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

Sri Lankan quicks vindicate Mathews' decision

The Report by George Binoy

January 8, 2014

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Sri Lanka 57 for 1 trail Pakistan 165 (Manzoor 73, Pradeep 3-62, Herath 3-26) by 108 runs
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Suranga Lakmal reacts after dismissing Asad Shafiq, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 1st day, January 8, 2014
Suranga Lakmal maintained pressure on Pakistan through the day and took two quick wickets before tea © AFP
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Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews made the unprecedented decision to bowl in Dubai - the first time in six Tests a captain had put the opposition in at this venue - and then watched his three frontline fast bowlers consistently test the Pakistan batsmen for scant reward before lunch. They bowled with similar accuracy and skill in the remaining sessions too, but Pakistan's luck and Khurram Manzoor's resolve had withered, and the returns were rich for the visiting side.

The rationale behind team selections - both sides decided against a second specialist spinner - at a venue that traditionally favoured spin was not immediately clear. However, as the day wore on, it became apparent that the early seam movement and bounce extracted by Sri Lanka's bowlers was not going to disappear. The deviation was not extravagant, but it was more than enough to pose a constant challenge.

Pakistan opener Manzoor batted with good judgement in the middle of a largely empty stadium but there were jitters at the other end. They made it to lunch on 57 for 1 only because two edges were dropped - one chance causing Mahela Jayawardene to split his webbing and go off the field for the day - and several seaming deliveries beat the outside edge. The crash began early in the second session, though: Pakistan slumped from 78 for 1 to 165 all out, with the Sri Lankan quicks claiming the first seven wickets.

Perhaps Mathews had decided to bowl because Pakistan had been routed for 99 the last two times they batted first in Dubai, or because the team batting second had won three out of five Tests at the venue. After Sri Lanka's bowlers had vindicated his decision, his batsmen began to do so as well. With Pakistan's quicks not seaming the ball as much at the start, Sri Lanka's openers added 40 in 11 overs before Dimuth Karunaratne had a marginal lbw upheld against him. Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara prevented further loss, taking Sri Lanka within 108 runs of a first-innings lead when bad light ended play.

The pace of this Test had taken a few quick twists around the lunch break. Pakistan had been cautious all morning but Manzoor and Mohammad Hafeez began the second session aggressively. Manzoor cut twice and edged once to the boundary in the first over after lunch, from Nuwan Pradeep, and Hafeez pulled and cut short balls from the left-arm spinner Rangana Herath.

The spurt of runs had taken the second-wicket partnership to 50 when Pradeep, playing his first Test since January 2013, nipped one in off the seam to bowl Hafeez between bat and pad. Pradeep's first wicket, in the morning, had also come via an inswinger that struck Ahmed Shehzad plumb in front. Manzoor carried on, seeing off deliveries from Suranga Lakmal that seamed and bounced, to bring up his sixth half-century after twin failures in the Abu Dhabi Test. He then charged Herath, lofting over the straight boundary for the game's first six.

Pakistan were fragile at the other end, though, and Younis Khan's habit of pushing away from his body at deliveries that shaped away from him eventually resulted in an edge to the keeper, giving Shaminda Eranga his first wicket. Eranga took another with the first ball off his next over, drawing another edge to dismiss Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul-Haq, reducing the innings to 109 for 4.

Pradeep and Eranga had provided the breakthroughs while Lakmal, arguably Sri Lanka's best bowler on the day, had gone wicketless. He was soon rewarded with the biggest scalp, when Manzoor's patience thinned and he prodded and edged to give Prasanna Jayawardene his third catch. Lakmal picked up Asad Shafiq before tea too, via a tame chip to cover, and Pakistan had lost four wickets for 20 runs.

Sri Lanka made short work of the Pakistan tail in the final session, with Herath picking up the scraps left by the quicks. Resuming on 128 for 6, Pakistan lost their wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed for the addition of only one run. His wicket went to Pradeep, who bowled an accurate outswinger to draw the outside edge to the wicketkeeper. Herath mopped up the rest, completing a clinical and collective performance by Sri Lanka's bowling attack, setting the Test up for their batsmen.

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Posted by mzm149 on (January 9, 2014, 8:34 GMT)

@Yousufahmed1: As pathetic as losing to Bangladesh in Asia Cup. As pathetic as conceding 350+ runs twice in a month in ODI games against Australia. As pathetic as losing a test series to England even at home. As pathetic as losing ODI series to Pakistan at home. As pathetic as not winning a single test match in England, South Africa and Australia on last tours. As pathetic as never winning a series in South Africa. The list continues.

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 9, 2014, 8:17 GMT)

sl at 132/3 .only 33 behind now. it looks like sl will beat pak at their homegrounds uae this time around. but it will not make much difference in rating points and both teams will remain outside of top 4. top 4 is must to play in world test championships.it looks like india will be only team to represent asia in world test championship as they are clear 2nd in test rankings and have considerable gap from team at number 5.

Posted by Cricketlover54 on (January 9, 2014, 7:49 GMT)

@Yousufahmed1. As pathetic as creating run fests in back yard to inflate your 2nd rate batsman's average.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 9, 2014, 7:35 GMT)

@ mzm149 As pathetic as losing a test match to ZIM????

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 7:29 GMT)

I support Zimbabwe, through thick and thin, from the days of teams of whites only through to the modern era where teams are picked for their skill level, not their race. Sri Lanka are the Shumba's (Lion's) of world cricket. After Zim took Pakistan to the cleaners last year, SL should be able to press, iron and hang them in the wardrobe! Come on Lanka!

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (January 9, 2014, 7:24 GMT)

Rahat Ali lacks pace and looks like a 50 year old man who is struggling to run.

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 9, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

Posted by Muhammad Maarij -- last i checked pak lost 3-0 in sa last year. it was home series in uae that was a draw. india was not whitewashed in sa as first test was a great draw. also check icc official rankings in all formats to compare different teams from sub continent. india are clear second in test cricket in official icc rankings.

Posted by mzm149 on (January 9, 2014, 7:09 GMT)

@samincolumbia: You are again boasting World Cup wins. I have already told you time again that of all those wins only TWO were significant where India beat Pakistan to lift the cup. One in World T20 2007 and one in ODI World Cup 2011. Rest had not more importance than any other ODI or T20 game.

For your record Pakistan has better overall head to head record again India in ODIs (71-50) and tests (12-9).

BTW winning or losing these games doesn't make India's toothless attack any better. Bowling unit which cannot defend 458 on 5th day of test match on the most bowling friendly pitch and is on the verge of making history in terms of test match run chase is indeed pathetic.

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 6:59 GMT)

I think game is still on Paksitan side if Sri Lanka couldn't get 225 in the first innings this match is over. I think if SL bowlers restricted Pakistan for 168 Pakistan bowlers are more capable of restrict SL under 200 .... so we're having a game here

Posted by EngineerKhan on (January 9, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

I am a Pakistani and I think time to call a spade a spade. There were no daemons in the pitch. Very very flat track and in fact I was feeling hard for the visitor bowlers. It was poor poor batting by Pakistan which led to their down-fall. You can't play in South Africa as pitches are green. You have horrible tours of England. Australia always manages to clean-sweep you and even you lose to Zimbabwe and now in your own backyard this abysmal batting performance. Look at the technique behind Shehzad, Hafeez wickets. Misjudging very straight deliveries. Steven Smith can bat better than our batsmen..

Posted by Iceman29 on (January 9, 2014, 6:50 GMT)

Dont know why some of my fellow countrymen are commenting about Pak and SL team when our team doesnt have a clue how to win abroad...There are still lot of things to ponder for our team so we better look and worry abt that....

Posted by Pindia on (January 9, 2014, 6:49 GMT)

Good start from Pakistan, now up to the spin magician Ajmal to work his magic. Think Bhatti and Hafeez should have something to say. Pak can defend 150 in the 4th...

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 6:30 GMT)

Yousufahmed1 im sure you are not an Indian, you are pakistani :)

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

i think pakistani batsmans should bounce back because the bowling attack of srilanka is not so good as the bowling attacks which pakistan are playing since last year

Posted by ProdigyA on (January 9, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

Same old story, inept batting exposed again. Get misbah out and the entire team will roll out, just useless.

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 5:56 GMT)

@yousufahmed idk which team u r talking abt skool level we just beat sa in sa where as u r team was clean swept we even draw a test sries against saf where as u r team loose yea i m talking abt pakistan nd just wait and watch pakistan will win this test series too your here and i m here too lets just wait and watch

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 5:54 GMT)

1- Sarfaraz as wicket keeper is not better than any other wicker keeper 2- Ajmal is a bowler , but, his scoring average is better than Sarfraz 3- Please take care and do not push hard for Sarfraz to be in cricket team. He do not have any ability to score. Your can comare any wicket keeper, other keeper is always a good batsman. Kindly take care of Pakistani Team. Also, give chance to Anwar who is a good alrounder and batsmana as welll as good bowler. Hameeduddin Khan

Posted by MudassirPak on (January 9, 2014, 5:50 GMT)

its all about cricket, who tries best gets image otherwise maiming is result. SL bowlers give their best zeal to obstruct Pak players below 200 despite of experienced bowling from S Lakmal and Eranga the very start of the day. credit also go SL skipper whose is decision is befitted of chioce of bowling first. Pakistan bowlers should very positive thinking, attack with full strength and should get atleast 4 wickets before lunch otherwise another mathews will be come around and another parssana will hold match tightly.

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 5:43 GMT)

Most unpredictable teams West Indies and Pakistan

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (January 9, 2014, 5:42 GMT)

Not all is lost if they can bowl SL out for below 300. If SL could wife out the huge deficit in the first match then Pakistan should show their metal to do the same here. On another note, Its all a fault of those who decide the playing eleven. One wonders why is Azhar Ali sitting out and why is Rahat Ali included Again after a low grade performance in the first match. Matter of the fact is that our batsmen can't play moving ball.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 9, 2014, 5:41 GMT)

@ mzm149 Yes Pak has superior bowling attack and I was comparing IND and SL bowlers.

At least I am proud to say I am an Indian fan unlike some people who are ashamed to say they are which country's fan coz ofcourse it is embarrassing for them to support their clueless, skill less, talentless, mediocre, school level cricketers.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 9, 2014, 5:40 GMT)

@ ThilankaK That is the funniest comment I have ever read. Herath better than Ajmal?? LOL. Best Test batsman ?? Who would that be out of your colombo track bullies. " If ICC will give more matches SL will be No.1 Test team in the world" LOL. You forgot they give SL matches but they cancel them to play some cheap T20 league or to get thrashed in Odis. Get some perspective. SL is No. 6 in Test rankings. It means SL isn't even in the top 5 teams in the world. Bangladesh will also thrash you. All this is coming after 1 day's play. Really incredible.

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 5:36 GMT)

Once again we see evidence of the glorious uncertainties of the game of cricket

Posted by SLslider on (January 9, 2014, 5:34 GMT)

PAK have the worst team in the world. Even with our new pacers they are not able to put bat to ball. They are completely talentless. I hope ICC could give their Test status to a team like Afghan or Nepal. New minnows of world cricket PAK.

Posted by Udendra on (January 9, 2014, 5:03 GMT)

So far it has proved to be a good decision by Mathews. by the way, Umpire S Ravi needs to polish his skills or lenses.

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 4:52 GMT)

this is long waiting performance by lions in tests... I may too soon to say anytig, bt so far so good. Way to go lions the call is now in ur hand, Mathews name going to be compare with big names in cricket now onwards... Watch out rest of the world...

Posted by ms2000 on (January 9, 2014, 4:44 GMT)

As a sri lankan i always admired most of the Pakistani Cricketers and their fighting sprits. This team is not a bad one. Misbah is not a bad captain. he has shown some good leadership qualities over the years past. Its just the Pakistani Batsmen do not have the patience to hang on. Dont just thwo them away just because they have not performed on a particular day. Pakistan has a gods gift of fast bowlers that no other country has. It takes only one of them to make a diffrence. Well done Sri Lanka! It looks that the Sri Lankan pacies are now grrming to be a huge threat to most batsmen in the months to come. This is due to proper traning and dedication of the players.

Posted by damn1234 on (January 9, 2014, 4:43 GMT)

I sense a hundred from Sanga.. This is like the first time Sri Lankan bowlers bowled like a pack, just like one hungry wolf pack. Will they be able to do the same thing with the Duke ball in England? I hope not.

Posted by outforhatrick on (January 9, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

Srilanka should negotiate 1st hour safely, then the target should be to score min 350, remember they have to bat last...pak have more than good chance to bounce back becoz of their bowling and also the injury to mahela will make pak more confident... players like mahela are big match and situation players who reserve best for tight scenarios.. remember hundred in worldcup final..

Posted by shahnbej on (January 9, 2014, 4:33 GMT)

Misbah placed only two slip for Junaid even multiple time ball passed through slip area as SL captain placed 4 slip fielder. What a difference between two captains.

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 4:32 GMT)

ha . ppl here r comparing India to countries like Pak and Srilanka whose boards r well dependent on us for dere incomings. Yet they speak against their God. bad!!!

Posted by TMuhammad on (January 9, 2014, 4:03 GMT)

@ Syed Furqan Masood It was not Khurram Manzoor, it was Waqar younus on the commentary on a channel who kept on insisting bowlers to bowl short pith delivery as Khuram was standing outside the crease and the message on his continuous asking during commentary the bowler started bowling short pitch and in result khurram lost his wicket.

Posted by ajithabey on (January 9, 2014, 3:35 GMT)

SL did well to restrict Pakistan to a small total thereby vindicating their decision to bowl first with only one spinner in the team. The 3 pacies have come up with a fine performance and hopefully maintain their consistency for the rest of the match.SL will definitely have to improve their fielding if they are to win this game. Today's play will be crucial for SL whose batsmen will have to build a formidable total to put pressure on Pakistan. Sanga and Kaushal will need to build this platform without going for rash shots as in previous games.We look forward to an absorbing day of cricket today.

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

@mzm149 , way too blown up storoes reg India's weak bowling, but the facts and facts and thats they seldom concedes 500 plus for some time now! whereas how many times you defend your pak batsmen even when they being bowled out under 100 or under 200 too many occasions and that also even on subcontinental pitches?? All teams have their weaknesses and they should focus on improving rather than point fingers on other teams. Another thing about Indian bowling, I would attribute more on Dhoni's management style in test cricket than bowlers themselves.

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 3:12 GMT)

SL must play serious cricket without throwing away the wickets and consolidate the position for winning the test as ample time left of this test.

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 3:03 GMT)

As an Indian, it would have been pretty easy to criticize Pak batting, but as a side whom I admire most after India, it pains to see day in and day out when your attack is never given anything to play with. This can change though. One thing which I noticed in our trip to SA and Pak fans may have noticed i.e. Murali Vijay: I am not talking about Pujara or Kohli. Yes I am talking about Vijay, he is not world beater batsman, in fact we Indians did have lot of doubts about his ability to perform in foreign conditions and he is as good or bad as Pak openers or other new Pak batsmen. But what he did great was, LEAVE. Leave anything outside his comfort zone. A discipline, which helped him a lot and result shows this. SL bowled well, not taking the credit away from them but Pak batsmen just helped them by chasing the balls they should have left. Well, what we spectators can do. You keep playing Hafeez and we have Ishant :)

Posted by Johnny_129 on (January 9, 2014, 3:03 GMT)

What's up with the style of this Khurram Mansoor guy - He top scored for Pak but he keeps tucking the bat between his legs every time he misses the ball and squeezes it with his upper thigh/ butt while the bat appears like a lowered tail! Been watching the match on Foxtel - His style is unique but looks ungainly!! Looks like it will be a good game - Thought SL would win this series but looks like Pak will put up a good fight. I have a feeling Sanga will get at least 50 this innings if not 100.

Posted by Nuwas on (January 9, 2014, 3:01 GMT)

May be SL could hit 4th in Test Rankings after Eng tour! whom I kidding! Cricket is a funny game afterall, No predictions nor past stats matter...

Posted by Resultpredictor on (January 9, 2014, 2:46 GMT)

Pakistan bowling is pathetic. Rahat Ali does not even deserve a place in Pakistan A team, he is worst Pak bowler. Bhatti is struggling with line and length. Ajmal is out of form. Junaid can take wickets but he is inconsistent. Pakistan bowlers cannot even pick up 5 wickets today. All SL batsman are in tremendous form. SL will score above 400 and them declare. PAKISTAN WILL COLLAPSE IN SECOND INNINGS, to hand SL an easy win.

Posted by ThilankaK on (January 9, 2014, 2:37 GMT)

After this match SL will settle with this bowling attack 1. Nuwan Pradeep = Speed Star 2. Eranga & 3. Suranga will be seaming stars & 4. Herath is the currently best spin bowler in the world. If ICC will give more matches SL will be No.1 Test team in the world because they're having No.1 Test batsman, No.1 Test all rounder & No.1 Test wicket keeper. with more experience Mathews will be No. Test captain.( record as a captain 1 win, 0 lost, 2 draw ) seems to me PAK is going to lose this match also. GO SL GO.....!!!

Posted by Assertive-Indian on (January 9, 2014, 1:55 GMT)

The problem with Pakistani batsmen is that they have no technique or class. They begin to tremble on the sight of a good fast bowler, and wanna run towards the square leg umpire. But, of course, in reality they can't do that, so they do the next best thing, they give their wickets away to go back to the comforts of the pavillion.

Posted by vswami on (January 9, 2014, 1:48 GMT)

165 all out batting first in Dubai ? SL and Pak are making Dubai seem like Headingley on a cold morning.

Posted by vijaysun1 on (January 9, 2014, 1:05 GMT)

The Pak supporters should look at their batsmen the same way they look at India's bowlers, i.e. with a lot of contempt. They may perform on occasions (even a broken clock shows the right time twice a day :)) but to collapse against an average bowling attack on a docile pitch for less than 200 on the first day of a Test match. How much worse does it get than this ?

Posted by outforhatrick on (January 9, 2014, 1:03 GMT)

Srilanka to be given credit for their achievement and growth in cricket..we have now 7 competing test nations...still Bangladesh, Zim and WI need to come up the ladder and any new associate nations.. Like afghan and Ireland to become competitive and gain test status.. Cricket is always worth watching fight..one sided matches are bad...last ..all subcontinent teams have the same dismal record of not winning test series either in AUS and SA.. But both and SA and AUS have won in all nations of subcontinent.. Hope this changes soon good for test cricket.. Coming from a test cricket fan..

Posted by Crick_Expert on (January 9, 2014, 1:00 GMT)

CONGRAT SL. Shameful batting from PAK side. Bottom line is Rahit Ali, Asad Safiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, NOT deserve in TEST or international level side. PCB shoul send them back to get improve in demostic.

Posted by sachinsjaihindustan on (January 9, 2014, 0:43 GMT)

@yorkslanka, yes you are right. But the first hour is crucial. If Pakistan don't strike in the first hour, they can roll you. But if you don't let them do any damage in the first hour, the Sun will bake the pitch as the afternoon wears on, and it will become nice and flat. That's when you can dig in and get a massive lead. Good luck!!!

Posted by wapuser on (January 9, 2014, 0:34 GMT)

Whr is sohail tanvir ? Cuz Pakistan need him so badly n plus he is a senior player

Posted by   on (January 9, 2014, 0:10 GMT)

I think Pak may need batting lessons from India :P

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 23:52 GMT)

77 for 1 and then 165/10

I think only Pakistani batsman can manage to do this in test matches lol

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 23:52 GMT)

sri lanka blows Pakistan away by pace? whats the world coming to?

Posted by heathrf1974 on (January 8, 2014, 23:13 GMT)

Great effort by SL and very surprising. Maybe their quicks have found their mojo. Pakistan should be very worried about that effort.

Posted by Herath-UK on (January 8, 2014, 23:06 GMT)

He should bat only after Chandimal until he finds his form but now with his injured finger should come following Mathews. He will look only daft if comes early & fail again.

Posted by Messa1 on (January 8, 2014, 22:51 GMT)

well done to all the bowlers, Pradeep, Eranga, Lakmal and Herath did an absolute great job. Now it's up to the batsmen to put a big score on the board and put Pak under pressure.

Posted by samincolumbia on (January 8, 2014, 22:20 GMT)

@mzm149 - India's bowlers can always be counted upon to win a WC game against Pakistan. The so called fast bowlers have never won a single game for Pakistan against India in a World Cup game. It must be a record for Pakistani batsmen to get the team total past 100 today, since any number from 0-99 is the average team score.

Posted by kc69 on (January 8, 2014, 21:57 GMT)

If it was to be said in one line"Welcome back to reality, Team Pakistan".Their good performance seems to be deteriorating day after day.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 21:22 GMT)

Congratulations on some excellent bowling to Sri Lanka from a Pakistani.

Posted by Desihungama on (January 8, 2014, 21:10 GMT)

Not to worry guys, it was at Dubai the then Pakistan was bowled out under 99 and ended up winning the match while creating history. We all know Younus is man of 2nd innings so lets see.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (January 8, 2014, 20:55 GMT)

Hope Sangrekara can get some big runs to break Sachins records.

Posted by Chris_P on (January 8, 2014, 20:53 GMT)

@Mitty2, Working evening shifts, I get to watch more than usual other cricket & when I post on other countries efforts, it is postive. Like you, I was impressed with the Sri Lankan pace bowlers, they have learnt a lot from last year's visit down under. I still cannot understand why some Indians troll to other series & bash them (especially Sri Lanka). I mean, real cricket enthusiasts appreciate the quality on display, Cheers.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 8, 2014, 20:47 GMT)

This is why Pakistan are an ordinary team, when it comes to batting. They will NEVER have the quality players they had all those years back. I feel sorry for their bowlers who have to rescue them from hopeless situations MOST of the time. SL should win this match from this situation.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 20:47 GMT)

Well done srilanka lets Hope they will make more Pressure in pak 400 is Good total lead 235 and pak against all Out 200 under sl will Win big Martin Sorry pak Brothers but you are our friends

Posted by shot274 on (January 8, 2014, 20:30 GMT)

Pak were nearly as bad as England. Nearly being the operative word!!

Posted by Herath-UK on (January 8, 2014, 20:27 GMT)

The lion hearted efforts by our quickies should have rocked the Paks who will now understand we mean business. Our quickies have outshone the Pak bowlers so far in the series much against the Pak's expectations. Kaushal looks very compact so far & promising & I'm sure we'll put up a significant lead in the first innings to take the bull by the horn. Ranil Herath _ Kent

Posted by shahnbej on (January 8, 2014, 20:19 GMT)

Misbah is very defensive and lack of knowledge how to put pressure on batsmen that is not his nature and in his scope. What a poor strategy instead of putting pressure on batsmen he gave chance to Rahat , who's poor bowling not only reduced pressure but also made Junaid ineffective at other end.

Posted by mzm149 on (January 8, 2014, 19:35 GMT)

@aashvvinn: Just like any of toothless bowlers like Dinda, Bhuvaneshwar, Ishant, Yadav, Nehra, Pathan, Munaf, Zaheer, Balaj, Unadkat, Vinay and Mohit could never trouble any team. These two would be spanked by Pakistan as well. Dream on. India has never produced a decent (fast?) bowler and they will never be able to.

Posted by dinosaurus on (January 8, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

"before Dimuth Karunaratne had a marginal lbw upheld against him."

You could equally have said "before umpire Oxenford's decision to give him out lbw was confirmed by the DRS". It was a marginal decision, yes, but someone has to make a decision (and it might as well be the on-field umpire). The advantage of the DRS is that we now *know* that the umpire's decision was reasonable, and so should be accepted (rather than be used as "evidence" of the "weaknesses" of the DRS). I find it amazing that opponents of the DRS who argue that the umpire's decision should just be accepted are the same people who object to the result "umpires call".

Posted by SaadRocx on (January 8, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

Rahat is a good bowler and produce some unplayable Beauties when he gets it in the right areas.. But his problem is that he bowls 65% of deliveries on bad areas and thats doesn't look very good stamina or fitness wise.. He was bowling 1-2 deliveries in right channels but follow up deliveries doesn't fall on right areas and was bowling either too short or too lose for my liking... If he starts getting it right and bowls on the right areas he'd be very threatning considering the guy can produce swing with pace.. I hope our not so good bowling coach works hard on him in getting him to bowl on the right channels *consistently*. Moreover, Expecting Pakistan to bowl with lot more fire tomorrow and bundle Srilanka out under 200.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

in today 's game manzoor, yonis and Shafiq was culprits to gave opposition their wickets apart from these 3 pardreep,eranga and lakmal bowl really well to earn wickets.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

it is quiet funny to see ppl commenting about players. on the basis of current performance instead of judging. the talent and potential of the players. Khurrum,Azhar. and Shafiq are those players which shouldn't be dropped from PAKISTAN test team even they flop in 10 innings they are the future of Pakistan in test format but for this purpose PCB must give them moral support, confidence and a good mentor to polish their talent and potential. it is high time to goodbye misbah from test squad and bring back yonas Khan as test captain with a specialized test squad emitting hafeez and misbah permanently and bring back taufeeq umar,fawad Alam,Yasir hameed and faisal iqba but these players should only play test shouldn't be part of ODIs or T20... u may disagree with my suggestions but for long term this decisions would give better results for team Pakistan.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 8, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

@ICCexpert;According to our legendary bowling coach Mohd Akram: "Talha has to earn his place"..Then he gave an example that i used to play along with Wasim and Waqar.I had to earn my place..lol..Out coach is talking as if Rahat has taken so many wickets and without him,Pak attack would be incomplete. Our team is surely not okay at all..With Bhatti and Hafeez in,whole combination is disturbed.Then we got Rahat Ali wo cannot take wickets.Just throw him out and try someone else.I think this is the last series for Rahat Ali.Do or die situation.I don't get this guy.He has got piles of wickets in domestic.But in national side,story is different lol

Posted by Hira1 on (January 8, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

Pak was also 57/1 at one point so any thing is possible. Probably some quick wickets earlier tomorrow morning and we may find SL collapsing same lke us .....every thing is dependant on Junaid and Bhatti how they bowl on this wicket.

Posted by Philippe on (January 8, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

undoubtedly this match is going to win by SL. ppl hv repeatedly been saying & its all true that pak do need world class batsmen. there is dearth of batsmen (may be even bowlers too) in pak. I really did not see any world class batsmen after anwar, inzy & last one was mohd yusuf. even younis khan & some others like misbah don't match the quality of international standards. good luck SL for win.

Posted by stormy16 on (January 8, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

I must say I was surprised by SL's decision to bowl first and picking a 3rd seamer in Dubai but what do I know! I think we need to for both sides to bat before we assess the pitch but I can only imagine if the SL attack got such movement the Pakistant attack will be a handfull for SL now with Mahela with stiches, will be a batter short. SL's game plan should be to be patient till the wicket dries out which I presume will happen and then cash in while for Pakistan the plan is simple - get early wickets before the wicket dries out. From what little I saw Pradeep looks an exciting prospect but I must say Pakistan batters played some awfull shots outside off to what was disciplined bowling but not a 165 all out situation I would have thought.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 8, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

I have to start by stating that i didnt see the play today as was away at a meting today but the scorecard looks very promising. Nice to see Pradeep do well as he is someone i have heard good things about. Hopefully we can dig in now and get around 400 but that will be tough as Pakistan have one of the best bowling attacks around and if our bowlers can do that, i wonder what they will do...

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

job well done by the boys.......it was a good decision to bring pradeep back in to the team in place of sachitra...straight away he made a impact by picking up pak 3wickets..pradeep move the ball both ways..pak batsman have no clue whats so ever how to play him.....it was a great team work by pradeep...eranga and lakmal....herath fill the finishing touches...all and all great team....work by the boys....bowlers done their job..now its batsman turn to get a sizeable lead..and finish this game off.....

Posted by jerryman on (January 8, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

Pakistan must be thankful Kulasekera did not play today , as with the seam and bounce he would have ended with a 5 wkt haul .. his in swingers would have been unplayable with the assistance the wicket was giving the bowlers..

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

@imalka hewage.....he needs to learn from yonuis khan,misbah,ajmal how to behave in the field..he is the one who can be a young star but he is wasted dat...but younius khan is my favourite one after sanga...he is such a respectable person..

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

well done Ceylon loins,

Posted by dayada on (January 8, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Now i feel mahela's comments about our pacers fair enough. they got good outing in this tournament already which they never get in domestic level. If our board develop them properly definetly they can provide overseas win sooner than later. still they are infants in this level but i am sure they can improve in near future........

Posted by first_slip on (January 8, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

@Imalka Hewage, that's what happen when uneducated people playing for national team bro, after all they had players who beat the cricket ball, but our playes never get down to that level.

Posted by Geethike on (January 8, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

@aashvvinn , the same way the South African batsmen did by almost chasing down a world record 4th innings score ;)

Posted by amilag on (January 8, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

mediocre...toothless...poor...attack...LOL..people need to take thier words back...Come on SL!..come on Vass!... SL can be world beaters.....

Posted by shahnbej on (January 8, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

Cricket in general mind game and when captain is defensive all team follows his footsteps. If our stroke player batsmen try to follow Misbah footsteps the results are failures.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (January 8, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

@aashvvinn ; Shami who ??? I'm sure Pak batsmen will do just fine against those club level bowlers you mentioned. I think you should worry about what Pak would do to them, considering the fact that they won a series 2-1 against you in your own backyard.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

Pakistan should just pack up and go home. They have been playing for too long. The boys must be homesick. What a dreadful display of batting! And that too against a an average bowling side at best.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

Where is sohaib maqsood he should be part of playing eleven in test matches, he can score runs. Pcb needs to find a wicket keeper batsmen who can score runs in the lower order. Pakistan under pressure will collapse in the 2nd innings. Good luck.

Posted by tallgrass on (January 8, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

this performance should be dedicated to all the poeple who kept saying our pace attack is toothless...they just needed a proper coach (all hail Chaminda Vaas who retired and cam back to coach the home team without chasing T20 leagues) and confidence. I hope this trio is maintained in the playing eleven till we tour england!

Posted by rezauk on (January 8, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

Good Bowling from SL but it's time for Pakistan to bite the bullet and rebuild. I believe that Misbah can stay on but needs to be replaced with an aggressive Captain who wants to hurt the opposition. Now the simple bit remove Hafeez , Younis and Asad - replace with 3 batsmen who don't mind getting hurt , rotate the strike and play without fear. Don't know what the national set up is but we need to start coaching 10yr olds how to defend and manufacture training facilities which allow bounce and movement. Strangely enough looking as Ahmed Shezjad in the 1st test he had a reasonable debut although giving it away twice. This innings he looked clueless - once you stop moving your feet you are finished in the innings. Have watched Pakistan from 1970 onwards and have seen some great batsmen and bowlers.The team during the Majid Khan era ALL played County Cricket in England apart from Asif Masood who played Minor Counties. They were a talented team who adjusted to the conditions.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

LBW impact was clear as it came into the batsman it was clearly visible where its gona hit

Posted by lefthandopener on (January 8, 2014, 15:42 GMT)

How can pakistan batsman survive against varun aaron and shami ahmed in asia cup.they are not able to survive even against likes of lakmal & erranga

Posted by CherryWood_Champion on (January 8, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

Pak team has got all the elements of becoming a good/great team except for one ingredient short ... CONSISTENCY. With no danger on day one batting pitch, it is hard to fathom that they folded for a cheap total. And for now it is advantage SriLanka.

Posted by cricketkhan on (January 8, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

Dismal perfomance once more from Pakistani batting line up as usual. it is widely recognized that bowling is pakistan's forte , but when I see a bowler like Rahat Ali, who shrieks every time while delivering the ball,i feel that, the strong hold of pakistan is no more too, why on the earth this guy is playing for Pakistan regularly, and i am not talking about his performance at all, as one could be good or bad on this count on any given occasion. what surprises me most and makes me sad is that Rahat doesnt seems to have the talent and capibilities required to be a goof pace bowler, let alone fill in the foot steps of his former greats. when me an ordinary cricket veiwer can sense and feel that why cant the selectors see it which is clearly written on the wall.Rahat completelty lacks the agrasivenss which is the hall mark of a pacer, and which had been carried forward by most pakistani fast men.

Posted by malepas on (January 8, 2014, 15:26 GMT)

Well played SL and they deserve to be in commanding position but still a lot to play for, first thing which strikes me the way wicket and the ball behaved in PAK innings, it was swinging bananas in the afternoon like they were playing at Edgbaston and not in Dubai, never in may life, I saw such seam and swing in the UAE, so don't know what happened there, but then it wasn't swinging that much when PAK was bowling(they didn't bowl that well, given) but SL bowlers got amazing seam and swing even when the ball was over 50 overs old. Anyway, I think PAK must and should realize now that the experiment with Sarfaraz must come to an end and they should pick Umer Akmal as keeper,batsman for all formats. Rahat? not a test standard yet I'm afraid, need to give somebody else a chance. Overall a good day for SL.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 15:26 GMT)

Well played SL, Hope they will improve their slip fielding in the future nd hopefully best fielders will field in the slip region.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 15:23 GMT)

If sri lanka can bat anther 4 sessions definitely they will get this game to their hand. Also today i saw when the kaushal silva batting Ahmed Shehzad came towards him and said some words to silva. Shehzad still playing his 2 test match and as a young player cant accept what he is doing and im shame of that. he should learn lot of things. But I really respect pakistani players except like shehzad etc.

Posted by loostalker on (January 8, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

very good seam bowling from Sri Lanka , Pakistani batsmen were nervous and very tentative they lack character and don't have proper game plan,tomorrow's day will be decider for this match's result.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

If you select Rahat, Asad, Younis, Sarfaraz, and Hafeez what type of result should you expect? Bowlers should be able to bat. The exclusion of Anwar, who helped you win against South Africa, was unfortunate. Talha, Hammad, and Shawn should also be in the team. Why is it that young debutants are the only ones that perform. When will the PCB management and selectors learn?

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

Wow what a pleasant surprise. Well done our bowlers, hope our batsmen can push on tomorrow.

Posted by johnstanley on (January 8, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

Sri Lanka is a very good and talented side and they have shown it once again. Pakistan need to get past the nonsense and select a new captain and start building or give contract to Misbah for next 30 years and forget about cricket. This is not an attack on Misbah who is a good batsman. This is about the fact that every player reaches a point of diminishing returns. Misbah reached it a little while back. Sri Lanka has persisted with a younger captain and a young team and results are there for everyone to see. Well played SL

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 15:02 GMT)

This game is not over yet i feel. Pakistan will bounce back as their bowling is strong. Sri Lanka must score at least 300 in the first innings. I'm bemused by the LBW decision to Dimuth, in the replay the ball clearly hits outside the line of off stump, but Hawk-eye says on-field call. Can someones please clarify ?

Posted by SLMaster on (January 8, 2014, 15:00 GMT)

Good to see bowlers doing a great work. This is more exciting than SL scoring 500 runs.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (January 8, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

All the best Sri Lanka. Play carefully, and give a good lead.

Posted by zzby on (January 8, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

Asad Shafique & M.Hafeez ate the most talented batsman in 67 years of Pakistan cricket . Never ever drop them otherwise it would not be good for opposing team.

Posted by crilovoer on (January 8, 2014, 14:39 GMT)

Any best tema in the world they always learn quick to prepare for win second game after they lost or draw fm from first match..so srilanka did same thing here they found thire srtange and wekaness and same time they found oppostion strange and weakness so they apply well in the second match and got outstanding result in the first day..this is da attitidute of best team....but pk team cudnt see such attitude...

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

Lanka played well today.. No doubt.. Nd they r very good side.. For those who talking about India. India won 2 world cup chamipions trophy t20 cup just lost 2 odi series in last year out of 10..india beat england in 2007 test series also won vb series in Australia plus t20 worldcup in southafrica plus champion trophy in england without losing a single match..beat so plzz dnt give respect to those who deserved..after all we love cricket not just one team..you should start supporting cricket rather than just one team..appreciate who play good

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

Pakistan some how avoided defeat in the first test but now no one is going to help Pakistan draw this match. Bowlers cannot make comeback tomorrow. Pak will lose this match by big margin. Congrats SL in advance for victory.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

i dont care what SL does or pak does i wanna sangakkara 100

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (January 8, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

Rahat Ali lacks pace and looks like a 50 year old man who is struggling to run.

Posted by crilovoer on (January 8, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

it is all abt hardwork and attitude to win the game.srilanka got tht attitude to win the game so they work hard and finaly deserved the result but i dont see such attitude from pak team.any good team will apply the swot in order to obtain positive result..srilanka team they realy apply swot in thire department after they draw the first match..they know thire stranth and know the weakness of opposite and thire weakness srilanka reaktify all wekaness for thire seconf game and they fount oppertunites aand handly well and they found the threat of opposite such as ajmal and junaid so they played well agianst to them..ultimatly captain and coach and team contributes well so far..congrates Sl go head..sorry for pak

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

Great show SL !! For the first time SL fast bowlers are on a roar !!!

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 8, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

Brilliant bowling indeed by Herath, Pradeep, Eranga and Lakmal. But dont want to get carried away as we must repeat these heroics again in the 2nd innings of Pakistan. Must target at ideally 400 as I am sure Misbah and Younis Khan will be determined to make mends for their failures in the 1st essay. We all know Misbah is getting better as he ages so he is likely to score a ton in the 2nd innings. Pakistan will be dangerous tomorrow morning so Sanga and Kaushal Silva must bat sensibly. Mahela may not bat in this test match so important that Chandimal posts a ton.

This test match is somewhat similar to the last test SL played here in 2011, test SA played here few months ago and to both tests England played here in 2012. Pakistan are still with a decent chance so should not write them off.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (January 8, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

i dont understand why is this Rahat Ali preferred instead of M Talha who is express fast bowler who can swing both ways. Why ?

Posted by mzm149 on (January 8, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

If Azhar Ali and Nasir Jamshed can be dropped after bad performance, why not Asad Shafiq? His last test century came at a time when there was no hope for Pakistan for win. It was just a stats booster nothing more nothing less.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

@priceless1, are you still in shock? ;)

Posted by Nmiduna on (January 8, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

@ Mitty2: answer is simple for your 4th point mate. This is not ashes :) and it is relevant to lot of other things as well.

Posted by HabeebRaja786 on (January 8, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

@Khurram Completely agree with you , poor captaincy by Misbah. Poor selection again, Rehat is a waste of time.I will be surprised if he takes 150 wickets in tests.Pakistan needs some scoring batsmen.I do not know why Sohaib Maqsood was not given a chance in this match. Srilanka bowled really well aided by poor batting from pakistan.Younis chased a bowl well outside off stump so did Khurram manzor.Asad Shafique played a shot which indicates his confidence is low.Bilawal was very luck to even score 20 odd.Sarfraz Ahmed is a poor batsmen. In short every team in the world has a good chance to bowl out this batting line under 200. It is very early to say which way this match will go.If pakistan work hard they still have a chance but SL clear favourite.

Posted by lionspaw on (January 8, 2014, 14:02 GMT)

Woow!!! What a performance by the fast bowlers! Credit should go to CHAMINDA VAAS, Bowling Coach of Sri Lanka.

Posted by blogossip on (January 8, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

Pakistan are on their way to becoming next England of world cricket. poor batting with 2 ageing batsmen dsnt bode well for future. today a new, not so threatening attack bowled them out for 165 on a deck which didnt have so many demons. If Sl get a huge lead, its curtains for Pk

Posted by ihaq1 on (January 8, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

it is surprising that they were no changes in teh bowling deptt of teh pakistani side...both misbah and teh coach resist changes until they are forced by teh board...i think misbah's only mistake was not picking teh line of the ball and not trying talha...if hafeez can still be in the team after being bowled by steyn all teh time than teh entire team probably thought we should try getting out like hafeez...has hafeez changed...not much by todays standards...we will have to hope that somehow saeed ajmal can bowl teh sri lankans out twice...!!!

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

It's my request to Pak players... They can't make runs on deffensive state they have to make runs on approx: 70+ strike rate..

Posted by likeintcricket on (January 8, 2014, 13:46 GMT)

This Pak batting line up has gone down slowly an rightnow there is no one to step up and take the place of former greats. Despite having good bowling line up this batting is taking them to nowhere and soon they will find themselves among lower ranks. Hafeez and Asad has been given so many chances that now they can't call themselves a good Test players.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

Sri Lanka bowled well, and took advantage of the damp conditions. Kudos to them. With that being said, I am amazed at the usual nay sayers from Pakistan. Asad Shafiq scored a fifty and a century in the last two test matches, and you want him out? The same people were calling to keep Nasir Jamshed and Hafeez in the team after repeated failures, and this guy needs to be dropped after one failure? Wow! No wonder Pakistan is considered a failed state by so many.

Posted by qadir_khan on (January 8, 2014, 13:41 GMT)

where is Fawad Alam ????????????

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 13:41 GMT)

Not sure what pak management doing? this is suppose to be your home series. what type of pitches you are making? your batsmen cant play fast ball and the type of wickets they are making? and then selection process is poor.

Posted by Major85D on (January 8, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

Pakistan definitely need a new captain. It´s high time for misbah to go. His defensive tactic is useless. Again poor captaincy by mr. tuk tuk. He only wants to have runs on his scoreboard, like in the 1st Test. He wasted too many balls. No Test series win since 2 years. Please drop him.

Posted by jerryman on (January 8, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

well played sl.. now just need to play carefully in the 1st session tmrw , assess the conditions and try to get 300+ . This will put the Pakistan team under pressure .. A 200 lead will be ideal to press for a result .. I am hoping that at least 2 Sl batsmen settle down and need a 100 from 1 and some 60- 80 + scores from 2 others ...

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

well bowled by SL. and well batted. SL clearly dominating 1st day. selecting extra fast bolwer paid for them and the decision to bowl 1st also proved right. fast bolwers bolwed good and with accuracy.

some poor batting by pakistan. few have starts but failed. hafeez played a lazy shot. younas was playing that shot too often and then fell to it.

asad is way too off . not sure what he is doing. and our tail is worst. sarfraz, ajmal, rahat, junaid cant even stay for longer. though ajmal did have a tiny partnership today.

pak lost 56/6 in last test. and this time 58/8 . 107/2 to 165 all out.

bolwers couldnt do much. rahat bolwed well in 1st game but today, he was too poor.

funny thing is that this pitch is considered dry. last 3 times pak batted 1st here: 99 , 99 and 165 all out.

game will quickly be out of hands. have to do some magic early on tomorrow.

and by the end of day2, we might know where is it heading.

Posted by Mitty2 on (January 8, 2014, 13:24 GMT)

As an Aussie watching this out of the pure sake of having nothing else to do - I'd like to point out a few, hopefully objective things.

1. Junaid Khan's a gun and boy, his working over of Kuranaratne was brilliant. Edged for four twice but he kept pitching it up. Any quick who bowls over 135km/h, is durable and swings/seams it both ways has a HUGE future. This on top of being accurate. Rahat looks decent too. Looking forward to watching this attack against us later this year.

2. SL have the makings of a very good bowling attack. Ignoring the poor average of Lakmal and Prasad and based purely on today, performed magnificently and evenly. Eranga's really impressive and bowls quick and accurately, and Herath's a master spinner. Prasad bowled some beauties today and the potential's there. Most Paki wickets were due to good balls.

3. Matthews, despite my doubts, looks to be a good captain and replacement for Mahela.

4. How come Bhetti doesn't get lambasted for not walking like Broad?

Posted by mzm149 on (January 8, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

Sarfraz Ahmed, Rahat Ali and Asad Shafiq should be kicked of the team ASAP.

Posted by romirom on (January 8, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

asad safiq has lost his form by playing here and there odi. Where he performed worsly. It hit back his confidence. Better he gain his form in domestic cricket rather than intl crkt. Hafiz is not no.3 batsman and sarfaraz ahmed is the worse wk batsman i have ever seem in an intl crkt.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 13:14 GMT)

Pakistan dismissed for 165

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

Vass's impact is clearly shown recently from our new fast bowlers, may be malinga should learn from youngsters & try to listen to Vass.

Posted by Bdcricketdebator on (January 8, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

So srilanka showed the world that why they r called best travelling team in the world and also not to mention the best subcontinantal team who can give aus sa and eng scare in their own country .so you guys should give us respect what we deserved.

Posted by SanjeewaWK on (January 8, 2014, 11:15 GMT)

@Eranda: "Really Sri Lanka???? Picking Nuwan Pradeep on a spin friendly track? He hasn't delivered even on favourable tracks! I think they've got the teams suited for two grounds mixed up? Now? sorry bro...........

Posted by Lalindra2012 on (January 8, 2014, 11:13 GMT)

For the first time in History Sri Lankan Fast Bowlers hunting in pairs. Great to see.....! Magnificent..!

Posted by shinewindies on (January 8, 2014, 11:08 GMT)

@mzm 149, guess what the best bowling unit in the world is made up of:

Rahat Ali and Bilawal bhatti,

As far as Ashish Nehra goes remember Karachi.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 11:06 GMT)

sri lanka have good record in AUS,SA,ENG in ODI in last few year in AUS P-16 won-9-lost -6- 1 N/R, in ENG last 11 match SL won 8 including 5-0 in 2006, (where india lost all ODI in last series) and S/A Last 6 match won 3 lost 3 (india lost all 3 ODI last series)

Posted by mzm149 on (January 8, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

@Yousufahmed1: You are right. My team is the luckiest because they have fast bowlers which India can only dream of having, Junaid khan, Irfan, Umar Gul, Bhatti, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir, Ehsan Adil etc. We had Waqar, Wasim, Imran, Shoaib, Asif, Amir and the likes in the past.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 10:57 GMT)

107/2 to 128/6 at tea. some good bowling by SL fast bowlers and for SL, playing extra fast bowler already paid. some lazy shot by hafezzz and poor from younas who was inviting it by playing too many. khurram was all set but gave it away.

it looks like 1st test but this time it is pakistan, and there is no mathews in pak line up to add good runs.

sarfraz has good chance in these 2 matches to show his batting skills. he is fresh from a ton in domestic. so far he has not impressed with his batting in odis. previous tests were in SA so he should grab this chance.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 10:55 GMT)

@Yousufahmed1 know what, It tokk India 30 years to win their first test and 50 years to win their first overseas test. SL have only played 30 years of test cricket and there are only 2 places left for us to win a test match.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 10:52 GMT)

Why is Asad Shafiq in the Test Team ?

Posted by Nuwas on (January 8, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

Day's performance which really matters, not past stats. is being proven by SL pacers now. Pak still can turn it around with their pace attack which is performing well currently as well.

Please ignore senseless critics my fellow SL & Pak bros, we all can see how well our teams perform currently than some others. So lets stick to pointing out vital facts;) Good luck to both teams.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (January 8, 2014, 10:18 GMT)

Pak collapsed started and it was started by little known fast bowlers. SL are on the verge of defeating Pak. Pak senior batsman Younis and Misbah cannot handle swing bowling.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

good bowling from SL fast bowlers. with good dicipline and accuracy. pak losing wickets regularly and losing their way. lazy from hafeez after being set. and poor from younas. younas was inviting it . played at many similar balls.

109/4 seems like 1 st test but pak on receiving end

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

It's hard to know Indian fans talk about cricket after being thrashed by AUS ENG SA and ENG in India? How much more do you want to lose?

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 8, 2014, 9:12 GMT)

@ Sinhabahu Is this coming from a fan whose team is yet to win a single ICC tournament outside ASIA. And a single test match in AUS and IND. LOL

Posted by Sinhabahu on (January 8, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

@Cricketlover54 LOL well said! 1 billion+ people and India still can't find 11 players to win overseas outside their flat tracks.

Posted by Sinhabahu on (January 8, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

@Yousufahmed1> Looks like you're another Indian fan suffering from selective memory loss. We actually have won a few ODI's on your flat tracks and we do quite well in Australia. Don't you remember who kicked India out of the VB series a couple of years ago? Your statement about India winning "all tournaments" outside Asia is also false. We saw what happened when Dhoni was injured in the West Indies, you guys broke several records in one match against us without his captaincy to guide you ;) And hey, even if we got bowled out for 43 in SA, we still came back and won a Test. How many matches did you guys win in South Africa last month?

Posted by Cricketlover54 on (January 8, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

@Yousufahmed1. Why are you comparing SL with India, look at your population. Sri Lanka has produced incredible talent for a minuscule country and India currently have shortage of cricketers that have ability to perform in overseas with over a billion; thus 0-9. lol.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 8, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

@ Cricketlover54 SL Yet to win a SINGLE Test in AUS, Yet to win a Single Test in Ind.Yet to win a single tournament outside ASIA

No real Kudos to other teams who have thrashed SL all the time(even NZ C team in SL), Its not a big deal to win against SL. The "supposed Lions" with the ever ready excuse of them being a tiny island.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 8, 2014, 8:40 GMT)

@ mzm149 They still helped India win all the ICC tournaments outside Asia. And here are the averages, Ashok Dinda(yet to play Test matches), Mohit Sharma (yet to play Test matches), Bhuvneshwar(Average of 37), Ashish Nehra(Average of 42), Irfan Pathan(Average of 32). And they aren't our premium bowlers.

Lets see our premium bowlers against your trundlers. Eranga-Average 37 vs Zaheer - Average 32 Lakmal - Average 63 vs Ishant - 38 Nuwan - Average 123 :O vs Shami - 30

India is lucky but you are luckiest.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 8, 2014, 8:27 GMT)

@ Sinhabahu First try and pull a single win in India or AUS. And next time you visit SA don't get bowled out for 43. We won in SA before SL. India has won all the tournaments outside Asia. Please advise how many SL has won. LOL

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

Khurram Manzoor proved that Misbah's decision was right, hope we will see some good bowling performance from Rahat Ali also. I was expecting some comments from our neighbours, as they are also cricket lovers, but they are pointing out our weaknesses in a harsh manners. This is a cricket lovers forum so we can not stop anyone to comment but I think it would be nice if we use a soft tone, respect. Pakistani Cricket lover.

Posted by Cricketlover54 on (January 8, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

India: England - 0-4, Australia 0-4, South Africa 0-1

This supposedly "Cricket mad nation" is getting hammered at every turn in overseas conditions. Kudos to those teams that thrashed India in Away games, shows you dont need a billion people to produce talent.

Posted by mzm149 on (January 8, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

@Yousufahmed1: Don't worry. THEY CAN'T BEAT INDIA. India is lucky to have Ashok Dinda, Ishant Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar, Ashish Nehra, Irfan Pathan and other medium pace trundlers all in one team. India has best pace bowling attack in the world. LUCKY YOU!!

Posted by Sinhabahu on (January 8, 2014, 7:57 GMT)

@Yousufahmed1, you clearly know nothing about Sri Lankan cuisine, so please stick to commenting on cricket.

@VKohlitheGreat, yeah mate, there's one thing going right with us: we can tour South Africa and actually pull off a few wins.

Posted by SL.Charith on (January 8, 2014, 7:54 GMT)

@Gihan Priyashantha Peries 100% Agree with you,

It's really hard to see why some of the Indians hate SL Cricket, Every team has a peak times and off-peak times. sometimes they perform well some times not. look at what happen to England in ashes ? Don't forget what happen to India in Aus/SA.. People should be intelligence enough to appreciate somebody's talent specially honestly sad when they are not performing well. not to insult each other cuz we have a factor to remember this is "Gentleman's Game"

Enjoying the game. Charith

Posted by ajithabey on (January 8, 2014, 7:33 GMT)

SL electing to field on a placid pitch with possible turn in the 4th innings in addition to fielding 1 spinner is a mystery. Now that Mahela is injured the rest of the batsman will be under pressure once again.Let's see how it works out as the day progresses.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 7:15 GMT)

@Yousufahmed1> Mate, I think you don't watch cricket more closely, otherwise you won't make such comments.

@VKohlitheGreat> Don't insult to a great player like Virat by commenting rash things here and there. All the more this is a game between SL & Pak and not India.

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 8, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

Oh SL! Cant read the pitch properly, cant select the team properly, not able to field properly, cant review umpire's decisions properly.. Is there anything going right with SL cricket?

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 7:01 GMT)

Kusal Janith should have in playing 11,

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 6:58 GMT)

pak shoulf have added Rehman. they will bowl 4 th and dubai wicket does get dryer in last couple of days.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 8, 2014, 6:45 GMT)

Nuwan Pradeep has a bowling average of 119 and Lakmal has a bowling average of 64. Possibly the best bowling attack in the world.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 6:44 GMT)

Abdur Rehman or M.Talha should have been in the team in place of Rahat Ali. Yes Rahat bowled with discipline and in good lines in patches but he didn't picked a single wicket! Misbah is occasionally biased in team selection. A move was important! Abdur Rehman with his variations or M.Talha with his pace and eager to get into team by bowling with his sheer good pace could have been beneficial in my opinion.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 8, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

SL is effectively the worst fielding side in the world with all these drop catches. I guess they get greasy fingers with all the fried food they have been eating.

Posted by mshyder on (January 8, 2014, 6:37 GMT)

No sense in playing Rahat again. Do not know whats so special about him. May be he is the new Wahab Riaz and would continue getting selected despite failures. Same with Shafiq, he not only fails 9 out of 10 times but his tendency of wasting so many balls and failure to rotate the strike, creates pressure on other batsmen as well. What about Sohaib and Haris Sohail ? After so many chances to Asad he should now be rested and these youngsters should be given the chance to prove themselves at test match level.

Posted by   on (January 8, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

Worst bowling line up of srilanka ever,

Posted by Resultpredictor on (January 8, 2014, 6:17 GMT)

Good toss to win for SL and brave decision to pick a seamer. Pak batsman cannot play swing bowling as good as spin, good decision by SL.

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 8, 2014, 6:14 GMT)

Pakistan played their B team in the first test and it has only been weakened further but it can be more than whats required to play against SL am sure. Go Pakistan!

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (January 8, 2014, 6:09 GMT)

Good Decision to add Nuwan Pradeep and bit controversial decision batting second.that means we have to play the 4th inning. In-terms of Mahela this is better. Becouse if he bats today he will add another duck to his 0 list.

Posted by priceless1 on (January 8, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

shock to see Nuwan Pradeep in the playing 11 again, he is nothing more than a loose cannon , i would even prefer No ball Fernando over him

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