Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan, 2008/09 / Commentary

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Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka being played in Karachi. A refreshing change this as Pakistan hosts its first Test in over 14 months. Lots of new faces in their squad for this match - five players are yet to play a Test - and with the notable absence of Sohail Tanvir and Shoaib Akhtar, it'll be interesting to see how some of their rookies step up to the fill the void. The word around is fast bowler Mohammad Talha might get a look-in, and so could opener Khurram Manzoor. We'll know in a while. As for the visitors, they've had a fairly satisfactory 2008 in Tests, though both Murali and Mendis struggled in the recent ODI series against India. They'll try not to disappoint Mahela Jayawardene, however, who'll be hoping to cap off his final series as captain with a win.

We're still some moments away from the toss, so you can read Sriram Veera's preview to the Test in the meantime.

The news from Karachi is that Sri Lanka have won the toss and opted to bat. Predictable decision on a pitch that looks a belter. Chaminda Vaas is back for Sri Lanka, and opener Tharanga Paranavitana makes his debut

For Pakistan, Khurram Manzoor and fast bowler Sohail Khan are the new inclusions

Pakistan: Salman Butt, Khurram Manzoor, Younis Khan (captain), Misba-ul-haq, Shoaib Malik, Faisal Iqbal, Kamran Akmal (wk), Sohail Khan, Danish Kaneria, Umar Gul, Yasir Arafat

Sri Lanka: Malinda Warnapura, Tharanga Paranavitana, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Thilan Samaraweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), Chaminda Vaas, Dilhara Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis.

The Sri Lankan openers have made their way out, and so have the Pakistanis. We are all set for the start. Good sunshine, ideal conditions for cricket, but the stadium is virtually empty - rather disappointing for a first Test in a long time. Gul to bowl and Warnapura to face

0.1

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, good start, swinging away after landing on a good length outside off, left alone to the keeper

0.2

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, signs of aggression there, full outside off, attempts to drive it back forcefully past the bowler, mistimes it

0.3

Umar Gul to Warnapura, 3 runs, shot! Banged in short on middle, gets on the back foot and pulls it away through the vacant square-leg region for three runs

The debutant to face now.

0.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, OUT, Not the best start to his Test career! Short of a good length on the off stump, angling away from the left hander, prods at it coming half forward, gets a thick outside edge straight to Misbah-ul-Haq at second slip

NT Paranavitana c Misbah-ul-Haq b Umar Gul 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Sangakkara walks in

0.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, good length outside off and moving away, left alone to the keeper

0.6

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, shot but straight to the fielder, full on the off stump, leans into the drive to play it straight to a widish mid-off

End of over 1 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 3/1
KC Sangakkara    0* (2b)      Umar Gul    1-0-3-1
SM Warnapura    3* (3b)     

Sohail Khan, the debutant fast bowler, to share the new ball. Three slips and a gully

1.1

Sohail Khan to Warnapura, FOUR, good start but will be unhappy with the eventual result, short of a good length outside off, seaming away, pushes at it off the back foot, gets a thick outside edge between gully and point to the boundary

1.2

Sohail Khan to Warnapura, no run, short on middle and off, pushed off the back foot to point

1.3

Sohail Khan to Warnapura, 2 runs, good length on middle and leg, turned away towards Umar Gul at fine leg and they scramble back for the second

1.4

Sohail Khan to Warnapura, no run, full outside off, driven crisply to mid-off

Farhan: "Regardless of the result, i'm delighted to see Pakistan playing a test match."

1.5

Sohail Khan to Warnapura, no run, Nipped back in there, good delivery, good length outside off and moved in sharply, tries to defend on the front foot, is beaten and struck on the thighs

1.6

Sohail Khan to Warnapura, no run, good testing line, in the channel outside off but Warnapura leaves it alone

End of over 2 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 9/1
SM Warnapura    9* (9b 1x4)      Sohail Khan    1-0-6-0
KC Sangakkara    0* (2b)      Umar Gul    1-0-3-1

Pakistan have started well here. Added to the wicket, Sohail Khan looked good in that last over

2.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, beaten! Swung away to beat the outside edge after pitching short of a good length outside off, Sangakkara pushed at it off the back foot but was done in by the swing

2.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, full outside off, driven firmly but straight to mid-off

2.3

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, played much straighter this time though not in the intended direction, similar delivery, tried to play it wide of mid-off but the bat turned in his hand, steals a quick single anyway as mid-on cuts it off diving to his right

2.4

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, good length outside off, defended on the front foot to cover

2.5

Umar Gul to Warnapura, 1 run, short on leg stump, tries to pull it away behind square, doesn't get hold of it but gets a single anyway for his efforts

Coming round the wicket now

2.6

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, short on the off stump, pushed off the back foot wide of mid-on for a single

End of over 3 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 12/1
KC Sangakkara    2* (6b)      Umar Gul    2-0-6-1
SM Warnapura    10* (11b 1x4)      Sohail Khan    1-0-6-0

3.1

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, no run, good length on the off stump, gets on the back foot and defends

The first hour will be crucial here as Pakistan will be eager to take advantage of the early swing and bounce, but the pitch is expected to ease out considerably later in the day so the Sri Lankans just have to see off this initial tricky phase

3.2

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, 3 runs, straying on the pads, flicked away behind square for three runs

3.3

Sohail Khan to Warnapura, no run, full on the off stump, driven well but straight to mid-off, they've failed to beat that fielder on a few occasions now

3.4

Sohail Khan to Warnapura, FOUR, not this time, played much straighter, just a fraction full on the off stump, gets forward and hits through the line wide of the bowler to the long-off boundary

3.5

Sohail Khan to Warnapura, FOUR, this one's dismissed, short outside off and pulled away confidently over the midwicket region for another four

3.6

Sohail Khan to Warnapura, 2 runs, mistimes a drive this time, not quite there to the pitch, good length outside off and he hits that uppishly wide of the mid-off fielder for a couple

End of over 4 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 25/1
SM Warnapura    20* (15b 3x4)      Sohail Khan    2-0-19-0
KC Sangakkara    5* (8b)      Umar Gul    2-0-6-1

4.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length outside off, held its line this time, left alone to the keeper

A close-in catcher on the leg side

4.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, full outside off, driven straight to mid-off

4.3

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, fuller outside off and holding its line again, Sangakkara shoulders arms to that one

4.4

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, jagged back in but only slightly, still wide enough for Sanga to leave it alone

4.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, full on the off stump, pushed through the line just wide of mid-off for a single

4.6

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, good length on middle and off, defended watchfully on the off side towards cover

End of over 5 (1 run) Sri Lanka 26/1
SM Warnapura    20* (16b 3x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-7-1
KC Sangakkara    6* (13b)      Sohail Khan    2-0-19-0

A pretty disappointing turnout this, especially for Pakistan's first Test at home in quite some time. Perhaps we'll see a bigger crowd when the hosts bat

5.1

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, no run, bowled at 132.2 kmph, short of a length outside off, left alone to the keeper

5.2

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length outside off, there to cut, mistimes it back to the bowler

5.3

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, no run, better, full on the off stump, making the batsman play, defended off the front foot back to the bowler

5.4

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, no run, bowled at 138.6 kmph, flicked away to short midwicket, Faisal iqbal there fields well and fires in a throw at the non-strikers end but Warnapura is well in

5.5

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length outside off and a hint of away movement, left alone

5.6

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, no run, good ball, landing on a good length on middle and swinging away at the last moment, Sanga covers it well, staying his ground and defending it back to the bowler.

First maiden for the debutant, good comeback

End of over 6 (maiden) Sri Lanka 26/1
KC Sangakkara    6* (19b)      Sohail Khan    3-1-19-0
SM Warnapura    20* (16b 3x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-7-1

6.1

Umar Gul to Warnapura, 2 runs, short of a length outside off, punched off the back foot between cover and mid-off for a couple

6.2

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, good length outside off, tries to hit across the line wide of mid-on, mistimes it on the leg side

Warnapura is going for his shots here, which is good to see but also slightly risky especially in the first hour when the ball seems to be doing a bit

6.3

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, bouncer banged in on middle and off, caught the batsman off guard and Warnapura ducked awkwardly under that one

6.4

Umar Gul to Warnapura, 1 wide, another bouncer but too high, he handled that well and Simon Taufel signals it a wide

Bowling round the wicket

6.4

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, overpitched on middle and leg, driven straight to mid-on

6.5

Umar Gul to Warnapura, FOUR, shot! Short of a good length outside off, punched off the front foot through the vacant cover region for a boundary

6.6

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, good length outside off, swinging away after pitching, left alone

End of over 7 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 33/1
SM Warnapura    26* (22b 4x4)      Umar Gul    4-0-14-1
KC Sangakkara    6* (19b)      Sohail Khan    3-1-19-0

7.1

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, no run, good length on the off stump, defended on the front foot to mid-off

7.2

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, FOUR, short outside off, gets on the back foot to upper cut that over the slips to the boundary

7.3

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, FOUR, poor ball, full on the pads, glanced down easily to the fine-leg boundary. Sanga getting a move-on now

7.4

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length on the off stump and swung in just a touch, pushed off the back foot to cover

Sohail Khan has looked a little erratic. He bowled a good last over but has strayed in line in this one

7.5

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, no run, better, short of a good length outside off, not wide enough to cut, left alone to the keeper

7.6

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, no run, short and wide, bowled at 133 kmph, Sanga has nothing to do with it

End of over 8 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 41/1
KC Sangakkara    14* (25b 2x4)      Sohail Khan    4-1-27-0
SM Warnapura    26* (22b 4x4)      Umar Gul    4-0-14-1

8.1

Umar Gul to Warnapura, FOUR, went after it, good length outside off, tries to drive it through the covers but ends up slicing it between gully and point to the boundary

8.2

Umar Gul to Warnapura, 3 runs, pulled in front of square this time, short outside off, drags it wide of mid-on for three runs. Runs coming at a good rate here for the visitors

8.3

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, wayward bouncer, outside leg stump, left alone, totally harmless

8.4

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, back on track, full outside off, tempting line but Sanga's experienced enough to restrain himself

8.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, FOUR, shot! Full on middle and leg, driven wide of mid-on for a boundary, just a firm push and it sped away

8.6

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, well fielded this time, driven firmly but short cover reacts well to prevent another four

End of over 9 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 52/1
KC Sangakkara    18* (29b 3x4)      Umar Gul    5-0-25-1
SM Warnapura    33* (24b 5x4)      Sohail Khan    4-1-27-0

Hammad Fayyaz: "Lankans have done well. I believe in the post lunch session, the ball will do a little bit in the air because of the old ball in the typical Karachi sea breeze. It would be unfair to judge Sohail's ability till now."

Well my friend, he's just been replaced by Yasir Arafat

9.1

Yasir Arafat to Warnapura, 1 run, short of a length on middle and off, pushed between mid-on and midwicket for a single

Paranavitana's opening partner Warnapura also got out for a first ball duck on debut against Bangladesh. The great Roy Dias was the first Sri Lankan to be out for zero on debut, but he was dismissed off his eighth ball

9.2

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed into the leg side

9.3

Yasir Arafat to Warnapura, 3 runs, short outside off from round the wicket, pulled away uppishly wide of midwicket for three runs

9.4

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length outside off, left alone

9.5

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, whipped off his pads towards square leg, there's a misfield but the the batsmen wisely decide against the single as the fielder recovers well

9.6

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, good length outside off, guided to gully off the back foot

End of over 10 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 57/1
KC Sangakkara    19* (33b 3x4)      Yasir Arafat    1-0-5-0
SM Warnapura    37* (26b 5x4)      Umar Gul    5-0-25-1

This stand is now worth 54, and they've scored at an excellent rate

10.1

Umar Gul to Warnapura, 2 runs, short outside off, pulled away wide of mid-on for a couple, did a good job to keep it down by rolling his wrists over it

10.2

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, short on middle and leg, defended into the leg side off the back foot

10.3

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, bouncer on leg stump, he ducks under it comfortably

10.4

Umar Gul to Warnapura, 1 run, short of a length on leg stump, turned away off his hips towards fine leg

Danish Siddiqui: "Sohail Khan has good prospects and it will be shown when he comes to ball for the 2nd spell. I have seen him play and played with him as well, he has tremendous skills which the International arena will see in the near future, if he gets consistent chances."

10.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, continues to bowl short, Sangakkara rocks back and helps it on its way to fine leg, easily done

10.6

Umar Gul to Warnapura, FOUR, full toss begging to be hit, on the leg stump, flicked away off the back foot well wide of deep square leg for a boundary

End of over 11 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 65/1
SM Warnapura    44* (31b 6x4)      Umar Gul    6-0-33-1
KC Sangakkara    20* (34b 3x4)      Yasir Arafat    1-0-5-0

11.1

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length outside off, holdings its line, left alone

11.2

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, a touch fuller but not enough to induce Sangakkara into playing a shot

11.3

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, played away from his body there but managed to defend it to cover

Muhammad Nadeem has high hopes from Younis Khan: "I believe Pakistan is a much better side than what they have been in last few years. I strongly believe that Mr. Khan can lead Pakistan out of this crisis and the test series is going to be as thrilling as it can be ...."

11.4

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, 1 run, full on middle and off, pushed firmly back past the bowler, a diving mid-on prevents a boundary and keeps the batsmen down to a single

11.5

Yasir Arafat to Warnapura, no run, good length on leg stump, defended towards square leg

11.6

Yasir Arafat to Warnapura, no run, lucky! Short of a length outside off, tries to chop it down towards point, gets an inside edge that just bounces above the middle stump

Well the pitch certainly looks to have eased out and these two have dug in well after that early setback. The worrying factor for Pakistan is the ease with which they've got their runs. Any batting team in an ODI would have been happy with such a start

End of over 12 (1 run) Sri Lanka 66/1
SM Warnapura    44* (33b 6x4)      Yasir Arafat    2-0-6-0
KC Sangakkara    21* (38b 3x4)      Umar Gul    6-0-33-1

Sohail Khan back into the attack

12.1

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, full on the off stump, pushed off the front foot wide of point for a single

12.2

Sohail Khan to Warnapura, no run, fielded brilliantly at point by Faisal Iqbal, poor ball, short and wide, cut away fiercely but sharp reflexes from the fielder prevent a four

12.3

Sohail Khan to Warnapura, no run, on the stumps this time, good length on middle and off, defended back to the bowler

Adam Ghaznavi: "I have seen Sohail Khan play a couple of ODI's, and i have to say i am not impressed at all. He has pace, but very limited control, no stock delivery and an unimaginative slower ball. I was excited to see talha who is apparently very quick, but sadly Pakistani selectors strike again."

12.4

Sohail Khan to Warnapura, 1 run, short outside leg stump, pulled away to fine leg

12.5

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, easy single there, defended on the leg side wide of midwicket

12.6

Sohail Khan to Warnapura, no run, a streaky shot that, short outside off, tries to drag it towards the leg side, gets an under-edge on the bounce to the keeper

End of over 13 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 69/1
SM Warnapura    45* (37b 6x4)      Sohail Khan    5-1-30-0
KC Sangakkara    23* (40b 3x4)      Yasir Arafat    2-0-6-0

13.1

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, short on middle and leg, pushed off the back foot to midwicket

13.2

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, good length outside off and moving away, an effort ball that, bowled at 139.2 kmph, left alone

13.3

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, good carry to the keeper, nipped back in, short of a length outside off, left alone

13.4

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, 1 run, Warnapura has a lucky escape there, short outside off, tries to pull it through midwicket, the ball stops on him and he is early into the short, gets a top-edge that clears Younis Khan at mid-off

13.5

Yasir Arafat to Warnapura, FOUR, poor fielding, full outside off, driven wide of Younis who fails to get his hands on it

13.6

Yasir Arafat to Warnapura, 1 run, pushed off the front foot wide of cover, gets to his fifty, an aggressive knock, though a touch lucky as well

End of over 14 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 75/1
SM Warnapura    50* (39b 7x4)      Yasir Arafat    3-0-12-0
KC Sangakkara    24* (44b 3x4)      Sohail Khan    5-1-30-0

14.1

Sohail Khan to Warnapura, FOUR, The runs keep flowing, overpitched outside off stump and Warnapura cashes in, there's hardly any movement now, driven uppishly wide of mid-off for a boundary

This is entertaining stuff. Sohail bowling round the wicket now, it hasn't worked thus far

14.2

Sohail Khan to Warnapura, 1 run, short and wide, bowled from well wide of the crease, mistimes a cut wide of cover for a single

14.3

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, no run, better, fuller outside off and angling in, Sanga sensibly leaves it alone

14.4

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length on the off stump, pushed off the back foot to mid-on

14.5

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, singles easily available now as the field has been pushed back, defended on the leg side towards a deepish mid-on

14.6

Sohail Khan to Warnapura, no run, good length outside off, defended confidently to cover

End of over 15 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 81/1
SM Warnapura    55* (42b 8x4)      Sohail Khan    6-1-36-0
KC Sangakkara    25* (47b 3x4)      Yasir Arafat    3-0-12-0

15.1

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length outside off, a hint of away movement, left alone

15.2

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, short on middle and off, tries to pull it away but checks his shot at the last moment to play it to midwicket

15.3

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, full on the off stump, defended off the front foot to mid-off

15.4

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length outside off and angling away, defended towards cover

15.5

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, good length on the off stump, lunges forward to defend to the bowler

15.6

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, 1 run, on middle and leg, turned away to fine leg

Just one maiden in the Sri Lankan innings thus far

End of over 16 (1 run) Sri Lanka 82/1
KC Sangakkara    26* (53b 3x4)      Yasir Arafat    4-0-13-0
SM Warnapura    55* (42b 8x4)      Sohail Khan    6-1-36-0

Adam: "This session is going to determine which team will be chasing the match for the next 4 days and 2 sessions. And by all accounts srilanka are running away with that. No answers being provided by the bowlers yet. Excellent batting."

So can Shoaib Malik now turn the tide? Pakistan need to break this partnership desperately

16.1

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, (no ball) 2 runs, tossed up outside off from outside leg, oversteps, edged wide of slip for a couple

16.1

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, flighted outside off and sharp spin away from the batsman, left alone

16.2

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, on middle and off, reaches forward to defend back to the bowler

A slip and a silly point in place now

16.3

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, full on the off stump, pushed back to Malik

16.4

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, flighted on middle and leg, defended on the leg side

Two slips in place now

16.5

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, FOUR, poor ball, short outside off, Sangakkara makes room and smashes that through the covers for a gifted boundary

16.6

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up outside off, gets on the back foot and pushes it to cover

End of over 17 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 89/1
KC Sangakkara    32* (60b 4x4)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-7-0
SM Warnapura    55* (42b 8x4)      Yasir Arafat    4-0-13-0

Samuel: "I'm surprised not to see Sohail Tanvir in this Pakistan Team. Is there a good reason for leaving out a guy who could've provided some variation on this ultimately dead pitch?"

17.1

Yasir Arafat to Warnapura, no run, full outside off, defended off the front foot to cover

17.2

Yasir Arafat to Warnapura, FOUR, slashes at it and it pays off, just a fraction short outside off, flies off the outside edge well wide of second slip for a boundary

17.3

Yasir Arafat to Warnapura, no run, good length on the off stump, defended on the off side

17.4

Yasir Arafat to Warnapura, no run, full on middle and leg, driven off the front foot to mid-on

17.5

Yasir Arafat to Warnapura, no run, short of a good length outside off, pushed off the back foot to cover

17.6

Yasir Arafat to Warnapura, OUT, finally a wicket! A timely one for Pakistan! Good length on middle and off and moving away, gets forward and tries to push it back towards the bowler, gets a thick outside edge and Misbah takes a good catch diving to his right at second slip. He's plucked it with one hand there, sharp reflexes from the big man

SM Warnapura c Misbah-ul-Haq b Yasir Arafat 59 (87m 48b 9x4 0x6) SR: 122.91

The end of a good stand, and an entertaining innings from Warnapura

End of over 18 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 93/2
     Yasir Arafat    5-0-17-1
KC Sangakkara    32* (60b 4x4)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-7-0

18.1

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, FOUR, tossed up outside leg stump, poor ball that, swept away really fine and fine-leg has no chance

18.2

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length outside off, pushed off the back foot to cover

18.3

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up outside off, left alone to the keeper

18.4

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, flighted outside off stump, defended wide of silly point

18.5

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 2 runs, edged, held it back outside off, bowled much flatter, gets forward to defend but Misbah this time has no chance

Second slip comes in

18.6

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted on middle and off, driven down the ground to long-off. 100 up for Sri Lanka

End of over 19 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 100/2
KC Sangakkara    39* (66b 5x4)      Shoaib Malik    2-0-14-0
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (0b)      Yasir Arafat    5-0-17-1

Zak: "They should have included Afridi instead of Faisal Iqbal that way Pakistan would have had more depth in batting and a good extra bowler."

19.1

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length on middle and leg, bowled at 130 kmph, defended on the leg side towards midwicket

19.2

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, FOUR, shot! Good length outside off, not quite to the pitch but goes through with the shot anyway, gets down on one knee and drives it well wide of mid-off for a boundary

19.3

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, nipped back in and surprised Sanga, bounced more than he expected, fends it away on the leg side

19.4

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, covers it well this time, on middle and off, defended off the back foot to the bowler

19.5

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, appeal for lbw, Sanga is extremely lucky here, good length on middle and seemed to move away just a little, tries to drive straight, misses as he's beaten by the movement, is struck on the back pad but Steve Davis is unmoved. Replays indicate that would have hit middle and off

19.6

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed wide of midwicket for a single

End of over 20 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 105/2
KC Sangakkara    44* (72b 6x4)      Yasir Arafat    6-0-22-1
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (0b)      Shoaib Malik    2-0-14-0

20.1

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, pushed to cover for a single

Mahela Jayawardene to face now

20.2

Shoaib Malik to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, edged straightaway, bowled from round the wicket, landed on a good length outside off and went the other way, tried to defend that off the back foot, caught the edge and fell just short of Misbah at first slip

20.3

Shoaib Malik to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended on the off side

20.4

Shoaib Malik to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 no ball, tossed up on middle and off, driven back to the bowler

20.4

Shoaib Malik to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted on middle and off, pushed back to Malik

20.5

Shoaib Malik to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, outside the off stump, lands full, defended off the front foot

20.6

Shoaib Malik to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, bowled much flatter this time, fired in on the off stump, reaches forward to push that into the off side

End of over 21 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 107/2
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (6b)      Shoaib Malik    3-0-16-0
KC Sangakkara    45* (73b 6x4)      Yasir Arafat    6-0-22-1

21.1

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, 1 run, straying on the pads, flicked away towards fine leg for a single

Waqas: "I totally agree with the Afridi point. If he would've played that wouldve given us not only a good bowling option to partner Kaneria but an attacking one too instead of relying on a part timer like Malik who hardly wants to bowl anyways." Well, Malik bowled well to Jayawardene in that last over

21.2

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, appeal for lbw, good length on middle and leg, angling down leg, got an inside edge as he tried to flick that away, was then hit on the pads and Steve Davis makes the right decision this time

21.3

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a good length outside off, left alone

21.4

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, beaten, probing line outside off and moving away just as Mahela came forward to defend

21.5

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full on the off stump, closes the face and plays it to midwicket

Nabil: "Why is there no referral system in this game? That lbw was as plumb as they come. On this dead pitch it is devastating not getting that decision."

21.6

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full on middle and off, defended back to the bowler

End of over 22 (1 run) Sri Lanka 108/2
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (11b)      Yasir Arafat    7-0-23-1
KC Sangakkara    46* (74b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    3-0-16-0

22.1

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up outside off, gets forward to drop it on the off side

22.2

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, flighted outside off, left alone

22.3

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 1 run, guided wide of point off the front foot for a single

22.4

Shoaib Malik to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up on middle, driven down the ground towards long-on

Two slips and a silly point

22.5

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, rocks on the back foot and punches that to cover

22.6

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, thrown up outside off, spins away, left alone by Sanga

End of over 23 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 110/2
KC Sangakkara    47* (79b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    4-0-18-0
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (12b)      Yasir Arafat    7-0-23-1

23.1

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 no ball, oversteps, Mahela is playing for lunch here, good length on the off stump, defended watchfully towards cover

23.1

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, a testing line outside off but Mahela is not tempted

23.2

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, held it back, defended towards point off the back foot

23.3

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short outside off, pushed off the back foot to point

23.4

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, swinging into the right hander, lands on a good length on the off stump, gets on the front foot and presents the full face

23.5

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full on the off stump, drives it to mid-on

23.6

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, driven firmly back to the bowler but Arafat does a good job getting down in time to prevent any runs

End of over 24 (1 run) Sri Lanka 111/2
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (19b)      Yasir Arafat    8-0-24-1
KC Sangakkara    47* (79b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    4-0-18-0

Kaneria has not yet been brought on

24.1

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, flighted on the off stump, defended off the front foot towards silly point

24.2

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 1 run, fired in quick on leg stump, turned away to fine leg

24.3

Shoaib Malik to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, short outside off, eased through to deep point

24.4

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted on the off stump, drives it firmly wide of mid-off for a single, Akmal behind the stumps lets out a shriek anticipating a run-out, wasted effort there

24.5

Shoaib Malik to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, glanced down to fine leg

24.6

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, jabs it on the off side towards mid-off but decides against the single as the fielder is quick to react

End of over 25 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 115/2
KC Sangakkara    49* (83b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    5-0-22-0
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (21b)      Yasir Arafat    8-0-24-1

Kaneria finally into the attack

25.1

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, starts off with a short ball outside off, stroked off the back foot to deep cover

Sangakkara on 49

25.2

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up, lands short on the off stump, gets on the back foot and tucks it behind square for a single. Fine fifty there, though he survived a really close lbw appeal on 43

Two slips and a silly point

25.3

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted outside off, driven firmly but straight to cover

25.4

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, a lot of spin on that one, Mahela chases it and bunts it to deep cover

25.5

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, (no ball) 1 run, on middle and leg, Sanga walks across and turns it to fine leg, Kaneria overstepped there

25.5

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted on the off stump, Mahela gets forward and defends it towards second slip

25.6

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, quicker one, bowled on a good length on middle, defended well on the leg side

Mahela has survived a nervous passage here and it brings to an end an eventful first session. Pakistan began well, getting Paranavitana for a duck but Warnapura and Sangakkara were involved in an entertaining 90-run stand to put Sri Lanka in a strong position. Despite Warnapura's wicket, the visitors have enjoyed the better of the morning's play. Do join us in about 35 minutes for the post-lunch action

End of over 26 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 120/2
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (26b)      Danish Kaneria    1-0-5-0
KC Sangakkara    51* (85b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    5-0-22-0

All set for the second session. Sangakkara has looked assured, while Mahela is still getting his eye in. Sanga to face Malik. A slip and a silly point

26.1

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 1 no ball, oversteps, false start, tossed up outside off, left alone

26.1

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 1 run, short outside off, chopped down to deep cover

26.2

Shoaib Malik to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, round the wicket to the right hander, thrown up on middle and off, defended back to the bowler

26.3

Shoaib Malik to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, quicker one, beats Mahela, short outside off, tries ti cut that past a widish slip, misses

26.4

Shoaib Malik to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, driven wide of mid-on for a single

26.5

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, full on the off stump, struck firmly but straight to mid-off

26.6

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length on the off stump, pushed off the back foot to cover

End of over 27 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 123/2
KC Sangakkara    52* (89b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    6-0-25-0
DPMD Jayawardene    6* (29b)      Danish Kaneria    1-0-5-0

Gul to bowl

27.1

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, deceived Mahela with the slower one, bowled short on the off stump, tries to pull it away, too early into the stroke and is struck on the back

27.2

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a good length on middle and off, defended off the back foot with a full face

27.3

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a length outside off, left alone

27.4

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length on the off stump, gets forward and defends

27.5

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, short outside off, cut away behind point for a couple

27.6

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full on the off stump, defended off the front foot on the leg side

End of over 28 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 125/2
DPMD Jayawardene    8* (35b)      Umar Gul    7-0-35-1
KC Sangakkara    52* (89b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    6-0-25-0

Mahela has struggled a bit here. He's on 8 off 35. Kaneria to replace Malik

28.1

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, bowled flat on the off stump, turns it away fine for a single, spun into the left hander

28.2

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on the off stump, defended to silly point

28.3

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length on the off stump, gets forward to defend, gets a thick outside edge to point

28.4

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up outside off stump, pushed off the front foot to cover

28.5

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short outside off, cut away well but straight to cover

28.6

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good start for Kaneria in the second session, pushed towards square leg

End of over 29 (1 run, maiden) Sri Lanka 126/2
DPMD Jayawardene    8* (40b)      Danish Kaneria    2-1-5-0
KC Sangakkara    52* (90b 6x4)      Umar Gul    7-0-35-1

29.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga continues to look fluent, drives this on the up wide of mid-off for a quick single

29.2

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, beautifully played, overpitched outside off stump, Mahela just pushes it firmly down the ground to evade mid-off

29.3

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, banged in short outside off, at 131.3 kmph, Mahela has nothing to do with it

29.4

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a good length on the off stump, defended off the back foot

29.5

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, slower ball, bowled at 120.2 kmph on middle and leg, turned away behind square for a single

29.6

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, good length outside off, Sanga reaches forward to defend, gets a thick inside edge towards square leg

Though Mahela has taken his time, the pair have already added 39 at a rate of over three-an-over

End of over 30 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 132/2
KC Sangakkara    53* (92b 6x4)      Umar Gul    8-0-41-1
DPMD Jayawardene    13* (44b 1x4)      Danish Kaneria    2-1-5-0

30.1

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, defended on the leg side towards midwicket

30.2

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full on the off stump, pushed wide of the bowler to mid-off

30.3

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length outside off and spinning away, left alone

30.4

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted on middle and leg, defended into the leg side

30.5

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a length outside off and spinning away, left alone

30.6

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, short and wide, gets the treatment, gift for Mahela there, rocks on the back foot and cuts it away fiercely wide of point

End of over 31 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 136/2
DPMD Jayawardene    17* (50b 2x4)      Danish Kaneria    3-1-9-0
KC Sangakkara    53* (92b 6x4)      Umar Gul    8-0-41-1

Sachintha: "Mahela seems to be struggling, but remember the WC semi final? He was 17 off 47 before he started to step up and ended up with 115 off just 109. He might do the same here. But then again, I'm just full of wishful thinking!"

31.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, full outside off, driven off the front foot to mid-on

31.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, good length outside off, held its line there, left alone

The pitch is taking some turn but is of little assistance to fast bowlers now

31.3

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, FOUR, dismissed, just sheer class there from Sanga, bowled full from round the wicket on middle and off, stays his ground and just dabs it back past the bowler, wide of mid-on for a boundary

31.4

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, short on leg stump, misses out this time, struck on the glove as he tries to help it on its way to the fine-leg boundary

31.5

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full on the off stump, pushed back to the bowler

31.6

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, dropped, slower through the air, lands full on the off stump, Mahela drives it lazily back to the bowler but Gul fails to hold on to a sharp low chance on his follow through

End of over 32 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 141/2
DPMD Jayawardene    17* (52b 2x4)      Umar Gul    9-0-46-1
KC Sangakkara    58* (96b 7x4)      Danish Kaneria    3-1-9-0

32.1

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, FOUR, punished, flighted on the off stump, comes down the track and lofts it over mid-on for a boundary

32.2

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, over the wicket now, tossed up on the off stump, defended on the front foot

32.3

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed into the off side for a single

32.4

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on middle and off, defended back to the bowler

32.5

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted on middle, defended back to Kaneria

32.6

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on middle and off, defended wide of silly point off the front foot

End of over 33 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 146/2
DPMD Jayawardene    17* (55b 2x4)      Danish Kaneria    4-1-14-0
KC Sangakkara    63* (99b 8x4)      Umar Gul    9-0-46-1

The pair have now added 53 in 15 overs. Sohail Khan back into the attack

33.1

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, dropped between point and cover for a quick single

33.2

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length outside off, pushed to cover

33.3

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, shot! Overpitched on the off stump, gets forward and drills it past the bowler and a diving mid-off. 150 up for Sri Lanka

33.4

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, poor bowling but is lucky that didn't disappear, short on the off stump, pulled away straight to midwicket

33.5

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, well he pays this time, full toss begging to be hit, outside off stump,and Mahela has no trouble dispatching it to the deep-cover boundary.

Sohail is struggling here, and what's worse for Pakistan, he's allowing Mahela to get back into the groove after a nervy start

33.6

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a good length on the off stump, defended to point

End of over 34 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 155/2
DPMD Jayawardene    25* (60b 4x4)      Sohail Khan    7-1-45-0
KC Sangakkara    64* (100b 8x4)      Danish Kaneria    4-1-14-0

34.1

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, turned away wide of square leg for a single

34.2

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted on middle, pushed back to the bowler

34.3

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, held it back a touch, landed shorter, he covered it well, reaching forward and defending it to the bowler

34.4

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full on middle, hits that inside-out to cover

34.5

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted on middle, much slower through the air, defended on the off side

34.6

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, full on the pads, flicked towards square leg for a single

End of over 35 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 157/2
DPMD Jayawardene    26* (65b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    5-1-16-0
KC Sangakkara    65* (101b 8x4)      Sohail Khan    7-1-45-0

35.1

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length on the off stump, hitting the pitch hard but no movement there, defended comfortably into the off side

35.2

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, fuller, similar line, pushed off the front foot to cover

35.3

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, excellent stuff, just a fraction full on middle, plays through the line and drives it straight past the bowler. Ominous signs for Pakistan

35.4

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length outside off, leaves it alone this time

35.5

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, similar length, opens the face to defend it to point

35.6

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, swinging in, a bit of reverse there for Sohail, full on middle and leg, pushed wide of mid-on for a single

End of over 36 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 162/2
DPMD Jayawardene    31* (71b 5x4)      Sohail Khan    8-1-50-0
KC Sangakkara    65* (101b 8x4)      Danish Kaneria    5-1-16-0

A slip and a short leg

36.1

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on middle and off, defended back to the bowler.

36.2

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended wide of short leg on the front foot

36.3

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length on the off stump, reaches forward to defend

36.4

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted on the off stump, pushed back to the bowler

Jupiter: "How can you go in a test match after 14 months with four front line bowlers of which one is making his debut and the other has played just one test match? Its beyond comprehension why Tanvir was left out, may be the coach and skipper went for a sleep for a while."

36.5

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela looking lethal here, short and wide, gets on the back foot and cuts it away between point and cover

36.6

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, short on middle and leg, turned away behind square

Kaneria eyeballed Mahela earlier in the over, running down the wicket towards him. He clearly wasn't helping himself there, running smack in the middle of the pitch to exchange stares with the batsman. Taufel had a word with him immediately after

End of over 37 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 167/2
DPMD Jayawardene    36* (77b 6x4)      Danish Kaneria    6-1-21-0
KC Sangakkara    65* (101b 8x4)      Sohail Khan    8-1-50-0

37.1

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length on the off stump, defended to cover

37.2

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, straighter, on middle and leg, dropped short of mid-on for a quick single

37.3

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sohail continues to falter here, full on the pads, driven with a full face wide of mid-on all the way to the boundary

37.4

Sohail Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, finally has the batsman in a spot of bother, some inward movement after landing on a good length outside off, some good bounce there as well, produced the inside edge as he tried to defend that on the off side

Momentary high for the bowler amid a torrid time against both of them

37.5

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, comfortably done, full outside off, a juicy half volley, eased through the off side wide of mid-off

37.6

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, effort ball, bowled at 141 kmph, off target though, good length a touch too wide outside off, left alone to the keeper

End of over 38 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 177/2
DPMD Jayawardene    41* (81b 7x4)      Sohail Khan    9-1-60-0
KC Sangakkara    70* (103b 9x4)      Danish Kaneria    6-1-21-0

38.1

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, OUT, Misbah takeshis third catch, wicket against the run of play here! Flighted outside off, charges down the track and attempts to clear Misbah at midwicket but fails, he holds on to a sharp chance and gives Pakistan a glimmer of hope on a placid pitch

KC Sangakkara c Misbah-ul-Haq b Danish Kaneria 70 (165m 104b 9x4 0x6) SR: 67.30

End of another promising stand, the pair had added 84. Samaraweera makes his way in. Sangakkara was visibly upset there, so he should be. There was a hundred for the taking

38.2

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, pushed through quick on leg stump, was drifting down, Samaraweera was struck on the pads but the ball was clearly missing leg

38.3

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, tossed up on middle and off, defended on the off side

A slip, silly point and a short leg in place

38.4

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, full on middle and leg, defended watchfully off the front foot

38.5

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, lands full outside off, driven through the line to mid-off

38.6

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, FOUR, shot! Risky but effective, and one must laud Samaraweera for doing it early in his innings. Spun away sharply after landing on a good length outside off, he waited for it and late-cut it wide of slip to the third-man boundary

End of over 39 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 181/3
TT Samaraweera    4* (5b 1x4)      Danish Kaneria    7-1-25-1
DPMD Jayawardene    41* (81b 7x4)      Sohail Khan    9-1-60-0

Younis persisting with Sohail Khan here

39.1

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, full outside off, presents the full face as he drives that wide of Salman Butt at cover for a couple

Mahela has gone past 8000 runs, thanks for alerting us dear readers

39.2

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, dropped, by Misbah would you imagine!!! Deprives Sohail of his first Test wicket, good length outside off, Mahela for once is tempted, drives lethargically at it from the crease, gets a thick edge and Misbah at a widish first slip spills a sitter

Mahela has been dropped twice now. Earlier by Gul and now by Misbah

39.3

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full on the off stump, defended off the front foot to cover

39.4

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full on the off stump, defended off the front foot to cover

39.5

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a good length outside off, left alone to the keeper

39.6

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length on the off stump, gets forward and opens the face to defend it to cover

End of over 40 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 185/3
DPMD Jayawardene    45* (87b 7x4)      Sohail Khan    10-1-64-0
TT Samaraweera    4* (5b 1x4)      Danish Kaneria    7-1-25-1

40.1

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, tossed up outside off, lands full and spins away, left alone

40.2

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, much closer to the off stump and bowled much quicker, leaves it alone but wasn't too far from the off stump

40.3

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, defends with bat close to pad on the off side wide of silly point

40.4

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, drifting into the right hander and spins away, covers it well with a big stride forward

40.5

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, bowled a little wide of the crease this time, defended to cover

40.6

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, googly, Samaraweera offers no shot to a ball that lands wide outside off, is hit on the pads but it didn't spin as much

End of over 41 (maiden) Sri Lanka 185/3
TT Samaraweera    4* (11b 1x4)      Danish Kaneria    8-2-25-1
DPMD Jayawardene    45* (87b 7x4)      Sohail Khan    10-1-64-0

Mahela has been let off twice. Now you just can't do that given a pitch like this.

Owais: "For the past 5 years Pakistani Management has been unable to get the correct combination of paying 11. They have mostly been a bowler short. In test matches, and on Pakistani pitches you need at least 3 quality pacers and a geniune spinner. They've been playing 2 pacers with allrounders. You don't need allrounders in Test Matches."

Not sure if many would agree with you on the allrounders bit

41.1

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full outside off, driven crisply but straight to mid-off

41.2

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, much straighter, good length on middle, slower ball, pushed back past the bowlers and into the stumps at the non-striker's end

41.3

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full outside off, juicy half volley, closes the face and pushes it off the front foot to mid-on, will feel he missed out there

Andy: "Who would've thought that a break of 14 months would not hurt Pakistan's batting, not affect their bowling, but their catching?! These dropped catches are getting ridiculous..."

41.4

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, shot! Overpitched again, another length ball and Mahela cashes in this time, eases that wide of a diving Salman Butt at cover

Mahela on 49 now

41.5

Sohail Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed off the front foot to mid-on for a quick single, a pressure relieving fifty for the Sri Lankan captain. Struggled in the one-dayers and was keen to get back into form, and he's done it here albeit with some luck

41.6

Sohail Khan to Samaraweera, no run, full on middle, overpitched again, driven off the front foot straight to mid-on, Samaraweera has looked good in his brief stay so far

End of over 42 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 190/3
TT Samaraweera    4* (12b 1x4)      Sohail Khan    11-1-69-0
DPMD Jayawardene    50* (92b 8x4)      Danish Kaneria    8-2-25-1

42.1

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on middle, pushed back to the bowler off the front foot

42.2

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short on the off stump, pushed off the back foot to cover

42.3

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, worked away off the front foot wide towards square leg

42.4

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, FOUR, wristy, full on middle and leg, takes a couple of steps forward and plays a classic subcontinental drive down the ground

42.5

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, flighted on the off stump, defended to cover

42.6

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, opens the face to play it to point, bowled much quicker this time, and flatter

End of over 43 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 195/3
TT Samaraweera    8* (15b 2x4)      Danish Kaneria    9-2-30-1
DPMD Jayawardene    51* (95b 8x4)      Sohail Khan    11-1-69-0

Khurram: "I have to disagree with Owais. Atleast 1 all-rounder is the need of any test combination but he has to be a genuine bowling all-rounder like Flintoff, Imran Khan, who were automatically selected only on their bowling credentials. Having an off-spinner is not a bad idea either provided with the no. of left handers SL have.But the question is if Shoaib Malik is competent enough to be a Test Off-Spinner?"

Arafat back into the attack

43.1

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short and wide, should have been dismissed, but he just chops it down to point instead

43.2

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, short of a length outside off, guided wide of gully for a single

43.3

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, FOUR, shot! Samaraweera plays an imperious back-foot drive to a short ball outside off, cover had no chance there

43.4

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, no run, swinging in and had the batsman in some trouble there, full on middle and he just managed to get his bad down in time, would have been out had that struck the pads straight, leg stump was in the firing line

43.5

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, 1 run, and again, some reverse here for Arafat, driven wide of mid-on for a single, not as full as the previous one

43.6

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, an inswinging full toss on the off stump, driven back to the bowler

End of over 44 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 201/3
DPMD Jayawardene    52* (98b 8x4)      Yasir Arafat    9-0-30-1
TT Samaraweera    13* (18b 3x4)      Danish Kaneria    9-2-30-1

Gareth: "I'm not too suprised that their catching has fallen by the way side. Their match fitness and more important, their concentration, has not been tested in so long. And Sri Lanka is a tough team first up."

44.1

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, good length on the off stump, swats it down to mid-off

44.2

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, flighted outside leg stump, makes room and drives that to mid-on

44.3

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, FOUR, appalling ball, short and wide, dispatched between point and cover, easily done

44.4

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, 1 run, full on middle, quicker through the air, driven wide of mid-on for a single

44.5

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, googly, flighted wide outside off, reaches forward to defend to silly point

44.6

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on middle, went straight on, defended to silly point again

End of over 45 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 206/3
DPMD Jayawardene    52* (100b 8x4)      Danish Kaneria    10-2-35-1
TT Samaraweera    18* (22b 4x4)      Yasir Arafat    9-0-30-1

At halfway through the first day, Sri Lanka find themselves on top.

Some sarcasm from our friend Faisal: "Criticism aside, one must give credit to the Pakistani team for their hospitality. They want to give a befitting farewell to Jayawardene and hence the dropped catches"

45.1

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, FOUR, short outside off, gets on the back foot and guides it through the gap between gully and point to the third-man boundary

45.2

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, 3 runs, the poor fielding continues and so does the "hospitality", worked away to square leg but a wayward throw from the fielder allowed the batsmen two more. The culprit there was Fawad Alam, the substitute fielder

45.3

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full on middle and leg, defended on the leg side

45.4

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slower ball bowled full outside off, pushed to cover off the front foot

45.5

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length on middle and off, defended confidently off the front foot

45.6

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, angling into the right hander, landing on a good length on middle and leg, dropped short of midwicket

End of over 46 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 213/3
DPMD Jayawardene    52* (104b 8x4)      Yasir Arafat    10-0-37-1
TT Samaraweera    25* (24b 5x4)      Danish Kaneria    10-2-35-1

Harish: "Pakistan's bowlers must be the most frustrated lot. If it isn't Kamran Akmal, then there is someone else dropping catches. For all the talent in bowling, the fielding is one big let down."

Shoaib Malik comes back to bowl. Bowling round the wicket to the right hander

46.1

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, 1 run, outside off, spinning in, pushed off the back foot wide of point

46.2

Shoaib Malik to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on middle, defended to short leg

46.3

Shoaib Malik to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted on the off stump, defended off the front foot

46.4

Shoaib Malik to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flatter, same result, dropped on the pitch off the front foot

46.5

Shoaib Malik to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, uses his wrists to drive that to mid-on

46.6

Shoaib Malik to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on middle and off, spinning in, defended watchfully off the back foot

End of over 47 (1 run) Sri Lanka 214/3
DPMD Jayawardene    52* (109b 8x4)      Shoaib Malik    7-0-26-0
TT Samaraweera    26* (25b 5x4)      Yasir Arafat    10-0-37-1

47.1

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, no run, good length outside off, pushed off the front foot to cover

47.2

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, no run, full on middle and leg, flicked to midwicket

47.3

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, no run, swinging in, good length on middle and leg, defended off the back foot

47.4

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, no run, short of a good length outside off, punched to cover

47.5

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, 3 runs, yorker length on middle, flicked away between midwicket and square leg

47.6

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length on middle, closes the face to defend on the leg side

End of over 48 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 217/3
DPMD Jayawardene    52* (110b 8x4)      Yasir Arafat    11-0-40-1
TT Samaraweera    29* (30b 5x4)      Shoaib Malik    7-0-26-0

48.1

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run, turned away off the front foot to square leg

48.2

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run, tossed up outside off, holding its line, left alone

48.3

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run, short on middle and off, defended off the back foot

48.4

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run, pushed in quicker, full on the off stump, pushed to mid-off

48.5

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run, flighted on middle, driven wristily to mid-on

48.6

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run, good length outside off, no spin on that one, tried to defend on the off side, got an inside edge onto his pads

End of over 49 (maiden) Sri Lanka 217/3
TT Samaraweera    29* (36b 5x4)      Shoaib Malik    8-1-26-0
DPMD Jayawardene    52* (110b 8x4)      Yasir Arafat    11-0-40-1

Zahoor: "I agree to Owais. We need Specialists in Test Matches. I don't know why we have defensive approach. Imran Khan, Wasim Akram etc. although they were alrounders but mainly bowlers who could bat. Pakistan should have gone with 3 specialist pacers, one specialist spinner and one allrounder (spinner or pacer) depending upon the pitch."

49.1

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a good length on middle, defended towards square leg

49.2

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, back of a length on the off stump, defended off the back foot

49.3

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, swinging in, but Mahela is in blocking mode now with tea just 20 minutes away, dropped on the off side

Coming round the wicket now....

49.4

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, (no ball) 1 run, short on middle, pulled away to fine leg, oversteps

49.4

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, 1 run, held it back again, short on the off stump, driven off the back foot wide of point for a single

49.5

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, bowled full on the pads from well wide of the crease, tries to glance it down fine, clips the pads and they get a leg bye

49.6

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, no run, low full toss on leg stump, driven straight to midwicket, missed out there

End of over 50 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 221/3
TT Samaraweera    30* (38b 5x4)      Yasir Arafat    12-0-43-1
DPMD Jayawardene    53* (115b 8x4)      Shoaib Malik    8-1-26-0
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Feb 25, 2009

Team-mates mob Umar Gul after the fall of Malinda Warnapura's wicket, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Karachi, 5th day, February 25, 2009

Team-mates mob Umar Gul after the fall of Malinda Warnapura's wicket

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Feb 25, 2009

Kamran Akmal takes full toll, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Karachi, 5th day, February 25, 2009

Kamran Akmal takes full toll

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