Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Sharjah, 5th day

Pakistan pull off astonishing chase

The Report by George Binoy

January 20, 2014

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Pakistan 341 (Shehzad 147, Misbah 63, Herath 5-125, Eranga 4-60) and 302 for 5 (Azhar 103, Misbah 68*) beat Sri Lanka 428 for 9 dec (Perera 95, Mathews 91, Sangakkara 52) and 214 (Rehman 4-56) by five wickets
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Azhar Ali celebrates his fifth Test hundred, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Sharjah, 5th day, January 20, 2014
Azhar Ali's hundred helped Pakistan pull off one of the great chases in Test cricket © AFP
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Pakistan turned a Test that had been an abysmal advertisement for cricket for four days and one session on its head, with an incredible batting performance after lunch on the final day, when they scored 302 runs in 57.3 overs to sucker-punch Sri Lanka and level the series. Their run-rate of 5.25 was the second highest in a successful chase of a 200-plus target, and the protagonists of this heist - Azhar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed and Misbah-ul-Haq - proved that the soporific pace of the previous days was entirely by design, largely Sri Lanka's to protect their 1-0 lead.

For the fifth day to have ended in a result, both teams needed to play extraordinary cricket. Pakistan were extraordinarily purposeful; Sri Lanka were extraordinarily negligent. The visitors began the day with a lead of 220 and five second-innings wickets in hand but batted so slowly, adding 19 runs in the last 16.4 overs. With a minimum of 59 overs left in two sessions Sri Lanka were still favourites, if not to win then certainly to draw, but they were ultra-defensive from the outset against a desperate Pakistan unit. As Misbah-ul-Haq's side motored towards the target with an unfamiliar efficiency, it became too late for Angelo Mathews to snap himself and his side out of stupor. Sri Lanka sank in the Sharjah twilight, with their captain and fielders feebly complaining about not being able to see the ball.

Pakistan needed 195 in 35 overs at the start of the final session, and they had made a tactical decision to send Sarfraz Ahmed in at No.5, shortly before the tea break. He proved to be the catalyst, and the method he used to attack Rangana Herath's defensive line oozed with resourcefulness.

Herath operated from over the wicket and pitched wide outside leg stump for most of his 19 overs, which cost 100 and yielded no wickets, but when he did so after tea Sarfraz took guard near the wide-ball indicators outside leg stump and lofted inside-out through covers to beat a packed on-side field. After several such shots, Mathews moved a fielder from the leg to the off, and Sarfraz promptly slogged Herath over the midwicket boundary to take 15 runs off the 29th over, the most expensive of the match.

While Sarfraz made use of his license to run riot, Azhar accumulated briskly in a more organised manner, driving the seamers and sweeping Herath off his negative line. With the field spread deep, Azhar picked off the gaps to get to his half-century off 79 balls, and his 89-run stand with Sarfraz came at a run-a-ball. Pakistan needed 116 off 22.2 overs when Misbah walked in, after Sarfraz had been caught gloving a Shaminda Eranga short ball down the leg side.

Mathews remained defensive despite having a new batsman at the crease and the 40th over of the chase, from Suranga Lakmal, was a defining one. Azhar jumped outside leg and drove, forcing a full-length dive from the deep-cover fielder, the next three balls went to deep point and deep midwicket, before Misbah pulled to the fine-leg boundary. The over cost 12 runs, and Pakistan's momentum was unaffected by Sarfraz's departure.

Despite Azhar and Misbah sweeping and reverse-sweeping Herath at will, irrespective of whether he bowled over or round the wicket, and the left-arm spinner proving utterly ineffective at controlling the run-rate, Mathews did not use his offspinner Dilruwan Perera at all.

Sri Lanka tried to stall the game in the last hour, with Eranga needing prolonged attention from the physio after his arm came into contact with Misbah's helmet, which prompted umpire Richard Kettleborough to ask the physio to stay off the ground when Lakmal fell while collecting a ball. The equation boiled down to 30 off 30 balls, and after three runs off the first two deliveries of the Lakmal over, Azhar cleared his front foot and swung to the midwicket boundary. A ball later, he celebrated a century off 133 balls. The century stand with Misbah had taken only 111.

Even when Pakistan needed 17 off four overs, the field stayed spread. Sri Lanka had actually lost the Test long before the winning runs were hit.

The base for Pakistan's final-session heroics had been laid after the lunch break, when Ahmed Shehzad and Khurram Manzoor came out swinging. As soon as Shehzad flicked Eranga for two fours in the second over and Manzoor charged and slapped Lakmal to the cover boundary in the third, Mathews dispersed his fielders. The approach was helter-skelter and fraught with risk, though. Shehzad eventually mis-hit a slower ball and was caught at deep midwicket, while Manzoor was caught nimbly down the leg side by the wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene. Pakistan had got to 48 at more than five an over.

Azhar began his innings by cutting his second ball fiercely through point, but his partnership with Younis Khan was more measured. With plenty of gaps to exploit, they picked up singles and twos comfortably. They added 49 in 12.4 overs when Younis pulled Mathews straight to midwicket to leave Pakistan on 97 for 3.

Pakistan did not go on the defensive despite losing Younis. Instead, they promoted Sarfraz, and he charged and slogged Mathews to the midwicket boundary in the last over before tea, small indication of the damage he would inflict on Sri Lanka after the break.

Sri Lanka would not have suffered such an embarrassing defeat had they played more periods of this Test with a semblance of the urgency Prasanna showed for an hour this morning. After they scored at 1.87 for 71 overs on the fourth day, Prasanna led the gathering of 62 runs in 14 overs on the last morning. A few wickets, however, forced a dramatic slowdown and Sri Lanka went at a little more than a run an over for the rest of their innings. At the end of the Test, Sri Lanka had batted 273.4 overs; Pakistan needed only 166.4 overs to score a run more. There lay the difference.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (January 23, 2014, 11:18 GMT)

@ Fijicricket No doubt Pakistan played some top class cricket which only a true blind person could not swallow chasing 300+ @5.25 after 30 years............. but your big boyz r getting the thrashing of liftime. lolz

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (January 23, 2014, 4:41 GMT)

@ca2ca SL GIRL doesn't know what he/she tell almost similar to our Chief Selector SJ who doesn't know what he tell. Both of us depreciating our nation.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 23, 2014, 3:29 GMT)

@VKohlithegreat please read this cricinfo article. This is what Moin Khan did. All Lankans disapproved time wasting. Hope you recall England's tour of Pakistan which took place after that famous Shakoor Rana incident in 1987!! http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/419183.html

Posted by AR1985 on (January 22, 2014, 8:47 GMT)

I agree to all the comments made for the Pak and SL team and players except one that is going around about SL being the better team in the series of 3 matches. I think all of those saying that should see the matches again. First match was almost won by the Pakistan team had Angelo not come to save them from losing. Then the second match was won by SL in a normal and usual fashion by Pakistan failing in one innings. Then in third test SL lost the match without a fight even before the match started as commented by the commentators as well. So now pls can someone explain me that how on earth were SL a better team in the series or even equal.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 4:22 GMT)

Despite all the criticisms Misbah have save Pakistan in many occassions. He scored so many 50's and at the right time. He is one of the great captain after Imran Khan.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 1:04 GMT)

Being a Sri Lankan, I have been a big follower of Sri Lankan cricket but I think its the time now when I should stop being a fan of Sri Lankan cricket. I never understand why a team just trying to avoid loss even after being the better team for almost 3.5 days (or 4.5 days). Its ok if you try to draw the game which you cannot win (like WI did in NZ or SA did in AG in their last series), but when you have the upper hand, its ridiculous to try to draw the game. I dont think any Sri Lankan captain would do this other than Mathews. This is not the first time he has been so negative (defensive), even against Bangladesh he asked a flat pitch in Galle (thats a Sri Lankan home match), which the road-like pitch ending in a draw. Even after all their ultra-negative (and ridiculous) batting lead by Mathews himself, they would have drawn the game if they tried to get wickets rather than going for saving runs.

Posted by njr1330 on (January 21, 2014, 23:34 GMT)

Anyone who thinks Sri Lanka were unlucky in this match ... or that their tactics were not truly dreadful, needs to read Andy Zaltzman's piece, and the incredible statistics it contains.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 21, 2014, 20:27 GMT)

@Fijicricket:Lets apply your own logic to 2 more series...I hope you will like it :)

When Pakistan was able to white wash Eng in UAE,India could not manage to win from Eng in India..lol.The so called best spinner of the world Ashwin was clueless against Eng team who cannot play spin well.How did that happen? And how was this match boring..How many matches have you watched like that? A target of 300+ being chased in just 58 overs..In Alien conditions where pitch is acting crazy on the 5th day..How many matches were like that in the past? This was one of the most exciting Chases ever..

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 21, 2014, 20:25 GMT)

@ gham:I am a Pakistani but this comment made me laugh..What exactly do you mean by grooming? How many players did Younis Groom when he was captain? Players like Asad Shafiq,Azhar Ali,Irfan,Talha and many more players came into the team while Misbah was captain..

Posted by ca2ca on (January 21, 2014, 20:09 GMT)

@ SL GIRL, you sincerely didn't mean "Well done Sri Lanka" . They just gave the series draw on a silver platter. Haven't won a series for a long time and when you get a chance, starting to play negatively sans sportmanship. I think guys like Sanga, Mahela, Angelo are more interested in bank accounts filling T20's than Country. A big shame. Will they travel to Ireland in May or choose to stay with IPL as in 2012 ? Sri Lanka cricket team shows the mentality of the country. Money, money but no self respect and dignity. Sad time.

Posted by gham on (January 21, 2014, 18:58 GMT)

I think that PCB needs to captain younis khan for the tests because he can groom the young players while on the other hand misbah don,t know how to groom them. Anyway well played azhar and sarfaraz as well as younis khan.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

@ Mathews ..... Just admit you did all wrong in this Test. Please play to win in the future. Try to block easy singles and pressurize batsmen. You should have used Dilruwan Perera at the beginning of this chase with Rangana Herath. Asking Herath to ball well outside leg stump was a bad decision and not taking available singles in the 2nd innings was wrong. Finally why did you try to score at an unwanted rate to dismiss at that time?

Posted by vinodkd99 on (January 21, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

Frankly speaking, I am short of words. A team that leads by 87 runs start batting like a lame duck and then Captain saying in Post Match presentation that Batting let Lanka down. Actually it was not batting that let Lankans down, it was their Attitude. In about 29 overs of Partnership between Mathews and Jayawardena, they scored less than 40. Were they saving the test or what. Lankans batted about 270 overs in the test and Pakistan did bat about 170. On a pitch where Pakistan Batsmen (not known to be stronger part of Pakistan) got runs @ 5.25 in 2nd innings, Lankans were too keen not to see their own RPO going above 2.0 while batting. As a topping on pizza, they served Pakistan with 9 fielders on boundary. Did Pakistan want anything lese to get out of jail? I am an Indian but certainly not an idiotic fan Bashing Lankans, but certainly I do not have words to express myself. May be why Lankans have not won even a single series outside Sri Lanka for past 13 years (except in BD and Zim).

Posted by Shahid06 on (January 21, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

Before the start of the series, it seemed like Pakistani team was a bit over confident. They like us (Pakistani supporters) thought of an easy win against SL. But Sri Lankan's game plan was very well thought out.. Their main weapon was occupation of the crease and not taking any risk against Saeed Ajmal what so ever. That paid off for them in the 1st 2 matches.. In the third match they got bitten by their too defensive approach for winning the series... That coupled with the positive Pakistani intent took the match away from SL. If Pakistan had taken this +ve approach throughout the series, SL would not have come this closer. Every one knew Sri Lankan bowling attack was not that outstanding and the only way to rattle them was to attack them which came at last from Pakistani batsmen. Not a great result squaring the series but the way they fought in the last match, brought lots of smiles to us.. Good luck in Asia Cup and T20 WC!!

Posted by sixesandfours on (January 21, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

excellent cricket by Misbah's team. Misbah is one can lead Pakistan Cricket to great hights after Imran Khan. Best wishes to Pakistan team and they need to be united as a team and will deserve more in the coming days.

Posted by MMZCric on (January 21, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Great win for Pakistan and great for test cricket. I am a WI fan, but all fans of cricket should admire this achievement. Misbah is a great captain and I cannot understand the criticism he usually gets from the Pakistan fans and media. South Africa should take note on this, when there is a chance to win a game go for it.

Posted by Khalid.Wasti on (January 21, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

Sri Lanka didn't played bad, Pakistan made it like so silent that no one even knew that they were coming, exploiting their opponent's inexperience & inability to hold the edge to snatch a win right at the edge.

That was amazing truly one of the best chase in the world of cricket.

No doubt abou that...

Superb, well done Pakistan.

Posted by Haz95 on (January 21, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

Sprts4youth, Allow Fawad Alam....It's pretty obvious he must of done something to tick off the Selectors as he is one of the best in Pakistan currently. Since there won't be any Fawad, think realistically..My #1 choice is Haris Sohail and then Umar Akmal, Usman Saluhuddin and Sohaib Maqsood(in the order)...Usman is very underrated and he has experience playing away as he played U19 and was the anchor in most of Paks U19 wins. He will have similar success as Ahmed Shehzad. Azhar Ali is good, his average only dropped in 2013 through a form slump as he was averaging 45ish before..He needs to learn how to score 200s and our #3 is sorted.

Posted by SLMaster on (January 21, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

@DRAKON: I did watch all and in fact AUS vs ENG too. Both PAK and SL played well and SL is the better team after all - three tests together. It seems like winning is the only way for you. Where did you stand after the first test? After the first test, most PAK fans said remove Mishbah even, never mind the others. Make sure to do overall assessment than one test.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 21, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

Posted by mzm149 on (January 21, 2014, 10:29 GMT) :

regarding sparing AZHAR after this innings : This is the problem with these mediocre players. THey will perform once in a year and then go to sleep. Have you forgotten just recently he was dropped because of his continues failures. He only got into the team because another mediocre player (HAFEEZ) had failed and Pakistan lost a Test in the home series against not a very strong SL. In the meanwhile ASAD Shafiq another mediocre player failed in the entire series. At this rate this team will never improve.

Posted by BloodBeat on (January 21, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

@SLGirl-Did you watch the series we did? I mean the only test in which Sri Lanka were on 'Top' was the 2nd Test

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

Two senior players ( Sanga and Mahela ) in Sri Lanken side should be responsible for this big loss. These two players are spreading negative thoughts among the team. Check their batting style in this match.Even after we had a lead of 80 + runs in first innings Mahela batted to draw the match. He wasted 144 Balls to score 47.That's the staring point towards loosing the MATCH.To win matches batsman should play more positively..Only Prasanna batted very positively otherwise match would have ended much earlier..

Mahela has scored 11000 runs in Test.But feel no real impact those runs to the game.Pls compare TWO senior players of pakistan side ( Younis Khan's and Mishba ) to Two senior players of SL side ( Sanga and Mahela ). Younis and Mishba played very positively and were consistant through out the series. But Mahela nad Sanga played very NEGATIVE LY and were totaly inconsistant..

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 15:54 GMT)

@ SLGirl, I am from Pakistan and I agree with you that overall Sri Lanka played brilliantly in this test series and it is not fair to criticize Sri Lanka like that. Though they were a little negative in this test, they did what many teams would do in such a situation when a draw means victory in the series. Before the start of this test series, Pakistan was favorite in their home ground, but after the end of first two test matches, Sri Lanka proved they were a better side and even continued to prove it for the first 4 days of the final test. Now as the series has ended in a draw, many many congratulations to both Pakistan and Sri Lanka for having such an interesting test series. Good for test cricket.

Posted by Extraz on (January 21, 2014, 15:40 GMT)

@Saad Kiani...couldn't agree more, most of the indian fans have appreciated us so why even bother replying some narrow minded people creating disharmony among both nations.

Posted by siabbasi on (January 21, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

Pakistani Fans - I am also one - Guys, why are we not after TUK TUK Misbah today?

We've always been a critic of his captaincy, batting, field setting, selection, how come no one mention his nick name today?

Misbah is the best thing happened to Test Cricket of PAK. Remember under what times he took the lead and charged the team from nothing to HISTORICAL chase.

All I'm saying - keep faith in your players and have patience (SABR).

Posted by BloodBeat on (January 21, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

Really amazing from Pakistan.Absolutely scintillating cricket.Smashed 'em to the core.But really dissapointed by the lankans.Hope they learnt their lesson about playing negative cricket (Cricinfo please publish)

Posted by DD_f0rever on (January 21, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

really POOR Cricket by SL....

Why in world One would play so NEGATIVE CRICKET that too with bad sportsmanship..

Due to games like this Test Cricket is dying.. Credit to Pak batsmen for showing SL where they stand !

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 14:46 GMT)

@Jugg3rNAuts many cricket fans from across the border have appreciated and left positive comments. why bother responding to narrow minded people who lack sportsman spirit.

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 21, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

@ SLGirl : SL end the test series with a high note? Pak played negative in the first two tests? Is it only me here who fails to make sense out of this?

Posted by SLMaster on (January 21, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

Also, stop talking about negativity; if SL were negative in last , then PAK played the same in the first two tests.

Posted by SLMaster on (January 21, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

Technically series is level 1-1. However, SL is on top throughout the series. WELL Done !!!!!!! SL leveled a series with a team that dismantled SA. Stop talking about the negativity.

Posted by SLMaster on (January 21, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

Well played SL. SL came to the test series as underdogs and end with a high note. End of the day everyone congratulating to PAK to catching up with SL, where in the beginning everyone questioned SL handling PAK. WELL PLAYED SL...and youngsters did well too.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 21, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

@SLslinga:

At least Ind team does not play negatively like your team does.

@yorkslanka:

Being mediocre is not the principal charge. The charge is that your team is negative, along with being mediocre. Your team won a test in SA? How many times will you sing about that fluke? India have won two tests there if you want that comparison.

Who is offering an excuse for our team's losses? We have a horrible bowling attack and we are always doubly disadvantaged due to that. Add to that the amount of cricket our team plays leaving us with little time for acclimatization.

Who is scared of playing more than 2 tests? We are playing 5 tests in Eng when we had lost 0-4 there the last time. The recent SA tour was truncated due to the arrogant behaviour of SA board.

Losing a 2 test series 0-1, after being so close to winning the 1st test is not a hammering. We lost but it was to the #1 team in the world that was playing at home.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

Pathetic cricket from such a talented team like Srilanka. I am surprised. They should have played to win not to draw. Congrats Pakistan I love you :)

Posted by yohandf on (January 21, 2014, 13:32 GMT)

Well . i as a Sri Lankan disappointed about our tactics since 3rd day (when 90% of SL BASHERS here did not even know whts happening) . In the end they got punishment doing it . but this should not be highlighted as the biggest crime in test cricket . all teams have there up s and downs in on field performances and same goes with spirits too . the saints commenting on SL spirits are better recollect 1996 world cup semi final where we saw the spirits of an entire nation . Likewise other teams also involved in such controversies . this is not to justify SL s attitude in last match but to convince these saints that cricket field is not a heaven . anyway i am damn sure administraters ahd a word or two with the architects of plot and hopefully there will be a change in tests with Bangladesh . |(but don t expect them to score like last Pakistan innigs coz that happens once in a decade)

Posted by Jugg3rNAuts on (January 21, 2014, 13:24 GMT)

@ FIJI cricket and all other indian fans to be very honest you guyz have problem with every team raising up , i don't know y india is at #2 position your bowling ,batting and fielding are more than pathetic whole world is going on one side and u guyz are going on other side to be very true future of indian cricket is = disaster , having such population and u don't have a single quality bowler and all batsmen are also flat track bullies lets be straight to facts and let us enjoy good cricket hoping to see NZ thrashing india and after that in 2015 kenya thrashing india

Posted by TheDarkKnight1988 on (January 21, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

What a chase by our neighbours.Excellent cricket from PAKISTAN. CONGRATS.Asad shafiq should be dropped and some young talent should play.once gul irfan and my favourite fast bowler of pakistan after Sir Wasim and WAqar "Mohammad AAmer" gets fit, pakistan will have the best bowling attack in the world. SL paid a heavy price for their negative cricket. HOPELESS cricket.chasing 300 in 58 overs that too on a 5th day says itself. CONGRATS PAKISTAN. from INDIA

Posted by dmqi on (January 21, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

I am neither a Pakistani nor a Srilankan, but watch their games as they play exciting cricket. This game was given to Pakistan by SL more than Pak won it. A poor defensive play by SL has gave Pak a slim chance to win which they magnificently used. I can not believe how players like Mahela and Sanga let it happen. Poor SL cricket and very poor captaincy in this match. And of course, Azhar in place of Hafiz was crucial to win.

Posted by ca2ca on (January 21, 2014, 11:57 GMT)

Learning process for Angie. One way pity for him as in the SL 2nd inning, top order batsmen didn't do much to scoreboard. Then there are two former captains on the field. Mahela & Sanga for advice. This is what happens if you go for a draw too early in the inning. A senior player like Sanga should contribute more. His average for 6 innings is 33 with HS 55. Another culprit is Chandimal. 5 innings with average 25. Only in one inning he scored 89 runs out of his 125 total series runs. Bad show. And SL fans should not go on bashing Indians and B'deshis as we have our own problems. Big problem. Yes " The art of winning"

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

No doubt its an unbelievable victory and will be remembered for years to come. Definitely congrats to our team Pakistan for this victory. Now some how the other even though we won this match, being an extreme passionate cricket lover at least for me its definitely not a proud moment. First of all we should not forget that it was our home series. Regardless of any fact we should have won the series. OK people will say I am being negative. But the fact is we should not celebrate this victory rather look for the near future. Asia Cup & T20 world cup are almost on head to head. And yes I still say that team for both these events should be selected without any politics, on merit and the right players. Good Luck Cricket Team Pakistan.

Posted by adeelicap on (January 21, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

@ Fijicricket

yes when india lost the ODI against below par NZ its similar standards, when india lost the ODI series against Pak yes its similar standards, bhhhhhhhhhh

Posted by HabeebRaja786 on (January 21, 2014, 11:11 GMT)

Great win by Pakistan.Considering the batting resources and circumstances this win is one the greatest.It will boost their confidence in batting.Chasing is always the worst part of pak batting for decades. Unfortunately no more tests for pak in coming months.I think they should play more test matches. If Aamir and irfan are available for coming series, we will have a formidable team. I hope Aamir Sohail becomes a chief selector as he is brave, honest and courageous to make better decisions.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 10:55 GMT)

SL and NZ have been teams who play with the 'Spirit of the game". I am a Pakistani , but I am a fan of SL since 1996 when Jaysuria introduced power hitting in ODIs. Yesterday their attitude ( as a team) of using childish delay tactics , calling physio , registering complaints ( unnecessarily) was diappointing , I am sure it wont be repeated again. Another thing a Lesson learnt : If you go for a Draw you can either Draw the game of Loose the game but if you go for a win you can either win or draw or loose a game. Moral : Always go for a Win to decrease the chances of loosing a match.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 21, 2014, 10:50 GMT)

@Sports4Youth:I would prefer Talh over Bhatti....Talha proved himself much more lethal..Talha's bowling was better than even Junaid khan in this match..Glad to see a new Pacer coming into pak team..His future looks bright :)

Posted by mzm149 on (January 21, 2014, 10:29 GMT)

@Sports4Youth: You should spare Azhar after that brilliant performance yesterday. He was the key in Pakistan's success. You need slogging and blind hitting in such sort of run chases but someone has to play the role of sheet anchor. Azhar not only provided that role but also changed his game according to the situation. I would rate his performance as one of the best of all Pakistani batsmen in recent times considering that Azhar Ali's overall strike rate is 39 but yesterday he scored century at strike rate of 75.

I would say he should be brought in ODIs as well to play at number 3. He has a successful but short ODI career so far. I don't know why has he not been given ample chances.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 10:28 GMT)

Just wanted to shout out a comment to thank everyone for the kind words and for sharing our joy, especially the indian fans. Obviously there are some Indian fans who are trying to put a spin on it but thankfully they arent in much numbers! Cricket belongs to the fans and players and its heartening to see cricket being appreciated irrespective of national allegiances.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 10:25 GMT)

You reap what you sow. Lank ans defensive approach(or precisely negative approach) right from word go caused them now only a defeat but humiliation in character. Their on field behaviour with umpires for complaining poor light added insult to injury. Its a TEST cricket not a club match.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 10:18 GMT)

Two tier system is bolex and will never work

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 10:14 GMT)

That was. a fantastic game of cricket

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 21, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

And as we have it, more people remember Sehwag's that score of 99 than maybe Sachin's ton in Sharjah against Australia, all thanks to team SL and their sportsman spirit (or the lack of it).....

Posted by Volatility on (January 21, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

Just wanted to thank George Binoy for an exceptionally well written piece that describes and adds expert insight to the 5th day action. I watched it live on a computer but GB brings out the nuances. Great writing that gets to the point and stays away from hyperbole and adjectives [have been reading Cricinfo for past 10 yrs and recently we get a bit of flowery writing that takes two paras to warm up to the title line :D]. He sums it up best. "At the end of the Test, Sri Lanka had batted 273.4 overs; Pakistan needed only 166.4 overs to score a run more. There lay the difference."

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (January 21, 2014, 10:01 GMT)

I think the fans of Pak and Lanka suffer from the illusions of grandeur. They talk about world cup victories which they won in 1992/1996, and all the glories of the past. Which clearly betrays the fact that there have not been too many recent achievements. For example, Sri Lanka have not won an away test series even in Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. And they want the freedom to twist there arm by 20 degree angle, because even with 15 degrees bending, they don't get much spin. All the rules have been twisted to accommodate them, but still the victory is illusive. These fans should learn to live in the present, and realize that 2nd tier relegation is the best thing which can happen to them.

Posted by Nadeemusman on (January 21, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

Wow! What a match. One of the finest run chases in history. Proves that test cricket is still alive. Congratulations to Mahela Jayawaredene for joining the 11000 club. Azhar Ali you beauty. What an innings. Sarfaraz you ripper,led the base for the chase. The evergreen warhorse Misbah innings was the finishing touch. Misbah critics should be silent now. Now finally Pakistan has a complete test squad. As i had mentioned earlier the whole series is going to be a cracker. The quality of cricket, the displayed was immense. Pak and SL should play twice in a year because these teams play exceptional quality of cricket. We are going to miss Whatmore he is a good coach and nurtured a lot of new players in the. Team. Congratulations to both the teams. I ask the Pak media to be equally appreciative of this match and stop beating the bush and stop Misbah bashing. He is the best we have.all in all a great series 2014 looks good for cricket. Long live cricket.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 21, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

Great win by Pakistan. Some how Misbah has to mix this brand of cricket in our team (which is our real brand). Return of unfit bowlers will strengthen our team further. if Sohaib maqsood is fit to play test cricekt, he will fit in at number 6 very well. Irfan was missed badly in this series. Rehman should have been given chance early. Why on earth would u drop taufeeq umer, that still remains a question???? he was performing well.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

Well done thats how we should play! This is the first time we saw aggression in Pakistan team under Misbah Captaincy

Posted by wapuser on (January 21, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

Dissapointment is all slcricket. I say fire all the selectors, freeze all slcricket players account, and ban slcricket for 30years of no.cricket!!! This slcricket team i.always knew never had bowlers. Not taking any.credit from pk.batsman making a new record but i strongly belive this slcricket team are all an joke and that they should bann test cricket, i say the whole cricket team.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

Well done Pakistan . Well done Misbah.. Time and again we always look towards Younis and Misbah to save us.. It's been a long time Pakistan chased a big score..

Posted by DINESHCC on (January 21, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

M.FAHEEM: The difference is during 1st test, it was Hafeez who played for draw and in the 3rd test, it was Azhar Ali who played positive cricket that too under pressure.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 21, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

contd ..

Even the Test matches FAWAD Alam has a batting average of 41 which is way ahead of the 3 idiots (Hafeez, Azhar & Shafiq). Then why should he not be in the team?

You see the problem is that it took a test match loss at home to drop Hafeez. Now consider this. If Pakistan would have saved that match, do you think Hafeez would have been dropped.

Further, In this entire series ASAD Shafiq has performed Nothing, but now because Pakistan have won the last match, do you think Shafiq should conitnue or should you bring in another player who has a much better batting average than Shafiq?

Pakistan Always languishes from the mid table to the bottom of table in ICC Rankings, the reason is that you are not willing to let go players like Shafiq, Hafeez & Azhar. At this rate the performance will continue like this and the Pakistani fans will keeping moving further away from Cricket. EMPTY STADIUMS.

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Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 9:36 GMT)

Pakistan deserved to win and they did.. Sri Lanka deserved to lose and they did. Justice has been done.

Posted by imranmujtaba on (January 21, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

Mathew overall approach was like Misbah....Very defensive... Misbah captaincy appraoch on last day was like Afridi .... Do or Die... Excellent Azahar and Sarfaraz ,,,,,, Misbah is learning and he should bring some aggression in his captaincy which many Anti-Misbah fan wants....

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 9:28 GMT)

great effort by Pak and shameful sports by Lanka

Posted by momer79 on (January 21, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

Country with 20 million people has given tough time to Pak with the population of 179 million.

I am proud of what they have achieved so far in the cricket, we don't have many resources and financially not as strong as pak or Ind are. We have to pick player out of 20 million not out of 179 million or 1.2 billion.

We have won the WC and were finalist twice in the WC, can't ask more from them. Well done boys!

Posted by momer79 on (January 21, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

I have heard too many comments here blaming Mathew and praising Pak to chase this target. Most of the comments here are emotional, Mathew is a young captain, give him some time to grow. Blame sanga and jay to not to guide him through.

I bet pakistan won't have chased this total if this was the first test, they did it bcz they had nothing to lose. 1-0 and 2-0 lead is same. Put any team in this situation where they are 1-0 down and have 60 overs to chase. Can't take away what pakistan did but i think that was mathew's tactics (not attacking) who helped pakistan to win.

It reminds me of Pak vs Aus Test match in Aus where yusuf spread the field and Aus took the lead and won the game. Yousf had no experience of leading a team at that time.

Why SA didn't chase those 24 runs, bcz that was the first test and they were playing save. They could have chased it easily if they were in the same situation as pakistan was.

Overall good series for SL, quite alot of positive things to take.

Posted by drnaveed on (January 21, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

@ Rajesh.Kumar "Good contest between two very weak teams...'. yes indeed it was , only if you think so ... ? .but what about your (2nd) TOP ranked side , defeated recently by No. 1 side in the world SA , and before that thrashed by a relatively weaker side (according to your standards , as they are ranked below you currently ) i.e AUS and ENG in test matches last year. did your forgot those loses ???. yes, we don't have many superstars in our side ,but still our performances are much much better than your superstars (batsmen) loaded side. you don;t have a quality fast bowler. your spinners only perform on tailor made home pitches.our weaker side has defeated ENG ,drew series with SA on neutral but friendly pitches of U.A.E.

Posted by Ibrarhunzai on (January 21, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

I thought Misbah is most defensive captain in international circuit currently but Mathews is clearly ahead of him in that race.

Posted by Bdthetiger on (January 21, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

Viratthegreat,i was not fraustated but dissapionted with sri performance.unfortunately u always see fraustation in ones comment.so it doesnt really mater what u say.but u never show up when ind loose.may b u get ashamee of ur team.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

pakistan played absolutly fantastic cricket In their 2nd ingg--congrats pskistan

Posted by drnaveed on (January 21, 2014, 9:02 GMT)

@ Charith Nuwan " both umpire s brought a win for pak. " ........ what are you trying to say man ?. do you think the two neutral umpires scored all those 302 runs for the Pakistani team. are you in your senses ?. the two umpires made sure that all the overs were bowled to complete the match ,which your players were not in a mood to do so. At times , taking more than 08 even 10 minutes to complete an over, the bowlers moving very slowly to their bowling marks, captain setting field after almost every ball.all your team members had a negative thinking , batsmen were seeing the ball like a football , whereas your fielders were finding it difficult to even locate the ball. you should be realistic, your should point out finger on your side's negative frame of mind that cost them the match and took the chance of winning the series away from them ,rather than the efforts of the Pakistani side....... understand.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

Millions of congratulations to the whole team ,young Sarfaraz in particular who to my mind provided the required platform and initial top gear to accomplish the impossible task.I have always been saying that most of the Pakistani batsmen are natural stroke makers and that is why they should play their natural game be it a test match one day or 20-20 match. They achieved the positive result in the last test when they went out to play their strokes with positive frame of mind. Going into the shell and playing with a defensive frame of mind and changing their natural way of aggression have generally cost them their matches. I hope they learn a good lesson from this match and keep plying with same positive frame of mind in future contests as well and give some more moments for the crowed and people back home to enjoy .

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

As a Pakistani, I am delighted over Pakistan victory in such an amazing way. Pakistan also got the world record of highest run-rate in a successful chase of a 300-plus target and the second highest for 200-plus target but I find it very unfair to criticize Sri Lanka that much by some. Yes, their approach was a little negative, and yes, it was also against the sportsmanship when they tried to convince the umpires to call off the game because of comparatively poor light, but actually they did what many teams would do in such a situation. Nevertheless I must say teams should avoid such negative approach as it is not good for healthy cricket and becomes more embarrassing if a team still lose. Sri Lanka was very keen to win the series and understandably that was the main objective in their mind. They were successful in their strategy for the first 4 days but lost the match only when brilliant yet unpredictable Pakistan showed amazing skills in the final two sessions of the match.

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 21, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

@ yorkslanka : okay now are crediting Pak bowling for Mathews' 14 from 100 balls? Wow, must have been some outstanding bowling only to Mathwws then or how about you admit that he was playing to draw. About what happened in the last overs, pls see here http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-v-sri-lanka-2013-14/content/story/711729.html

Posted by M.Faheem on (January 21, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

Coincidently, Pak had the same target of 302 in the first match (in 67 overs). Although Pak didn't go for it, it was considered normal. That shows going for the same target in 10 fewer overs was really exceptional.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 21, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

@ harmony111- you are entitled to your opinion. What I would say though is it is better to be mediocre and win a test in South Africa than firstly being too scared to agree to more than two tests and then to get hammered there too...SL drawing a series after losing so many away series( as you're countrymen love to point out correctly) is an improvement isn't it, what's your teams excuse?

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

Well done Pak - whether its winning spectacularly, or losing spectacularly only Pakistan can do stuff like this. Great for cricket and a lesson to teams who want to play negatively.

Posted by Bdthetiger on (January 21, 2014, 8:24 GMT)

Harmony said srilanka is a medicore team.they dont need to play test.they should b assosiate not a test team. Wow its ciming from a fan who lost 9 test matches abroad and lost to eng at home.no wonder they rtrying to take over icc to save themselves.

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

I am an Indian and i must admit it was a great test match or rather i would say a great test series, barring few boring sessions in the series the momentum kept on swinging from one team to another. Both teams played their hearts out and everyone must agree that it was the best test series to be played in the UAE till date. Really impressed after a long time from the Pak team for the fight they showed. Good for world cricket as a whole. Again greetings to the Pak team from India. Misbah u beauty.

Posted by heartbreakerz on (January 21, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

Its good to see that MAJORITY of INDIANS are posting positive comments n are congratulating PAKISTAN for pulling off one of the BEST run-chases of ALL-TIME.

But still people like GRVJPR, samincolumbia, BCCIRoxx...etc are always there to play spoilsport.

So I will like to tell them that it takes alot of guts n courage to chase 300+ in 57 overs on a 5th day pitch n very few teams have it in them to do it.

I still remember how their beloved indian team didn't go for a win in 2011 against a poor WI attack. They needed 180 runs in 47 overs at just about 4 rpo.

Posted by Samee0324 on (January 21, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

I will request indian fans to stay away if they cannot have a big heart to appreciate any other teams!! Check the records Pakistan first before say anything!! minnows or weak teams.. why you guys dont accept reality and always live in dreams!!

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 21, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

@ SLslinga : I can easily see the frustration!

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

Its good to see that MAJORITY of INDIANS are posting positive comments n are congratulating PAKISTAN for pulling off one of the BEST run-chases of ALL-TIME. But still people like GRVJPR, samincolumbia, BCCIRoxx...etc are always there to play spoilsport. So I will like to tell them that it takes alot of guts n courage to chase 300+ in 57 overs on a 5th day pitch n very few teams have it in them to do it. I still remember how your beloved indian team didn't go for a win in 2011 against a poor WI attack. They needed 180 runs in 47 overs at just about 4 rpo.

Posted by siri12345 on (January 21, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

@dravid pujara plastic atheistic -tell me some more prediction about ind tour if nz.it will be fun to hear.

Posted by Salman_Shakeel84 on (January 21, 2014, 8:05 GMT)

I never expected such below the belt tactics from Sri Lanka:

-Fake injuries -Fielders instead of chasing the balls pointing that they could not see even though Misbah and Azhar Ali could see it like a football -SriLanka batting run rate dropping less than a run and bringing game to standstill

Bravo Pakistan, you make us proud by not only wining the test match but also becoming a great ambassador of Test Cricket.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka you must learn how India played with big heart and sportsman spirit against South Africa, SA were almost near to win but India never got into negative tactics of bowling leg side or doing deliberate delays.In the end, India earned a respectable draw played in a very positive spirit of test cricket. Sri Lanka not only you lost match but you lost many fans (including me) who thought of Sri Lankans to be fearless lions. I am afraid not anymore.

BTW I am a Pakistani supporter.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

@CharithNuwan stop blaming the umpires, especially when Sri Lanka tried all their stall and bad light tactics. The irony is that bad light affects batsmen and not the fielding side more. So stop being lame and accept defeat. Accept that Sri Lanka were overly cautious and defensive, and tried their best to draw this test to win the series. But alas, fortune favors the brave.

Posted by Salman_Shakeel84 on (January 21, 2014, 7:55 GMT)

As a Pakistani, not felt that much proud as feeling right now. Pakistan played a remarkable brand of Test cricket. Pakistan's unpredictable nature is their major selling point ... Bleed Green! Green Shirts you have made us as well as world test cricket proud.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 7:53 GMT)

Well played Pakistan, they come to win this test from the first day even bigger target like 400 they will definitely going to achieve this its amazing after wining the 2nd test SL were thinking to draw this test from the day one and they played 10 session out of 15 and still lose the test it was better then a T20 or a one day match this is approach Misbah need to adopt as a captain he should think about wining the matches

Posted by Salman_Shakeel84 on (January 21, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

Am I the only thinking that Misbah should be back in T20 form of cricket.People Criticize him for lower strike rates but actually he plays as per situation of team , when team is 4 down under 100 most of the time, strike rate is going to be low and its acceptable and natural.

Look at Misbah strike rate of 2nd innings, when situation demands , he can put the gas into his strike rate.

Remarkable mysterious , Misbah!

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 21, 2014, 7:48 GMT)

"VKohlitheGreat on (January 21, 2014, 4:41 GMT) @ yorkslanka : Are you saying Mathews scored 14 from 100 balls because he could not score more than that?!? You also spoke about everything els but some words on what happened in the last few overs too?? Another example of SL fans seeing only what they want to see..." - VKohli- in this innings, if that's what he scroed then that's surely down to the ability of the Pakistan bowlers isnt it, otherwise dont you think he would hit another century if he could in this match- i certainly would if i was him? In terms of what happened at the end, i didnt see the end of the match as was at work, just saw the scoreline so unlike some, i dont comment on things i havent seen or know nothing about. Having read the reports, i am not happy about that kind of behaviour from our players and hopefully they will learn from this and move on.

Posted by SHAHUDHA on (January 21, 2014, 7:47 GMT)

really i couldn't belive my self...is it azhar ali....wow congrats...

Posted by Bdthetiger on (January 21, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

Theres nothing wrong with two cricketing gaints draw a test series.it was one of the most compatative series.unlike india who always gets thrash everywhere even in bangladesh.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

SL had paid a price of negetive cricket & learnt a lession

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 21, 2014, 7:34 GMT)

There is a diff between being defensive and being negative, SL were outright negative all through. Pak showed great heart and intent in going for it & they did it. Scoring 300 runs in 2 sessions is awesome. Well played Pak. I hope this shuts the mouths of Misbah critics.

SL were negative & they also became defeatist in the final moments. Eranga, Lakmal, Angelo were all seen wasting time & the umpire had to warn Angelo for this. I hope ICC takes some action against SL. Maybe make them an Associate rather than a Test Team, they aren't good enough for Tests anyways.

SL were a mediocre team, they are a mediocre team and they will remain a mediocre team. Poor chaps can't even win on Flat Tracks but their fans think they are World Champions. Yeah they are right in a way, they are World Champions in LOSING & SULKING.

Posted by Marain_Khan on (January 21, 2014, 7:32 GMT)

Wonder what great twin towers were doing in the final moments? the hv won spirits awards.. I was expecting that sl will surely forfeit it if bad light halt.. bt .. they hv lost respect

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (January 21, 2014, 7:23 GMT)

As a Cricket Lover I understand the difference between SL Cricket Board,Media,Fans vs Pak Cricket Board,Media,Fans When Failing Pak cricket Board not let any player to stay in playing 11 weather senior or junior. Eg:Hafeez(Senior),RahatAli(Junior) And Media and Fans also criticized irrespective of Seniority. But in SL when failing Juniors immediately axed by SL Cricket Board and Media/Fans heavily criticized them. Seniors failing SL Board let them play as long as they retire. SL Media and Fans saying this is temporary out of from they will come to form immediately and continues reminds seniors old memories. That's why pak win 2009 T20 WC,2012 Asia Cup. but SL coudn't win atleast any Triangular series. As long as SLMedia,Cricket Board,Fans doing this thing SL can't win any 3 nation tournaments. In future BD and AFG will win Triangular tournaments sure . Fianlly SL will become 5th nation of Asia. ........... SO in that means this test defeat is not something Extraordinary.

Posted by Ramansilva on (January 21, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

After the second test some people were too quick to praise Mathews and said that Sri Lanka finally found a captain. The third test proved that he is very poor in tactics and leadership. Instead of finding a captain, Sri Lanka is now in deep trouble. Mathews is not exceptionally good in batting, bowling, fielding or captaining. He was nowhere near Misba. To make the situation even worse SLC cannot find a place to hide Chandimal in any format or any team. He is my favorite in the team but he has been disappointing me for over a year now.

Posted by Ramansilva on (January 21, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

After the second test some people were too quick to praise Mathews and said that Sri Lanka finally found a captain. The third test proved that he is very poor in tactics and leadership. Instead of finding a captain, Sri Lanka is now in deep trouble. Mathews is not exceptionally good in batting, bowling, fielding or captaining. He was nowhere near Misba. To make the situation even worse SLC cannot find a place to hide Chandimal in any format or any team. He is my favorite in the team but he has been disappointing me for over a year now.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

@Rajesh Kumar. Its the same weak team that went to south africa and won the series. The first team from the subcontinent! Remind me again how your team performed in the recent tour to South Africa?

Posted by shanks1967 on (January 21, 2014, 7:03 GMT)

This is typical PAKISTANI SPECIAL. I dont think any other cricket playing nation would have taken the gauntlet to score 300 odd runs in 59 overs with just over a session remaining. It was so exciting I extended my working hours and was glued to the Cricinfo scorecard. Fantastic batting by Sarfraz, Azhar and Misbah(as usual). This brand of cricket is what will bring crowds to Test cricket. I am an Indian and an avoved Indian fan but have always found the sheer unpredictability, excitement, red hot emotion, and sheer bravado which Pakistan bring to the table. I can recount many occasions when Imran/Wasim/Waqar/Sarfraz/Aquib/Shoab/ have thrown the opposition batting into complete disarray by sheer pace, accuracy, swing and that extra bit of feeling which can come only from the heart. I still remember a test match in Karachi between India and Pak, where Javed Miandad and Zaheer Abbas tore apart Bishen Singh Bedi, Pras and Chandra to make 165 runs in 25 overs or so. Congrats Pak. Great.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 6:59 GMT)

both umpire s brought a win for pak.

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (January 21, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

Decline of Sri Lanka is very fast. I think even Zimbabwe and Bangladesh can also now defeat them in Sharjah or anywhere else.

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (January 21, 2014, 6:48 GMT)

Good contest between two very weak teams...

Posted by Iceman29 on (January 21, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

Well played Pak..You guys completely deserve this victory...Congrats again from your neighbor....

Posted by Sathyasing on (January 21, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

Misbah is emerging as a successful captain and leader .Some of his traits were underestimated initially but he backed himself and its really great that pak brass is not dusturbing the captain and its going to turnaround and inspirational misbah is going to push the ranking towards the summit .

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

what a win Pakistan. what a turn around in batting which still needs a lot of fixing especially in test cricket. I think Azhar deserves his place at 3 and Hafeez should concentrate on Odis and t20. if we can just make this batting click more I see a very formidable Pakistan in coming years as bowling is no worry. secondly I saw some of our Indian friends making remarks on the standard of cricket be two mediocre team. I would not have said that if I was them after just coming from an almost 3-0 (thanks to rain God) giving away 300 plus runs on a fifth day wicket and then lost series too. and then again getting thrashed by Newzeland. ur not even being a mediocre team and how can u be with a club level bowling attack??? :) anyways I hope I dunt need to give any further clarification on this

Posted by SHK1 on (January 21, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

Great performance by the Pak team! Goes to show what results you can achieve with a positive attitude. The Sri Lankan team managed to draw the first test with the same sort of an attitude. I still think Matthews is a good captain. He is a young captain and will make mistakes, but he looks the sort who will learn from them.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 6:35 GMT)

well done pak...

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 21, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

You can't expect any better cricket from minnows Sri Langa. Can you? I posted after the first two days that the pace at which Sri Langa batted was appalling. Now this result is not at all a surprise. Well played Pakistan. Congratulations on this win. Cheers!

Posted by Salman_Shakeel84 on (January 21, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

Well promoting Sarfraz up the order and giving him the license to go after Sri Lanka was a key turning point of the match. Sarfraz little cameo then created a fear in Sri Lanka so much so that they went in defensive...Kudos Misbah, Your aggressive captaincy has turned the table around , First in SA then in UAE...

Posted by SHK1 on (January 21, 2014, 6:32 GMT)

@GRVJPR: If you are calling Pakistan the most ordinary team, then by the same account India is the most overrated team. You need to win overseas in order to deserve your current status. Can't wait for the 2015 world cup in Australia & NZ when India's batsmen will be dancing infront of short-pitch bowling. I think all the teams have figured out their weakness and will play on that.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

well played Pakistan... truly memorable chase.. for once Misbah had an aggressive mindset.. n Sarfraz's promotion worked like a charm.. so good to see him being given a chance and he grabbing it with both hands.. hope its enuff now to keep off the Akmal brothers monopoly on wicketkeeping.. but have to admit.. we played really well but we were handed a chance by extremely negative tactics by SL.. I must say I have never seen such poor captaincy by any international captain.. the way the field was spread out wen even just 17 runs were req. off 24 balls was ridiculous captaincy.. wonder if Mathews was consulting his seniors.. n not bowling your other spinner.. strange tactics.. but kudos to Pak for taking the chance and forcing the issue on SL... a well deserved win indeed!!

Posted by Salman_Shakeel84 on (January 21, 2014, 6:23 GMT)

As a Pakistani Fan, I am proud of my team. On the other hand, disappointed for Sri Lanka, they played an extremely dull and negative brand of Test cricket. Its was a battle of good cricket and bad cricket . In the end, good cricket won :courtesy:Pakistan

Also, Sri Lanka should have learnt some lesson from India who recently was in same situation vs SA. However, India played the game in great spirit even though at one point it seemed that they were loosing but they never got into negative frame of mind by bowling leg side or doing delay tactics...In the end, India managed a well respected draw....

Posted by st_aubrun on (January 21, 2014, 6:22 GMT)

@Fijicricket - what are you on about mate? Pakistan are a solid top-tier side - they beat SA in the last test they played and also won the ODI series in SA; they white-washed England in the last test series between the 2 countries, and defeated India the last time they played (the ODI series in India last year). If any team can be compared to Zimbabwe, it isnt Sri Lanka or Pakistan, it is India when they play outside the sub-continent.

Posted by stormy16 on (January 21, 2014, 6:20 GMT)

Great show by Pakistant and its important to focus on just what a great run chase that was. Yes SL were poor and negative but if you set your opponent a target of 300 in 60 overs on a 5th day pitch and lose your opponent played incredible cricket. The Pak top order has been under presure the whole series but they came out swinging and won the race. Credit to Misbah for first sending out Ahmed ahead of him to take the game by the scruff of the neck and full marks to Ahmed for the attacking role. Misbah himself played positively and controlled proceedings brilliantly in the chase. It has to go down as one of the all time great chases and well done Pakistan. SL's negative tactices finally caught up with them and I sincerely hope SL gets away from this obsession of playing cricket to "not lose". Its happening for a long time and I still cant recall too many instances where it has paid off. The game was there to be put away in the first innings and the second but SL for some reason refused.

Posted by israrak on (January 21, 2014, 6:20 GMT)

@ fijicricket ... what about your team when it was whitewashed by Eng in Eng and also lost at home 2-1 ... however, Pak beat them 3-0 in 2012 ... its so funny that a team who has lost 9 overseas test matches in last 10 test matches still ranked no 2.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 6:19 GMT)

Fitting end to this match. The captain MISBAH-UL-HAQ hitting the winning run! His critics are quiet today. He is the anchor of this team. Love him or hate him. He is here to Stay!!

Posted by imtiazjaleel on (January 21, 2014, 6:11 GMT)

Pakistan has nothing to loose and they took chances and it came of. It shows the mindset of the teams who are in the lead, when a game is played without the will to win it, then what is the purpose of playing. SL were just interested in killing the time. I just cannot understand when SL has such experienced players like Mahela and Sanga what were they doing.Why they did not advise Mathews to set the field. i believe there was no risk taken by the batsmen except Sarfaraz to score the runs.

Posted by harris.iqbal on (January 21, 2014, 6:09 GMT)

@IndiaRulesEverybody: Pls dont hide behind you view. Giving sweeping statements for two world class teams wont make you a cricket expert. Before calling someone mediocre just know that the same Pak team almost whitewashed the homebullies in the last meeting and that too in their own home! This was an awesome cricket match with Pakistan creating history, no other home-champion-cric team was able to chase such target in such time. but well you cant see it with the obvious bias in your name.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

Pakistan is the Best Team, fighting with too many opponents in one time, no real home series for last many years. if we change the point criteria less points for home series & more points for away series , pakistan will be No.1 & India will in deep inside the bottom

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

Misbah, considering the last 12 months or so, will make any world xi. His performances have been stellar. I still am amazed that Pakistani supporters vilify him so regularly. The man is a rock that the rest of the team plays around. He is a sound cricketer and plays true test match cricket. I would have 11 Misbah's in my team before I have players of the likes of Afridi (e.g. purposes only). Pakistan supporters should leave their "love of the flare player" and rather sit back and enjoy the pure cricket that Misbah brings to the table.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

@IndiaRulesEverybody , the two mediocre teams ? Well the number 1 team in Asia just got thrashed in SA and now getting a good dose in NZ !!

Posted by anver777 on (January 21, 2014, 5:59 GMT)

"HATS OFF" to Pak team !!! it was really a brave chase by them, specially on a 5th day !!!! Azhar, Sarfraz, Misbah all played attacking cricket to seal this historic win !!

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (January 21, 2014, 5:53 GMT)

When Mathews scored a match winning 157* in the 2nd test, he was a great batsman, tactician and improving leader to everyone. And now when the last match is lost under him, he's the worst captain of the world. This is Cricket and this is SL fans!

Posted by outforhatrick on (January 21, 2014, 5:50 GMT)

Looks like 300 run chases in 4th innings will become a trend, the advent of T20 surely has huge influence for the mindset change and increase in run rates. Captains will become more defensive in declaring or setting up totals for 4th innings.. But still we will see more results and less draws even if the teams want to..this match is befitting example

Posted by Samee0324 on (January 21, 2014, 5:50 GMT)

A great knock by Misbah and an excellent way to stop his critic who always talked about Misbah defensive approach. Overall, Pakistan team played very well especially a knock by Sarfraz, Azhar and Misbah!! Pakistan proud of you guys!!

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 5:46 GMT)

How on earth is A. Mathews the captain of Srilankan Test Team in presence of cricketing gaints like M. Jawardne & Sangakara... his incompetence as a test team captain has lost srilanka a series which they should have easily won...

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 5:45 GMT)

Its Easy to give speeches on fairplay but when it comes to do it in real Sanga and his boys really fail miserably most times..Congrats to Pak

Posted by Albert_cambell on (January 21, 2014, 5:41 GMT)

This win simply shows on why pakistan are the best from the subcontinent. Never easy to chase 300 in 2 sessions on a day 5 wicket.I hope CSA arranges more test matches with Pakistan, instead of those pathetic teams like India.Atleast our fans can watch something worth for their money.

Posted by GRVJPR on (January 21, 2014, 5:36 GMT)

Both these sdes don;t deserve the test status. The flat track bullies can't play test match even on flat tracks. Ordinary batting and pathetic bowling and fielding sides pakistan and sri lanka are. Fact that Sri lanka looses to pakistan, the most ordinary team currently, shows how pathetic sri lankan team is.

Posted by siri12345 on (January 21, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

we got confused in this test match.we played excellent cricket throughout the series but i am deeply gutted the way it ended.time for our coach and captain to deeply analyse the loss.we should hav calculated the situation better,rather than giving importance to statements of oppurtunists like rameez and other pak commentators who r deeply deeply frustrated by their team performance in this series and want sl to give a chance to pak to level the series lol.when their strike bowler the overrated so called magician was struggling to take even the tail enders wicket rameez wanted us to declare and give a chance to pak to chase on this belter.absolutely baffling to see the wickets prepared by pak in this series.why the hell did u prepare such flat tracks??????fear of herath??lol anyways last time pak visited lanka we thrashed them 1-0 in tests in our home but so sad pak only managed a draw in their home that too by a fluke win by confusing srilanka.plz publish.

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (January 21, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

Most of our fans blamed Mathews but i never blame him. As a Young Caption he did as he could. As a Seniors and Former Captions Mahela and Sanga never give advice to Mathews and both couldn't achieve significant score(60-70+) in both innings. I think they plan to get the caption to either one for next year or so. If Priyanjan and Kithruwan or even Kusal played instead of this we may get a better result. So Sanga,Mahela,Dilshan please retire from SL Cricket and play BBL,CPL,IPL and any PL.It's best you can do to SL cricket. I urge them. ........... Finally nice to say some SL fans understand this bitter truth.Hats off mates.

Posted by Real_Champs on (January 21, 2014, 5:30 GMT)

@IndiaRulesEveryBody : you say Pak is no 2 in Test after India in sub-continent well tell me how much series India had won against Pak for last 45 years ... only 1 that sums it all I m not like u to say india is a mediocre team because I acknowledge that India is a good team,,, but to rule sub-continent represents ur mediocre thinking

Posted by harshthakor on (January 21, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

Heartiest congrats to Pakistan for making one of test cricket's most spectacular comebacks to win a game.They proved ho much the game is played in the mind.Yesterday test cricket learnt one of it's most abject lessons when witnessing the contrasting approaches of the opposing teams.Fittingly the team that played to win triumphed.In fact it does credit to test cricket by proving that the game has to be played to win.

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 21, 2014, 5:14 GMT)

@ mainul079080 : I dont agree when you say 'SL were the better side for the whole series' maybe it was the other way round, 2nd and 3rd tests had results and they remain out of question and if 1 team deserved to win the first test it was Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 5:04 GMT)

Those who talk about SLs negative tactics, there is no better example than Karachchi 2001. Same ppl who were talking yesterday in the commentary box were players then. Summary. PAK played extraordinary cricket. That was the a fastest chase in 30 years. You don't see much of those anywhere except in India.

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (January 21, 2014, 5:03 GMT)

What a chase from Pakistan. Brilliant. Welldone. Azar Ali and Safraaz are awesome. And Superb knock from Misbah. simply say this is most existing last day of a Test Match in my life. Misbah is great example to our 2 Senionors(Mahela and Sanga). Sanga struggling all over the tournament couldn't pass at least 60 in any of innings and apart from Over Praised 130 from no other significant inning from Mahela. Check the stats on Misbah,Younis and these 2. Misbah 364 Younis Khan 285 Mahela 227 Sanga 166 Bus Suprising with Sanga and Mahela with underperformed Dilshan selected 4 Bangladesh Tour as well as Preliminary squad of T20 WC. Mind you Dilshan was in bottom of BBL table some auisse tail-enders bat better than him. Same time one and only match winner in current T20 team Kusal Perera expect to axed from playing 11 to give his place to Mahela. So in T20 world cup sl will quit from first round.

Posted by IndiaRulesEverybody on (January 21, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

A very tight contest between two equally matched mediocre teams. 1-1 series results reflects this exactly. I think Pakistan is the number 2 side in Asia. Sri Lanka should play with Afghanistan to decide of they are Number 3 or not. It will be a closely fought contest.

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 21, 2014, 4:53 GMT)

@ Sinhaya : Are you trying to belittle the shame by reminding everyone of such incidents that happened earlier but I surely don't remember the test you are talking about. Also in 2000 there was no T20, and today when a format as T20 exists, it is the job of players to preserve the culture-rich TESTS and if it doesn't interest the SL team and they cant play positively maybe just give up the test status, we have pretty BD coming up with loads of talent.

Posted by Afzaaal on (January 21, 2014, 4:49 GMT)

Hats Off to Misbah Eleven. Full priases for Azhar and Misbah for displaying great character. Besides efforts of Pak Team, the disappointing attitude of SL Guys is also a contributor to this result. Last session was dismal show by SL bowlers. For Pak, it is time that Team Management awakes and builds a strong team that caters all aspects of a winning team. PCB ought to build a dedicated Test Playing Team that is totally different from ODI T20 Outfits.

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 21, 2014, 4:41 GMT)

@ yorkslanka : Are you saying Mathews scored 14 from 100 balls because he could not score more than that?!? You also spoke about everything els but some words on what happened in the last few overs too?? Another example of SL fans seeing only what they want to see...

Posted by ahassan on (January 21, 2014, 4:40 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan team on his great win. They were positive from the word go and almost everybody chipped in with some contribution. I hope now they have realized that aggression is the best form of defense. Sri Lanka played negative cricket with safety first tactics, as Pakistan had done so many times in the past, and lost the match. Misbah, for a change, was scoring almost run a ball from the very beginning and should always play like this to silence his critics. He should also take decisions for the good of Pakistan cricket instead of showing favoritism. Azhar Ali, Talha and Rehman showed him that dropping them in first two tests was not wise and it cost Pakistan the series win.

Posted by mak8874 on (January 21, 2014, 4:40 GMT)

i don't like cricket ,,, i love it ,,,, and Pakistan team, this time i am so proud of you ,,,,, that's the way mahi ve .... (y)

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 4:33 GMT)

BCCIRox England might be good team. But the way it is being thrashed by Australia is pathetic. If the ranking is so foolproof there might have been some competition. It is purely one sided affair. In polite terms it is called whitewash. Pakistan team in diaspora with new blood coming is good. It has shown in South Africa and now again. A very competitive team.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 4:30 GMT)

unless Pakistan can play oneday cricket only they cannot play test cricket

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 21, 2014, 4:30 GMT)

The irony between the two sides who played this series is that; Pakistani cricketers (Specially bowlers), sadly, who we would love to have playing for different teams in IPL are not allowed to play and SL cricketers, inspite of being available and associated with different teams dont get a chance to make it to the playing XI because they are club level. (KJP for RR, TMD for MI, AM for PWI and KS for i guess SRH)

Posted by Venkiviru on (January 21, 2014, 4:30 GMT)

terrific run chase....tat too pakistan ..unbelievable

Posted by Brennonyo on (January 21, 2014, 4:27 GMT)

Incredible performance by pakistani batsmen ! Future is looking bright for pakistan for shure

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 4:27 GMT)

I think SL was too defensive and a draw was in their mind from Day 1 as they were 1.0. The run rate speaks for itself. Congrats to Pak team for this magnificent win.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 4:22 GMT)

Incredible victory .....

by Unpredictable Team ..

One and Only Pakistan...

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 4:19 GMT)

Sri Lanka does not need foreign coaches because ever since 1994 we had them but what have they done. The need of the hour is how to build your sphere of influence and that can be done through leadership training which in this match had vanished as far as Lankans are concerned

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 4:19 GMT)

I said it before that SL negative cricket have themselves to blame. They scored 214 runs in 101.1 overs in their second innings trying to play for time to draw the match but that back-fired on them and Pak chased 302 to win. Hope it's a lesson to the inexperience captain A.Mathews to play positive cricket in future whatever the result. Misbah was always positive that's why Pak won.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 4:16 GMT)

This is a classical case of Leadership and management failure. First of all, wrong selection in dropping Nuwan and keeping Lakmal. It was Nuwan who showed what it means to apply, bowl line and length and make batsmen play. In this match in particular the second innings all fast bowlers sprayed the ball all over the pitch. Then the actual test, in second Innings whay did Lankans take the Rip wan Winkle attitude, surely the coach should have seen and known. With positive approach could have easily scored another 100 runs, and that would have put the match out of Pakistan reach. The seniors too failed here with pedestrian batting. Then the most inexplicable thing, by the 4th over in Pakistan second innings, there were 5 fielders on the ropes. Was Mathews thinking this is a 20-20? It was all no proactive thinking but reactive focus. The decision should have been to have fielders in normal situ and make batters take risks. Instead the batters milked singles with no risk. Need Leadership?

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

The signs were obvious that SL is playing for a draw when ultra defensive, negative minded Mathews instructed Herath to bowl leg stump line to Misbah in PAK's 1st innings on the 4th day morning. It was also obvious Mathews wants to win the series than this Test. How on earth SL captain says that he wanted to win this match when he himself batted 128 balls scoring just 31 @ 24.21. If you are afraid of losing, don't ever expect to win any game of sport and my humble appeal for Mathews is to stay home and be a good husband to his wife than playing Cricket. I would rather watch Sira led Dambana XI than ultra negative Mathews led SL XI. People like Mathews will not only lose matches but will make true sport lovers stay away from this great game of Cricket.

Posted by tanstell87 on (January 21, 2014, 4:09 GMT)

Indian fan here...excellent test match...kudos to both teams...as Faizan Khan rightly pointed out that Sri Lanka were defensive as they have not won an away series since 2000...any team would have played in same fashion had they been in Sri Lanka's place...England shut shop in 4th test on tour of India in 2012 as they were 2-1 up in the series...The Nagpur pitch seemed lifeless so India could not force win & lost to England after 28 years..i have been following Sri Lankan cricket since they won World Cup in 1996...after all those greats retired,Sri Lanka finally seems to have unearthed a good test team that can be dangerous when they play at home as well as away...the likes of Priyanjan(ODI), Kusal Perara, Silva are latest examples that Sri Lanka keeps churning out talent & they have to make good use of that talent...with Chandinmal,Mathews,Karunaratne & Thirimanne established already Sri Lanka's future is in bright hands..all the best for the future Lankan lions & well played Pakistan

Posted by the_predator on (January 21, 2014, 4:07 GMT)

You beauty pakistan. You have shown the SRILANKA track Bullies their true place in cricket world. Hahahahahahahahaha those colombo track bullies has to wait even more to win a series outside those docile SL pitches. This SL team is the most over hyped bunch of so called greats (they can only play SL (apart from a sangakara, who can play a bit)). Srilanka definitly cant win against any top nation, only the top nation can loose because of their own fault.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 4:03 GMT)

we simply won cuz there was no hafeez in the team no hafeez means no groupings in the team

Posted by dhpr111 on (January 21, 2014, 3:53 GMT)

Well done for Pakistan players for this run chase. Did it brilliantly. But have to say something, Mathews is not a good captain... He can't lead a team..Coz his way of thinking of a game is so defensive and negative. Over the years Sri Lanka is not a team that followed the defensive methods for their success. Sri Lanka has achieved a lot in Cricket by playing positively and aggressively. And when playing defensive cricket it is not good for entire Cricket.On the other hand Pakistan played aggressive cricket.I'm sure if Sri Lanka were in the same situation like Pakistan they wont try to win this game by batting aggressively after loosing three wickets. Very disappointing end as a Sri Lankan fan.

Posted by harshthakor on (January 21, 2014, 3:52 GMT)

Overall a victory for test cricket proving how the complexion of a game can change at the last moment.The fact that Sri Lanka lost employing defensive tactics prove that test cricket is actually about playing for a win and attacking.It is a lesson for the need of positivity in test cricket as much as any other format of the game.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 3:51 GMT)

niceeeee playd pakistan

Posted by mrabkhan on (January 21, 2014, 3:51 GMT)

you should compare with the over 300 plus score but why you compare it with 200 plus score previously i see analysis on twitter by cricinfo that pak number one on 300 Plus score

Posted by harshthakor on (January 21, 2014, 3:43 GMT)

One of the greatest test match comebacks to win a game ever.Pakistan pulled of the Houdini act in spectacular manner,like unexpected thunder and lightning emerging.They proved what a positive mind set can contribute to the result of a game.This game was a victory for test cricket as it proved how the fate of game can change till the very end.Sri Lanka proved that playing for draw in test cricket has a negative impact which was an abject lesson.Their negative tactics cost them the match.

Congrats to Pakistan for fighting like tigers.The 1-1 result was a fair result in a hard-fought series between tow equally good teams.

Posted by Fijicricket on (January 21, 2014, 3:39 GMT)

@Posted by Ali Khan on (January 20, 2014, 19:13 GMT) Agree with you test cricket is very good when teams of same standard play!

Posted by Fijicricket on (January 21, 2014, 3:37 GMT)

@mzm, Albert Campbell, solid snake While India whitewashes Australian easily 4-0 at home,Pakistan manages to draw series with SL at home! Look at the excitement when teams of similar standard play each other! Some even feel they have won the World Cup by drawing the series!!! Lol Congratulations Pakistan! All Pakistan fans must be looking forward to similar standard matches against Zimbabwe and BDesh! This is proof TEST cricket will survive when teams play against Similar standard teams!

Posted by Rowayton on (January 21, 2014, 3:34 GMT)

Makes you wonder why Pakistan did not try to win the first test, when they also had to score 300 from about the same number of overs.

Posted by Ozizim on (January 21, 2014, 3:30 GMT)

As a neutral of Indian origin, I found it compelling viewing even at the late hours of Sydney. Yes SL played in that manner to win an away series, but credit to the Pak batsmen for achieving the target. And surely a more proactive field set by SL could have given them a draw. Lessons for both Matthews and Misbah as to how matches can be lost or won! Possibly the only negative for me was the error ridden commentary from Waqar, sure, English is not natural to him and I suppose he is also in his infancy as far as commentating is concerned....1st time listening to Chishty Mujahid what class!!!

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (January 21, 2014, 3:30 GMT)

Thrashing when defeating, praising when winning, is not our way. No matter what Mathews and co achieved, they are our heroes. Well, these are experiences, and experiences make people better. Thanks Mathews and co for your great commitment, and we never forget the great innings you played to bring us the first victory, and to stop the clear defeat in first match. Keep working hard buddy! We love our Sri Lankan team, no matter what! At the same time, we have a lot of respect and love to our brothering country, Pakistan.

Posted by Shehan_W on (January 21, 2014, 3:27 GMT)

Day night test cricket began yesterday. Brought back the memories of 2007 WC final. Umpires did their best to ensure SL lose. Anyway congrats to Pakistan for a great run chase.

Posted by kempvet on (January 21, 2014, 3:19 GMT)

It is great when attacking captains get rewarded and defensive captains fumble their way to defeat from so called safe positions.

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (January 21, 2014, 3:13 GMT)

@Blade-Runner: "To be honest, this is way funnier than comedy central. lol 2 wickets down already. lol Pakistan are in the process of batting themselves out. lol I think that they have taken the bait. Mathews, you are a genius !!!! Btw, where are all the people who questioned Mathews' strategies?? lol Probably watching Big Bash, I guess."

??

Where were you? as you are expert giving excellent reasons for every SL loss, justify your own lines.

What a shame to loose a test match after getting the lead in the first innings. I heard about ICC new rule that it might give chances to new test teams, and can drop the existing ones. SL will stand first in that list. LOL.

Pakistan has played like a ODI match in 5th day. Misbah,, you have proved 'n' number of times that you are such a classy player. Congratulations.

Posted by ajithabey on (January 21, 2014, 3:01 GMT)

Pakistan Zindabad is all what I can say as a Sri Lankan. Pulling off a memorable win from the jaws of defeat by scoring approx.300 runs in two sessions. Congratulations for a great game of positive cricket. Afterall, test cricket is not dead right now. Sri Lanka deserved to lose by playing negative cricket and time wasting tactics in the last 2 days which is deplorable to say the least never before seen in the history of Sri Lankan Cricket. The team management and coaches should be taken to task for putting the team into this negative frame of mind and throwing away a golden opportunity to win a series overseas. Mathews been an aggressive player should have taken the initiative to play positively. The specialist off spinner dilruwan was kept in cotton wool in the second innings which is intriguing. Herath not been a great spinner in the mould of Murali or Ajmal should have bowled his normal length and line instead of trying to exploit the rough proved worthless. Great win Pakistan.

Posted by siri12345 on (January 21, 2014, 2:59 GMT)

we got confused in this test match.we played excellent cricket throughout the series but i am deeply gutted the way it ended.time for our coach and captain to deeply analyse the loss.we should hav calculated the situation better,rather than giving importance to statements of oppurtunists like rameez and other pak commentators who r deeply deeply frustrated by their team performance in this series and want sl to give a chance to pak to level the series lol.when their strike bowler the overrated so called magician was struggling to take even the tail enders wicket rameez wanted us to declare and give a chance to pak to chase on this belter.absolutely baffling to see the wickets prepared by pak in this series.why the hell did u prepare such flat tracks??????fear of herath??lol anyways last time pak visited lanka we thrashed them 1-0 in tests in our home but so sad pak only managed a draw in their home that too by a fluke win by confusing srilanka.

Posted by Diaz54 on (January 21, 2014, 2:59 GMT)

Wonderful testament to positive cricket . It shows what positive mindset can achieve. Pakistan themselves must learn from this win. If they had played with same level of positive es they would have won earlier tests. Azar Ali..particularly needs to learn , it shows what he can do. As a no 3 bat he needs to be more consistent. Perhaps he will grow from this innings.,as to Misbah he is a very good leader....so,etching the fans do. to understand...worrying times when he retires.

Posted by wapuser on (January 21, 2014, 2:56 GMT)

It is a shame to be a Sri Lankan cricket fan not for losing the match but the spirit that they displayed after the first innings of batting.

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 21, 2014, 2:54 GMT)

I know you lose a game is just part of the game but I wouldn't wish anyone to lose it like this. It was as if they were just begging for this whole thing to end before the alloted time, they just didn't want to comepete but they also desperately wanted the series win. Pakistan had to literally drag them over the line and the umpires were very much enjoying the drag lol. SL kicking and screaming, I thought that was childish of SL to behave in the manner they did. I seriously do feel for the SL fans, their team management must be held responsible for all this as I'm not sure it was Mathews idea all along, they were all in on it. Physio coming in on the field would indicate part of the negativity came from management. Faking injuries at the last minute and complaining bad light just puts SL cricket in bad light. As cash strapped as SL are, they didn't take the offer of day night cricket because they wanted to win, but guess what they lost it anyways.

Posted by hobaid51 on (January 21, 2014, 2:52 GMT)

This is exactly what the Pakistan cricket team needed. For a team so often abused and taunted for not being able to chase, the batsmen came out to what looked like a limp and defensive Lankan team and attacked the bowling line up; not even Herath could slow them down. Misbah played a captains innings and must be applauded; for all the criticism he gets, his team came out with a target to win NOT draw and so they did. Azhar Ali played an uncharacteristically brilliant innings and should most definitely be retained. A solid, sensible player, the future of Pakistan cricket. This is the Pakistan of today, plugging in the young, taking risks (promoting Sarfaraz was a stroke of genius) and using tact. Well done team Pakistan, this was one for the ages!

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 2:49 GMT)

Matthews proved that he does not have a cricketing brain when he allowed the batsman to "block" when they should have been directed to score runs instead of the negative batting in the 2nd innings, (8 runs in 1 overs is crazy even for test cricket). There was no point in Lakmal and Eranga blocking towards the last few overs. Was surprised that Ford, Mahela and Sangakkara did not advise Matthews ??? It is better to have Mahela or Sangakkara Captain the SL team until Matthews (or someone else) shows cricketing maturity. I would like to stress that SL lost solely because of Matthews

Posted by MH19 on (January 21, 2014, 2:39 GMT)

Bad luck Sri Lanka and hats off to Pakistan for taking the courage to chase 300 in 50 overs in a test match.Being a sri lankan we must realise pakistan was going to win the first test and SL clawed back for a draw. Then won the 2nd test and tried either to win or draw but that back fired this is cricket and also must thank the players a test match worth watching looking at the end result and all 5 days were used which is a great achievement.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 2:39 GMT)

well done pakistan....this will be the lesson for youngsters in test cricket for many years to come

Posted by Fijicricket on (January 21, 2014, 2:35 GMT)

Probably the most boring test match in history ,but look at the excitement of drawing the series ! this proves two tier system will work to regenerate interest in the game. Pak / SL/Zimbabwe / BDesh will create so much close games and interest , let's NOT destroy the momentum by pitching these teams against the BIG BOYS of CRICKET LIKE SA/INDIA/AUST/ENGLAND,!

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 2:19 GMT)

I couldn't agree more with Muhammad Jawad. With an attack which is not the best in the world, it is unfair to overly criticize Angelo Mathews for being defensive. As Mathews said, the root cause of their defeat is the batting that faltered in the the second innings.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 2:17 GMT)

I've never been so happy to see a Pakistan win... and a Sri Lanka defeat. This win for Pakistan is actually a win for test cricket. Good to see Sri Lanka loose after making all the efforts to bore everyone out of life only to maintain their series lead.

Test cricket needs a strong, consistent Pak side. I sincerely hope they do this more often.

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (January 21, 2014, 1:47 GMT)

Sri Lanka and Pakistan are just made for each other. They should play each other more often, and lead to such exciting games. They will definitely be the top most teams in the second tier. Weak bowling of Sri Lanka against weak batting of Pakistan makes for such exciting contests...

Posted by Shantul on (January 21, 2014, 1:45 GMT)

Quite happy to see PAK do something right!!! but one side note one must not forget that, PAK had same total for first TEST and 67 over remaining in the day and Misbah went for the draw on that occasion. Had PAK gone blazing towards that total, now it would have been 2-1 series!! Well one can only learn from their mistakes!! Hope Misbah learns!!

Posted by aa61761 on (January 21, 2014, 1:45 GMT)

With similar mindset Pakistan could have also won the first test. Target was similar and the number of overs were also similar. Hafiz was well set and Pakistan could have pushed it until Hafiz was batting. Hope Misbah has learned some thing about taking chances.

Posted by 777aditya on (January 21, 2014, 1:38 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan team - I think in the world of cricket, presently only Pakistan is a team which could have done this. Truly amazing win. Nowadays, they are consistently managing to pull the rug below their opponents. How I wish they could play India in tests!

Posted by vik56in on (January 21, 2014, 1:12 GMT)

Hope ,atleast some Pakistani cricket followers realize that Misbah is a good captain with whatever limited resources he has got.Pakistani cricket fans appreciate only dramatic cricketers and captains.And when somebody like Misbah who is different and tries to do things differently he gets criticized more often than not.

Posted by hotcric01 on (January 21, 2014, 1:10 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan! Misbah,Azar,Safraz,Talha all played brilliantly. This is one of amazing chase in tests.This chase would definitely boost Pakistan's confidence. They have match winners in batting .Only thing they need is positive mindset.Overall Pakistan played brilliant cricket throughout the series.They fought hard even in losing matches.As for Sri Lanka they have a lot of positives from this series.They have found good young talents especially in fast bowling.But Mathews should be positive. Don't play for a draw.You should play for win.Ayway interesting piece of cricket in past months.

Posted by bookie7600 on (January 21, 2014, 0:57 GMT)

Well done PAKISTAN- such an unpredictable team ! Misbah must be once in a generation cricketer to be SO consistent at such an age. Hats Off! All this coming from an Indian. Well done guys.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 0:54 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan!!!! With all the bad news it is great to see Pakistan make cricket exciting and vivd!

Posted by DocBindra on (January 21, 2014, 0:42 GMT)

Mediocre cricket at its best...uninterested fans (turnout), terrible captaincy by both sides. Watched all the matches but the defensive cricket from the word go was absolutely ridiculous. Judging by the approach, one might have thought it was an unplayable pitch. The RR hovered around 2 most of the match and the fielding on both side was horrendous. SL has no one to blame but themselves for letting a commanding position slip away due to negative decision making. They never played to win but rather not to lose.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 21, 2014, 0:21 GMT)

A selection of some predictions and comments made during the final hours of the match.

Kalpa Manoj "srilanka easily take series.."

Sanaullah Islam "I think pak win comfortably."

Gihan Abeyratne "Sri Lanka outplayed Pak in this 3 games - period'

Pindia "It would be a great, great victory; perhaps the greatest... Misbah deserves it!"

Nirosh Ryan "Sri Lanka will win the serious for sure....1-0 or possibly 2-0...."

Omer Farooq "Draw :("

රෝෂිත චමීර "dont know why pakistan play negatively."

Khurram S Chaudhry "81 runs in 30 overs. pak win is out of equation. runrate above 5 on day 5 pitch is simply not getable in tests."

ham1990 "As a SL fan, I for one would like to congratulate Pakistan on winning this test in advance."

Blade-Runner: "this is way funnier than comedy central ... Pakistan are in the process of batting themselves out.. they have taken the bait. Mathews, you are a genius !!!!"

Posted by Chirs-Cry on (January 21, 2014, 0:20 GMT)

Thats why you don't mess with a cornered tiger because that is when it is at its dangerous. Well played Pakistan team. Reminded me of the good old days of Pakistan cricket. I wish every team played test cricket like you guys did. Despite the total you made an effort and pulled off a sensational win! Congrats from Aus.

Posted by LankaGod on (January 21, 2014, 0:15 GMT)

A series that was there for the taking has been drawn... Who else was embarrassed with our players trying to make a case for bad light. Absolutely pathetic display of captaincy again? A couple of good sessions for Pakistan does not hide the fact that SL dominated the test series and were unlucky and yes short sighted in strategy to have lost this match. Losing against this unsettled and far inferior Pakistan team does not auger well for the real competition coming up against England in England.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 0:12 GMT)

wow what a game that was all credit goes to sarfraz ahmed he played such a brilliant inning but Pakistan have to work hard for upcoming matches best of luck Pakistani team

Posted by mansman on (January 21, 2014, 0:02 GMT)

How come play was extended beyond the regular time and the light was clearly fading???? The game should have ended 15 minutes earlier when the light got poorer. Why were the umpires insistent upon playing is a mystery to me...something to do with Sharjah and Pakistan on the verge of victory perhaps...

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 0:00 GMT)

The signs were obvious that SL is playing for a draw when ultra defensive, negative minded Mathews instructed Herath to bowl leg stump line to Misbah in PAK's 1st innings on the 4th day morning. It was also obvious Mathews wants to win the series than this Test. How on earth SL captain says that he wanted to win this match when he himself batted 128 balls scoring just 31 @ 24.21. If you are afraid of losing, don't ever expect to win any game of sport and my humble appeal for Mathews is to stay home and be a good husband to his wife than playing Cricket. I would rather watch Sira led Dambana XI than ultra negative Mathews led SL XI. People like Mathews will not only continue to lose matches but will make sport lovers stay away from this great game of Cricket. Kudos for PAK though.

Posted by Selfishkar on (January 20, 2014, 23:56 GMT)

In 23 years and 200 test Sachin never scored such a century in rapid pace to win a test

Posted by shohag23 on (January 20, 2014, 23:42 GMT)

I think the negative approach from Srilankan cost them the match.They were in the mode to draw the match from the day 1.And not only that they were trying to force the umpires to call off the match even though 7+ overs were left for the day.It was them who had slow over rate from the begaining of the 4th innings and they couple of times they called in their physio for no reason.The last time when Lakmal was trying to run out Misbah on the bowlers end,the physio was trying to get in to the field without even being called by the Umpire.So the umpire refused him to enter.They were wasting time but thanks to the Umpires for being firm and kept the game going.Well done Pakistan from an Indian Fan.

Posted by rezauk on (January 20, 2014, 23:29 GMT)

FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE - Today we see Pakistan playing an agressive match with all batsmen having to perform. I have recently criticised Azhar and Shafiq because in the past they have batted with little intent. Today Azhar showed a different side to himself. SL fought very hard in the 1st 2 matches and deserved their position. Unfortunately the 3rd test was too defensive - I agreed after 2 days that they had earnt the right to bat out time. The final 3 days were too negative and unsporting. I believe this will be a lesson for both teams - Several tmes in the past Pakistan have lost test matches by poor defenceless cricket today they have seen the other side of the coin. I hope both teams play agressive cricket from now on and entertain the fans. We are not asking for 20/20 style batting but commited partnerships at sensible run rates. I believe all fans around the world appreciate their team winning but also appreciate occasional defeats in an attempt to win a game. :)

Posted by CricketFever11 on (January 20, 2014, 23:22 GMT)

Sri Lankas tactics were totally wrong here. They didn't go neither for a win nor a draw. They wait until PAK draw or lose the match. This will be a massive lesson for young mathews and he will not do the same mistake again. At the end of the day it is just only a game. Back To Work friends. May Sri Lanka and Pakistan friendship live long.

Posted by CricketFever11 on (January 20, 2014, 23:17 GMT)

Of course losing this match will be a big learning curve for young Mathews. Honestly, He did some mistakes. But he is still very young and learning. Hope he will never do these mistakes again. Any way Drawn series away from home against major test playing nation is more than happy for SL. Prior to this series Sri Lanka had nothing to lose but T20 number one rankings. They remained the number one rankings, drew the test series with most of the young talents. Overall this a good tour for Sri Lanka. End of a cracking series though. Cheers. Friendship between SL and Pakistan live long.

Posted by pak78 on (January 20, 2014, 23:00 GMT)

oh wow what a win my team pakistan who says test cricket is boring.. what an advertisment for test cricket well played boys a total team effort.

Posted by Desihungama on (January 20, 2014, 22:41 GMT)

What is remarkable about the chase is the fact Yes, it was a Test match and there are no leg side wides, more bouncers, fielding restrictions etc but the fact Sri Lanka bowled so negatively throughout the innings and Pak batsmen did not just score those RUNS but WENT to get those runs and chased 300 down. That's Remarkable!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 22:36 GMT)

It was good to see assertive umpiring preventing a farcical end on the pretext of bad light. Test cricket has been always been the benchmark when it comes to evaluating teams and players, and this Test has exposed the demerits of needless caution and complacency. A pleasing victory for cricket and a priceless win for Pakistan.

Posted by njr1330 on (January 20, 2014, 22:29 GMT)

What a triumph for positive cricket! Ironic that a run-chase should succeed because of that famous fast scorer, Misbah ul Haq!! Sri Lanka got exactly what they deserved from this match ... absolutely nothing!!!

Posted by stumpedlloyd on (January 20, 2014, 22:27 GMT)

Well done, Pakistan! And congratulations for showing my team what happens when you play negative cricket. This was a stunning spanking that Sri Lanka needed and I am glad it happened. I am embarrassed that Sri Lanka played so negatively and then kept complaining like spoiled brats about the poor light. Sri Lanka and Angelo Mathews have only themselves to blame for this defeat, from the slow batting to Rangana Herath's ridiculous outside-leg-stump line to the delaying tactics. Thank you, Pakistan, for beating my team. I hope Mathews and the Lankans learn a good lesson from this. I have my doubts, but I am glad they lost.

Posted by Cricketlover54 on (January 20, 2014, 22:23 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan I proud to say I'm happy with the result, Pakistan truly deserved it. Played a different ball game than SL and played positively and gave us an incredible day of a Test Match. Well Done Pakistan

Posted by gibbons on (January 20, 2014, 22:23 GMT)

WOW! Because of the way Sri Lanka batted, I assumed that this pitch was so slow that the chase would be impossible. I went to bed at 3 for 100-odd. Great to see some runs from Manzoor, Shehzad and Ali in this match and not just Younis and Misbah, the younger batsmen will have years ahead of them. Well done Pakistan, sorry this series is over!

Posted by Messa1 on (January 20, 2014, 22:16 GMT)

Unfortunately I have to blame Mathews for this loss. First he should've given the ball to Dilruwan perera who got the wicket of Azhar Ali in the 1st innings. Also why don't he put more pressure on the new batsman by bringing in the fielders?!?! Instead he had more than half of them for saving boundaries! That is negative tactics in my view and also disappointed with Sanga. He is the senior man with plenty of experience and should be giving advice to mathews NOT wrap his hands around and chew his gum!. Anyway hope SL learn from this and play 'positively' in the series coming up. Congratulations to Pak.

Posted by Essex_Man on (January 20, 2014, 22:13 GMT)

What an astonishing end to the Test and to the series. I don't agree with the report that this was an "abysmal advertisement for cricket" for 4 days; those cat-and-mouse days were all part and parcel of an absorbing Test match and series.

And I'm pleased to see that it's not only England who have the capacity to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!

Posted by Batsheba on (January 20, 2014, 22:12 GMT)

Congratulations to the umpires for showing some common sense and not pulling out the light meters. If test cricket is to survive there need to be more of these sorts of judgement calls. I noted that the umpires threatened to penalize Sri Lanka by 5 runs.....I think this is the only way to combat slow over rates and time-wasting...cutting the captains match fees does nothing - these guys are making all their money advertising washing machines; the only real way to penalize is with runs. I think the run-penalties need to be more severe and more regulated - say 10 runs an over for every over that isn't bowled. That would get the bowler back to his mark a bit quicker.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 21:58 GMT)

Once again we see that test cricket is the greatest form of cricket . Sadly there should be three test here . World cricket needs to focus more on tests and not on 1 day and especially not on the bizarre 20/20 format

Posted by ameen786 on (January 20, 2014, 21:58 GMT)

Good to see Pakistan chasing down 302 runs in 60 overs in a test match with the run rate of 5.5 maintaining through out the innings this is something really special. Hats off to Azar Ali Sarfarz and the cool Best Captain of Pakistan after Imran Khan MISBAH we salute you proud that you are leafing the young Pakistan team.

Dav Whatmore should have retain till 2015 world cup he is very talented coach at present i am sure most of the countries are looking him to hire.Anyways best of luck Mr. Whatmore we will miss u as Pakistan Coach.

Under Misbah and Whatmore Pakistan Played well without any controversy that is the greatest point of his tenture.

Thank you Misbah for wonderful innings.....keep going we need you until 2015 world cup i like to see you winning the world cup and retiring on high note like Tiger Imran....

Posted by plow on (January 20, 2014, 21:47 GMT)

Well Done Pakistan!! At last a team with the courage to chase a test win. my latest favourite team for doing this, from a kiwi.

Posted by aliyusuf on (January 20, 2014, 21:40 GMT)

Fastest 300+ run chases in Test cricket: Team Score Overs R-Rate Against Venue Match Date Pakistan 302/5 57.3 5.25 Sri Lanka Sharjah 01/16/14 West Indies 344/1 66.1 5.19 England Lord's 06/28/84 England 315/4 73.2 4.29 Australia Leeds 08/16/01 Australia 334/6 79.1 4.21 South Africa Cape Town 03/08/02 India 387/4 98.3 3.92 England Chennai 12/11/08

Posted by cheesemethod on (January 20, 2014, 21:39 GMT)

Exactly what test cricket needs, with the exception of Australia (and very recently nz under mccullums captaincy), a nation that will be proactive and go out to win. RSA lost my respect when they played for that recent draw. I will say as TV broadcasting goes, the whole production and commentary was well under parr for the high standards that australias channel nine set.

Posted by Cricket_theBestGame on (January 20, 2014, 21:38 GMT)

a win which surprised everyone. if ICC still goes on with 2 tier system then shame on them and everyone who supports them !!

SL could've still drawn the match if they played to score runs to give pak a chase of 400+ runs. then they had the test saved. matthews may come good as captain but i suspect this strategy was with full support (if not suggested) by sangakara and jaywardne. a harsh lesson learnt by SL.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 21:37 GMT)

SL has a history of finding blatant loopholes in the rules: Playing a mock Captain to avoid getting real captain getting banned, leaking runs deliberately so opposition batsman can't score century and now playing *excessive* negative cricket to preserve the series scoreline.

Hopefully Pakistan was able to impart a moral lesson somewhere in this result.

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 20, 2014, 21:31 GMT)

Dave whatmore needed this win. Atleast he got that. Managing pakistan team is futile for everyone. Too much politics in selection.

Posted by fairfan70 on (January 20, 2014, 21:25 GMT)

Amazing run chase by Pakistan. A RR of 5.25 is scarcely believable in tests.

SL fans, time for you to open your bag of excuses.

Posted by lyoung on (January 20, 2014, 21:17 GMT)

Amazing by Pakistan. When I saw the score at tea (107-3) I thought the game would be drawn.

Posted by samincolumbia on (January 20, 2014, 21:16 GMT)

@R1zzy - On the other hand, that won't stop from Pakistan losing to Zimbabwe or winning a single game in an ODI tournament, like the Champions Trophy.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 21:11 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan cricket team for this Epic world record 300 chase victory in fastest run rate . even though this test should also be called slowest test when we see aproach of srilanka batting unnessirally consume mammonth and huge overs with so low rate and go from the begginng for draw because they were 1-nill in test . but there approach seems like childish .. as child thought now im 1 up in series why not play for draw , but they forget this a test match and this is for mature . even though they really tried hard by playing 170 overs 2 days 1st innings . and 2nd innings 110 overs 1 and half day to draw that match so pity sl negative approach let them down and they pay the price.. it should be big lesson for them . and im very much thankfull to pak team to play for historic win for a great mind set . and they give a great lesson to sl. and its not about this match . sl played the whole series for draw . fortunately in 2nd test pakistan 1st innings was disapointed thats why they wo

Posted by samincolumbia on (January 20, 2014, 21:09 GMT)

@Albert campbell - This series was the worst advertisement for test cricket, except for the freakish run chase for 2 sessions on day 5! As for the SA-Ind series, SA was on the backfoot for most of the 5 days in the second test, except for that spell from Steyn! BTW, India has more trophies in their bag as opposed to SA which has none!

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (January 20, 2014, 20:53 GMT)

Only 27 times score of 300+ in 4th innings is gunned down according to Cricinfo stats guru, here are the results: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;innings_number=4;orderby=runs_per_over;result=1;runsmin1=300;runsval1=runs;template=results;type=team;view=innings

according to best batting avg above 300+ successful chase. Pakistan 302/5 57.3 5.25 v Sri Lanka Sharjah 16 Jan 2014 West Indies 344/1 66.1 5.19 v England Lord's 28 Jun 1984 England 315/4 73.2 4.29 v Australia Leeds 16 Aug 2001 Australia 334/6 79.1 4.21 v South Africa Cape Town 8 Mar 2002 India 387/4 98.3 3.92 v England Chennai 11 Dec 2008 West Indies 348/5 69.0x8 3.78 v New Zealand Auckland 27 Feb 1969

Posted by Gangnam_Gangsta on (January 20, 2014, 20:50 GMT)

I am disappointed in SL crickets attitude towards test cricket. I don't want to indulge in 'i told you so' except to make this larger point: any game is at the core played for fun. Sl forgot that basic fact. They tried to subject Pakistan to the slow Chinese torture but as they say 'what goes around comes around'. In the end Pakistan demolished them in a blaze of glory and proved to many (not all) SL fans, who were defending the slow go approach, that in cricket if you are not going forward, you are going backward. Ultimately, it is runs and wickets that ensure victory and not some cynical plan on paper to demoralize a young but vibrant cricket opposition.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (January 20, 2014, 20:49 GMT)

A great result from Pakistan and a great one for those who like their Test cricket REAL and straight. Not a good result for India, England and Australia though.

Posted by Pindia on (January 20, 2014, 20:45 GMT)

This was the greatest run chase in test history on account of having to maintain such a scoring rate throughout the two final sessions. Misbah deserves a place in history and Pakistan must now realise their potential as a cricketing nation, they have so much talent. I must add that all the umpires but especially Richard Kettleborough made the right decision to prevent Sri Lanka from playing the bad light card and from time wasting through feigning injury. I would also add that Sri Lanka were good in the first two tests and have some talented new players especially in the batting department. For Pak, if you consider who they could bring in: Irfan, Gul, Hafeez, Jamshed, Sharjeel, Sohaib, Masood, Bhatti and Awar Ali to name a few- the future is very bright. Misbah should hopefully be around for a few more years too...

Posted by alesana85 on (January 20, 2014, 20:44 GMT)

I always love it when teams that play defensively lose. I don't blame the Sri Lankans for playing the way they did, it was up to Pakistan to make the play & they did brilliantly. Shehzad had nothing to worry about.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 20:44 GMT)

This was the exactly the same situation as was in the very first test match, where Pakistan was facing 300 plus target, and two brilliant one day and T-20 specialists Muhammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad and Pakistan had made the mistake to go for draw that match.Todays match winning is just possible because of the brilliant captainacy of Misbah Ul Haq. Fight Like A Lion ,Win Like A Legend, Create A History.. Congrates for the very big win for Pakistan, Equivalent to 5 ODIs., Pakistan looks vey much better than Indian cricket team today.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 20:40 GMT)

Undoubtedly Pakistan has done the best chase ever in the history of Cricket... Thanks to all cricket lovers for their appreciation and special thanks to our neighbours Indian Fans. Cheers

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 20:36 GMT)

First of all I must congratulate Team Pakistan for their sensational and astonishing win over Srilanka today, Pakistani Batsmen played out of their skin to chase down this decent target given by Lankans. Srilanka was in driving seat throughout the test series even in this test match first 4 days belong to them. It was a tough decision whether to attack or defend and let Pakistani Batsmen make some mistakes which to be honest they do most of the time and in past we have lost matches where target was well below this one but not this time. Misbah has proved all his critics wrong once again, He is turning into Inzi for us now a days. He is the only complete Batsmen in our line up with strong defensive skills and power to sail over any boundary in any cricket ground on top he have cool and calm head which operate as a think tank, his ability to stay at crease and make the opponent tire and frustrated is the key for test playing mindset. I will prefer him as a captain in all three formats

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 20:36 GMT)

Well played, the team has done it again in the most typical and unpredictable fashion..... Love how Pakistan plays :)

Posted by BatBowlCatch on (January 20, 2014, 20:32 GMT)

Awesome finish to what has been otherwise dull test series. Seems pointless playing in empty stadiums. They may as well play on the beach or in a goat paddock. It's not very often a team has the guts to have a crack at a 300+ score. I've never quite understood why a team can chase a good score in ODI's but not tests. Yes I understand fielding restrictions and that a white and red ball behave differently but at the end of the day it is a bat hitting a ball. It's all about state of mind and desire. I was backing Sri Lanka but good on Pakistan. Misbah is the lifeblood of the Pakistani's and if they can have a bit of consistency in selection this may well carry on. Every time I check results there is a new player in the team and as a New Zealander it's difficult trying to wrap my tongue around new name pronunciations all the time. On that note thank goodness Sri Lanka doesn't change their side as much these days.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 20:28 GMT)

Feels like a good time to lose a test series to Bangladesh

Posted by wapuser on (January 20, 2014, 20:28 GMT)

If u beleive in ur self and think positive only No score is big enough!

Posted by PACERONE on (January 20, 2014, 20:27 GMT)

Sri Lanka losing like they did is what happens when teams play to not lose.After Emgland won playing dour defensive slow cricket,waiting for the other team to screw up,some team must of thought that is a good ploy to play like England.I an upset wit SL for batting like they did.I usually watch SL bat as it usually good entertainment.Arivinda,Jayasuriya and others must be very disappointed.Look at who the batting coach is.Pakistan did cricket a great service.Congratulations!!!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 20:24 GMT)

I wish Pakistan would have done same in first test match because target was also to chase 302 in 52 overs. Congrats to Pakistan and well played sri lank. It was good series between two friendly nation

Posted by Pindia on (January 20, 2014, 20:17 GMT)

300 runs plus in the final two sessions on day 5 is unparalleled. Misbah is a model of perseverance, humility and unflappable determination. It seems now he finally has a team and squad who can enable his unique attributes as a captain and batsman to flourish. There is no other cricketer in history I can think of who at 39 is at his peak and who can play all out defence or all out attack just as convincingly; or like today who can construct a master innings to enable a junior colleague to flourish. There is no reason why Misbah cannot take Pakistan to the world cup in 2015 with this team and squad. I think today's XI should be given an automatic selection for most formats going forwards, with consideration to the all-rounders Afridi, Hafeez, Bhatti and Anwar Ali for the ODIs. On this form Azhar should play in the odis and I think the opening pair should be given a chance in all formats, or possibly Manzoor would go out for T20. I think Misbah should play in the T20 world cup...

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (January 20, 2014, 20:10 GMT)

SL has been great throughout this series. They were defensive in Pakistan's 2nd innings only because they knew that Pakistan shall crash in trying too score @ above 5.5 runs per over when Sarfaraz came to the wicket. You can't blame SL. I as a Pakistan supporter would have expected Pakistan to score 300 runs in the 4 th innings even if time was not an issue. Historically they have done this only once. BUT PAKISTAN DID IT. Pakistan won a match at the FASTEST SCORING RATE IN THE 4TH INNINGS where the winning team had to score 300 or over. Absoultely amazing; Pakistan grabbed victory out of the jaws of at best a draw and quite easily a loss if they went after the runs. THIS IS NOT HOW PAKISTAN HAS PLAYED AT LEAST IN THE LAST 7 YEARS, when it had a very strong batting and bowling team. Well done Misbah and Whatmore.

Posted by Karthik78 on (January 20, 2014, 20:06 GMT)

Unbelievable effort from Pakistan, keep going. Very unexpected from Pakistan. Wishes from India.

Posted by PIA786 on (January 20, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

WELL DONE TEAM MISBAH!!!!!! Now to all those who abuse Misbah......leave him alone. Class is class.......he has done more for the team than anybody sine Imran Khan. All those one match wonders do Pak team no good like Umar Akmal etc. MISBAH lead by example and Azhar benefited from this. The team should be built around Younis and Misbah.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 19:49 GMT)

Guys, the reason Sri Lanka played defensive was simply to win a away test series after a very long time, and they made sure this was accomplished until Pakistan went old school with its cricket and launched an all out attack. Lankans played above my expectation, and if they were a little bit more positive they could have won the series 2-0. Pakistan played horribly in the first 2 tests, and were determined in this one to save their face. Sri Lanka really missed the trick to capitalize. Pakistan must work on their fielding, dropping dozens of catches in this series won't do them much good in the coming tournaments. Lastly Kudos to my green shirts, special respect for Azhar Ali, Mr.Pakistan, and Sarfaraz Ahmed:)

Posted by ICKY on (January 20, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. This win has proved that if respective Captain has a positive and attacking attitude, he can snatch the victory from the mouth of defeat. It is a big lesson for Misbah himself, who, befor this day always had a defensive frame of mind. Now he should change his game with this new adventure and play positively in ODI's where his approach is always NEGATIVE and DEFENSIVE.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

As a Pakistani supporter, I feel it is grossly unjustified to blame Matthew and Sri Lankans for applying negative tactics to win a rare away series win. I still remember how we Pakistanis hailed Misbah and Younis shutting shop in 2010 series in UAE against South Africa when hundred odd runs were needed in 15 overs. Similarly that test in early 2011 in New Zealand where Pakistan declined to chase a target of 260 odd runs even though 40 odd runs were needed with 4 wickets left.

Give time to Matthew and he will definitely evolve to be a better and attacking leader..just like Misbah of today! Go Lankan Tigers and Team Pakistan! Bleed the world green!!

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

Azhar Ali must be in the ODI squad. He is a very important player. Did anyone else notice misbah scoring 68 runs from 72 balls with only four boundaries? That shows a lot of skill.

Posted by Haz95 on (January 20, 2014, 19:16 GMT)

@Sports4youth How can you drop Azhar Ali and SAEED AJMAL(?!?!?!) whilst keeping in mind how much they've both done, especially Azhar today as that was one of the greatest knocks by a Paki ever...How can you include Bhatti who's good but is more of a reserve...I believe Hammad still deserves this spot ahead of Bhatti and Anwar. Also, as long as Misbah and Younis are here, I doubt Umar Akmal and Haris Sohail will get much chances...same with how inzy did with Misbah or Dravid with Pujara..Khurram should be in squad but I'd play Shan ahead of him personally.Also our batting is good now with Sarfraz adding more depth so do we would only need an fast bowling allrounder in a Pacy pitch

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

Test cricket is mother of all cricket. It is mixture of all formats of the game depends on the circumstances. It has patience of 5 days match, thrill of ODI and passion of T20 but all vary from situation to situation. it does not only mean to play slowly and let time pass. All this proved in this match. Well played both teams but the difference between both team is the approach towards spirit of the game which paid off Pakistan. A lesson learnt for all nothing best but test cricket is, and it should continue as it is for last 140 years.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 19:13 GMT)

That is why I love test cricket. My friends will never understand beauty of test cricket. They will cherish one day and t20 and sadely so

Posted by Arshad_786 on (January 20, 2014, 19:12 GMT)

Great Job in Batting Pakistan but your fielding and catching was Pathetic to say the least. You were lucky to win this test after dropping more than 8 catches. Pakistan needs to put more emphasis on fielding. Scoring a few runs doesn't do much for the team if you drop 2 catches and give up boundaries because you either don't know how to dive or are unwilling to dirty your clothes.

Posted by Haz95 on (January 20, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

I think people have praised the people who deserve it(Sarfraz,Misbah and Azhar) but now...Our bowling is back on par, Saeed chipping in with his usual 3wicket+ in an innings but he overshadows Abdur Rehmans world class bowling too, 4-65=rehman is a must...It's a pity Babar can't get in cos Rehman is already topclass. Mohammed Talha did much better of a job than Rahat Ali and again it was overshadowed by our immensely good batting today....Well Done Pakistan. However, even tho we won, we can now bid goodbye to Asad Shafiq as he can either play domestic to get his form back or only comeback once both Younus and Misbah are gone, In the meantime recall Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail,Umar Akmal, and Sohaib Maqsood for the #6(most like in that order for who gets it too. I would also like to see Usman Salahuddin groomed too... Azhar has come out of his bad patch and hopefully will have a season like he did in 2012...He played better ODI in tests than he did in ODI..

Posted by deepak.kumar. on (January 20, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

Nice to see Pak winning this test match. SL tried every thing to stop them winning but could not. SL should learn that by using negative tactics and slowing down the things, you cant win test matches. SL has done it before also. May be thats the reason they are not considered a good test match unit. I am an Indian by the way.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

That's negative cricket by the Srilankans. Matthews should be fined for such attitude. One should remember that Pakistan had to defend 169 against England in Karachi Test in Dark without flood lights & Pakistan lost that match & series. Full marks to Sarfraz, Azhar & Misbah. I think Whatmore should be retained as a coach as it would be disastrous for the team to appoint a new coach just before World T20 & World cup which is one year away. Better to let gun continue his job

Posted by drnaveed on (January 20, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

the Negative approach of the SL side let them down at the end.they scored 428 runs in almost 02 days and than declaring , on a batting pitch ,with out any delays from the weather side. they wanted to kill the time and in the end they had to pay the price for it. MATHEWS was too defensive as a captain, A class bowler like Herath operated from over the wicket and pitched wide outside leg stump for most of his 19 overs, which cost 100 and yielded no wickets.he didn't needed to do that.few day back some one praised captaincy of mathews in his comments, but today he showed is total immaturity.he gave away the game to Pakistan as a gift. in the end thanks the Pakistani selectors for picking up th e right combination here bringing in abdur rehman and mohammad talha in place of rahat and mohammad hafeez.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 18:54 GMT)

Just as I was abot to dip my pen in acid yesterday to lament about the soporofic Test, my computer went kaput! When I say the target Pak had to chase this afternoon, I cd help muttering to myself 'thats gettable'. Sure they did! Congo, Pakistan! I have no sympathies for Sri Lanka for playing such a negative game wanting to sit on a win already earned. If leading teams in a series dont show confidence to try for another win, they will face teams that are desperate in a 'nothing to lose' situation and often go on to win. SA chased 434 in on ODI against Aus way back. And now Pak has pulled off a heist just after Faulkner showed the poms how it is done. All credit to Misbah for sending up Sarfraz and showing intent. Angelo Matthews may be a new skipper in Tests, but the target was something even a club level captain will fancy defending. What were the seniors like Jaya and Sanga doing?

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 18:54 GMT)

Wonderful and an amazing and unbelievable victory and chase against a good bowling attack and top of this tied series with world record run rate chase in History of Test Cricket. Well done Misbah, Azhar, Shahzad and all Team players and Management and Pakistan Nation.

Posted by drnaveed on (January 20, 2014, 18:53 GMT)

Congratulations to our team Pakistan on winning this test match , and leveling the series 1-1. Who say test cricket is dull and boring ? . i am sure , if an international T 20-20 game or a 50 overs game had been played today , cricket fans around the world , would have had preferred to watch this test match instead.Full marks to the Pakistani team ,it was an over-all team effort. first the bowlers bowled the SL side out , to set a target for their batsmen to chase and win the test match for the Country ,and later , all the batsmen chipped in with useful contributions to help out Azhar ,Misbah and Sarfaraz in the successful chase.full marks to the umpires ,for making sure that the test match is completed ,rather than going for the bad lights issue. (to be continued )

Posted by ABLcric on (January 20, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

Amazing and historic victory by Pakistan team. Pakistan team capitalized the negative and slow attitude of Sri Lanka team in this Test match from the Day 1. Sri Lanka scored 642 runs in both innings using 1,642 balls. Where as Pakistan scored 643 in both innings using only 1,000 balls. Nice to see young ones are delivering!!

Posted by OT12 on (January 20, 2014, 18:50 GMT)

Awesome game of cricket, very pleasing to see the positive attitude from Pakistan, not really surprised to see SRL playing so negative, I will not try to be a selector here for Pakistan, but this match will stay in minds of all these players and will make them a much better batsmen in future, as by the result you can see its(Pakistan team) is not broken so please don't fix it.. have to praise Talha here he seems to have a very smart head and he always balls with a plan, with him Junaid and Irfan we should be good, and people don't worry Ajmal is not finished he have another good 3 to 4 years left in him. Cherish this day as much as you can...

Posted by Tweety20 on (January 20, 2014, 18:46 GMT)

Congrats Pak for ur win&don't worry SL,u can bounce back sn.this was a good learning process for Angie. No matter what any1 says,I support the efforts of our team to pull out a series.they wr tryn to give SL fans a series win but the plan didn't work.

It's easy for us to sit in our comfy seats& criticize but being in the field with only eleven men trying to keep a nation's hopes alive is nt easy&it's worse 4 the captain coz one wrong move can alter everythin&nxt thing you know, his neck is on the line.

I feel for Angie,he tried his best but look on the bright side,we did pretty well in this series for a team coming from a long test slumber without some star players,that's a good sign.

I think the author is vilifyn us too much here if we play quick they'll say 'SL is still in T20 mode' and if we play patiently they'll say ''SL is wasting time''.This is absurd.

Anyways,keep fighting lions,don't worry Angie,you r doing good.JAYA SRI.

Posted by Fogu on (January 20, 2014, 18:46 GMT)

Excellent cricket. Yesterday I said it was difficult to watch but today made up for it. Great win by PK. Disappointing for SL. SL focused on the time forgetting that you have to score runs but I don't blame them. It is a young team and they were trying to win the series. However, this test was won by PK rather than lost by SL. A focused PK is always difficult to handle however for some reason they lose focus at times. I hope Misbah detractors now go silent. He is amazing and definitely the right man at the right time for PK. Without him, I don't think PK would have been respectable. Good series between two good teams. Fan of cricket fom BD.

Posted by likeintcricket on (January 20, 2014, 18:43 GMT)

Well, atleast for this innings I don't have any complaint about Pak batting. They batted well against a negative bowling tactics which took any pressure whatsoever off from the. Also they knew that by loosing or drawing means nothing here and that again took the presure off. Pakistan did the same thing against SA and got the result and now Srilankan did it. But overall the three series fought with equal intensity and brought some good results for both the teams. Srilankans have many positives and should not discourage by this. Infect they have showed Pakistan that It's not difficult to play against their bowling if you really apply yourself. Simply the last result shows that if you play positively with the right approach without getting nervous you will get 8 out of 10 rsults in your favor.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 20, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

Actually getting the combination right is so important, this was proved today. Just consider this XI and Pakistan will win every time.

1. Shehzad, 2.Khurram, 3.Fawad Alam, 4.Younis, 5.Misbah, 6.Haris Sohail, 7.Sarfraz, 8.Bhatt, 9.A.Rehman, 10.Junaid, 11.M.Irfan.

Reserve Batsmen - Azhar, Jamshed, & 1 youngster

Reserve Bowlers - Talha, Ajmal, & 1 Youngster.

If the selectors and Misbah do it, then this team will be very difficult to beat.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 18:35 GMT)

It seems the hunger for the win was lost at the Sri Lanka camp. at the end of the 4th day they still could have done a lot better with the run rate. that may have secured the draw may be even a win. let's hope the young captain learns from this. How misguided he may have been, I think Sri Lanka played good cricket through out the series. congrats pak.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

and the negativity of Mathews continued until the presentation ceremony. Not even single word to applause the opponent's effort.

Posted by Stark62 on (January 20, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

Big credit has to be given to the real hero, Sarfraz Ahmed!!

Never ever in my life, I thought Pak would be able to score 300 in 2 sessions under Misbah's reign because he is generally negative and likes to shut up shop early, hence why Sarfraz's knock was the game changer and provided the impetus.

If Sarfraz had fallen early, then we all know what the result would have been.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 20, 2014, 18:28 GMT)

SARFRAS AHMED showed some real class. Something that ADNAN Akmal is not capable of. Even the the 2nd test he did produce a fighting 74. Also before this match, When Sarfraz played his last innings againt South Africa in South Africa, he scored a 40 in the second innings. He is fast proving to be a second innings batsman just like YOUNIS Khan. Such players can be very valuable.

Sarfraz's batting stats --> http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/227760.html?class=1;template=results;type=batting;view=match

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Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 20, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

I hope now SARFRAZ has answered his critics. I hope now he does not get replaced by another AKMAL. I just hope that atleast now he will be prefered over Adnan and given a fair chance at the test level.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 20, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

It is to be seen that not only have Pak won this match chasing 300+ total, they did this in TWO SESSIONS !!! This is awesome. Scoring even 2002 runs in 2 sessions is tough on most days but Pak did this on a day 5 pitch.

It doesn't really matter now but the first time I thought Pak could win this match was when I saw then 97/2 in 21 overs. That was when I thought they had done well. Younis Khan got soon after that but Shehzad then played an extremely imp knock to show to others that runs could be scored easily on this track. After that, Azhar & Misbah batted sensibly

Reg SL, now we see what their future holds. They have hyped up Angelo as if he is some combination of Jayasuriya and Desilva. They talked of Herath as the best spinner in the world, they even ridiculed Ajmal The Jaadugar. Even though I am an Ind but that doesn't prevent me from seeing the magic of Ajmal. He is awesome. In front of him, Herath fills water, so to speak.

SL cricket is going down, sad but true.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 18:14 GMT)

I know pak wanted the result but slanka help them to play defensive all the way. They batted 2 days for 400 odd runs they did not loose wickets bcos they did not try at all to play shots. Feel sorry for lankan brothers though. I hope Mathew will learn lesson from this bcos some times u can't pick up results as u wish. Well done greens keep it up

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

Srilankan under estimated pakistan's batting with the fresh looking lankan bowling unit., They should have scored more lead to secure the match and then try to win., This is inexperience captaincy., unfortunate is sanga and mahela are still in the squad and they have given too much of ownership to mathews., must praise mathews as he tried and learned very well., Congratz Young pak and young lanka,.,

Posted by AshishPant on (January 20, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

I wish someone writes a thing or two about the umpires. They are the most criticized people on the cricket field on most occasions. What the umpires did with the calling the wides , not allowing the physio to come out, warning Angelo on time wasting, not retreating when the players called out for bad light was really commendable.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 20, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

No doubt this was a stunning heist. To me the most game changing innings in the 4th inning came from SARFRAZ AHMED. Sarfraz made sure that Mathews put all his players on the boundary line. I think that in the two test matches that Sarfraz got in this series, he produced two stunnings knocks. In the 2nd test Sarfraz along with Bhatti was brilliant, though they could not save the match. But here the other Batsmen came to the party and Sarfraz's knock was not wasted. First time Misbah showed some imagination and promoted Sarfraz, that was a good move from him.

Now at 36 I think Ajmal should be rested from test matches and Abdur Rehman should be given more chances. Bhatti can be a great third seamer and suddenly Pakistani tail will be ready to wage everytime.

But more importantly add FAWAD ALAM & HARRIS SOHAIL to the middle order and in a couple of years Pakistan can once again be world beaters. Enough of the mediocre Hafeez, Shafiq & Azhar. They will never be stable at the top.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 18:06 GMT)

Amazing, nail biting, frustrating, boring, but in nut shell a historic victory. I never thought such a result could have been possible by the frail batting of Pakistan. Congratulations to all the pak team and fans. Missed three men desperately in the first two games.Azhar for hafeez, and talha for Rahat and abdul rehman to some extent as well. Misbah got the right combination very late. A bizarre strategy by SL helped pakistan cause. Welldone boys.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

A.O.A first of all congratulations to not only Pakistani fans but also to cricket fans that to day another test match came to a result. I feel sri lankan team should develop some sports man ship. it was truly sad from day one that they were trying to reach on a draw. but the knock green shirts played will be remembered for years.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

nobody deserved this win more than misbah. twice he had crashed and burned chasing a score and being the one to face the loss on the pitch. it seemed only befitting that he would be the one hitting the winning runs in one of the most improbable run chases the test cricket has seen. His figures have floated comfortably above par but this is the sort of win that should be in his feather than in any other captain.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

I like this comment:

"It seems Misbah received a blood transfusion ............B negative replaced by B positive. ;-)"

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

It was a great chase...I think there are things to be learnt for Mathews as a young captain...I agree with the defensive batting on day 4 but on the last day we were unnecessarily defensive. At least our tail should have slogged. And easily should have attacked when fielding and could have won it. Anyway congrats pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Sl dis it wrong from the begining they shouldn't declare if they wanted to draw the series (if they played 5 more overs this could be a draw) or else they should bat a bit more aggressively if they wanted to win & y didn't Mathews used Dilruwan who took the wicket of different maker Azhar Ali anyway congratz pak & Sl u can win an away test series soon

Posted by Sam_SRT_Fan on (January 20, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

Pakistan's brilliance was overshadowed firstly by Sri Lanka's negative cricket and then their un-sportsmanship.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan for a great chase and win. A British Indian in NZ

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (January 20, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

Well done Pakistan and commiserations to Sri-Lanka. The series ended at a happy note. Thanks to all SPIRITED fans too, regardless of boundries.

Posted by bonobo on (January 20, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

What a great advert for Test Cricket for fans of both teams..imagine is this had been a two match affair...Pakistan would have finished chastised, Misbah criticised again..and Azhar would never have had the chance to prove he should never have been out of the team in the first (batting number 3 for Pakistan, has always been one of test crickets great challenges). I hope people are not too hard on Angelo Mathews...he had an oustanding series as a bat and it was always going to be a difficult challenge as captain this series given the lack of recent Test cricket, retirments of Dilshan, Samaraweera ...its not surprising he wanted to defend the 1-0...he can only learn. We also shouldnt overlook the importance of the contributions the younger/newer players Mathews, Silva, Karutane, Eranga made...not at all dependent on the Sangakkara, Herath, Jayawardene.....and finally, although we all want to see Pakistan play at home, hasnt the UAE produced some great, unpredictable results and series ?

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

Pathetic show of negativity by our team. Mathews should reflect on this and come out wiser for the experience. Hope this teaches our team to not be so negative all the time. Congrats Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

Talha is very good addition I am waiting to see irfan talha and bhatti in action togather. also one should not forget hitting by junaid khan in his small cameo in first innings that was crucial in reducing th deficit and pressure.

Posted by Ganpak on (January 20, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

The way mathews marched is wrong.he can't be a good test captain. On the other hand pakistan is the only team to play test match in ODI, T20 in Test and ODI in t20's. That's pakistan.

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (January 20, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

Greatest 4th inning chase in history of cricket! Fastest 300+ run chases in Test: Pak 5.25 today, WI 5.19 v Eng in 1984, Eng 4.29 vAus in 2001, Aus 4.51 vSA in 2002, Ind 3.92 vEng in2008

Thanks all fans for appreciation, Ind, Aus, S.A, SL, Eng, Ban, W.I, N.Z

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Well it seems that every one is criticizing Srilanka for negative approach but there is a quote of person who has very good cricketing mind "1-0 is as good as 2-0" Dav whatmore before 2nd test against South Africa. If Pakistan would have listen to him we could have stop south Africa's long test unbeaten haul. Methews was doing the same the thing the did wrong was in the first innings 428 runs at an average of 2.48 was really slow. But his tactics to slow the run rate by bowling at legs was right just bad luck and very good performance from Pakistan has cost him the match. over all in accordance to The game theory his tactics of delaying and slowing down the overall match were perfectly acceptable and fine.in the end CONSGRATION to Pakistan and better luck next time to Srilanka they have find some good young seamers and batsmen in the series who will definitely produce fine cricket forSrilanka in coming years. as Pakistan and Azhar ali's fan I would say well done Azhar...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

Pakistan pulled a good chase against Sri Lanka.There was a good team spirit and discipline which helped it to win the test match. SL played 273.4 overs and made 642 runs (2.34/over ... 642 runs out of 1642 balls). If we count 450 overs for 5 days means the played more than half of it. Their mind set was DRAW to win the series.but Pakistan foiled their attempt

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

the essence of sport is IF YOU PLAY NOT TO LOOSE, YOU WILL LOOSE. As much as the rest of the world hates the Aussie team, the other teams need to take a leaf out of the Aussie play book and go for a win always. And when the entire cricketing planet is predicting the demise of Test Match cricket, Sri Lanka played a match that resulted in a loss and also bored the fans to death in both the innings they batted in this Test. Wonder, what advise the two senior pros Mahela and Sanga gave to Mathews. Disappointed with Mathews' leadership in this match. Congratulations to Pakistan for winning the match.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

Let me bring out one pertinent point. 302 runs to get in 59 overs on a 5th day wicket is a very stiff task. But there is a big difference if the identical target was set through a declaration or earned by the team batting last by bowling out the opposition in their second innings. If it was the former case mentioned, Sri Lanka would have been coming out with the intention of picking up few early wickets and putting Pakistan batsmen on the defensive from the outset. But it was the latter situation which happened which made Pakistan go after the target from the beginning and Sri Lanka approaching the game with a lot of apprehension. Yet there was no excuse for all negative tactics used by Angelo Mathews in the field today. It is true he is inexperienced but he had two seasoned past captains in the team. The biggest blunder made was batting so negatively on 4th day which cost us 30-40 runs at least.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

Wish I could have seen this match - especially the last day of course. Love seeing a team going out there to win a match, changing the batting order, being desperate to succeed...and doing so!

Posted by AQ13 on (January 20, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Had SL scored at normal run rate and put away the bad balls they would have scored much more and forced a win or draw as they did in 1st two matches.they didnt make bad balls count and the few good balls undone them.as for their bowling effort Pak batted brilliantly but it was a very flat wicket and their bowling line didnt have enough strength especially with Herath being pummelled badly.Great knock by Azhar.he just needs a bit of belief and he can become a Dravid like player for Pak and more importantly he would get rid of Hafeez for us.Finally as always Misbah silenced and embarrassed his critics once again

Posted by Pindia on (January 20, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Chasing three hundred in two sessions on the fifth day is unparalleled. This is is the greatest modern test victory. Also the bowlers did a great job. A victory for positivity, perseverance and not least for cricket. This should be the victory Pakistan to turn the talent they have in abundance into greatness. Credit to the selectors, Dav Whatmore and Misbah for picking the right XI for this match. Every man contributed. The XI looks great for asian pitches and you have Irfan, Gul and Hafeez plus there are batting options for the future including Masood, Jamshed, Sharjeel and Sohaid. But on the basis of this performance none of this XI should be dropped for any series this year. Taking on Australia in UAE will be a test and the biggest test will come when they have to deal with the bouncing ball away, but this is a great first step. Three hundred will now always seem like a possible chase on most pitches- you just have to believe and be positive. The future is bright!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

very well played Pakistan, you have to feel for SL they played really well aswel, they have not won an away series for 14 years thats why they were defensive. Pakistan have to play aggressive cricket this is what suits them.

Posted by siltbreeze on (January 20, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

As a neutral observer (from England), congratulations to Pakistan on a fantastic run chase! Only Test cricket can provide so compelling a narrative. With this result, I hope Misbah finally gets the praise he deserves - he took charge of a dire situation in 2010, with the spot-fixing controversy and enforced exile, and has guided his country since with an almost preternatural calmness. His consistency of run scoring is remarkable, and in my opinion he is easily one of the top 5 batsmen in the world today (with Clarke, Amla, de Villiers and Kohli). Well done Misbah, Whatmore and Pakistan for giving Test cricket a boost after the anti-climax of the Ashes!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

Never expected pakistan to win from this situation Bcos there performance in the last 4 days was not so convincing Congratulations to Misbah and his boys for this wonderful performance.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

Cricket at it's best! Congrats Pakistan

Posted by PakistanZindabaadAlways on (January 20, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan for this historic win !! My respect and thanks to Team SL for the brilliance they have shown throughout the series. I don't mind losing to great teams and players such as SL. After Pakistan my fav team has always been SL. Great job Azhar Ali and many congrats to Angelo Mathews for the Man of The Series Award, you truly deserved it !!

Posted by Marain_Khan on (January 20, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan!! Talha is a good addition..

Posted by blogossip on (January 20, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

unbelivable victory by PK...finally Misbah 11 can speak of a performance which isnt indicative of their tuk tuk style.

sri lanka played very negative...congrats Pk on winning however SL must be happy at drawing. Last time they lost in UAE

Posted by FRpunk on (January 20, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan for pulling of a sensational Win . This match was going nowhere but Pakistan believed in themselves and batted excellently to chase down such a big score on day 5 . Well Played Misbha , What a Player he is turning out to be , Scoring in both the formats and looking a milion bucks with the world cup just a year away . Now i think Pakistan should play more test matches and they have a great chance to beat Australia in UAE . Well done pakistan from an indian Cricket fan .

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

This has to be top 3 successful chases in the history of the game(tests ofcourse).well done team pakistan!!!Lanka n's should be ashamed of their tactics and learning curve for a negative Matthews.

Posted by wapuser on (January 20, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

As worthy as the Pakistani performance is, one cannot help but be disgusted by the sri lankan approach!!! Sri Lanka could have put pakistan under pressure to save the match let alone win it, had the team been in an agressive frame of mind...what were mendis and co thinking???

Posted by DC75 on (January 20, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

You always lose when you go in and play the game ''not to lose'', this is true across any sport especially team sports - how did SL forget such simple truth?

Posted by keptalittlelow on (January 20, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

Matthews a terrific batsman, is a good captain, however he needs more experience. Sorry to see Sri Lanka lose the series they dominated for most of the time. Sorry to see Angelo not taking this series which was in the bag, unfortunately Sri Lanka have only themselves to blame for the negative tactics in this test, hopefully they learnt a big lesson today. For once Pakistan batsmen rewarded their bowlers for hard work and toil.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 20, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Very nice to see the great comments between both sets of fans and the respect that our two countries have for each other. Again from me, WELL DONE Pakistan , you deserved this win today. I am not sure about those complaining about our slow run rate, my opinion is that this would be down to the class of the Pakistan bowlers. I can't think that SL would deliberately score less than they could have. I agree with the tactic of batting time as it reduced the time available for Pak to bat. The fact was our bowlers let us down in final innings and they batted magnificently. Deserved result in the match.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

test at its best.. old saying, attack is the best defence. negative nature always bites . Pakistan desperately needed to win and they won. well done Pakistan.

Posted by bplusa on (January 20, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

Fantastic Day for test match cricket. Misbah & Co proved that they can play the test match in an ODI Fashion as well when situation so damands.The track was ok for run chase even on the final day.Sri Lanka can blame non else other than themselves for being too pessimistic and defensive.Lankan tigers consumed 107 more overs compared to Pakistan to score their runs in this match.Brisk run chase by Pakistan proved that there was nothing wrong with the track. It was just the defencive approach by the Sri Lankan team which cast them the Match. Had they been agressive they might have emerged as the winner.The lesson from this match is Be agressive & positive if you want to be the WINNER.

Posted by Stieprox on (January 20, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

that was an amazing and historical win for pakistan.i never expected pakistan to chase 302 in last 2 sessions on a 5th day pitch.they pulled off a miracle,i must say. they tone was set by sarfaraz.promoting him up the order was a masterstroke from misbah.then Azhar played a memorable knock,aided by ever dependable Misbah.today's last session was nail bitter.bundle of congrats to pakistani team.

Posted by Witty365ca on (January 20, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan for its well deserved win. Lesson for Srilnaka and many other teams who are killing the Test cricket with their style of play i.e If you start to play for a "DRAW" from the beginning, there is 50% chance you will lose and only 50% chance of draw. The run rate at which Srilanka batted and more so in the 2nd innings was a clear indication that they were aiming for a draw and hence deserved to lose. What Srilanka needed to do in 2nd innings was to put up a target of 400+ including the lead and hope for the bowlers to attack but instead drew their shutters down with a pathetic display of batting and turned a possible victory or rather snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, Full marks to Pakistan who were hungry to perform and win. Well deserved victory for Pakistan.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (January 20, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

Utter disappointment, and very sad. Well, I always thought we should have played defensively when batting, but when things were equally poised, I mean at the start of the 4th innings, Sri Lanka should have attacked at least for 15 overs. I think that costs the match, and easy singles made the batsman easy going. Well, I always thought we should bat conservatively, and should carry the match to last 60 overs with at least 4.2-4.5 run rate, but they did even better. Of course Pakistan had to chase this down, but giving easy singles costed the match. We should have attacked first 15-25 overs, and then go for 9 fielders near the ropes, and should have attacked wicket to wicket with Rangana rather such legstump line. Past is past. Anyway, we lost to our brothers :) It's ok. Well done Pakistan, they are really great!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

Sri Lanka batted slow and long thinking lesser the time Pakistan had, more will be their chances for draw/win. But in doing so, they took so much time out that Pakistan always believe that they could not lose the match in just two sessions. And the belief of not losing triggered them to go for a win which they achieved in the end.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

not too many words for pakistan, pakistan just have been awesome in this match. they just showed that they know how to bat and how to perform.

Posted by pcexp on (January 20, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

Well deserved win for Pakistan. Every one is talking about negative tactics of SL here, just want to add some more ... SL played 273.4 overs and made 642 runs (2.34/over ... 642 runs out of 1642 balls). If we count 450 overs for 5 days means the played more than half of it. Their mind set was DRAW to win the series. I remember when they were playing 140+ overs their dot balls count was 615 balls. I dont know how many dot balls are out of 273.4 overs. Secondly, negative bowling on leg side and mostly on FOOT MARKS, specially HERATH. If SL would have played a normal game I am sure the results might be different. But on the other side PK played 166.4 overs and made 643 runs (3.86 / over). PK team started 2nd innings to win the match while SL start the match for a DRAW. Well done Pakistan, best 300+ chase ever. And we saw the difference of attitude of 2 captains in this test. Well done Misbah and good luck !!!!

Posted by wapuser on (January 20, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

Not really sure if anyone realizes how big a win this is for Pakistan. Such a joy to see Pakistanis playing the aggressive brand of cricket that we are famous for. Go Pakistan go

Posted by SLMaster on (January 20, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

I do not think SL played bad. They didn't play negative...as many fans state. These types of run chases happen once in blue-moon and team needed to be lucky too. Last it happened was in 1984 (30 years ago) when WI chase down 300+ score. Luck was on PAK side today !!!!

Posted by onebump on (January 20, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

Matthews and others got it really wrong. Very frustrating for us SL fans when SL had played so well earlier in the match.

Very well played Pakistan! Massive positive for test cricket and ironically, the Pakistani and Australian board last week reduced their test series 2 from 3! Come on, help test cricket survive by making it mandatory to have 3 tests each series.

Posted by Prats6 on (January 20, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

Well done to the Pak boys! Missed this game as it really was boring to death till the 4th day. But wow, what a result! Pak is one of my favorite teams. Hope they keep playing like this. SL's go slow strategy came back to bite them, as it should. For a top team they play like minnows and absolutely do not deserve to win.

Posted by Roshini on (January 20, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

Up until now I was only having Lankan citizenship but today I certainly do not mind attaching a Pakistani as well for the simple reason that you can't help but continue to look in total awe of pakistani cricketers sheer brilliance. Embarrassingly enough it was, Pakistan taught us a massive master class on how to beat negativity and make the opponent eat the humble pie. An utterly mind boggling negative attitude of SL batters was first kicked in the back side by the Pakistani bowlers and then Pak batters took over to protect their pride and test superiority over the lankans even though they were up against negative tactics. I have no words to admire a such complete performance on a fifth day cricketing pitch. Sure my one day cricketing heroes have been given a lesson never to forget...Roshini Vass - Homagama Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan for a brilliant & resourceful chase. The 4th innings played by Misbah and his boys showed that it is not enough to have talent, but also have to use your 'aqal', to apply it brilliantly in such situations. Full marks for them in this regard.

The whole situation came about because Sri Lanka played for a "draw", especially in the 3rd innings; while Pakistan played for a "win", especially in the fourth. The result shows, which is a better approach! A lesson for many defensive test captains, all over the world.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

It can't get any better than this.. Great win Pakistan! Sarfaraz, Azhar & misbah simply played out class innings. Cricket is a gentlemen game but the way Sri Lanka players were trying to waste the time it wasn't good. Good decision by on field umpires to continue match, by doing this umpires didnt just only save this particular match but more importantly they saved "TEST CRICKET" & in the end thanks everyone all over the world on behalf of Pakistan & Pakistan cricket team :)) god bless all of us!!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Well done pak team A vital win for test cricket Now I can say Pak is among the best test teams in the world Thanx pak players for providing us entertainment And thanx every one(specially indian) fans in praising pak team This is actuay win of game We all love u team pakistan and I think Misbah is best captain after Dhoni

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 20, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

What Mathews did by wasting time was unacceptable indeed. Match referee must warn him or fine him. Similarly I recall Moin Khan wasting time in Karachi in 2000 against England when they were about to win the test match like this which they won in the end.

Posted by Akhter786 on (January 20, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Just when the chase had begun i was worried about who will play a pinch hitter role in pakisfani line up. There was none, absolutely no one. Then Sarfaraz came and he showed what it is to rise upto the occasion. His little innings made a big difference. Azhar Ali scored an uncharacteristic hundred least expected from him. Hope he had learnt what aggression can do to an opposition rather than shell defence. Misbah....Bah-misbah... Yo take a bow.... Finally a fitting finish by him. He is my test cricketer of the year.

Hopefully Pakistan continue this aggressive brand of cricket long forgotten by them but today. Sri Lanka ... That was too unsportsmanlike. Come on guys where is the game spirit . where was the fair play.

All in all an unexpected unimaginable extraordinary incredible win by Pakistan.. The flair of cricket , only Pakistan can produce.

Posted by greek-paratha on (January 20, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Well done Pakistan on a brilliant performance.Captain Fantastic on the fore again.All this talk of Sri Lanka's negativity-there is a saying WIN ugly-so,Sri lanka can't be blamed for their approach.I remember Pakistan using similar tactics in Karachi to prevent England from winning in the 80s.This match was a great tonic not only for Pakistan,God knows the country needs some cheering but a great advert for what could be achieved in Test cricket with a bit of enterprise.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

What a match, watch a day. Pakistan you showed you are the real lions of asia. Pakistan are real champs, i have never seen any team playing like this. Honestly greatest Test matches....

Posted by wapuser on (January 20, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

Well done Team Pakistan! One of Pakistan most memorable win in test cricket. After a long time, Pakistan achieved the huge run chase so aggressively, it is treat to watch. All credit goes to Misbah and his team. They have achieved Run chase above 5.50 per over on wear and tear wicket. The way in which Azhar Ali built his innings alongwith Younis Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed and Misbah. He proved himself as match winner especially in huge run chase in fourth innings. Pakistan bowling in SL 2nd innings was remarkable. Rehman , Ajmal and debutant Talha bowled very well. Well done Pakistan. We are pround of you.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

This is right up there with Pakistan greatest test wins for Pakistan, many positives from the series. Talha and Bhatti are both good fast bowling prospects. Ahmed Shehzad is one for the future as well. Junaid Khan proved he is getting better with experience. Rehman's efforts against a strong lankan line up prove he is world class. Azhar ALI finding form and pivotal point boads well. Once Misbah hangs up the boots (presumably after 2015 WC) Azhar should be given the test captaincy. Also he should be considered at 1 down in ODI's. With Hafeez and Shehzad opening.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

Great win for test cricket on flat track which is amazing ... i still like Mathews tatics of slow batting in the first innings as PAK team will bat late on a track which is turning but SL team lost the plot while batting in 2nd innings where they need to bat for runs rather than time/draw. if SL team had batted with positive mindest then result wouldve been different. But i liked SL 1st innings batting idea which is going to be adopted more on asain wickets now from teams like SA AUS NZ n ENG in future. amazingly PAK team showed somethinh which can nt be associated with this team under Misbah to go for a kill/risk as they play defensive all the time on 5th day of test match but today they came out with aggression n hunger for the win which makes it possible to bat like this.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

Any one please let me know if i could get a DVD of this test match. One of the best ever match we could have in test cricket history and it came from PAKISTAN. You cant get this kind of match from any other teams in the world. This is equally as thrill as India pulled off that dramatic win after they got follow on against Australia at Kolkatta. You PAKISTAN have won milliions of hearts in the world now. I really salute your courage and the kind of fight you guys delivered to win this match. Please keep produce many more matches like this... we all true cricket lovers will love to watch it.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 20, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

Brilliant - all congratulations to Pakistan. What a fantastic display of positive intent against negative cricket. A well deserved victory. It is often said that fortune favors the brave, and this outstanding win is testament to that!

To the often maligned and criticized Misbah, ever more respect from this Saffa.

Pakistan has shown all why England, India & Australia want a cricket world in which they cannot be relegated - because they will be!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Only 4 times has a team successfully chased over 300 at over 4 runs per over in a test. Only twice has a team ever chased over 300 runs at over 5 runs per over! The only other time was the great west indian team in 1984 vs England - their required run rate was 4.46.

Not only was this the fastest 300+ run chase ever, but Pakistan also became the ONLY team ever to successfully chase of over 300 runs, NEEDING to score at over 5 runs per over.

Sarfraz's cameo reminded me of Qadir's innings at Sharjah vs India in 1986, whereas Matthew was doing a Moin Khan (versus England in the fading light at Karachi). And the chase ranked up there in excitement with Pakistan's 4 innings run chase vs India in Karachi in 78/79.

Bravely played!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

Great win for test cricket on flat track which is amazing ... i still like Mathews tatics of slow batting in the first innings as PAK team will bat late on a track which is turning but SL team lost the plot while batting in 2nd innings where they need to bat for runs rather than time/draw. if SL team had batted with positive mindest then result wouldve been different. But i liked SL 1st innings batting idea which is going to be adopted more on asain wickets now from teams like SA AUS NZ n ENG in future. amazingly PAK team showed somethinh which can nt be associated with this team under Misbah to go for a kill/risk as they play defensive all the time on 5th day of test match but today they came out with aggression n hunger for the win which makes it possible to bat like this.

Posted by chechong0114 on (January 20, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

It's time for test cricket to do away with all these pointless drawn rubbers and implement a must win system. This was a great test match and by extension a great series however apart from those 2 factors the only other noticeable thing about this test series were the huge amount of empty seats. What's the point of fighting to keep test cricket alive when nobody even cares to look. The game has no appeal whatsoever and in the minds of many is just dull and boring, yet many believe it should remain the way it is, nothing should be changed to make it more appealing and empty seats continue to be its number one fan. At least make it a must win situation, either by a point system per game or wins per series something like this just may bring a few thousand more people into the he ballpark on game day and maybe even on the TV. Either way something new must be tried if this version of the sport is to remain formidable. Day Night test matches should also be implemented now.

Posted by zzby on (January 20, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

I dont blam Srilanka as they deserved to lose this match but mathew is not the only culprit, what about senior guys mahehla,Sanga and Coach?

Pakistan played with purpose and intent, with discipline ,class and attack alongwith some intelligent cricket shown by taking singles.

Pakistan vs Australia test series is now the battle to watch....

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

Deserved it!..totally deserved it!, and as a Sri Lankan fan I should thank PAK for teaching us a lesson. Perfect lesson for playing absolutely negative cricket for four days. I hope Mathews takes this as a lesson and learns the importance of playing positive cricket. I remember when Hashan was captaining, we were in a similar situation and we won a home series 1-0 against England when we should have easily won it 3-0. I really hope we take this as a valuable lesson and move on..and seriously, well played Pakistan!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

Too bad for Sri Lanka! First four days they were on top and the match was in their safe hand, they should have gone for a win. Instead, the last day they played for a draw to clinch the series. Even 302 was not achieveable (in Test cricket) for one and a half session. Pakistan transformed into one day squad while Sri Lankans remained a test side. They started the same tactic of packing the onside and bowling on the rough patches on the leg side of the pitch like they did in the first inning successfully. They didn't know that taking the lesson from the first inning, Pakistani team had their heads put together before their second inning and planned how to deal with this tactics. It worked. By the time Sri Lankan realized that this tactic was not paying off, it was too late. They should have gone for a win not for a draw.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

What Srilankan did was technically the right thing to do under the given circumstances, they expected the pitch to take turn on the last day but it did not. All the teams in the world play by strategy, that does not mean they are always succsesful, although i am a Pakistani, but the most appreciating thing was that they stuck to thier game plan and played by the books. In my opinion Lanakans criticism is not on as they lost at the end by merely 2.3overs. Congratulations to the Pakistani team for their heroics, they are to be appreciated for the brilliant performance specially by Misbah and Youngsters AzharAli, Ahmed Shazad and Sarfraz along with A.Rehman.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

Where are all those people now who were calling Sarfaraz Ahmed a Tailender? many said atleast Adnan gets 20 gutsy runs and Sarfarz is a useless player

Posted by karthikrby on (January 20, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

Well done pak, you beauty. This is the way to go. You have the best bowling attack. Not like Aussies who are great bowlers only in home and let teams to chase 350+ outside and still shamelessly claim they are the best. Pak has the ability to win WC 2015, as they have the best spinner in ajmal who will be crucial in QF/SF/Final (as the used pitches beaten under sun and start turning). This is the reason why dhoni grooming Ashwin/Jadeja. The edge pak have is their variety in spin with afridi/hafeez and their true fast bowlers in Junaid/Umar/Irfan. Also pak started to repair their batting lineup which is key. To me pak/nz will be extremely competitive in WC.... True indian fan.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan, well played. As a die hard Sri Lankan Cricket supporter I think test cricket has won the day. I only wish/hope Sri Lanka learns from this outcome and play quality cricket than this.

Posted by mainul079080 on (January 20, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

A very warm congrats to Pakistan and to the Pakistanis for a historic win. At the same time i want to point out that Asad Shafiq should not get away with it. He should be dropped (he really deserves that) and a real talented batsmen like Fawad Alam should be included. Condolence to the Srilankans.They were the better side for the whole series (and i think they deserved to win this series, not taking anything away from the brilliance of Pak on last day) except the 4th and 5th day of the last test.They had a lesson (the only positive from 5th day)-dont set a negative mind..otherwise u will loose.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan, well played. As a die hard Sri Lankan Cricket supporter I think test cricket has won the day. I only wish/hope Sri Lanka learns from this outcome and play quality cricket than this.

Posted by throughthelense on (January 20, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

One of the worst teams these days to play test cricket is Sri Lanka. They are ultra defensive and killing the sport. Disgusting. Their grounds do not permit a fair contest, and their mindset too is aping their ground and pitch conditions. Test matches must be played in a 3-3.5 run per over mode. Why one loves watching the Australians play is because of the fearlessness of their batsmen. I am surprised why they get sponsors even now?

Posted by Mitch_cricket on (January 20, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

By golly, Pakistan, that was amazing!! Great win to show other teams how it's done and to add to the longevity of Test cricket. Misbah is an ever reliable batsman and most often than not, plays a captain's innings! Well done boys! Sri Lankan team will be disappointed after this, with their defensive attitude to win a series by wasting time to play for a draw!

Posted by Albert_cambell on (January 20, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

That was an incredible chase from pakistan. As a neutral fan I thoroughly enjoyed watching this series between these two teams. Starting from T20s to Tests, they were all competitive. This series a real treat all the cricket lovers around the world, unlike the one sided encounter we had with India in December in SA( Where we thrashed them in most of the game and now kiwis are doing the same). Waiting for our Home series with a quality side like Aus next month. This will be another cracker.

Posted by r1zzy on (January 20, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

@ Rajesh.Kumar...at least that would stop India getting beaten by New Zealand! The Day the BCCI/ECB and CA control cricket, is the day cricket dies.

Posted by azurecharms on (January 20, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

This SL defeat will hurt SL in future and Pak will be boosted for many years. SL negative tactics throughout this Match proved a blessing in disguise for Pakistan and Pakistan won an almost impossible victory. Pakistan used to fetch defeat from the mouth of victory; this time it was other way around!

Posted by insider580 on (January 20, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

What a game, well done Pakistan. They showed Lankan's how a positive mindset can change the game. Hats off to Paki team and well played as unit. They had one thing in mind, Victory !!

Posted by Cricket_Man on (January 20, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

Well played Pakistani cricket team. Our team has made us feel proud and they deserve all the applause from us. Sri lanka need to have self-belief in their abilities if they want to play good and enterprising cricket. I think it is high-time an Indo-Pak Test Series takes place. Pakistan and India haven't played a single test match between themselves since 2007 and fans are eager for a series between the two. Pakistan will play its next test series after 9 months or so. The recent Ashes series was a very good advertisement of Test Cricket and an Indo-Pak series would be even more exciting and not only be a mouth-watering contest for the fans of both these nations but it would also give a big boost to Test Cricket and its image.

Posted by Mobi79 on (January 20, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

On Days Like these you get the true sense of being a pakistani fan , we might not be world beaters but the sheer joy you experiance is exillerating to say the least on such days , no other cricket fan can say that apart from PAKISTAN. I Salute TEAM Pakistan and especiaaly the man at the Helm MISBAH-UL-HAQ , finally the man has finished a game for pakistan , have always respected him for his vision , desire and bravery ,. He might not be made up of a awesome technique and style but boy he has stealley determination and a very good cricketing brain. Bravo TEAM Pakistan

Posted by bouncer709 on (January 20, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

fortune favours the bold, I wonder why mathew claimed that he was in control of this match for 4 days, no doubt they got 428, a good total, but it was also pathetic display of batting looking at 172 overs they played for these 428 runs. They were right from the start of this match, in mood to waste time. In both innings Srilanka played 274 overs, while Pakistan played 167 overs in two innings, less than Srilanka first Inning. After getting 5 wkts in first inning, few Srilankan felows were ranking Herat over Ajmal, I think they have got their reply today.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

test cricket puts a smile to my face,and for all those haters go new zealand.hahahahahahhahahah seriously good day for cricket and Mathews will learn,love you lankans

Posted by t20cric on (January 20, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

This match clearly shows the talent of Azhar. I think if he gets some support from his captain then he can stay confident & play innings like this. This time Azhar was going a lot faster then I have ever seen him (even in ODIs) & he was playing positively. If he continues to play with such confidence & positivity then he can form a strong middle order with guys like Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail & Sohaib Maqsood after Younis & Misbah retire. I think Pakistan have a bright future if they can play positively & put talented young batsmen & bowlers in the team.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

Well deserved win for Pakistani team. Young talented players are ready to challenge the old bags like Afridi, who also has attitude issue. Congratulations once again on their comprehensive win against Sri Lanka. hope to see young and talented Pakistani players in IPL 2014.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

sl not only damage their cause by slow batting but also the problem was bowling. if you bowl on leg, the batsmen will miss but no damage. but if you bowl on stumps if batsmen miss you hit. i am not in those who will say negative or whatever. but they ahould have scored around 3 and it would have easily added 80 more runs. i dont know why poeple mean slogging when we talk about positive. some SL fans were bashing the ones who were saying it yesterday. 1 sl fan called pak fans mad. some1 called SL isnt playing for pak spectators, some criticized ramiz and waqar. would like to hear from them. by positive u dont need to go all slogging like t20. how many 6s pak hit in this chase? how many risky shots been played?

SL lost all the gains of 1st 2 tests. they showed a lot of discipline but in the end wasted in 3 rd. they have themselves to blame now. this approach can work once but not all the time thats why teams like pk , sl always stay down in rankings

Posted by Hit1968 on (January 20, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Their approach as a team and Matthews as a captain tells a lot more bout this team who is in the rebuilding process. They really rallied on poor umpiring in this match, but their negative thinking bites them finally OUCH!.

Rangana herath did what a negative bowler do. The thing that strike more to me as a viewer that what level a team can go to secure a series victory. I will never support them against any team like I never would west indies to what they did with Pakistan in their home soil in 2007 world cup to keep them out have them played on worst tracks possible against new team like Ireland. Being a Pakistan and Pakistani fan one should not forget that.

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 20, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

An amazing test match after some time, congrats to Pak, to Azhar in particular. He has been truly remarkable. In his short career, I can see two innings by Azhar that changed the shape of a test series. The first one was against Eng in the 2nd test match when they visited UAE for that famous whitewash, it was 88 if im not mistaken that he scored and now this ton. He is a genuine test player and had Pak selected him the previous games, the result might have been a different one. Non test materials like Hafeez and the Akmals should be kept as far away as possible from the test squad. Test cricket is where real batsmen play, not wanabes with no clue of temperament and technique.

Posted by -tanZeeEeel- on (January 20, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

Un-predictables ! On movE .... onCE AGAin ... !!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

wow congrats to Pakistan , they showed fight in the belly and pulled off a win .

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

i think Ramiz raja has been doing an excellent job with commentary. lets not mix personal choice with analysis. Chishti Mujahid is a class of his own. welldone, for a very good and balanced commentry experience.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

I am happy for Pakistan pulling off an amazing final day chase, but ecstatic at putting the kind of negativity shown by the Lankans in it's place. It was truly sad and disgusting how Mathews led his men to produce one of the worst displays of a farcical approach to the game. This is the opposite of what Australia did to make test cricket far more entertaining than the shorter forms of the game.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

Test .... the best amazing win by team Pakistan ... Ang Mathews should be more attacking.. overall good Game, Good for Test Cricket

Posted by Mel-waas on (January 20, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

SriLanka complained about the light. They should have complained about Pakistan Batting too fast

Posted by cricpolitics on (January 20, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

I am very glad with the result. Hopefully it should be a stern lesson for Sri Lanka as well as other teams who resort to negative and defensive tactics. It was a match for Sri Lanka to win but their tactics back fired big time.

Posted by Blackholesun on (January 20, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

Tremendous Win for Pakistan, Welll Done ! Sri Lanka had approached this match with a draw mentality and that has cost them the match. 302 Runs in 59 Over, Wow that was some serious batting. It's not at all easy and I don't care what other's have to say.

Pakistan approach was right, Go for the Win. It was last match of the series so why not give a shot at it. Had they lost, it wouldn't have mattered. People should remember that even South Africa could not pull a win against India, they were consumed by the negative frame of mind for the last 1.5 to 2 hours.

So it surely is a fantastic win and they gave a beautiful gift to Whatmore, who will not continue as Pak coach.

I appreciate good cricket irrespective of the teams involved.

Posted by clherath on (January 20, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

As I pointed out yesterday, Sri Lanka could have won this test and the first test if they weren't so unbearably defensive. In any sport, you come up with situations where you have to take calculated risks. Shutting the door to defend a 1-0 series situation is no guarantee for survival as it was proven beyond any reasonable doubt today. I hope, thinking positively, Mathews and Sri Lanka will have the common sense to learn all that Pakistan taught today and adopt a sensible attitude when they come up with similar scenarios in the future. Losing when making a true fight with grit and determination and a gamble or two thrown in for good measure, is no shame or disgrace, as you will have gone down fighting. Meekly folding up in trying to defend through a draw is. Congratulations Pakistan, you deserved to win!

Posted by Sorcerer on (January 20, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

This reminds me of 2001 when Atherton went for the weasel option and pulled down the shutters - Manchester Test, the farewell one for Wasim Akram. England started the day needing 280-odd to win, with all wickets in hand, but decided to block, block and block. Yes, I'm talking of the Test where Saqlain & Co. cleaned up eight wickets in the final session of the Test to defeat England.

I'm very happy Sri Lanka lost since their lack of sportsmanship turned inward and they fell on their faces. I struggle to remember the last time a team overtly played for a draw right from the very first session of the first morning's play!

Aggressive teams need to be lauded, and Pakistan has been one of these charming outfits. What Lanka did will haunt them for considerable time to come, as ironically had they batted touch positively they would have taken the match out of Pak reach. An interesting combination - 2 runs an over batting, and totally negative fielding and bowling! Poetic justice served.

Posted by Baundele on (January 20, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

I wonder why Mathews allowed too many singles. The batsmen did not have to take any risk at all.

Posted by t20cric on (January 20, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

What a win from Pakistan. I often keep hope in my team til the end but even I thought it would be a draw. SL was far to defensive & no team can win with that attitude. Even as Pak got closer SL tried to waste time by complaining about light. Azhar has closed the mouth of his critics by scoring such a vital century. Misbah too made a bold & match winning decision of moving Sarfraz up the order. I hope Sarfraz & Azhar get to stay in the test team for some more time as both have played better then the guys they replaced. After 4 days of boring cricket I didnt expect this day to be so entertaining. SL should take a lesson that being too defensive can make u lose. Now Pakistan only need to find a replacement for Asad & maybe Khurram to have a strong test team.

Posted by Kalim_Golandaz on (January 20, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

It seems Misbah received a blood transfusion ............B negative replaced by B positive. ;-)

Posted by warneneverchuck on (January 20, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

well with such poor performances over the years and negative mindset SL can never reach top 3 in test and odi ranking. They cant win a series in subcontinent then wat wil happen if they go to AUS or SA.

Posted by cricpanther on (January 20, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

Omg....Srinlanka lost from winning situation!!!!! It's all about the second innings failure of Karunaratne, Sanggi and Chandimal!!! Srinlanka needs 100 more runs from these three and series win chances were quite bright...even they can't score more and did not drag welll to draw this test match!!! Such a same Srilanka!!!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

@ රෝෂිත චමීර/ Tal_Botvinnik/ BDKu , guys, the victory of Pakistan is enough to zip you up. I know you are SL fans and you have wishes for your team but please be honest in your comments. Always write whatever is good and neutral to encourage the other team no matter who wins. There is nothing wrong if you support your team but don't try to censure the team members of the victorious. There is no doubt in my mind that the team SL played very negatively and demonstrated a filthy attitude. This is a game and it should be played with the spirit of the game and people like you should not criticize the other team because they played good. I don't agree with the comments of a person who wrote that the team SL was very dominant throughout the tour. I would suggest that Mr. to please have a look at the record and then comment. Also see the outcome/results of the tour. 20/20 1+1, One day Pakistan won the series and test both team 1+1 who is the best? you decide.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

@Qamar Naqvi are you crazy comparing Misbah with that legends Smith,Cook and a few others you mentioned faced the new ball for most of their careers and won most of their games.Comparing Misbah with Smith is just laughable.

Posted by F22R on (January 20, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

Im not upset on SL slow batting rate. Its obvious that SL attitude to draw the game.Its same to any team on that scenario as SL with 1-0 Series. That attitude transformed to negative in our Second Inning Bowling. Its good lesson to young Mathews as a Captain. These kind of scenarios make you mature. This defeat is BLESSING to SL cricket future

Anyway PAK done the almost impossible. Dont know why PAK fans trash on Misbah. He is the most dependable player in PAK team. like Sangakkara to SL and Dhoni to India. PAK created history with the win. Wish all the very best to PAK cricket

Posted by amilaaka on (January 20, 2014, 15:47 GMT)

it was the worst ever captancy i hv ever seen in test cricket...

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (January 20, 2014, 15:47 GMT)

At every level one can get decent cricket. A fine example is this match. I am sure that Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, if they play each other more often, can also produce such exciting matches. That is why one should play teams which are close to yours in ranking. Fine advertisement for a 2-tier test match system. This test match is a fine example of why BCCI/CA/ECB proposal should be supported.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

Sorry to say It was contest between Matthews and cricket and finally cricket wins courtesy brilliance to team Pakistan

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

Usually SL is a bit semi-defensive. However that is well planned against the likes of attacking batsmen. They try and choke out victories. Of course that works well in ODIs. In tests they had Murali as an attacking option. Vass was another who could contain as well. Then their remaining bowlers would do well backed up by great fielding. However, this display is negative. But SL also could attack as did Sanath and kalu while batting. Their ploy worked in the last test. But Pak played well even though they do not have many experienced batsmen. Also Whatmore coached SL - so he could have given Pak a few tips ;)

BTW for heavens sake can't Rameez leave commentating? He speaks like a machine-translaton...at times fumbles and uses technical jargon and management terminology. He along with Sidhu is a nuisance. the standards of commentary have been abysmal at times. Slater too chuckles in a silly way. Wasim, Sastri, harsha, arnold, bishop, haysman, vaughn are okay.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

@Arijit_in_TO, I totally agree with you"The tendency toward a negative approach in Test cricket is borne by the results".I think it should be like this"he tendency toward ANY approach in Test cricket is borne by the results". Srilanka played with negative approach because they wanted to win the series so a draw was enough for them. Onthe OTHER side pak really wanted to win the match because they of the fear of lossing series and all the ranking stuff. So I think U have hit bull's eye :-)

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

Mathews in the second innings took a shot at Misbah and tried to tell him how the tuk tuk is actually done. Looks like it backfired badly and Misbah had the last laugh.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

What a win!! I do not blame Sri Lanka as well as they wanted a draw to win the series I think Asad Shafique is a week link in Pakistani team and he should be replaced by Shoaib Maqsood Javed

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 20, 2014, 15:42 GMT)

We have the result as 1-1 after Pak missing a few first choice players in the first test, got worse for them when their WK got injured and didnt play the second test, got even worse when bhatti didnt play the third test.. But as we have it, still they had the heart to play positive and one must agree with mojority of decisions going against them.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

The right attitude did the 50% work, rest was done by the Trio (Misbah, Azhar & Sarfaraz). Well played team Pakistan....

Posted by Noni on (January 20, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

Congratulations Pakisatan team and fans !!! This will definitely boost the confidence of Pakistan Batsman for coming future. Their bowling was already superb (as always) and now batting too getting to the mark. This is going to be a great team and then Mohd Aamir returns wow. Misbah, I have not seen a match when Misbah has not contributed. He may be blamed slow and old. But I think any match is not over until Misbah gets out. Solid like a rock. All he needed is 2-3 other batsman who can take responsibility. I cannot wait to see a series in UAE between India and Pakistan.

Posted by cricket_craze234 on (January 20, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

if we want interest in test cricket i think draws should be ended why is there a draw there in the first place if in the second innings the team cant chase the target they should lose and like wise

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

So this is what test cricket is! Kudos to Pakistan for bringing off such an exhilarating win and shame to Sri Lanka for having gone unnecessarily on the defensive. The way this test went about shows very clearly that no T20 or even for that matter no ODI scenario can equal test cricket in its serenity. Test cricket is test cricket and the ICC should think three times before deciding that it is time for this type of cricket to go.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:37 GMT)

What a win for Pakistan! Well deserved defeat for the utterly negative minded Srilankan team. Congrats to pakistan for pulling off a spectacular victory and thanks for turning a match which looked like one of the worst advertisements for test cricket into one of the best!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:37 GMT)

great example of positivity just goes to show what u can achieve by playing positive cricket even without the great talents(azhar is no kohli neither sarfaraz is gillchrsit ) and people often say we don't have any great match winners so we didn't go for the win if you fear the loss u can never win

Posted by cricketkhan on (January 20, 2014, 15:36 GMT)

for all those who think test cricket is dying, this match is a slap.An astonishing and improbable fourth innings chase had to come none other then Pakistan, the most unpredictable bunch of peoples.when they decided and act, nothing stopping them. this test and chase will surely go down in the a annal of test cricket as one of the greatest of all time.It reminds me another improbable victory of Pakistan ,that was in 1979, in Melbourne, when A man called Sarfraz Nawaz snatched vicorty from the jaws of a certain defeat with his figures of 9/86, taking 7 for 1, at one stage and turning a match upside down. another Sarfraz was invloved today in this vicotry. Pakistan you have the required talent and resources, just start to belive in yourself and you can touch new horizons and hights

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 20, 2014, 15:36 GMT)

I am surprised..Nobody talking about Talha..After such great bowling

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

@BCCIrox lol, please sharpen your memory. This is the team, who clean sweep England a few years back. So it already has done, and in time it will do that again. I sometimes wonder at the stupidity and non informativeness of the people commenting. Usually I don't reply to such people but it really made me laugh.

And for your information ECB is using BBCI, don't be a shoulder to someone else's gun

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

Pakistan played outstanding cricket & finished the game in hurry:)

Posted by wapuser on (January 20, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

Unbelelev able chase ... What a batting ... Misbah and azharrr... Also goood start from the openers .... 4 days srilanka want ... Draw this test .... Bt pakistan prov him self

Posted by Sorcerer on (January 20, 2014, 15:34 GMT)

I'm glad I decided to be at the stadium, as the partnership of Sarfraz and Azhar was progressing. Truly memorable scenes near the end as Azhar punched the air in delight after having sealed the match with decisive blows three overs from the end. There was a small number of lucky people there, including Chacha cricket with his posse which entertained with their inspiring Pakistan chants.

It's amazing that the run rate required was always kept near the 5-run mark. Matthews, near the boundary line, came in for a lot of flak from a few Pakistan fans who screamed stuff like, "You deserve to lose, Lanka!", "Negative Lanka!" etc. etc. Such was the horrid negativity on display that one wondered what lay in store for poetic justice for the Lankans.

Where Test cricket had been dealt a cruel blow by SL in the first four days, Pakistan provided their own inimitable magical brand of marketing to glorify the charms of the five-day game. A glorious win by all accounts. Bravo, Pakistan!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

Well played Pakistan especially Azhar and Zulfiqar for the first time i saw them batting positively and showing their ability of how they play. This is the result of playing positive if Pak played same kind of cricket in 2nd match the result would be 2-1 today. Come on Pakistan change ur attitude.

Posted by rajapost on (January 20, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

this is not a good cricket from srilanka.slowing down run rate and over rate all this type of things not good for cricket.pakistan you beauty..won many hearts today..from india..

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:32 GMT)

Well done team pakistan... We are proud of you boys.... This win means a lot to us..

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:29 GMT)

pak cudhave lost if there were more then 1 day left in the game,pakistan always lost when they try to defence,pakistan capyain and management should learn from this that they can be top of the opponents if they play positive attacking cricket

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:29 GMT)

Amazing day of test cricket. Pakistab really deserve to win this, the way they shown the positive attitude. Srilanka lost due to their negative approach a great lesson to learn by all captains. Quite surprised to see how mathew in presence of legends like sangakara and maheela got such a pathetic advise of playing for draw even before the first ball bowled

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:28 GMT)

What a wonderful performance from Misbah,Azhar & Sarfraz...Hats off to them...Misbah you are the King...welldone!!!

Posted by mhk21 on (January 20, 2014, 15:28 GMT)

I must say as much credited Pakistan deserves for winning this historic match ,the umpires should not be forgotten . I mean they did a great job in keeping the game going despite the adverse light and visibility out there , especially RA Kettleborough for his prompt action against srilanka who were desperately trying to do anything to loose time and delay the result of the match . I even remember the umpires saying to the players to get on with the game quickly otherwise you can get penalized for 5 runs . Great job umpires to keep the match going and allowing us to witness Greatest Pakistani chase of all time .

Posted by gandabhai on (January 20, 2014, 15:28 GMT)

Well done Misbah & Co, fantastic achievement.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:28 GMT)

What an unexpected and pleasantly surprising chase by the green caps!! The chase reminded me of how Pakistan had chased down 165-odd in one session to beat India at Karachi way back in 1978. Mushtaq had promoted the young, flamboyant Imran Khan ahead of himself to boost the chase, just as Misbah sent out Sarfraz today. Imran had obliged by lofting Bedi for 2 towering sixes and a four in one over that brought 19 runs, shifting the balance Pakistan's way. Brilliant all round cricket by Pakistan today. Well played Misbah and his men:)

Posted by AbdullahBaig on (January 20, 2014, 15:28 GMT)

Thanks to Almighty Allah.

Great Win by Pakistan. It is no doubt a historical and marvelous victory by Team Pakistan

Pakistan Zindabad !! Pakistan Paindabad !!

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 20, 2014, 15:27 GMT)

Lol..Expressions of Mathews at the presentation Ceremony ..Out of the world.. He was walking as if something precious has been taken away from him..Mathews deserved this type of treatment..Right from the first ball of this match,it was obvious that SL team is out there for a Draw..They tried so hard..so hard..kept on trying even till the end..Bowlers waling slowly,trying to waste time..It's such a disgrace to test cricket.No sportsman spirit at all..Really disappointed by the way SL played this match..

Posted by casper21 on (January 20, 2014, 15:26 GMT)

It seems Mathews is the worst captain Sri Lanka ever produced! I really couldn't figure his tactic in the beginning of 4th innings. And no of runs they scored after tea on 4th day was also not accepted. Mathews has become good test batsman. But as a Captain of Sri Lanka he is not the one for future & need to look at another option. His captaincy was questioned many times in the past as well.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:26 GMT)

Misbah as a Test Captain has better batting average than Sangakara, Jaywerdene, Tendulkar, Dravid, Miandad, Cook,Lara,Smith and Gooch Etc and still there is a debate on his captaincy. One of the finest Test Captains of this era and certainly the best Pakistan has ever produced.Time for anti Misbah lobby to just SHUT UP.

Posted by Hira1 on (January 20, 2014, 15:26 GMT)

After this performance from Misbah hopefully his critics will now remain silent for atleast a year, second positive to draw from this win is there is no place of Hafeez in Pak test side

Posted by Harmony_not_Discord on (January 20, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

This is amazing by Pakistan. Draw was looking the most likely result and before the 5th day, SL were looking the only likely winners failing which a definite draw.

Pakistan have pulled an Australia like victory by playing aggressively in scoring 302 in barely 2 sessions left in the match.

Those "big three" conspiring to make a cartel should appreciate the beauty of cricket being played by the have-nots and not to sideline them.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

pak making a spectacular victory to level the series.they were positve rt. from the start as against SL who showed _ve approach all along in the match.their negative attitude was not ltd; to batting n bowling only.they were un like sports men in field try to delay by chiep methods. they did not score more than 200 hundred runs a day.Pak acieved a stiff target of 300 runs in just 2 sessions. true brave are always victorious.I salute them for the the kind of win they attained.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

wat a confidance pakistan's cricket... we r proud to be a pakistani

Posted by asim229 on (January 20, 2014, 15:23 GMT)

I think Angelo Mathews shouldn't be blamed too much because Srilanka wanted to win a series against major opposition after a long time(I think after 2000) so they desperately wanted to at-least draw this match.Overall there are many positives for Srilanka because they performed better than expected throughout the series and Mathews led from the front taking responsibility. I do see a little bit of Misbah in A.Mathews batting and captaincy specially the way Misbah was batting and captaining in his first two years as captain so I am sure he will learn if persisted and will show improvement like Misbah have done after 4 years captaining the side.

Posted by akanuruddha on (January 20, 2014, 15:23 GMT)

Well deserved defeat for SL cricket team for playing such a boring negative cricket. Even as a SL fan I was expecting them to be all-out rather than destroying the spirit of the game. If this happened other way around, SL would have never attempted to chase the target. Mathews has lost all the spirit he gained from first two games.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:22 GMT)

being a indian fan it was great to see pak thrashing the self proclaimed loins of sl inspite of their negative tactics and unsportmanlike behaviour, their so called legends ya the guy who has a odi average lower than raina and has played 400 odd odis need to learn how to play the sport in the right spirit.well done pak

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 20, 2014, 15:22 GMT)

@ SLGirl All the teams who win against SL are lucky isn't it?? Nothing wrong with SL tactic. Have some shame for the love of god. This test will be remembered forever for unsporting spirit shown by SL. They are worst than Aussies when it comes to losing. What kind of legends are sanga and mahela who can not even ask matthews to play with spirit. This has to be the darkest test match for SL cricket. And no matter how desperate they are they still have the record of not winning a single test series outside SL since 2000.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:22 GMT)

creditable win by Pak. congrats to them. Indian team is regarded as the best batting side. however, they have never done like this. in fact, batsman have never lived up to their repute, whether to win or to draw a test match. recent show against SA or scoring 120 runs for victory against West Indies. they have always betrayed. whether the team had been having Sachin, Rahul, vvs, saurav OR virat, rohit, rahane or pujara. indian victories have always come from the bowlers but still we doubt them. what good those batting records are if they cannot get us victory or save us a test match.

Posted by KingOwl on (January 20, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

I was afraid this was going to happen given the overly defensive strategy by SL. I was happy to note the first innings declaration. But after that, it was all negative. SL seems almost scared to win. I think this is not just this match, but a trend. We have seen this in all the finals of big tournaments too. Mahela, Sanga and now Angie (I like them all, by the way) - they are all of the same type. They are not aggressive captains. This is what I like about young players like Kohli. They are brash and a bit over confident at times. But they have the winning mentality. SL captains (except Arjuna) have had 'not losing' mentality. That very mentality leads to losing, I believe. I think there is no easy solution to this, I am afraid.

Posted by Yasi_Gee on (January 20, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

SL throw the match away. Dilruwan Perera was included as spin specialist and he didn't even bowled in the second innings. What's going on Matthew's head? Where are the senior players when SL needs them? Well done Pakistan. Very good sent off for Dev Watmore but not so good farewell for SL coach.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

what was the coach, sanga and mahela doing until mathews sold the match. Fielders spread from very early allowing easy runs. if we attacked initially without negative line sl could have easily blocked the chase. why didn't dilruwan bowl in the second innings! even the field was spread for the new batsman to take the single!!! no discussion by sanga, mahela and mathews in the field....whats happenning! this is not sl cricket...credit to pakistanis for attacking yet they were given the match on a platter! what a difference to indias tactics against sa when they defended 458! No other captain would have allowed to chase 300 runs in 58 overs in a test match

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

sri lankans are always in negative side when it comes to test cricket. If they have attacked in the second innings, and attacking while fielding. Because of SL defend mode pakistan did not face any difficulty in rotate strike and keep the run rate above 5 during whole innings.. Also I can remember when SL had a target of 160 odd in 40 odd overs they played for draw vs SA arnd 2 years and similar happen with against aussies. From now onwards they must learn to play positive cricket.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 20, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

Congratulations and well played Pakistan. This test bore the hallmarks of the 2006-7 Ashes test in Adelaide where England came to bat on the last day of the test wanting to draw but the Aussies came wanting to win. So the desire to win on the part of the Pakistanis meant they were thoroughly deserved winners today. As I am a huge fan of Misbah Ul Haq, I just hope he plays for many more years to come.

Questions do arise over Angelo's negative approach. Why did he let Herath bowl negatively? Why was Dilruwan Perera not given the ball at all? Why did he opt to just keep the clock ticking yesterday which made the test boring? All of this mean Pakistan deserved to win handsomely. Had yo expect Pakistan win too as they beat SA too in a test match last year. Also, bowling attack of SL is a worry and that too was why this test was lost.

Overall, great that SL managed to last all 5 days of all 3 tests after not playing test cricket for nearly 9 months.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

I warned yesterday through several comments that Sri Lankans were making a big mistake through their ultra-defensive approach to batting. Yesterday was the consolidation phase for us. There was no need to bat aggressively. But on the other hand there was no need to go into a complete shell. That attitude cost us some dismissals like that of Mahela. If we had batted normally we would have been at least 30-40 more runs ahead by end of 4th day with few more wickets in hand as well and ideally placed to go after bowling. Instead today with the last recognized pair at the wicket we tried to accelerate. That was very risky. As soon as Mathews got out, Pakistan exerted more pressure and with the lower order to accompany Prasanna we were going no where. While congratulating Mathews for winning Man of the Series, I would like to state this was not the first time he played negative cricket. Remember how many overs he wasted with the tail against Aussies in Colombo to reach his maiden hundred.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

@BCCIROXX if i remember correctly, Pakistan won 3-0 against England the then number one ranked team in UAE...so yeah we or for that matter any team can beat another team. Thats test cricket, if your team is ranked higher it doesnt mean it cant be beaten.

Posted by wapuser on (January 20, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

sri lanka negative cricket made pakistan win the match

Posted by Sagarneel on (January 20, 2014, 15:18 GMT)

Pakistan, without a trace of a doubt, contribute the most to make the cricketing world, the immensely colorful world it is. What can be a better news for the sport than Pakistan pulling off such remarkable chases? Salute to the players and greetings from India.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

sri lankans are always in negative side when it comes to test cricket. If they have attacked in the second innings, and attacking while fielding. Because of SL defend mode pakistan did not face any difficulty in rotate strike and keep the run rate above 5 during whole innings.. Also I can remember when SL had a target of 160 odd in 40 odd overs they played for draw vs SA arnd 2 years and similar happen with against aussies. From now onwards they must learn to play positive cricket.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

Nice to see Pakistan chasing such a big score with such a run rate and that too in last two secessions of final day. That is positive cricket...

Posted by Arijit_in_TO on (January 20, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

The tendency toward a negative approach in Test cricekt is borne by the reults. Teams are often not punished for executing such a strategy so it is a positive for all fans of the game to see Pakistan pull off this remarkable chase. The fact that their captain, Misbah-ul-Haq was there to see them across the finish line is another testament to him being a very good cricketer and unworthy of the derision that is usually placed on him by that team's supporters.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

outstanding test match. And few comments for BCCIRoxx... I am sorry but I fail to detect any logic and basic sense in your assessment on ICC's ranking system. the whitewash of England in Australia does not really align with 3rd and 4th ranked teams. The thrashing of India at the hands of SA does not align with 1st and 2nd ranked. And whitewash of the Then no.1 ranked team England at the hands of no. 6th Pakistan a year or so back even raises more eyebrows on the ranking system, AS PER your assessment. How did you really come up with this analysis of yours? :-)

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

well done pak team

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

I find it funny that now that they've lost, the Sri Lankans are complaining about the negative cricket as well. Even though, yesterday or heck even earlier today they were all supporting that kind of mindset. At least stick to your words.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

Congratulations Team Pakisthan and thier fans. Really fantastic game of Cricket . Misbah I liked you when I saw you in a T20 match against us. You are a real gem of a player. Pakistan supporters support player like Misbah instead of Afiridi who hardly plays. He is the only batsman who is consistent in whole pakistan team . Love you Misbah and love this win. Waiting for India - Pakistan match as a real cricketing fan. Indian fan

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

South Africa should get the lesson from this pakistan victory. Had they gone for victory in first test match that must have been remembered for all the time in positive sense. Hats off to pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan for this unbelievable victory ! Unpredictability has a new high ! On the other side, a very negative attitude and approach throughout the game from Sri Lankans. Arguing about the light and trying to waste the time are seriously against the spirit of the game !

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 20, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

Win or lose is part and parcel of the game but Angelo Matthews wasting time in the last 5 overs, arguing with the umpire, SL fielders (probably KSilva & Eranga) making gestures as if they could hardly see the ball is not really in good spirit of the game...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

never thought this would happen. all day at office expecting this match to be a draw and in the last hour just clicked the website for updates and what do i see, PAK team needs 35 from 36, my world was upside down, how could i have missed this historic match. awesome fight shown by the PAK team. and yes the sirilankan team was definitely playing for the draw, instead should have shown some aggressive intent as they was already 1-0 up. But kudos to the PAK team and yes this was a great test series, never expect any less from PAK vs LANKANS teams

Posted by Desihungama on (January 20, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

Imagine had SL not drawn when 9 down in their first innings and possibly dragging bit more adding 10-15 extra runs. Looks like this was all written up in the stars. It heartens to see all the support pouring for Pakistan specifically from Indian Fans all fans in general appreciating positive cricket displayed by Pakistan.

Posted by vlbpds on (January 20, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

Well done! a wonderful approach.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

I suspect that this victory will change Pak's cricket for the better, at least until Misbah is the captain. Thoroughly enjoyed the chase. Even the best teams would have struggled chasing in the peculiar fifth day conditions. It brings to memory the recent historic draw between India and SA. I still feel that SA denied the cricket lovers of a possible and almost a dream result. I am rather sure that any other team would have chosen to go for a win. Including pre-Dhoni India and the recent Pak (before this match of course).

Posted by martin000 on (January 20, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

@thilanka,talking abt negative bowling?? Oh wait!! Didn't we bowl an extra over in 1st test in SA even at the verge of a defeat when they wer chasing an historic 450+ score?? We never acted as if we wer injured or blind as the light fades instead we tried hard & draw the match.. fans like you are a disgrace to your country and teams like yours are such a shame to world cricket

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

great win by pakistan. appreciate their attacking strategy with calculated riskfor chasing over 5+ run rate per over.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

great win by pakistan. appreciate their attacking strategy with calculated riskfor chasing over 5+ run rate per over.

Posted by Niketh90 on (January 20, 2014, 15:08 GMT)

Well Done Pakistan!!! That was an absolutely entertaining last session and wonderful fight shown by you guys. Bravo!!!

Sri Lanka had been guilty these kind of time wasting and unfair tactics where Ranatunga used to deliberately waste time and we all know about the Randiv-Sehwag incident and ofcourse the worldcup final incident.Its not doing them any good. Its sad they still havent changed. If the last Indian batsmen had got out by a runout or wantedly get out to a diff bowler in Murali's last match, Murali wouldn't have got his 800th wicket.

Congrats again to Pak Team- From an Indian fan.

Posted by ibrahimkhaleel09 on (January 20, 2014, 15:08 GMT)

Hats off for the brilliant show.For the time being it looks like am watching the pakistani team of early 2000 and that team had this kind of spirit by which oppositions always nervous to fight against them.And today misbal proved his point that he is a good leader and his performance is totally motivating facto for others. Good performance dudes keep this performance iin the forthcoming world cup.

Posted by sreni on (January 20, 2014, 15:08 GMT)

I am Indian , but I liked the way Pakistan played today. Always the team to come up with something special when it is not expected out of them... well done..

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

Wow! Well done Pakistan!

Posted by Zavierz on (January 20, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

U know? Who'll be most Surprised on the Planet??? Mr. Graeme Smith.....Hehehe

Posted by keptalittlelow on (January 20, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

For once Pakistan batsmen rewarded their bowlers for hard work and toil. Great to see Pakistan won admiration for positive play, sorry to see Sri Lanka lose the series they dominated for most of the time. Sorry to see Angelo not taking this series which was in the bag, unfortunately Sri Lanka have only themselves to blame for the negative tactics in this test, hopefully they learnt a big lesson today.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:04 GMT)

I've never seen a team not look like getting a wicket in the Last! innings of a test match as much as Sri Lanka. The captaincy from Angelo Mathews was absolutely soft. Compare that to someone like Michael Clarke who, when he smells a win, will grind the opposition into the dust. The way the Sri Lankans whinged about the light was an absolute disgrace. They deserved everything they got. Well done Pakistan. Could challenge countries like Australia and South Africa in the next couple of years

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:02 GMT)

Glimpse of Great Imran Khan in Misbah by sending Sarfraz up the order to get some quick runs....and it really paid off well....great knock by Azhar Ali and Captain Misbah. Congrats Pakistan ...We should play like this always with lot of positivity & aggression. Pakistan Zindabad

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:02 GMT)

All Misbah haters .....TAKE THAT. Now either stop watching cricket or apologize to him .Very very well played PAKISTAN though disappointed by negative tactics of Siri lankan team.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (January 20, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

Matthews doesn't have the quality to play tests. Sack him. Sack Jayawardena too.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

Who said test cricket is dull and dying. Hats off to Pak batsmen for taking up the challenge initiated by Matthews when he declared their 1st innings. No one should blame Matthews who played positive cricket, he seems a good captain and his batting is a revelation. Wishing him best of luck for future.And Misbah's consistency is astonishing, it seems law of averages does not work with him.

Posted by Sinhabahu on (January 20, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

Well played by Pakistan, absolutely embarrassing by SL. Hope Mathews learned his lesson.

Posted by shot274 on (January 20, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

@AndyZaltzmannsHair.Spot on. Momentum for a cricket team is so important. Confidence from performances like these would leave players hungry for more exposure. Not 9 months of starvation.Cricinfo needs a separate forum for fans to express themselves about ICCs new proposals. In this world commercial interest trumps all but atleast we can try and have a voice.

Posted by buncers on (January 20, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

As a SL fan, really disappointed to see them not take this series after going one up. But the negative tactics did them in. Even with runs on the board in the first innings they didn't push on. They then bowled negatively against PAK (unbelievable) - undoing everything they had developed in the last match.

Well done to PAK for a great chase and teaching them a lesson. Angelo and the new coach take note - we don't want to see those tactics again.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:57 GMT)

this the difference between India and Sri Lanka. India bowled well and almost won the match against sa but sri Lanka were not able to capitalize and secure a draw

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 20, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

If there is one team that deserved to win the first test, we know it was.... If there is one team that deserved to win the series, we know it was... If there was one team that wanted to win, we know it was... Hats off to Pakistan, Take a Bow!! Pakistan have truly demoralised SL for their upcomin BD series and hope this loss doesnt cause them to get thrashed there too. @ Blade-Runner : Well what can I say, you have managed to do what you always do best. It wasnt worth watching Big Bash, Pakistani chase had it all anyway!

Posted by NP_NY on (January 20, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

This match is a story of one team playing boring defensive cricket wanting only a draw and the other team fighting till the end wanting only a win. Let this be an example for why a team should not play for a draw no matter what the main score reads. Well done Pakistan!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. It was once in a lifetime game to watch. Watching Angelo Mathews and Srilanka tactics of delaying the game reminded me memories of Enhland-Pakistan game where Moin Khan tried the same in vain. Congrats Positive Pakistan.

Posted by BCCIRoxx on (January 20, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

Well played! This is why world cricket structure should have been divided into 2 tiers... 5th and 6th ranked side have had a close match and this truly depicts the correctness of rating systems. I wonder if ANY of these 2 sides can do it against the big 3 on ANY ground ANYWHRE!!!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

This match reminded me second test between Pak and England in 2012. Target was 145 but Ajmal, Rehman bound did not allow Eng to do even half of it. That match and this match was much better than watching Dhoom 3 in cinema:-D

Posted by CrazyforcricketIII on (January 20, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

Wow! I went to sleep last night (I am in Canada) to expect a boring draw! But what a pleasant surprise in the morning. So pleased with this win and Misbah's captaincy. Congratulations Pakistan 11- Well deserved win indeed!!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

Angelo Matthews was terrible as a Captain today. I cannot understand the slow tactics that was used on the last day. Even after losing so many wickets the last pair started to "block" every ball. There should have been clear instructions given to the batsman to go for runs and get a bigger lead. What was Ford and also players like Mahela and Sangakkara doing ? Are they not supposed to help and advise Matthews "gently" It is time we changed our Captain and re-appoint Mahela or Sanga for another 2 years ??? I was annoyed watching the cricket today due to negative tactics of SL. Niranjan Samarasekera

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

Pakistan; the "Unpredictables" ^_^.

Posted by BCCIRoxx on (January 20, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

Well played! This is why world cricket structure should have been divided into 2 tiers... 5th and 6th ranked side have had a close match and this truly depicts the correctness of rating systems. I wonder if ANY of these 2 sides can do it the big 3 on ANY ground ANYWHRE!!!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

Well played Pak Team you deserve this Win

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

Simply wowww!!!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:52 GMT)

what a win by great pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

BRAVO!! Green Shirts!! BRAVO MISBAH!! Well Done!! Keep it up!! Luck favors brave! fastest 4th wicket change above 300. thats Pakistan... :)

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

very well played pak. negative frame of mind by srilankans helped them. early entry of sarfaraz at crease was a great decision.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:50 GMT)

Wonderful win for Pakistan , simple lesson for all teams is play positive cricket no matter whatever the result is, specially thanks to the Indian fans for so many positive comments. Unfortunately their team started with a very negative attitude and getting the results. One thing has become clear, if Misbah stands team wins.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

Revenge : Pak lost in semi final and could't chase down small total in 20 20. Hats off for Zulfikar, Azhar and Misbah

Posted by Desihungama on (January 20, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

I am not sure where to begin as I was about to congratulate in ahead to SL for the series win and forgiving their negative tactic throughout this Test. After all this would have been a series win after a long gap over a quality side but Pakistan really turned it around from no where and notched up their unpredictability radar to another level. I always knew Azhar Ali was a quality batsman and will come good. Happy for Misbah to now have silenced his critics for once and all. Really encouraged to see umpires having the situational urgency and understanding of this historic chase, be part of it and moving the game along to it's just conclusion. One for the Wisden.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

congratulations Pakistan team we love you

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:47 GMT)

Just no word to say any thing. Pakistan is the best of best team in the world. Always do wonders . Beauty of world cricket. Best win of my life. Thank you misbah, azhar, sarfaraz and the whole team

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

Misbah 22 proven again... The message is simple ALWAYS GO FOR WIN.

Posted by wapuser on (January 20, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

Firstly we can safely say test matches are not completely boring and besides being a long game its a game of come backs. Secondly pakistani team has shown a potential of being the best and its definitely the most craziest team on the planet

Posted by flowersintherain on (January 20, 2014, 14:44 GMT)

I'm a Sri Lankan supporter, but I thought they deserved to lose after playing such negative cricket. It was sad to watch them wasting time and then complaining about the light. And can someone explain the logic of having all your men on the boundary in the final few balls when all Pakistan had to do was score singles. Congratulations to Pakistan for taking up the chase and making this an exciting final day.

Posted by sjw2k on (January 20, 2014, 14:44 GMT)

This result proves that negative cricket always proves costly in the end and will never win. Well done Pakistan for a great chase on the final day.

Posted by top_SPIN on (January 20, 2014, 14:44 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan on a very courageous win. It was a great demonstration of TEST cricket on the last day. They sniffed that SL negative attitude in the 2nd innings, then as always luck favored bravery. A great knock by Azar Ali, which made the difference between two teams. He did not let bowlers to run the show, and he was supported well by Misbah and Safraz.

It is surprising to see Sanga & Mahela could not see this through when they started with 300+ score on the board but placing fielders were at boundary. Mathews tactics on bad light was embarrassing but he was desperate and still new to captaincy.

It is not clear what exactly Chandimal is doing there. Seems he has a reserved position in the team as a passenger. Is there no one else in Sri Lankan squad to score more than 11,12,13 ?

Posted by tick on (January 20, 2014, 14:43 GMT)

you must b a big hater of cricket if you are not gonna appreciate what has unfolded in Sharjah. Pakistan. absolutely great and for this one moment they showed what Pakistan stood for in 80's and 90's ,brilliance,aggression,positivity and all out attack. great win.

Posted by SLMaster on (January 20, 2014, 14:43 GMT)

Well done PAK !!!!!!!! Nothing wrong with SL approach. The only thing SL did bad from the beginning which I thought is leaving out Pradeep. Three fast bowler together work well not by themselves. Pradeep could have been in for a bastman. Also, these type of run chase doesn't happen often. PAK was lucky than been positive.

Posted by v_kumar on (January 20, 2014, 14:43 GMT)

wonderful to witness the Pakistan of old make a comeback. And a great advertisement for Test cricket. In spite of political setbacks Nobody can doubt that this country has more natural talent than any other. If they can put together a core team for the next few years they can beat anyone home or away.

Posted by Hatter_Mad on (January 20, 2014, 14:43 GMT)

Bravo Pakistan - the epitome of controlled aggression!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:43 GMT)

Hats off to Pak players. Pak indeed. Pure cricket. Couldn't watch the match, but enjoued every bit of the score update on my cricinfo app. Shame on Sri Lankans for making an attempt to degrade the game just to win. I kbew that they will eithet cheat or blame it on something if they loose. Light. Huh! Batsmen need that more. In the end, Cricket Spirit Prevailed.....

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

well done Pakistan

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

Appreciable attitude by all Cricket Fans here, especially the Lankans and Indians. This intent will favor the game that we all Love. Thanks for supporting Positive Cricket from Pakistan

Posted by YsaKaru on (January 20, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

Really poor,worst captancy by Mathews.He really disappoint us. SL FANS......

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

Pakistan turned a Test that had been an abysmal advertisement for cricket for four days and one session on its head, with an incredible batting performance after lunch on the final day, when they scored 302 runs in 57.3 overs to sucker-punch Sri Lanka and level the series. Their run-rate of 5.25 was the highest in a successful chase of a 300-plus target, and the heroes of this heist - Azhar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed and Misbah-ul-Haq - proved that the soporific pace of the previous days was entirely by design, largely Sri Lanka's to protect their 1-0 lead, cricket is a game of passion, not for negative tacticians.

Posted by ishrat1971 on (January 20, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

The catalyst were the batting of the openers and the promotion of Sarfaraz. I guess Misbah knew that in the event that things would get out of hand the Tuk Tuk would start and the game could be drawn. The applause is for the positive intent.

Posted by wapuser on (January 20, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

Well done Pak! Completely unpredictable, but utterly brilliant. SA could learn from it

Posted by Rajeshj on (January 20, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

Amazing Win and congrats to the Pakistani team... Salute to you, Misbah!! What a man and one of the best leader to captain Pakistan with such high levels of integrity.. The attitude shown by the Lankan team was too negative, particularly when the match was just a few overs away, pestering for bad light was in awful taste..

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

Never understand why people drop Azhar Ali and taeeq Umar and replace them by Hafeez and co- Never drop a quality player is what test cricket is all about- hope he never gets dropped again and inact gets selected for ODI's as well if not for T-20

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

as i said previously in quot..some of ones not exept that.pakisthan final ining is brilliant.they how can win the test match like this scenario.chandimal never leanrt how should play and what is the role his.main reason is sl team never try to win this match and olny they want draw this one.if they play positively result might be change. again mayhew show he is yhe super man in the team and thats why he paced 100 balls to 14 runs.so other tail enderes became to big pressure.hope we were leanrt big lesson from this match..

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (January 20, 2014, 14:39 GMT)

Negative batting and negative tactics in the field by Sri-Lanka, pathetic by them. They wasted too many deliveries and later in the day tried to waste a lot of time, ICC should take notice.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:39 GMT)

Greatest 4th inning chase in history of cricket! Fastest 300+ run chases in Test: Pak 5.25 today, WI 5.19 v Eng in 1984, Eng 4.29 vAus in 2001, Aus 4.51 vSA in 2002, Ind 3.92 vEng in2008

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

Who said had there been no Ashes, Test Cricket would have lost its taste. What a team. Who said sub-continent cricket is going down being too slow? What a turn around it has been. Playing out of country on name of home series and Pakistanis deprived of witnessing their own team. Isn't it unfortunate. But let us not forget that Pakistan adds a big deal of keeping modern day Test Cricket alive IN A POSTIVE MANNER. I hope Angelo would learn from his mistakes. Both teams are great Test Playing Nations. Misbah is the coolest captain today...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

Amazing, Incredible, spectacular and unbelievable chase. No words to describe it. Well done by pakistan. Azhar, sarfraz & misbah were amazing. This win came from the 3 which i think most criticize most. Look at their career strike rates and the strike rates in 4th innings of this match? amazing.

Azhar ali played brilliantly. i think he was the last man we would have expected to pull it off today. Career changing 100. had poor year been dropped but what a come back. well played by Pakistan. Hatts off.

SL played well in this series. But were too much defensive from 1st ball. Have been saying this for all 4 days. Some SL fans take it other way. By positive doesnt mean you go slogging. run rate of around 2 was no way good. would have had 100 more runs. what they were doing was understandable but in the end they got what they wanted. thats y both teams cant reach on top. this thing can work in 1 game or 2 but not all.

anyway well played by SL> lots of +ive from youngsters.

Posted by Lion83 on (January 20, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

As a Sri lankan fan Iam congratulate for pakistan for their brave approach in this game and chased 300 in two sessions proving this pitch had no demons in it where Srilanka scored only 2 runs per over to draw the game from the 1st day onwards. This is really pathetic display by srilanka and Matteews has only him to blame for this. If SL play normal cricket they should have won this game. When you are a top team you need to enter in to a game with a intent of winning it. When the game progresses and when you see you cant win it then you go for the draw. that should be the ploy of the caption and the team Mgt.Hope Mattehews will learn a lession from this shame defeat.

Posted by ilyas_US on (January 20, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

What the way to bat on day 5 Well played Pakistan and be always +ev

Posted by wapuser on (January 20, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

bad tactics bad field setting and negative cricket all round(herath bowling negative line while batsman scoring plety of his useless negative balls

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. !! Sri Lanka deserves this for the negative approach. They always seem to play for a draw.

Posted by koldmeat on (January 20, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

Only Pakistan Cricket team can do it.

Dav Whatmore should stay with Pakistan for at least up to the world cup.

I strongly believe if Pakistan works and improves their batting they will easily win the world cup because they will have the most fierce some and balanced bowling attack for those pitches.

Awesome chase... hats off to Pakistan...

Pakistan is the charm of world cricket.., they have always been..

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

what a historic win for pakistan..salute to pakistani players. and thanks for Sri Lanka team for having such series and match with us . ♡♡♡♡♡♡

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

This should also be a message out to the so called BIG THREE trying to hog revenue and tour schedules to keep the other countries away, pathetic move by Australia and India frankly, England don't know if they can be called one of the big three anymore.....frankly, they can do it if they want, but then PAKISTAN needs to rally SA, Srilanka, NZ and West indies in particular and sheep in Bangladesh, Afghanistan , Ireland and Zimbabwe to create a total alternate to this madness......so be it, if they think they can do this so can Pakistan, leaving out other countries I don't know but to disrespect West Indies South Africa and Pakistan like this is pathetic, these countries have a rich and historic past in this game with all being major contributors to the game specially in the art of bowling and intro of cricket to young countries, what has Australia, England and India done to nurture Ireland? or Bangladesh or Zimbabwe and recently Afghanistan?

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

sri lankan team is supposed to be a my favourite team since i watching cricket but today cricket shown by lankan in last test match against Pakistan really disappointed with negative approach and time wasting tactics i am really unhappy with lanka and Pakstan can do any thing and hats off misbah and hid troops congratulations from a Pakistani cricket fan.

Posted by marubini on (January 20, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

I'm not a pakistani supporeter but I wanna thank them for the showing today,that was gud aggresive betting that is what we need in test cricket.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:36 GMT)

Pakistan is realy good team after long time

Posted by YsaKaru on (January 20, 2014, 14:36 GMT)

Really poor,worst captancy by Mathews.He really disappoint us. SL FANS......

Posted by wapuser on (January 20, 2014, 14:35 GMT)

negative captaincy aproach from day one cost the match for sri lanka.i dont know y did they pick dilruwan perera if he cant nt ball in a day 5 pitch.. worst performance by sri lanka in years of cricket..bad think tank with worst tactics .. mathews did nt had the brain to stop singles as he was happy to concede singles to good balls by setting all the fielders outside the circle..sri lanka just played into pakistans hand

Posted by Salmoshy on (January 20, 2014, 14:35 GMT)

To all the Misbah haters, once for all, SHUT UP!!!!

Posted by Ray24 on (January 20, 2014, 14:35 GMT)

Well how unsporting can SL get, maybe many of you don't remember that the great Imran Khan took his players off the field in SL because of the players and umpires who were constantly cheating to get their first win against Pakistan. Looks like not much has changed since then. Hats off to the umpires who stood their ground and made the game happen. A draw would have deprived us of a great game and a great game is what test cricket needs. Cricket doesn't need unsporting players like Sangakara, Mathews, Chandimal and co. These guys with their selfish and short-sighted behaviour will ruin the game. Cricket needs your 'average' players like Azhar, Sarfaraz, Asad and co to make it exciting while keeping it honest. Hopefully Azhar will not be dropped again and hopefully Hafeez will not be played again. And hopefully Sarfaraz has proven that he is the better test keeper option compared to Adnan.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (January 20, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

Pakistans biggest problem now is that there is no Test match cricket scheduled according to the FTP for the next 9 months. Coming off the back of a remarkable victory will leave most of these players rusty and out of touch by the time they play again. Only Misbah, Shehzad, Ajmal and Junaid play ODI/T20 cricket. The others will have to play in average first class games to stay fit. It's Test match starvation which hurts Pakistan badly and it's been happening for years. If the ICC new regulations are put into place more teams will find themselves in Pakistans position with less cricket overall. Test teams will die off. Standard of world cricket will decline. Don't allow this to happen. Speak up against the new ICC proposed rules. And push for more cricket for everybody.

Posted by ThatsJustCricket on (January 20, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

Pakistan sure won a lot of hearts today along with the match. Go PAK. SL, on the other hand, got what they deserved after the abysmal and shameless slowing down tactics they employed for large part of two days. Goes to show you that inaction is never a smart thing to do.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

bravo green shirts team work brings historical win our Sri Lanka.. bravo Srfraz azahr misbah

Posted by sadSajith on (January 20, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

These 4 days are the days Sri Lankan team (which is our team, which i supported for my whole life, which whenever some one posted negative comment i was getting angry, and which today i'm not going to defend) lost its honer which they have been building for almost for 3 decades. I never seen Sri Lankan team become such low in my life..Using every negative tactic possibly can...And it wasn't like a match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka...It is a like a match between Positive cricket and Negative cricket... It hurts when my team loses... But finally we have to accept that cricket has won...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

misbah great player.. he deserves to be praised instead of being criticized for slow game.. if one follows cricket keenly, he/she will find that he often produces wat is required for pak at the particular moment.. love you dear captain !!!

Posted by cricincanada on (January 20, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

I am a Pakistani , besides Pakistan, Sri Lanka is my favorite , but today the unsportsmanlike shenanigans and all the delaying to stop a win by unfair means was very uncharacteristic .

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

am a srilanken and I must say Pakistan deserve this win.. they played positively & richly deserve it! srilanka shame on ur performance special y so cald seniors mahela & sanga.. pathetic! plz retire..

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:32 GMT)

First of all thanks to shehzad & khurram for getting the ball rolling and sarfaraz for keeping the tempo going ,Azhar playing within his limitations and ofcourse mr spontaneous himself Misbah ul Haq. Great match loved it.Play cricket this way all the time without worries Just your natural abilities nothing extraordinary.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

pak played very well today...............................

Posted by Extraz on (January 20, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

The fastest chase of 300+ in test history!!! Unbelievable work from pakistan as usual...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

Sri Lanka are renowned for their unsportsman like behavior. Twice they bowled extras to deny Sachin and Sehwag centuries ordered by their captain. Who can forget the toss at the world cup final ? And now this. No wonder negative teams like SL are a disgrace to test cricket. You can watch a turtle race instead of SL batting in a test match.

Posted by SaadRocx on (January 20, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

Very good win from Pakistan!!! Thats the brand of test cricket we want every team to play... Disappointed from Mathews captaincy though..very poor indeed! and unsporting too.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

zandabad pakistan

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

Of all the talk that is going around about who will be playing test cricket in the coming years (FTP), they need to sit down again and somehow make sense of the decision they are about to make. Congrats to Pakistan for showing what test cricket can be all about.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

wow wow what a historic chase by Misbah 11 ........................ lankanz made the test match boring for 13 sessions but outstanding batting by azher and not to forget SARFARAZ ............... great move by misbah to promote sarfaraz up the order .............. Thums Up for Misbah 11

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

Happy that we lost the match today.. Otherwise it would have been a precedent for future matches that the block and block again cricket that they played in this match will secure them matches Sri Lankans were loosing fans for test cricket and ultimately lost the match. . Well deserved. .!!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

Siri Lanka is a great team and produced wonderful players/results over the years, but today was not their day. Mathews, no doubt is new to the captaincy, but he will learn how to play positive game. In the end it was a team work for Pakistan as all of them showed their fighting capabilities. Really an unpredictable. They can beat the number one eleven easily but with same ease they concede defeat to the low rated team. However they deserve a round of applause. WELL DONE

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

A fair result and excellent finish to an evenly contested series !

Posted by Sameeratennakoon on (January 20, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

Fault was not only by Mathews.. Team management deserves some part of this defeat.. They shouldn't have set a negative game plan. Like always Sri Lanka miss the final attempt.. They are the chokers of cricket. But a lot of positives by youngsters except chandimal. He should play some domestic cricket and try to get into a better form.( I can remember his biggest joke. Boycott the IPL and went to Pallekale saying he was practicing with similar conditions to England. He couldn't average more than 15) Despite the last game SL have done well. All they have to do is take the full advantage of Bangladesh tour as a preparation for Asia cup and T20 world cup.. Best of luck SL..

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

Misbah . Azhar Ali. Srfaraz. doing well good performance i really apprishate them i proved to pakistan team

Misbah u should cantinues ur favorite tuk tuk tuk but today u r not tuk tuk tuk today u looking like playeed just like boom boom boom Zanda-Bad pakistan

Posted by wapuser on (January 20, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

Incredible win for Pakistan. Stayed up till just before fajr to watch this. Historic test match that was an honor to witness. What a contrast to the negative tactics of Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

such are the contests which serve as reminder for the future generations! Well done

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

Wow, they won, unbelievable. Actually I had abandoned the game since SL got a handsome lead but just for curiosity sake I kept myself in the game by sneaking in at the end of the day.

Am I dreaming or what? Anyway Congratulations, well done and keep it up.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

wat a victoryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happpyyy and proud of Pakistan team, u always bring refreshment to the world of cricket.. may you stay courageous and positive and above all self believing like this always !!!!! keep bringing smile on the faces of fans.. <3 <3 all the best to both the teams for the next match, infact gOOD wishes for the game of cricket !

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

disgusting startegy by SL , when u go in to the test match drawing a match that itself is not gud for a captain , what were sanga / jwdnye doing they need guide angelo , if SL need to win they need agrsive capt which unfortunately they dont hv and at last the body language how can he lift the team. PAk shld always play agrvise cricket whuch they are known for __ from a indian fan

Posted by ARJa on (January 20, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan fan, I must say this is the most embarrassing moment of our cricketing history. None of the defeats in world championship finals amount to how pathetic this performance is. We simply lost due to overwhelming negativity in our approach. Nothing more nothing less. Sri Lanka deserved to lose simply due to the way they played. This is a great lesson to all cricket teams who go into first class games hoping to merely avoid defeat. And i am certain that the team management along with the experience players (Mahela, Sanga and Herath) were the architects of this as surely the likes of Matthews or Chandimal aren't experience enough to create this nightmare over a long period of 5 days. But, on another note, need to congratulate Pakistan. There are no words to describe what a wonderful surprise it is to see a subcontinental team going for an aggressive win without thinking of dressing room politics and personal agendas. Just hope Pakistan continue in this way.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

Love u misbah :) old age bradman.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

Congrats pakistan. Sri lanka lost only due tp there negative tactics

Posted by AB-14 on (January 20, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

Good team effort by Pakistan. ALL THE BATSMEN AND BOWLER CONTRIBUTED

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (January 20, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

I was hoping for a Pakistan win; but deep down knew it was very unlikely - for 2 reasons; one, because our batting is very weak, and secondly Pakistan in recent times lost the sense of aggressiveness and positivity that was our hallmark in the 1990's. But then we had a team of skilled players. SL has had a very good series, excelling in all departments and generally with an attacking attitide. Angelo Matthews was defensive, but I do not blame him. He knew that Pakistan had to have a real go to win this test in order to draw the test series. Given their inept batting in recent 7 years plus, SL waited for Pakistan batting to collapse. This one time it didn't. Only in the 2nd time in HISTORY has Pakistan scored over 300 runs in the 4th innings to win a test match. Well done, Misbah, Azhar, Sarfaraz, Shehzad, Abdul Rehman, and Mohammad Talha.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan! what a superb win indeed. It is also heart warming to see so many Indians praising and congratulating Pakistan. Thank you!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

I am not really into the test cricket, but I think this game was awesome to watch and enjoy. What a win, and a big special Thanks to all the indians for being neutral in the support of both teams and many thanks to the indians leaving positive remarks in support of PAKISTAN. I can guarantee that our elders in the past have never shown such support and the future is certainly looking brighter for all the asian neighbours. CHEERRRRSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

Thanks to all fans of cricket from other countries saying positive words about match and especially from india. I always think these forums should not be used to bash each other but should be used for the game we all love most.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

what a day of cricket! loving being a Pakistani right now.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

Good win from boys dissapointed with Mathews attitude.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

Wasted time, thought Pakistan would stumble on their way and may be a draw would feel like a victory. Pulling off an actual victory has spoiled all the fun there is to be a Pakistani Cricket fan. Oh well, what else to say other than to congratulate...

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (January 20, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

Simple amazing if Pakistan continue to play positive cricket like this & believe in themselves they'll steam roll every opposition. Viva La Vida Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

For all those Pakistan haters ,I am eating ice cream and taking a victory lap.

Posted by Tbilisi on (January 20, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

unbelievable win for Pakistan. they are 100% unpredictable as ever. I am sad for SL they were very negative since the match started. moreover the most senior player like sanga and jaywerdene did not advise mathew to play positive. pak play like mission and they accomplished. its call WINNING. CONGRATULATION PAKISTAN AND ALL THE BEST IN 2014.... PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

Sri Lanka have always been my 2nd favourite team after Pakistan. Can't say that any more about them after today's display. They took negative tactics to a whole new level. It was totally pathetic.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

Poor cricket by Srilanka! Negative tactics and poor delay tactics. Childish behavior by trying to claim bad light and by trying to slow the game! Very bad advertisement for cricket by Srilankan players.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

who says only Ashes produce entertaining test matches .... I have never seen something like this before ....... What performance by Team Pakistan .... Hats off to Azhar, Sarfraz and Misbah .... and YES Sri Lanka had a negative attitude which costed them a test match ...

Posted by lankantone on (January 20, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

massive respect to pakistan team from Sri lankans.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

Well played Pakistan team. What a match, what a victory. Unlucky Srilanka hope they learnt a lesson

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (January 20, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

The blame should not only go matthews but also to sanga,mahela,chandimal,prasanna,management commitee for such defensive negative attitute.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

14 scores in 100 balls by angelo. and we call Misbah "Tuk Tuk"

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (January 20, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

Yes we lost but its about time we pick some decent positive batsmen in the side. Karunaratne prasanna and chandimal have been woeful this series, hope we get ppl like Tharindu Kaushal, Akhila Dhananjaya, Roshan SIlva,Kusal Janith, Vithanage into the side

Posted by Pindia on (January 20, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

This is the greatest test victory of modern times... Congratulations to the Pakistan team and Misbah Ul Haq. He is also a modern great; and although much maligned Misbah like the team have character, substance, patience and dignity- plus a lot of talent. This is a triumph in the face of adversity- on the day and indeed in the context of modern test match cricket. If Pakistan can build upon this their future is very bright: despite all the politics what has always been obvious is that Pak have cricket talent in abundance. Misbah gets better with age and perhaps now he has seen the light in terms of making brave decisions; which coupled with perseverance and dignity can make this team great. Bodes well for the medium-long term of Pakistani cricket. In the days where ego, politics and money seem to do the most talking I think Misbah and the Pak team have shown how is can and should be done. Yes they have had difficult times; there examples of wasted talent; but in the end they won

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

well it was simply unbelievable.. pak deserves all credit for not letting themselves down this time around

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

Great team work

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

Well done pak...but srilanka dint do themselves any favours....draw mentality nvr gives a chance for a win...but credit to pak for goin for the chase...greetings from india

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

The win is even more amazing in a Test cricket where there are no fielding restrictions, umpires also dont have a hawk on the balls going doing the leg, bouncers etc - but it is only Pakistan the most unpredictable side to WIN an absolute blinder!!! Pakistan Zindabad....

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

"Self-belief, having confidence in the team, killer instinct, and also not giving up. Those are the things that you need to have as a player and as a captain, because we all know how hard Test cricket is..."

Angelo Matthews in a recent cricinfo article on qualities of a good leader. A bit of Jekyll and Hyde from him in this test match.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

Great win by Pakistan after a long time.

Posted by Tornado1 on (January 20, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

Misbah, Azhar and Sarfraz...great chase guys.Negative tactics by Lankans make them suffer a loss...Anyways great chase

Posted by PPL11 on (January 20, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

Brilliant Simply Brilliant I don't have word to express my feeling seeing turn around in this match simply outstanding, Games like this will keep Test Cricket Alive, Long live Test Cricket.

SL played well in this series just few nagative tactics cost them the match else they played well whole series

In All Congratulations to Pakistan and Hard Luck SL - From Indian Fan

Posted by Sir_Ivor on (January 20, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

My heartiest congratulations to Pakistan and Misbah for having gone for the win and made it. I have always believed that Azhar was a brilliant bat and he proved it today. A good parting gift to Whatmore.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

wow not the only test match but yoi also won million people of Pakistan heart bravo

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

awsoume test mat ch after a long time ...........this may change the Misbah approach to be positive ...so if Misbah stay positive as he did in this match then HOLD ON WC 2015 coming............good batting by sarfraz and outstanding by Azhar ali

Posted by M.gundroo on (January 20, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

Well played Pakistan, just reward for playing positive cricket.well, SL lost it only ,as they chose to play negative cricket and defend their already 0ne up position, a dangerous tactics which almost always back fires.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:17 GMT)

@ Angelo, this is not the way we play cricket mate. It is fine to loose a match, it is fine not to win an away series for 100 years. But slowing the game down & etc. are not our strategies. You have everything to be the greatest captain Sri Lanka ever produced, but you have to brush up some areas. I know you are better than that, all of us know. Please be aggressive when you set the field, you are an aggressive player by anyway. And please tell Herath that he is a good enough bowler to take wickets by bowling outside the off stump. Finally well played Pakistan!!! Congratulations!!! You guys deserved the win. A Sri Lankan fan.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:17 GMT)

well done Pakistan... A great and amazing win by Pakistan and very shameful attitude by sirilnakan...it is good sign for the beauty of test cricket..

Posted by Webba84 on (January 20, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

Nicely done Pakistan, you deserve it!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

I have never seen such worst negative cricket team like sri lanka , showing that kind of attitude before losing ." Winning and losing is part of game ,kudos to Pakistan for their positive cricket.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

That's the way to do it INCREDIBLE PAKISTAN. Great victory Pakistan!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

What an amazing challenge. A new record for Pakistan

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan from fans of Sri Lanka!!! Historic chase...great cricket....

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

love to see win pakistan thanks to indien fans

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

As a Pakistani fan i thought southafrica vs India Johannesburg Test was one of the amazing test i have witness but now my home team pulls off an incredible win... Hats off to misbah and azhar.. though really disappointed with srilankans attitude in the closing stages of the match ....Anyway a classic test match

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

Sri lanka pay a heavy price for negative brand of cricket. This is what happens when you play for a draw. Pathetic

Posted by saqlains_doosra on (January 20, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

Misbah's finest innings!!!! Always plays according to the situation. Not sure why he gets so much criticism!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

Mathews showed his poor captaincy by trying to draw the match from first day .Now SL have gained the result of it.Congratulations Pakistan for Brilliant Batting

Posted by wapuser on (January 20, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

Congrats Greens...Happy That Despite All The Negativity From Lankans Through Those 13 Sessions, Cricket Was Enjoyable And ,Importantly, Watchable...Thanks Azhar And Sarfaraz, And Misbah We Love You...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

Sri Lankans have only themselves to blame. They played ultra cautiously which indicates lack of confidence in themselves. A strong team which has 1-0 lead will not try to play for draw from day one, but it will try to win the next test also. Unless a team takes risk it can't win and fear of losing doesn't help any team. But congrats Pak! Azhar Ali deserves special praise and so do Sarfarz Ahmed and Misbah! Wishing team Pakistan more success!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

What poor attitude shown by the Srilankans! Both attitude and tactics, trying to delay the game. Defeat well deserved!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

Cricket won today.... It was amazing game and positive result for Pakistan... I hope that people look at this game and say that all Boards should work for game of cricket not for revenue.... Money is important but it is not everything.... A cricket fan

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

I think both team played well. Both team make numerous mistakes but Pakistan play well in 2nd innings.....

Posted by lonewarriorram on (January 20, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

Posted by Blade-Runner on (January 20, 2014, 9:37 GMT) To be honest, this is way funnier than comedy central. lol 2 wickets down already. lol Pakistan are in the process of batting themselves out. lol I think that they have taken the bait. Mathews, you are a genius !!!! Btw, where are all the people who questioned Mathews' strategies?? lol Probably watching Big Bash, I guess. :)) where are you and your genious captain hiding now lol :p

Posted by mensan on (January 20, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

What this victory told is Azhar Ali and Abdur Rehman are must for UAE tests. Abdur Rehman has a strike rate of near 5 wickets per tests match which is excellent.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (January 20, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

From Indian Fan. Well done Misbah, Azhar ali, Sarfaraz. Well paced innings from each of these guys. Pak deserved this victory .They played positive cricket. Subcontinent fans are most ungracious in general. One loss in next match Misbah will get all the blastings. Hope fans see what value he is adding to the team.Also credit to the bowlers for the turn around. Rehman deserves a mention here .A quality spinner overshadowed by Ajmal.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

What a sensational run chase.. 302 in less than 60 overs...Sri Lanka was out to draw this t3st since day 1 to win the series 1-0..they took almost two days to get the 429.and on final day Pakistan were left only 59 overs to get the 302 to square the series..Azhar Ali was a replacement for this game and he made it count and how...SA can definitely take a leaf out of this when it comes to the intention to win and not merely play out....India can learn too when they just pulled out of the chase in West Indies in Dominica if am not wrong on their last tour...Test cricket..best cricket!! This will go down as one of the greatest wins in Test match history...what a turnaround...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:11 GMT)

Pakistan should always play positive cricket like today's match.... Pakistan have good furure players.... Well Done Again :)

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

I am dissapointed with Sri Lanka's unsportsmanlike behavior TBH.

Posted by sachinssnn on (January 20, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

Hats off 4 unpredictable PAK...they deserved to win...Good luck...from a SL fan

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 20, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

Good to see it all came out in the open. These were the dirtiest tactics in a game I have ever seen. I hope PAK fans will realise this is how SL team play their cricket. A bowler bowling at 135k and batsman can hit it with a bat but fielders are not able to see it. But they were able to see it when it was hit straight to them. They were only not able to see it when they knew it was going for 4. LOL.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING VICTORY FOR PAKISTAN!!! probably one of the best Test matches ever played...Misbah and Azhar Ali you beauties!! This win is going down in the history books! This victory might rejuvenate Test cricket as a whole...

Posted by mensan on (January 20, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

Delaying tactics were expected from SL but it's ICC rule to complete the allotted number of overs on final day of a match in any case. That helped Pakistan despite of the fact that they had to play in very poor light.

Posted by amilaaka on (January 20, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

this is the worst ever captancy i have ever seen in test cricket...its really embarassing defeat...as a whole hearted srilankan supporter im really disappointed the way things have gone last 3 days in this match.....anjelo should admit his fault decisions and should say sorry to all srilankan fans.....also the blame should be gone to all srilanka players and cautching staff....even this kind of negative captancy srilanka team can easily place bottom of the icc test rankings for sure...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

Disappointed at the Sri-Lankans, they were abysmal as Cricketers and even worse as sportsmen. They have tarnished their image by their tactics not by losing the Test Match.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

Sri Lanka thoroughly deserve to loose this match! What a negative approach right from the start of this test match!! It 's a shame for Sri Lanka cricket! What a defensive captain Sri Lanka has! I am really scared to think of the influence Matthews would have on the young cricketers in the team!

Posted by shot274 on (January 20, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

SL were not just poor on day 5. From the first day they were looking for nothing but a draw. For that a lot of the blame must go to Mathews and the SL management. On the final day they were left with no choice but to be ultra defensive and played right into Pakistans hands. One would have thought that if SL batted 109 overs in the second innings they would have saved the match-but not if youre scoring rate is less than 2!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

Thankx Great God.........Well done Pakistan supplended fight back and couragious display of attacking cricket in recent Times, probably after the South Africa vs India test match last year.....South Africa failed to chase of 458 very narrowly, but Pakistan made a history in record 58-overs by 6 RPO, while South Africa got 3 RPO.....Great entertainment for viewers....Congratulation to Pakistan team and specially Azhar Ali and Misbah played a classic innings....

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

great 1

Posted by siddhartha87 on (January 20, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

simply amazing.Great knocks by Misbah,Sarafaz and Azhar.Good lesson for Matthews ..don't play ultra defensive cricket. SL deserved it.

Posted by wapuser on (January 20, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

anger came-out against slow run rate of cunning srilanka

Posted by Bhnagoo on (January 20, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

I was following this match on cricinfo, didn't had the luxury to watch it on tele. The goose bumps it has given me, unbelievable! Hard work pays & that's what happened here. Azhar Ali, Misbah, Sarfraz are heroes. I am sure, we will forget these moments but lets celebrate for them. Thanks Cricket team for giving us these special moments to cherish on.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

srilanka brought a bad name ..... plays like this make test cricket boring.... but hats of to Pakistan for pulling up a great victory

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

what an achievement,pakistan have definitly started something here.chasing 301 in 2 sessions is incredible not long ago south Africa went into a shell with a much easier task. Go Pakistan the wait continues for an away win for sri lanka against pakistan since 1990.

Posted by voyager on (January 20, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

Misbah and Team keeping some sanity in the Pakistan's darkest time. For that they deserve our appreciation and respect. Thank you.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:05 GMT)

As a Sri Lanka i congratulate Pakistan on this magnificent win. Sri Lanka played the whole game in a negative mindset with a view not to lose. That attitude of playing costed us dearly. Well played Pakistan!! If Sri Lanka played normal cricket, specially after a first innings lead, we would have won the match. Good learning experience for Mathews

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:05 GMT)

I take a bow and thank the pakistanis for saving this great game called Cricket which for some inexplicable reasons these sri lankans were hell bent on killing....I am an indian but today I hv no inhibition in saying'Pakistan Zindabad'

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

it is an excellent win.Thanx to indians supporting Pak team

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

SR were negative frm starting of the match their deserve to lose

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

congratulation Pakistan well played good chase as a srilanka fans. where is the Lankan bowler's.

Posted by ste13 on (January 20, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

Great win by Pakistan. I know this this is 20/20 era, but to complete the huge chase at 5.3 run rate in test cricket is just amazing. Pakistan proved they are as unpredictable as ever. Negative, defensive and boring attitude of Sri Lanka punished. Even in test cricket you still have to score runs not to lose. Big lesson for patience, but fair result in the end.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 20, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

@ Blade-Runner Comedy central huh. Guess who is laughing now. LOL. I know you will still be a one eyed fan and will continue to get these thrashings regularly in the future. LOL

Posted by Waqs77 on (January 20, 2014, 14:02 GMT)

Hurrrrraaaaahhhhhh.... This is to ICC and all those who tried their level best to keep pakistan out of international cricket. Its pakistan who revived dying TEST CRICKET today. I challenge "BIG 3" and rest of the world to dare to chase 300+ in just 2 sessions. No one even dares to attempt. we have seen recently world no. 1 SA, where they were in a position to win jo'burg test but they did not even tried. Chases like this will definitely revive test cricket.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (January 20, 2014, 14:02 GMT)

Sri Lanka were too negative and paid the price. They batted too slowly and wanted to bat Pakistan out the match.

Fair play to Pakistan, what brilliant positivity shown by them in going for the win.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:02 GMT)

Result of a negative approach right from the word go casted Sri Lanka the Match and the Seri. A big lesson for cricket playing countries. Considering Pakistan a unit who will not match was another mistake. Pakistan has already dominated them in one day cricket, then what they were thinking? A negative approach is the answer . Aman Ullah Khan/Brooklyn/NY/USA

Posted by Lion_96 on (January 20, 2014, 14:01 GMT)

Congrats to PAK, they played really well to chase this total down in two sessions. As SL Fan, i don't think I have ever been more disappointed with our team (and im saying this even after we have lost four World Cup Finals). Not just disappointed, but ashamed. Really ashamed of the way we played, especially on Day 4. Thanks to PAK for teaching us lesson! Had PAK not won this, that would given SL all the wrong reasons to be happy. This is the the 4th time since 2010 that an opposition have drawn a Test Series against SL despite us taking a lead. So theres a new problem. Not just World Cup Finals, but squandering leads in Test Series. Its been a tough time to be SL fan since 2007.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:01 GMT)

Well done Pakistan... But what was Sri Lanka doing

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:01 GMT)

Misbah you beauty!!!! What a wonderful chase. Srilanka deserve to lose due to their pathetic attitude towards the game. They were so negative & will definitely lost many fans around the world.

Posted by shot274 on (January 20, 2014, 14:01 GMT)

This is what Test cricket should be about! Handful of spectators, minimal TV coverage and a match that fans will remember for decades. Have as many tiers of teams you want i would watch this brand of cricket to the 8-0 in 8 matches played by the 'big two'. Well done Pakistan! Historic win!!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

Wow !!! I saw a comment earlier in the day that if the NO 1 team cannot make 35 runs that is South Africa against India then No chance for Pakistan . Well This is Pakistan the unpredictable , who to be honest , by winning and playing the way they played kept Test cricket a live . I am sure SL think tank will change their tactics next time but they did what they had too ......

Posted by kickassPakistan on (January 20, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

only goes to show what intent can do in game of cricket. Brilliant guys you made us proud. Mathews will learn with time,especially spirit

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

bad light can't read the comment

Posted by Galpaatha404 on (January 20, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

Well done Pakistan.. Amazing approach by them.. By the way RUBBISH cricket from Sri Lanka, specially Mathews. Sorry to say that they are not good enough for test cricket. A historic match for Pakistan, but they should remember that they played against a school team.. Dissappointing for Sri Lanka cricket. They are not going to recover for years!!!

Posted by einstien_jouniar on (January 20, 2014, 13:59 GMT)

And here is the predictably most unpredictable team of cricket....can loose from wining position in 1st test and can win in unbelievable way in 3rd test! I believe current should be team for Pakistan in test matches (at least at home) and feeling very happy for sarfraz, finaly he is getting what he deserve!

Posted by Prabahar_Trichy on (January 20, 2014, 13:59 GMT)

Good Lesson to Srilanka for playing Negative cricket on Batting/Bowling.... Really a bad advertisement for Test Cricket from Lankans...

Well Done Pak... Keep going...An Indian Cricket fan

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:59 GMT)

Sri Lanka tried to make it a 70's game, however Pak made it 20-20...Bye bye to Hafeez and Akmal bros..:)

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:58 GMT)

Sri lankans were negative from the begining of this test match......... shame for cricket........... plays like this make test matches boring..... But a befitting reply by Pakistan... well done

Posted by rustyryan on (January 20, 2014, 13:58 GMT)

I remember how Sri Lankan fans so pathetically voiced against Shehzad when he criticized negative batting of Sri Lanka.. I dunno where those fans are going to hide themselves after this defeat.. As they say, you have to be ready to lose to win a game. Great going Pak.. Truly played like a champions....Misbah is a true genius.. Azhar Ali- What a talent.. Much like Dravid for India. Though bit early to compare him with the wall... I'd rate Misbah ahead of MS for his composure in test cricket, which I feel is the ultimatum for any cricketer.. Wishes from across the border.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:58 GMT)

Srilanka played a very game through out the series... n same tactics gave away the game today to Pakistan

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:58 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan, I have tears in my eyes ..... :)

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:58 GMT)

waoooo what a match well played Pakistan, SL batter luck next time

Posted by mzm149 on (January 20, 2014, 13:57 GMT)

Azhar, Misbah, Sarfraz you beauties!!! Unbelievable win. Indeed historic test run chase. 195 runs in one session on 5th day. WOW.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:57 GMT)

This has to go down as one of the best matches, Sri Lanak tried through out the test match to draw it. Negative thinking in the end has cost them this match. Take nothing away from the heroics of Pakistani batsman and of course the Skipper who many have criticized to no end has played a master stroke yet again.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

Hope the young SL captain will draw useful lessons from this defeat. It does not pay to be negative I'm sports! As one wise man once said it's not the destination but the journey that counts! But this was a class win for Pakistan. Bad tackticks by SL!

Posted by Kashif-Rafiq on (January 20, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

What a knock by Misbah and Azhar, now that's called team work because every one of them contributed to some extent in this victory

Posted by jerryman on (January 20, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

Congrats and well played Pakistan. SL will now regret not getting about 40 runs in their first innings with their run rate and in the 2 innings could have got about 20 more as well with run rate . Also Sanga and Chandimal got out to careless shots . My thinking before the game was that Pradeep shud have played instead of Chandimal. Anyway the series I think overall ended 1-1 is a tribute to both teams .. Misbah and azhar played very well and controlled the innings . Rangana Herath will be disappointed with his bowling in the 2nd innings .. Another surprise is that the wicket played very easily on the 5th day , no turn as expected .. Well played Pakistan.. ...

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 20, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

@ SLslinga There you go !!! I agree you don't have the RIGHT to play Test cricket.

Posted by wapuser on (January 20, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

What a test match!!! Pakistan you won I can't believe it!! Surely srilanka played bad cricket and pakistan awesome... well done Azhar Ali and Misbah... n ya shehzad played tremendous innings...

Posted by Noggin-ball on (January 20, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

Don't tell me they're actually GOING TO TRY AND WIN! For heavens sake, they need 40 runs and THEY"VE ONLY GOT SIX WICKETS IN HAND! Perthaps a quick call from Graeme to Mizbah will restore sanity, and we'll all live happily ever after, basking in the 'safe' option of mediocrity...

Posted by Pindia on (January 20, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

The future is bright for Pak cricket. The test team is now set. This is the greatest modern test victory. Pakistan have showed they have a big future in test cricket, and indeed test cricket has a bright future. A victory for positivity, patience and perseverance. Misbah should go down in history as a great, must be the best ever for his age. Azhar Ali and Shafiq are clearly the successors to Misbah and Younis. The bowling attack did its job and you have Irfan, Gul etc to come back as necessary. Sri Lanka played very negatively and the umpires especially Kettleborough were fantastic. Since 2010 and before times have been difficult for Pak but what they demonstrate better than anyone else is faith and dignity in difficult times, and what today shows is this all pays off and that miracles to happen...

Posted by Zaheerahmed on (January 20, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

Tremendous victory by Pakistan. Ultra negative tactics by Lankans cost them the match. Misbah is the real Captain Cool.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (January 20, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan :)

Posted by Pindia on (January 20, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

The future is bright for Pak cricket. The test team is now set. This is the greatest modern test victory. Pakistan have showed they have a big future in test cricket, and indeed test cricket has a bright future. A victory for positivity, patience and perseverance. Misbah should go down in history as a great, must be the best ever for his age. Azhar Ali and Shafiq are clearly the successors to Misbah and Younis. Sri Lanka played very negatively and the umpires especially Kettleborough were fantastic. Since 2010 and before times have been difficult for Pak but what they demonstrate better than anyone else is faith and dignity in difficult times, and what today shows is this all pays off and that miracles to happen...

Posted by rahuly243 on (January 20, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

amazing amazing show by the Pakistani team...hats off to them!!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

Well played and it was bad captaincy by Angelo Mathews, keeping the men on the boundary and letting Pakistan take easy singles till the end.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 20, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

slap on over rated srilankan cricket for their negative cricket (1.8 run rate) ..and yakk.. no one will do such ugly behavior on field by complaining on light when mathc already shifted.. shame on srilankan cricket for compalingin on light at that moment ...

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 20, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

very WELL DONE to Pakistan who thoroughly deserved this win!! our bowlers let us down by not defending 301 in just two sessions and no excuses from me.. We had the game in hand and threw the victory and the series away.. We should have won this match but we can only blame ourselves. Naturally I am hugely disappointed but one must remember that we drew this test series with the team that just beat SA away, and in their own patch too. If someone had offered us the drawn series in tests after so long away, I would happily have taken it. Great innings from Azhar and Misbah and we need to pick ourselves up for the England tour.

Posted by Pindia on (January 20, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

The future is bright for Pak cricket. The test team is now set. This is the greatest modern test victory. Pakistan have showed they have a big future in test cricket, and indeed test cricket has a bright future. A victory for positivity, patience and perseverance. Misbah should go down in history as a great, must be the best ever for his age. Azhar Ali and Shafiq are clearly the successors to Misbah and Younis. Sri Lanka played very negatively and the umpires especially Kettleborough were fantastic. Since 2010 and before times have been difficult for Pak but what they demonstrate better than anyone else is faith and dignity in difficult times, and what today shows is this all pays off and that miracles to happen...

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 20, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

What a win...What a historic win... SL did every possible thing to draw this match..Every sick tactic they could come up with..But in the end it was Pakistan creating history... Well done Misbah..I am so happy today..For the first time Misbah went for an all out attack..And team was rewarded big time...Great Job

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

Azhar ali, misbah and the trigger box sarfaraz are the stars of the show!!! Well deserved win... Amazingggg

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

deserved loss for sri lanka!! hopefully they will learn lessons from this. They lost this game.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 20, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

@ ThilankaK "I think Mathews should take Dhoni's good things not this negative bowling. Dhoni is the one who famous for negative bowling !!!" HAHA. LOL. Funniest comment I have ever read. Out of desperation and helplessness that SL will get thrashed and the record of not winning a test series outside SL since 2000 will stand. LOL

Posted by 4_Best_Cricket on (January 20, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

Unbelieveable Victory for Pakistan. Pakistan really has proved to be unpredictable like always. Congrats

I felt SL wasted a lot of time but good effort overall. Congrats to you as well.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

that is pakistan they will do something what nobody can do

Posted by Big_Chikka on (January 20, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

gotta congratulate team Pakistan, for chasing down the score. WELL DONE! positive cricket.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

amazing by pakistan. this run rate was almost double than their standard. brilliant.

career strike rates of misbah, azhar and sarfraz were far less than this.

SL now thinking why they scored less than 2.3

Posted by mansoor777 on (January 20, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

Sri Lanka Played this test match just to make draw to win the series. by doing this most of the time in match they loss the game. well chase by pak team.

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (January 20, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

Congradulation Pakistan from Bangladesh. What a match, what a win by Pakistan. Positive cricket from them. On the other hand Srilanka played negative cricket by wasting time for bad light. That is very bad cricket from SL. Well played both team .

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

What an inning from Azhar Ali, very timely ,deserving and fantastic. He made his ground in the team on permanent basis. Well done Azhar, congratulations for this marvelous job done for Pakistan. Aman Ullah Khan/Brooklyn, NY./USA

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

terrefic win 2 level d series....

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

Amazing is the world for our team :D absolutely classy performance!!! Woww

Posted by Riz000 on (January 20, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

I'm Sorry but this is poor cricket and childish behavior from Sri lankan cricketers by complaining and wasting time Pakistan are cursing and completely out played Sri lankans unfortunate Sri lanks are such a boring team now they were plying for a draw from ball 1.Pakistan needs Haris sohail, Shoiab maqsood & Umar akmal with mohmaad Aamir sooner returning Pakistan will be no doubt no 1 in the world mark my words.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

Bravo Pakistan. Well played!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

Congratulations Pak on a job well done!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

well done team pakistan what no1 southafrica couldnt acheived against india .. pak did it

Posted by Pindia on (January 20, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

I am a british Asian. I have been a Pak fan my whole life. This is the greatest moment...

Posted by Cric_fever_forever on (January 20, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

Game is coming home... Wow Wow Wow this is going to be historic chase for pak. cahsed it in just two seesion is super awesome. hats of to misbah and azhar. especially azhar who was in different mood . poor captincy from angleo.. but great going green brigade u just made my day complete thank you!!! cheers

Posted by Pindia on (January 20, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

Would be the greatest victory... A victory for positivity, a victory for patience and not least a victory for cricket. Brilliant umpiring. A star is born in Azhar Ali. Misbah may finally get the rewards for his patience and courage in the face of adversity...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

wil don pak tem

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:44 GMT)

funny a batsmen can hit 135k plus ball for 4 but fielder cant see it

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:44 GMT)

What happen to dilruwan perera , if no one like to be in the team why he was given a chance , he is a bowler, not even a single over, where is methews courage , you need to attack not allowing the batsmen to take easy single . Rubbish approach by lankans

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

Stop crying manthews.dont waste time..PLAY.

Posted by boomslanger on (January 20, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan! Way to go. Great positive cricket to get over 300 after Sri Lankans batted on to fifth day. unbelievable!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

This should be a lesson for teams playing negative cricket. Sri Lanka could have easily win the the series 2-0. They tried to kill the game through negative batting. Yesterday I really prayed for a Pakistan win seeing their negative tactics. You were trying to kill the game of cricket. Never try to do that again. This is a request by a fan of Test cricket

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

This Sri Lankan team is more dismal than one can imagine. I thought Indian bowlers who conceded 450 at 3RPO against a world class batting line up were poor. But SL has set benchmark for horrible bowling by conceding 300 at 6RPO on 5th day pitch against a not-so-good batting line up!!! No wonder Suresh Raina looks like a compete batsman while playing against SL bowlers!!

Posted by jb633 on (January 20, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

What a chase from Pakistan, this is the best test comeback of the year. Those who love to hate Misbah can go and eat humble pie. Sri Lanka have played the most dismal cricket though, you only have yourselves to blame.

Posted by Haleos on (January 20, 2014, 13:38 GMT)

@Harmony111 - If the Indian fans are praising your team what are you complaining about? It is fans like you who create a mess.

Posted by Bdthetiger on (January 20, 2014, 13:38 GMT)

This is just sick cricket from srilanka.mathews cant even set the field and bowl accordingly.if srilanka loose this i think we dont have the wright to play test.

Posted by Haleos on (January 20, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

From an Indian Fan : well done pakistan. A well deserved victory round the corner. The so called SL greats played such negative cricket. Bad advertisement for cricket.

Posted by boomslanger on (January 20, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

Sri Lanka might as well as wrap this match and present it to Pakistan, a side which had captains like Ranatunga and Arvinda; we have a Captain who is meek and defensive and this does not bode well for Sri-Lanka who might have walked away with an easy series win. If not a 2-0 victory. Playing to win is the key, Sri Lanka were trying to draw this match from the time their openers walked out on day one... Boring, gutless cricket. Change the Captain.

Posted by screamingeagle on (January 20, 2014, 13:36 GMT)

So yea, SL playing to form now.

Posted by Akhter786 on (January 20, 2014, 13:36 GMT)

One of the best hundreds seen from Pakistani s in a long long time... Azhar Ali take a bow

Posted by Galpaatha404 on (January 20, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

Horrible performance and feild placing by Mathews.. Not good for test cricket at all.. Seems they planned to give the match to Pakistan.. Poor captaincy by Mathews.. Chance for an away victory after 15 years is gone.. Can't imagine why on earth a team can give a match away like this...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

How many times Misbah has been criticized and he always comes out with a useful contribution. Hats off to Misbah !! Well done

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:24 GMT)

hope PAK can do what SA couldnt against india

Posted by Saphalya on (January 20, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

games like these make test cricket far far better than any t20 or even ODIs. Being an Indian am still whole heartedly supporting Pakistan. "Chak De Pakistan"

Posted by Slysta on (January 20, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

Terrific chase by Pakistan, 40 needed from 42 now. And a game Sri Lanka richly deserve to lose - every time you think they are goinjg somewhere (like last Test), they revert to the same negative tactics. Unbelievably negative third innings, no understanding of the need to play cricket, even with a 1-0 lead and 90+ runs on the first innings. Kudos to Pakistan, because it is not easy to force the pace of a game for three days, but they have managed it.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

I am asl fan.I hope this is a very gd lesson for srilankans for not to play positive cricket

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

things getting tight for pak out there. Light will be important and how many overs we get

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

sri lanka field placing is abysmal, given away singles. fielders are on the boundary. they deserve to lose this game and learn how to play positive cricket in future.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

really prayed for a Pakistan win. sri Lankans played such a negative cricket yesterday which brought their downfall. those negative tactics are not good for the game. sri Lankans where in a positions to bat Pakistan out of the game. they played for a draw which brought their downfall. classic example of negative cricket bringing their own downfall. sri Lanka better learn from this

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (January 20, 2014, 13:00 GMT)

It's teams like SL that are killing Test cricket. Such pathetic never-seen-before negative tactics. First, the batsmen bizarrely wasting all the time, and now the bowlers bowling negative line and length, toiling for a draw. Only one team played this match in the right spirit. Good job Pakistan.

Posted by Ahmedpakistan6 on (January 20, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

So the best spinner in the world as said by the Sri Lankans, Rangana Herath is being smashed. He has conceded 86 runs in 16 overs. Is this test match bowling? or ODI Hats off to Pakistan

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

misba aggressive approach in test cricket surprised the whole pakistani nation...loving it..:)

Posted by t20cric on (January 20, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

If Pakistan can bring down the target to 50 from 10 overs & still have Misbah & Azhar playing then I would say they are favourites to win this match.

Posted by Haleos on (January 20, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

Kudos to Pakistan for playing positive cricket. Hope they win. But even if they dont they have given more than their best and it is brave to loose trying than playing out a dull draw. SL deserve to loose. They have played negatively this entire test match.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 20, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

Dear Sri Lankan Fans:

Irrespective of whether Pak win this test now or not, they have given a strong reply to your team that played an utterly boring brand of cricket for 4 days. If tests are in decline today then such tactics are to be blamed. I hope these tactics do not find too much backing here and that SL fans are unequivocal in their protest.

One more thing. Pls brace yourself for a tsunami of comments by the Indian fans on this article now, whether Pak win this test or draw it.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 12:42 GMT)

no 1 team south africa can't make 20 runs from 24 runs against poor india then how pak can chase

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

positive intent from Misbah has just surprised me

Posted by heathrf1974 on (January 20, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

SL need to attack, not defend. If they defend Pakistan can get the runs in 1s and 2s.

Posted by t20cric on (January 20, 2014, 12:32 GMT)

Azhar Ali has to get his century and win the match for Pakistan to cement his place in the test side.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (January 20, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

My respect for Pakistan has just increased greatly. Even as an Australian supporter and a lover of positive cricket, i wouldn't have betted on going for a 300 run chase on the last day. Excellent stuff, very good to see. They might have stumbled on a good batting line up too with Ali finding form and the new opener Shezhad while the other one is gritty. With Misbah and Younis in the middle it's a good team.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

Keep singles. Allow them to make big hits.. You can win SL

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

ist it was ind vs Sa. ..now this time pak vs sl....test cricket rockx

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 12:21 GMT)

SL should be prevent get run a ball. I don't know why they try to prevent only boundaries.. This is poor fielding effect by the Mathews.. When Pak try to win this SL must keep to get wickets by using attacking fielding not using defensive fielding.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 12:20 GMT)

Azhar and sarfraz were written off by us from Cricket Pakistan by yesterday and replacement was being demanded by writers. How they have turned the tides unbelievable. This is what is the beauty of this game. Full of chances, ups and downs and teaches us a lesson to show patience. Hope they have survived an axe. Well done guys. Keep it up and add colors and laurels in the cap of Pakistan. Aman Ullah Khan/Brooklyn/USA/Pakistan

Posted by t20cric on (January 20, 2014, 12:20 GMT)

Pakistan should continue at this speed but try not to hit the ball needlessly into the air as we only have an out of form Asad left as a batsman.

Posted by t20cric on (January 20, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

With Sarfraz gone it will be slow for us but Misbah & Azhar should be able to take singles & doubles & hit the odd boundary to keep up with this ODI required run rate. Just hope the light has no say in this game's outcome

Posted by t20cric on (January 20, 2014, 12:16 GMT)

If SL lose this one they only have themselves to blame cuz they played for the draw since day 1

Posted by t20cric on (January 20, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

I like the positive intent shown by Pakistan in this chase

Posted by ThilankaK on (January 20, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

I think Mathews should take Dhoni's good things not this negative bowling. Dhoni is the one who famous for negative bowling !!!

Posted by TusharG on (January 20, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

Sri Lanka played this test with a negative mindset. Mathews has to lead, Sri Lanka always think of unorthodox ways to win.

Posted by mzm149 on (January 20, 2014, 12:11 GMT)

Well played Sarfraz and Azhar. Come on Pakistan. You are right on track.

Posted by Jugg3rNAuts on (January 20, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

@Gihan Abeyratne How can u say that SL have outplayed pakistan in 3 games ? well sri lanka have outplayed cricket spirit infact i am an engineer and i can build up a whole bridge in the same time which SL have wasted

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 20, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

@ Steve Jones : 2 teams playing negative rubbish? I can see only one and we all know which one it is.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

If misbah slows this chase down he will not be forgiven by millions of Pakistani message for misbah " Go hard or go home trying"

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

Negative cricket should not be benefited. I am die hard Sri Lankan fan but way they played this test match is not acceptable under any circumstances. Do not know what MJ and KS advise to Matthews...he should learn to play positive cricket irrespective of the result....Good for Sri Lanka to learn at high cost....

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

Great chase by pakistan prob left it a bit late...should have bowled them out earlier...

Posted by Test-is-the-best on (January 20, 2014, 12:01 GMT)

Yet another poor display of captaincy by Matthews. SL definitely need a better captain if they need to win. Pakistan has shown how positive they are.

Posted by ham1990 on (January 20, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

As a SL fan, I for one would like to congratulate Pakistan on winning this test in advance. I could stomach the 'go-slow' tactics in the first innings when they were trying to accumulate a sizeable total, but the second innings is a different story. Not only was it boring, but batting for so long without scoring much is asking for trouble. Let this serve as a lesson for Mathews and SL in future. Pathetic play from SL and I'm sure this will end up in a 1-1 series tie.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 11:52 GMT)

Excellent chase ! Finally some entertainment irrespective of the result

Posted by Bdthetiger on (January 20, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

@steve jones,i am sure u must b an aussie.dont u remember the ambarrasment we gave in ur home at odis.boweled u out for just 74.aussie won ashes so what.that doesnt make them world beaters.

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 20, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

@ Tal_Botvinnik : I love the way SL fans only see what they wanna see, as funny as your 'SL won 2 outta 3 games and 1 game was a close one' comment is about the ODI series, if the 3-2 scoreline is any misconception to you, the top 3 wicket takers and top 3 batsmen were from pakistan. SL never looked like any of those 3 matches and I am not sure if the same can be said about those 2 matches for Pak.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 11:46 GMT)

Pakistan is doing well and exemplary well. Let us hope for the best. They must try to win from this point onwards. Slightly over 5 runs an over is not a big deal, buck up guys and make it a memorable day for the cricket in Pakistan. May God help you. Aamin. Aman Ullah Khan/Brooklyn, NY USA

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 11:45 GMT)

poor captaincy by mathews he is worst for us, he wasted 100 balls 14 runs what a poor player dont know how to play cricket i think srilanka will loose

Posted by Pindia on (January 20, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

Sarfaz has shown he is the future of Pakistani wicket-keeping. 146/3 we need at least another 20-30 from him in quick time then probably another pinch hitter. Come on Pakistan- make histrory and secure your futures!

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (January 20, 2014, 11:22 GMT)

@Troy Llind, SL won 2 outta 3 games and 1 game was a close one. I won't call that crushed.

Matthews captaincy is mediocre though SL hammered PAK throughout the series

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 11:21 GMT)

whatever the result will be: who would have thought we will have such a good last session after day 1 or day 2?

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 20, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

If Pakistan wins today..It would be a historic match..One of the best chases ever..Target seems to be really tough..Still hope is high

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

I hope sri lanka lose this game, will teach them a lesson. They could easily have won this game by being positive, such a disgrace. Its a game and you should always play to win. No wonder the stadium is empty watching these 2 teams playing negative rubbish.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 20, 2014, 11:18 GMT)

@ humi_cric Its nothing new. They play nothing like LIONS.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 20, 2014, 11:14 GMT)

642 runs in 273 overs..When a team bats like that..It's obvious that they were playing for a Draw..What a pathetic display of Cricket from SL..Really disappointed..Pak 3 down now..This target now seems to be impossible..All Thanks to SL...Congrats on series win..

Posted by humi_cric on (January 20, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

I am frustrated with the negative tactics of SL, I agreed a win is a win but not by negative tactics. If a team consider thereself a lion then play like a lion. I am sure if match gets any closer then SL Keeper will start changing his keeping pads, one or two bowler starts showing some injury and getting treatment on the ground. Where is sportsman spirit???????

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 10:57 GMT)

@Gihan Abeyratne And Pakistan crushed you in the ODI series. Read: CRUSHED.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

dont know , why pakistan play negatively. their fans always tell sri lanka play negatively. but it is wrong dear paki, sri lanka ADD a pressure to pakistan to win the game. if pakistan need to win they should play speedly, then goes wicket. sri lanka plan well. very good plan

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

this two team when ever they it will be 1-0 results. one time oak another time srilanka then in future also same results

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

107/3 in 24 overs: TEA,

Well played by pak. RR of 4.45 is way above paksitani standards. but lost 3 wickets down and all trying to hit out. Ahmed's wicket was crucial. and it will have huge impact on pak's chances.

RRR 5.5 in 35 overs, i think 1 more wicket and it will be over for pak. 35 overs remaining and we may not have full 35 overs.

Draw or SL win. But most probbaly a draw. so far SL bowlers doesnt look like getting anything from wicket.

SL did well to bat out 3o overs this morning and took enough time out of game.

Posted by erangaw on (January 20, 2014, 10:43 GMT)

Common people how many of you guys play cricket or any other sport in national level or international level.. So let them play their way and end of the day win is a win by 1000 runs or 1 run also same as. They use negative or positive tactics.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 10:37 GMT)

This match is now heading towards draw. Pakistan must think for the future. Urgent and immediate requirement is young talented Wicket keeper who should also be an excellent Batsman. Bowling department with again be strong on joining g team by Irfan. Asad and Azhar should be replaced by Sohaib Maqsood and one of the best youngster in line for International cricket. It was a dull and boring series which Sri Lankan win with better bating potential and nothing special in their bowling, Youngster have shown patience and have made their places in the team, wish them all the best. Aman Ullah Khan/Brooklyn,NY/USA

Posted by Pindia on (January 20, 2014, 10:36 GMT)

97/3 Sarfraz walks in this is great aggressive cricket from Misbah and Pakistan. They absolutely needed to employ one or two pinch hitters in the game. Save Misbah for later and he can either come in and block or hit some mighty sixes. Also for Dav Whatmore would be a nice way to end a problematic tenure. I maintain Pak's tail can bat they just haven't shown it in recent times. Also this must be the day that Azhar Ali and Asad Sahfiq's careers are built upon, as the successors to Misbah and Younis. It would be a great, great victory; perhaps the greatest... Misbah deserves it!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 10:30 GMT)

yusufahmed1 - in this game two Pakistan batsmen edge the ball and when given out they reviewed, it means even they don't know they edge the ball, so you expect Sanga to walk ? in the first game one of Pakistan tailender edge the ball to keeper, huge edge and when s Ravi gave not out he didn't walk. DRD is available in the game so both team need to use it properly, waqura is a biased commentator so no one care what he say, just get you're facts straight , Sri Lanka outplayed Pak in this 3 games - period -

Posted by Pindia on (January 20, 2014, 10:22 GMT)

85-2 Herath's negative bowling several feet outside leg stump should be called by the umpires but in any case like Azhar's employment of the reverse sweep; all this negativity should be punished...

Posted by Pindia on (January 20, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

62-2. Good start from the openers. Unlucky they both got out without at least a 50. Younis and Misbah can be depended upon. Time for Azhar and Shafiq to step up and show they can take over from these two modern greats. Also, the pak tail can wag and it needs to today. Junaid's canny knock shows that the tail could add a 100 or so quickly. Time for Pak to send out a message to world cricket and ensure they are a big part of the future of test cricket...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

pak will win it

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 20, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

SL fans talk so much about other's inability to play short balls and their batsmen can not even handle short balls in sub continent. LOL

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 20, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

Forget youngsters but at least oldies like sanga and mahela should play the game with spirit. I have always seen them getting punished for excessive appealing as well. Every time opposition is batting and ball passes the bat they appeal too much and when it is given not out they argue with umpire. I understand their desperation to win a match coz they have not won a single series outside SL since 2000 but still they should leave a good example for youngsters. Another incident is when one of SL Captains asked the bowler to bowl a no ball so a batsman couldn't get his century as batsman was on 99(only 1 run was required for a team to win), I think the bowler was randiv. That was also very shameful. This series will be considered infamous for umpiring decisions. Though Sl will win it but it will be considered as bad as any of their other defeats outside SL in last 13 years or so.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (January 20, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

Waqar correctly said during commentary that he is really disappointed by SL team becoz of their negative tactic. SL players should learn from khurram manzoor, HE WALKED after edging the ball. Don't be so desperate for the win. We understand that SL has not won a single test series since 200 outside Sl but still play the game with spirit.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (January 20, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

To be honest, this is way funnier than comedy central. lol 2 wickets down already. lol Pakistan are in the process of batting themselves out. lol I think that they have taken the bait. Mathews, you are a genius !!!! Btw, where are all the people who questioned Mathews' strategies?? lol Probably watching Big Bash, I guess. :))

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

highest run chase in 4th innings ??

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 9:26 GMT)

some early aggression but Ahmed gone cheaply and 1 more wicket and they will shut the door.Ahmed was very crucial as he can score fast but his wicket will have impact on pak strategy

Posted by TsoroM on (January 20, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

I think it's teams like Sri Lanka that make test cricket boring. Captains like Clarke and Smith would have asked their bastmen to give for runs quickly so they can declare and see what Pakistan can come up with. Disappointed about the way Sri Lanka approached this. Chance for a Pak win are slim to none and Sri Lanka are already ahead in the series, so there's no chance of them losing it...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

I think pak win comfortably.

Posted by WaqarDurrani on (January 20, 2014, 8:56 GMT)

Srilanka scored exactly half of what they scored in 1st innings.

Posted by humi_cric on (January 20, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

We don't have Kohli or MS Dhoni in our team but atleast we can try to send Sarfaraz Ahmed at one down and Abdur Rehman at no. 4 with a license to hit because Azhar, younus and Misbah are fully capable to draw the match if we lost 3 early wickets, atleast try in the frist 10 overs to score 50 odd runs then it would be interesting.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (January 20, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

terrible play by Sri Lanka. what are they thinking? this is such a poor advertisement for test cricket.

Posted by BDKu on (January 20, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

300 in 60 overs is possible in a one day match. There are few reason why it is highly improbable in a test match 5thday. There are no field restrictions and power plays, no strict wide rules. SL can ball outside the stumps if they feel Pakistan are about to reach 300. Last the wicket is not very good for batting after 5 days of cricket on it. My feeling is maximum pakistan will do is see what they can get at tea. If they can get 130 with only one or two wickets down they they will try else they will defend. Pakistan will defend and SL will defend if they dont get early wickets. This is a DRAW. If Sanga and Mahela were there for a longer period. SL would have been more aggressive in scoriing and seta tougher one and declared earlier.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

Sri Lanka will win the serious for sure....1-0 or possibly 2-0....

Posted by wapuser on (January 20, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

If shaheens shows their height it can be possible.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 8:43 GMT)

81 runs in 30 overs. pak win is out of equation. runrate above 5 on day 5 pitch is simply not getable in tests. ball will do few things. SL made sure that its draw or SL win. and more likely draw. i think they should have given more time to themselves to bowl pak out and take it 2-0. but they were making sure that they will win the series. rightly so and i think smartly played.

the plan was clear throughout this test from ball1, pak is brhind so they have to do whatever they want to do to win it. SL played safe cricket.

bottom line is series win so nobody will remeber this test.

pak fought well and might have to fight well to keep it 1-0 not 2-0. they had their moments but didnt make full use of them. might be a bit unlucky with reviews & appeals. over all good fighting series.

SL did well in both games and that is when you had initiative then make full use of it and not allow opposition to come back.

Draw more likely or SL win.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 8:40 GMT)

301 runs in 59 overs in the last inning is a uphill task, so draw is imminent result as expected from Sri Lankan scoring 428 runs in two days. They tactfully and patiently built their first inning from 160 for 6 to that big total. Drop catches and poor umpiring decisions further aggravated the position and it will now me a miracle if they save the match. Aman Ullah Khan/Brooklyn/NY/USA

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

I'd like to see pak go for this 300 in 59 overs is not beyond the realms of possibility and may as well go down 2-0 than 1-0.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

srilanka easily take series..

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (January 20, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

59 overs and with a run rate of 5.12 on a 5th day pitch. against herath and co. The only way SL can will is if PAK takes the bait.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 8:34 GMT)

If Pakistan play it like a one day match they can still do it. 300 in 50 overs these days is a do able task.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

Draw :(

Posted by Gloryof96 on (January 20, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

Pak has to go for it, even lose it if they have to since they have nothing to lose but save the series if they win. I think SL tactics are good, they didint pile the runs but kept the target to getable with just enough overs to chase. Had they scored more and the target was about 350 even with more overs which you just cant do on a 5th day pitch.

Watmore is a positive guy and will ask Pak to go for it. SL have 57 overs, just enough for the pacies and the spinners with a good ball.

Posted by PadMarley on (January 20, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

I think most of the people here needs some serious education about test cricket. You cannot call a test game useless with both teams having a chance to bat 2 innigs each and with a 4th innings target of 300 in almost 60 overs. Sri Lanka has to feel a sense of safety at the same time pakistan should feel if they stretch the target is within the reach. To get to this point Sri Lankan batsmen did the right thing by killing time and protecting wicket. Test cricket is all about what you do to built up something interesting for the 4th innigs!

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

How Pakistan would love to have one of Hafeez's ton right now..... Alas! He is not picked.

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