Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 5th day January 4, 2014

Hafeez helps Pakistan earn draw

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Sri Lanka 204 (Mathews 91, Junaid 5-58) and 480 for 5 dec (Mathews 157*) drew with Pakistan 383 (Younis 136, Misbah 135) and 158 for 2 (Hafeez 80*, Shehzad 55)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mohammad Hafeez made the most of his good batting form, and a benign pitch, to score a fluent half-century that helped Pakistan earn a comfortable draw in Abu Dhabi after being set a target of 302 from 67 overs. His 101-run stand with Ahmed Shehzad, in 31 overs, effectively closed the door on Sri Lanka after Suranga Lakmal had provided an early breakthrough. Hafeez was unbeaten on 80 when the teams decided to shake hands, right at the start of the mandatory overs.

Hafeez may have missed out in the first innings after making a confident start, but he was in no mood to cede advantage to the bowlers here. His first boundary was a neat straight drive through mid-off off Lakmal. His second was even better - as Rangana Herath tempted him with a flighted delivery, he responded by stepping out and caressing it through covers. No violence, just placement.

That was also an early statement from the batsman against Sri Lanka's best bowler. Herath, afterall, had been instrumental in sparking a Pakistan collapse while chasing 168 in Galle in 2009. The pitch in Abu Dhabi, though, neutralised the Herath threat, with the grass keeping the soil bound and ensuring it was still a good surface for batting on the fifth day.

As the initial seam movement disappeared, Hafeez comfortably leaned into his drives, kept the strike rotating and ended his 12-innings long wait for a Test half-century with a couple of boundaries off Sachithra Senanayake. A century was there for the taking and that generated some academic interest with the possibilities of a result fading, but it was not to be.

Hafeez's positivity had an effect on Shehzad, the debutant, too. Shehzad had been circumspect in the first few overs, then dropped the anchor while Hafeez made all the moves, before opening up against Angelo Mathews with an on-the-up drive through the covers. He registered his first half-century off the last ball of the second session, but was trapped lbw by Herath early in the last session. There were no surprises thereafter as Younis Khan and Hafeez saw off the last few overs with ease.

Herath bowled 21 of the 52 overs by Sri Lanka but returned with just one wicket, highlighting the plight of bowlers on a strange pitch that refused to respond. His ineffectiveness mirrored Saeed Ajmal's, who had gone wicketless in 49 second-innings overs, as only three wickets went down in the last two days.

With the batsmen appearing in no trouble whatsoever, Sri Lanka would have wondered about the timing of their declaration. The focus on the fifth morning was on what approach Sri Lanka would take. They were leading by 241 at the start of the day and with five wickets in hand, were expected to ramp up the rate to give their bowlers enough time to bowl Pakistan out. However, Angelo Mathews and Prasanna Jayawardene didn't show any urgency for runs and quietly nibbled away at time, scoring at a rate of less than three - only 60 came in 20.3 overs.

Pakistan, who have only once chased down more than 300, weren't in a rush either. The third new ball was available after 12 overs in the morning session but Misbah-ul-Haq chose to hold it back denying the batsmen a chance to go after the harder ball.

Prasanna Jayawardene marked his return to Test cricket after a year-long gap with his fifth Test half-century. He pulled the first ball he faced from Bilawal Bhatti - a gentle bouncer - to the fine-leg boundary, also registering the century of the partnership. That was his only four of the morning as he scored just 15 runs in 62 balls until the declaration.

Mathews' first scoring shot was a pull as well, an unconvincing one off Junaid Khan, and he was lucky that the top-edge landed short of the deep square leg fielder. But he followed it up with two boundaries with the same shot off Bhatti, his lesser pace not quite posing the same challenge as Junaid's. Mathews scored another brace of fours through fine leg in Junaid's last over of his spell, but then laboured to his 150, only managing to find the boundary two more times. Mathews, despite his reluctance to set the pace, did ensure a remarkable turnaround for Sri Lanka after they had conceded a 179-run first-innings lead.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • deconstruct on January 6, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    SL got a well-earned draw in the end. Pakistan would have reason to feel disappointed as they were in a position to force the issue after the first innings. However, wrong team selection was once again the issue. Can't understand why we keep playing Rahat Ali when there are much better options available. The guy can bowl a good pace at a steady line and length. But is that enough to get wickets against quality batting sides in test matches? No way. Remember Mohammed Sami? You've got to learn a few tricks in swing and seam to get wickets in test matches. With all his experience, Umar Gul would have been a far better option in the absence of Irfan. And when are going to give Talha a chance: when he turns over 30?? To Indians: please worry about your own team. Even our second string bowlers are better than the likes of Ishant Sharma.

  • on January 5, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    Pakistan should play fast bowler Talha.... i'm looking forward for next test match, and wish that Pakistan won that match, but Good Luck to both sides, SL fights very well, but i think we should win next match to take lead,

  • on January 5, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    someones say that 302 run chase in 67 over is can be played like ODI ... but all of them should know the TEST bowl is so different than ODI bowl.. because test bowl can swing than odi ..because bowl is large than odi.. if they try to bat like odi..they shouod had to lose the match

  • on January 5, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    @codandchips: it is being shown on zee cricket(zee cinema) in UK

  • on January 5, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Junaid alone can not do magic from one end of wicket, you have one more quality pacer bowling from the other end to demolish the batting side. Weak bowling lineup lead to a draw.

  • Haz95 on January 5, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    People are so quick to judge, on bad performance, more like one good batting performance made Paks bowling look weak. This caused a whole bunch of Indians calling our attack overrated, the same users who called Steyn overrated after his first match show vs India, what exactly happened then? I agree with tommytuckersaffa, our pitches are too flat, too dull with no support to the bowlers. It would be nice to prepare green wickets(never gonna tho) or at least the wickets vs ENG in 2012. If we keep carry walking wickets like Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Khuram Manzoor or even Hafeez, we will not have the batting to help our bowling. Hafeez played one day mode which is why he got 80* but he's not test standards. Bring in Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail or Sohaib Maqsood, all batsmen who aren't subcontinent bullys or else our batting will continue to rely on younis and misbah + continue to be dismal.

  • CodandChips on January 5, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Ashame it's not being shown in UK. Would be an interesting series in my opinion, although this 1st match doesn't sound to exciting. Both teams are dangerous in the sub continent, but need to improve away from there in my opinion.

  • on January 5, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    best of luck for next test PAK

  • Messa1 on January 5, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    To all Pak bros " SLslider is an indian. Just ignore him

  • KeepingFacTs on January 5, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    @SLslider. very well said mate.. u forgot SL lost ODI series with a margin, they lost it from India also, go n get som info frm SL past.. SL lost even at hom..

  • deconstruct on January 6, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    SL got a well-earned draw in the end. Pakistan would have reason to feel disappointed as they were in a position to force the issue after the first innings. However, wrong team selection was once again the issue. Can't understand why we keep playing Rahat Ali when there are much better options available. The guy can bowl a good pace at a steady line and length. But is that enough to get wickets against quality batting sides in test matches? No way. Remember Mohammed Sami? You've got to learn a few tricks in swing and seam to get wickets in test matches. With all his experience, Umar Gul would have been a far better option in the absence of Irfan. And when are going to give Talha a chance: when he turns over 30?? To Indians: please worry about your own team. Even our second string bowlers are better than the likes of Ishant Sharma.

  • on January 5, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    Pakistan should play fast bowler Talha.... i'm looking forward for next test match, and wish that Pakistan won that match, but Good Luck to both sides, SL fights very well, but i think we should win next match to take lead,

  • on January 5, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    someones say that 302 run chase in 67 over is can be played like ODI ... but all of them should know the TEST bowl is so different than ODI bowl.. because test bowl can swing than odi ..because bowl is large than odi.. if they try to bat like odi..they shouod had to lose the match

  • on January 5, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    @codandchips: it is being shown on zee cricket(zee cinema) in UK

  • on January 5, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Junaid alone can not do magic from one end of wicket, you have one more quality pacer bowling from the other end to demolish the batting side. Weak bowling lineup lead to a draw.

  • Haz95 on January 5, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    People are so quick to judge, on bad performance, more like one good batting performance made Paks bowling look weak. This caused a whole bunch of Indians calling our attack overrated, the same users who called Steyn overrated after his first match show vs India, what exactly happened then? I agree with tommytuckersaffa, our pitches are too flat, too dull with no support to the bowlers. It would be nice to prepare green wickets(never gonna tho) or at least the wickets vs ENG in 2012. If we keep carry walking wickets like Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Khuram Manzoor or even Hafeez, we will not have the batting to help our bowling. Hafeez played one day mode which is why he got 80* but he's not test standards. Bring in Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail or Sohaib Maqsood, all batsmen who aren't subcontinent bullys or else our batting will continue to rely on younis and misbah + continue to be dismal.

  • CodandChips on January 5, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Ashame it's not being shown in UK. Would be an interesting series in my opinion, although this 1st match doesn't sound to exciting. Both teams are dangerous in the sub continent, but need to improve away from there in my opinion.

  • on January 5, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    best of luck for next test PAK

  • Messa1 on January 5, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    To all Pak bros " SLslider is an indian. Just ignore him

  • KeepingFacTs on January 5, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    @SLslider. very well said mate.. u forgot SL lost ODI series with a margin, they lost it from India also, go n get som info frm SL past.. SL lost even at hom..

  • amilag on January 5, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    SL slider is misleading..he is not SL fan ...may be Indian

  • rajcl on January 5, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    Mr, SLslider--r u dreaming, good luck,, ( iam an indian dont put pressure on before the match ( like win must situation ) then it will be very hard to win againest india at present team )

  • Nuwas on January 5, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    IF & if nots, should've & should've nots??? Its really a good thing for Cricket since you guys are just some spectators. The teams playing will handle things accordingly & you guys please stick to watching.Thanks.

  • VKohlitheGreat on January 5, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    @ TommytuckerSaffa : If not sachin, kallis for sure.

  • on January 5, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    yohandf: both teams had their moments in this game. i dont think more overs for SL to bowl pak out would have made any difference. pak batted well for 52 overs and could have done for 15 more overs wicket was not good enough to get result. and it was a draw .

    anyway well played by both teams.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on January 5, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    They need to spice up these UAE pitches a bit to avoid dull draws.Great fightback from Sri Lanka though.I thought they were dead and buried. Looking forward to Sangekara getting more runs so he can overtake Sachins records. Already has a better average than him.

  • on January 5, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    test cricket at its worst, dull boring, without any charm.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on January 5, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Pakistan lost the grip in first batting inning. they should have score more when they were just 4 down. Team selection seems to be a very curious case as no-one understands it. Pakistan has far better players than last match playing eleven. i can understand about bowling as some guys are unfit but batting??? Pakistan should play this group for test in uae.

    (1) Ahmad Shahzad (2) Taufeeq Umer (3) Younas Khan (4) Misbah (5) Sohaib Maqsood/ Haris Sohail (6) Umer Akmal (7) M. Rizwan (8) Abdur Rehman (9) Ajmal (10) Talha/bhatti (11) Junaid khan.

    Bowling will become a good unit with the return of Irfan and Gul.

  • SLslider on January 5, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Sl is the best team in ASIA. Teams like Ind,PAK and Bangladesh are not even half as good as SL. SL will going to rule. Lions lead the way and thrash minnow PAK,Bang and IND in ASIA cup. LOL

  • mzm149 on January 5, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Pakistan XI in next game should be: 1. Masood 2. Shehzad 3. Hafeez 4. Younis 5. Misbah 6. Shafiq/Azhar 7. Sarfraz/Rizwan 8. Bhatti 9. Rahman/Talha 10. Ajmal 11. Junaid

  • JunaidAbbasi on January 5, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    19.4 Over left, 150 to get , 8 batsman r left & Hafeez is hitting brilliantly! yet not even try ! why? any ways best of luck for future !

  • SLslider on January 5, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    Pak has to be the most overrated team today. Their batsmen should learn from SL batsmen how to bat. Tuk Tuk should learn from Matthews how to captain a team. Chandimal and sanga are the best batsmen from both sides. Younis should learn from Sanga how to score runs at a fair clip. We are winning the next match with an innings.

  • amilag on January 5, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    Waqar at TV commentary stated this match will be most probably over in fourth day expecting SL inning defeat...LOL..Ramiz Raja and Waqar commentary is so bias and pathetic...

  • on January 5, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Defensive approach and defensive captains make dis series just a dead rubber,,all matches will be drawn games,,Ashes results show the revival of test games,,ICC should seriously think to give bowlers advantage in test cricket if they really wants the results,,even one of the best bowling attack of pakistan couldnt get them out,what a shame for curators to make such a batting pitch,,,

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    The Pakistani team has missed a golden chance to go one up in the series. They took the foot out of the pedal in the lankan second innings and let them into the match. Instead they should have crushed this lankan team in no time. When they could white wash England 3-0 what is stopping them from dominating this weak Lankan team??? May be Misbah's defensive captaincy style.

  • on January 5, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    SL Playing 11 in Tests should be listed for present and future like this,, 01.Kusal, 02.Kaushal, 03.Sangakkara/Thirimanne, 04.Mahela/Dimuth Karunaratne 05.Chandimal, 06.Mathews 07.Dilruwan Perera/Angelo Perera 08.Rangana Herath/Sachithra Senanayake 09.Suranga Lakmal/Chanaka Welagedara/Nuwan Pradeep 10.Shaminda Eranga/Nuwan kulasekara 11.Ajantha Mendis/Seekkuge Prasanna

  • MichaelBurton on January 5, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    @mainul079080: Pls pls Ban fans, don't take your ordinary club level players who can score only with minnows at home to compare with test level players in top teams. You think Mushfiqars 32+ is a great average? Nasir Hossain (Test avg >45) has played only 12 tests and this average is because playing with Zim, SL and WI. Just avg. 32 against Pak and NZ. He hasn't played against any top 4 teams. His average will definitely drop if he plays with tiop teams. The players you compare with them, Asad Safiq has 38+ average and 73 against Ban.Adnan Akmal has 59 avg against Ban and his low average is due to playing with top teams. So don't compare apples with oranges.

  • MichaelBurton on January 5, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Pak lacks confidence. They would have chased 302 easily in 67 overs which is 4.5 rpo. I was surprised by the timid decision by Pak to earn a draw in such a batting wicket against ordinary Lankan bowling. If Ind would have been given this target, our Kholi and Co will easily chased this within 50 overs or less. I am pretty sure that Lankans won't provide anything less than 350 within 50 overs against Ind. Also, it seems Pak bowlers are overhyped that they can't even bundle out Lankan youngsters. Even a bowling all rounder almost got a century and 150+ not out and few new comers scored 50+ scores against Junaid, Ajmal and Haffez. Wije, Pujara and Kholi will definitely score double hundreds against this overhyped attack.

  • MichaelBurton on January 5, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    Pak lacks confidence. They would have chased 302 easily in 67 overs which is 4.5 rpo. I was surprised by the timid decision by Pak to earn a draw in such a batting wicket against ordinary Lankan bowling. If Ind would have been given this target, our Kholi and Co will easily chased this within 50 overs or less. I am pretty sure that Lankans won't provide anything less than 350 within 50 overs against Ind. Also, it seems Pak bowlers are overhyped that they can't even bundle out Lankan youngsters. Even a bowling all rounder almost got a century and 150+ not out and few new comers scored 50+ scores against Junaid, Ajmal and Haffez. Wije, Pujara and Kholi will definitely score double hundreds against this overhyped attack.

  • mainul079080 on January 5, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    I can assure you all Pakistani fellows that Bangladesh selectors wont pick Asad Shafiq and Adnan Akmal into Bangladesh side. They are so ordinary. As we have great talent Nasir Hossain (Test avg >45) and Mushfiqur Rahim(Avg >32 with a double hundred against Srilanka) batting at no 6 and 7. Dont you have Fawad Alam? dont you have Sami Aslam, Haris Sohail? So why are you persisting with these club level players? I simply dont understand.

  • yohandf on January 5, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    @ Khuram & others - asking SL to declare early or accelerate early is unfair . SL were only 215 ahead and couple of quick wickets(while trying to accelerate) would have finished SL inning with a lead of 250 giving pakistan 80 overs to get . now we saw pakistan got 156 in 52 overs easily and 250 could have been chasable considering pitch and SL bowling .if hey have done that they would play the game to pakistans hand . mature decision from Mathews and co paved the way to draw .the most attacking captain micheal clarke is also giving englad 450+ targets so why SL should give 250 to pakistan . if Pakistan was in SL s position in this pitch , they would have done the same .

  • on January 5, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    sl need to replace senanayake and dimuth with nuwan and lahiru.

  • on January 5, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    hafeez played well in 2nd innings but I don't think he can play test cricket. pak need a batsman who can perform regularly at no.3, khuram manzoor should be out of team permanently, he has no techniques, Shan masood can be good choice he has a better foot work. throw out garbages like khuram manzoor, asad shafiq, sarfraz and hafeez from team. and bring new youngsters who are performing well in domestic. likes of shoaib masood, hairs sohail, babar azam and raza Hassan, pak need a wicketkeeper batsman who can bat on consistent basis shakeel ansar can be good choice. if pak want to win on consistent basis just throwout garbage from team.

  • on January 5, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka are lacking a bowler who can bowl at 150+ kmh consistantly. A bowler of a Johnson calibre would have done the trick in an unresponsive pitch like this. though SriLanka are hunting for such talents it has become hard to find such a guy. Pakistan had such bowlers but not now I guess

  • on January 5, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    Bring U19 player SAMI ASLAM into the test side and give him a good exposure to the senior opponents and let him gain some good match experience. This young lad looking quite awesome. Also I think he and Ahmed Shehzad can be a longtime solution for Pakistan's Opening problem. SAMI ASLAM is a lefthander

  • on January 5, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    Bringing Abdur Rehman and swapping Khurram Manzoor to Azhar Ali or Sohaib Maqsood might bring better results for Pakistan.

  • Crick_Expert on January 5, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    Good batting from SL side. PCB should drop Khurum Manzoor, Asad Safiq, Adnan Akmal, Rahat Ali. Younis Khan showed better WKT than Akmal brothers, why not PCB hire Younis Khan permanent WKT in team. Please give chance to Shan Massood, Shoaib Maqsood, Haris Sohail, Anwar Ali, Sarjeel Khan in Test team.

  • Crick_Expert on January 5, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    Good batting from SL side, specially Parsanna and Capt. Mathew is in good form. PAK lost a good chance to win this test. Bad Team Selection was a cause. PCB should drop Khurum Manzoor, Asad Safiq, Adnan Akmal, Rahat Ali. Younis Khan showed better WKT than Akmal brothers, why not PCB hire Younis Khan permanent WKT in team.

  • roook on January 5, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    losing 6 wickets for 50 runs Pakistan lost the advantage in 1st innings. Srilankan youngster performs while Pakistan failed. This is a morale win for srilanka. Pakistan tail need to perform 50 for 6 is way to bad even for a unranked team.

  • amumtaz on January 5, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    302 in 67 Overs. That was achievable had Pakistan paced their innings well. But Misbah is not a risk taker. He prefers a draw over victory anyday. 1970s, 1980s or even 1990s Pakistan would have chased the target without once thinking otherwise.

    In two days only 3 wickets fell. What other incentive did Pakistani batsmen need to go for runs?

  • on January 5, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    All Pakistan needed was 145 runs from the last 20 Mandatory overs. Besides that not playing an inform and confident Sohaib Maqsood is totally unjustified and terrible planning.

  • gujratwalla on January 5, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    To Bowl all day for just one wicket...is that the mark of a good bowling attack?Matthews and Chandimal were good but Pakistan should have bowled them out on the fourth day.I am surprised at Ajmal getting wicketless....perhaps it is time for Pakistan to perserve him more carefully,he looked jaded and stale.Bilawal Bhatti has talent but still has a long Way to go.Sohaib Maqsood should have played here rather than Asad Shafiq.He has a good temperment and does not waste the Foundation built by the earlier batsmen.Rahat Ali looked medicore and standard.The Sri lankans played superbly showing great spirit,patience and bravery to comeback from the dead.

  • tao585 on January 4, 2014, 23:46 GMT

    Keeping in view lack of field restrictions and wide rule, 302 runs in 67 overs in a test match was not a possible target. So SL wanted a draw and they got it. Good for both teams. I hope next test proves exciting.

  • Desihungama on January 4, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    I like to believe the turning point in match was Bhatti's unjust dismissal in the 1st Innings. They were looking good to score above 400 and that could have played the x factor needed for a result. Nevertheless, Very well played Mathwes. He single handedly drew the match for SL.

  • on January 4, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    302 runs from 67 overs. I don't understand why Pakistan did not took this target like one days and they could have been win

  • on January 4, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    i wonder why Pakistan bowled with so defensive fiels on 4th n 5 th days. they should have tried better or they knew their batting was not going to score at least 300 in 4th innings otherwise should try to bowl out opposition not waiting until they declare

  • on January 4, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    What I dont understand is how hafeez helped pakistan in earning a draw. The target was no achievable with in specified overs and hafeez haven't done anything special. wicket was pretty easy even on the fifth day so nothing special apart from a good test match

  • on January 4, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    aved sb, fyi shoib maqsood not yet in test squad we shud give a c hance either to azhar ali or shan masood left right combination cud be more effective sl delayed the declaration cowardly this is no sportsmanship they shud hv gambled hvg declared overnight and invited pak to show their mettle in scoring 250 in 90 overs it cud hv gone either way

  • on January 4, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    Tigers have played very classical head down inning .

  • TheKeeper on January 4, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    Actually, Pakistan made more mistakes in this game than Sri Lanka and also Pakistan threw away a good opportunity to win with very poor batting by the lower order batsman. Pakistan's batting collapse in the first innings is the main reason they lost, because that allowed Sri Lanka to climb back out of the hole they had dug themselves into in their first innings. If Pakistan had scored another 150 runs in the first innings, the pressure applied on Sri Lanka would have been more serious and would have not allowed Sri Lanka even a thought of climbing back up out of the hole.

    Sri Lanka was rusty without any match practice, but still was able to reverse the pressure on Pakistan because they are better disciplined and more determined in their mindset. How Mathews batted (91 and 157) in both innings clearly showed-up Pakistan's inadequacies, and also showed that when Kaushal, Chandimal and Prasanna Jayawardene figured out the Pakistan bowling attack, Misbah and Co had no answers.

  • on January 4, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    I just couldnt understand the pitch used in this match. I never expected Pakistan to win here after the SL started building the lead but I really dont like the defensive approach of the captains. For Mathews I would still consider a success that he turned the tables. But for Misbah it is a defeat that he couldnt win it for Pakistan. Why pak did not play a 20-20 style last mandatory overs to try for the win. i agree it was difficult not impossible. i didnt watch this game for a draw in the end.

  • shahnbej on January 4, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    Turning point of this match was Misbah and Asad partnership after that SL was totally control the match. Misbah style .

  • Indiamustwin12 on January 4, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Lack of confident earn draw for srilanka

  • Indiamustwin12 on January 4, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    I think a very bad approach by srilanka! If they declare in the forth day stumbs. There will be a better chance. Srilanka go with a safety first policy.but i thnk mathews lack of exprience is clearly indicates in the match. He batted realy well. But the way of captaincy approach is bad.

  • on January 4, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    I think for next test Pakistan should drop Khurrum Manzoor and bring in Sohaib Maqsood and Hafeez should open They should also drop Rahat Ali and bring Rehman in as they managed to win comprehensively with that combination against England Javed

  • on January 4, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Draws like this are unhealthy for the future of test matches. With a game already so long in nature, to end it without any results kills any sort of building interest from a viewers POV. There should be some rules on where a team should be allowed to go for a draw. Looking forward to a better test in Dubai where hopefully we ll see some positive intent and mindset.

  • on January 4, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    yohandf: same thing can be said for SL. pak had lead on 3 rd day and still half game was remaining.

    SL has 215 lead and last 30 overs they scored only 85. and it was on 4 th day and 5 th day. if you are confident enough that you will bowl the opposition out in 67 overs then you should be confident of defending smaller total than this.

    it was out of pakistans hand to win from there. SL batted well and i dont think any chase over 200 for a batting unit like pakistan would have been possible. so it was not on pakistan. safety1st was approach by SL and they over did it. less than 3 per over for 30 overs when you have 200 plus lead is a bit too slow to push for win.

  • on January 4, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    shevahn: SL scored 85 in last 30 overs on same pitch in 3 rd innings so how was 302 in 67 overs on 5 th day @4.5 rpo in a test getabble?

  • on January 4, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Sri Lanka should have declared about 30 runs and 10-12 overs earlier to give itself and Pakistan as well a chance for a result knowing that Pakistan has only succeeded in a chase of more than 241 once. 270-280 runs' target would have been a lot more interesting and challenging and shown that they were willing to take a calculated risk still vastly in their favor, too bad all countries are using this extremely defensive tactic which does not help anyone, including the game of cricket.

  • CricketChat on January 4, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    SL played safe and consequently missed an opportunity at a win. The fact that Pak didn't even get close to 200 meant the overnight lead around 240 would have been enough for both sides to push for a win and make the closure interesting. A draw is the worst possible result for a match that looked competitive for 4 days and probably robbed true fans of the thrill of a competition. I feel we must avoid draws in tests if it were to survive beyond 2020. Some sort of limits (don't have any solution yet) should ensure a win!

  • zzby on January 4, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    If players like khuram manzoor are playing as openar who cannot play outswinger there is no chance Pakistan can win. Eventually Mazoor would be dropped in next few series....

  • JustIPL on January 4, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    I think SL earned a draw by consuming all the time on fifth day. Pakistan were never in a danger and even were cruising to chase at one time in the match. Anyway, Rehman in and then could be a win for pak.

  • on January 4, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    As a Pakistani and even as a Cricket Fan I am disappointed with the way Pakistan played in this match. I mean the mindset was too defensive they never went for the kill once Sri Lanka started to manage a come back in this back. The Body Language of the Pakistani Cricketers was to play for a Drawn. I can bet that if there was a team like India or South Africa on this pitch, they would have gone for a win against this very modest bowling attack. 302 Runs in 67 Overs. Was that really something extravagant on this pitch and against this bowling attack?? I certainly dont think so.

  • rezauk on January 4, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    SL fought hard to get back in this game. personally I don't believe they could win it due to the pitch playing well. On the other hand setting any team 4 an over to win a test match batting 4th takes some doing and you would need a very strong batting line up to achieve that. Therefore I think SL should have been all out attack last night and declaring overnight. Could have given Pakistan a possible chance to win but would probably have to trade wickets to get close. Overall well played to both in the end - Pakistan's Captain & tail will hopefully now play with the larger part of their brain. Finally well played Hafeez however I haven't changed my mind in that his performance will not improve against the top bowlers.

  • yohandf on January 4, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    To all who claims SL being negative . First of all it was Pakistans game to win .when you have a lead of 179 , it s a 80% winnable position . so its their target to win from there onwards .SL was down and out at that stage ,so they wanted to escape of loss which they could . SL fought hard to get there and did not want to give any sniff to Pakistan .Pakistan did not want to loose either . So a gripping game and cant point any for being negative . looking at the way pitch behaved today , SL s declaration was a matured one . they gave Pakistan big target and with less over which infact saved the game for SL . As some pundits say if they gave Pakistan a target of 280 in 80 they would have scored . coz our bowling is empty as pitch is not supporting Herath .Good luck lions and Paki team for next game

  • DONSILVA on January 4, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    It has been a wonderful fight back by Sri Lanken youngsters particularly by the young captain to accomplish an honourable draw. The wicket couldn't provide any assistance especially after day two and hence diminish the possibility for a result. However, Mahela has to step in quickly to justify his place as a veteran as all the youngsters performed beyond the expectations. It's not a bad choice to provide an opportunity to young gun to bat up in the order while allowing Mahela to come at 5, considering his declining trend in last 18 months. Also it's very difficult to expect a Sri Lanken win in the serious especially due to frail team balance with the absence of quality all-rounder who can either bat or ball properly with the ability to contribute with his 2nd talent to a reasonable level. Anjalo slowly becoming a proper batman while fading his all-round talent in the longer version.

  • ANI_CRIC_FUNDA on January 4, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Somebody needed to score atleast 125-130 off 175-180 balls & another guy 75-80 from 110-115 balls to successfully chase 300+ runs target within 67 overs (around 4 and a half hours time) i.e. a bit over 2 sessions on the final day (asking rate 4.5 on the final day of test match over 67 overs is a tough call even these days).....

  • on January 4, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    A good test match. Sri Lanka has shown maturity and is shaping up to have a nice and balanced side with seniors and youth mixed in together. Don't write off Mahela as of yet. For those who say he cannot score outside his home, remember he has hundreds in Australia, England, and the West Indies.

  • on January 4, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    @mALEPAS if you had seen the way the pitch behaved i think you wouldnt have said such foolish words-if ajmal pakistans best and most experienced bowler couldnt take a wicket,You can understand how SLs best and most experienced bowler would have found it hard to take wickets so what SL did was perfectly correct-If pakistan wanted the win they should have gone for it from ball one -300 in 67 overs is gettable because the pitch got better as the game progressed and SLs bowling attack isnt the best so mathews did the perfect job-WELL DONE!

  • billbowden311 on January 4, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Even though Hafeez played well in the second innings, I still think we need to drop him for the second test. He is a ODI player, when will that get into the minds of the selectors? I'm impressed with Shehzad, he showed both maturity as well as technique in the second innings, as well as the first, the only reason he got out was I think due to excitement as well as over-confidence. But nevertheless, he should play in the second test. Drop Rahat for Talha, Talha has proved domestially he can bowl with pace, as well as swing. I definately think he is ready to make a comeback. So my only changes would be to drop Hafeez and Rahat. Maybe give the no. 3 spot to Azhar?

  • Sorcerer on January 4, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    In an identical situation, in 1979, Pakistan fielders who had walked off the field at the start of the mandatory overs on final evening (no chance of a result), were made to come back so that Sunil Gavaskar could score the 20 or so runs needed for his century! Zaheer Abbas and others were quite flabbergasted by this approach and insistence of Gavaskar!

  • on January 4, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    @pradeep Sanga and Mahels both played to the this match but they failed to perform better than nrw comers like chandi and mathes.what a responsible batting display by mathew.Mahela should not be included to the team when matches played out side sri lanka.Everyone knows the reason.mahela got out 3 times in this match for 3 consecative deliveris.what a shame way to gotout.mahela now should be dropped from the team.

  • on January 4, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Well played Haffex and Shahzad .... It was tough to win the match,even draw this contest was also not easy,so I think Hafeex did a good job.

  • on January 4, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    The match is drawn despite 1st 2 inings were over in just 2 days.boring.this is why people have lost intrest in test matches.test matches should be necessarily result oriented.icc should device some technique like if there is no outright descison,match will be decided on the basis of run rate or may be some other rule.some thing should be done before people lose intrest fot good.there should be no scope for a draw except under circumstances beyond control.

  • malepas on January 4, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    I think Srilanka played a very negative cricket on last day and killed the match with no chance of loosing and winning,,they should have declare an hour into morning giving 280 target which would have very difficult but chaseable and would have given SL chance of winning the match as well, No team in the world would go for scoring 300+ on last day in 2 sessions so PAK didn't had any chance of winning it,,people who are blaming PAK for not chasing down the target have no idea of test cricket, on other hand, the pitch played a major part in this draw, it got slower down so much that getting any wicket was impossible even PAK had a good chance on forth day but slow wicket made it really hard for bowlers to close the match. Again disappointed to see the SL's negative approach.

  • on January 4, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    I think ICC should take action on that type of pitches where nothing for the bowlers. Cricket is a game of batting and bowling, not only batting, that type of pitches are not good sign of test cricket

  • on January 4, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    It was a match in which none of the team wanted to win!!

  • keptalittlelow on January 4, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Great fight back by SL, a far cry from the point when Yunus and Misbah were going great guns. Pak batting was the real culprit, 6 wickets for 57 runs put paid to all hopes of 300 runs lead which brought SL back into contention. Well done SL.

  • armchairjohnny on January 4, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    The right result in the end. Neither side deserved to win. Far too defensive a mindset by both teams. Pakistan really should have shown more intent and tried to go for the win. Had they managed to get 50-60 runs quickly over a ten over period, the Sri Lankans would have felt the pressure. The pitch was as flat as a pancake and the bowling was up-and-down military medium. Both sides have a lot to improve on in this format of the game, especially in the batting department. Hope the second test isn't as dull as this one was.

  • on January 4, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    i dont think its a moral win or loss for any 1. SL got out for 204 in 1st innings and scored 480/5 in 2 nd. they can take positives from 2nd innings as they denied pak any sniff back.

    but same time pak scored 383 in 1st innings and in 4 th innings on 5 th day, SL got only 2 wickets in 52 overs bolwed. whereas SL was pushing for win. SL will take batting as positive but bowling in last innings? batsmen from both teams have mixed game.

    so lot of positives for both teams but same time lot to improve in next. moral victories or loss is just what fans thinking but nothing in real.

    well played by both teams. both missed a chance to win it. pak had moment in 2 nd innings but didnt capitalized. SL had a chance in 4 th and 5 th day but didnt make it ciunt.

    good fighting game. hope to see 2 more.

  • on January 4, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Sl very lucky to draw this test match Chandimal thirimanna mathews non of these batsmen can match the class of Sangakkara and Mahela we can definitely see that in the next two test matches this is only a rare good performance from sl and they are long way away from being a top test nation

  • shot274 on January 4, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    'Hafeez helps Pakistan earn a draw'. Really?? I dont think Pakistan were ever in a position to loose 10 wickets in 60 overs on this wicket against this SL attack. I think Matthews helped SL earn a draw!

  • on January 4, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    It's a commendable performance by SL to get to a position of dominance to make Pakistan sweat a bit. I think they were a pace bowler short on this occasion and a bit short on test match practise as well. Where as Pakistan should have done a whole lot better as they just completed a test series against the world number one team SA. SL should take heart from this and think about the areas where they did not do so well and come back in three days time to take on Pakistan with a more confident attitude. If Lahiru is fit perhaps Mahaila should be dropped! He is completely out of form. But I don't think jayasuriy will have the guts to leave Mahaila out!

  • alisaqib610 on January 4, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    In the end this was a very good test match. It seems that both teams are mostly equal in skill and it will be hard for one to beat the other. The batsman definitely dominated this match and the bowlers could not do much about it since the pitch was offering very little. I hope that the next few games continue to provide good cricket and good entertainment.

  • Herath-UK on January 4, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Mathews had a great game & well done to him & the team. However the 'find' of the match I think is Kaushal & hope he will flourish from here.

  • Lion83 on January 4, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    This kind of pitches kill the test cricket. you need good result wickets for next two tests.

  • on January 4, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    I'm really disappointed on Pakistan's negative approach. They could have turned the match result oriented. The openers was not so bad but Hafeez and Younis missed the chance of possible win.

  • on January 4, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    I think Sri Lanka fought back very well Pakistan couldnt get that break through there is nothing special for bowlers in this wicket.

  • Nuwas on January 4, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Gratz to both team on battling it out for 5 days. SL did win morally even its a draw imo. SL now got enough test practice to grab the series. Too bad one person seems to got frustrated over the draw from SL instead of a SL's defeat. Afterall its True Cricket both teams played. Good luck for both team for the rest of the series.

  • SL_rockz on January 4, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    For gods sake please offer MORE test matches for SL in a year..including this 31 st dec match they have had only 3 matches ... That is disgusting stats... if sanga is to close the gap between sachin and him SLC must offer more tests for a year...And look sanga scored 512 in just 3 matches... Look at his form and skill..But unfortunate for the whole nation SLC is just not giving him matches to score...

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on January 4, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    I would say this is Pakistan's lose as they dominated match for 3 days and on day 4 Misbah set defensive fields Ajmal is best bowler we've got and he was operating with no silly point even most of the times and Srilanka knowing that Pakistan could pull a win declared and set attacking fields. Disappointing results for Pakistani fans.

  • dilruk89 on January 4, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    If Sri Lanka scored agressively it could have been a different story.i think they wasted yeasterday's final session and today's morning session.If they did that they could have been put pakistan under pressure and remember pakistan played without akmal.But still draw is a victory for SL.

  • on January 4, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    As expected hand shakes and a draw. there was not enough time for pak to win and not enough time for SL to take 10 wickets. SL didnt push much while batting. they never accelerated. guess safety 1st approach was done.

    there was no chance for pak to chase that target. Run rate of 4.5+ was never achievable. many people here say to go for it etc but not possible in tests.

    Both teams played well and it was good game. While Sl has poor 1st innings, but batted well in 2nd. Pak played ok in 1st and collapse in the end. but batted very well today to draw it.

    Ajmal was ineffective but this wicket was also no responsive to spin. but still this was no doubt worse game for him.

    Rahat bowled well but didnt get any wicket so they should look to either bring in talha or rehman ( based on pitch).

  • Prabhash1985 on January 4, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    No hearts are broken :) It's a draw... Good good :)

  • yorkslanka on January 4, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Well done to Sri Lanka on avoiding defeat and gaining a draw in this test considering where we were after the first innings. I am really pleased to see that our youngsters stood up to be counted and Mathews once again, played to fantastic captains knocks . The support from Chandimal and Kushal was lovely to see also as tere hasbeen a lot of criticism that we are held up by our seniors. Also dont forget that this was our first test match in quite a while so all in all , i am happy. Well played also to our Pakistani brothers and heres to the series continuing as fantastic test matches which are really well balanced..

  • VKohlitheGreat on January 4, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Have to congratulate pakistan here for having dictated the match for 80% of the time with their team B i.e. in the absence of Irfan, Azhar, Rehman. Also, the fact that they batted so well on the first two days when the pitch was not flat as it was during the latter three days as one clearly saw, is truly commendable. In the second innings too, the opposition has not been able to take any wickets until the Pak batsmen chose themselves to give it away.

  • mzm149 on January 4, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Khurram Manzoor should be dropped in next game. Shan Masood should be given a go.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on January 4, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    Better drop sachitra senanayake, such a defensive spinner. given his massive first class experience this is nothing from him. Why is mathews bowling all the pacers??? All our pacers looking good and mathews goes for a miserable sachitra. SL should pick pradeep next match for his pace can rattle the pak batsmen. or viswa fernando who is himself a pacy leftie. OR Tharindu Kaushal who actually turns the ball more than herath, Sach or ajmal.

  • bouncer709 on January 4, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    The match result depends on this pair, if they are able to score 4 runs per over for 10 over after tea break without loosing any wkt, Pakistan will come into winning position.

  • on January 4, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    well played by hafeez and ahmed. so far so good. i think win was never there. required run rate was over 4 from start and not achievable in tests. pak going all good. should play like this for another hour and the assess.

    i said yesterday and totday that SL delayed it way too much and over did it. agreed they wanted to take pak win out of the way but 85 in last 30.3 overs with lead over 215 is way too slow.

    i think teams will shake hand in last hour. good game though. both teams played well.

    lets see if there is any twist in last hour.

  • on January 4, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    Khurram Manzoor's defense technique is really bad i feel like he is playing tape ball cricket..

  • NAYANADINI on January 4, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    I don think pak are playing for a draw. I get a feeling that there are playing safe till it becomes a 20 over match and then they may launch provided wickets are in hand. The pitch appears flat and its a big disadvantage for us.

  • on January 4, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Pakistan might go for the kill.We know that chasing at a run rate of 6 an over is not easy in test cricket but its not impossible as well.

  • mzm149 on January 4, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    The only target in mind in last session should be centuries for Shehzad and Hafeez. No more no less.

  • Captainman on January 4, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Must be a very flat pitch which isn't a surprise.

  • on January 4, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Please drop Khurram Manzoor from this team and bring Azhar Ali. Ahmed Shahzad and Mohammad Hafeez as opener and Azhar Ali at No. 3.

  • WaqarDurrani on January 4, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    Both Captains are playing defensive, trying hard to draw. Long live test cricket!

  • WaqarDurrani on January 4, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Seems they are already playing for a draw with 9 wickets in hand. Come on guys!

  • on January 4, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    this was result oriented pitch. and its not only pakistan looking for draw. what would you say on 85 runs scored in last 30,3 overs batted by a team which has a lead of over 200 on last day? when did SL looked like pushing for win in batting? they will be trying to push while bowling but not in batting

  • on January 4, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    I think a Pakistan win is out of the question now. Run rate required is much too high and Pakistan have only chased down 300+ once in Tests. Really disappointed with how SL batted in the morning. They should have gone out all guns blazing and got the lead to 300 within 30-45 mins instead of 1.5 hours. After all no point keeping wickets in hand if a declaration is around the corner. SL wanted a buffer of around 300 runs lead as the bowling lineup is very inexperienced (other than Herath but spinners are getting no support from the pitch) and they wouldn't want Pakistan to be able to chase it down. They should have blasted away and given themselves more overs to get Pakistan all out. Right now the most likely result will be a draw with a Lankan win a fairly distant possibility.

  • on January 4, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    @dontlikecricket

    With Pak team's current approach and Misbah as captain, don't expect result oriented wickets.

  • on January 4, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    guys 4.75 required run rate in a test match on 5th day is not acheiveable. be realistic. all they can do is play normal and see what happens. 1 wicket and SL will sniff their chances.

  • t20superstars on January 4, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    srilanka should have gone hard at pakistan just when todays play started instead they played defensively. I dont understand mathews tactics by the way he played in the morning session. It was as if he was looking for his own personal milestone instead of putting up a competitive total for the country. With 5 wickets in hand and a tail who can play some shots they should have definitely pushed for a better runrate in this morning session.Now srilanka are in a spot of botheration due to their defensive tactic. Pakistan well might take it session by session. They might look to get to a score of 180-200 by tea and then go for a kill after tea if they have wickets in hand. A draw is the most likely chance as the lights here in abu dhabi fades quickly. So pakistan might look to be in a good position by the stroke of tea.

  • NAYANADINI on January 4, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    It seems that the pitch has eased out for batting. Mathews played well but he could have been aggresive this morning. If declaration was in mind,it would have been sensible to bat at a faster rate after first 10 overs of the day without worrying about wickets. With some application the pakistann batsmen have the chance to push for victory. Unless we take 3 quick wickets,we may have to shiver at last. If we expose them till misbah,then drawing wont be a problem. But logically speaking if our youngsters can bat well on this pitch,so can any other youngsters

  • dontlikecricket on January 4, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Much better batting by SL batsmen. Their first innings performance was poor on a batting friendly wicket. I am not entirely sure why they have created such a poor wicket? Maybe they want test loving fans to stop watching this form of game for ever? In this day and age when one day and T20 is hugely popular, test match wickets should be result oriented. I am not saying make extremely turning wickets or very fast either, but there should be something for bowlers. May be PAK batting will collapse and SL win?? Unlikely but remotely possible!!

  • on January 4, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    I think Pak should go for the kill..with Shehzad and Hafeez there they should go for a win.Even Manzoor is an attacking player..Come on Pak..

  • Saif-Ali on January 4, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    This wicket is perfect for batting paradise so pakistan should go for win untill 2, 3 wickets down but i don't seem that misbah would do that let's see what happens

  • on January 4, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    I think sl did mistake by ending ther innings too early....!!

  • on January 4, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    for pak top3 will decide the match. ahmed , hafeez and mazoor have to do lot of work today.

  • on January 4, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    20.3 overs with 60 runs today. last 10 overs yesterday for 25. SL didnt push too much for victory.

    they have taken pak win out of the game but that was done way before this. if they are confident enough to bowl them out in 60-70 overs( which is not impossible in cricket and they can do it in 30 overs) but if they are so confident then they should be confident to bowl them out for 200.

    anyway, well played by SL. they batted well. for pak, win is out of the way. this run rate is already too high for a test match but meant that less overs to play today. they should play session to session and normal game with 2.5-3 rpo.

    draw more likely but SL win still a possibility. now SL will have to bowl more well to win this match . as pak will be under no pressure to win it now.

  • on January 4, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Wish lankans could have declared after tea. Because its a perfect pitch to bat in the 4th and the 5th day, Commentators words and says just dont work like they say. Some teams just that follow that rubbish.

  • on January 4, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Pakistan will have to play this test like an ODI to win otherwise no chance..

  • on January 4, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Pakistan Should go for win , its good pitch for batting ,and in the pakistan line up pakistan have good attaking batsman lyk shehzad ,hafeez &may b younus.....the result of match will know in first 20 overs....

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  • on January 4, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Pakistan Should go for win , its good pitch for batting ,and in the pakistan line up pakistan have good attaking batsman lyk shehzad ,hafeez &may b younus.....the result of match will know in first 20 overs....

  • on January 4, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Pakistan will have to play this test like an ODI to win otherwise no chance..

  • on January 4, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Wish lankans could have declared after tea. Because its a perfect pitch to bat in the 4th and the 5th day, Commentators words and says just dont work like they say. Some teams just that follow that rubbish.

  • on January 4, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    20.3 overs with 60 runs today. last 10 overs yesterday for 25. SL didnt push too much for victory.

    they have taken pak win out of the game but that was done way before this. if they are confident enough to bowl them out in 60-70 overs( which is not impossible in cricket and they can do it in 30 overs) but if they are so confident then they should be confident to bowl them out for 200.

    anyway, well played by SL. they batted well. for pak, win is out of the way. this run rate is already too high for a test match but meant that less overs to play today. they should play session to session and normal game with 2.5-3 rpo.

    draw more likely but SL win still a possibility. now SL will have to bowl more well to win this match . as pak will be under no pressure to win it now.

  • on January 4, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    for pak top3 will decide the match. ahmed , hafeez and mazoor have to do lot of work today.

  • on January 4, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    I think sl did mistake by ending ther innings too early....!!

  • Saif-Ali on January 4, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    This wicket is perfect for batting paradise so pakistan should go for win untill 2, 3 wickets down but i don't seem that misbah would do that let's see what happens

  • on January 4, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    I think Pak should go for the kill..with Shehzad and Hafeez there they should go for a win.Even Manzoor is an attacking player..Come on Pak..

  • dontlikecricket on January 4, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Much better batting by SL batsmen. Their first innings performance was poor on a batting friendly wicket. I am not entirely sure why they have created such a poor wicket? Maybe they want test loving fans to stop watching this form of game for ever? In this day and age when one day and T20 is hugely popular, test match wickets should be result oriented. I am not saying make extremely turning wickets or very fast either, but there should be something for bowlers. May be PAK batting will collapse and SL win?? Unlikely but remotely possible!!

  • NAYANADINI on January 4, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    It seems that the pitch has eased out for batting. Mathews played well but he could have been aggresive this morning. If declaration was in mind,it would have been sensible to bat at a faster rate after first 10 overs of the day without worrying about wickets. With some application the pakistann batsmen have the chance to push for victory. Unless we take 3 quick wickets,we may have to shiver at last. If we expose them till misbah,then drawing wont be a problem. But logically speaking if our youngsters can bat well on this pitch,so can any other youngsters