4

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, 2 leg byes, fired down the leg side, too quick for Akmal too

37.5

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, flighted outside off, he shimmies down to defend

37.6

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, full, on off, well forward to smother the turn

End of over 38 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 75/2
NT Paranavitana    37* (122b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    10-3-14-1
DPMD Jayawardene    13* (31b 1x6)      Aizaz Cheema    12-5-27-1

Gul takes over after a superb Cheema spell of 9-4-20-1 spread over either side of lunch. Two slips and a gully

38.1

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 no ball, oversteps while bowling this. Defended outside off by MJ

38.1

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short outside off, MJ thinks of the cut for a moment, but then lets it be

38.2

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, length ball on off, hits the bat high, 130ks but a heavy ball, MJ takes a single to leg

38.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, short, well down the leg side, doesn't need to play at it

38.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, down the leg side again, doesn't need to play. Gul struggling with his line in the comeback over

38.5

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, fourth-stump line now, that's much better, defended to cover

38.6

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, fuller, but a touch wider, left alone

End of over 39 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 77/2
NT Paranavitana    37* (126b 3x4)      Umar Gul    6-1-11-0
DPMD Jayawardene    14* (34b 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    10-3-14-1

39.1

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted on off, pushed back to Ajmal

39.2

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, gets outside the line of off, and then defends with bat and pad together. No silly point means he can do that

39.3

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, quicker, topspinner, defended off the back foot

39.4

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, fuller, on off, defended from the crease

39.5

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, toppie again, just outside off, MJ stays back and defends

39.6

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, full toss, driven square, Cheema misfields at point. He has just finished a long spell

End of over 40 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 79/2
DPMD Jayawardene    16* (40b 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    11-3-16-1
NT Paranavitana    37* (126b 3x4)      Umar Gul    6-1-11-0

40.1

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, good line now, bowled from close to the stumps, pitches leg, angles towards off, defended

40.2

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, OUT, Gul strikes. Accurate short ball, and Paranavitana finally loses patience. This is about chest high, over the leg stump, Para wants to pull, is cramped, ends up gloving it to the keeper. Pakistan are getting rewarded for their discipline here

NT Paranavitana c †Adnan Akmal b Umar Gul 37 (178m 128b 3x4 0x6) SR: 28.90

Time for a mid-afternoon drink. This has been Pakistan's session so far

In comes the captain

40.3

Umar Gul to Dilshan, FOUR, Hello? Skipper wakes the side up. First ball, 79 for 3, length ball outside off, smashed past cover. Thanks for showing up Dilshan. Run-rate crosses 2 an over

40.4

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 no ball, shapes up to cut this time, but decides to let it be. Gul oversteps again

40.4

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 run, short, pulled away, rolling his wrists on it, gets a single

40.5

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a length, on off, defended back

40.6

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, nips back in, just a touch, towards off and middle, MJ plays late, adjusts well, takes a single to square leg

End of over 41 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 86/3
DPMD Jayawardene    17* (42b 1x6)      Umar Gul    7-1-18-1
TM Dilshan    5* (3b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    11-3-16-1

41.1

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, sharp offbreak, MJ plays it late, working it around the corner for one

41.2

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, full, turning in slightly towards middle and leg, defended back

41.3

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, 2 runs, turning down the pads, gets a thin edge for two

41.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, 1 run, full on middle, driven to mid-off for a single

41.5

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted outside off, turning in, defended to silly point

41.6

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, stays back to a full delivery, plays late, opens the face, takes the single, even as the fielders ooh and aah

End of over 42 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 91/3
DPMD Jayawardene    19* (45b 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    12-3-21-1
TM Dilshan    8* (6b 1x4)      Umar Gul    7-1-18-1

42.1

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, length, outside off, defended off the front foot

42.2

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, short and wide, doesn't quite come on, so he checks the cut and places it in front of point

42.3

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, gentle short ball, pulled away along the ground for a single

42.4

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, length ball on off, Dilshan forces a drive, can't beat cover

42.5

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, length again, but zero room, Dilshan aborts the big back lift and defends

42.6

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 run, looks to cut it, but is cramped for room. However, he takes a single to cover

End of over 43 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 95/3
TM Dilshan    9* (9b 1x4)      Umar Gul    8-1-22-1
DPMD Jayawardene    22* (48b 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    12-3-21-1

43.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, doosra, pitches middle and leg, straightens, defended off the back foot

43.2

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, flat offbreak, stays back to block this out

43.3

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, 2 runs, length ball on the pads, sweeps it late, fine of fine leg for a couple

43.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, gets the width but he goes to cut without getting close to it. Plus it was a touch too full. Beaten

43.5

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, fired down the leg side

43.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, FOUR, another doosra, this one was floated wide of off, Dilshan took the bait and drove. But he drove hard and the edge was a touch too healthy for Pakistan's liking, flying well wide of the slip

End of over 44 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 101/3
TM Dilshan    15* (15b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    13-3-27-1
DPMD Jayawardene    22* (48b 1x6)      Umar Gul    8-1-22-1

"Just noticed David Boon is the match referee, and this test is being played in a dry (no alcohol) country. Seriously concerned for him if this scoring rate goes on for 5 days." James, Dilshan might be able to help him out. Wahab Riaz is on the field, substituting for Gul I presume. Junaid to bowl now

44.1

Junaid Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a length, angled across, left alone

44.2

Junaid Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, 3 runs, length ball on the pads, nicely flicked away, the wrists turn late enough to place it to the right of midwicket

44.3

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, short, angled away, Dilshan shapes up to cut but decides to leave it

44.4

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, short of a length, angling just outside off, pushed to cover

44.5

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, length ball on pads, pushed back to the bowler

"@James, I was in Dubai a few months ago, it is possible to get a drink in the UAE although you won't find a pub on the corner or anything." Agree Tim. I don't think Flintoff would be living there if it was completely dry. Or does he not live in Dubai?

44.6

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, 1 wide, bouncer, a touch too short, ducks under it comfortably. Called for height

44.6

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, short again, just outside off, left alone

End of over 45 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 105/3
TM Dilshan    15* (19b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    6-1-17-0
DPMD Jayawardene    25* (50b 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    13-3-27-1

Pakistan need to get a move on. They have taken three hours and 27 minutes for half the allocation of 90 over, which are supposed to be bowled in six hours

45.1

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flat on off, defended from the back foot

45.2

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted outside off, left alone

45.3

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, sharp turn, but MJ plays it late, working it square for one

45.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed to the left of mid-off and charges through for a single

45.5

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, the doosra, MJ stays back to block it just outside off

45.6

Saeed Ajmal to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, full on middle and off, driven wide of mid-on for two

End of over 46 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 108/3
DPMD Jayawardene    27* (55b 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    14-3-30-1
TM Dilshan    16* (20b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    6-1-17-0

46.1

Junaid Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, length ball, middle and off, angling away, defended back to Junaid

46.2

Junaid Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a length, no room, opens the face on it, can't beat gully

46.3

Junaid Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, bouncer, too short, ducks under it without any trouble

Round the wicket

46.4

Junaid Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, length ball, on off, defended

46.5

Junaid Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, pulled away, keeps it down by rolling his wrists on it

46.6

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, 3 runs, full, on middle and leg, driven to the left of mid-on, gets it past the man and comes back for two

End of over 47 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 112/3
TM Dilshan    19* (21b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    7-1-21-0
DPMD Jayawardene    28* (60b 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    14-3-30-1

47.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, OUT, lovely bowling, it's a big doosra. Pitched up on off, Dilshan plays for the offbreak, it almost breaks away, Adnan collects goes for the stumping and then appeals as an afterhtought. Dilshan is stunned to see Tony Hill's finger go up. There is daylight between bat and ball. Very good ball but he didn't get the edge. A shame really that they have DRS for ODIs, and not in Tests. I would think the administrators would have gone the other way round if they needed to give one format the miss

TM Dilshan c †Adnan Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 19 (32m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 86.36

Angelo Mathews is in. Two slips and a short leg

47.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run, doosra again, but too far outside off to make him play

47.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run, offbreak now, on off, turning in, defended to midwicket

47.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run, another doosra, this time he stays back and defends

47.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run, flighted, offbreak, comes forward to defend

47.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run, much slower through the air, comes right forward to defend

End of over 48 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 112/4
AD Mathews    0* (5b)      Saeed Ajmal    15-4-30-2
DPMD Jayawardene    28* (60b 1x6)      Junaid Khan    7-1-21-0

Junaid continues round the stumps

48.1

Junaid Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to cover

48.2

Junaid Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, length ball, middle and leg, MJ a touch early into trying to play it to leg. Gets a soft leading edge that falls well short of the bowler

48.3

Junaid Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, OUT, Gone! Big wicket. Pakistan are loving it on this hot afternoon. Short of a length, well outside off, Jayawardene pushes at it half-heartedly without any foot movement. Hafeez nearly drops it at first slip, but catches it on third attempt

DPMD Jayawardene c Mohammad Hafeez b Junaid Khan 28 (94m 63b 0x4 1x6) SR: 44.44

One Jayawardene goes, another comes in

48.4

Junaid Khan to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, length ball, accurate, PJ comes forward to defend

48.5

Junaid Khan to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, length ball, just outside off, defended off the front foot

48.6

Junaid Khan to HAPW Jayawardene, OUT, Junaid has turned it on here. What a beauty. Flat wicket? I don't need the wicket. Junaid bowls the perfect yorker. Lands on the crease, in front of middle. Prasanna saves his toe successfully, but the off and middle stumps stand disturbed

HAPW Jayawardene b Junaid Khan 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Sami Sayeer: "oh so where are the people who were saying things against Misbah for bowling first? pizza anyone?"

End of over 49 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 112/6
     Junaid Khan    8-2-21-2
AD Mathews    0* (5b)      Saeed Ajmal    15-4-30-2

Harron: "I wonder what Misbah's critics, bashing him over his defensive approach and weird bowling selection have to say now.. As at Sri 112/6, Pakistan finds themselves in a very promising position on a flat track. Like i said earlier, Sit back and relax ppl, Pakistan is gonna be fine.."

49.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run, accurate offbreak, defended to short leg

49.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run, defended to midwicket

49.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run, flighted on middle and leg, defended to square leg

49.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, 2 runs, short and quick, wide too, cut away past cover

49.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run, full, but it dips on him, pushed wide of Ajmal who chases it and makes a diving save to prevent a single

49.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run, flighted outside off, defended back to Ajmal

End of over 50 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 114/6
AD Mathews    2* (11b)      Saeed Ajmal    16-4-32-2
HMRKB Herath    0* (0b)      Junaid Khan    8-2-21-2
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Sharjah - Nov 3-7, 2011
Match drawn
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Match drawn
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Oct 22, 2011

Ragana Herath plays the pull, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 5th day, October 22, 2011

Ragana Herath plays the pull

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Oct 22, 2011

Suranga Lakmal has his middle stump uprooted by Umar Gul, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 5th day, October 22, 2011

Suranga Lakmal has his middle stump uprooted by Umar Gul

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