Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Sharjah, 2nd day January 17, 2014

Mathews and Perera tire Pakistan

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Fernando: Mathews' batting was incredibly restrained

Pakistan 19 for 0 trail Sri Lanka 428 for 9 dec (Perera 95, Mathews 91, Sangakkara 52) by 409 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Sri Lanka's prospects of winning their first away series since 1999-00 (excluding those in Bangladesh and Zimbabwe) improved significantly after their captain Angelo Mathews and debutant Dilruwan Perera, picked primarily for his offspin, batted vast periods of time on the second day in Sharjah. Both batsmen were dismissed in the 90s, and because of their slow run rate Sri Lanka scored only 428 despite batting nearly two days, but Pakistan's inability to take ten wickets deprived them of precious time in a Test they need to win to level the series.

Having resumed on 220 for 5, Sri Lanka continued at snail's pace. They scored 82 runs in 35 overs for the loss of Prasanna Jayawardene during an extended first session, and 57 runs in 29 overs for the loss of two wickets in the second. They were quicker in the third - 69 in 18 overs - but Sri Lanka's last two wickets added those runs. Pakistan had not bowled so many overs in an innings - 172 - since the Rawalpindi Test against India in 2004. They were able to keep their sense of humour, though, and several players shook Saeed Ajmal's hand after he bowled his 50th over.

The day's centrepiece was the seventh-wicket stand between Mathews and Perera that spanned 53.2 overs and produced 112 runs. But their resistance would not have reached such proportions if Pakistan had better luck. They had been on the wrong end of four reviews on the first day - three umpire's-call decisions went Sri Lanka's way - and the trend continued.

In Abdur Rehman's first over, the day's fifth, Mathews was struck low on the front pad while pushing forward to defend, but umpire Richard Kettleborough said not out. On review, replays indicated the ball would have hit a sizeable portion of leg stump, but the on-field umpire's call remained. Pakistan's count of unsuccessful reviews in this series was now 14 out of 15, and Mathews went on from 34 to score 91 off 256 balls.

The partnership between Mathews and Perera was only 20 when Ajmal pitched a doosra in line with the stumps from round the wicket and hit Perera's pad, but umpire S Ravi denied the appeal. Pakistan had exhausted their reviews and were frustrated as replays indicated Perera was plumb. He made 95 off 247 balls.

The day had begun with the Pakistan players examining the rough on the pitch, but its appearance proved deceptive because the surface did not misbehave. There was no pace, seam and swing, and the turn was slow. The ball after Mathews survived the review, though, Prasanna hooked a bouncer from Mohammad Talha straight to long leg to end Sri Lanka's sixth-wicket partnership on 73. It was perhaps the only delivery to hurry a batsman.

With runs coming relatively easily against the fast bowlers, Misbah-ul-Haq brought Rehman on and he dried one end up. And after Ajmal was introduced in the 12th over of the day, Sri Lanka slowed to a crawl. Perera had cut his first ball in Test cricket - off Talha - to the boundary and then proved he had both patience and solid defensive technique.

It was soon after Ajmal's first appeal against Perera was turned down that Sri Lanka's pace picked up. Perera swept the offspinner for four and then charged Rehman to clear the long-on boundary. In between those shots, Junaid Khan had returned for his second spell and Mathews pulled him for four. He later reached his half-century off 157 balls.

Mathews also brought up the 100-run stand by pulling Rehman for four, and then had a chat with Perera after Ajmal began to trouble the batsman. Perera was on 43 when Ajmal struck his pads and appealed for another lbw. It wasn't as close as the previous ones but on another day, another umpire might have given it out and few would have complained. Umpire Ravi did not, and Ajmal's rage was on full display. Perera inside edged the next ball from Ajmal past his stumps to the boundary.

Like Sangakkara on the first day, Mathews' wicket was sudden. Junaid bowled a wide one and Mathews slashed to hole out to deep point when a century was there for the taking. Rangana Herath lasted just one ball, with Junaid doing what the spinners had strived to all day - earn an lbw.

There was no more relief for Pakistan, though. Perera began to open up, and brought up his 50-run stand with Shaminda Eranga off only 77 balls with a flurry of shots against Ajmal. He moved to 95 with an on-the-up drive off Talha, but hooked the next ball in the air and was caught at fine leg. Perera missed becoming the fourth Sri Lankan batsman to score a Test century on debut, but his innings ensured Sri Lanka were on their way to a series win.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • mzm149 on January 18, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    @AlSmug: It's a 3 test series not a 2 test one. One game was drawn.

  • on January 18, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Can someone please stop the maddening pace of this test match?

  • ihaq1 on January 18, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    pakistan seem tobe lacking a strike bowler although saeed ajmal's brain seemed tobe working better in this test...earlier he was just trying to bowl a fast one as his strike ball...ajmal should keep his variations going...if it does not spin angle the ball...sri lanka batted well since they only need a draw...although i donot know how a ball that is given a twirl wont spin on a dry surface...!pakistan to make a match of it should bat fast try to get to 300 and declare and than try to make teh sri lankans give them a target

  • on January 18, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    This wicket dead nothing special for bowlers runs and wickets dont come easily. We are heading for a draw. But SL win the series 1-0

  • truecric_fan on January 18, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    This Pak team looks a lil better without Hafeez but I highly doubt Pak will get past 200 in first innings, SL has a great opp to drub Pak 2-0.

  • AlSmug on January 18, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    The way Pakistain are playing at the moment i the reason why test cricket is in such bad shape !!!! 1-0 down in a 2 test series, 2 test series is a joke should be atleast 3 that aside back on the topic, Why on earth would pakistain not try and score fast day 3 370 behind currently ? its madness! test cricket should be played in the spirit of the game and Pakistain should be hungry to atleast level the series and if no lose having a go!! minds need to be tightened here and it all starts with a mindset to want to play and win every game!

  • mzm149 on January 18, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Both Ahmed Shehzad and Khurram Manzoor are playing to improve their stats and cement their place in the team. It's very shameful. Draw will not do Pakistan any good. Must have pushed for a win. But it's a gone cause now.

  • on January 18, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    Pakistan playing for a draw, they forgot they will lose the series

  • TheKeeper on January 18, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    Herath is bowling on average around 20kmph slower than Ajmal and Rehman.

  • on January 18, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    what is chandimal doing in team . i think only 3-5 months in sl team

  • mzm149 on January 18, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    @AlSmug: It's a 3 test series not a 2 test one. One game was drawn.

  • on January 18, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Can someone please stop the maddening pace of this test match?

  • ihaq1 on January 18, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    pakistan seem tobe lacking a strike bowler although saeed ajmal's brain seemed tobe working better in this test...earlier he was just trying to bowl a fast one as his strike ball...ajmal should keep his variations going...if it does not spin angle the ball...sri lanka batted well since they only need a draw...although i donot know how a ball that is given a twirl wont spin on a dry surface...!pakistan to make a match of it should bat fast try to get to 300 and declare and than try to make teh sri lankans give them a target

  • on January 18, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    This wicket dead nothing special for bowlers runs and wickets dont come easily. We are heading for a draw. But SL win the series 1-0

  • truecric_fan on January 18, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    This Pak team looks a lil better without Hafeez but I highly doubt Pak will get past 200 in first innings, SL has a great opp to drub Pak 2-0.

  • AlSmug on January 18, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    The way Pakistain are playing at the moment i the reason why test cricket is in such bad shape !!!! 1-0 down in a 2 test series, 2 test series is a joke should be atleast 3 that aside back on the topic, Why on earth would pakistain not try and score fast day 3 370 behind currently ? its madness! test cricket should be played in the spirit of the game and Pakistain should be hungry to atleast level the series and if no lose having a go!! minds need to be tightened here and it all starts with a mindset to want to play and win every game!

  • mzm149 on January 18, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Both Ahmed Shehzad and Khurram Manzoor are playing to improve their stats and cement their place in the team. It's very shameful. Draw will not do Pakistan any good. Must have pushed for a win. But it's a gone cause now.

  • on January 18, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    Pakistan playing for a draw, they forgot they will lose the series

  • TheKeeper on January 18, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    Herath is bowling on average around 20kmph slower than Ajmal and Rehman.

  • on January 18, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    what is chandimal doing in team . i think only 3-5 months in sl team

  • AshwinPandey on January 18, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    If Sri Lanka couldn't bowl pakistan out today, they will surely go for a draw

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on January 18, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    While going through this i understood some of New Trends 1. Some regular big names who are always only Mahela and Sanga fans r suddenly disappeared from commenting 2. Some "Half Fair" Criticism from PAK fans why i said "Half Fair" means some decision went favor to SL side 3. Other than regular Indian's hated comments England and Aussies joined to the party.that means SLSide slowly become challenge to Aussie and Eng.

  • sandeep33 on January 18, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    pakistan wil loose this match for sure,,ha ha worlds best team according to their fans..

  • on January 18, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    everybody says that pak should score 550 & then looking to score 100+ runs in the final session this seems a impossible task by looking at their batting oder. SL can bowl them out less than 300 today & score another 150 runs to give them a target around 250+. let wait &seewhat will happen .

  • first_slip on January 18, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    It Funny to see people say SL batters were slow, did you guys saw the field placement of Misbah? he had about 4 fielders on boundary all the time (even for tailenders) and bowled negative lines and how come batsman score freely? plus Pakistan needs to win this match not SL, so Pakistan should have been more positive,

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on January 18, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    @Besolv How could u 30,40,50 r good innings in a Test match.at least should get 80+ to say good innings in Test Match. Is that the reason Sanga and Mahela get out from 52 and 47 u and other SL fans to say they r good innings. When Sanga and Mahela got out 40's and 50's SL fans says all 40,50 r good scores. But They got 100's 40,50 r less significant scores or "Bad Scores". So is Mahela and Sanga scores one and only measurement to judge what is d good Score?

  • stormy16 on January 18, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Rather a negative articel for where SL fought well with the lower order against a qulity attack to reach 425 after being 166/5. SL showed some real test mettle in battling it out and the younger players did the job. Great show by Mathews to bat for long when it mattered most. Pakistan are chasing the game and they need to make the running and get SL back batting to have any chance. Preumably the wicket will get harder to bat on and Pakistan's only chance it to force SL in to setting a target by making un accepted decleration.

  • outforhatrick on January 18, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Sense of humour .... For bowling 50th over.. Good one..players are seeing the lighter side of that... Good spirits...

  • Stat1977 on January 18, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    @ Mitcher-You seem to have forgotten Aus-Ind 0-4 & Eng vs Pak 0-3 when England hold number 1 spot? SA just managed to draw the series with Pakistan.

  • Chinku_Lala on January 18, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Pakistan has always been a mediocre test team.Their fans still boast about being able to beat SA in UAE last year and India 2 years ago,in 2012 end.Ajmal has been a reflection of what he was last year.And batsmen are disgusting as usual.

    Sorry Pakistan.But you were also beaten by Zimbabwe.You just tend to forget that.

    Way to go,SL.2-0 and get the trophy home.

  • on January 18, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    I don't think pakistan can 350. I think Sl can bowled them out before tomorrow lunch.

  • on January 18, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    I heard Rameez Raja commenting about the excessive frustrations exhibited by the Pak players concerning umpiring, he made it sound like it was all the umpire (Ravi's fault). But Replay of almost all the umpire's decisions were supportive of the decisions given by Ravi and the third umpire. May be the Pak players should chill out and go easy on those appeals.

  • Philippe on January 18, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    probably SL is the only side that plays with lots of negative mind set up in International cricket. If such r the upcoming heroes of SL as said by a gentleman then i must say that SL will be going down & down in near future. recent ashes or indo SA test series is real test cricket.... surely this is not...

  • SL_legacy on January 18, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    @ Syed Sarim Raza: Mate please stop whining about SL's pace and start questioning why the might bowling attack of PK couldn't get 10 wickets in 2 days. really, as a PK fan that's the thing to be worried about instead of promoting cricket in a world stage. PK cricket will not be promoted or even looked at if you're carrying such a pathetic attack. Your superstars couldn't find any rhythm and that's not SL's problem. They played real test cricket and you had no clue

  • Rashen on January 18, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Have to give some credit to our four legends Sana - the Selectors Attapattu - Batting Coach Vass - Fast bowling coach Hashan - Not sure whats his role, yet I think as a analysis ...

  • Rufus_Fuddleduck on January 18, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    A transition team having the upper hand for so many sessions in the adopted backyard of Pakistan? Now Pakistan batting has to up the ante and get around 550. This will take them around tea time tomorrow. With a lead of 100 plus and four sessions, they can then look forward to a target of less than 100 in the final session. This is the gameplan for the Pakistani batsmen to follow

  • on January 18, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    Bother umpires specifically umpire Ravi is so incompetent. He made at least 6 wrong decisions in last two tests and he is still around. Lucky for him that he was not umpiring a test series in Australia or England, his career would have been over by now. PCB has no spine to raise incompetent umpiring like BCCI and ECB. ICC must offer some training to umpires who makes so many wrong decisions. One or two bad decisions can change entire outcome and career of players.

  • Lionsareforever on January 18, 2014, 0:00 GMT

    Rameiz thinks that Pakistan needs to force the pace I am not so sure the can! In the last two previous test their scoring rates have been less tha SL's. Furthermore, their bowlers could not take 10 in almost 6 sessions. This team is supposed to be the best that Pakistan has. I respectfully have to disagree with the mighty Ramzie.

  • Gangnam_Gangsta on January 17, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    Test cricket is real cricket, or so the experts say, but if this is the real taste of test cricket no wonder people are moving away from the dinner table. Srilanka played very defensive cricket and betrayed nerves of an insecure side. Champion sides go for a win not for a dour draw. 400 runs scored in two full days tell its own story but what it does not tell is another story: this is Pakistan's home soil (well, almost) and if they lose interest of the public in test matches here, it would do them great dis-service.

    Overall, both teams look off color and it is displays like this that strengthen the call for a two tier test system.

  • on January 17, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    Pakistan fans say that this is heading towards a draw but there is another 3 more days left for them to force a victory. Shirley they can score 600 runs in 6 sections and bowl SL out on the final day? Just need some courage! They always brag how wonderful their batters and bowlers are here is an opportunity to show that you are capable of squaring the series. Proof of the piddling is in the eating!

  • on January 17, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    I just want to mention important thing, srilankan first class structure is very poor, look at the scores on premier league today, all 3day games, players playing like t20 , how can we produce class cricketers, administrators pls make as 4day game with good structure

  • on January 17, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    Why did SL declare? Wouldn't it have made more sense to go for big shots instead?

  • Mitcher on January 17, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    @Stat1977 : Australia won their most recent series in Sri Lanka (and all before that) and England their most recent in India. Cheers for the advice though...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 17, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    A perfect display of pathetically slow purposeless batting lacking in intent by Sri Lanja.

  • MH19 on January 17, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    Brilliant debut for Dilruwan took SL out of trouble. So we do have talent and bowlers who can bat great selection. Sana is doing a great job and we will expose the young talent soon.Nothing like doing well in Test Cricket especially away.

  • Alucard.. on January 17, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    when did cricket became spectator sport? So according to come comments here a team has to stop scoring runs and keep it a competition to attract more spectators. and if they are going to win they should get out and create a tense moment. I think that's what these ppl mean as true cricket. so let me keep in mind that all the matches pakistan play are scripted and spectator prioritized.

  • Alucard.. on January 17, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    " win will got to the timid sri lankan team" ??? seriously? PAK dosn't have quality bowlers to bowl out SL. and also can you tell me exactly what pakistan did in the 1st test? did they go for the win? they were worse than SL team on the 1st test. they were delebarately eating up overs. and for those whiners . SL tactic is to let the TIMID paksitan team follow up and so then SL can chase at the ends. and BTW who's timid that can't bowl out a debutant before he reach 95? 7th wicket partnership of over 100 runs? whoa pathetic bowling. let see how the PK team response tom. don't think they will play ODI cricket even if they want to win. they are too TIMID.and why u guys whine so much if you are so strong go in bash out 400 and get another 400 more and ask SL to chase if they can . if you guys r so strong as you think

  • on January 17, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    @Robert Horne

    You got that wrong mate. No match with such poor umpiring that has changed the momentum of the game entirely in a particular direction can be called "beautiful".

    Shoddy umpiring. S.Raza really needs to stay consistent here, and if not then he better take a hard look at himself.

    Also that on-field call DRS issue needs to be removed. If they're hitting, then it's out. Simple as that.

  • on January 17, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    I think srilankan players have played really well by going in defensive mode when they have won their 1 match of the series then why shud b they taking risk... But as one of the comment above said 400 runs in 2 days is merely a fear from opposition that might they can take the series away from them... But in the end all it coubts win or lose... Not the spirit :p

  • Stat1977 on January 17, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    For the fans who are whining about the run rate and luck of Sri Lanka.Especially for Eng, NZ,Aus fans.Do you know why you are failing in subcontinent pitches? Playing test cricket in slow tracks is an art where you guys are failing.It needs lots of patience and coherent strategy.That's what SL has mastered in this series.Why SL should play T20 or ODI cricket here? What's the point you are trying to make When they have ample of time to bawl out a team twice winning a crucial toss? They shouldn't play patient in a tough pitch and throw their wickets away to pamper a Pakistan win? Desperate for a win for Pak here doesn't mean SL should play aggressively.They well deserve what they did. luck favors only who dare to chase it! One NZ fan here whining about SL luck. SL batsmen just did nothing but wait for luck? I'm wondering why some people don't open their eyes to see the beauty of young SL batting talents.

  • on January 17, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    This is a makeshift Sri Lankan team, and I have to admire their doggedness; their mission is not to be beaten, and - barring something extraordinary happening - I think they've already done that. Pakistan always seem to be a makeshift side, and their success depends on which Pakistan turns up - the one which can look like a potential world-beater, or the one that is pedestrian and doesn't fire. The latter seems to be playing here. What I've liked about this is that it's shown how Test cricket can be a fascinating contest even when sixes aren't being hit or wickets tumbling in quick succession. It's maybe a more subtle fascination than 'short-order' cricket, but for those of us who love this most complex and beautiful of field sports, it still delights.

  • samincolumbia on January 17, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    The over hyped Pak fast bowlers cannot take 10 wickets and their over hyped batsmen cannot get their team total above 100 runs on a consistent basis. Yet, their fans like to talk a lot about Indian bowlers/batsmen.

  • on January 17, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    who calls this true test cricket can't be a true fan of Cricket. I have respect for all my Sri Lankan Fans but guys is this real taste of test cricket? What Sri Lanka has done best in the first two days is to take the interest of global audience away from the test cricket. Only 400 Plus runs in two days at mere 2.3 RR almost. Its a joke and nothing else. The Real Cricket Fan wants Cricket to be promoted and that happens when competition evolves. What would happen if a team would start the first day of the test match thinking we r gonna play for a drawn. This would eventually be death for the test cricket. THe attitude is dismal not only from Sri Lanka but from Pakistan as well in this series. Sri Lankans should have been more positive than circumspect. Anyways it seems like Pakistan would try their best to win it but in the end it wud be a drawn and the series would go to the Timid Sri Lanka Team.

  • blogossip on January 17, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Misbah getting a taste of his own medicine as SL resoretd to tuk tuk cricket since they are 1-0 up. misbah wud have played in same way if Pk was 1-0 up. its high time he realises this brand of cricket isnt doing Pk's cause or for that matter test cricket's cause any good. now misbah has to play quick and ensure his team play at round 4 rpo to hope they can end up squaring the series but i foressee another day of tuk tuk tomorrow

  • Akhter786 on January 17, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    All in all this series should b a wake up call for pakistani team n board or it is a final nail in their coffin, of reviving Pakistani cricket. This series loss has shamefully exposed their limitations and luck abandoned them. Just like when a panther pounds on a prowl its luck runs out.

    U gotta feel for Pakistani just like England but SL played some unimaginable unbelievable kind of forgotten Patient Cricket. All respect and appreciation richly deserved.

  • on January 17, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    In this day and age where slam bang cricket is taking precedence credit must be given to Sri Lanka for applying themselves magnificently to the principles of true test cricket. A true cricket fan will never belittle the batting efforts of Sri Lanka. Test cricket is the ultimate test of mental and physical strength for a cricketer and it is heartening to see the Sri Lankan players finally start ti emerge from the long shadows of their greats! Keep fighting!

  • Sports4Youth on January 17, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Pakistan will loose this match for sure. Pakistan does not have the capacity to draw a match. They can either Win or Loose, But they cant save a match.

    Also the PAKISTANI batsmen are so pathetic, that they cannot even hang around for a few overs, whereas we saw how the Sri Lankan batsmen have been applying themselves at the crease session after session. I say tha not only Hafeez, but also Shafiq and Azhar deserve to go. Also that the team cannot afford to keep arranging Bangladesh, Zimbabwe etc for them to score.

  • on January 17, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Well played srilanka. Well played Angelo and debutanr Dilruwan PERERA please Selectors must give chance for dilruwan Asia cup , Bangaladesh Seris And t20 wc what a stuff from Dilruwan a Good Allrounder. Time for dropped t20 Captain Chandimal And Karunaratna . karunaratna same paranavitana his batting is worst go lions go. my 11 vs bangaladesh test. 1 kusal 2 silva 3 sanga . mahela. thirimanne 6 mathews 7 chandimal 8 dilruwan 9 eranga 10 lakmal 11 praddep move the ranging in testz lions never give up

  • Besolv on January 17, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    @SriLankanYoungBlood Except Chandimal all the others played very well and did their job, Chandi's job is to bat in a test match but I really do not understand why he is trying to play T20 or ODI in a test match and put entire team in trouble by taking another performer like Pradeep to bench. Poor selection!!!

  • gujratwalla on January 17, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Test cricket is a test of the real skills of a cricketer and that includes patience,tolerance,endurance and ability to read the game.Sri lankans are playing classic Test cricket.Pakistan were badly unlucky with their appeals but remember there was no such technology in the past and the umpire's word was final.Our bowlers should have tried harder.Sri Lanka seems to have a captain who thinks very very deep about the game!

  • on January 17, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    good disciplined test by lankans after long period...pakisthanis had a trouble with bowling

  • Prabhash1985 on January 17, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    I think conservative umpiring didn't help Pakistan to be honest, but it's his way of doing things, and it's not nice to criticize him. I think Pakistan will try to win by chasing down this quickly. Going to be an interesting day. Well played SL.

  • t20cric on January 17, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    This has been a disappointing series & Pakistan need to make big changes to get out of this mess. 1.This is the last series for Watmore as coach & he should be replaced by Inzi or Yousuf. 2. Bowling coach M. Akram couldn't improve our bowling & he should be replaced by Wasim or Waqar (or even Akhtar if he can control his anger). 3. Our spinners are all 30+ now & we need new blood so give one of our young, talented spinners a chance. 4. Just getting a good batting coach is not enough, we need to select based on FC stats (Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam & Haris Sohail all average 50+ in FC and are all under 30). 5. We need our captain to be more attacking in the decisions he makes, too much defense will never win anything. 6. Selectors need to realize that ODI form doesn't mean success in tests especially if the player has played for a long time in tests without much success. 7.Selectors need to persist with talented youngsters who have the stats to prove they will do well in the given format.

  • Stat1977 on January 17, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    Typical cricket fans and commentators..Loosing side have excuses and but winners.You can't blame umpires for everything.Umpires decisions in this match were marginal.The benefit of the doubt was given to the batsmen is any umpire's job.Why someone don't want to accept that Sri Lanka played exceptionally..Honestly they outplayed Pakistan.It doesn't matter how many overs they spend to score 400 plus runs.That is test cricket .Commentary is pathetic..Younis Kahn drops a catch at slip..Ramiz Raja-"Younis is such a good fielder at slip"..Saeed Ajmal send 70 plus wickets less overs..Waqar Younis-Ajmal keeping tight lines and that's why he is such a good bawler.Yeah you are right commentators.keep it up.So all players good and that's why opposition is about to win the series.constructive critics only will help you players, not the defensive critics..

  • on January 17, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    We have got to give some credit to the SL batsmen and especially the tail enders. They batted exceptionally well, it doesn't matter when they batted slowly, this is test cricket after all but they set the game up for themselves very well. Our bowlers were fairly accurate but also unlucky and the credit should be given to them on a pitch that provided hardly any assistance to have dried up the runs. Test Cricket is a dying breed and it doesn't matter whether you play fast or slow, there is hardly anyone left who watches it. This is the true spirit of test cricket and its probably better if the idea of playing fast stays away from test cricket.

  • roook on January 17, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Pakistan does not have exceptional record against srilanka under misbah leadership. Misbah used spinner has an attacking option but asian teams are good players of spin and we donot play test against india. With lack of experience pace bowlers and srilankan intent to draw we lost the chance to draw the series 1-1.

  • yohandf on January 17, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    guys specially pakistan supporters . Its true SL played slowly as there top 5 got out for 160 odd . they don t want to bundle out for sub standerd 200+ . so they played with care and eventually got to 400 . nothing wrong in that as any team want to score more first and set the game . Its pakistan bowlers who could not get last 5 wickets for 3 sessions . so instead blaming SL they should bat really well to see whether they can get a lead and pressure sl . to be honest umpir Ravi was poor and that effected Pakistan to some extent .

  • t20cric on January 17, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Well Pakistan have been very unlucky with the reviews and probably could have finished SL off earlier but the bowling is not quite the problem. If Pakistan's bowlers have one bad series it doesn't mean they are bad bowlers, u can expect them to bounce back in upcoming series.The whole reason we are in a position where it looks like we will lose the series is cuz of our batsmen. This match is now most likely going to be a draw unless our batsmen mess up really bad (always a possibility). What Pakistan should now try to do is get some big scores & bat til they are all out. They can use this opportunity as a kind of batting practice. The only way for them to win now is if SL take some kind of risk to win & it doesn't work (declaring at 100 in 2nd innings & giving Pak target of 300 on day 5 pitch). The openers have so far batted quite positively but 2 out of 3 of the top 3 need to score centuries & atleast 1 of the top 3 needs to be there when we pass the follow on score.

  • on January 17, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    srilanka Is In Commanding Position In This Test Metch But Pakistan Is Unpredictable Side In Cricket So All Three Results Possible Babar Ali Bhayo

  • billbowden311 on January 17, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Guys, I'm a new zealander speaking, and I can honestly say that Sri lanka were very lucky today. Ravi was poor, but it was sort of silly for the Pakistanis not to review it, but how can you blame them? They had so many failed reviews.

  • rezauk on January 17, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Don't criticise SL they are 1-0 up and have earnt the right to bat as long as they like. With the current Pakistani setup (lack of rather) they will do well to get a competitive score. It's pointless bolting the stable door once the horse has run.

  • on January 17, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    SL have played extremely well but Pakistan have had very bad luck with the umpiring and DRS. Whenever a decision looks close, umpir Ravi always gives it not out. Pakistan have reviewed numerous times and failed because we all know DRS does not rule against the umpire when it's close, it only does so when the umpire has made a huge blunder. I won't mind if Ravi stays consistent in this match, i.e. not giving any lbws even when Pakistan bat despite it being close. We could call it even then. He owes Pakistan that much if not more, considering he gave not out to the appeal against Perera too which was plumb, when Pakistan had already lost their reviews. Somehow, I think we'll see him give some outs now when Pakistan bat and they'll all end up being umpire's call when Pakistan review. That wouldn't be good umpiring because it's not consistent. DRS wouldn't disagree with him, but common sense dictates that umpires should be consistent. Either in favour of batsmen or bowlers.

  • on January 17, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Hard luck for Mathews and Parera but good team performance from lankan side. To be honest Pakistan is not going to win this test match. It will be a draw or win for SriLanka. Misbah and team management should try to make a wining combination. Defensive strategy don't pay all the time

  • TheKeeper on January 17, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    I think it's a big disgrace how 'some' PAK fans are behaving about their teams poor showing. I also think that Waqar Younis should be forced to make an apology to umpire Ravi. The decisions made by umpire Ravi were all spot-on, because at every appeal the ball was hitting the front pad with at least half or more of the ball outside the line of off-stump. It's a damn disgrace to the game of cricket and also showed that Waqar is a man of very poor character and integrity.

    In this innings Sri Lanka have really shown Pakistan a thing or two about how to play good disciplined test cricket.

  • on January 17, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    well played bye are Pakistan players sirlanka only look to draw this match so they win the series well thats not good i can only say to are team Pakistan will win insha ALLAH keep it up guys we r with u all the way u win or lose u r the green blood and the real Lions of the world we r proud of Pakistan

  • on January 17, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    so herath failed to score,9 guys in double figures,2 in 90's who is the curator,cricket is a funny game.thanks god whatmore experiment is coming to an end.

  • cricpanther on January 17, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Well score Srilanka, well done, now just keep in mind 10 wickets not 20 wickets. 10 wickets include both innings of Pakistan, this include just first 5 good wickets, rest 5 will automatically fall down as of bowlers!!! Take 10 wickets and Series is in your hand. Srilankans LIONS Common...show your real power to Pakistan.. right there at Sharjaah!!!!

  • roook on January 17, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    All srilankan youngters have performed and executed there plans, pakistan need to bats at least two day to score 600+ runs to win this. Srilankan are better players of spin and our strenght against them is pace. Playing with two spinner was a bad option. Srilankan are playing for the draw and chances of pakistan winning this are nearly obselte

  • DD_f0rever on January 17, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    The match is heading towards a DRAW.

    well I didn't see the live telecast but by looking at the scorecard it seems either pitch is really difficult to bat or SL had already decided to play this kind of BORING game as they have already won one match (and hence the series !)

    And obviously Pak batsmen now can't go BOOM BOOM to try to produce a result as they are already down 0-1 and the risk might make it 0-2.

    Expecting some good sessions of "Tuk-Tuk-Tuk-Tuk-Tuk" on Day-3 and Day-4.

  • on January 17, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Pak need to bat well n with good run rate of 3 and half per over if they want to win d match n draw d series..otherwise this will again heading towards draw...

  • on January 17, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    All i'll say is, poor umpiring. Despicable even. This whole "umpire's call" issue needs to be sorted out. If the ball is hitting the stumps, then give it out. Simple as that. Otherwise, technology is pretty much useless.

  • amilag on January 17, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    These LBW cries are really pointless. PAK fans and commentators have no excuses and finally they got hold of LBWs. I feel sorry for them. They have simply forgotten the golden rule of cricket i.e. benefit of the doubt should got to the batsman.

    There were such decisions going on PAK way on first two matches and they were silent on the same by that time. I can imagine how painful the treatment that they are getting from SL right now! Sorry mates!

  • Lion_96 on January 17, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Sri Lanka have played well, but in my view they shud have been more positive with their stroke play. Seems like Asian teams have a very defensive mentality when they gain a series lead in Tests. Isnt it amazing how some Indian fans just cant keep SL out of their minds. Even when we r playing well, we r considered to play boring cricket or expressing 'utter disbelief' at our overseas record. We actually have a good record in Pakistan, 6 of our Test wins have been away from home (5 in PAK & 1 UAE). I think thats more than what India have managed in PAK.Yes, I know what ur next line of argument is going to be...that SL havent won a Test in AUS or IND. We played our 1st Test match 1982 and we have achieved quite alot in that period of time. I wonder how did India's Overseas record look like in their first 30 years as a Test playing nation. And if I may borrow Sanjay Manjrekar's quote, 'SL were not involved in the first 100 years of Test Cricket'

  • on January 17, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    As a spectator I dont like slow innings but in Test cricket you have espect this kind of innings.Nothing wrong with Mathews and his team did. Because they dont want to miss overseas series win after 14years. You can not blame to bowlers because in this kind of dead pitches they can not do lot. this game look like draw ending. But SL quicks can make the differance

  • SL_Boy on January 17, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    I would not say Umpire error ... person sitting middle thinks ball is not going to hit the wicket good enough, we are not very sure about the DRS prediction of the ball how it behave after hitting the pads, do they calculate the wind factor ... hardness of the pitch, foot marks etc. and Pakistan's poor fielding and inability to judge the DRS costing them ... if you see Misban ask bowlers is that hit in line ... do you think is that out ... they always think it is .. how many times have you seen they no…

    Most funny thing was during last match Prdeep went for DRS when boll hit straight, I was not sure Dimuth LBW last match predicted bounce way very low …

  • Sinhaya on January 17, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    I agree it was dull and boring to watch the Lankans bat today. One thing is that UAE is a place where test matches have featured slow scoring. Never have I seen Pakistan score fast nor did England score fast in 2012. Hopefully curators there prepare a real bowler friendly surface when Aussies visit in October this year.

    As for DRS, I think the current rules must be changed where if the ball is hitting the wicket, it must be given out always. I agree Pakistan were unlucky today. High time ICC changes the DRS rules because if umpires decision stands, the cost of technology is unjustifiable.

  • Molligoda on January 17, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Its been great to watch sri lankans are doing well in test cricket continuously.,,it took such a long time for dilruwan perera to get this opportunity and he showed his character and determination..i can remember he bowled really well against Australia in a t20 match and dropped in the next series.no matter whether u become a regular member of test squad or not,, ur performance on debut is outstanding..keep it up..good luck.

  • headphonedelephants on January 17, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Well played. Keep it up.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on January 17, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Welldone Mathews and Dilruwan. Both of u showed what real test cricket is.Specially to our Senior Batters. Don't worry about missing 100. Each run u scored is great value to SL. Good support from Eranga.as expected Senior Hearth got out from 1st ball. Hoping a Result favorable to SL.

  • yorkslanka on January 17, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Well played to SL to get such a good score. Especially well done to Perera who on debut has shown some of the others how to bat..hopefully he will do well with the ball also...boring or not, a series win is the same if it's 1-0 or 2-0 and that is what we must achieve here.good luck Sri Lanka

  • Gloryof96 on January 17, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    @ Gayan Perera, I too am from Sri Lanka. Test cricket is all about ones test of character. Let me put it in better way so you can understand. Imagine this ...

    T20 is like your being shot in the back - no time to think why, about our loved ones or no time for your life to flash across you and definitely no time for an escape plan.

    ODI is like you being shot seeing a pointed gun in front of your face in 1 sec - still no time to think why, about your loved ones or an escape plan.

    Test Cricket is like you see a pointed gun on your face for 5 days - you have all the time to think everything including reasoning with the other person and hatch an escape plan!

    So which of the above three would your chose in real life today if you had to come across a person holding a gun?

  • on January 17, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Asad shafiq is not able to perform rest him for a bit and give sohaib maqsood a chance. At least he can play even in pressure situation

  • on January 17, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Pathetic wickets and umpiring for God sake we need supporting wicket to square up the series. But pretty much its a draw.

    By the way why are we still playing khurram manzoor not shan masood? What did he do bad? What about zulfiqar babar? Was his debut bad? Please we dont need abdur rehman.

  • Agnar on January 17, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    I think Sri Lanka has a captain now.

  • Fezz on January 17, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    The below standard umpiring has taken the thrill out of this match, and has turned the match completely one sided. Now it's all about a draw or a SL win, whereas this match could have been very exciting at this moment (giving both sides an equal chance of win). Karunaratne's LBW, Sangakara's catch at slip and several LBW shouts against Mathews and Prasanna where the ball was clearly hitting the leg stump were all given NOT OUT by umpires. Pakistan very rightly reviewed all those decisions but lost them as DRS won't go against umpire, unless it is a howler by the umpire. Its not DRS's fault. The system is working fine (to give umpires the authority). It's the umpires fault if they have decided not to give any affirmative decisions, when it clearly looks out with naked eye. Now all we have is a complete one sided match, instead of a possible thriller. How bad this is for the advertisement of test matches, and for viewers !

  • Lion83 on January 17, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    The wickets produced for this series is not good for test cricket. If the pitches are not turning it should have more grass to help the fast bowlers. Thease are dead pitches.

  • vallavarayar on January 17, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    What a boring spectacle SL batting is nowadays.

  • on January 17, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    well played by SL. they are already ahead in series and they dont need to do anything silly. they batted well and took pak out of the game.

    pak chances of win are very little. i think just 5%. wicket will get slow and will turn more. even if they dont collapse, they will have to bat well and it will take significant amount of time. and that brings draw.

    no much luck and nothing went their way. they bowled well. drops were there at crucial times.

    umpire calls cant be termed bad decisions. they can be termed lucky or unlucky. pak were unlucky as too many went against them in 1 innings. i always feel there should be simple way. if hitting then out if missing then not out. or at least review shouldnt be lost.

    pak review taking was poor. costed them 2 times in 1 innings. i would also say that it was umpires error in the 1st place. wrong decisions. sure if pak had been sensible, they would have got it.

    anyway part of game.

    well played by SL. bowled ok by pak. draw or SL for me.

  • jerryman on January 17, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Well played SL .. Day 2- Sl wrested control in this test .. Good innings from Matthews , Perera & Eranga. 2 well set batsmen in 90's failed to get a century by a lapse in judgement .. Will be difficult for Pakistan to get a win , unless they can score about 550 runs by end of day 4.. By day 4 this wicket should be helping spinners and hoping Herath & perera can inflict some serious damage to stem the scoring .. Sl must try to get about 5-6 wickets tmrw to keep Pakistan on the defence .. Good luck and well played lions...

  • gsingh7 on January 17, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    sl have never won away series for last 15 years. this will be first time they can win away series in tests if they drew the last test. pakistan willl lose at home after 3-0 loss away to sa and 1-1 draw at home.still both teams need to win more series to get back into top 4 of test teams who will qualify for test championship. hope we see result in this match which is heading to a tame draw and series loss to pak at homegrounds.

  • on January 17, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    im a srilanken & am sorry to say this is totally boring!! was watching aus vs eng match & it was a ripper! Faulkner you beauty! !!

  • Fogu on January 17, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    This test is headed for a draw or SL win. SL played it exactly how they wanted since they already had one game lead. Kudos to SL and Matthews. PK has a lot of work to do in their Batting department and some tweaking to their bowling combination. While bowling may be easier to tweak, batting has been a serious problem for a few years. They need a reliable top order and unfortunately no one has raised their hands to claim it. I do enjoy the test matches between these two teams. One is always professional with a lion heart while the other is flamboyant and mercurial.

  • anujbhasin56 on January 17, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Boring test match. It is heading towards draw. SL wanted to kill overs to draw the match and win this series. Even if SL batted for 2 days, they would not have scored 500.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on January 17, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Good to see Mathews and dilly among the runs, now like to see them among the wickets as well.

  • imalkait on January 17, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Finally we found another Samaraweera...in this match ......Hope we are getting another Murali as well.. Good luck Dilruwan...

  • on January 17, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    nothing has gone right in this series for Pak .. catches dropped decisions went against them at crucial times and batting has flopped most of the times than not. its been that kind if series of Pak.. still well played both sides.. waa a good cricket to watch.

  • mzm149 on January 17, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    This match is going towards a boring draw and eventually series loss for Pakistan. For Pakistan to get any lead, they will have to bat 2 days. This means 2 innings on fifth day which is far from impossible. Sri Lanka had everything in their favor in this series and they deserve to win.

  • on January 17, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Boring or what. Matches like these are the reason Test cricket is a dying breed.

  • on January 17, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    boring test match

  • on January 17, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Sri Lankan played well, They deserve the credit, Pakistan could only blame luck and use of Drs. Saeed Ajmal downfall started since cricket experts Shoaib and Yousuf said They should make Ajmal captain of Test Team, Ajmal needs to watch Saqlain's video regularly , how he was used to bowl, Ajmal has problem with line and length, He should come round the wicket to right handers, then pitch the ball Middle and off stump, that way if he bowls Dusra, that will take the edge to slip, but if it straights then LBW, But his problem is, either he bowls leg stump or too much offside, Please Ajmal come back to the earth. If Pakistan lose the series then I know people will come out with swords against Misbah, Misbah done great job as captain and Batsman, 1st Test cost us because of Mathews Drop catch by wicket keeper, This Test Because of Sanga not walking. DRS has question mark again.

  • Nuwas on January 17, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Rameez Raja said SL won another session, but I gotta disagree with him, Mathews's wicket gave Pak the upper hand. I am so impressed by the fighting spirit of our folks,even the tailenders, gotta admire that. Gotta give credit to SL for keeping ajmal so frustrated on a good pitch like this.Nevertheless SL wil be in the driving seat whence Pak come to bat.Having said everything, I wouldn't mind another 31 in our favor.

  • S.Jagernath on January 17, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Sri Lanka have not won an away series anywhere in the world since 1999-00?!Not even in Pakistan?That's quite unbelievable!

  • CricSriLanka on January 17, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Just for the fun of it - Ajmal would need indian pitches and Dhoni as captain who will be able to get him rank turners... But truly Ajmal is one of the best spinners in current world cricket, it is just that SL batters are batting very patiently against him, any impatient stokes, like Chandimal will get him more wickets...

  • Rufus_Fuddleduck on January 17, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Clearly Sri Lanka having the rub of the green in their favour. But then the sheer work ethic of their captain stands up for some brownie points. Pakistan really have been out-batted - not just in talent, even in their intensity. That is the area to work on. No sense in blaming Ajmal or other bowlers in isolation.

  • Cricthink on January 17, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    This is all about Test Cricket. At times we feel every game has to have a result and we are all looking at instant results. The Game played in white clothing needs greater application than the colored ones. You win more sessions and you win the test match, in this case we can not exactly say who won each session but after 4 sessions that is tilting towards Sri lanka, say 65-35. Good to see SL #'s 5 downwards applying themselves. Pakistan had bowled well but had been silly using their reviews. I would say a level headed Wicket Keeper will be the best to call for the reviews. Hope Angelo will be able to write off the wait of 13 long years wait for a Series win against better Ranked team The Lankan Lions Roar

  • on January 17, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    luck favours the brave. in cricket it favours the disciplined. pak unlucky with reviews. we will talk about reviews but with drs , no body saying that decision was given wrong at the 1st place.

    well played SL

  • Mervo on January 17, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Ajmal's average is suffering ...

  • Bdcricketdebator on January 17, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Mathews should try to hang out there and try to score as many as possible.theres no need to rush at all.it is pakistan who is under preasure for winning this match not us.this preassure could let pak to collapse and sri might win this.

  • Nuwas on January 17, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    So the first session goes to SL again & they are on top, rightly so. Too bad Prasanna could'nt stay longer, on the other hand Dilruwan is doing well which proves my point i made about "bad decision made by not dropping chandimal for Dilruwan & not keeping pradeep in". Can't say PAK did not bowl well, SL was better in handling things to be honest. Well its after lunch we lost quite a few wickets & struggled yesterday, so lets see how next session would go on. Frankly speaking 300 is more than enough for 1st innings & whatever scored beyond it, would be added up for our 2nd innings. SL is looking to play longer which is the right thing to do after winning the toss in this sort of a pitch.

  • on January 17, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    SL playing good and chances of Pak win are slimming. This is difficult pitch to bat on and it will get more slow and turn in coming days. I dont find any issue with SL scoring as some people say. You have to consider conditions. Well played by Mathews in particular.

    They are 1 up in the series and they are doing well to not to loose this. all pressure on pak to win it . Always hard to level on these sort of wickets after toss lost.

    Pakistan is a touch unlucky. Few umpire's calls. And umpire's call is always luck. If they had give out it stayed out. if they have not stays not. Couple of missed chances as well which is their own fault. use of reviews was poor.

    Bowling well but not working for them.

  • LoveLanka on January 17, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    With lots of respect for PAK players and fans i believe that this series SL has been the one to watch and it showed today when soem luck worked for them in the morning session. as Mathews pointed out earlier that the pitches made confusion among PAK camp which led them to this situation. they were demanding for turn before this match and now the way SL kept their nurves this might back fire to PAK just like id did to SL against AUS in Galle couple of year back. i read some comments for som NZ, AUS, ENG & SA fans about the run rate of this test matches that were little low arround 2.5 to 3.0 mark. but if people can remenber when ENG & SA toured UAE against PAK now of them were above what we here. these pitches are not sort of those we find in ENG, AUG, NZ & SA where there is something for pacers but nothing for spinners. that means once you over come some situation the scoring bocomes for easier and any team could keep it around 3.5 to 4.0 duringa an innings. Kudos to SL & PAK.

  • TheKeeper on January 17, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Day 2 Lunch: SL 302 for 6 and Pakistan in trouble. Captain Maximus does it again. Go Angie!

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  • TheKeeper on January 17, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Day 2 Lunch: SL 302 for 6 and Pakistan in trouble. Captain Maximus does it again. Go Angie!

  • LoveLanka on January 17, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    With lots of respect for PAK players and fans i believe that this series SL has been the one to watch and it showed today when soem luck worked for them in the morning session. as Mathews pointed out earlier that the pitches made confusion among PAK camp which led them to this situation. they were demanding for turn before this match and now the way SL kept their nurves this might back fire to PAK just like id did to SL against AUS in Galle couple of year back. i read some comments for som NZ, AUS, ENG & SA fans about the run rate of this test matches that were little low arround 2.5 to 3.0 mark. but if people can remenber when ENG & SA toured UAE against PAK now of them were above what we here. these pitches are not sort of those we find in ENG, AUG, NZ & SA where there is something for pacers but nothing for spinners. that means once you over come some situation the scoring bocomes for easier and any team could keep it around 3.5 to 4.0 duringa an innings. Kudos to SL & PAK.

  • on January 17, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    SL playing good and chances of Pak win are slimming. This is difficult pitch to bat on and it will get more slow and turn in coming days. I dont find any issue with SL scoring as some people say. You have to consider conditions. Well played by Mathews in particular.

    They are 1 up in the series and they are doing well to not to loose this. all pressure on pak to win it . Always hard to level on these sort of wickets after toss lost.

    Pakistan is a touch unlucky. Few umpire's calls. And umpire's call is always luck. If they had give out it stayed out. if they have not stays not. Couple of missed chances as well which is their own fault. use of reviews was poor.

    Bowling well but not working for them.

  • Nuwas on January 17, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    So the first session goes to SL again & they are on top, rightly so. Too bad Prasanna could'nt stay longer, on the other hand Dilruwan is doing well which proves my point i made about "bad decision made by not dropping chandimal for Dilruwan & not keeping pradeep in". Can't say PAK did not bowl well, SL was better in handling things to be honest. Well its after lunch we lost quite a few wickets & struggled yesterday, so lets see how next session would go on. Frankly speaking 300 is more than enough for 1st innings & whatever scored beyond it, would be added up for our 2nd innings. SL is looking to play longer which is the right thing to do after winning the toss in this sort of a pitch.

  • Bdcricketdebator on January 17, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Mathews should try to hang out there and try to score as many as possible.theres no need to rush at all.it is pakistan who is under preasure for winning this match not us.this preassure could let pak to collapse and sri might win this.

  • Mervo on January 17, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Ajmal's average is suffering ...

  • on January 17, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    luck favours the brave. in cricket it favours the disciplined. pak unlucky with reviews. we will talk about reviews but with drs , no body saying that decision was given wrong at the 1st place.

    well played SL

  • Cricthink on January 17, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    This is all about Test Cricket. At times we feel every game has to have a result and we are all looking at instant results. The Game played in white clothing needs greater application than the colored ones. You win more sessions and you win the test match, in this case we can not exactly say who won each session but after 4 sessions that is tilting towards Sri lanka, say 65-35. Good to see SL #'s 5 downwards applying themselves. Pakistan had bowled well but had been silly using their reviews. I would say a level headed Wicket Keeper will be the best to call for the reviews. Hope Angelo will be able to write off the wait of 13 long years wait for a Series win against better Ranked team The Lankan Lions Roar

  • Rufus_Fuddleduck on January 17, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Clearly Sri Lanka having the rub of the green in their favour. But then the sheer work ethic of their captain stands up for some brownie points. Pakistan really have been out-batted - not just in talent, even in their intensity. That is the area to work on. No sense in blaming Ajmal or other bowlers in isolation.

  • CricSriLanka on January 17, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Just for the fun of it - Ajmal would need indian pitches and Dhoni as captain who will be able to get him rank turners... But truly Ajmal is one of the best spinners in current world cricket, it is just that SL batters are batting very patiently against him, any impatient stokes, like Chandimal will get him more wickets...