Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 5th day January 12, 2014

Clinical Sri Lanka take 1-0 lead

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Sri Lanka 388 (Mahela 129, Silva 95, Junaid 3-102) and 137 for 1 (Karunaratne 62*, Silva 58) beat Pakistan 165 (Manzoor 73, Pradeep 3-62, Herath 3-26) and 359 (Misbah 97, Younis 77, Sarfraz 74, Lakmal 4-78) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Fernando: Sarfraz wicket was crucial blow

It had rained for most of the night in Dubai and the floodlights were switched on to brighten a gloomy morning, but there were no alarms for Sri Lanka once play began on time on the fifth day. They won this Test of attrition by bowling clinically to polish off the Pakistan tail, and then their openers guarded against any slip-ups in a chase of 137 by playing watchfully and taking liberties only after the contest had been killed. The weather was Sri Lanka's only concern, as clouds gathered and dispersed through the day, but there was not a drop of rain and the winning runs were scored in sunshine.

The nine-wicket victory vindicated Angelo Mathews' unprecedented decision at the toss - he was the only captain to want to bowl first in six Tests at this venue. It also added weight to the argument for batting second in Dubai: teams that did so have won four out of six matches. The pitch had been at its best for the bowlers on day one, when Sri Lanka's attack used the considerable seam movement and bounce on offer to dismiss Pakistan for 165 and lay the groundwork for success. Over the next few days, the surface flattened out and got slower, and taking wickets called for hard toil.

Sri Lanka had only three second-innings wickets to take on the final morning, but Pakistan's lead was 107 and had Sarfraz Ahmed replicated his resistance of the fourth evening, the chase could have got tricky. Suranga Lakmal ensured they were not frustrated, taking the remaining wickets to achieve career-best figures and dismiss Pakistan for 359.

Sarfraz, who had scored his maiden Test fifty, could add only four to his overnight score of 70. Lakmal bowled him with a delivery that reverse-swung sharply from far outside off stump to find the gap between bat and pad. Saeed Ajmal and Rahat Ali added 20 runs for the ninth wicket, but Lakmal soon got a delivery to seam away from Rahat and the batsman's poke outside off resulted in an outside edge. Prasanna Jayawardene claimed his ninth dismissal of the match - equalling Amal Silva's Sri Lankan record.

The end came early in the second hour of the day, when Lakmal swung a yorker on to Ajmal's boot and on to the stumps. Ajmal hobbled off in pain and did not take the field at the start of Sri Lanka's chase.

By the time Ajmal came on to bowl in the 12th over of the chase, Sri Lanka's openers had added 23 runs. Pakistan opened with the offspinner Mohammad Hafeez and Junaid Khan, and they began the defence with three consecutive maidens. Dimuth Karunaratne then cut and drove Hafeez for two boundaries in three balls, and drove Rahat fluently down the ground. Between those shots, he and Kaushal Silva blocked solidly.

There were few alarms for the openers in the short period before lunch but Sri Lanka's run rate was just above two an over and, as clouds gathered, rain was their foremost problem. The second - and final - session of the day, however, began under clearing skies.

A few deliveries from Junaid Khan kept low but the slowness of the surface allowed the batsmen to play with without problems. Silva charged and hit Ajmal to long-on and pulled Junaid to deep midwicket to bring up the 50-partnership in 20.2 overs. Pakistan could have broken it minutes later but Asad Shafiq put Silva down at cover, off Ajmal.

Silva scored his second fifty of the Test and Karunaratne brought up the third of his career, and their 124-run partnership was the first century stand between Sri Lanka's openers since June 2011. Their raw openers had completed what their raw seamers had started on day one. It was Sri Lanka's first away win since December 2011 and their first away win against Pakistan since October 2004.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | January 13, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Great win for SL and clincial is the best way to describe the win. Huge positives for SL, most of all the role of the seam bowlers and the youger batters. Credit to Mathews too for leading the team well and managing the attack well and making the all important call at the toss which most including me thought was wrong. I thought Man of the match should have been Kaushal Silva. Obviously Mahela played a brilliant 100 but Silva got an under presure 95 in the first innings up the top of the order which was vital to lay a foundation and then a second innings 50, when Pakistant probably came out with some hope of a SL collapse.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    Well played by SL. they deserved this win. they hardly put anything wrong in this game. They read pitch well. decided to bowl 1st. They didnt thought they will have to bat 4th. They took full advantage of whatever was on offer. They selected right team by dropping a spinner and picking 3rd fast bowler. even SL fans were questioning the decision but they planned well and played accordingly.

    Young bowlers bowled well and i agree that there was help in the pitch on 1st day which eased out but still bowling out a team for 165 after 107/2 is really good.

    After the initial advantage they batted well and never let paksitan come back in game.

    Pak fought well in 2nd innings but they never recovered from 165/10. Zero contribution from top3 means a lot was required by others. They did well but some loose shots, and a big task left then still short.

    Top 3 are very poor. Asad is also questionable. In bowling Ajmal was off colour and Rahat just not effective.

    Anyway Well done SL.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | January 14, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    To all Pakistan fans, is nt Usman Salahuddin a good replacement for Shezhad? Surely his first class batting average is 45 plus and is better than that of Shan Masood! To be a specialist batsman in tests, must have a domestic batting average of at least 40. I have no idea how did Shan Masood get a test match chance instead of Salahuddin after having a poor domestic batting average.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Folks, Sri Lanka played better than Pakistan did; and therefore deserved to win. Also, enough already with all these calls for dropping Asad Shafiq. Does the guy have to perform miracles in each and every match to stay in the team? He scored well in the series just prior to this one, against the world's number one team! In the first test he scored 54, and scored 130 odd runs in the second. After Misbah, he is the only batsman who's been performing consistently, and you want to ruin his career? Hafeez has basically been failing in tests for a very long time, I don't see that many calls for dropping him. Why the double standard?

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Sri Lanka played better in all departments. Kudos to them. BRAVO. As for Pakistan. You sow what you reap. Why is ABDUL HAFEEZ back in the test team? Where are FAWAD ALAM and HARIS SOHAIL?

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | January 14, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    @Yousufahmed11, I fully agree. I think Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson too must come.

  • POSTED BY Yuosufahmed on | January 14, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    My Test XI for 2013/2014: Amla Taylor Misbah Sangakkara Clarke deVilliers Kallis Ajmal Harris Philander Steyn

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | January 14, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    Actually Test Cricket is Seniors game. SL young batsmen much better than Seniors in this format means in T20 we don't want any Seniors at all.Only keep them in Test and ODIS if performs only. There are lot of good T20 batsmen in SL than Seniors like Mahela,Sanga and Dil. So they should retire after 2014 T20 WC. @ColomboAndroid Thanks mate. at least you understand reality.

  • POSTED BY Gamaraala on | January 14, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    @ VKohlitheGreat: May be Lankans got the help of the pitch, and Pakistan lost because of that. But, did you hear any excuses from either team for their losses during the tour (other than pointing at their own mistakes), blaming the pitch? Or may be the weather? It's high time you turn your attention where it's due.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 13, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    The root cause of the problem is MISBAH as a captain He should play as a middle order batsman Get rid of Hafeez , Asad, Khurrum, Shahzad, Rahat and Bilawal Javed

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | January 13, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Great win for SL and clincial is the best way to describe the win. Huge positives for SL, most of all the role of the seam bowlers and the youger batters. Credit to Mathews too for leading the team well and managing the attack well and making the all important call at the toss which most including me thought was wrong. I thought Man of the match should have been Kaushal Silva. Obviously Mahela played a brilliant 100 but Silva got an under presure 95 in the first innings up the top of the order which was vital to lay a foundation and then a second innings 50, when Pakistant probably came out with some hope of a SL collapse.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    Well played by SL. they deserved this win. they hardly put anything wrong in this game. They read pitch well. decided to bowl 1st. They didnt thought they will have to bat 4th. They took full advantage of whatever was on offer. They selected right team by dropping a spinner and picking 3rd fast bowler. even SL fans were questioning the decision but they planned well and played accordingly.

    Young bowlers bowled well and i agree that there was help in the pitch on 1st day which eased out but still bowling out a team for 165 after 107/2 is really good.

    After the initial advantage they batted well and never let paksitan come back in game.

    Pak fought well in 2nd innings but they never recovered from 165/10. Zero contribution from top3 means a lot was required by others. They did well but some loose shots, and a big task left then still short.

    Top 3 are very poor. Asad is also questionable. In bowling Ajmal was off colour and Rahat just not effective.

    Anyway Well done SL.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | January 14, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    To all Pakistan fans, is nt Usman Salahuddin a good replacement for Shezhad? Surely his first class batting average is 45 plus and is better than that of Shan Masood! To be a specialist batsman in tests, must have a domestic batting average of at least 40. I have no idea how did Shan Masood get a test match chance instead of Salahuddin after having a poor domestic batting average.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Folks, Sri Lanka played better than Pakistan did; and therefore deserved to win. Also, enough already with all these calls for dropping Asad Shafiq. Does the guy have to perform miracles in each and every match to stay in the team? He scored well in the series just prior to this one, against the world's number one team! In the first test he scored 54, and scored 130 odd runs in the second. After Misbah, he is the only batsman who's been performing consistently, and you want to ruin his career? Hafeez has basically been failing in tests for a very long time, I don't see that many calls for dropping him. Why the double standard?

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Sri Lanka played better in all departments. Kudos to them. BRAVO. As for Pakistan. You sow what you reap. Why is ABDUL HAFEEZ back in the test team? Where are FAWAD ALAM and HARIS SOHAIL?

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | January 14, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    @Yousufahmed11, I fully agree. I think Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson too must come.

  • POSTED BY Yuosufahmed on | January 14, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    My Test XI for 2013/2014: Amla Taylor Misbah Sangakkara Clarke deVilliers Kallis Ajmal Harris Philander Steyn

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | January 14, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    Actually Test Cricket is Seniors game. SL young batsmen much better than Seniors in this format means in T20 we don't want any Seniors at all.Only keep them in Test and ODIS if performs only. There are lot of good T20 batsmen in SL than Seniors like Mahela,Sanga and Dil. So they should retire after 2014 T20 WC. @ColomboAndroid Thanks mate. at least you understand reality.

  • POSTED BY Gamaraala on | January 14, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    @ VKohlitheGreat: May be Lankans got the help of the pitch, and Pakistan lost because of that. But, did you hear any excuses from either team for their losses during the tour (other than pointing at their own mistakes), blaming the pitch? Or may be the weather? It's high time you turn your attention where it's due.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 13, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    The root cause of the problem is MISBAH as a captain He should play as a middle order batsman Get rid of Hafeez , Asad, Khurrum, Shahzad, Rahat and Bilawal Javed

  • POSTED BY on | January 13, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    Where the Hell is Umer Gul the most Experienced & Lethal Weapon of Paksitan in all formats as he showed his form in odis. Bring Rehman in for bhatti & Gul for rahat.

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | January 13, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    It was combinations: SL openers and the bowling trios made the difference for SL. The trio and Hearth had high intensity and provided an amicable combination. After a long time, there is a good pair at the top. Both openers earned their way by playing in domestic well. Three bowlers were well disciplined. Mathews also as a Captain did well on his part.

  • POSTED BY Bdcricketdebator on | January 13, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    @Srilankanyoungblood,i completely agree wwith you.this test match match won by our young batsmen silva and our young bowler lakmal.credit should be given to them to perform the way they did today.people should not praise somebody by their names.

  • POSTED BY s1981s on | January 13, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Looking back on 2013, I'd pick this as my Test XI: Amla Pujara Kohli R Taylor Clarke M Haque de Villiers Jadeja M Johnson Philander Steyn

    No England players... Although Bell and Broad were close.

  • POSTED BY Nuwas on | January 13, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Yeah drop Malinga & players like him who just want cash & those ridiculous leagues. Disregard their reputation & let them earn their place in the side if they want to play for it or else just end their contracts. Breed new players who want to play for the country & safeguard them. SL will be invincible as long as we play true good cricket.

  • POSTED BY deconstruct on | January 13, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    With only 2 quality batsmen (Misbah & Yunus) and 2 quality bowlers (Junaid & Ajmal - even though he's not having a great series), this was bound to happen. Over the years, I have been a great fan and supporter of Misbah. But his team selection often leaves me frustrated. Accomodating the likes of Hafeez and Rahat Ali just does not make sense, when its abundantly clear they are not test material. Even Bilawal is not yet good enough to carry the burden of third seamer in a test match. So despite admiring his guts and resolve to fight with limited resources at his disposal, I feel Misbah also contributes to his own misery by his poor team selection.

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | January 13, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Those who opposed Sanath and said Thisara Perera should go to Big Bash should now think twice. If these group of fast bowlers grow further and Perera still the same, you know what is going to happen. Perera should take advice of Sanath build his game. He is a good player !!!!!!!! This is also a message to Malinga.

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | January 13, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Well played. Should play the same team in the next game too. Herath did better than Ajmal in fast pitch. He got the Misbah's wicket that was important. Well played S !!!

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | January 13, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    @Mohamed Niflan u asked who said SL don't have young batsmen. Most SL fans still saying. Before Pak tour they say Dil's place is irreplaceable and Kausal is way behind than him. But how Kaushal performance. If Dilshan played he will get one solitary 100's or few 50's but not consistent like Kaushal. Still some people repeating same things. Reading through this i found lot of comments "Weldone Sanga" is it 4 his 20+. After 2 very good innings they told mathews get those runs after giving chances.same thing told to Chandi after match wining inning. And very few people appraise Lakmal his 4 wicket hold but if Hearth got 4 1000's will appraise

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | January 13, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    he too should be removed from the Team in giving his place to the most deserving and consistent Malinda Pushpakumara. His taking 2-3 wkts (of tail-end batters) of a team full of right-handers shouldn't be a big issue for him to be given a permanent place in the Team. His inabilities to take good batsmen out can be regarded as a main reason,that we couldn't win a series even at Home since the retirement of Murali. Even in the 1st Test, of this ongoing series, at one stage, his figure read 34 overs- 86 runs- no wkts and that of Sachitra's (in his 1st Test)was 18 overs-66 runs-0 wkts. He is just a 5 th day bowler that thrives on deteriorating pitches as, the most 1st Class left-arm bowlers do. Some may argue it isn't right to drop one of the leading wkt takers of International Cricket of last year. Any average spinner can become a leading wkt taker, if other genuine wkt taking spinners were always confined to carry water even on pitches conducive for spin.

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | January 13, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    Overall Performance SL youngsters way ahead of Seniors. Lakmal is awesome and he improved a lot and now ball 135k. Well Supported by Eranga and Pradeep. Hearth is now become a finisher like. He could pick only few top order batsmen.most are tail-endrs. Finally Dimuth came to form and he most suited to no 4 position. And Kaushal always rock solid. I still feel Kusal should come instead of Mahela for 3rd Test. Dilruwan should come in the place of Hearth. That means Mahela and Hearth should be rested 4 3rd Test.

  • POSTED BY SHAHUDHA on | January 13, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    this time batting and bowling failure for pakistan,because of only one spin bowler ajmal and one partimer hafeez its not enough,need pick rehman,talha also for rahat ali,bhatti is a good find for pakistan,he s not getting wickets but he can bat at tail ender,batting side shan mashood for asad ali,shoib maqshood for hafeez,,,

  • POSTED BY Tornado1 on | January 13, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Agree with Khurram about top 3. This was the best Pakistan can do with this team. I would say top 3, Asad, Bialwal and Rahat are not there for test.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 13, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    I was really disgusted about Pakistan Team's performance, they should learn from the opponents, our players never and never take the responsibility, with a huge lead the openers threw their wickets away, we should discard these sort of players and bring others who r deprived of their right, we always rely on Akmal bros who have never performed,no use giving them a chance,we talk about batting,fielding coaches either foreign r local,are they going to play in the ground,No use playing Asad,Adnan r Umar,let give a permanent chance to Sarfaraz who due these brothers hsve been left out of the team. Never blame a coach as he has only to tell how to play,he is not to play in the ground,Misbah alone can't win the match alone or Saeed Ajmal,our bowlers toil hard and our batsmen waste their efforts by dismal performance.God only helps those who help themselves.

  • POSTED BY Messa1 on | January 13, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1 First tell me is WI in the top 5 of tests? and with the SA tour we might have cancelled the tests(which we will hold on a later time) and ODI's we completed all 5 with a 4-1 victory. Unlike ur indian team which reduced 3 tests to 2 still lost both(cant defend 400+runs, pathetic) and 5odis for 3(still got hammered in every single match and eventually whitewash). Just accept it only way Ind can stay on top of the rankings is cancelling tours against top 5 opponents and as I said before ICC should step into stop that happening again.

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | January 13, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    I am a Pakistan fan, I am bitterly disappointed, but I salute Sri Lankans for the brilliant display of Test Cricket, they fully deserved to win. Pakistan's batting woes are chronic, but the real tragedy is that PCB has not paid any attention to it. I wish Pakistan's batsmen could learn something from the batting technique of Sri Lankan batsmen, and PCB employ some good batting coaches to help future batsmen, may be a Sri Lankan batting coach.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 13, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    prema1948, yes I agree that Atapattu was a solid bat, but samaraweera & mahanama?? are you out of your mind mate?? (I havent seen Roy but him too I doubt) most of our currents batters are far more better!

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | January 13, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    attacks (on lively tracks), their performances were largely depended upon luck. Owing to their disliking of batters of Atapattu's, S'weera's class is a main cause that the Team hardly won a series since 2007. A batter (of Dravid's orAttapattu's quality) could have failed occasionally but not always, as it has been happening with the almost all senior players that has been given too much of respect by the local media . We badly need batters that could play match-winning innings at regular basis but surely not those, who always try to improve their batting averages scoring big runs on flat tracks while offering 101 rash strokes. These irresponsible people have always had faith in these kind of fleet-footed, reckless-hitting batters while forcing classy batters, with proper neat controlled stroke play , the likes of Dias, Manama, Atapatu, S'weera to retire earlier than they should have been.AngeloPerera,RoshenSilva,NiroshanDickwella,(statscourtesyCricinfo2bCNTD

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | January 13, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    respect, given to the most over-hyped seniors. At times, when these quality players were picked, they were always asked to carry water or batters were sent to bat at wrong places. Since early 90s, these top positions have always been occupied by some risky stroke makers that couldn't score a 50 without offering 2-3 straightforward chances (most of their strokes were edgy & lofted even at times, when they were well set) every forceful strokes of theirs involved some amount of risk. The top order batters should possess lightening reflex combine, with all strokes in the Book and ability to use the straight bat giving full face, as Misbha&Khausal did with their brilliant shot selections, there is no way a batter could do, to demoralize a quality bowling attacks, in having only few proper strokes. For the last 20years, some irresponsible persons and the local media have always preferred cross-batted stroke makers of limited strokes that have always failed against quality bowling2bCNTD

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | January 13, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    When Kausal was picked last, against SA, he was sent to bat at No 7, though an injured player (hand injury few days prior to the match) and other out of form seniors,were used as front-liners. We need more batters of Khausal Silva's & Sa'weera's quality, which has no loop holes for opposition bowlers to penetrate in, he laid a good foundation in all 4 innings, for three top grade batters in Chandimal, Angelo & Prasanna to take the Country to a safer position, with his solid technique and lightening reflex he can easily demoralize any bowling attack on any surface. It is this kind of solid batting of S'weera's,Khausal's class that the Country was badly missing at the top, since the day, Attapattu retired. It's so sad,to note that Khausal,Roshen Silva, AngeloPerera,MalindaPushpakumara,Ajantha & S'nayake have always been ignored or treated differently by the local media,of last decade, even though they have been doing consistently well since 2007, in comparison to the 2bCNTD

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | January 13, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    @ Messa1 " I reckon ICC should take an action against the cancellations ASAP" Who cancelled Test matches in WI to get thrashed in ODI series. Who cancelled Test series against SA for a cheap T20 league(I don't even know the name of that league). LOL

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | January 13, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    Some very biased comments from Yousuf and Shoaib Akhtar on Pakistani media after the loss:

    1. Rahat Ali was unlucky 2. Ahmed Shehzad is ODI player, so should be dropped 3. Khurram Manzoor looks determined, so should be retained 4. Asad Shafiq is technically sound, so should be retained

  • POSTED BY Messa1 on | January 13, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Congrats and well done SL. Nothing to complain about. @Prema1948 what the hell u on about?

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | January 13, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    Pakistan can't even win at home. They are the worst bowling line up who can't even bowl out zimbabwe.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | January 13, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Superb Victory for SL Lions !!!!!! Kaushal Silva is the find of the tour so far...... his composure & concentration is excellent, one must not forget Prasanna's 9 dismissals in the match behind the stumps !!!!

  • POSTED BY shahnbej on | January 13, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Greatest problem with pakistan team is lack of leadership in all level starting from PCB to Captain. PCB current situation is benefited by Misbah and Misbah's friends. Current team look like misbah friends eleven and at no mean represent Pakistan team.

  • POSTED BY on | January 13, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Pakistan has been very vulnerable and pathetic in crucial stages.............

  • POSTED BY on | January 13, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Who said we don't have young cricketers to replace the Stars when they retire ? New selection committee has done a good job by giving chance to many youngsters and Vaas has done wonders with our young fast bowlers, congratulations ! Only a stupid , big headed bowler like Malinga can not learn anything from Vaas's experience.

  • POSTED BY ABKhanISB on | January 13, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    @Fijicricket

    Pakistan almost whitewashed India with in India, so its time to look at your own team which was white washed in South Africa too.

  • POSTED BY on | January 13, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    Three young Fast bowlers and two young batsmen lead ably by the skipper and inspiration from the usual duo Sanga and Mahela has shown the way. The crucial point that was vividly clear was the way bowlers did their job. For first time one could see bowlers getting closer to stumps at point of delivery and getting the batter to play and not leave at will. But on fourth day for inexplicable reasons they sprayed away from the off stump and enabled Pakistan to escape from an innings defeat. What is important is to have consistency in your line and length and let the pitch do the rest with occasional bouncer. Hope the team has learned here and will improve in the final game. Well done boys.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | January 13, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    A great win for us. Nice to see our pace bowlers taking wickets. Kaushal Silva really made the difference at the top of the order. I like the way he build the innings in the first innings. Some of Dimuths stroke play reminds me of Sangakkara.

  • POSTED BY lefthandopener on | January 13, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Poor pakistan cant win single test series last year deserve at bottom of the icc test ranking no match winner you cant compare with world no.1 india there is no comparison between BMW(india) and auto-rikshow(pakistan) Play a test series with afghan may be may be pak win

  • POSTED BY on | January 13, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    I dont understand why Mahela was given man of the match,,, It was bowlers who won the match,,,

  • POSTED BY Sheezal on | January 13, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Number of times i said it that cricket is a game where captain plays vital role. Misbah is very good player but not captain. In this team i dont see any one except Younas who could lead the team. We lost this match just because of poor and coward captaincy. As Misbah is in good form why he does not come on down to save the wicket and match but he will never since he not fearless and bold like Imran khan and Dhoni. Simple change the captian and see the results.

  • POSTED BY ajithabey on | January 13, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka for a truly professional performance with a new look test team to win away from home soil. All players who were selected have justified their inclusion in the test team and we hope that the selectors maintain this balance with the possible inclusion of another spinner as it was amusing to see Sanga bowling in an important test match. SL should endeavour to go with 6 batsman and 5 specialist bowlers to make it a competent outfit.Mathews too should chip in with some extra overs without taxing the pacies in a 5 day game especially in those weather conditions.Hopefully Sri Lanka will maintain their consistency and win the Sharjah test for a 2 nil series win.

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | January 13, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    he too should be removed from the Team in giving his place to the most deserving and consistent Malinda Pushpakumara. His taking 2-3 wkts (of tail-end batters) of a team full of right-handers shouldn't be a big issue for him to be given a permanent place in the Team. His inabilities to take good batsmen out can be regarded as a main reason,that we couldn't win a series even at Home since the retirement of Murali. Even in the 1st Test, of this ongoing series, at one stage, his figure read 34 overs- 86 runs- no wkts and that of Sachitra's (in his 1st Test)was 18 overs-66 runs-0 wkts. He is just a 5 th day bowler that thrives on deteriorating pitches as, the most 1st Class left-arm bowlers do. Some may argue it isn't right to drop one of the leading wkt takers of International Cricket of last year. Any average spinner can become a leading wkt taker, if other genuine wkt taking spinners were always confined to carry water even on pitches conducive for spin.

  • POSTED BY AbdulHanan on | January 13, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    We people just look at one sided picture or failure of young Pak batsmen. Think for a while, Misbah and Younis made runs on the board and thought that job is done. They need not save the match and can put it on other players. Why not one of them, particularly Misbah, went for maiden double hundred and stayed there at the wicket till end like Bravo of West Indies did it against NZ and saved the match for his team. It means he looks for runs for himself no matter team loses or wins. Being a captain of the team, Misbah should think of it in the next and last game (With apology to Misbah's fans like Mohsin Hassan Khan).

  • POSTED BY -tanZeeEeel- on | January 13, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    Now; its time to bring back: M. Irfan, Mohammad Amir& GuLL doZer. B)

  • POSTED BY SanjeewaWK on | January 13, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    My man of the match is Kaushal Silva for his overall contribution. in the 1st inning he is the man who took all the pressure & build the inning.and Sanath, Vaas & Marvan doing great job.hats off you guys...

  • POSTED BY on | January 13, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    SL must get ready for the next test by avoiding rash strokes, particularly of the bouncers. Winning this test will be useless if SL loose the next test. At least a draw will be admirable. For that purpose, SL must determine to consolidate the position in the next test as they have to start from the beginning again.

  • POSTED BY FSL2013 on | January 13, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    It always takes couple of players to deliver top notch performance to save or win a game. Misbah should have scored 150+ and Sarfraz should have scored 100 to make a real game out of this match. Losing 1-0 or 2-0 makes no difference so I would expect Pakistan to be more aggressive. If Umar Gul and Irfan were available along with Junaid this would have been a different story.

  • POSTED BY Fijicricket on | January 13, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    India whitewashed Australia 4-0 and Windies 3-0 at home, Australia whitewashed England at home, NZ took Windies to the cleaners at home and SA defeated India at home that was the closest of all the contests mentioned! In fact umpiring blunders got SA over the line .Everyone is a lion at home except Pakistan! They were completely embarrassed by SA at home and now SL has joined the party!

  • POSTED BY mysay on | January 13, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    The result of this match proves that SL do have quality up & coming batsmen. Not forgetting that quality Thirimanne is in the test Team as well. Therefore the seniors transition will be less painful for SL than thought before. The next is that SL have a bunch of dedicated and hard working bowlers and SL don't have to go far to look for quality bowling coaches as they have just that in legendary Chaminda Vaas. So three pacies and swinging Kulasekara can be a great combination. I think the SL team is in good shape but need to work harder as they have a few tough visitors coming down. Good luck SL, you now have all that you need to compete.

  • POSTED BY on | January 13, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    @ Mohamed Ashkaff, that is my hope too mate!!! :)

  • POSTED BY starsgap1986 on | January 13, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Another thing that's eating me inside is that why not continue entrusting with two openers who played South Africa? Right left combination. I can understand Hafeez's inclusion but why Ahmed Shehzad? He is a powerful ODI opener/ t20. Very disappointed in Misbah.

  • POSTED BY starsgap1986 on | January 13, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    The thing that's eating me up is that when you have bowler like Talha on bench and Masood in healthy form then why not get rid of Asad Shafiq and Rahat Ali in the second test? And for Misbah that's it. Even if tomorrow was the mighty World Cup I would drop him and get either Afridi or Hafeez to lead.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_theBestGame on | January 13, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    nothing personal against rahat but he is just not international quality. sorry. he should be replaced immediately. surly there are other pacers in pak with above 135kmh pace. rao is better than rahat i think.

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | January 13, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    PAK TEST team should be as 1)Sarjeel Khan 2)Nasir Jamshed 3)Shoaib Maqsood(spin bowler) 4)Younis Khan 5)Misbah 6)Shan Massood/Haris Sohail 7) Sarfraz/Rehan AFRIDI(WKT) 8)Zulfqar Babar/Rhman/Ajmal 9)Junaid 10)IRFAN 11)Anwar Ali/Wahab R.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | January 13, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    With such a useless batting line up, if the bowlers don't strike, the result will be pretty obvious. SL performed really will with quite a few youngsters.

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | January 13, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    he too should be removed from the Team in giving his place to the most deserving and consistent Malinda Pushpakumara. His taking 2-3 wkts (of tail-end batters) of a team full of right-handers shouldn't be a big issue for him to be given a permanent place in the Team. His inabilities to take good batsmen out can be regarded as a main reason,that we couldn't win a series even at Home since the retirement of Murali. Even in the 1st Test, of this ongoing series, at one stage, his figure read 34 overs- 86 runs- no wkts and that of Sachitra's (in his 1st Test)was 18 overs-66 runs-0 wkts. He is just a 5 th day bowler that thrives on deteriorating pitches as, the most 1st Class left-arm bowlers do. Some may argue it isn't right to drop one of the leading wkt takers of International Cricket of last year. Any average spinner can become a leading wkt taker, if other genuine wkt taking spinners were always confined to carry water even on pitches conducive for spin.

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | January 13, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    KusalMendis,PabasaraWaduge,ShehanJayasuriya,AshenSilva,…should be given 1st preference over these reckless stroke makers that the incompetent jokers feel indispensable. These promising youngsters should be brought in without any delay, the time, when their confidence and lightening reflex are at its peak, otherwise they may lose interest of the Game soon as it happened to many brilliant schoolboy cricketers of the past. There wouldn't be same determination to succeed, in the minds of other promising youngsters, that has been shown by shown by Khausal & S'nayake, they may soon give up concentrating as in the case with brilliant batters the likes of Ian Daniels & Bhanuka. With their lightening reflex the promising youngsters could easily take sting out of any class of bowling attack, as the manner Aravinda did it in the 96 WC together with Mahanama & Hashan. as for the left-arm spinner, 2bCNTD

  • POSTED BY on | January 13, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    Well done SL. SL management need to be careful not to overburden young fast bowlers already coming back from injureis. Eranga bowling 30+ overs in second innings is madness and they should look for replacement for Herath as a matter of priority.

  • POSTED BY MH19 on | January 12, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    Nothing like away test win with a quality side like pakistan and great work by the boys especially for our new young skipper Mathews. I am sure this win will motivate them and make them hungry for more test wins away especailly in UK this summer.Hats off to Sana for blooding the youngsters and Mahela for his gutsy innings which helped to have a lesser deficit to chase. Good to see the 3 seamers are making inroads in to test arena under the guidance of Vaasy.Kaushal, Dimuth,Lakmal,Eranga and Pradeep are the finds sofar for the future. Very badly needs a lefat armer for UK

  • POSTED BY Tweety20 on | January 12, 2014, 21:47 GMT

    Great work by SL.The result should not have been any other way although I was worried that Pak batsmen will continue to bat and build the lead but our quicks did the job. After that I knew the match was in our pocket.Pak did try their best. Keep up the good work SL. JAYA SRI.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    Khurram Manzoor has a very ugly technique against any ball outside 2 inches of the off stump. He not matters if scores a hundred even still don't deserve to be the part of any NATIONAL side. SHAN MASOOD and AZHAR ALI should be there in place of KHURRAM and Hafeez for the next test with Asad shafique a better option then khurram and hafeez in tests for sure. In bowling, If Bhatti is injured, Pakistan should go for TALHA in place of him and REHMAN in place of Rahat

    By any means if we have to play 2 fast bowlers, they should be JUNIAD AND TALHA.

  • POSTED BY anthonybriggs on | January 12, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    well done srilanka from an australian.i was very impressed by the seamers lakmal,pradeep and eranga inexperienced bowlers doing such fantastic job chaminda vaaas has done a great job too .hope ipl won't spoil them, like what happened to malinga and sanath jayasuriya takes control

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 12, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    Eranga and Lakmal. If lankan can lookafter them from now. For sure they can be a threat in coming days.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka.The selectors especially Sanath Jayasuriya should be congratulated for their faith in a young and talented SL team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 12, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    First innings score is just so crucial..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 12, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    pakistan needd to drop rahat asad billawal (already injured) and haffeez and replace them with talha abdul rehman harris sohail and azhar ali or shan maqsood thats the best they can do from they availbility of the bench

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 12, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    Sri Lanka deserve to win they did really well. Both in batting and bowling. Pakistan team needs changings

  • POSTED BY lankawa on | January 12, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Sri Lanka should appoint a good fielding coach. Since Ruwan Kalpage took over, the standard of our fielding has dropped substantially. It is time to sack Ruwan Kalpage. No good is spoken of him and there is enough evidence to suggest that he is not up to the mark as a coach. He was a good fielder but does not make him a good coach. SLC should seriously look at ways of lifting the standard of fielding to be among the best in the world. This will help them to do well at the world cup. Remember we lost the last world cup mainly because Kula dropped that catch!! Cheers

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    Current Pak Team eleven is the Oldest players compare to other team players..but Misbah still says this team needs 2 or 3 more years ....How come its very funny statement by Misbah...Look at the SL Squad all young players but they still have a talent to defeat ...Misbah and Hafeez blocking youngsters and they are scared if new player come in and perform then Misbah and hafeez wil have no place in XI....Selfish

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 12, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    Everyone can talk all sorts about this match. but the reality is that SL is better than Pakistan. They give too much respect to the opposition which drags them down. Of course Pakistan produces very good fast bowlers, but Sri Lanka has stepped up in equal par. In time to come when the Northern and Eastern guys starts to break into the team the world will see a complete different cricket team. I'm waiting patiently for this breakthrough to happen. We could even be the toughest side to beat.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 12, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    for Next Test Drop Hafeez Bring Azhar Ali In And Drop Rahat Bring Abdur Rehman Babar Ali

  • POSTED BY starsgap1986 on | January 12, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Before I begin I am the biggest fan of Asad Shafiq's, but the way he has been playing is enough to say something is on his mind. He needs to be rested and then brought back later on. But he really needs a break.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Younis khan is more captain-material than Misbah/Hafiz

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | January 12, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    Cont'd)

    But if he is to be dropped, so should we drop Asad Shafiq too who has not delivered a match winning inning in ages. Asad Shafiq has not been dropped once for test match since his debut even after failures. Hafeez was dropped from test squad when he failed in opening position. Azhar Ali was not performing for a while at number 3 and he was rightly dropped. Trying Hafeez at number 3 after a good ODI series was not a bad move considering Australia tried Bailey, England tried Morgan and India tried Sharma in test matches after good performance in ODIs. Hafeez can be tried at number 6 position in last test match. If he fails there as well, he should play domestic first class cricket to come in squad again.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | January 12, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    As soon as the Pak Test squad was announced I said "That has to be the worst Test squad picked to date!!" Posted by Stark62 on (December 26, 2013, 11:27 GMT). Today, I have been proved right with a humiliating, thumping (no. 5 and 6 should be equals).

    Fawad Alam is a middle order batsman and has the highest FC average of 55.75 of all time (in Pak domestic), made a century on his debut as an opener, has the highest average (41.66) by a Pak opener since Anwar and to top it all, his recent scores have been: 103, 67, 0, 112, 0, 98, 26, 91 and 94.

    Quite clearly, the guy is in red hot form and has astounding FC figures but yet, he isn't being selected?!?!

    If the selectors have any dignity left, then they would give Fawad a call and replace him with the injured Bhatti or at least, draft in Haris or U. Akmal.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | January 12, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    People here are rightly critcizing Hafeez. But criticizing him alone is unfair. He performed in ODIs against the same attack on same pitches. He performed in second innings of first test match as well. He doesn't belong to number 3 position for sure. He is not good against moving ball. BUT ALMOST 90% OF OUR PLAYERS ARE SUSPECT AGAINST MOVING BALL. He is a good utility bowler who not only gives breakthroughs but also contains run rate. 5th bowler is definitely needed in test matches. Misbah should utilize him properly for bowling at least 10 overs a day. He is a good fielder which is something to be considered as well. He can play at number 6 position in tests as an all rounder.

    (Cont'd)

  • POSTED BY ozone8237 on | January 12, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Pakistan's Mistakes: 1) Inclusion of Shahzad 2) 50% Inclusion of Hafeez if it was necessary then He should have batted in lower order he is not suited for opening slots, 1st or 2nd down may be no. 5 slot more suited him 3) Dropping Rahman 4) Including Rahat instead of Talha 5) All time greatest problem, Misbah's extra ordinary Tuk-Tuk. It was fine to be patient and play responsibly but his "Tortoise-Style" batting created more pressure on remaining Pakistani batting line up. He should have at least charged on some bowler's wrong deliveries and kept the run-rate a little high(248 balls 97 runs with avg of 39.11)& time is running out fast for Asad Shafiq Pakistan's Positives: 1) Khurram Manzoor showed some promising role in the next upcoming test and played like an opener in hard conditions 2) Sarfaraz showed he needs more time and trust of the team management and selectors to perform in both Keeping and batting department. Had it not be him Pakistan would have suffered more humiliation.

  • POSTED BY ICKY on | January 12, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    uninspiring captaincy from Misbah, though he is a good batsman . He should play as batsman, not captain. Wrong team selection, Misbah's responsibility. Let Asad shafiq play domestic cricket and can come back on better performance. Give chance to youngsters performing well CURRENTLY on domestic circuit. Misbah is an enemy to yooung talent.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | January 12, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    We need bit of time says old Misbah. How much more time? You failed to pick up right team and Pak selectors and captain tok 2-3 years to get rid of Kamran and then Malik. Now it will take another 2 years to understand that talented players like Maqsood was due to be in the team 2 years ago. See how many people are saying that Hafiz does not belong tn the test side but he is a must in the team. How many years SL took to bring new players, Mr. Captain? Where is the bowling coach now who demands Pak has the best bowing attack? Empty vessel sounds much. See what India is doing with average bowling attack. Pak may be competing with Bangladesh and Zimbabew soon in test. Pak could not produce an opening pair in 10 years and a wicket-keeper batsman in 10 years too. Hard reality. Need bit more time? See my prediction made before Pak completed 2nd innings, "SL will win by 4-5 wickets". I was generous.

  • POSTED BY jimmyvida on | January 12, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Great win by SL. Could very well have been 2-0. Pakistan batting keeps letting them down. Misbah acts as though he has one bowler in the team. Amazing, Ajmal hasn't broken down as yet. Can't believe teams are not scoring at least 600 runs on these wickets. Nothing for the bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Tigers beat Pakistan in all department of the game. A great victory . Congratulation to Togers.

  • POSTED BY ABKhanISB on | January 12, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    The only reason for Pakistan's loss was Hafiz. He should be dropped from all formats of the game. He can only perform on dead pitches. This pitch was batting friendly and he couldnt perform even here. Drop him. Pak needs Talha in place of Rahat, Abdul Rehman in place of injured Bhatti And a proper batsman in place of Hafiz

  • POSTED BY ispaewbi on | January 12, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Get rid of Hafeez and Asad right away before they do more damage. And I just don't understand why Pakistan can't find a wicketkeeper-batsman. Every other team's wicketkeeper is a top order batsman, ours neither can catch nor hit ball. I'd rather have Umer Akmal in team.

  • POSTED BY Pindia on | January 12, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    My XI for the medium term for Pak in tests: Shehzad, Manzoor, Azhar, Younis, Misbah, Hafeez, Sarfraz, Gul, Ajmal, Junaid, Irfan. Twelvth man Bhatti. In the long term I would look to optimize Jamshed, Sohaib, Masood and Sharjeel for tests too for when the solidity of Misbah and Younis cannot be relied upon.

  • POSTED BY Pindia on | January 12, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Well done Sir Lanka. The next generation looks good, just a question if their bowlers can do it/ have enough pace for England/Aus/SA. The next few months will tell all... Can Pak bounce back? As always Pak have talented players in abundance but are thwarted by politics, infrastructure and some issues beyond their (the players') control. Players such as Ajmal, Gul, Irfan, Younis and Misbah need to be respected and looked after. Mercurial talents such as Afridi and Hafeez also need to be respected for what they can do and their roles need to be galvanized. My XI for the next test: Shehzad (prodigious talent); Manzoor (lot of heart); Ahzar Ali (deserves a chance now at three); Younis; Misbah; Hafeez (must bowl early in the innings); Sarfraz; Gul(strengthens the tail, could be a great bowler- needs to find the regularity of the swininging yorker again); Ajmal (just needs support from the rest of the team- runs on the board and wickets from the pacers )Junaid, Talha.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    sadaf hussain (bowler), sami aslam (batsman) umar Siddiq (bastman) and karman ghulam (allrounder) must be involved in the Pakistan team. They have impressive domestic track record. Hafeez and Misbah do not give chances to youngsters.

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | January 12, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Angelo Mathews should move out from the slip cordon , he's got very poor reflexes

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Congrats to Sri Lanka for this great win. Misbah is entirely responsible for this. For Misbah lover here are the reasons. 1. To begin with it was a wrong team selection. Shan Masood and Azhar Ali should have played in place of Hafeez and one of the openers. 2. Although he scored 97 but his innings was of no use to Pakistan if you compare it with Sri Lankan captain Matthews' innings in the first test. Sri Lanka was in the same position but Matthews took them to safety with an unbeaten 157 and always kept the score board moving, on the other hand Misbah went into his shell as always an on the 4th day did not score a single run in an hour and definitely it put pressure on Younis Khan who lost his wicket trying to force the pace. 3. He was listless in the field as usual did not inspire his players at all.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | January 12, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    This sri lankan team has been look too good and clinical by poor batting and bowling from Pakistan. This SL pace attack cannot be successful on stronger batting lineups. Even pakistanis despite being under pressure were not an easier target for SL bowlers. Only Younis and Misbah offer some resistance while poor bowling choices diluted pakistani chances further. Anyway, shameful performance by pak and hope that SL will be able to fare well against stronger teams.

  • POSTED BY Afta on | January 12, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka, played like a real test team. Congrats to the coaching staff as well. Wish you all the best for the future. Having the England tour in mind in May, Sri Lanka should plan to do what Australia did to them, thrash them in their backyard. Pakistan (cricket has always been a under performing side, what happened to players like fawad Alam, Taufiq Umar, Azhar Ali etc. Their selection policy for a long time has been wanting. There is no consistency in what they do. There is no point in having talent if you can't harness them. You can get the best of coaches, but the problem lies in the administration and selection. I think they send the wrong signal when they cut and chop players to their fancy...! No consistency and no confidence. Are they willing to accept their mistakes and rectify? I doubt it very much. Pakistan will always remain a non confident side...!

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    sl thoroughly deserved this victory. pak had a similar chance in first test pak hv themselves to blame for poor cricket they played poorily in all departments of the game basics catches win matches . team selection poor. what for u hv azhar a rehman. in my opinion they need to make drastic changes e.g. shan asood shud open azhar rehman and m talha shud play u will c the result best of luck team pakistan

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | January 12, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    The Sharjha wicket is said to be a batting wicket so the thinking is to drop a batter for a bowler. However I would think what we need is just a draw to win the series and dropping a batsman going for a win may boomerang so play safe with posing a good score with the same No. of batsmen to make the game out of reach for the Paks.

  • POSTED BY r1zzy on | January 12, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    @Aman Khan...bring in Imran Farhat!!!!!! i would rather the Pak team dont even turn up and go home rather than have the inept Imran Farhat in the team!

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Hafeez must go. He doesn't have the right technique to bat in a test match. Similarly, Rahat Ali and Bhatti are not test-caliber bowlers. The latter's game suits ODI-T20 perfectly. Also, Misbah is too much of a dead bat, it was exactly that inability to score (or at least rotate strike) that got Younis impatient and got him out. He is such a selfish player. When he is batting it feels like he plays simply for his avg, with little to no regard for the match situation.

    On the other hand, SL in spite of being the lesser team on paper, showed great class. Angelo Mathews is indeed one very good leader. Such positive cricket from the team

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Kamran Sekha: Arjuna Ranatunga did not score many hundreds or in other words did not convert fifties into hundreds. But his aggressive approach was the one which made Sri Lanka a very competitive team at international level. The captain need not always score big. He has various other ways of contributing to the success of the team. Mike Brearley averaged in low twenties and never scored a test hundred. But he was considered as one the best England captains.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Kamran Sekha: Generally in any good test team there are 6 recognized batsmen + a wicket keeper who can make some contributions with the bat. It is extremely difficult to find 6 batsmen who can score hundreds on a consistent basis. It is likely that you can have 2-3 batsmen of that category, 2-3 who will score occasional hundred and may be 1-2 who will make reasonable scores (say fifties) on a consistent basis. Once you add these contributions in a given innings you will easily get a 400+ score. Pakistan has got only two batsmen who can absorb the pressure bat for a long period of time and provide a healthy contribution towards a big total. They are Younis and Misbah. Younis will score hundreds at a higher frequency than Misbah while Misbah will score many fifties but an occasional hundred. Now if you take Misbah out of this equation with no other reliable batsman in the side can you imagine what kind of total Pakistan can accumulate? The solution is not sacking Misbah.

  • POSTED BY cricardent on | January 12, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    congrats to lankans , the bitter truth for PAK is they dont have technical sound batsmen at all, neither @ international level nor in FC cricket and over to that the team selection was based on tempted and opportunistic hopes rather than naked truths & facts .....come on you replaced shan & azhar with hafeez & co just because he get some runs on placid tracks......this is test cricket which is not hafeez cup of tea !!!!!! now PAK should look for future and whatever resources available :-( , they should build a team..

  • POSTED BY Philip_Gnana on | January 12, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Well done and well played SL.

    A bright light amidst of the storm that SL has seen in the past couple years. Sri Lanka's cricket loving supporters and the nation as a whole needed this win.

    To beat Pakistan away in ten years says a lot about this young team. Mathews has been astute in his thinking and picking of the team too. His manipulation of the bowlers has been excellent. Much doubt and questions were aimed at him for playing Nuwan Pradeep. Oh my, did he (Pradeep) not do well? Good work all around.

    SL should not get carried away. Consistency is key. The openers need to repeat their form time and again so that the later batsmen can gain confidence and build.

    Pakistan did come back fighting and could had turn tables too.

    Cricket followers like me who are not based in SL, are mightily thrilled of this great win. We have waited long. It was worth the wait.

    Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 12, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    Congrats SL, it was a great Team effort. However, we are going to need more fire power in the bowling department as Sharjah is a batting wicket. Hope the selectors will have the courage to go with less batters! Good luck!

  • POSTED BY munish_info on | January 12, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    well done bro....mathews,,,u r a great skipper,,great leadership,keep it up,,,,,,ur batting average is almost 45,,,,make another century in the next match,,,give a victory to our country,,,,,,,but try to show ur talent with the ball also,,,,,i will say proudly,,,u r the only skipper i have seen with this much of calmness, thinking and control that srilanka has produced,,,,,,best of luck my bro....i hope this will be ur first series victory in test as a skipper.......

  • POSTED BY FurqanKhan on | January 12, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Only way pakistan should have good chance in test matches is to bring younis at 3, misbah at 4. Dont knw why pakistani seniors do not go up the order. And poor taufiq umer was dropped for no reason where he is the onr having a higher average after saeed anwar (obviously of not his quality). He can do the job of shielding one end also. Hafeez needs to go from tests, players selected in onr format after the performance of other is never good as also happened in case of Bailey. Rahata ali is not good enough in tests for now. Needs to do a bit of work.

  • POSTED BY Haz95 on | January 12, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Imagine how monstrous the right arm,left arm combination of Junaid Khan and Mohammed Talha be....one serious swing and one hits 145 regularly but no legendary Rahat Ali Spoiling the order. Imagine a man who was #7 in the ICC rankings in a flat wicket batting, that wouldn't happen because the useless Hafeez was in place of Azhar Ali. Even if they do recall Azhar, he will be forced to play an unnatural game as he will play for his spot and fail. Well done Misbah and PCB, ruining Cricketers since the departure of Yousuf and Inzi. Misbah needs to lose his favourites of the XI in order for success. This means to drop Hafeez, Shafiq and Rahat Ali permanently so that Haris Sohail, Fawad Alam and Moh Talha/Sadaf Hussain could be in the squad/eleven, even when there's irfan. Sri Lanka won fair and square and until Hafeez and Shafiq are in the squad, Pak will never go higher than #5 in the rankings. The sad thing is that Fawad alam won't make it since he's not even in the 30man potentials :[

  • POSTED BY zzby on | January 12, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Pakistan need experienced batsman from domestic cricket with age more the 35 for the opening and no.6 spots.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    Not surprisingly after batting collapse in the 1st innings and top three batsmen contributing next to nothing in the 2nd innings SL win the test against Pakistan. The good thing for Pakistan was the batting of Sarfraz who definitely should be in the team instead of Adnan Akmal. Sarfraz should be given a long run. You cannot assess Sarfraz from previous four tests which was against Australia (1) and South Africa (3) where nearly everyone failed. If Sarfraz does not deliver than Pakistan need to either bring in Kamran Akmal or another promising wicket keeper / batsman from the domestic circuit. For the final test match I see Rahat and possibly Shafiq being dropped. They may also rest Ajmal. It would be difficult to drop any top three as all of them have played one decent innings. For the third test my XI would be: 1. Manzoor / Hafeez, 2. Shehzad, 3. Azhar, 4. Younis, 5. Misbah, 6. Shafiq / Hafeez, 7. Sarfraz, 8. Bhatti (if fit), 9. Ajmal / Rehman, 10. Junaid, 11. Talha.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Sri Lanka dominated Pakistan in all departments of the game in 2nd Test and won the test convincingly. Pakistan now should look minutely through causes of the failure and pick bowlers who could penetrate Lankan's batting. On batting they have good choices to pick Sohaib, Azhar and old timer Imran Farhat(If they are not in the present squad please call them from Pakistan)

    Team Pakistan should not loose heart. Sri Lankan is the same team beaten by them convincingly in recent concluded one day Seri. Be patient and confident the success will be yours. Aman Ullah Khan/ Brookjlyn/NY/USA

  • POSTED BY Yasi_Gee on | January 12, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Well done and congratulations SL. Our fast bowlers (and the spinner) bowled really well and hopefully they will be free from injuries for the England tour. We have a lucky Manager too and the very first match in-charge, SL won it from out of the blue. Keep it up Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY tennakoon63 on | January 12, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    SL deserved this win. Well done. Mahela proved the critics wrong. It was his battling century the cemented this victory. Good luck boys for the next game. Wrap it up in style.

  • POSTED BY Nuwas on | January 12, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka & well deserved victory after some great performance from both the bowlers & batters. I must say I'm pretty disappointed with naming MJ man of the match. Kaushal's both innings were vital & he delivered immensely for the victory, so did Lakmal,Eranga&Pradeep with the ball. Who really make these decisions? very disappointed !!!

    Good luck to both Team in the next match

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 12, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Pakistan Team for 3rd Test 1:- K Manzoor 2:- Shan 3:- Azhar Ali 4:- Younis Khan 5:- Misbah 6:- Asad Shafiq 7:- Sarfraz 8:- Rehman 9:- M Talha 10:- Ajmal 11:- Junaid Drop Hafeez , Rahat, Shehzad , Hafeez is cancer for Pak cricket, He is not number 3 for ODI and Test cricket. Khuram deserves more chances. Muhammad Yousuf plz stay away from making comments about Misbah, you are just ruining your own image. Well played Sri Lanka :)

  • POSTED BY jerryman on | January 12, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Congrats SL . Pakistan put up a fight in the 2nd innings .. Kaushal is the find for SL . In a way we were lucky Thirimanne was injured . The pace bowlers bowled well and it is pleasing to see they took 15 wickets in total.Next match will possibly need to drop a batsman maybe Chandimal and bring in Dilruwan as an extra spinner in case Matthews cannot bowl . SL must improve on their fielding especially in the slips.. Since it is only 3 days before the next test starts , may want to replace Pradeep with Viswa Fernando .. give him a game as well ... Don't be complacent as Pakistan will come back hard in the next test , all guns blazing ..

  • POSTED BY A.D.Britto on | January 12, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Finally SL found a Good Seem Unit (Pace Bowlers), This was Lacked SL to Win in Outstation Test Matches, Well done Boys, Good Batting, Good Bowling, But there are Some drop catches in 1st Innings But Finally ended well. And also Mathews learned that how to lead a Team, That is the big Victory For SL.

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | January 12, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    CONGRAT to SL, they really well played in 2nd TEST. SL new players playing great. Hope to see good game in 3rd TEST. Good luck to both teams. fan from PAKistan

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | January 12, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Asad Safiq and Rahat Ali shoud drop from TEST.

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | January 12, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    CONGRAT to SL. PAK should drop Saeed Ajmal, Asad Safiq, Rahat Ali, Haffez

  • POSTED BY Zetta on | January 12, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    First of all - congratulations Sri Lanka! They played well and on top of Pakistan for the whole game /except the MUH-YK parthership in the second innings/. I was really pleased by the fast bowling and batting. A lot of consistency by Silva; Lakmal, Eranga,Pradeep bowled well - taking wickets and pressuring the opposition. Pakistan, on the other hand, didn't do much with the bat /or ball/. Ajmal was below par. Overall they were outplayed and that's it. The Professor didn't do much with the bat again. Isn't in time to be dropped from the test side? Just to see what happens ~

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | January 12, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Pakistan need to make a few changes in the team for next game. Asad Shafiq, Rahat Ali and Khurram Manzoor need to be dropped. Azhar Ali, Shan Masood and Talha should come in the team. Hafeez can play at number 6 for the last time before being dropped for a long time in case he doesn't perform with bat and ball. Saeed Ajmal looks tired. He should be rested to bring Rahman. Bhatti might not play in next game due to injury. Rahman can come in his place if Ajmal plays.

    1. Shehzad 2. Masood 3. Azhar 4. Younus 5. Misbah 6. Hafeez 7. Sarfraz 8. Rahman 9. Talha 10. Ajmal 11. Junaid

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    It was Pakistan's loss rather than Sri Lanka's win. Pakistan's batting woes continues. Looks like their board keeps looking for new fast bowlers ONLY, forgetting that its the batsmen who save or win a match, most of the times. Misabh is a technically good batsmen but without imagination or free will to change the technique as situation demands. Maybe his captaincy is too much on his mind, its time he let go of the captaincy and concentrate on his batting. Like what Tendulkar did and his career was prolonged because of the same.

    The series has been onesided most of the days, either its Pakistan or Sri Lanka dominating the day..not much of a contest really.

  • POSTED BY loostalker on | January 12, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    well done Srilanka , Misbah told in presentation that Pakistanis were not disciplined in bating and bowling...Mr.Misbah, who is discipline in-charge? I think he forgotten, he himself is discipline in-charge.If you can't control the team then quit from captaincy.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Dear Priyantha, As you are a Sri Lankan, do you agree that Arjuna Ranatunga was a good player? I think he was as good a player as many others in his time, yet how many matches did he win or save for Sri Lanka with his batting? ZERO. Why? Because he was a 50 player. Ranatunga had 34 fifties and just 4 hundreds. A player who scores 50 all the time is not going to help a team post a big score of 400+. A team cannot compete at the test level if it fails to post such totals. Misbah continues to score 50s without converting them. Since Dec 2007 he has scored 26 fifties of which he has converted just 3. This is simply not good enough to win test matches through batting. Besides Younis Khan, Pakistan has no batsmen capable of scoring big hundreds like you guys have in Sangakkara and Jayawardene and de Silva, Jayasuriya, Attapattu, etc. before them. Misbah is a great batsman but 50s are for wicket-keepers and all-rounders and not for front line batsmen. Misbah should aim for 200s otherwise go.

  • POSTED BY alisaqib610 on | January 12, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    This was one of those matches in which the Pakistani bowling lineup was completely ineffective. The only bowler who can be considered to have bowled well was Junaid. Ajmal was neutralised well and the other bowlers were just not up to the mark. The Pakistani batting as always showed its flaws with the top order batting poorly. After being 3 down so early in the 2nd innings it would have been hard to set a competitive score with a 200 run deficit. However, credit to the Sri Lankan team. Their bowlers showed a lot of heart and courage and bowled with discipline and in the end got the results. Their batsman played the Pakistani bowling extremely well and in the end deserved to come out on top in this match.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka. Well played Mahela, kausha, Dimuthl and the seamers. Hope SL can make 2-0. But we cant lose the series now. Sangakkara must fire in thr next game. Kaushal is a wonderful prospect. England tour will be a tough one. SL needed this opener badly. Hope he and young Dimuth can shine there as well. Good luck in the next game.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | January 12, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    @ksekha, please don't be harsh on Misbah. He did a great job to bring Pakistan out of the rut when struggling at 19/3. Centuries are essential for test matches but fifties are better than being dismissed cheaply as the case for Shezhad and Shafiq etc. Misbah must play tests for at least another 5 years.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    good good......pakistan have not enough strong team to beat sri lanka

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 12, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Well done lions great win... Good to see the new boys doing well...

  • POSTED BY Zameir on | January 12, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    To me its simply one reason, to accommodate Hafeez Pakistan lost test and may be series as well.....

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | January 12, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Mahela and Kaushal batted splendidly to help Sri Lanka win the match. But it was the bowlers who set it up. Sri Lanka would be very happy with their pacers who bowled in the right areas. Yes, the boys are just too soft to be pacemen but good work will take them far. I hope Sri Lanka develop atleast 2-3 good fast bowlers who can bowl with the new ball even in ODI cricket.

  • POSTED BY Lion83 on | January 12, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Chaminda vaas was instrumented in this performances of the young fast bowlers. His advice on how to bowl lin and length with movement and the reverse swing of the old ball had paid dividends for sri lanka.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 12, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    weldone srilanka! easy win! one more t go.pak no chance atall.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | January 12, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    Why is Hafeez still being selected to play for Tests? Have the selectors learnt nothing from the South African series..?

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | January 12, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Congrats to Sri Lanka. Mahela deserved the MOM because of his gusty performance with a split web but the top performer without a doubt is Kaushal. Even a real possibility of a collapse, chasing was negated by his composure & handling the Pak quicks & I think this time around he was the one who gave the zip in the first innings to Mahela when he came to bat with the injured finger.All in all well played the whole team.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Ksekha, It appears that you are putting whole blame for defeat on Misbah, which is ridiculous. A batsman who scores high fifties on a consistent basis is far better than one who scores an occasional century. Pakistan's problem is having far too many passenger batsmen other than Misbah and Younis in the team. It is impossible to recover and save the match when you start with 19 for 3 facing over 200 run deficit. Scoring hundreds is good but it is the average over a long period of time which determines the quality of a batsman.

  • POSTED BY priya65 on | January 12, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    This win is special. Sri Lanka has not won many games this way. It was a great team effort. Each and every bowler contributed by takiing important wickkets at important moments. Apart from Chandimal all the Batsmen ( may be Sanga too was not 100% )responded well. SL won almost every session. I am really impressed the way they bowled.Key was neutralizing Ajmal. When Ajmal fails whole team is demoralized. I think they don't believe in taking 10 wickets with out Ajmal taking more than 2. This is a match everyone at the SL camp could be proud of. Players, coaches and managers. Mattews has finally learned how to captain. SL is not quite at the top but they will be a team that is not wasy to beat from here in on.

  • POSTED BY ksekha on | January 12, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Hafeez and Misbah must go. Test cricket is for big innings players not for 50 players like Misbah. Misbah can play ODIs if he wants to score 50s only.

  • POSTED BY chakay-pay-chaka on | January 12, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Sri Lanka have won & deservedly so. Yes, they did have the best of the bowling conditions but that still does not excuse an innings of 165 & neither does a second innings score of 12 for 3. A loss, rather than a draw should prompt changes in the team selection. It also highlights the folly of sending Gul back to achieve "full match fitness" - when he had bowled successfully in 3 ODI's on his comeback, not to mention the two 3 day matches he played in Pakistan before that, picking up 11 wickets in one of them!

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Another failure for Mibsah and Co. against a side ranked below them in Tests, with a raw and inexperienced pace attack. Yet the Lankans reverse swung and seamed the ball with yorkers, while Pakistan's much vaunted paceman failed to do much on this surface. Failure of Ajmal in this series continues his poor form for some time and he should be rested and Rehman played in his place. Absurd selection on Misbah's and Hafeez's bullying and whims results in a weak top order and another batting collapse in first innings. When will Pak Selectors get it through their thick skulls that Hafeez is NOT a Test Class batsman?

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    Well done... Sri Lanka Leads 1-0 in 3 test series against Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 12, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Well done SL

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    To enter in the international Arena the 1st priority for a batsmen is to know where his off stump is & pakistaani batsmen is completely overlooking that thing

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    I hope the issue was inexperience of Pakistani fast bowlders. If they had some one like Wasim or Waqur as bowling coach result could be change. Srilankans are also not an experience people but they have Chaminda Vass. That is the different between two teams. But you cannot underestimate Pakistani bowlers and batsman ability as they can bounce back in anytime.

  • POSTED BY rezauk on | January 12, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka for a well deserver win. They have approached the game in a professional manner and generally speaking played with cool heads and played to the conditions of the pitch. As somebody already said SL's experienced Batsmen dug deep, scored heavily and wore the bowlers down. Pakistans experienced Batsmen scored reasonably but Younis didn't have the patience to stay all day. SL's younger players (picked on merit) played with confidence and are technically sound and well supported by the backroom staff. They will go forward as a unit. Pakistan's younger batsmen are short of technique and struggle under pressure which for other test teams is just considered a challenge. Pakistan has had it's issues for a long time but the question is who really cares enough to make sweeping changes ? We all our entitled to our opinions and I think the general public would probably pick a more efficient and aggressive test squad. FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE.

  • POSTED BY sampi72 on | January 12, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    MJ showed the class is better than the form...What a great knock under injury and the tremendous pressure..Unbelievable development by Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep under our own legend Vasee...Kaushal Silva showed is class and make a lesson how to play the world best spinner Ajmal and He will be our future Marven Atapattu..Angie showed his maturity as the captain...

  • POSTED BY Riz000 on | January 12, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    I have been saying it for years PCB needs to kick M.HAFEEZ out in all 3 formats of the game Hafeez is just being 2 selfish by not giving up his place and i dont understand why Misbah cant drop hafeez?? We need Harris sohail , Taufeeq Umar,Shoiab Maqsood,UmarAkmal,Talha,in as soon as possible. Asad Shafiq, Rahat, Azhar ali, khurram manzoor M.HAFEEZ,should be sacked and never brought back.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 12, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka. Pakistan has no chance if Hafeez is in the test team batting at the vital No.3 spot. Who is Rahat Fateh Ali Khan? He should be singing! And Bhatti is not a test bowler. Ajmal is caught out by Sri Lankans. I hope Sri Lanka go on to win the series.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    More than the win, i am really happy about the way sri lankan faster bowlers bowled. If sri lanka can get 20 wickets again they can be the side, which they were, before retirement of Murali.

  • POSTED BY 4_Best_Cricket on | January 12, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    Can someone pass on this message to PCB or Pakistan Captain/Manager/Selector?

    To overcome Pakistan batting woes, every full time batsman needs a batting mentor/coach. One coach is not enough for these potentially talented pakistani batsmen. They need one on one lessons and coaching to do well just like a one on one academic subject tutor. History has shown that one on one tutoring/mentoring is much powerful than if a training is given to a group. Can PCB afford to do this?

    Bring in Azhar Ali but please don't drop Asad Shafiq. They both need to be polished given the recommendation above.

    Pak next coach needs to be someone from inside Pakistan. Why not bring back Mohsin Khan as a head coach? Wish Pakistan cricket team best luck.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    It is interesting to figure out why Ajmal couldn't shine. Is it because SL batsmen handled him well or there were no assistance in the pitch. I think Pak would be thinking the possibility of bringing Gul to the final match because he is the kind of bowler Pak need right now. It is Gul who single handled the SL batting line up during the ODIs and put pressure right from the beginning.

    While impressed with the fat bowling unit of SL, it is interesting to see the level of consistency they would be able to maintain in the next match.

  • POSTED BY devil_in_details on | January 12, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka. As for Pakistan , hard luck but it is difficult to come back in a test match after being bowled out for below 200 in the first innings. Just one curiosity, why was Kaushal Silva not made the Man of Match instead of Mahela. I thought Kaushal was superb in negating the Pakistani bowlers in both innings and ensured a smooth win.

  • POSTED BY TheKeeper on | January 12, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    To be clinical you have to be disciplined and that is exactly what Sri Lanka was - they played disciplined cricket both with the bat and ball.

    Kaushal Silva totally impressed with classic technique and masterful footwork and timing. Dhimuth Karunarathna also showed both temperament and good range with a silky technique. Mahela as always was his classy self. In the bowling department Suranga Lakmal and Shaminda Eranga are good solid bowlers in the making. The bowling too was very disciplined and their persistent approach paid rich dividends, which is really great news for SL fans.

    Pakistan, however, lacked discipline and patients while sometimes being let down by poor technique as well. Pakistan have some good individuals in the team, but a lack of discipline and the inability to stick with a game-plan means they are not performing as a unit/team. The team needs to pull together and study the opposition to develop a game plan for Sharjah - and stick to it.

    Good luck to both.

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | January 12, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Rahat should be replaced by Talha

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | January 12, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Raha and Hafeez dont deserve to be in the team.

  • POSTED BY SkyCutter on | January 12, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    A solid perfomance by SL. This will help in their Test Ranking as well (currently at 88).

    This match should have been over very early after PAK's poor performance in the first innning, but Misbah, Younus, Sarfaraz & Bilawal showed resistance. It seems that PAK has started 2014 on a low note.

    Lets see if they have the spunk to bounce back in the 3rd.

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | January 12, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    If Sri Lanka manage to win this series, this would be their first away test series/tournament win against an established test nation (albeit Zimbabwe and Bangladesh) since victory in the Asian Test Championship against Pakistan in Lahore, 2001/02.

  • POSTED BY roook on | January 12, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Hafeez struggle begin once again he cannot do anything when bowls seams. Pakistan on verge losing home series. Well done srilanka pakistan team is nothing without younis, misbah and ajmal that a sighs. Why keeping average club class cricketer like asad sahfiq and rahat ali that cannot perform on internation platform

  • POSTED BY Bdcricketdebator on | January 12, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Congrates srilanka to begain the year with a long waited test win against a top 5.most of the time in this series srilanka have dominated which is a great sing for future.i hope thirimane never gets a chance in this team.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    I sincerely hope that the early signs shown by Dimuth and Kaushal will only coax SLC to persist with them instead of giving that bounder Lahiru a game. He is a negative player and his presence in the team emanates that..!!!

  • POSTED BY ksekha on | January 12, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    There is one root cause of Pakistan's continuing failures at the test level, and that is the lack of big innings players. Besides Younis Khan, there is no batsman that can score hundreds. Individual scores of 50 odd will never help a team score totals of 400 and beyond which are essential in test cricket. In the past, the team had players such as Zaheer, Miandad, Yousuf and Inzamam that went well beyond a century. This team has ODI and T20 players that are content with 50s with Misbah being the leading example. Unless Misbah can set aside his nerves and improves his extremely poor conversion ratio, he cannot set an example for others to play a big innings. Dav Whatmore needs to address this issue and warn his players and the team captain that test cricket is not for 50 players but belongs to big innings players who are hungry for double centuries. It is time for Hafeez and Misbah to score 150s and 200s or else they should stick to ODIs and T20s.

  • POSTED BY Murali_the_greatest on | January 12, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Sri Lanka now have a fast bowling coach - Chaminda Vaas (owner of >300 test wickets). They say good players don't necessarily make good coaches but he has triumphed. The qualities of persistence, consistency and devising plans for batsmen that Vaas possessed are now being inculcated into this young generation of SL quicks. The likes of Eranga/Lakmal/Pradeep have clearly improved in these departments and the rewards are being realised - they always had good raw ability. The development of a good fast bowling attack is key to SL's future success at test level. We will always produced talented batsmen and spinners but it's difficult to win overseas if your fast bowlers can't replicate the threat of the opposition. Promising signs then, because the fast bowlers have won this test for SL.

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | January 12, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    I am a Pakistan fan, I am disappointed but I salute Sri Lanka for the brilliant display of Test cricket. They deserved to win as they comprehensively overhauled Pakistan in all three departments. I am afraid Pakistan might not be able to save the third test either, the way Sri Lankans are playing, Pak bowling is totally blunted by the good technique of Sri Lankan batsmen and Pak batting, the less we say the better. PCB what you going to do about it?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 12, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Great achievement for Angelo. A young captain under pressure to perform with a inexperienced bowling attack and also having taken the unprecedented step of bowling first in this pitch. Keep it up Sri Lanka!

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | January 12, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka !!! It was a fantastic win 'n totally one-sided. SL had been dominating the match in all departments from the day 1. It was a great team effort too. Everyone chipped in. Pakistan also fought hard to salvage the match, but it wasn't enough. Great to see everyone is in form. We just need to do exactly what did here to make it 2-0 'n win the series. Btw, I hope that Sanga will go on to score a big hundred in the next match. :P Lions Lead The Way !!!

  • POSTED BY zarasochozarasamjho on | January 12, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka; you proved to be the better team no doubt. Pakistan's batting order 1,2, & 3 are most unreliable and not of test class - with the possible exception of Khurram Manzoor, but even he is not in the same league as the SL openers who have settled into test cricket so quickly. Our bowling was off colour and Junaid and Ajmal were countered very well. Pakistani pace bowlers are not good seam bowlers and that was detrimental to Pakistan's cause.

  • POSTED BY susie2112 on | January 12, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    I have read some of the comments with interest. I am neither a Pakistan nor Sri Lankan fan but I enjoyed seeing a test match which epitomised what test cricket is. That is, two teams both fighting hard (okay 107/2 to all out 165 maybe not so good) until one team triumphs. It is easy for us as "armchair experts" to criticise Team A, individual players and certain selections but maybe we should be praising Sri Lanka for a game well played and not pointing the finger at the Pakistan team or their individual players.

  • POSTED BY humdrum on | January 12, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    After watching the Ashes battle( albeit one sided) and the Aussie quicks trampling all over the Englishmen,this match was like watching cricket in slow motion in real time.Some friendly bowling,sloppy fielding and whatever passes for batting.Would like to see this lot on the bouncy tracks. From what I've read here,none of them has done any wonders in Australia.Still,there's always a first time.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | January 12, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Congratulations and well done Mathews for being the first captain to have elected to field in a test match at this venue and win it. This will be the dawn of a fresh era for Sri Lankan cricket and no doubt Mathews justified his captaincy. Karunaratne too getting a fifty means SL need not worry about their batting lineup for the next test. Bowling is a concern as our bowlers toiled hard to get 20 wickets and there is a lack of rest in the lead up to the 3rd test. May be good to drop one of the 3 pacemen and play a spinner in Sharjah as conditions will favor spin there.

    As for Pakistan no doubt they fought well to drag the game to day 5. Batting remains a concern and Ahmed Shezhad should make way for Azhar Ali. I wont write off Pakistan as they will be determined to make mends for this failure in Sharjah. As Pakistan ended South Africa's run of not having lost a test since Dec 2011in Oct last year, I am tipping them to win the next test. Pakistan is known for their unpredictability.

  • POSTED BY Lalindra2012 on | January 12, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    #Great Result for the Sri Lankans. Hope in the near future that this win will pave the way for more outside Sri Lanka wins and consistency will be there with this current group of players..!

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | January 12, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    Sri Lanka played well and deserved to win simple as that. Pakistan in my opinion are a declining team. Without their most experienced senior players - Misbah and Younis, the team will fall like a pack of cards. I'd be worried for future :P

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | January 12, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    First of all congratulations for Sri Lanka ... It was awesome to see my country winning in any format of the game.....Since it was a test win and most importantly an away win it makes a special win....

    It is very rare in sri lanka that fast bowlers win tests for SL .Normally in times where even vaas bowled spinners were the match winners.But look now..I donot know how should i believe this our fast bowlers win matches for us..That is extremely happy thing for us that had never happened before.So many congratulations for eranga,lakmal ad pradeep trio.Here i get the feeling if we develop from this match we could win tests in austarlia and SA even.

    SL batting is a thing that didnot worried for a long time because every now and then we got talent .But in last few years there were some red lights about batting dept after sanga and mahela... If you saw this match and apart from mahela 129 match was won by our young batsmen.That is a fair answer to the critics about our future in batting.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 12, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    have to question management about what sort of wickets you are making. certainly not according to your strengths. in last few years our strength is spin bowling and so far these 2 matches there was hardly any spin in the wicket. and to top it up, some of our players have poor technique against moving fast ball.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka ! The difference was made in getting Pakistan out for a low 1st innings score. These are good signs for Sri Lanka cricket. We have found some really talented young players. The value in blend of experience and youth has proven in this match. It is important to nurture them and manage their workload effectively. It also shows more test matches are required to bring out the best in players.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka you deserve it . Well played MJ , Opening batsmen and young fast bowlers

    I would also like to see Akila Dhananjaya in test cricket .... his is having beautiful action I don't know why he is not in the scene also heard that MJ introduce him to SLC

    Hope to win this series before the Bangladesh Series

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 12, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    was a good game of cricket.. :) well played lankans.. things for Pak to look at.. where is H.sohail and fawad alam .. they got 50+ avg in first class and could be handy.. bowlers couldn't have done much after they were bowled out for 165 in first innings.. fielding was below par as well.. they dropped crucial catches at crunch movements. . but happy to see their fight back in 2nd inns.. hope they will come with better side and better startegy in final test. I think so misbah must change his style of captaincy and be aggressive. . being defensive at all times can't win matches for you. :)

  • POSTED BY yohandf on | January 12, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Spare a thought to Pakistan . A good side but partly tired it seems after long missions away at home . but they have a got a wake up call and will play all guns at Sharjah to save series . Good luck to both teams there .

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | January 12, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    @LALITHKURUWITA : I agree with you. It should have been Kuaushal or Lakmal. Mahela just scored higher, which was good, but Kaushal rescued us. And Lakmal did the destruction required. Mahela just kept going, which is also nice, but it should have been either of those two youngsters. Utterly disappointed!

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | January 12, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    The way things are moving you can expect this series to end 2-0. Misbah is not learning from his mistakes. Keeping out FAWAD ALAM & HARIS SOHAIL is hurting the team big time. AZHAR, SHAFIQ & HAFEEZ not meant for Test cricket. Three years of time and efforts invested in them have gone down the drain. better correct your errors atleast now. We are already seeing empty stands in Pakistani Matches. Soon you will see empty stands in limited overs cricket as well.

  • POSTED BY yohandf on | January 12, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka .we did not play much test matches in last year but we started this year with a victory .credit to whole team .Mahela showed his class even with broken finger .Kaushal for me the most solid SL opener since Marvan . Fnally Dimuth came to party with cool headed 50 . But its our young fast bowlers who crafted this victory getting 15 wickets in the match .hats off to Lakmal , Eranga & Pradeep . Hearth bowled economically . So now this team ca go 1 up in the series to Sharjah eyeing a series win . good luck .

  • POSTED BY armchairjohnny on | January 12, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Finally, Pakistan have been beaten at their adopted home and shown up for the mediocre test side they truly are. The abysmal fielding alone was enough to disgrace test cricket. Save for Misbah and Younis, the batting was virtually non-existent. The Sri Lankan batsmen proved that Pakistani bowling is overrated and easily negotiable by patient, technically correct batting and good application. And quite what the Pakistan selectors are thinking by not selecting Azhar Ali is anyone's guess.

  • POSTED BY blogossip on | January 12, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Well played SL. pk lost on day 1 when they were bowled for 165. Misbah's capataincy isnt aggressive just like his batting. people who lament Rehman's absence shd understand it was batsmen who ruined it. i think teams have now configured how to play in UAE against PK and also against Ijmal. for all the hype about Misbah's great captaincy, one needs to look his wins in UAE compared to other venues.

    so SL cant lose series and now onus is on misbah and co to square series...

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | January 12, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    I think Akila Dhananjaya will be the best choice, if he is in any condition to play. We missed him play for a long time. He's a young man with a bright future. But whom to drop? No clue.

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | January 12, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Pakistan showed no team initiative during this match. Slow grinding batting, especially from Misbah. How good was the bowling from Lakmal? I do feel for Pakistan - no home country matches and nothing to play for except personal pride. Their countrymen have let them down.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 12, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Well played sri lanka there is no game with pak,but tail ender bated well.ajmal bowling is not enough and it was expired

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | January 12, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    I am really dissapointed that either J.K. Silva or Lakmal was not made Man Of the Match. J.K.Silva scored 153 runs and Lakmal got 6 wickets which is better than Mahela's century.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | January 12, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Pakistan have to correct some of their long term errors in Hafeez, Shafiq and AZHAR.

    --------- - -- -- -- Test - - - Frist class

    M.HAFEEZ - - - 33.96 - 34.84

    AZHAR Ali - - 38.53 - 36.18

    ASAD Shafiq - 37.08 - 38.44

    K.Manzoor - - 29.80 - 39.25

    A.SHEHZAD - - 26.25 - 41.17

    SARFRAZ A. - 17.00 -- 40.33 - & The following guys are not selected.

    FAWAD A. - 41.66 - 55.75

    HARIS S. - - - - - - - - 52.01

    S.Maqsood - - - - - - 43.44

    Infact Sarfraz is better than the top three In first class matches. After comparing many players of all teams I have found that in 99% cases the First Class & Test averages dont differ by much. So you can be sure that Hafeez, Azhar & Shafiq will Aways be like this.

    ESPNCricinfo, please publish.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    Disciplined and controlled bowling by Sri lankan seam bowlers was the deciding factors ... fast bowlers hunt in pairs and Junaid did not have an able fast bowler at the other end .... not to forget the blunder of not making home wickets to advantage; with Gul and Irfan out of contentions, spinning wicket with Rahman and Ajmal would have given the justified home advantage ... Sethis sb tgere is more to embracing the winners ...

  • POSTED BY Perera32 on | January 12, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    It's so refreshing to see the Sri lankan fast bowlers and Openers winning games for Sri lanka, great to see them perform. As for Pakistan, they shouldn't be too disappointed that their bowlers didn't perform. Ajmal hasn't lost his magic, the pitch had no turn (Even for Herath), also the Sri lankan batsmen are very good vs spin. I hope Sharjah isn't a flat pitch, it'll be interesting to see how Pakistan respond.

  • POSTED BY Haz95 on | January 12, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    Admit it brothers, we were defeated fair and square. Now the reasons why. Awful Pitch, what is PCB thinking readying these? Hafeez and Asad Shafiq are all to never step foot in International cricket again, like Sports4youth said if these guys are mediocre in our first class cricket, how will they be in the Higher version, Hafeez will lose his LOi conf and fail...he really needed to be in Aus playing BBL practicing for t20 cup and world cup cond Ajmal can't all ways be our go to man...He needs to be rested because his workload is too much, we don't want another saqlain, he still has a few years. Bring in Abdur Rehman. Rahat Ali is useless and he is like Sohail Tanvir, one of the below par fast bowlers of Pak. We have a monster in Talha in the squad but no selection? Hafeez at #6 and Azhar at #3...After this is over, we can bring actual good batsmen like Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail..We all know there won't be a chance for Fawad Alam for no apparent reason..So at least them 3

  • POSTED BY SL_Wolverine on | January 12, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    well done Sri Lanka! this shows that SL is not best only in T20 but Test too.

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | January 12, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka. I wished Kaushal stayed at crease till the end, but pity he got out. He is a very humble fellow. I heard many times he speaking to umpire as "sir" which is really nice of him, like a school boy. I have huge respect for this young innocent boy. But, to tell the truth, he should play in Australian bouncy conditions, South African, so as English, to label him very good. He has proven his quality in domestic competitions, and it's awesome. Should take care of these youngsters well. Had he started playing before a few years, he is far more experienced than Chandimal even. Anyway, it's great to see these things. Good to see Pakistan also doing well. Have huge respect to Misbah and Younis, who were playing very carefully and with a lot of responsibility. Well, someone said Pakistan bowling is not the best in world, but I would say someone like Junaid is as good as Steyn. He is a delight to watch. So devastating. And Bhatti's innings, man, that's like Malcom Marshal.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 12, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    An ideal start for the 2014 cricket year. A test match that tested everything,youngsters did extremely well and hope they will keep it up. For me we won the match because of our fast bowlers.normally we don't see fast bowlers step up and win test matches for us as we always relay on spinars.congratulations Mathews

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | January 12, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    Well done to Sri Lanka on a good clinical win, well played to Pakistan also buti think they will agree that we had the upper hand this match and deserved the victory. Nice to see Mahela come back fighting and also good batting from Silva and Karunaratne who are developing into a decentopening partnership..Good to see Pradeep, Lakmal and Eranga doing well also and this bodes well for the future...again well done Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | January 12, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    Pakistan have to correct some of their long term errors in Hafeez, Shafiq and AZHAR.

    --------- - -- -- -- Test - - - Frist class

    M.HAFEEZ - - - 33.96 - 34.84

    AZHAR Ali - - 38.53 - 36.18

    ASAD Shafiq - 37.08 - 38.44

    K.Manzoor - - 29.80 - 39.25

    A.SHEHZAD - - 26.25 - 41.17

    Sarfraz A. - - 17.00 -- 40.33 - & The following guys are not selected.

    HARIS S. - - - - - - - - 52.01

    FAWAD A. - - 41.66 - 55.75

    Sohaib Maqsood - - - 43.44

    Infact Sarfraz is better than Hafeez, Azhar & Shafiq In first class matches. After comparing many players of all teams I have found that in 99% cases the First Class & Test averages dont differ by much. So you can be sure that Hafeez, Azhar & Shafiq will be like this throughout their careers.

    ESPNCricinfo, please publish.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    1 thing we must say that SL youngsters are improving by each day. Coaching staff; Vaas, Atapatu doing great with young bowlers and batsmen. where as we have seen no improvement in Rahat and Bhatti by each game. Coaches are not doing justice to their job.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    Good fight back by Pakistan in 2nd innings, but 1st innings was really. Pitch was doing something on 1st day but it was not that bad to get out for such a below par score. They had start. 107/2 was ok start. Some could have avoided that shot. Younas,hafeez,Khurram, Asad could have avoided that.

    Bowlers bowled well in patches. Surely they were not effective enough. But have to consider that Wicket also went flat. even on 5th day its good for batting. The batting was real culprit. top 3 contributed nothing in a deficit of 223. Yonas-misbah-bhatti-sarfraz fought well but simply not enough. Younas and Asad disappointed.

    Sarfraz and bhatti played much needed lower order innings. Ajmal was not that effective. Rahat is useless. he bowls ok in patches but wickets matter. Bhatti has speed but bowling coach need to work with his line.

    Selection proved poor. odi performance was not of test standard.

    SL 1-0. On these kind of wickets, will be hard to go 1-1.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 12, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 12, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    I believe if Pakistan had shown a slightly better fielding performance, the game was was going nowhere from their hands. Anyways, great display of game by Mahela. Enjoyed it!

  • POSTED BY Black_Rider on | January 12, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    Come on people. Grow up. Don't make fake names. Please. It really is unpleasant. I used to love to read comments from fans. Please act as Gentlemen. After all we are all watching Gentlmens' Game.

    Congratz SL. They are improving day by day. Nice to see our fast blowers try hard. I am also glad Vaas is there to help them. Add Tharindu Kaushal (A real off spinner) to this squad Sanath. Then we will have a good Test team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 12, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Agree would like to Know where we can check rating methodology how can India be #2 when we have such a horrible away Record any way after 11 away Tests this year we will be #8

  • POSTED BY Fijicricket on | January 12, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    ICC should review Pakistans TEST status. Teams like India handout a 4-0 whitewash to the Australians at home but Pakistan at home can't even beat SL and we're completely mauled bySA. In fact all the 3matches could have finished in 2 days! REAL cricket -TESTS, are just not Pakistans cup of tea.

  • POSTED BY SandipManjrekar on | January 12, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Khurram Choudhari on (January 12, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

    Excellent summarisation of a whole match. SL adapted more efficiently than PAK and their experienced batsmen like Mahela showed the difference in between two teams. If PAK batted more sensibly in first inning as they did in 2nd, the result would have better than this. Any way well played both teams. That's the Test Cricket!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | January 12, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    @ SandipManjrekar: Rankings are flaws mate. We are at the 2nd because of our avoidance of away series against top 5 teams. We are fond of thrashing minnows like Ban, Zim, SL and NZ. But, we get humiliated once we are away against top 5. Even, we were thrashed by Pak at home. Real top 4 teams should be SA, Aus, Eng and Pak. We should be at No. 5. Mind you unnecessary praise harms our team more than constructive criticism.

  • POSTED BY sri...sangakara on | January 12, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    our srilankan team win once in five year look at our test record n ranking .we have no good bowler look at indian team how strong they r once we win against them then we can be good...

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | January 12, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    @ SandipManjrekar: Rankings are flaws mate. We are at the 2nd because of our avoidance of away series against top 5 teams. We are fond of thrashing minnows like Ban, Zim, SL and NZ. But, we get humiliated once we are away against top 5. Even, we were thrashed by Pak at home. Real top 4 teams should be SA, Aus, Eng and Pak. We should be at No. 5. Mind you unnecessary praise harms our team more than constructive criticism.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    @SandipManjrekar "To belittle, you have to be little" (Khalil Jibran). No point in being sarcastic and belittling Sri Lanka and Pakistan teams. Teams go through ups & downs and highs and lows all the time and rankings keep fluctuating. Your team also keeps on getting thrashed every now and then. Please come out of this mind set of being USA of Cricket. Cricinfo please publish....

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 12, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Pakistan's 1st Innings have just destroyed the Test Match for them .Even if they had posted 260-280 the match would had been interesting.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | January 12, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    I can't believe this is the same Pak team that thrashed us 2-1 in our home tracks and played well against Saffas both home and away where we got humiliated recently. All rankings are flaws.

  • POSTED BY INDIANFOOL on | January 12, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. As an Indian I have always wondered what would have happened if our team tours UAE. Now barring all the political issues I am glad we haven't toured there. Or else we would have had a hard time. We have no good pacers like SL and Pakistan have but more importantly our spin department is nothing outside India. Ashwin is helpless. SL have Herath and Pakistan have Ajaml.

    Our batsmen will fail under these conditions.Only Pujara will show some resistance.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Pakistani bowling looked toothless in this match. We should embrace the fact that there is dearth of real - hot talent at the moment. Rahat Ali, Hafeez, Ajmal and Shafiq should not be in the eleven for next test. A 10 wicket drubbing will put a serious dent in Pakistan team's confidence.

  • POSTED BY SandipManjrekar on | January 12, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    @VKholi_theGreat

    You have got decent attack with Lakmal, Pradeep, Herath, Junaid, Gul, Irfan and Ajmal. Why don't you try with a coach like Mohammad Akram if you have good confidence with him? That will make your team (whichever Pak or SL) in top 2 of TEST Rankings leaving all so called mediocre teams like AUS, IND, SA or ENG far far behind. Please note that both teams are at 5 & 6 in the rankings and their show is quiet similar to their skillsets. Show some decency in comments. IND had done always better in SA & their young inexperienced team performed better in this tour too. So please concentrate on your teams rather than IND.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | January 12, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Now where are pakistani fans claiming they have best bowling attack. Pathetic. They can't even get out poor sri lankan batsmen.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Hard luck for team Pakistan. they are carelessly defending 137 runs. This is the tradition of this team. Aman Ullah Khan /Brooklyn/NY/USA

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | January 12, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Both Pak and SL have great test players of all tracks like Sanga, Misbha, Younis and bowlers like Ajmal, Junaid, Gul, Herat, Kulasekra, Lakmal, Pradep, Eranga. We have only Kholi and Pujara, all the others are flat track kings and sitting ducks. Our captain Dhoni is the biggest flat track king and best excuser of the world. SA and Aus should be real No 1 and 2 in test cricket. We should be at No. 5 below Eng and Pak unless we avoided fast bouncy pitches and playing with top 4 teams.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | January 12, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Both Pak and SL have great test players of all tracks like Sanga, Misbha, Younis and bowlers like Ajmal, Junaid, Gul, Herat, Kulasekra, Lakmal, Pradep, Eranga. We have only Kholi and Pujara, all the others are flat track kings and sitting ducks. Our captain Dhoni is the biggest flat track king and best excuser of the world. SA and Aus should be real No 1 and 2 in test cricket. We should be at No. 5 below Eng and Pak unless we avoided fast bouncy pitches and playing with top 4 teams.

  • POSTED BY Cricthink on | January 12, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    SL played better Cricket and hence should win this hands down. The damage was done in the 1st innings when Pak folded fro 165. It's really tough to get back in conditions like this. It is disgusting to see Ramiz Raja and Waqar Yunus whom we have high regards to keep on hoping for Rain and wishing repeatedly. Play and play hard and win , draw or lose, not depend on weather. These are men who had played the game at the highest level and have records to support their performances and for them to wish for Rain..... silly. Having said this , this will be the 2nd win for Sri lanka since 2008, the other one came in South Africa under TM Dilshan. I am sure Pak will come back stronger in the 3rd test, it will be a good test for our youngsters to thie hands up and perform.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 12, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    no hafeez or shehzad for the next match . bowlers need to do alot give rest to ajmal and at least once a year gove chance to poor rehman . bring azhar in n c what he is capable of . well fought test mtch in the end . plzzzz no hafeez or shehzaad . n drop ajmal gve him some rest.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | January 12, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Both Pak and SL have great test players of all tracks like Sanga, Misbha, Younis and bowlers like Ajmal, Junaid, Gul, Herat, Kulasekra, Lakmal, Pradep, Eranga. We have only Kholi and Pujara, all the others are flat track kings and sitting ducks. Our captain Dhoni is the biggest flat track king and best excuser of the world. SA and Aus should be real No 1 and 2 in test cricket. We should be at No. 5 below Eng and Pak unless we avoided fast bouncy pitches and playing with top 4 teams.

  • POSTED BY VKohlitheGreat on | January 12, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    @ VKholi_theGreat : Mate its KOHLI and not KHOLI, your ID reflects that you are a big fan of him but that mistake tells a different tale altogether.

  • POSTED BY roook on | January 12, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Poor team selection from misbah he have no courage to say hafeez you are not a test cricket. With saeed ajmal our bowling attack struggles this was gonna happen as srilakan are good players of spin. Misbah is a good test batsman but is a poor captain he had failed to build a decent line-up, azhar ali, hafeez, asad shafiq are still struggling under his leadership. This team will remain 5/6 team under misbah. it is a fact we should accept.

  • POSTED BY Fijicricket on | January 12, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    @Albert-Cambell Is this the worlds second best bowlers? Give me a break! They won't even bowl out Zimbabwe, or Ireland or Afghanistan ! But as the saying goes, all Pakistani fans are entitled to their opinions!

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | January 12, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    We have the worst bowling attack considering Lankan quicks recent form. We should take a coach like Mohommad Akram. Had we have bowlers like Junaid, Lakmal, Pradeep, Herat and Ajmal, we wouldn't have that humiliated in SA and loose continuously 0-9 away.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | January 12, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    We have the worst bowling attack considering Lankan quicks recent form. We should take a coach like Mohommad Akram. Had we have bowlers like Junaid, Lakmal, Pradeep, Herat and Ajmal, we wouldn't have that humiliated in SA and loose continuously 0-9 away.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | January 12, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    I am pretty sad about our quicks Ishant, Bhuvi, Shami and Mohit, considering how Lankan quicks played in this relatively flat pitch. Our quicks couldn't take wickets even in fast bouncy pitches in SA. Pak quicks were unlucky in this match. Pak and SL have best quick attacks in Asia not to mention even in spin. We should take a coach like Mohommad Akram.

  • POSTED BY VKohlitheGreat on | January 12, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    @ NextSana : As fair your opinion is about the India-NZ series, this mediocre Indian team has certainly managed to do one thing very well, get SL the title of bridesmaid by handing them defeats everywhere in the world.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 12, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    some one mentioned that SL is winning this because of conditions.

    confitions are part of game and you have to read conditions well to win games. SL did read very well. they won toss and decided to bowl 1st, they didnt think that they will have to bat 4th. they choosr rather possitive option. then they selected right team. dropping a spinner and selecting a fast bowler. even SL fans were questioning that move before play.

    so you have to plan accordingly. cant take out conditions. pitch was favourable to fast bowlers but still it was not that much toget out for 165. and that also after 107/2. it was way below par score for this ground.

    have to give full marks to SL fot their performance.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 12, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    If Pakistan lose to a mediocre team like Srilanka, how will they play Australia PCB should try to find fast blowers like Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle and at least 4 good Batsman They got club level bowlers like Rahat Ali, Junaid Khan and Bhatti Look at the indian team They have got players like Kohli, Pujara, vijay and Dhawan and Dhoni What a great team India have I wish Pakistan have players like those indian players not players like Shaffique, Hafiz, Khurrum and Shahzad

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | January 12, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    I am pretty sad about our quicks Ishant, Bhuvi, Shami and Mohit, considering how Lankan quicks played in this relatively flat pitch. Our quicks couldn't take wickets even in fast bouncy pitches in SA. Pak quicks were unlucky in this match. Pak and SL have best quick attacks in Asia not to mention even in spin. We should take a coach like Mohommad Akram.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | January 12, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Now ASAD Shafeeq DROPPED Silva on the bowling of Ajmal. This was the last thing that Pakistan needed from Shafiq.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | January 12, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    I am pretty sad about our quicks Ishant, Bhuvi, Shami and Mohit, considering how Lankan quicks played in this relatively flat pitch. Our quicks couldn't take wickets even in fast bouncy pitches in SA. Pak quicks were unlucky in this match. Pak and SL have best quick attacks in Asia not to mention even in spin. We should take a coach like Mohommad Akram.

  • POSTED BY zeeshan.99 on | January 12, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Ajmal is the main concern for Pak as ppl expects alot from him but ajmal is showing his mentallity as a new comer. In every over of 6 balls he bowls 4 balls short & fast 1 out side off stump to play a cut or boundry shot and 1 good delivery. Ajmal should bowl his balls with much more flight & loop to make the ball turn and keep batsman on toes like Abdul Rehman 7 Herath.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Next sana@ forget the humilations india give lanka every tiime.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | January 12, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    I am pretty sad about our quicks Ishant, Bhuvi, Shami and Mohit, considering how Lankan quicks played in this relatively flat pitch. Our quicks couldn't take wickets even in fast bouncy pitches in SA. Pak quicks were unlucky in this match. Pak and SL have best quick attacks in Asia not to mention even in spin. We should take a coach like Mohommad Akram.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    It happened as looked like yesterday. Sarfraz could not resist longer and so the team Pakistan. They did well in the 2nd inning but not sufficient to avoid defeat which is eminent ,if otherwise a miracle happen. The collapse of the first inning was so alarming that 388 of Sri Lanka were looking like mountain of runs. Well! the Seri is still open and Pakistan can draw after winning the 3rd test Let us hope for the best. Some changes must be made in the side and in form batsmen must be selected along penetrating bowlers. Wishing best of luck in the 3rd test for Team Pakistan. Aman Ullah Khan/ Brooklyn/NY/USA

  • POSTED BY NextSana on | January 12, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    @Cannuck Mate he is not a Pakistani. He is an Indian (Yousufahmed1) He visits our pages some time before India touring away and then Indians get white washed and he is no where to be found. Wait for the NZ tour of India. You won't see him for some time after that.

  • POSTED BY Nuwas on | January 12, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    SL is on the track early in the morning, good to see Lakmal is getting better & where is Pradeep? Mathews was keeping him out so often, can not understand his view.ANyway hope SL would play sensibly & grab the win..

    Few bluffers out here trying to console themselves by making senseless comments about other teams, considering their team's current rough patch I say we need to feel sorry for them... poor guys...

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | January 12, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    It appears that Misbah does not like FAWAD Alam. But then does he also not like HARIS Sohail?

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | January 12, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    Pakistan have to correct some of their long term errors in ASAD Shafiq and AZHAR Ali The First Class averages of these guys are extremely poor. What on earth makes them think that if they cant perform in the First Class level, they will perform at the highes level. Just look at the averages of this guys in the first class and in the Test Matches.

    --------- - -- -- -- Test - - - Frist class

    ASAD Shafiq - 37.08 - 38.44

    M.HAFEEZ - - - 33.96 - 34.84

    AZHAR Ali - - 38.53 - 36.18

    K.Manzoor - - 29.80 - 39.25

    A.SHEHZAD - 26.25 - 41.17 - & The following guys are not selected.

    FAWAD A. - 41.66 - 55.75

    HARIS S. - - - - - - - - 52.01

    So the selectors are telling us that they know which guys will perform at the highest level, But what they are not telling us is thay why these guys are not doing welll at the first class level.

  • POSTED BY NextSana on | January 12, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    LOL! Seeing some Indian fans. Please guys bear with us until the New Zealand tour I am sure Indians can avoid a white wash there. But surely will go for ODIs 4-1 in favour of NZ. I will be amazed if this mediocre Indian team at least manages to draw a test match.

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | January 12, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    @Fijicricket: Whipping boys, think you never watched cricket before. LOL

  • POSTED BY Lion83 on | January 12, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    SL has to finish this game at tea time with threat of rain coming. Kuausal is not a fast scoring batsmen but situations liike this you need to adjust your natural game and change your tactics that is the next level for a good international player.

  • POSTED BY Cannuck on | January 12, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1: It really hurts eh? So you bring up a stat & other stuff. We know it's hard to see YOUR team going to lose, so we understand. Stats or not, Legend or not, Flat track or not, weather helping or not, SL has performed better than your team. That's okay bro, if it helps your aching heart, we will understand. Losing is a hard pill to swallow!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 12, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Dharshan: Srilanka should be aware of the covering dark clouds where they will hav to score around 100 runs after lunch and loosing 35 mins for lunch.... the whether GOD should suport SL...should have a strategy to chase this down... these two can do it without any trouble

  • POSTED BY VKohlitheGreat on | January 12, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    @ Gimhana Fernando : In my honest opinion, its only the conditions that saved them the first test, they got to bat when the pitch was flat, also, helped by Pakistan missing a few first choice players. Few due to injuries and others due to obvious mistakes of their selectors which I am sure many Pak fans would agree to. In the second test, SL were helped by the seaming conditions after winning the toss against a further depleted Pak team (Injury to the keeper in the first test) and to make matters worse there are injuries to Bhatti and Ajmal.

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | January 12, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Here is Mahela's test averages in SA-27.87, NZ-27.71, aus-31.42, England-34.11, Bangladesh-38.12, UAE-13.37.

    True colombo track bully.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    @ VKohlitheGreat : Mate,I think you should give credit where it is due.The conditions have helped them a bit,but it is clear that Sri Lanka have outplayed Pakistan when it mattered the most.Conditions count for nothing if you can't perform.Not saying that they're a perfect team,which they hardly are,but they've come a long way during this series.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 12, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    good fight back though by pakistan but simply not enough runs on the board. and with no rain as forecasted earlier, plenty of time remaining in the game for SL to chase it.

    last 3 wickets were not able to bat some time out and score some more runs. sarfraz was the 1 st to go. pakistani batsmen have a small issue that well set batsmen lost focus when they come to bat next morning. we have seen it many times that a well set batsman over night goes early next morning.

    anyway good innings by sarfraz and good handy support by ajmal.

    will be difficult to pull this off.

    we are hard on bowlers in 1st innings, but i think main culprit was again batting by getting out on so below par score in 1 st innings. wicket was doing something but was not unplayable. 165 on these wickets is simply not enough. at least 250-280 is a par score.

    then no contribution from top3 in 2 nd innings is also a major factor.

  • POSTED BY Fijicricket on | January 12, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Let's see if Albert Campbell's (Pakistani) second best bowlers in the world which can't bowl out Zimbabwe ha any chance of bowling out the whipping boys of world cricket!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 12, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    What last wicket from lakmal,ajmal was upset :-(

  • POSTED BY VKohlitheGreat on | January 12, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    @ yorkslanka : If you are asking this even after having seen how the pitch has changed in these two tests mostly in favour of SL, I might have to say you wont need a stamp.

  • POSTED BY VKohlitheGreat on | January 12, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    @ yorkslanka : If you are asking this even after having seen how the pitch has changed in these two tests mostly in favour of SL, I might have to say you wont need a stamp.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 12, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    What last wicket from lakmal,ajmal was upset :-(

  • POSTED BY Fijicricket on | January 12, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Let's see if Albert Campbell's (Pakistani) second best bowlers in the world which can't bowl out Zimbabwe ha any chance of bowling out the whipping boys of world cricket!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 12, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    good fight back though by pakistan but simply not enough runs on the board. and with no rain as forecasted earlier, plenty of time remaining in the game for SL to chase it.

    last 3 wickets were not able to bat some time out and score some more runs. sarfraz was the 1 st to go. pakistani batsmen have a small issue that well set batsmen lost focus when they come to bat next morning. we have seen it many times that a well set batsman over night goes early next morning.

    anyway good innings by sarfraz and good handy support by ajmal.

    will be difficult to pull this off.

    we are hard on bowlers in 1st innings, but i think main culprit was again batting by getting out on so below par score in 1 st innings. wicket was doing something but was not unplayable. 165 on these wickets is simply not enough. at least 250-280 is a par score.

    then no contribution from top3 in 2 nd innings is also a major factor.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    @ VKohlitheGreat : Mate,I think you should give credit where it is due.The conditions have helped them a bit,but it is clear that Sri Lanka have outplayed Pakistan when it mattered the most.Conditions count for nothing if you can't perform.Not saying that they're a perfect team,which they hardly are,but they've come a long way during this series.

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | January 12, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Here is Mahela's test averages in SA-27.87, NZ-27.71, aus-31.42, England-34.11, Bangladesh-38.12, UAE-13.37.

    True colombo track bully.

  • POSTED BY VKohlitheGreat on | January 12, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    @ Gimhana Fernando : In my honest opinion, its only the conditions that saved them the first test, they got to bat when the pitch was flat, also, helped by Pakistan missing a few first choice players. Few due to injuries and others due to obvious mistakes of their selectors which I am sure many Pak fans would agree to. In the second test, SL were helped by the seaming conditions after winning the toss against a further depleted Pak team (Injury to the keeper in the first test) and to make matters worse there are injuries to Bhatti and Ajmal.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 12, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Dharshan: Srilanka should be aware of the covering dark clouds where they will hav to score around 100 runs after lunch and loosing 35 mins for lunch.... the whether GOD should suport SL...should have a strategy to chase this down... these two can do it without any trouble

  • POSTED BY Cannuck on | January 12, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1: It really hurts eh? So you bring up a stat & other stuff. We know it's hard to see YOUR team going to lose, so we understand. Stats or not, Legend or not, Flat track or not, weather helping or not, SL has performed better than your team. That's okay bro, if it helps your aching heart, we will understand. Losing is a hard pill to swallow!

  • POSTED BY Lion83 on | January 12, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    SL has to finish this game at tea time with threat of rain coming. Kuausal is not a fast scoring batsmen but situations liike this you need to adjust your natural game and change your tactics that is the next level for a good international player.