Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 2nd day January 1, 2014

Misbah, Younis centuries flatten Sri Lanka

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Pakistan 327 for 4 (Younis 136, Misbah 105*) lead Sri Lanka 204 by 123 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The two times Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan had batted together against Sri Lanka before, they had added 130 and 100. Today, they improved that stat further with a 218-run stand for the fourth wicket that flattened Sri Lanka after an encouraging start, and gave Pakistan a solid first-innings lead. The partnership came at a crucial juncture when the game was in the balance and ensured Pakistan took a firm grip of the Abu Dhabi Test. During its course, Younis drew level with Javed Miandad by scoring his 23rd century - his sixth against Sri Lanka - while Misbah, unbeaten at the end of the second day, crossed the 100-mark for the fifth time in Tests.

Sri Lanka had a 121-run buffer when Pakistan's third wicket fell and with run rate taking a dip just before lunch, a wicket or two would have given Sri Lanka a chance to limit Pakistan. However, just as the lunch interval transformed the Pakistan bowlers on the first day, it had a transformational effect on their batsmen today.

Pakistan's two most experienced batsmen had scored 38 in 15.4 overs before lunch in a typically slow and solid manner, but switched gears in the second session to add 130 runs in 33 overs. It pepped up a crawling innings to an energetic rate of 3.17 at tea. Younis served the first statement of intent, punching a length delivery firmly, and in the air, through mid-off in the second over after lunch. Misbah followed suit soon, forcefully driving Sachithra Senanayake through wide mid-on.

Soon Pakistan crossed 150 and Sri Lanka brought Rangana Herath back. It was to no avail as Younis used his feet smartly - either to move forward or to move deep into the crease - to disturb the bowler's lines. At the other end, Suranga Lakmal kept leaking runs: First, he was hit for consecutive boundaries by Misbah, then two overs later, for two more by Younis, the second four bringing up the batsman's half-century.

Sri Lanka then followed up with spin at both ends, but that only resulted in more runs as neither spinner was allowed to settle. Pakistan made a quick dash towards the Sri Lankan score of 204 and went past it in the 65th over when Younis launched Herath for a six and four off consecutive deliveries. Younis, who had been keeping pace with Misbah before the strikes, took a lead and zoomed ahead, using the sweep and the cut shot to manoeuvre the ball. Three overs before tea, he carved Herath for another boundary through covers to bring up his century.

On a pitch that exposed Sri Lanka's bowling frailties - even Herath appeared bereft of ideas, eroding the little successes they had in the morning session - the new-ball was the last chance to make a comeback, and that finally fetched them Younis' wicket as he chopped a Shaminda Eranga delivery on. Younis, however, played the shot of the day shortly before his dismissal: a length delivery from Eranga was punched through covers, Younis had both his feet in air when he made contact with the ball and they continued to rise after. The shot was all about the force of the body recoil. And some talk about balance. Younis, who has now most runs in the UAE and the second most against Sri Lanka behind Sachin Tendulkar, continued to flourish till he got one from Eranga to cut in from a length and take the inside edge.

Misbah dragged his excellent run of 2013 to the new year and kept the pace up in the first half of his innings, even using the reverse sweep a few times, before shutting shop in the second half. He moved to 50 in 100 balls, then to 70 in 140 balls, but dawdled towards his century taking 101 balls for the last 30 runs. On a benign pitch, however, he remained immoveable. During the early part of his stand with Younis, Misbah remained sprightly, finding boundaries whenever a loose ball came through. He is 41 runs from the 3000-run mark and will eye the landmark as Pakistan look to convert the lead into a match-winning one on the third day.

The Sri Lanka bowlers worked hard all day, but in good batting conditions, they lacked bite to trouble the batsmen. Herath, the leader of the pack, toiled tirelessly for 31 overs, but never looked threatening. Senanayake, the other spinner, had a disappointing outing bowling his 18 overs for 66 runs. Sri Lanka had their moments early in the day though. In the first hour of the day, Kaushal Silva had dived full-length and low to his left to pluck a stunning catch to dismiss the in-form Mohammad Hafeez early in the day, while Ahmed Shehzad was forced into playing a tame pull by a perfect bouncer from Eranga. On the third day, the tired Sri Lanka players will have to reproduce some of that spark to limit the damage.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Test cricket is very tricky affair. A team that has an upper hand needs to keep a tight grip all the time. Srilankans are a good side and can bounce back. Pakistan should try not to play 2nd innings. For that they need to play all day tomorrow.I expect bhatti to play a major role in this. Only after fulfilling that goal Pakistan will most likely win the match. Otherwise a seesaw game might start. Playing on the last day against herath will be tough so a smaller target can prove very difficult to chase down. Hafeez has proved his worth and i wish him another sub par score, though it will be difficult to oust him even then from next match.

  • POSTED BY SL.FOOLS on | January 2, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Any player around the world who is not considered for his national team and has an average of around 30 can come to SL and will be considered a legend.

  • POSTED BY SL.FOOLS on | January 2, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Great to see SL fans keeping low expectations. Conceding a lead of 179 and they think they have been brilliant.

  • POSTED BY Nuwas on | January 2, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    so PAK stumbled in the mornings as I've predicted. SL will go on make a ton this time & will bat till end of 4th day or prolly another session in 5th day as well & will ask PAK to bat their 2 innings.

    So much predictions right??? just wait & watch the game of cricket , its Test Cricket afterall. And all those Indians guys who hate SL, please get some real life & leave this post which is for two good cricketing nations. much appreciated hatred or whatever.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | January 2, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    SL back in the game..Really poor batting by Pakistan tail..

  • POSTED BY SL.FOOLS on | January 2, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    SL is losing by an innigs. It will be an achievement for this mediocre team if they can cross 100.

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Few people are saying after sanga and Mahela Sri lanken cricket will be worst. But With these two players in the team not much different. I think issue is lack of positive batsman in the team who can change the bowlers accuracy by playing good strokes for weak balls. I think After DILSHAN sri lanken cricket became to the current situation.He can change the game because of his possitive batting style.

  • POSTED BY martin000 on | January 2, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    @Yorkslanka, wat are you on abt mate? did you just say that if a team gives its best and loses then its fine?? Wer you not in India forums bashing them even if they WIN? can you jus tell me what logic do you hav in tat? did you mean to say that in your island only 10 yr old kids have feelings?? the reason for you to be embarrassed is not only for losing but making fun of others when you are not upto their level in any aspects..

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    Adnan vs Umar Akmal: Imagine Umar Akmal walking in at #7 with a Test avg. of 36 vs Adnan's of 25. Why not groom Umar as a Keeper Batsman for all formats? Nothing against the rotation policy or different players per format but why settle for mediocre players when you are resting young ones like Umar unnecessarily? Chances are Adnan is never going to contribute in terms of a big score while Umar already has 6 fifty plus and a century in his test bag. Just saying...

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | January 2, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    & btw what's going on in U19 Asia Cup..It's like a trend now..Pakistan and India always facing each other in Finals.It looks like this time things would be the same..India-Pak facing in finals again..Pak U19 is in great form..Unbeaten so far..A long winning streak..Best of luck

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Test cricket is very tricky affair. A team that has an upper hand needs to keep a tight grip all the time. Srilankans are a good side and can bounce back. Pakistan should try not to play 2nd innings. For that they need to play all day tomorrow.I expect bhatti to play a major role in this. Only after fulfilling that goal Pakistan will most likely win the match. Otherwise a seesaw game might start. Playing on the last day against herath will be tough so a smaller target can prove very difficult to chase down. Hafeez has proved his worth and i wish him another sub par score, though it will be difficult to oust him even then from next match.

  • POSTED BY SL.FOOLS on | January 2, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Any player around the world who is not considered for his national team and has an average of around 30 can come to SL and will be considered a legend.

  • POSTED BY SL.FOOLS on | January 2, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Great to see SL fans keeping low expectations. Conceding a lead of 179 and they think they have been brilliant.

  • POSTED BY Nuwas on | January 2, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    so PAK stumbled in the mornings as I've predicted. SL will go on make a ton this time & will bat till end of 4th day or prolly another session in 5th day as well & will ask PAK to bat their 2 innings.

    So much predictions right??? just wait & watch the game of cricket , its Test Cricket afterall. And all those Indians guys who hate SL, please get some real life & leave this post which is for two good cricketing nations. much appreciated hatred or whatever.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | January 2, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    SL back in the game..Really poor batting by Pakistan tail..

  • POSTED BY SL.FOOLS on | January 2, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    SL is losing by an innigs. It will be an achievement for this mediocre team if they can cross 100.

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Few people are saying after sanga and Mahela Sri lanken cricket will be worst. But With these two players in the team not much different. I think issue is lack of positive batsman in the team who can change the bowlers accuracy by playing good strokes for weak balls. I think After DILSHAN sri lanken cricket became to the current situation.He can change the game because of his possitive batting style.

  • POSTED BY martin000 on | January 2, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    @Yorkslanka, wat are you on abt mate? did you just say that if a team gives its best and loses then its fine?? Wer you not in India forums bashing them even if they WIN? can you jus tell me what logic do you hav in tat? did you mean to say that in your island only 10 yr old kids have feelings?? the reason for you to be embarrassed is not only for losing but making fun of others when you are not upto their level in any aspects..

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    Adnan vs Umar Akmal: Imagine Umar Akmal walking in at #7 with a Test avg. of 36 vs Adnan's of 25. Why not groom Umar as a Keeper Batsman for all formats? Nothing against the rotation policy or different players per format but why settle for mediocre players when you are resting young ones like Umar unnecessarily? Chances are Adnan is never going to contribute in terms of a big score while Umar already has 6 fifty plus and a century in his test bag. Just saying...

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | January 2, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    & btw what's going on in U19 Asia Cup..It's like a trend now..Pakistan and India always facing each other in Finals.It looks like this time things would be the same..India-Pak facing in finals again..Pak U19 is in great form..Unbeaten so far..A long winning streak..Best of luck

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | January 2, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    In all test playing nations,we have got the worst Wicket keeper batsmen in the team.It really makes me sad to see all the keepers in Pakistan.Not one of them is able to bat properly.Adnan Akmal,Sarfaraz,Zulqarnain..all are same.. Even wicket keeper of Afghanistan and Bangladesh are better batsmen then these mentioned players..I wonder why Pcb never done anything to solve this problem.Quality is so low that we have to go for Umer Akmal as a keeper.Batting conditions are great in the current test match,yet Mr Adnan Akmal started marching towards the dressing room after facing a few balls only.. For God sake selectors.. Try someone new who can bat as well

  • POSTED BY AIRkris on | January 2, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    younis and misbah at their best plus familiar "home" conditions (wicket and fan support) mean a test match in which sri lanka would do well to draw.

  • POSTED BY SLslider on | January 2, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    @ Messa1 At least stop giving excuses now. If one simple catch was dropped then there was one catch which struck luckily as well. And we got a lucky run out as well. Mahela also was lucky to have caught on no ball but against got out on the next ball. But you will not mention these things. Infact we have been lucky in this match. And there was a clear inside edge on Misbah LBW as well.

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    One thing is for sure, SL cricket becoming poor. Once sanga and maiya retired it may get worst. It's important to have a strong nd cool-headed captain in the aspect of a any team's point of view. But i'm afraid that is not the case with Sri Lanka. Though mathiws batted well in the first innings the way he manage things in the feild is not to the standards. There were 2 reviews nd he never used it when one LBW appeal was looked very close. nd it was plump in-front in the hawk-eye. I guess there is some thing to done with the management of SL cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    Mahela should not be included to the team when matches are played out side of the Sri Lanka.He can score only on sri lanken wickets.And his time is up now. He is in the team because of his past performance. now we sholud go for a replacemant.

  • POSTED BY King_Ravanaa on | January 2, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    On the other hand some of Comments by Indians give us, some motivation to prove them wrong, hope SL players would read these comments by funny Indians as well

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | January 2, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    Hope my fellow SL friends will stop bashing other teams in their forums even if they did well. You people make me embarrassed.

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | January 2, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    I've predicted this long time back. I told everyone that our team is the worst in the world and my colleagues were following other matches. Now my fears come true. It is a humiliation to SL cricket. RIP SL cricket.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 2, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Misbah the king plz make it 200

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | January 2, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    Congrats to Misbah, Younis. SL home track bullys should learn from them how to bat. The toothless SL bowling cannot take wickets! It seems like Pakistan going to win by inngs. Some one called Hearath as worlds best bowler recently!!

  • POSTED BY amahch on | January 2, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    it is been difficult for me to criticize SL bowlers, they didn't have loosing bowling, both the batsmen played well and used the conditions and their experience very wisely.

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    It is a good start of 2014 first day for cricket 4 handred secored in fist day of the year

  • POSTED BY VKohlitheGreat on | January 2, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    @ Messa1 : cant believe we are about to play the 'had.could.would' game. Funny as your comment is, how about this? how about there was no mathews? how about pak not letting it loose when SL was 124-7? how about there was M. Irfan avlb for this series? how about this series was played on moon?

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Mr Josh brush up your knowledge The world test cricket Rankings are 1 South Africa 2 India 3.England and Pakistan is 4th Australia is 6th.Ok Thats for you.

  • POSTED BY VKohlitheGreat on | January 2, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    @ yorkslanka : Jealousy?!? What r u on about? What reason would we have to get jealous about with SL of all teams? Just a fair question to you, what would you call a prediction of 5-0 whitewash to zim over India, bizzare, NO?

    Anyway, an addition of atleast 125 runs looks very likely here and should that happen, it will be a really uphill task for SL..

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | January 2, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    PCB should give chance to U. Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Nasir Jamshed, Anwar Ali in Test series in place of Asad Safiq, Khurum Manzoor, Adnan Akmal and Rahat Ali.

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | January 2, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    Good job from Younis/Misbah. Azhar should be in place of Asad Safiq. Good Luck both team.

  • POSTED BY ajithabey on | January 2, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    The batting of Sri Lanka was pathetic .The senior Sri Lankan batsman must take a cue from Younis and Misbah on how to resurrect an innings and play for the team instead of individualistic gains.Most of them just threw away their wickets to put Pakistan's bowlers on top despite the fact that they got a decent opening partnership through Karunaratne and Silva. If not for a disciplined knock by Mathews,SL would have been in dire straits although they could still be in the dumps if an early breakthrough is not made by SL. The match depends on what happens today. So lets see how the teams perform today although the odds are heavily against SL to save this match.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | January 2, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    misbah and younis are best cricketers of pakistan. its another thing they are also the most aged ones. after their retirement pak will dip few positions in icc rankings as any team wud after their best players leave. they need to find replacements asap or they might regress as some other teams. aus were number 1 berore big players retired .now they are number 5 in icc official rankings in tests.

  • POSTED BY King_Ravanaa on | January 2, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    it's not surprise to see so many false criticism coming against SL specially by Indians. they will say anything, i noted the way some are commented negatively on purposely not even in defeats, even in SL victories. so it is something for completely ignore.

    Coming in to this game, SL lost it's way from the 1st innings it self. SL batted so poorly, that's a fact. but at the end Mathews show some signs, what a perfect batting pitch this is. again some old guns come for Pakistan for their survival. Nisbah & Younis. i wonder what would happen to Pakistan without these 2 in the team. huge task ahead of SL for sure. surviving for 2 & half days at the wicket, let's see/

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 2, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    its good to see guys playing cricket and competing in a proper way cause Ashes series and SA vs India is anything but CRICKET more like T.N.A or W.W.E

  • POSTED BY Matt.au on | January 2, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    I'm pleased to see Younis do well.

    I am an Australian that has long admired his batting skills. He often makes batting look very easy normally with a smile on his face. He is a pleasing character.

  • POSTED BY Muhammad_farhan1229 on | January 2, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Very good bating .....Specialy younas khan the legend of pakistan misbah played good too but look at the strike rate of younas&misbah younas is better almost....unlucky ahmad shehzad but finally pakistan is on good position to win this match & start the new year victorious...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 2, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    misbah is a class act. its in pakistans benefit to ensure he leads the side for as long as possible. as much as i like asad shafiq, he has got to score heavily in this series or make way for another, hes been given more than enough games to seal his place in the side.

  • POSTED BY shahnbej on | January 2, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    Hafiz is only good on subcontinent wickets and aagainst low rank team.

  • POSTED BY Durfitaymoo on | January 2, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    Sri Lanka is just having a weak patch every team does, they are a good team just need to come together as a team. Lets not forget Jaysuria was playing 20/20 style cricket over 10 years ago. Good luck to haters lol. Both teams are producing great cricket to watch.

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | January 2, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    This Pakistan team is displaying such quality performances against top teams series after series. Whenever they are playing against any non-Asian teams (not referring to the current series against SL), believe it or not most Indians would support Pakistan. Really world cricket would be poorer without them - too bad they do not play India that often anymore. India vs Pakistan matches are stuff dreams are made of. STUPID POLITICS

  • POSTED BY JoshFromJamRock on | January 2, 2014, 0:46 GMT

    Great going Pakistan, they're a lot better than many think.

    On the side though, wouldn't it be better if Teams, for Test cricket, are ranked by mainly the strength of their bowling attacks, with extra credit given for batting?

    I mean, it would look like this:

    1)South Africa 2)Australia 3)England 4)India 5)Pakistan 6)New Zealand 7)Sri Lanka, 8)West Indies ....

    For ODIs, clearly a batsman-dominated format, maybe like this?

    1)India 2)South Africa 3)Australia 4)England 5)Pakistan 6)Sri Lanka 7)New Zealand 8)West Indies ....

    Not bad huh? of course with Pakistan they can be a top 4 team or almost a minnow-like team struggling to beat the likes West Indies, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, and this is all dependent on which side of the bed its players wake up on!!

  • POSTED BY SkyCutter on | January 2, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    This is great batting by Younus Khan. He always has the correct discipline and temperament for this format of the game.

  • POSTED BY Messa1 on | January 1, 2014, 23:38 GMT

    Sri Lanka would have been able to bowl out Pak for 240 or 250 if they fielded well(Mahela dropped a simple catch of Misbah on 69) and used the DRS well(Misbah would've been out after tea,lbw). Also I would like to see Sanga getting more involved in the team rather just wrap his hands around the slip and do nothing! He doesn't have to sledge the batsman, but at least he should encourage the bowler and put pressure on the opposition. Also I would like to see him giving advice to Mathews on field placing/tactics like Mahela does with the bowlers

  • POSTED BY Big_Chikka on | January 1, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    asad is very week outside off stump, serious technical flaw, looks to be working on it though. not sure about stats but every time i've seen him bat he's got out to a shot which he had no control over outside off stump.............and then there was that opener who ran then, stopped running his partner out.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    Sri Lanka is struggling, no doubt about that but there are some serious questions to be replied (1)Wrong team selection by playing two spinners? what is mr Ford the foreign coach doing (2)Sri lanka used to be a very fit side with agile fielders, today every one is fat with a big protruding tummy (3) Sri Lankan selectors need to invest in youth, get rid of old horses (4)Pakistan should not be too happy as the tast is far from over, yes thay have an edge till today but what next.....need to concentrate hard to press home advantage (5) I pray for Sri Lanka cricket

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    Senanayake has taken 0/300 in his last 6 innings against Pakistan in this series. It appears they may have worked him out.

  • POSTED BY rezauk on | January 1, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    I was one of the people who didn't want to see Younis Khan , Hafeez or Umar Gul in the team. I still stick by these comments in that the longer Younis stays the less chance for a younger batsmen to develop in this position. YK has a great record but many a time at 22-2 i've seen him come and go within a few balls. He's also a poor runner between the wickets and has been involved in a reasonable amount of run outs. Misbah deserves to stay at Test level and the younger players can begin to exert their authority , including Asad Shafiq who needs to rotate the strike. It's pointless scoring 30 in 2-3 hours when the Team is attacking and in charge of the game. However I appreciate that with all the recent changes players are probably worried about keeping their place. He who dares wins.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | January 1, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    Srilanka has really fallen from the standards. They have now turned out to be a minnow in real sense. They cant bat, cant bowl and cant field.Its pathetic to watch them play now a days.

  • POSTED BY TMuhammad on | January 1, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    I am amazed with some of the comments. You guys are happy that Hafeez with an average of 33.78 in 34 Test matches with 5 centuries and 8 fifties but not happy with Asad Shafiq with average of 39.11 in 23 matches with 4 hundreds and 8 fifties. He is playing Test match and not T/20 so he should stick to the ground and play a solid inning and not running after every ball as this was only second day, three more days to go. Further when Pakistan plays good against any team they start calling the opponents as Mediocre. Like previously some of them were calling for South Africa. You can see how good South Africa is when they are playing against India.

  • POSTED BY D.Bullcock on | January 1, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    I think Sri lanku team is really lousy and they are playing lousy cricket. Also, if Sangakara retire. they will become minnows again like Zimbabwe, Scotland or Canada.

  • POSTED BY Pu-ja-ra on | January 1, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Misbah has the best attitude in the Pakistan team for test matches on the UAE pitches. The attacking PK bowling makes it possible for him to bat at this steady rate. Tough combination.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Good job, good job.

    Lead should be 200 or more, one hopes.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Asad Shafiq is a good Test Player and deserves his place in Test side but shud not be selected for ODIs same with Younus Khan likewise Hafeez is better for T20 & may be ODIs so he must not be delected for Tests , Azhar Ali deserves his place in test side he is a stable number 3 batsmen, in Tests defensively sound batsmen are required who have temperament to stay at crease for long time

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 1, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    sl was poor methews feild placing was poor he should take some help from sanga and mahela.. no pressure was built when pak were 83-3 they let the game slip.. review should be taken misbah was lbw.. but again they were no where.. younis was way ahead in mind game .. and plz stop critisisng run rate 3.0 run rate is consider very good run rate in tests..soory for sl.best of luck to both tesms..

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 1, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    misbah and younis u oldies love u both

  • POSTED BY Saadcricketlover on | January 1, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Hafeez isn't a test player he fails again! he is a limited over player. Fawad alam should be added and hafeez and azhar ali should be dropped and umar akmal should replace him.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    @sohail mirza Dude I can smell a Karachite expressing anger becoz of hatred towards Lahorites!! Run outs do happen in cricket!! Yousuf and Inzimam used to be very bad runners they got others out as well as themselves does that mean they were selfish?? come on dont take out ur hatred and jealousy for Lahorites. first of all there wasnt a run there and it was manzoor's decision to go for it and ahmed's fault is that he was watching the fielder not his partner that is simply a cricketing error how can you say that by getting manzoor run out he is caring for his records?? is Manzoor a hurdle for him in achieving records??? answer me plz!!

  • POSTED BY shan_abc on | January 1, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    In reality, SL batting is not the real worry. Batsmen will fail one innings and do fine the next. We have world class batsmen. The worry for Sri Lanka is that they don't have "Test Quality" bowlers. This attack is at best "A" level. It will be in best interest for SL to stick to just onedays and T20s to avoid humiliation like this. This whole hype of Herath vs. Ajmal was pretty crazy. Anyone whos been following SL cricket from 90's knows what Herath is capable of. He is a reasonably ok bowler who can bowl well in Murali/Vass's shadow. But he is not a consistant performer like Ajmal.

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | January 1, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    After ODI series SL media and most fans said if Hearth and Mahela played we would won d series. now what they can say? they will say Dilshan and Malinga not retired we could win the Test Series. since our guys has habit of tell excuses instead of find the real problem and given d correct solution we can't get rid of this crises. now we need complete revolution like 1999. create 3 separate teams for 3 formats. in Pak team only Ajmal,Hafeez and few others played all 3 formats. but SL 9/11 play all 3 formats.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 1, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    I think test matches always won when teams have great plyers and their indvidual perfrmance like murli warn macgrah waseem waqar styn advantge for teams u see when bowlers have out of form difficult to handle test matches also one days

  • POSTED BY starsgap1986 on | January 1, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Well as for Asad Shafiq I truly love to see him at crease. Even though Younis khan is a million times better player than Asad but I always hope the players get out so Asad Shafiq can come out to bat. Misbah is right, we should just be consistent with a talented player. For example Hafeez was given numerous chances in ODIs and finally he is proving to be some fun. Let's just look at other players batting form and let's keep a blind eye on Asad's batting for now.

  • POSTED BY gauravm5 on | January 1, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    SL batting in tests has always been dependent on Dilshan & Sanga. Mahela averages less than 30 in Aus, Eng and SA... Dilshan is retired now and if u remove Sanga from the SL test team, then I think SL cant even compete against Zim & Bangladesh in tests.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Misbah ! The Wall of Steel!..

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Ahmad Shahzad is an immature person and mostly plays for his records... He did completely wrong with Khurram Manzoor. Khurram Manzoor is better batsman than him but only he needs good chances to prove himself.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    misbah in form

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    Asad shafiq will continue to play with negative mind set against a modest bowling attack,as usual and will finally be out in mid 30s after few hours of struggle. He may be technically sound but his mind set is negative giving opponents a chance to come back in the game. once again he is playing for his place. Pak needs at least a lead of 250 if not 350 to dominate the match, a lead of 150 will not do.Pak should not be batting again in 4th inning on this pich with fragile batting line up. Dont underestimate SL experienced batting line up and dont expect them to make the same mistakes

  • POSTED BY IPSY on | January 1, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Posted by Gaurav Kapoor, This is exactly what I am saying, here are 51 (100s)! What is their purpose in the context of a team sport, in this case cricket? The answer is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Yet, all this BATTING NOTHINGNESS was being executed by someone who is hailed among the greats; when players like Kallis whose batting of substance in helping out their team, is being ignored among the best! What a cricket conundrum! Anyhow I would still talk give Kallis his due - he's the Great Jacques Kallis. And he's a much better batsman than The Aggregate................! Fill in the blanks!

  • POSTED BY AB_DeVilliers on | January 1, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Wow, Sri Lanka are really poor I have to admit. Whilst you have to give credit to Pakistan, just don't get the feeling SL stand much of a chance in this contest. Poor batting, average bowling and poor fielding to be honest. Waaay off contending to be world beaters.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 1, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Very good batting....Pakistan really need this partnership today..

  • POSTED BY zzby on | January 1, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Asad bhai is playing only due to pressure from one region otherwise sohaib maqsood would be playing this match, Asad's avergage is 39 in the tests. Why Zulfiqar Babar is not playing he taken 15wickets in one match today.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Both Misbah and Younis Khan yet again proved to be best test cricketers. Asad shafeeq is really an ideal choice for Test Cricket and should continue playing test cricket only. Hafeez shouldn't be picked and he himself should go for retirement which he will never do. Umar Akmal is little unlucky and being destroyed even in ODIs by giving him role of WK which is totally injustice with such talented player. Overall Team is going in right direction both in ODIs and Tests. Misbah you rock and have established strong base for Pakistan. Youngsters should follow him and his cool mind.

  • POSTED BY mensan on | January 1, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    SL has suffered due to lack of test match cricket. Their board must put tests ahead of ODI and T20.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Hafeez continues to extend his poor performance. Who is going to replace him in test cricket.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 1, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    SL are truly our brothers & I totally agree no shame in losing providing you have put the best fight you are capably of. On similar note I feel both boards should work closer together and strengthen their cricket i.e. maybe a joint t20 league, exchange of acamedy players, A tours & participate in each other's domestic tourments. Some food for thought!

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Keep Going Greensss... best of luck to SriLanka tooo...

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Srini_Chennai ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,hahahah a desperate Indian fan is in high blood pressure. trashed in S.A and is hungry to see his Indian team soon playing in india with pathetic W.indies or new Zealand ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,india should invited S.A instead of W.inides in sachin 200 test match

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    2014 u are very lucky that u saw skipper making a ton on ur first day. Mind it that he doesn't do it every year even in test cricket ;)

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | January 1, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    @martin-avoid embarrasment?what are you , ten? if a cricket team gets beaten then as long as you have tried your best, how can you be embarassed? In terms of giving credit to Pakistan, they are our brothers and closest friends so yes we have no shame in commending not only them but any other country that RESPECTS us.SOME Indian fans try to bring politics/jealousy into cricket and put us down continuously and as you say, what goes around, comes around...

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    apart from one or 2 players sri lanka does not have what it takes 2 pull through a single test match. The main contributing factor may be more emphasize on the shorter version of the game and the players simply are not geared upto it. Also the body language looks as if they just want to get through the motions rather than keen to make something happen. It is a sorry state...Sri Lanka after all has produced many fine cricketers over the years...Arjuna, Aravinda,sanath, Murali, Vaas the list goes on, A good test player will always be on cards for limited overs. The player who's comfortable with one dayers has his days numbered, and it is only a matter of time before the curtain falls.

  • POSTED BY bouncer709 on | January 1, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Why people blaming Asad Shafiq for low strike rate, this is est match, and he came to bat in last session, he did a good job, 3 days remaining. They can bat tomorrow. If Pakistan can manage to play all the day tomorrow, they should or at least two sessions. Day 4 n 5 will be enough to get lankans out.

  • POSTED BY Dishanstc on | January 1, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    Yes Younis and Misbah played well but Angelo Matthews let them take the game away from Sri Lanka, he lacked imagination, while a lot of runs were coming through third man defending a small total didn't have fielder there, Misbah is lucky I guess to be still there while he clearly didn't get any bat on that Rangana Herath delivery, all in all I feel bad for bowlers who ran in hard all day while a batting messed things up big time yesterday, Paks can cracked with some smart bowling and field placings, hope Matthews can pay attention to that

  • POSTED BY bplusa on | January 1, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Fantastic Display of Batting by Younus & Misbah. However Pakistan need to stretch the lead to 200-250 so that they don't have to play on the fourth , fifith day to chase a target in the fourth inngs.

  • POSTED BY tennakoon63 on | January 1, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Well, this show the lack of test cricket played by SL. Its time for SLC to get more test fixtures than ODIs and T20.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    Srini_Chennai.. You must correct your records.. It is not the weekest batting line. It is now becoming the strongest. Look at the stats of 2013. Virat or Shekhar are not even close. So you better watch out what you post.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | January 1, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    Younis has scored most of his centuries on away tours. That's some class!

  • POSTED BY just_chill_chill on | January 1, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    @4_Best_Cricket Nobody is born yet who can play like Kohli. That's why Kohli is a legend at 25yrs of age.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 1, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Peoples mixing up tests with other formats of game. Misbah is doing right thing because pak wants to bat till atleast tea and get more solid lead. I know they are slow but still it's 3.0 runs per over which is not bad. Today is only second day. If pakistan manage another 150 runs tomorrow then I don't think they have to bat again. 300 runs lead will not be easy for srilanka to handle with. Please guys just don't criticise just read the situation then say some thing. If today was third day then u could have blame pak with slow run rate. Hope u all understand this. Happy New Year to all readers and cricinfo team thanks

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | January 1, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    @cricket_is_unpopular, you must be unpopular too, if you have the time to criticise the game you seem to have no interest in.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | January 1, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    some of SL fans complain about Indian defeat at SA when India was playing against a world number 1 Test team that too in alien conditions even though India has very young & inexperienced test side, Now what is happening with SL? well known conditions + sub-continent opponent + week batting line up opponent.. etc find some more excuses mates.. you are known to that..

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    @yvivekch: Sri Lanka is a good team. The only team that should not be a test playing team is BD. They record is so bad that even a school team can beat them.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Conclusively the day belongs to pakistan , finally a good test to watch. ..

  • POSTED BY TariqSdk on | January 1, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    what a start from Misbah and Younis of year 2014. Misbah has an average of 52 in Test that Pakistan won and 92 in draw. that shows how much a reliable captain we have got.

  • POSTED BY Srini_Indian on | January 1, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    It must be absolutely depressing and embarrassing for SL fans seeing their team thrashed in home and away. Honestly, they didn't look like they gonna pick up any wickets against one of the weakest batting line up going around. SL bowlers make Indian bowlers look menacing and threatening. I'm sure this match could end tomorrow if Pakistan declare after getting 200 lead.

  • POSTED BY UK_Chap on | January 1, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Cricket_is_Unpopular : There are 10 main countries and 16 associate nations with at least 3 further teams looking to move into the main group. However the game is popular enough for you to create an account on the sports main website and submit comments. I suppose you love American football or baseball played by only one nation. LOL. Football is the most sport in the world although you might now it as soccer, the second most popular sport in the world by far is cricket.

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | January 1, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    @ IPSY Ya that same guy score test centuries in Aus,Eng,Saf before turning 21 that's his class and his HALF of his test centuries count is more than ur pakistan's highest no of individual yest centuries

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Whatever the stats may say, Sachin is in a class of his own. Stats do not show how he was a one man army. Stats do not show the circumstances and pressure under which he scored those runs. There is a famous story of how certain team members conspired to throw a match and Anshuman Gaekwad(coach at that time) got to know and shared his concern with Sachin. It seems those players threw away wkts in exactly the same manner they were supposed to but Tendulkar won India the match single handedly. It's rather unfair to drag Sachin into petty comparisons.

  • POSTED BY yvivekcb on | January 1, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Sri Lanka is a very weak Test team, very sad to watch them play like this. It's looking like they will be in last in Test rankings.

  • POSTED BY 4_Best_Cricket on | January 1, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Test cricket also does not mean playing so defensively that you don't score runs. The Mishab's pat on Asad back shows Captain wanted him to stay on the wicket which is wonderful but Asad got to learn how to score too. Play without any fear like Virat Kohli plays for India.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | January 1, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    @martin000 ; What are you on about ? Its been only 2 days and 3 more days to go. lol.

  • POSTED BY Ray24 on | January 1, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    @Meeran - Asad Shafiq's strike rate is higher than Misbah and the same as Rahul Dravid. Where do you get your information from???

  • POSTED BY 4_Best_Cricket on | January 1, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Wow. This is the best it can get. Two classic test players score centuries, share a good partnership and a smile. Great effort!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    last day i was seeing many posts which were against younis khan mentioning tht his career is over, he pased his peak time blah blah.but today its totally changed.on one innings we respect a guy one day and other day when he failed we start criticising him.its not good.we have to wait and watch for atleast 4 to 5 innings. and about younis I think his records speak for himself.he is one of the genuine test batsman left in international cricket. his innings were quiet special today bcoz it was fluent also.he didnt waste deliveries and played on merit.i think if pak gets lead of 250+ , it will be hard for srilanka to bounce back. well best of luck to both teams. may the best one wins

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    Hafeez- please be courtesy enough to call it a day, I know it is always hard for selectors to drop you after three consecutive cenuries in OD1 but then in the heart of hearts you know, we know and everybody knows yore not a test player at all.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | January 1, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    Two old cricket teams.Dull Cricket.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    125/150 more will make it to 250/275 lead which is enough to put some pressure on SL.

    even though if they score 400 in their 2nd inning and bat two days, pak still will have enough time to chase down 125/150 runs in last 1/2 sessions!!

  • POSTED BY ClaudiaSL on | January 1, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Sachin scored most of his hundreds against lesser oppositions and at home! Moreover most of his hundreds did't win India matches. Yet he was a cless act and the best world has witnessed after Bradman and Kaliis.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | January 1, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Cricket is an unpopular sport only played by like 8 countries full time of more than 200 lol

  • POSTED BY ClaudiaSL on | January 1, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Sachin scored most of his hundreds against lesser oppositions and at home! Moreover most of his hundreds did't win India matches. Yet he was a cless act and the best world has witnessed after Bradman and Kaliis.

  • POSTED BY Blade_Runners_Father on | January 1, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    SL is no match for our PAK team. They can never take 20 wickets in a match. Out of 4 wickets one was run out which was batsman's fault and Hafeez's wicket was a lucky catch which struck. SL is in for a humiliating innings defeat. If PAK bowls to their potential then we already have enough lead to roll SL. Go Green.

  • POSTED BY SaadRocx on | January 1, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Hafeez needs to be dropped from tests.. He's not a test player..He can't score runs on Fast Bouncy tracks outside UAE.. and now he can't score runs in UAE aswell.. and we don't need him to bowl much in Tests anyway?

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | January 1, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    To be honest, Sri Lanka bowling attack has become very ordinary now of minnow standard.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    @ martin000 very well said I totally agree withyou

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    younas is all time great batsman Pakistan ever produced

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    IPSY.. the great thing is that if you remove those last 40 innings .. that player still has 51 hundreds in tests and 48 in ODIs... and the way he batted from 1989 to 2003, kallis etc dont even count. he dominated attacks in that period, Kallis was always support role batter all his life.

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | January 1, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    @ IPSY Ironically whenever anybody scores a century people start comparing him with sachin of last 3 years. Please try and compare sachin of 24 years and any other cricketer then you will know the difference. Its very convenient to criticize when somebody was in bad form. Maybe you don't like it coz every team has had at least one player who an be considered a greatest ever but for your pathetic team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Is there a case for playing Ajantha Mendis ? I am not sure of his present form. Angelo Matthews does not make much of an impression as a third seamer.

  • POSTED BY martin000 on | January 1, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Well Well!!! this has been the story for quite sometime for some SL fans... they obviously fail to perform almost all d time and to avoid the embarrassment, their posts will be like appreciating opponents performance unless it is India ... For the matches lost against india they will simply disappear or will stop following cricket for some time.. Appreciating opponents for ur teams loss is a good thing but this has become a habit for you guys.. lol. The only time i see you guys more energetic and happy in the forums is when India loses.. You never wer and never will be in a position to demean others.. what goes around comes around!!!

  • POSTED BY drnaveed on | January 1, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    Ex - chairman of PCB , mr ejaz butt kept younus khan out of action for some time , otherwise his stats would have been even much better.he played an excellent innings , so dd misbah .

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 1, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    SLslider Pakistan might have lost a test against minnows Zimbabwe but remember it was less than than a year ago when they whitewashed the worlds no1 test team. So point being don't never underestimate Pakistan because with all that talent you int know what will happen!

  • POSTED BY Nuwas on | January 1, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    its just the second day ended & people talk as if the last day is tomorrow. get a life people this is the TRUE FORM OF CRICKET. session by session a test match is built. just wait till this gets to the 4th & 5th days. This is going for a draw imo & if Pak were to play upto their reputation they will get into a huge unimaginable collapse & will give it to SL.

  • POSTED BY Sorcerer on | January 1, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    What a joy it is to see Younis play so solidly! Younis Khan is quite a phenomenon. The WR for most runs in a Series in Test history is 974 in a 5-Test Ashes battle. Younis Khan scored exactly the same number of runs - 974, in merely 4 Test matches versus the battered Indians, starting from Mohali Test in 2006, at an average of 162.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Asad Shafiq must be dropped from all formats. His strike rate is very slow. Bring back Imran Nazir in T20 and ODI.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Well played by both

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    well played by Misbah and younas. pak in control. should look to score as much lead as possible. its just 2nd day so plenty of time left in game. if SL dont manage to bowl them out then pak should declare around300 by tomorrow and bowl for an hour or so.

    this wicket is good for batting on day2 and 3 by tv experts so pak making good use of it. younas played very well . a bit slow end to the day but over all very good position.

  • POSTED BY SLslider on | January 1, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    This is what I had been saying for so long but I was heavily criticized by my fellow SL fans specially Blade-Runner. We had to build the team for the future. Our bowling attack is like that of a school team. People have been overhyiping senanayake & Herath so much before the series. And what should I say about our LEGEND Mahela, this guy has never performed, if had been even in Ban he would have been dropped by now. And what about our vice captain, Most talented youngster in the world. This is the most hopeless team I have ever seen. Just one look at the bowlers and my expectation was that it will be an achievement for us if we avoid an innings defeat that to against a team which lost a test match to ZIM. And to my fellow SL fans, please keep living in delusional world and find some more excuses to give after this match. And claim that Lions will be back in the next series.

  • POSTED BY IPSY on | January 1, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Another batting geriatric has made a 100. First ir was Chanderpaul. The Kallis showed that he was just ready to restart his career with a claay 100 to instead end his career on a high note. Now it is Misbah-Ul-Hac with a 100 made as if he's only 18. But ironically, there's a guy who tried desperately for 3 CONSECUTIVE YEARS, for HALF OF BRADMAN'S CAREER (40 INNINGS) to score A single 100 AND FAILED, but he's considered to be in class with the Bramans and Laras and Hobbs and Sobers' and Huttons and Gavascars and Viv Richards', but even Kallis who every evidence showed that outclassed him in every aspect of test match batting is not thought of being in that class. All yo gee me a break!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    Pakistan should score at least 450 to get to a winning position. They should win if in such a strong position, a draw will be like a loss for Pakistan! come on Misbah!

  • POSTED BY Diaz54 on | January 1, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    What shazad shafiq doing! Lead of 100+ and he crawls! That is the problem with Pak Middle Oder they cannot impose on the opposition.....either play rashly or slowly.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    Guess it's one of the downsides of having a genius like Murali that it's hard to recreate the same effect. To be fair, Herath has done a fair job.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Glad to see India have some company from Sri Lanka as far as bowling dept is concerned!!!

  • POSTED BY cricketsubh on | January 1, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    I think it time for Mahler to go he Is been out from for some times if s.l want become a gud test side they must luk at. Young players sanga ,mahela cannot play for so long.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Good going Misbah & specially Younus... we want younus double ton.... keep on going Pak team... & best of luck SriLanka.......

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | January 1, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    @yousefahmed- nice to see you return to the forums after yor rapid disappearance after your teams loss the other day... on a sensible note, well done to Pakistan on dominating this match so far, well desereved century from Younis who has been one of my favourite batsmen in world cricket for a long time. he is a class act.. For Sri Lanka, we need to use Eranga more in this match, what are we saving him for?Our batsmen need to take a srious look at themselves and hopefully magela will bat at six in the seocnd innings to support the youngsters so that Mathews is not left done a lone job again!

  • POSTED BY akanuruddha on | January 1, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    As long as these so called legends are in, Sri Lankan Cricket will never be a legend.

  • POSTED BY VKohlitheGreat on | January 1, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Well well well, about time, some fanatics here learn the true meaning of a 'legend' : Misbah & Yousuf.

  • POSTED BY bouncer709 on | January 1, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    @Whyshoulditell Dontwanttoshare: But question is that, you is going to take these two out?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Two great test batsmen of Pakistan Younis & Misbah. After Miandad Inzi and Yousuf.

  • POSTED BY bouncer709 on | January 1, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Younis has equaled Javed Miandad (23) centuries, need one more to equal Muhammad Yousuf (24) and two more to equal Inzamam (25), the top centurions for Pakistan...

  • POSTED BY OverDcovers on | January 1, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    Younis is the ONLY modern day Cricketing Great in Pakistani Team! Well Done Younis again. Selectors should wake up for 2015 World Cup in Australia and immediately draft Younis back into ODIz as well.

  • POSTED BY zzby on | January 1, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Younis Khan best test batsman ever produced by Pakistan, he should be given more chances and atleast play 150 test matches.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Yes I saw that... The only thing I tried to communicate that two batsmen performing well at the crease could not initiate the talks of an inning defeat.

    Barring in mind and history confirms it that Pak team is capable of collapse even against the weeker oppositions.

    And we must not forget that Srilanka have Sangakkara and Jayawardene. And no one should doubt their capabilities.

    So it's not over until it's really over.

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | January 1, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Shaminda should bowl. He can reverse swing the old ball. Still Sri Lanka has some chance, but need to be patient. Once this strong two walls are bleached, there will be some chance.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | January 1, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Younis..you beauty... I knew it from the very start that current SL bowling attack is not capable of taking 20 wickets in a match.Even then i had doubts about Pak batsmen.But they performed really well...Current Pak team is balanced.It's Hafeez only which has to be thrown out..I guess Mohd Talha might show up in he next match.It depends on how Rahat Ali bowls in the 2nd inngs...

  • POSTED BY Porky_PigTheToon on | January 1, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    I'm a huge fan of Younis ...not only because of his calm batting..but also the kind of person he is..friendly !

    He and Misbah are alike. Good innings being played by both. The way both these are going it seems SL will be chasing a huge total first to save the match, if manages then to give the target.

    Both Mahela and Sanga will have to bat out of their skin to save Team SL face. Mahela is playing after long time he will take some to time to settle and Sanga should refrain himself from playing T-20 shots.

    Good Luck !

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    I always want misbah and younus in pak team...misbah is the only solid player in pak team now adays.....

  • POSTED BY Iddy on | January 1, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    @ dont tell share etc. What are you on about? Can you not see (tell) that Pakistan is just way too strong as they were in the ODI's.

  • POSTED BY Porky_PigTheToon on | January 1, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Chandimal the lad might be good for ODIs and T-20s but for test Cricket I think someone like Thirimanne would have been better option. Has got good defensive technique, cool headed and always looks determinant to stay on the pitch even if he is out of form. Next game Throw Chandi out, Bring Thiri in.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 1, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Asad shafique is still left brother ;)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Srilanka is one wicket away to spoil the dream of inning defeat.

    And 2-3 quick wickets and will start asking the question whether Pak will win.

    It's nice to be optimistic but it's better to be realistic.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 1, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Misbha and Younis are senior player of the game. Not easy to defeat them.Good fiftys from both of them.We still have asad Shafique left .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Senanayake is only Good for limited over cricket where batsmen attack him because he cannot deceive batsmen like ajmal does but sheer pace from bhatti and junaid rattled lanka...bhatti has found his calling in a format where pacemen are always rewarded

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Its tooo early call to talk about an innings defeat, but Pak have a great chance to build a lead of 150 - 200 and then let SL show their cards.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    currently...Sri lanka has becum very mediocre team....team which consists of ageing stars and living on past laurels....their bowling attack has becum very substandard after Murli,s retirement...and batsmen have becum aged and sluggish in reflexes....and to add further misery...Angleo mathews is very uninspirational captain...in short Sri lanka is welk past its glorious past...

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | January 1, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    @yousufaimed: SL bowling is poor but Pak batsman have tendency to throw away wickets against bowling like this. So it all depends on how Pak batsman bat from now onwards. First let Pak pass SL first innings score, then think of lead.

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | January 1, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    I love to hear Waqar Younis doing the commentary. It's like your dream character, talking to you over the microphone :D Seriously he is awesome! He and Wasim was devastating bowlers for Pakistan whom I admired most. It was overwhelming to hear from him. The things he told about the custom made, Kangaroo leather shoes that he used to wear, I simply cannot find a word to thank him for revealing those things. Further, he is like Tony Greig for me, because he just expresses himself so gently, and without being bias. That's awesome. My sincere, heartiest thanks to him, and hope to hear his wonderful commentary in 2014... Over the moon! From a Sri Lankan...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 1, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    An old tale as always.

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | January 1, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Watching SL bowl is like watching grass grow. Boring trundlers. Huge lead by Pak and an innings defeat for SL LIONS is confirmed. Lions lead the way.

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | January 1, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Watching SL bowl is like watching grass grow. Boring trundlers. Huge lead by Pak and an innings defeat for SL LIONS is confirmed. Lions lead the way.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 1, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    An old tale as always.

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | January 1, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    I love to hear Waqar Younis doing the commentary. It's like your dream character, talking to you over the microphone :D Seriously he is awesome! He and Wasim was devastating bowlers for Pakistan whom I admired most. It was overwhelming to hear from him. The things he told about the custom made, Kangaroo leather shoes that he used to wear, I simply cannot find a word to thank him for revealing those things. Further, he is like Tony Greig for me, because he just expresses himself so gently, and without being bias. That's awesome. My sincere, heartiest thanks to him, and hope to hear his wonderful commentary in 2014... Over the moon! From a Sri Lankan...

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | January 1, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    @yousufaimed: SL bowling is poor but Pak batsman have tendency to throw away wickets against bowling like this. So it all depends on how Pak batsman bat from now onwards. First let Pak pass SL first innings score, then think of lead.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    currently...Sri lanka has becum very mediocre team....team which consists of ageing stars and living on past laurels....their bowling attack has becum very substandard after Murli,s retirement...and batsmen have becum aged and sluggish in reflexes....and to add further misery...Angleo mathews is very uninspirational captain...in short Sri lanka is welk past its glorious past...

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Its tooo early call to talk about an innings defeat, but Pak have a great chance to build a lead of 150 - 200 and then let SL show their cards.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Senanayake is only Good for limited over cricket where batsmen attack him because he cannot deceive batsmen like ajmal does but sheer pace from bhatti and junaid rattled lanka...bhatti has found his calling in a format where pacemen are always rewarded

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 1, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Misbha and Younis are senior player of the game. Not easy to defeat them.Good fiftys from both of them.We still have asad Shafique left .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 1, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Srilanka is one wicket away to spoil the dream of inning defeat.

    And 2-3 quick wickets and will start asking the question whether Pak will win.

    It's nice to be optimistic but it's better to be realistic.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 1, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Asad shafique is still left brother ;)