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

Junaid, Bhatti make it Pakistan's day

The Report by Devashish Fuloria

December 31, 2013

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Pakistan 46 for 1 (Shehzad 25*, Manzoor 21) trail Sri Lanka 204 (Mathews 91, Junaid 5-58, Bhatti 3-65) by 158 runs
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Bilawal Bhatti had Mahela Jayawardene caught behind, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 1st day, December 31, 2013
Bilawal Bhatti triggered Sri Lanka's collapse with a wicket immediately after lunch © AFP
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The Pakistan seamers shredded Sri Lanka's batting in unthreatening conditions to wrest control after a manic second session in Abu Dhabi. Junaid Khan maintained his stranglehold over the Sri Lanka batsmen, picking up his fourth five-wicket haul against them, but central to the collapse was debutant Bilawal Bhatti's post-lunch spell during which he picked up three wickets - two of them in one over. The twitter feed was abound with the question: "What did they eat for lunch?"

The pitch in its green guise didn't offer much to the bowlers, but it was a mix of tight bowling and loose batting from Sri Lanka that resulted in their innings slipping off the precipice. From a comfortable 66 for 1 at lunch, Sri Lanka lost seven wickets for 58 runs and only a rearguard action from their captain, Angelo Mathews, who scored a counterattacking 91, prevented a complete capitulation.

Sri Lanka were eventually bowled out for 204 and Pakistan had a comfortable start to their innings till a run-out off the last ball took some sheen away. Khurram Manzoor was left stranded mid-pitch after dabbing a ball to cover, and Pakistan ended the day on 46 for 1.

It all started in the first over of the second session when Kaushal Silva - who had been patient, but circumspect, all morning - played inside the line of a short-of-a-length delivery from Bhatti only to edge it to the keeper. Sixty-six for 1 became 67 for 2, but Sri Lanka wouldn't have worried too much about it as they had the experienced pair of Mahela Jayawardene, who was playing his first Test in almost a year, and Kumar Sangakkara in the middle.

That safety cushion was soon pulled away by Bhatti in his next over. He got his second delivery - probably the best of the day - to rear awkwardly on Jayawardene and the batsman edged it to the keeper. However, the TV umpire came to Jayawardene's rescue as the replays showed the bowler had overstepped. The very next ball though - a yorker, Jayawardene edged it to Adnan Akmal again. Seventy-six for 2 became 76 for 3.

Two balls later, Chandimal played a poor shot, chasing a wide delivery, and paid the price as the edge flew straight to Misbah-ul-Haq at first slip. Seventy-six for 4.

At the other end, Sangakkara was watching the drama unfold but was unfazed and was defending solidly. However, three overs after Bhatti's double-strike, his eyes lit up seeing Junaid bowl a wide, length ball. Nine out of 10 times, Sangakkara would have crashed it through covers, but today he slashed it straight to the cover-point fielder. Pakistan were ecstatic to see the back of their tormentor. Eighty-two for 5 now.

Junaid then added three more wickets - Prasanna Jayawardene edged to Akmal, before Sachithra Senanayake and Rangana Herath were removed off successive deliveries - to complete his five-for in an eight-over spell. Hundred-and-twenty-four for 8.

Running out of partners, Mathews tried to score whenever possible - he hit three boundaries in a Bhatti over immediately after Sangakkara's departure - and brought up his half-century in 49 balls. He added a crucial 61 with Shaminda Eranga, who scored 14, for the ninth wicket and 19 for the tenth wicket during a period of play where Pakistan allowed him to farm the strike. He was finally stumped off a Saeed Ajmal doosra early in the third session, falling in the ninties for the third time in his career.

The dramatic second session was in complete contrast with the first, during which Sri Lanka, despite the loss of Dimuth Karunaratne, had looked comfortable after being put in to bat. The two openers added 50 in the first hour of the day as Pakistan didn't make the impact they would have hoped for. However, the winds started changing direction in the second hour as the bowlers adjusted their lines and length to stem the flow of runs.

In the second over after the first drinks break, Junaid had a strong appeal for caught behind against Silva turned down by the umpire. Pakistan immediately called for a review - they had reasons to be confident as the ball made a sound as it passed the bat - but with no Hot Spot available for this series, the decision went in the favour of the batsman, extending Pakistan's poor run with the DRS (Pakistan wasted another review in the 55th over).

Four overs later, Junaid had Karunaratne pushing away from the body and Asad Shafiq took a smart reflex catch at gully to end the 57-run opening-wicket stand. The wicket slowed Sri Lanka's pace down - 16 runs came in the 12 overs after the drinks break. The runs dried up, and Pakistan had a feast after lunch.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Haz95 on (January 1, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

To that dude who's disappointed in Hafeez + Younis' inclusion. Well First one I agree with and second one? Especially after todays performance. Until Misbah and Younis retire, #4 and #5 positions are taken. Sorry about Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Akmal. #3 and to some extent #6 are available and the most competitive contenders are Haris and Fawad providing Azhar, Hafeez or Shafiq all fail/succeed. FC figures say it all..In line from 1st to have a place in the XI is 1.Fawad, 2.Haris, 3.Umar 4.Sohaib....The first three are the top FC performers regularly. Fawad needs a chance in the squad let alone the XI tho

Posted by Haz95 on (January 1, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

Pakistan has always been in the top 3 of bowling attacks in the world sometimes even first[ahead of saffers and aussies] so that's why they win matches, especially test 1s. But people making claims saying that India has a better bowling attack than Sri Lanka is bizarre. As a Neutral Pak fan I would say that Sri Lanka is just in a rebuilding phase[even tho mahela imo is finished] and that's why they're learning the hard way. people lie 'yousufahmed1' making claims that SL is worse than Nepal is laughable. Remember that both Pak and SL have beat Saffers in ODi series, something which India has failed to do this year. However, Indias batting is the strongest I believe in the subcontinent[purely because of Kohli, Pujara who isn't in the Odi squad? and Rahane] but still has flat track bullys like Dhawan and Rohit. Which is why I believe that PAK is the strongest Test Side in Asia currently since remember Bowling wins test matches, Batting draws it and our Batting is also strengthening too

Posted by   on (January 1, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

@yusufahmed1: how long we gonna compare the Zimbabwe situation? You're acting like India's never lost to them. Incidentally, they have. Secondly, you've also lost to Bangladesh in ODIs recently on numerous occasions, Pakistan's never lost to them except the one match that was fixed during 90's World Cup (I think it was the 90's). Pak doesn't laugh at Indians for that. Grow up, bro. Statistically, India v Pakistan, Pak has won more tests and ODIs head to head. Does that mean Pak is better? No. Does that mean India is the best? No. Grow up, bro.

Posted by humi_cric on (January 1, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

It was really very painful when A.Mathews started to bowl the second over of the Pak Innings, because of the M. Shami, now Indian bowling attack is much better than the SL, IMHO. SL needs to find some decent bowler otherwise whatever the respect they earned during Arjuna, De Silva, Jaysuria, Vaas and Murli era will be in vain. Just look how WI performed in today's match, and we all know there was a time when WI were incincible. On batting front also, no one is looks capable to replace Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan. A worried Pakistani Fan.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 1, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

@ Haroon Rashid Is that the reason why your team is yet to win a single match against India in World cups. How many times indian batsmen have blowed your bowling attacks. At least we don't get thrashed by ZIM like you with all the pace might.

Posted by martin000 on (January 1, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

@messa1, ok mate. thanks for ur suggestions.. hereafter we will play only in sub continent to stay on top of the icc rankings... ok now shall we have a Ind Vs SL match? you can choose the venue... in India? in Sri Lanka? in bangladesh? in mars? how abt tat?

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 1, 2014, 7:55 GMT)

@ Haroon Rashid : No prizes for guessing! Which asian country has been losing everywhere to the most mediocre bowling attack in Asia? Yes, SL has always strugged with everything.

Honestly and strangely, inspite you running down on India, I feel like running down on SL which I believe is the 'Blade-Runner effect' because there was once a time I loved the SL team.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2014, 7:49 GMT)

I have no doubt if there is a match between an All-time India Eleven and An All-time Pakistan eleven, Pakistani bowlers will blow Indian batting to peices. The likes of Imran, Wasim and Waqar and Fazalr will be too much for any all-India Greates to stay on the ptich for more than a while.

Posted by ProfMahmood on (January 1, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

With Shehzad caused run out, the top order failed to perform. So, SL score does not seem meagre at all.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 1, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

@ Haroon Rashid Talk all you want but India has won all the trophies outside Asia with their bowling attack. And thrashed ZIM where your team lost a Test match to ZIM as well. Though I respect Pakistan and envy their bowling attack like true Pak fans also envy India's batting. And we always wish if their was Indo-Pak 11 we would have won all the matches. Peace.

Posted by shahnbej on (January 1, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

Hafiz showed his talent. Well done Misbah and selectors to let him in test match.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

Please do away with Hafiz in test cricket once and for all.

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 1, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

@ ms2000 : Agreed with you on most parts, Pak is doing extremely well and its nice to see them performing everywhere once again. To say Pujara, Kohli, Dhawan, Jadeja etc. have no talent, you might wanna rethink.. If luck is all it takes to win trophies like CT2013, now that it is with us, I hope it stays with us until T20 WC which is coming soon.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 1, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

What's up with SL team..No experienced bowlers in the team except Hearath..All inexperienced Pacers.And in Batsmen..only Sanga and Mahela are there.It's like SL sent their A team.Where are their bowlers..Malinga,Kulasekara etc..I thought that Pak is only having issues with players.Condition of SL team is even worse

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 1, 2014, 6:43 GMT)

Lol@ Hafeez..He can't even take on Bowlers like Eranga,Lakmal who are so inexperienced.I would be surprised if Pakistan gets bowled out for less than 400 runs.When will our selectors understand this thing that Hafeez can't play test cricket.His Technique is flawed and he has been badly exposed.Still he was given chance again.Azhar Ali is far better than Hafeez when it comes to batting.Please get rid of him.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

No prizes for guessing! Which country has the most mediocre bowling attack in Asia? Yes, India has always strugged with its bowling. It's a pity that a country with more than a billion population has never produced a genuine fast bowler.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 1, 2014, 6:40 GMT)

@Que Khan:I know how test cricket works and i know about the pitch as well.. Just pick up all the matches of Pakistan in UAE..How many times our Pacers took 8 wickets in an inngs?Last time i remember it as junaid khan who took 5 against SL..Rest all i remember is Ajmal and Rehman taking most of the wickets for Pakistan in.Green pitch or yellow,most of the damage is done by spinners in UAE..

Posted by   on (January 1, 2014, 6:35 GMT)

No prizes for guessing! Which team has the most medioctare bowling attack in Asia? It is India. In fact it has always struggled with its bowling. It''s a pity that a country with more than a hundred thousand population has nver produced a genuine fast bowler.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 1, 2014, 6:18 GMT)

@ ms2000 I agree with you. 1 Pak, 2. India, 3. Ban, 4. Afghan, 5. Nepal, Distant 6. SL.

Posted by Ozzz.z on (January 1, 2014, 6:18 GMT)

I'm a massive Aussie Fan but I really enjoy watching Pakistan play. They have a real quiet side that let there cricket talk and I think that is very respectful. Good luck Pakistan

Posted by ms2000 on (January 1, 2014, 5:58 GMT)

Its sad to see some indians trying to run down both Pakistan and Sri Lanka at every corner. But the fact is that Pakistan today under Misbah is definitely the strongest test team in Asia . The months ahead will sure to prove me right. India is running on luck and not on talent

Posted by   on (January 1, 2014, 5:50 GMT)

Very good decision of giving chance to Ahmad Shehzad in Test matches. Green team is getting better day by day as they have many players waiting for their turn to perform on every position like Sami Aslam the under 19 captain scoring a hundred every 5th game as opener, Shan Masood, Nasir Jamshed and Muhammad Hafeez also. Umar Akaml, Haris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood are ready to replace our middle order after the exit of Younis and Misbah. Fast bowling department has also enough resources like we are playing with out Umar Gul, Irfan who are front line bowlers. Sohail tanveer, Talha, Anwar Ali and the boy who has impressed me a lot is Zia ul haq under nineteen bowler, bowling with great maturity. Amir is very close to make come back to cricket.

We surely have the future on our hand what we lack is a Good Wicket Keeper Batsman in test matches as in T20 and oneday Umar Akmal is doing very well.

Gud Luck to Green shirts in this Match

Posted by Desihungama on (January 1, 2014, 5:44 GMT)

Everyone inquiring what did Pakistan have for lunch? I don' think they had anything for lunch. Cooked the meal on field, ate, burped and went home.

Posted by DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on (January 1, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

CORRECTION to my previous comment. Medicore batting team outplays medicore bowling team. Thats it.

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 1, 2014, 5:17 GMT)

@ Messa1 : Team India, being the flat track team as it maybe and the cricketers as club level they maybe but the one thing the recent records tell me, SL legends have seriously taken some beating by these club cricketers all around the world.

Posted by AzfarRashid on (January 1, 2014, 5:15 GMT)

@ DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement - Indian...right??? This is the same Pakistani bowling attack that managed to hold SA batting in check, which is scoring HUGE RUNS consistently against the 'brilliant' Indian attack!! LOL!

Posted by   on (January 1, 2014, 5:14 GMT)

Billawal bhatti is talented allrounder but needs a bit of guidance and experience as well. its a delight to see his bowling. Pak needs to put their best efforts and should score atleast 400 hundred to put lanka in frustration.

Posted by BMDeep on (January 1, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

@ Herath-UK : Mate, U r talking about one of d most experienced batsman in d world right now and u r saying he is edgy at d start and he should be sheided? I guess am not following u correctly. Isnt his responsibility[as a senior batsman] to raise his hand up when his team is in need like d situation u have quoted, when couple of wkts fall. And not to forget, he is d backbone of a batitng line up whihc consists of young players. So, I guess it should b d other way around. He should guard, not be guarded. With al due respect to his stats, i dont see him with as much regard as Sanga is seen. Though stats were similar, both are class aparts.

@ Messa 1 : Well, we are atleast playing at our home and most importantly winning mate, which I am afraid ur team is not. Anyway, all d best for ur team in new year.

Posted by FSL2013 on (January 1, 2014, 5:04 GMT)

Not sure why Talha never got any chance after that abandoned match against SL in 2009. I dont see Rahat as long term prospect. No big swing or pace or aggression. 20 more months and then Asif and Amir will really stir up the competition.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (January 1, 2014, 4:48 GMT)

Few days ago someone questioned Dhoni's performances in SA. What about Mathews? I agree he is the highest run scorer, but thats because all other legends were not able to hold the bat!. Matherws got lot of time to score a 100 or 200 and put his team in a commanding position. It was not any fast bowling pitch or there wasn't any no:1 or no:2 bowlers in the opposition. Still he failed. Hope the one who questioned Dhoni's performance Abroad should look at own captains performance in Flat pitches and give some reasons.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2014, 4:31 GMT)

I hope these 60 odd runs wont haunt Pakistan in the 4th innings.. Bilawal bhatti was nippy but still a lucky debut.. my pick was muhammad talha for the 3rd seamer.. Rahat lacks agression too.. Overall 9/10 performance

Posted by hassanlatif on (January 1, 2014, 3:38 GMT)

a good performance on a pich like that where there is nothing for the fastbowlers but they managed to get reward out of it .... I would also like to aapiciate Rahat ALi as he was a little unlucky but he built a lot pressure on the LANMAN side

Posted by BestComment on (January 1, 2014, 2:26 GMT)

SLC is responsible, cancelling all test tours for the sake of IPL and thinking players will come up automatically and perform. PAthetic

Posted by DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on (January 1, 2014, 2:15 GMT)

medicore bowling team outplays medicore bowling team. That's it.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2014, 2:01 GMT)

what we seeing is game while change when the other match is process

Posted by MH19 on (January 1, 2014, 1:33 GMT)

I purely blame SLC,Administrators and also players like Jayawardena who actually encouraged more 20/20 and limited over cricket over Test Cricket and here we see top class failing results and also falling apart of class by the crickerters and these are subcontinent conditions and no doubt Pakistan pace is a wary for our batsman.So we are touring england in july and time to make those drastic changes now atleast to have a con test. If you watch ashes English struggled against left armers and hope Jayasuriya and Vaas will build now on that weakness finding the right bowlers for UK Conditions.Great to see youngsters such as Silva/Karu coming through the ranks and in my opinion Jayawardane is a ? sad he was a true contryman and a great crickerter and needs to replace now i believe.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2014, 0:51 GMT)

Srilanka. Will ball good I hope.

Posted by rezauk on (December 31, 2013, 23:56 GMT)

As many have commented over the year we need to stop these stupid run outs and hold people responsible. For me the inclusion of Hafeez and Younis Khan was very negative. The absence of Umar Gul was excellent. Lets give the youngsters a real chance and as i said before everybody needs to protect their wicket be it 1 or 11. Lets up the fielding and force everybody to improve individually. Talent may be natural but hard work and doing the ugly things well guarantees results.

Posted by Messa1 on (December 31, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

Don't worry Sri Lanka's gonna come back really well in the 2nd innings, every one saw the way Mathews played which will definitely bring confidence to other batsmen of SL. I have the confidence in our bowling attack as well, they will restrict PAK under 230! To all our indian fans, thanks for ur comments, good to know that u guys started following SL cricket since ur flat track team CAN'T WIN A SINGLE test match outside the sub-continent. LOL. Best way to stay on the top of the ICC rankings for u guys is to reduce the no.of matches played outside ur home track(like u did on the SA tour, reducing it to 3 ODI's and 2 tests!). Otherwise absolutely NO HOPE FOR IND.

Posted by Muhammad_farhan1229 on (December 31, 2013, 22:51 GMT)

Happy new year to both teams and best wishes to pakistan cricket team in 2014, now pak team has to play good cricket in this year to go to top raink possibly no.2, the future of pakistan is very bright bcz of young talented cricketers, just need the right selection.. in my xll Ahamad shehzad, Mohammad rizwan, umer akmal, sohaib maqsood, asad shafiq,misbah, kamran akmal, anwar ali, sadaf hussain, junaid khan, saeed ajmal.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

Lookin forward to see younus khan batting tomoro i hope he do well i wish him good luck and happy new year everyone

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

@VKohlithegreat..."looks like the only team doing well away from home is Pakistan"....do we have a choice?

Posted by wapuser on (December 31, 2013, 20:21 GMT)

Bilalwal B is good find for Pakistan but still have lot to prove. Ahmed shahzad is future of Pakistan cricket. Khurram Manzoor is good but not technically sound as shaan Masood. Junaid Khan is good find and I would like to see M Amir pair with him in future. It will be brutal attack.

Posted by BlueJayBanter on (December 31, 2013, 20:20 GMT)

@Mahi Kashmiri. Mohd Asif was seen as a top test bowler. I think he rarely bowled over 85 mph. Moving the ball will get you wickets. At the intl level, most batsmen can handle fast bowling if it comes straight (i.e Mohd Sami). So no point in delaying Sadaf. If anything, he might get battered in intl level and then go home and improve (like irfan did)

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (December 31, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

Whatever the team selection is, whatever the score we have at hand, we need to win this match. So, just now onward, do the job right. Just create pressure. It will be tough to get the wickets such as Misbha, Younis Khan. They are very conservative batsmen. But it is possible to restrict them to something like 350. It's going to be tough. Seems pitch is getting better for batting. A new year challenge at your hand. What can you do for it? How can you handle it? Just believe in yourself. Come up with strategies that can work well under the conditions.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

Ahmed Shehzad didn't want Khuram to cement his place, he thought it would be better to Run him out, Hafeez and Shehzad are both from same school of thought. Those guys who are giving Sadaf Hussain's stats might don't know that guy doesn't have Pace, He bowls 78 to 80mph. For Test match you need to have minimum Pace 85 mph. Anyway Good job done by Misbah and co, Good Luck Pak Team.

Posted by BlueJayBanter on (December 31, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

Good to see Bhatti perform. I think Misbah really likes him because of the batting he provides. He can be a genuine all-rounder in tests. I would however, like to see Haris Sohail in place of Asad Shafiq and also Sadaf Hussain in the playing 11.

Posted by zzby on (December 31, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

What Rahat Ali is doing in the team?

Posted by Yasi_Gee on (December 31, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

Sanga got out to Junaid Khan again and should get a help from a professional batting coach. SL batting is going down the hill from the day Mavan took the batting coach role. Matthews is the only consistent batsman SL have. SL is going to loose the test series. New coach has got lots of work to do...

Posted by ICKY on (December 31, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

Relieved to see selectors and team management not risking by playing Umar Gul, like they did with Mohammad Irfan. These two guys are limited overs players and playing them in test matches is like spoiling their career and killing them. Good to see Bhatti bowling well. would like to see sohaib/ haris or another youngster playing in place of Yoinis Khan, who has done very well over the years but now is over the hill.

Posted by Tamimfan on (December 31, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

Sri Lanka is a pathetic team. They will surely get whitewashed again. Their youngsters are not international standards. Flat track bullies Jayawardene and Sangakara don't have too many years of cricket left. Even with those two in the team, SL are struggling to compete against an inexperienced bowling attack. Wonder what happens after their retirement. Future looks bleak. Our youngsters are much better. Anyway Good luck.

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (December 31, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

unexpectedly Sanga's techniques declining becoz of too much T20. last few non T20 matches he got out from T20 shots. it's better if he would not participate to IPL,CPL and retire after this year T20 world cup.he has more than 2 years test career and he is key when we want to get big total. if he is not thinking even selectors should think it. it's too early to criticize Prasnna becoz he was out of international cricket last year or so. let see how mahi and chandi play in next innings.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

how many of you people agree that Amir is more talented than Junaid ? and junaid is more hard working than Amir.

Posted by DreamCricketer on (December 31, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

Dreamcricketer: Thank you SLC keep on having the failures in the team. See at Chandimal?? Why have guys who cannot score in team. All teams will beat us big time. God bless SL cricket...

Posted by fozybear on (December 31, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

How many time shave we now seen Ahmed Shehzad running his partners out especially openers. It seems like his modus operandi, he want to be seen as the best opener, therefore any opener that performs better is run out.

He waits for a shot where there is a chance for a quick run, and then when his partner has run a distance from where it is impossible to run back or if the partner has gained a momentum in running from where it would take some time to stop and return, he asks them to return knowing that the partner will be in tough situation unless there is a misfield or a mistake by the fielding side.

One more run out like this and Ahmed Shehzad should be dropped from Pakistan side to protect the career of other budding players.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (December 31, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

SADAF HUSSAIN Bowling Record

- - - - - - - - Mat Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w

First-class - 41 202 9/37 15/154 18.18 3.08 35.3 9 17 5

List A - - - 18 33 5/32 5/32 20.75 4.66 26.6 2 1 0

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

@ Soodi Obviously that's what I want, too (for them to win). I was trying to make our Lankan brothers feel better. Besides, I like being a pessimist, that way I have something to celebrate when they win. If they lose, then I'm also prepared for it. Humble is as humble does. Ignore my negativity, my friends do. :)

Posted by Sports4Youth on (December 31, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

@ Ikramul Islam : Your Observations are good. Idea great. But presentatio shabby. Please present the records like this, so that they are readable and understanable.

SADAF HUSSAIN Bowling Record

Mat Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w

First-class - 41 202 9/37 15/154 18.18 3.08 35.3 9 17 5

List A - 18 33 5/32 5/32 20.75 4.66 26.6 2 1 0

10 wickets in a match 5 times and 5 wickets in an innings 17 times in First Class matches. Why is this Guy and his numbers invisible to the Selectors. I personally believe if given the right opportunity, he can be as good as Philander & McGrath.

Posted by Herath-UK on (December 31, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

Blame lies fairly & squarely with Mahela who should not have come out when the unexpected wicket of Silva happened. The 'brains' in the team should have known that he is very edgy at the beginning and now without much practice at the very first innings of a series, a disaster was beckoning, only the team did not realise. His wicket put pressure on the following guys. Next time if the second wicket falls at a low score please don't send him out unless he finds his form soon.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (December 31, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

Posted by Ikramul Islam on (December 31, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

THis should be presented like this.

SADAF HUSSAIN Bowling Record

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10

First-class 41 74 7138 3674 202 9/37 15/154 18.18 3.08 35.3 9 17 5

List A 18 18 881 685 33 5/32 5/32 20.75 4.66 26.6 2 1 0

10 wickets in a match 5 times and 5 wickets in an innings 17 times

Posted by M.gundroo on (December 31, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

Glad to see Bhatti playing.This man has got a future in test cricket with his pace and bounce, even on a docile pitch and then we have his added batting abilty. Dont underestimate Anwar ali and Rahat ali on pitches with some help for pacemen. Again what Amwar Ali misses in pace is well compensated in variety and his batting. i still see no logic in playing yonus khan at his age. It was a good series for youngsters like 2 maqssods to help them to build up their confidence.Over all future looks good for Pak bowling attack. Sadly we still lack batsmen of compare able strenght.

Posted by dual.citizen on (December 31, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

@SaadRocx: Perfectly agree with both comments. A man with an average of around 30 after tons of experience does not belong to the test side. Remember Rahat Ali in only his last test, he took 7 wickets including a 5-for in 2nd inng giving pakistan a great chance to win the test; only to be blown by batsmen like Hafeez and company.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (December 31, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (December 31, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

Glad to see Gul excluded from the test team - he doesn't belong here. "Pakistan had a feast after lunch" - wonderfully put!

Posted by Deven Sharma on (December 31, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

The kind of pace Bhatti generates is unbelievable for his size and height. Amazing talent.

TOTALLY AGREED WITH BOTH OF YOU GUYS. I AM GLAD THAT IN THIS MATCH BHATTI AND RAHAT WERE SELECTED AHEAD OF GUL. WISE DECISION. GOOD FOR THE LONG RUN.

Posted by mensan on (December 31, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

Junaid is an exceptional bowlers; I never had any doubt. Bhatti took wickets but I still doubt his ability in the longer term. In UAE, Abdur Rehman is must. He is a very good bowlers as evident from his wickets per test record.

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (December 31, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

Glad to see Gul excluded from the test team - he doesn't belong here. "Pakistan had a feast after lunch" - wonderfully put!

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

The kind of pace Bhatti generates is unbelievable for his size and height. Amazing talent.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

why sri lanka play chandimal & prasanna jaywadena without giving chances to kithruwan & priyanjan and sl drop kusal best player vs junaid & batti they drop only fast bowlee niwan pradeep to hv chance to lakmal & includes wicketless senanayaka without including mendis or randiv r they trying to loose the match?

Posted by wapuser on (December 31, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

Abdul rauf pls d'nt post much negative thinking ( thx )u will see pakistan will play one inning and win

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

good bowling show by pakistan both in pace & spin department. Rahat Ali bowled really well today unlucky not to ve anything in wicket column. Bhatti-Junaid bowled tight lines after lunch and got results. SLs batsmen looks rusty as they did nt play any test cricket against quality sides otherwise they got good batting unit. Also this is the same problem with PAK team as we dnt play enough test cricket agianst quality sides which results in our famous batting failures here & there bcoz playing regular at the highest level with best player will eventually leads to use of ur best abilities to stand among them by consistent performance and that will helps you to beat the best.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

For me last two Sri Lankan wickets adding 80 runs and run out of Khurram in the last over took the gloss of Pakistan's performance in the second session of the first day. After having Sri Lanka 124 for 8 it was disappointing that the bowlers could not finish them off. Sri Lanka should not have scored more than 160 runs. With regard to Rahat and Bilawal there is no doubt they have potential but I presume Gul was not included as he was not fit. If Gul had played probably Sri Lanka would have feared worst. I have to say I was disappointed that Azhar Ali and Rehman did not make the team as both are quality players and have performed well for Pakistan in the past. Rehman in partnership with Ajmal could have been good in Sri Lankan's second innings. I suppose the selectors had no choice but to include Hafeez in the XI following his recent ODI performance. I just hope he does not let Team Pakistan down with the bat and makes some contribution with the ball if required.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

I'm disappointed that Pak let the last two add 80 runs. And I don't know why Sri Lankan's are stressing over their performance. Guys, don't you know Pakistan can collapse at anytime? The last test they played, they collapsed. It's not over until it's over. It's only the first day. Lankan first wicket fell after 50 runs before they collapsed, so anything possible at the moment.

Posted by SLslider on (December 31, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

How lucky are we that this isn't Pak's first choice attack. If Gul and Irfan were playing we would have struggled to cross 100.

Posted by SLslider on (December 31, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

Great talent Chandimal is at it again. Brilliant player. Completely worthy to get emerging player of the year award two years in a row in Sri Lanka. Great Job Vice captain. And How about This express 130kph Lakmal guy. He really looks like the leader of our attack. Completely unplayable. Take a bow Spearhead. I can bet we will be able to avoid innings defeat and it will be an extraordinary achievement for the LIONS. Lions lead the way.

Posted by SaadRocx on (December 31, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

I Still believe Rahat is a veryyy Underrated bowler.. He needs some time to settle in the team then He'll prove himself.. I still don't like Muhammad Hafeez's inclusion in the team..

Posted by Blade_Runners_Father on (December 31, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

Great talent Chandimal is at it again. Brilliant player. Completely worthy to get emerging player of the year award two years in a row in Sri Lanka. Great Job Vice captain. And How about This express 130kph Lakmal guy. He really looks like the leader of our attack. Completely unplayable. Take a bow Spearhead. I can bet we will be able to avoid innings defeat and it will be an extraordinary achievement for the LIONS. Lions lead the way.

Posted by stormy16 on (December 31, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

Pakistan bowled well no doubt but how poor was the SL batting? The shot selections were poor for just about the whole top order. Chandimal probably played the worst shot of all but even Sanga played a shocker. Unfortunately for SL with no runs on the board are chasing the game from now on and unless Pak make a slip, I cant see SL get back in to the game.

Posted by spiritwithin on (December 31, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

We indian fans are always in AWE of pakistan's bowling attack,it's like they has a secret lab where they create these special species almost regularly,terrific display of bowling whether its their spin or pace.This match is firmly under Pak's grip.Good luck to both teams

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

fantastic work Junaid Khan! Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi hav overshadowed his performance...but he is a superb bowler and always trying hard to take wickets which paid off big time again in the last innings. Happy to see Hafeez in the side for Azhar Ali...but if Hafeez fails to perform...better choose some new young talent from U19 than Azhar Ali...over all well done Pakistan! and to Pakistani batting lineup...just please dont panic! lol

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

batti first match wht bowlig great and juaid got great swing tht make pakistan more

Posted by Lion83 on (December 31, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

Chandimal should be dropped if he fails in this series.

Posted by Muhammad_farhan1229 on (December 31, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

congrats! pakistani bowlers specialy junaid khan by piking up 5_58 now ahmad shehzad has to bat well bcz he is beter batsman then kohli if he play sensibl cricket he would be the no.1batsman best wishes for ahmad shehzad...

Posted by Sports4Youth on (December 31, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

For all those guys criticising the selections of BILAWAl BHATTI & RAHAT ALI, I hope at the end of the 1st day now you guys agree that the selections are good. Both these guys BHATTI & RAHAT have been taking wickets in the First Class matches at an average of about 22 runs per wicket. Talhas average is about 27.5 in first class. He has pace, but his pace is not more than BHATTI. Moreover, Bhatti can also bat.

Regarding the omission of ABDUL REHMAN, even that doubt would have been cleared by now. The pitch had a bit of grass on it. So it was expected to support pace, that is why the second spinner was left out and Bhatti and Rahat made it in.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (December 31, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

There is noting in the post match presentation nor anything in the comments before the match about ANY INJURY TO UMAR GUL. This makes me think that he has been benched. I think this has happened for the first time in the last 3 years that GUL has been benched inspite of being in the sqaud. A positive sign for Pakistan and MISBAH.

I think it is high time that everyone realise and accept that GUL is a T20 bowler, and not at all suited for Test Cricket. All the younsters have done a better job than what he has been doing in the last 3 years in Test Cricket. Now Pakistan needs to build their pace attack arround these younsters. AND JUST ADD SADAF HUSSAIN, YES SADAF HUSSAIN TO THE ATTACK and what an attack it will be when MOHAMMED IRFAN returns after recovering form his injury.

Also I am glad that finally AZHAr ALI has been dropped.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

Although Rahat Ali did not take wickets, he is a very good bowler and the most underrated bowler in Pakistan. He is a wicket taker. He must not be dropped for non-performance in one or two innings.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

@solid_snake: I dont think u know how test cricket works. In a test match, on a green, day 1 pitch, getting figures like Ajmal's 14-3-32-2 for a spinner is hardly nothing. Those numbers r just as good as Junaid's 5for. The only other spinner in the world capable of doing that is playing for the opposition (Herath ofcourse). Learn how the game works be4 commenting. All the best to team green. P.S: As much as i enjoyed watching the back of Sanga, am disapointed not to have the pleasure of seeing him scoring another ton. My fav batsman in world cricket today.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 31, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

Brilliant bowling Junaid and Bhatti and absolute hats off. Simply disgraceful batting by us and we gifted wickets cheaply as shown by Chandimal, Prasanna and Sanga.

Angelo no doubt batted well to get us past 200 or if not would have been awful. I cant fathom how could n't we cash in on the good start Karunaratne and Kaushal gave us.

Looks like Pakistan will pass 400 at the current rate. Angelo must keep attacking tomorrow or if not, it is going to be dire.

This test bears the hallmarks of the same test going back to the series in 2011 where SL batted first and were all out for 197 and Pakistan piled up 511 and Sanga of course scored a double ton to save the game for SL. Well worse case scenario for Sri Lanka, hope it happens again this time too.

Posted by Hira1 on (December 31, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

till lunch every one including comentators were blaming Misbah for wrong selection of team and batting first on a flat pitch.........now both his decision proved right so its expected that this time the due credit must be given to him.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (December 31, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

Well bowled Pakistan !! They happily accepted all the late X'mas gifts from SL batsmen with both hands. Pakistan batsmen also made a solid start but were unfortunate with that run-out.

Anyway, Kudos to our skipper for putting up a good fight with tailenders. It was quite hilarious how Eranga showed some maturity and class better than the likes of Chandimal and Prasanna who got out by poking at the ball. Prasanna completely wasted an opportunity to make a point here today. He could have easily stayed there and build a nice innings with Mathews.

Early wickets tomorrow are very crucial for SL to get back into this game. I hope that they will manage to restrict Pakistan under 300 runs tomorrow. G'luck !!!

Posted by Fogu on (December 31, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

Great start by PK team. Hopefull SL can fight back and make it a good contest. If PK gets a lead of over 250, the game will be over. Misbah doesn't get enough credit for turning a team is disarray in to a team with unity and purpose. He has to be considered among the best 3 PK captains of all time considering what he inherited. There will be some fans (IMO, who look for style over substance) who will criticize him no matter what but his steady appraoch has calmed the team and made them successful. Great job Misbah and PK team. Looking for that fightback from the SL Lions.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

SL board needs to be held responsoible for this poor batting display-why do we keep cancelling test matches? okay fine the IPL is a must -i h vae no probs with that-but then make sure you play cricket throughout the year barring the IPL time ,specially test cricket-only 3 test matches being played prior to this is a utter disgrace,WHAT ARE YOU DOING SRI LANKA BOARD! WAKE UP! a few days back our und 19 team lost to afghanistan! can you believe it? Sri lanka should play only 1 t20 per series ,anything more than that is an utter waste,play 3 odis and heavens sake play minimum 3 test matches with top quality teams like australia,England,SouthAfrica,Ind,Pakistan, forget bangladesh and zimbabwe how can our players improve if we play against the weakest teams ALWAYS! there was a time when we were a force to be reckoned with in tests-Specially at home we were virtually unbeatable, SL cricket Board this is over to you to take urgent action to save SL cricket

Posted by loostalker on (December 31, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

Pakistani's should bat only one big inning and don't think for fourth inning,try to beat SL with inning, otherwise they can loss because fourth inning will be difficult for them.

Posted by doncl on (December 31, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

I feel sorry for the bowlers. We always talk about our bowlers are not up to international level (excluding Herath). When our batsmen cannot pass 400 in an innings, there isn't much am in-experienced bowler could do. When you have a good total a young , inexperienced bowler could experiment and try different things. In our case, the new bowlers hardly get that chance. Look at Vaas and previous fast bowlers (not all, but some) we had. They had the likes of Roy Dias, Dulip Mendis, Aravinda, Ranathunga, Jayasuriya (list goes on) who had lot of experience and scored runs (at least in the subcontinent) that helped the bowlers. And at that time, we didn't play T20s and too much ODIs. That helped them too. So, lets just support our guys and hope they will do well. I am 100% confident that Chandimal MUST be in the Test team and he will prove his worth very soon. Same goes for Thirimanna

Posted by doncl on (December 31, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan. You guys did extremely well. I disagree with comments on dropping Chandimal. He is more suited for Tests than any other format. If you drop him, he will go back and start playing more T20s and ODIs, which won't help playing Tests. Agreed, that he played a false stroke, but so did the others. If Mathews got out for for under 20, I am pretty sure people will be asking him to be dropped too. Just give them the benefit of the doubt. Playing tests after 9 months, so everyone is rusty. If I were Jayasuriya, I would definitely give Chandimal another 5 tests. If he doesn't perform, then drop him and send him back to school. Also, Thiri MUST be in the Test team too. People are laughing when we compare him with Sanga. I remember seeing Sanga struggling when he started to play too. But in his case, he had Sanath, De Silva, Arjuna and Hashan to hide behind. They performed and people kind of forgot about others.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (December 31, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

what is this Rahat Ali doing in the team, no swing, no pace, why don't Talha, he can bowl 150kph and swing the ball both ways. Hope he pays in the next test.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

for the next test they can bring in talha for rahat . Talha is much better bowler and i believe lanka can be tamed by fast bowlers because they play spin v well . Lead of atleast 200 is necessary to have a gr8 chance of winning it comfortably .

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (December 31, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

We have to expect this result from in form quality Pakistan side. Angelo was very good today. He made the score into 200s, which was very unlikely. Past is past. Get on with it. Pitch has grass. Try to bowl all six deliveries according to plan. Let them work hard. Apply pressure. No lose deliveries, please. We can win.

Posted by MZK2 on (December 31, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

Well done bhatti.. U proved ur slection good.. Junaid u are just awesome...

Posted by John_Geo on (December 31, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

Please drop Mahela and Chandimal from this team to begin with. They are an absolute waste of 2 positions. Mahela is way beyond his "use by" date. Chandimal is way too pre-mature to call a test cricketer. Remember experience comes from how much you learn - not from how many matches one plays. Chandimal's is a 'slow learner' (ne needs time). Test cricket is not a place for experiments with kids - nor is it a podium to display yester-year's veterans. The problem does not lie in lack of test cricket played by Sri Lanka. It is a psychological block that weak minds cannot conquer. How sad that selectors cannot see it either. How many times Sri Lanka has to be disgraced and embarrassed in international arenas before some effective decisions made?

Let players from all parts of the country considered for the national team not only those come from major cities. Drop the old aged, rookies and novices. In the long term, have a solid system for players to progress from school to test cricket.

Posted by buncers on (December 31, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

A very predictable display by Sri Lanka. Their first test for over 18 month and no warm up. What are SLC up to. Do they want to be relegated from the top tier of test cricket. What the hell is going on?

The batting display was awful (Sanga and Jaya disgraceful). Well done Angelo and Eranga. Clearly no demons if these guys can bat for some time. Openers were OK for new guys. Dimuth needs to be pushing for 50+ by now since he is now the senior guy.

What's with the bowling selection - 2 seamers + 2 spinner + Angelo is going to be severely lacking. Kulu should be in instead of Prassana or Chandi (the remaining one can keep or give it to Silva).

Apart from lack of practice, crazy selection and poor play by the seniors, good to see Angelo standing up and supported by Eranga (great guy and nice to see him in the team).

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

well played by mathews. 80 runs added for last2 wickets will be vital.

well bowled by pakistan. decision to bowl 1st paid off. it was green wicket and pak had 3 pacers. though during 1st session they were not consistent enough. but came back good after lunch.

well bowled by bhatti. many of us thought that some1 else should be in but he played well. junaid was superb as usual. another 5 for vs SL.

hafeez for azhar is 50-50. but if hafeez is playing then Azhar can not be in. Ahmed is also in form and lets see if he brings that odi form here in tests. Asad should be playing. had a100 in last test vs SA.i dont agree with comments that masood should be playing for asad. masood is opener and still very new.

Rahat bolwed well in 1st session but didnt get any wicket.

good effort by pak bowlers. time for batsmen to make it count. it will get dryer by time.

Posted by HashirSL on (December 31, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

When they bat, they bat the best!! But when they fail, they fail the worst!! Disappointed to SL this way.. But nevertheless, the Pak guys are doing really well.. Especially, in the form of Bhatti, I see a player who gives all what he's got.. Seeing him in the ODIs gave me the impression, and he justifies it.. Hope he does make use of what he's been given.. He has what it takes to be a great!! Dedication, determination, courage, ambition and perseverence..

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

Chandimal needs to be dropped from the test side. He is not a test cricketer with all the cow shots behind him. Ask him what he tried to do with the bat across when you have 3 slips and a gully he will not be able to explain. Bring in a tamed number 5 batsman to this position. Chandimal is in the test team with borrowed time.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

Best wishes with pak team

Posted by Solid_Snake on (December 31, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

After a long long time...This is a rare occasion when Pakistan Pacers did all the job and Spinners did nothing

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 10:27 GMT)

bouncer709 fawad alam deserves no place in any format

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

beautiful by bhatti, junaid & mathews.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

Where is Shan Masood? Now they don't want more than two players from Karachi, eh?

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 31, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

Nice bowling PAK. Probably the most balanced bowling attack.

Posted by wapuser on (December 31, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

O wow!!!!pakistani bowlers are doing well.....specially junaid khan

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (December 31, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

It seems like the only team doing well away from home is Pakistan & the only team not able to perform in any format even in home conditions is SL.. Thank god Irfan and Gul are not here, would be really bad to see under 50 scores in the subcontinent too.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (December 31, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

16 and 5 !!! Great performances from local legends! No wonder why they called as Home track Bullies. Other than home pitch, they can't even compete!lol.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

"Best Bowling Attack" Junaid and Bhatti You Beauty !!

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

Great show by the "Lankan Legends", these guys can't even score on flat wickets, and these legends will retire soon, then SL cricket has really had it!!!

Posted by Fijicricket on (December 31, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

No spectators! Have they forgotten to open the gates? Or is it no one is interested?

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

what a seond spell from bhatti??????????? whooo.. that was exceptinal.....jaywardene is a good player but looking rusty and off colour today.. 5 down.. sangakkar also gone off junaid.

Posted by wapuser on (December 31, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

Well done Bilawal Bhatti ....perfect debut ......

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

wow, we all wanted some one else there in place of Bilawal but after lunch bhatti is on fire. 3 wickets in 2 overs.

well bowled.

Posted by bouncer709 on (December 31, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

Good to see Ahmed Shehzad replacing Shan Masood, Don't know on what basis Shan Masood is their in test team, He has mediocre FC average. Fawad Alam should be part of test squad.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

I am still trying hard to find out what is special in Lakmal? He is nothing guy. Don't we have any other bowler than Lakmal? Selectors give Nuwan pradeep a go atleast in the next match. thank god they didn't include Thisara in the test squad. Spinning wise a good decison.. Dilruwan Perera instead of Lakmal would have been a wise choice.. Very encouraging to see a good start.. Kaushal silva, go man and prove ur d best... 4 wicket keepers playing.. Must be a world record..

Posted by zarasibaat on (December 31, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

Do you know who has the best batting average from Pakistan in all time cricket history??? Ans. Fawad Alam Batting Average 55.71 in First Class. Top in Pakistan and 32nd in the world. He scored a century on debut and played 2 more test after that and thats all... Reason? Chidya maar (Sparrow) chairman Najam Shethi and other do not have heart to select people on merit. Will any body make a voice for Fawad Alam???

Posted by mzm149 on (December 31, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

Rubbish selection. Shan Masood should have been retained as he performed in South Africa series. Abdur Rahman should have been selected instead of Bilawal Bhatti. Talha/Gul should have been selected instead of Rahat Ali.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

Hafeez's selection in this series might pay off but he is certainly not a test match stuff, especially when it comes to playing in South Africa and Australia and on the tracks which are conducive to pace and swing. If Sri Lanka manage to score a good total, then Pakistan have to bat very well to draw this match. Most Pakistani battsmen lack technique and temperament to stay on the pitch. Over the years, test matches have become a tough test for Pakistani batsmen thanks to T20s.

Posted by waqasmlk93 on (December 31, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

such a poor bowling selection.sadaf and talha should have been in playing squad inplace of bhatti and rahat.and why bhatti ? he may be useful in t20,s but he certianly is not a test bowler

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

ANWAR ALI Bowling Record

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10 Tests 1 1 102 88 1 1/88 1/88 88.00 5.17 102.0 0 0 0 First-class 69 117 11828 7406 272 7/77 11/104 27.22 3.75 43.4 12 19 4 List A 54 54 2726 2473 89 6/38 6/38 27.78 5.44 30.6 3 2 0 Twenty20 32 32 682 920 34 3/20 3/20 27.05 8.09 20.0 0 0 0 10 wickets 4 times and 5 wickets 19 times

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

you can't win a test match with 2.5 bowlers.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

excellent team selection. 3 quicks. 2 spinners. only thing is that hafeez should come low down the order. shehzad deserves the spot. mazoor nd masood both are shaky but if manzoor misses out this test. masood should be in the next.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

MOHAMMED TALHA Bowling Record

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10 Tests 1 1 102 88 1 1/88 1/88 88.00 5.17 102.0 0 0 0 First-class 69 117 11828 7406 272 7/77 11/104 27.22 3.75 43.4 12 19 4 List A 54 54 2726 2473 89 6/38 6/38 27.78 5.44 30.6 3 2 0 Twenty20 32 32 682 920 34 3/20 3/20 27.05 8.09 20.0 0 0 0 10 wickets 4 times and 5 wickets 19 times

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

can't see Pak getting 20 wicket with this bowling attack and winning the match with this team.

awful selection

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

TABISH KHAN Bowling Record

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10 First-class 77 15471 8444 327 7/38 25.82 3.27 47.3 20 18 3 List A 32 1437 1313 40 5/28 5/28 32.82 5.48 35.9 1 1 0 Twenty20 18 17 366 434 12 2/11 2/11 36.16 7.11 30.5 0 0 0 10 wickets 3 times and 5 wickets 18 times

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

SADAF HUSSAIN Bowling Record

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10 First-class 41 74 7138 3674 202 9/37 15/154 18.18 3.08 35.3 9 17 5 List A 18 18 881 685 33 5/32 5/32 20.75 4.66 26.6 2 1 0

10 wickets in a match 5 times and 5 wickets in an innings 17 times

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

a bit strange selection. bhatti shouldnt be playing. talha or gul should be playing. i think gul's omission is because they dont want him to be risked. he has just came back from injury.

hafeez for azhar is understandable. though i would have liked azhar in but if hafeez is coming at no3 then azhr should not be in playing11. he had a very poor year.

Ahmed is good. he has better 1st class record than his list A. and in form.

many people here saying shan should be in for Asad. i dont agree. asad is a good test player and also shaan is opener not middle order batsman. so a no6 should be replaced by no6 type. asad has got 100 in his last test match. and in tests very much ok.

these are always decisions of team management. manager is head- coach & captain not captain alone.

decision to bowl 1st is 50-50 seeing so much grass. but bowling not up to the mark. our main bowler junaid was not up to mark.

agreed Rehman should always be in playing11.

Posted by laho111 on (December 31, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

Initially Bilalwal Bhatti didnt include in squad but now he is in 11 players. Who removed from squad???

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

poor team selection by Pakistan

Posted by hellothereeveryone on (December 31, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

Azhar Ali should have been selected instead of Asad Shafique as Azhar is a more technically correct batsman which is needed in test cricket. Also Umar Gul should have played instead of Rahat as he has more experience and speed which is needed in test cricket.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

poor selection of team n poor selection for electing bowl first. by Misbah will cause deafeat in this test.

Posted by ProfMahmood on (December 31, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

My team: Khurram Manzoor, Shan Masood, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq, Sohaib Maqsood, Anwer Ali, Bilawal Bhatti, Umar Akmal, Abdur Rahman, Saeed Ajmal.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

Good start ... We hope test serius is ours #lions

Posted by shahnbej on (December 31, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

Very Poor decisions by Misbah that electing fielding on batting wicket. When he will grown up and take bold decision. I think fourth innings will be hard on this wicket.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (December 31, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

surprised that they selected Bhatti ahead of Gul. Gul is a tremendous old ball bowler and should be a genuine 3rd seamer.Good to see Shehzad debuting

Posted by Razay on (December 31, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

Stupid selection and stupid decision to bowl first. Why drop Shan Masood and bring in already tried and failed Asad Shafiq. Anwar Ali shud have been incl in place of Rahat Ali. Bilawal Bhatti cannot ever replace Umar Gul. Poor selection and decision to bowl first have already decided the match in favour of SL. I hope i bite my words but doesn't appear so

Posted by loostalker on (December 31, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

Poor bowling attack from Pakistan only Saeed Ajmal is test bowler, Playing 4th inning will be problem for Pakistan.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (December 31, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

SL consists of home track legends like Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Mathews and Herath. But still they are at the bottom of the table.lol.

Posted by Pindia on (December 31, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

Interesting team selection from Pakistan. Shehzad and Bhatti debuts make sense. Shehzad has as much potential as say Warner or Dhawan who are similar 'new wave' players. Not sure about Rahat, presumably Pak's answer to Philander, but think Pak should base pace attack around Gul. When Irfan comes back we will be much stronger. Hafeez should be picked as a second spinner who can bat. Let's see how they do...

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

And wht a team they have selected for 1st test bilalwal bhatti n rahat ali they both r not test bowlers. And talha is not playing what a pathetic selection.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

Pathetic decision to drop Shan Masood why give him only two tests we should have given him more and why we are selectin People who can't take wickets in ODIs in tests(Bilawel Bhatti)

Posted by   on (December 31, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

dropping shan masood is not wise decision!!! asad shafiq should be dropped instead of shan masood !!! and bilawal bhatti is too immature to play test cricket

Posted by I_amMirza on (December 31, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

Don' know why Misbah choose to bowl. This grass Won't help pace attack and it will vanish soon. if they did n't strike earlier, will face a huge Total.

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (December 31, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

I can't agree with Sachitra take over Dilruwan and Shaminda take over Nuwan Pradeep. Sachithra was wicket less in whole ODI tournament and firs he should prove he is good ODI cricketer before playing Test.and young guys like Schezad,Massod was very easy against his spin.so how he struggle this Test Specilist Batting line up? But Dilruwan played pretty well against NZ A team and could get 6 wickets. and paks might struggle against his bowling. Nuwan Pradeep has 140+ pace and has edge over Eranga(135-140).but Lakmal get's wickets in ODI so he can't drop. Any way other 9 r ok. Good Luck 2 both teams

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