Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan, 2008/09 / Commentary

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We are ready for the start. The players are out, Talha's warming up. The openers have made their way to the middle, and it'll be Warnapura to take strike, facing Umar Gul. An empty stadium to start with, we'll see how the crowd builds up as the day progresses. The umpire says play, and here we go...

The first feedback of the day from Mujtuba: "I think Talha is a better choice then Sohail Khan, as he looked very flat in Karachi, the pitch although had nothing for the bowlers but still he didnt look threatening by any means. Lets hope Talha ends the long search for a good fast bowler. BTW Talha has a very good and sharp yorker..."

9.45 am: A tinge of green on the pitch, particularly in the middle and some towards the 'full length area', so the bowlers finally get something where they can compete. However, the grass cover is very patchy, and there are areas on the track that are quite hard and dry so there appears to be a good balance.

9.35 am: The news from Lahore is that Pakistan have won the toss and opted to bowl. So the pitch does have something in it for the bowlers. One change for both teams. As expected, Talha replaces Sohail, and Chaminda Vaas has been left out, so Thilan Thushara gets a chance.

9.15 am Lahore time: Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the second Test - Jayawardene's last as captain - between Pakistan and Sri Lanka being played in Lahore. The first Test turned out to be a dull draw, though there some highs for both teams, but with the pitch here expected to play better and have some assistance for bowlers unlike Karachi, one can hope for a more competitive contest. Pakistan may go in with one change- Sohail Khan struggled in Karachi and Mohammad Talha could replace him. We are still some moments away from the toss so you can read George Binoy's preview to the Test in the meantime. Click here to read some tidbits about the statistical trends at the Gaddafi stadium from our Stats Editor S Rajesh.

0.1

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, on target, landed on a good length on the off stump, defended back to the bowler

0.2

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, shout for lbw, Steve Davis shakes his head, landed just in line with leg stump and seemed to hold its line, strikes him high on the pads as he tries to defend it on the leg side, the only question there was the height but many umpires would have given that

0.3

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, on middle and off, gets behind and presents the full face

0.4

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, short of a good length outside off, holds its line, gets forward and blocks it towards point

0.5

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, beaten! Shaping away from the right hander, full and wide outside off, leans into the drive but the late movement takes the ball past the outside edge

0.6

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, good length on middle and leg, a hint of inward movement there, gets back and drops it on the leg side

End of over 1 (maiden) Sri Lanka 0/0
SM Warnapura    0* (6b)      Umar Gul    1-1-0-0
NT Paranavitana    0* (0b)     

Talha to bowl now, on debut. Lets see how he shapes up

1.1

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, no run, loosener, bowled at 126.7 kmph, banged in short outside off, gets on the bounce to the keeper, bowled from a touch wide of the crease

1.2

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, no run, better, but still a little too wide, wide of the crease again and bowled on a good length outside off, left alone to the keeper

1.3

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, no run, he's getting better by every ball, bowled at 132.8 kmph, testing line outside off stump, Paranavitana gets forward to defend but the ball beats the edge, going away with the angle

1.4

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, no run, edged and just short of Younis at second slip, short on the off stump, tries to withdraw his bat at the last moment but is a little too late in doing so, took his bottom hand off though, so played it well in the end

1.5

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, 2 runs, juicy length ball bowled at 133.8 kmph on the pads, flicked away comfortably wide of Gul at fine leg for a couple

1.6

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, no run, landed on a good length outside leg, straightened to hit him on the pads as he came forward to defend, they all go up but we know that can't be given out

Decent start by Talha, needs to get closer to the stumps though

End of over 2 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 2/0
NT Paranavitana    2* (6b)      Mohammad Talha    1-0-2-0
SM Warnapura    0* (6b)      Umar Gul    1-1-0-0

2.1

Umar Gul to Warnapura, 3 runs, short of a length outside off, punched firmly through the covers for three

Gul has three slips in place

2.2

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, bouncer banged in on middle at 136.3 kmph, he gets away from it easily

2.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, swinging in and I don't think the batsman picked it, landed on a good length outside off and moved back in to just evade the off stump, he offered no shot to that, let it through to the keeper

2.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, FOUR, shot! Just a fraction short outside off, gets on the back foot and cuts it away between the slips and gully for a boundary

2.5

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, working up some decent pace here, full on middle and leg, bowled at 136.3 kmph, driven to mid-on

2.6

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, full on middle and off this time, lands on a good length, defended solidly to point

End of over 3 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 9/0
NT Paranavitana    6* (11b 1x4)      Umar Gul    2-1-7-0
SM Warnapura    3* (7b)      Mohammad Talha    1-0-2-0

Anjaan: "I don't think this is justice with Sohail Khan. He was given a chance on cemented wicket at Karachi. This wicket is far more better than that. He is a natural talent and his stats are better than Talha in Domestic Circuit. He should be given another chance.By the way ALL THE BEST FOR TALHA. "

3.1

Mohammad Talha to Warnapura, 1 run, short outside leg stump, rolls his wrists over it to pull it away to fine leg

3.2

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, no run, good length outside off and shaping away, left alone to the keeper

3.3

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, 2 runs, good ball but equally well played, slightly overpitched but he's making him play, just a firm push wide of mid-off for a couple

3.4

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, no run, short of a good length outside off, bowled at 133.5 kmph, left alone

3.5

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, no run, a touch too wide, the batsman doesn't bother chasing it, needs to bowl much straighter

3.6

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, no run, full just a fraction outside off, bowled at 138.5 kmph, shoulders arms to that one

End of over 4 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 12/0
NT Paranavitana    8* (16b 1x4)      Mohammad Talha    2-0-5-0
SM Warnapura    4* (8b)      Umar Gul    2-1-7-0

4.1

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, bowled at 140.3 kmph, good length on the off stump, gets forward and just pushes it straight to mid-off

4.2

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, slightly short, hitting the pitch hard, on the off stump, gets across and pushes it back to the bowler

4.3

Umar Gul to Warnapura, FOUR, short and wide, he stays his ground and punches it through the covers for a boundary, just chopped it, timed really well

A short square leg in place now

4.4

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, full and wide, swings away just as he goes for a booming drive wide of mid-off, almost had him there

4.5

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, missed opportunity, full outside leg stump, tries to flick it away fine, is struck on the pads

4.6

Umar Gul to Warnapura, OUT, edged and gone! Full outside off, bowled at 136.8 kmph, not quite there to the pitch, goes through with an attempted drive anyway, the ball moves away, takes the outside edge and Misbah at first slip makes no mistake. Pretty straightforward chance, but still well held. Warnapura's aggressive streak costs him his wicket

SM Warnapura c Misbah-ul-Haq b Umar Gul 8 (23m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

End of over 5 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 16/1
     Umar Gul    3-1-11-1
NT Paranavitana    8* (16b 1x4)      Mohammad Talha    2-0-5-0

Sangakkara makes his way in

5.1

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, no run, short of a length on leg stump, fends it away off the back foot

5.2

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, FOUR, short and wide and gets the treatment, rocks on the back foot and slashes it away through the point region

5.3

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, no run, straying down leg, bowled at 139.5 kmph, tries to whip it away off his hips, misses

5.4

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, no run, much better, much quicker, bowled at 144.6 kmph, good length on middle and off and gets some late movement, the batsman covers the swing well but waiting for it, moving across and defending it on the off side

5.5

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, no run, short and wide, there to cut, but he isn;t tempted this time, leaves it alone

5.6

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, no run, good carry through to the keeper, landed short of a good length outside off, left it alone

End of over 6 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 20/1
NT Paranavitana    12* (22b 2x4)      Mohammad Talha    3-0-9-0
KC Sangakkara    0* (0b)      Umar Gul    3-1-11-1

6.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, bouncer down leg, Sangakkara backs away from it

6.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 2 runs, short of a length on middle and leg, gets on the back foot and works it away wide of fine leg

6.3

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length outside off, left alone to the keeper, bowled at 135.2 kmph

6.4

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 2 runs, short outside off, rocks back and pushes it firmly off the back foot wide of cover

6.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, good running, drops it on the leg side off the back foot and rushes for a single, Gul has a shy at the non-striker's end but Sanga is well in

6.6

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, 1 run, and again, short of a good length on the off stump, pushed gently in front of mid-off for another single

End of over 7 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 26/1
NT Paranavitana    13* (23b 2x4)      Umar Gul    4-1-17-1
KC Sangakkara    5* (5b)      Mohammad Talha    3-0-9-0

7.1

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, FOUR, edged and through the gap between the slips and gully, full outside off, drives hard at it but in the end he's lucky to get away with a boundary, bowled at a good pace, at 140.6 kmph

7.2

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, no run, good length outside off and spat off the pitch on the way to the keeper, he didn't bother chasing that

7.3

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, no run, much closer to the stumps and shaping away from the right hander, goes through to the keeper again

7.4

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, FOUR, delightful drive down the ground, full on the off stump, his quickest ball so far, bowled at 145 kmph, stood his ground and pushed it through the line, timed superbly

7.5

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, no run, short outside off, an attempted bouncer, he backs away from it

7.6

Mohammad Talha to Paranavitana, no run, too wide outside off, bowled full, Paranavitana has nothing to do with it

End of over 8 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 34/1
NT Paranavitana    21* (29b 4x4)      Mohammad Talha    4-0-17-0
KC Sangakkara    5* (5b)      Umar Gul    4-1-17-1

8.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length outside off, Sangakkara leaves it be

8.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, good length on the off stump, swings away after pitching, pushed into the gap between point and cover

8.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, full on the off stump, gets forward, opens the face and guides it to Butt at point

8.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, OUT, what a superb catch!!! Short and wide, cut away powerfully off the back foot, that flew off the bat but Shoaib Malik dived to his left to pull off a blinder, made it look easy there but that was travelling

NT Paranavitana c Shoaib Malik b Umar Gul 21 (41m 31b 4x4 0x6) SR: 67.74

A good start for Pakistan here, they've so far managed to justify their decision to bowl, though the second wicket was more the work of Malik than Gul, who'll feel ever so grateful to his former captain for bailing him out there

Mahela walks in to bat in his final Test as captain

8.5

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, beaten straightaway! Short of a good length on the off and swung away sharply just as he prodded at it off the back foot

8.6

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, swinging in this time, full on the off stump, defended to mid-on

End of over 9 (1 run) Sri Lanka 35/2
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (2b)      Umar Gul    5-1-18-2
KC Sangakkara    6* (7b)      Mohammad Talha    4-0-17-0

Yasir Arafat to bowl now

9.1

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, starts off well, good length on the off stump, defended off the front foot to cover

9.2

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length outside off, bowled at 135.2 kmph, left alone

9.3

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, swung in sharply, Sanga calmly left it alone but he knows he misjudged the line there, good length just outside off and swung back in, didn't miss the stumps by much

9.4

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, 2 runs, just a gentle push, full outside off, defends it solidly just wide of mid-off

9.5

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, no movement this time, he waits for it and lets it go at the last moment, good length outside off

9.6

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, FOUR, beautifully timed, full on middle and leg, in the slot, he drives it wide of mid-on for a graceful boundary

End of over 10 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 41/2
KC Sangakkara    12* (13b 1x4)      Yasir Arafat    1-0-6-0
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (2b)      Umar Gul    5-1-18-2

10.1

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, bouncer on middle, he ducks under it well

10.2

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a good length on the off stump, dropped on the off side short of cover

10.3

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length outside off, gets forward and guides it to point off the front foot

Bilal: "i'm quite impressed with this new guy, talha, he's very impressive. bowls at a very good speed at the the mid 140ks."

10.4

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, easily done, in the slot outside off stump, bowled full, gets down on one knee and drives through the line to play a delectable shot through the covers

10.5

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length outside off, swinging away, left alone to the keeper

10.6

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, played deliberately, just a fraction short outside off, he stands tall, waits for it, and opens the face at the last moment to guide that between the slips and gully

End of over 11 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 49/2
DPMD Jayawardene    8* (8b 2x4)      Umar Gul    6-1-26-2
KC Sangakkara    12* (13b 1x4)      Yasir Arafat    1-0-6-0

11.1

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, 1 run, full on the off, a firm push wide of mid-off for a quick single, brings up the 50 for Sri Lanka

Three slips and a gully in place

11.2

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, he's looking good here, full on the pads, turns it away off the front foot through the midwicket region

11.3

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, short on middle and leg, worked away off the back foot behind square for a single

11.4

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

11.5

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

11.6

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length again, covers it well, defends it off the back foot to the bowler

End of over 12 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 55/2
KC Sangakkara    13* (17b 1x4)      Yasir Arafat    2-0-12-0
DPMD Jayawardene    13* (10b 3x4)      Umar Gul    6-1-26-2

Sikander: "I don't know why Younis changed Talha. He should've let him go at Jayawardene here. Wrong decision, I tell ya. "

12.1

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length on the off stump, swinging in, gets on the back foot and presents the full face

12.2

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good bounce there, short outside off, leaps up and drops it short of the slips by taking the bottom hand off, superbly played in the end, perfect way to tackle a testing short ball

12.3

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets on the back foot and defends it on the off side, blocks it from rolling towards the stumps though it wasn;t that close

12.4

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, fuller outside off, defended confidently to cover

12.5

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length on the off stump, pushed off the back foot towards mid-off

12.6

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full outside off, just a fraction overpitched, bowled at 137.6 kmph, driven firmly but straight to mid-off

End of over 13 (maiden) Sri Lanka 55/2
DPMD Jayawardene    13* (16b 3x4)      Umar Gul    7-2-26-2
KC Sangakkara    13* (17b 1x4)      Yasir Arafat    2-0-12-0

Arzoo: "I think Yunus did the right thing by changing Talha. If Jayawardene has a crack on the young man then his confidence will be gone. So best thing is to use him in between and short spell! Cover him up, good technique."

Jawad: "Changing Talha will not help boost his confidence. Younis should have let him bowl a few more overs but Younis is the captain and I am sure he knows what he is doing."

13.1

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, good probing line outside off stump, holding its line there, left alone to the keeper

13.2

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, and again, little further from the off stump, bowled at 137.2 kmph, leaves it be

13.3

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

Imran Syed: "If Younis Khan really wanted to show aggressive intent - he would have picked both Sohail Khan and Talha for this test. Yasir Arafat is just another humdrum "bits and pieces" player. Go with the specialists, as Imran Khan would do!"

13.4

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, moving away just a touch after pitching on a good length outside off, left alone

13.5

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, straying on the pads but gets away with it, turned away off the front foot to midwicket

13.6

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, good bounce, took Sanga by surprise there, landed short outside off and jagged back in, he backed away from it a little awkwardly in the end

End of over 14 (maiden) Sri Lanka 55/2
KC Sangakkara    13* (23b 1x4)      Yasir Arafat    3-1-12-0
DPMD Jayawardene    13* (16b 3x4)      Umar Gul    7-2-26-2

Talha back into the attack

14.1

Mohammad Talha to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, poor start to his new spell, full on the pads, flicked away in front of square for a couple

14.2

Mohammad Talha to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short and wide, bowled at 136.8 kmph, Jayawardene chases it, tries to cut it past point, misses

14.3

Mohammad Talha to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 no ball, oversteps, good length on the off stump, held its line, defended off the front foot to cover

14.3

Mohammad Talha to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, overpitched and gets the treatment, meaty length ball outside off, gets forward and drives it stylishly through the covers

14.4

Mohammad Talha to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 no ball, he's struggling this over, oversteps again and fires it down the leg side

14.4

Mohammad Talha to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a good length outside off, bowled at 138.5 kmph, left alone to the keeper

14.5

Mohammad Talha to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, back of a length outside off and nipping back in, shoulders arms to that one

14.6

Mohammad Talha to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, angling into the pads from wide of the crease, worked away off the front foot to fine leg

End of over 15 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 64/2
DPMD Jayawardene    20* (24b 4x4)      Mohammad Talha    5-0-26-0
KC Sangakkara    13* (23b 1x4)      Yasir Arafat    3-1-12-0

Abdul: "Bowling in your first match is a draining exercise, better to start with shorter spells. As for Arafat being a bits and pieces cricketer he is a better bowler than Sohail Khan, better fielder and better batsmen. Sohail needs to become a better athlete if he wants to play international cricket"

15.1

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length on the off stump, defended solidly off the front foot to cover

15.2

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a good length outside off, holding its line there, bowled at 135.2 kmph, left alone

15.3

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

15.4

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full, but a little too wide, swinging away bit Mahela is not interested

15.5

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a good length outside off, held its line, leaves it be

Danny: "Yasir Arafat has a bowling average of 23 in First Class matches, with 615 wickets. He also has 4 first class hundreds and 30 fifties. Bits and Pieces player he is not. He doesnt look very effective because of his size, but from what I have heard, he has a big heart. Anyone that has near to 700 wickets in the flat pitches of Pakistan, along with some in England :), should be considered."

15.6

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good carry, leaving the right hander after pitching on a good length outside off, Mahela judges it well, lets it go

End of over 16 (maiden) Sri Lanka 64/2
DPMD Jayawardene    20* (30b 4x4)      Yasir Arafat    4-2-12-0
KC Sangakkara    13* (23b 1x4)      Mohammad Talha    5-0-26-0

16.1

Mohammad Talha to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length outside off, gets on the back foot and guides it straight to point

16.2

Mohammad Talha to Sangakkara, no run, full outside off, tempting him to drive but Sanga is experienced enough to restrain himself there

16.3

Mohammad Talha to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a good length on the off stump, walks across and turns it away to midwicket

16.4

Mohammad Talha to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length on the off stump, defended off the back foot to the bowler

16.5

Mohammad Talha to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, turned away off the back foot to fine leg

16.6

Mohammad Talha to Sangakkara, FOUR, easily done, short on leg stump, he shuffles and glances it away to the fine-leg boundary

End of over 17 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 70/2
KC Sangakkara    18* (27b 2x4)      Mohammad Talha    6-0-32-0
DPMD Jayawardene    21* (32b 4x4)      Yasir Arafat    4-2-12-0

17.1

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, beaten there, spat off the pitch there after landing on a good length outside off, Mahela was surprised by the bounce,was caught playing forward

17.2

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on the stumps this time, straight on the off stump, defended off the back foot

17.3

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

The crowd is gradually trickling in, but on a Sunday you would expect more people in the stands. Still plenty of empty seats around, the ground appears about 15-20 percent full

17.4

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, full on middle and leg, driven gently off the front foot to mid-on

17.5

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, on middle and leg, pushed back to the bowler with a full face

Azam: "Yasir Arafat is really underestimated amongst Pakistani fans. Comeon' this guy has been a constant performer for years now. Given consistent opportunity he is our Abdul Razaq..The guy is fit, plays across the globe..has the attitude and STICKS to the plan..what more?"

17.6

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, full on leg stump, driven through the line, struck well but straight to mid-on

End of over 18 (1 run) Sri Lanka 71/2
KC Sangakkara    18* (29b 2x4)      Yasir Arafat    5-2-13-0
DPMD Jayawardene    22* (36b 4x4)      Mohammad Talha    6-0-32-0

18.1

Mohammad Talha to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full on middle, swinging in to the right hander, defended back to Gul

18.2

Mohammad Talha to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short and wide, misses out, chopped down to point

18.3

Mohammad Talha to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, bowled full, almost yorker length on middle, fired in at 141.6 kmph, dug out comfortably to mid-on

18.4

Mohammad Talha to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, good bouncer, had Mahela in a spit of bother there, banged in short on middle, leapt up at the batsman who had to fend it away with his gloves off the back foot, had there been a short leg, he was a gonner

Coming round the wicket to Sanga now

18.5

Mohammad Talha to Sangakkara, no run, short on the off stump, bowled at 133.6 kmph, defended back to the bowler off the back foot

18.6

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

End of over 19 (1 run) Sri Lanka 72/2
KC Sangakkara    18* (31b 2x4)      Mohammad Talha    7-0-33-0
DPMD Jayawardene    23* (40b 4x4)      Yasir Arafat    5-2-13-0

Kashif: "Younis khan has three bowlers who have no experience in Test cricket Selectors didn't bother considering Sohail Tanvir and Rao. Besides that Younis should have decided to bat first. We are not playing in England its Pakistan even bowling Pitches in Pakistan Yield over 400 runs in an innings."

19.1

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

19.2

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length on the off stump and nipping back in, Mahela gets a stride forward and blocks it to cover

19.3

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed at it hard but didn't get the timing right, full outside off stump, but he played it wide of mid-off to get a quick single

19.4

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length outside off, held its line, leaves it alone

19.5

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length on the off stump, pushed back to the bowler

19.6

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, full on the pads, driven straight to midwicket, there's a yawning gap on the leg side between midwicket and mid-on but Sanga fails to find it

End of over 20 (1 run) Sri Lanka 73/2
KC Sangakkara    18* (34b 2x4)      Yasir Arafat    6-2-14-0
DPMD Jayawardene    24* (43b 4x4)      Mohammad Talha    7-0-33-0

Just 20 minutes to go for lunch. Pakistan are slightly behind the over rate here

20.1

Mohammad Talha to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, good length on the off stump, dabbed wide of mid-off for a quick single

Farhan: "Sanga and Mahela are a true dynamic duo. At the moment watching them bat together is giving me the heebee jeebies."

20.2

Mohammad Talha to Sangakkara, no run, bouncer banged in on middle, bowled at 135.1 kmph, Sanga ducks under it easily

20.3

Mohammad Talha to Sangakkara, (no ball) FOUR, shot! What's more, it's a no ball, short of a good length outside off, struck firmly off the front foot through the covers, these two looking solid here

20.3

Mohammad Talha to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length on the off stump, dropped dead on the off side

20.4

Mohammad Talha to Sangakkara, 1 run, full on the off stump, pushed gently short of mid-off and rushed through for a quick single

20.5

Mohammad Talha to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 wide, bouncer, misdirected and too high, down the leg side, given a wide

20.5

Mohammad Talha to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a length outside off and kept a little low, left alone, didn't nip back in as much as he expected, bowled at 136.2 kmph

A short leg moves in

20.6

Mohammad Talha to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short on middle, defended off the back foot to the bowler

End of over 21 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 81/2
DPMD Jayawardene    25* (46b 4x4)      Mohammad Talha    8-0-41-0
KC Sangakkara    23* (38b 3x4)      Yasir Arafat    6-2-14-0

Kaneria being brought in with ten minutes left for lunch. They're taking their time here. He's got a slip and a short leg.

Syed: "I agree with comments about Pakistan's bowling attack. Its mind blowing that they played Tanvir for last three years and with his perfromance selectors decided to drop him in such a critical match. Yasir is medium paced and average bowler who has been tried many times. Tanvir is the second best bowler Pakistan has. Having him on the opposite end of Gul would have really helped right now...he always takes wicket with new ball."

21.1

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, flighted on the off stump and spinning in a touch, defended off the front foot

21.2

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, spun in sharply, slightly short of a length outside off, shaped himself for a cut but it came back in, tried to chop it on the off side, got an inside edge onto his pads, was in some trouble there

21.3

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up on the off stump, defended off the front foot with a big lunge

21.4

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, 1 run, waits for it, it's full outside off, opens the face to guide it past slip for a single

A slip and a silly point for the right hander

21.5

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

21.6

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full on middle and off, covers the spin well by presenting the full face to the bowler

End of over 22 (1 run) Sri Lanka 82/2
DPMD Jayawardene    25* (48b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    1-0-1-0
KC Sangakkara    24* (42b 3x4)      Mohammad Talha    8-0-41-0

Arafat to bowl

22.1

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

22.2

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, good length outside off, bowled at 136.3 kmph, left alone to the keeper

22.3

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, fuller outside off, there to drive but at the stroke of lunch you would'nt expect batsmen to take any risks

22.4

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, 1 run, short on middle and leg, uses his wrists to push that wide of Talha at mid-on for a single

22.5

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length on the off stump, dropped off the back foot short of point

Omer: "Tanvir and Rao are good one day bowlers but I don't think they could rip through batting line ups. Arafat is still better suited to dry pakistani tracks as he can reverse the bowl and at the moment he is not leaking runs, but with no shoaib and Asif, Pakistan will always struggle to take 20 wickets in any pitch against a good batting line up"

22.6

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 no ball, oversteps, good length on the off stump, swung in just a touch, pushed towards midwicket

22.6

Yasir Arafat to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full and wide, driven firmly but straight to Younis at mid-off

End of over 23 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 84/2
DPMD Jayawardene    25* (51b 4x4)      Yasir Arafat    7-2-16-0
KC Sangakkara    25* (46b 3x4)      Danish Kaneria    1-0-1-0

Just four minutes to go to lunch. They'll get one over in.

23.1

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, FOUR, tossed up outside off, takes it on the full and drives that crisply through the gap between cover and point. Brings up the 50 stand in style

23.2

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, 1 run, short on middle and leg, gets on the back foot and turns it away behind square for a single

23.3

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted on middle and off, blocked off the front foot to the bowler

23.4

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, drives that inside out straight to cover, full on the off stump

23.5

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short outside off and spins away, makes room and cuts it away but straight to point

23.6

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, quicker ball bowled short outside off, pushed to cover from the crease

And the players walk off for some dal-chaawal. Pakistan had the better of the first half of this session with Gul getting rid of the openers, but Mahela and Sanga have looked solid out there, putting on a partnership of 54 in fairly quick time. There is a bit in the pitch for the bowlers, but it seems to have eased out considerably, seeing the way these two have batted. Join us in about 35 mins for the post-lunch action

End of over 24 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 89/2
DPMD Jayawardene    25* (55b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    2-0-6-0
KC Sangakkara    30* (48b 4x4)      Yasir Arafat    7-2-16-0

Welcome back for the post-lunch session. Play is about to begin, the bowling rate was very slow in the first session, hope to see a better rate, stay tuned for some good action.

24.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, up on his toes and plays to covers.

24.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 2 runs, works it nicely through midwicket for couple of runs, first runs after lunch.

24.3

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, again worked to midwicket but straight to the fielder.

24.4

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, a bouncer which goes way over the batsman.

24.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, full ball worked to midwicket, good stop by Salman Butt.

24.6

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, down the leg side and Sangakkara lets it go through to the keeper.

End of over 25 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 91/2
KC Sangakkara    32* (54b 4x4)      Umar Gul    8-2-28-2
DPMD Jayawardene    25* (55b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    2-0-6-0

25.1

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on the leg stump and turned to the onside.

25.2

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, driven to mid-on.

25.3

Danish Kaneria to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, turns it neatly to square leg for a single.

25.4

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, defended to the off side.

25.5

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, moves back and defends to the off side.

25.6

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, comes forward and drives to cover.

End of over 26 (1 run) Sri Lanka 92/2
KC Sangakkara    32* (57b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    3-0-7-0
DPMD Jayawardene    26* (58b 4x4)      Umar Gul    8-2-28-2

26.1

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, fuller length delivery outside the off stump and driven through extra-cover for a boundary.

26.2

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, ducks under the bouncer.

26.3

Umar Gul to DPMD Jayawardene, OUT, good length delivery outside the off stump and moving away slightly, Jayawardene coming forward gets the outside edge low down as Akmal dives to his right to take a wonderful catch.

DPMD Jayawardene c †Kamran Akmal b Umar Gul 30 (88m 61b 5x4 0x6) SR: 49.18

Samaraweera is the new batsman.

26.4

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, no run, back of a length delivery and Samaraweera plays with an angled bat to backward-point.

26.5

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, no run, too wide outside the off stump, left alone.

26.6

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, no run, fuller delivery this time outside the off stump, left alone.

End of over 27 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 96/3
TT Samaraweera    0* (3b)      Umar Gul    9-2-32-3
KC Sangakkara    32* (57b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    3-0-7-0

27.1

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, 2 runs, well flighted delivery outside off stump, pushes it gently towards cover, takes a quick single, a needless throw from Gul, hit the stumps at bowler's end, extra run given.

27.2

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, defended back to the bowler.

27.3

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, defended once again.

27.4

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, 1 run, comes forward to defend, gets the outside edge to point.

27.5

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, flighted delivery and Samaraweera defends, gets an inside edge onto the pads.

27.6

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, blocked to the onside.

End of over 28 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 99/3
TT Samaraweera    0* (5b)      Danish Kaneria    4-0-10-0
KC Sangakkara    35* (61b 4x4)      Umar Gul    9-2-32-3

Comes round the wicket

28.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, goes for the hook and misses, Akmal behind the wicket appeals for a catch, turned down.

28.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, outside the off stump and defended to the off side.

28.3

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, works it away through square leg for a single.

28.4

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, no run, another short delivery, ducks under it.

28.5

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, 2 runs, yorker length delivery nicely dug out through midwicket for couple of runs.

28.6

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, no run, driven along the ground straight to the fielder at mid-off.

End of over 29 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 102/3
TT Samaraweera    2* (8b)      Umar Gul    10-2-35-3
KC Sangakkara    36* (64b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    4-0-10-0

29.1

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, a touch short, stays back and punches to extra-cover.

29.2

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, 4 byes, comes forward and gets beaten by the turn, goes between bat and pad and the keeper also misses it, goes to the fence.

29.3

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, turned to square leg.

29.4

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted delivery defended.

29.5

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, defended to the off side.

29.6

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, defended back to the bowler.

End of over 30 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 107/3
TT Samaraweera    2* (10b)      Danish Kaneria    5-0-11-0
KC Sangakkara    37* (68b 4x4)      Umar Gul    10-2-35-3

30.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, attempted yorker, which turns out to be a full toss, pushes it gently to mid-off.

30.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, left alone.

30.3

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length delivery defended back to the bowler.

30.4

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 no ball, ducks under the bouncer, Akmal fumbles the take.

30.4

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, short again, down the leg side this time, ducks once again.

30.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, up on his toes and works to the onside for a single.

30.6

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, no run, goes back and defends to the off side.

End of over 31 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 109/3
TT Samaraweera    2* (11b)      Umar Gul    11-2-37-3
KC Sangakkara    38* (74b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    5-0-11-0

31.1

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, pushed back to the bowler.

31.2

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, 1 run, well flighted ball on middle and leg, plays it past short square leg for a quick single

31.3

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, flighted ball just outside off, leaves it alone

31.4

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, spins away to beat the outside edge.

31.5

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, fuller on the pads and pushed to mid-on.

31.6

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, FOUR, a bit more flight this time on middle and off, driven nicely past the bowler, no chance for mid-on.

End of over 32 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 114/3
TT Samaraweera    6* (15b 1x4)      Danish Kaneria    6-0-16-0
KC Sangakkara    39* (76b 4x4)      Umar Gul    11-2-37-3

32.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, well outside the off stump, left alone.

32.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, short and outside off again, pushes it towards mid-off for a quick single.

32.3

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, no run, defended to short midwicket.

32.4

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, no run, wider outside the off stump, pushes to mid-off.

32.5

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, no run, fuller length delivery played back to the bowler.

32.6

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, no run, good length ball on the off, plays it defensively.

End of over 33 (1 run) Sri Lanka 115/3
TT Samaraweera    6* (19b 1x4)      Umar Gul    12-2-38-3
KC Sangakkara    40* (78b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    6-0-16-0

33.1

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, outside the off stump, left alone.

33.2

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, well flighted on middle and leg, plays it back to the bowler

33.3

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, quicker ball outside off, jumps forward and plays it defensively back to the bowler.

33.4

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, 3 runs, fuller ball just outside off stump, driven well past extra cover, well chased by Yasir

33.5

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, flighted delivery defended to the off side.

33.6

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, 1 run, a touch short, goes back and works it to deep square leg.

End of over 34 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 119/3
TT Samaraweera    7* (21b 1x4)      Danish Kaneria    7-0-20-0
KC Sangakkara    43* (82b 4x4)      Umar Gul    12-2-38-3

Change of bowling, Yasir Arafat replaces Gul.

34.1

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, no run, outside the off stump, left alone.

34.2

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, 2 runs, good length ball just outside off, a thick outside edge past second slip, Younis Khan gets a hand to it on the first bounce but failed to stop it cleanly.

34.3

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, no run, left alone outside the off stump.

34.4

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, plays to gully.

34.5

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, FOUR, very full and well outside off, smashed past point.

34.6

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, no run, fuller length again, driven to mid-off.

End of over 35 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 125/3
TT Samaraweera    13* (27b 2x4)      Yasir Arafat    8-2-22-0
KC Sangakkara    43* (82b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    7-0-20-0

35.1

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, 1 run, thick outside edge past slip.

35.2

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, well flighted outside off, comes forward and plays it to the offside.

35.3

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, comes forward and plays defensively.

35.4

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, comes forward get the outside edge all along the ground towards gully.

35.5

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, 1 run, short and well outside off, goes back and punches it to deep cover.

35.6

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, on middle and off, pushes it back to bowler

End of over 36 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 127/3
KC Sangakkara    44* (84b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    8-0-22-0
TT Samaraweera    14* (31b 2x4)      Yasir Arafat    8-2-22-0

36.1

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, no run, a bit fuller and on the off stump, comes forward and plays it to mid-off.

36.2

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, 1 run, short of a good length and outside off, plays with an angled bat towards point.

36.3

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, short and well outside off stump, plays it off the backfoot to extra cover.

36.4

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, fuller length on the off stump, drives it straight, well stopped with his boot by Yasir in his follow-through.

36.5

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, well outside off, shoulders arms.

36.6

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, fuller length on middle and off, driven straight, another good stop by Yasir.

End of over 37 (1 run) Sri Lanka 128/3
KC Sangakkara    44* (88b 4x4)      Yasir Arafat    9-2-23-0
TT Samaraweera    15* (33b 2x4)      Danish Kaneria    8-0-22-0

37.1

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

37.2

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, well flighted ball on middle and off, driven to mid-on.

37.3

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

37.4

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, again flighted ball on the off stump, forward defensive push to short cover.

37.5

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, 3 runs, quicker ball down the leg, goes back and plays it towards deep fine leg.

37.6

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, on middle and leg, tried to turn it to the on side, a leading edge well short of Kaneria.

Time for a break for drinks.

End of over 38 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 131/3
KC Sangakkara    44* (89b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    9-0-25-0
TT Samaraweera    18* (38b 2x4)      Yasir Arafat    9-2-23-0

38.1

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, (no ball) FOUR, touch short and well outside off, steers it past backward point.

38.1

Yasir Arafat to Samaraweera, 1 run, on middle and off, plays it wide of mid-on for a single.

38.2

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, fuller length on the off stump, driven to mid-off.

38.3

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, FOUR, short and driven nicely past point.

38.4

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, just outside off, plays it defensively towards cover.

38.5

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, no run, just outside off, moves away with the angle, left alone.

38.6

Yasir Arafat to Sangakkara, 1 run, a bit fuller, comes forward and plays it towards backward point for a single.

End of over 39 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 142/3
KC Sangakkara    49* (94b 5x4)      Yasir Arafat    10-2-34-0
TT Samaraweera    23* (40b 3x4)      Danish Kaneria    9-0-25-0

39.1

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, on middle and leg, goes back and plays it to square leg.

39.2

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, 1 run, fuller length delivery driven back and Kaneria fails to stop a straight forward one.

39.3

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, flighted ball on the off stump, comes forward and defends.

39.4

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, FOUR, short and well wide outside off, goes back and cuts it through the point area.

39.5

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, flighted and on middle and leg, fends it away

39.6

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, well flighted outside off, inside edge onto the pads.

End of over 40 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 147/3
TT Samaraweera    27* (44b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    10-0-30-0
KC Sangakkara    50* (96b 5x4)      Yasir Arafat    10-2-34-0

Talha replaces Yasir

40.1

Mohammad Talha to Sangakkara, no run, short and outside the off stump, left alone.

40.2

Mohammad Talha to Sangakkara, 1 run, short and on his pads, plays it long leg.

40.3

Mohammad Talha to Samaraweera, no run, ducks under the bouncer.

40.4

Mohammad Talha to Samaraweera, 1 run, short once again on the off stump line, plays it to the on side for a single.

40.5

Mohammad Talha to Sangakkara, no run, another harmless bouncer through to Kamran.

40.6

Mohammad Talha to Sangakkara, no run, short and well outside off, punches it to cover point.

End of over 41 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 149/3
KC Sangakkara    51* (100b 5x4)      Mohammad Talha    9-0-43-0
TT Samaraweera    28* (46b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    10-0-30-0

41.1

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, FOUR, another gift by Kaneria, short and outside off, accepted well by Samraweera, cuts it past point.

41.2

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, better line and length, on middle and off, comes forward and defends.

41.3

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, FOUR, fuller length on the off stump, driven past the bowler.

41.4

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, flighted ball on the off, comes forward and defends.

41.5

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, flighted ball on the off, driven to extra cover, straight to Misbah.

41.6

Danish Kaneria to Samaraweera, no run, flighted and outside off, gets the bottom edge as he tries to cut.

End of over 42 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 157/3
TT Samaraweera    36* (52b 6x4)      Danish Kaneria    11-0-38-0
KC Sangakkara    51* (100b 5x4)      Mohammad Talha    9-0-43-0

42.1

Mohammad Talha to Sangakkara, no run, short of length outside off, shoulders arms.

42.2

Mohammad Talha to Sangakkara, 1 no ball, on the off stump, plays it to the offside.

42.2

Mohammad Talha to Sangakkara, 2 runs, fuller and on his pads, flicks it nicely though the midwicket for a couple.

42.3

Mohammad Talha to Sangakkara, no run, well outside off, kept a bit low, left alone

42.4

Mohammad Talha to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length, closer to the off stump this time, plays it defensively.

42.5

Mohammad Talha to Sangakkara, 1 run, short and on his legs, turns it to deep square leg.

42.6

Mohammad Talha to Samaraweera, no run, touch fuller, plays it to midwicket.

End of over 43 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 161/3
TT Samaraweera    36* (53b 6x4)      Mohammad Talha    10-0-47-0
KC Sangakkara    54* (106b 5x4)      Danish Kaneria    11-0-38-0

Shoaib Malik replaces Kaneria, comes round the wicket.

43.1

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, well down the leg, Sangakara misees it and Kamran whips off the bails, appeals for stumping, referred to the third umpire, not out.

43.2

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, fuller length on the off stump, defends.

43.3

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, well flighted ball outside off, driven straight to cover.

43.4

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, pushes it to cover fielder.

43.5

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, well flighted ball on the off stumps line, defended.

43.6

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, again in line with the off stump, defended.

End of over 44 (maiden) Sri Lanka 161/3
KC Sangakkara    54* (112b 5x4)      Shoaib Malik    1-1-0-0
TT Samaraweera    36* (53b 6x4)      Mohammad Talha    10-0-47-0

44.1

Mohammad Talha to Samaraweera, no run, short and outside off, pushes it to backward point.

44.2

Mohammad Talha to Samaraweera, no run, short and well outside off, leaves it alone.

44.3

Mohammad Talha to Samaraweera, no run, short and well outside off again and again left alone.

44.4

Mohammad Talha to Samaraweera, no run, short and well outside off again, almost similar to the previous ball, Samaraweera pokes at it, just past the outside edge to the keeper.

44.5

Mohammad Talha to Samaraweera, no run, fuller length this time, pushes it to mid-on.

44.6

Mohammad Talha to Samaraweera, 1 no ball, oversteps, good length ball outside off, pushes it to extra cover.

44.6

Mohammad Talha to Samaraweera, 1 no ball, oversteps again, short of a length ball on the off, plays it defensively.

44.6

Mohammad Talha to Samaraweera, 1 no ball, and again another no ball, fuller in length, pushes it towards midwicket.

44.6

Mohammad Talha to Samaraweera, no run, at last over comes to an end, fuller and on the off, plays it defensively.

End of over 45 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 164/3
TT Samaraweera    36* (62b 6x4)      Mohammad Talha    11-0-50-0
KC Sangakkara    54* (112b 5x4)      Shoaib Malik    1-1-0-0

45.1

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, plays it back to the bowler.

45.2

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, well flighted ball, on the off stump, defends it to silly point.

45.3

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, well flighted ball, outside off this time, left alone.

45.4

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, down the leg this time, a bit quicker, through to keeper.

45.5

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 1 run, a bit short and outside off, goes back and cuts to deep point.

45.6

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run, flighted ball on the off, plays it towards point, wanted a single, sent back.

End of over 46 (1 run) Sri Lanka 165/3
TT Samaraweera    36* (63b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    2-1-1-0
KC Sangakkara    55* (117b 5x4)      Mohammad Talha    11-0-50-0

Kaneria replaces Talha.

46.1

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, quicker ball on middle and off, plays it back.

46.2

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, on middle and off, plays it to midwicket

46.3

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, flighted ball on middle and off, comes forward and plays to the onside.

46.4

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, quicker ball again, defended.

46.5

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, flighted ball outside off, driven hard and hits Faisal Iqbal fielding at silly point.

46.6

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, flighted ball outside off, uppish but wide of any fielder.

End of over 47 (maiden) Sri Lanka 165/3
KC Sangakkara    55* (123b 5x4)      Danish Kaneria    12-1-38-0
TT Samaraweera    36* (63b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    2-1-1-0

47.1

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run, defended.

47.2

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run, outside off, left alone.

47.3

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, 1 run, flighted and outside off, comes forward to defend and gets the outside edge past slip.

47.4

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, dropped, outside off, pushes it straight to silly point and Faisal drops it.

47.5

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 3 runs, outside off, driven past the cover fielder.

47.6

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run, on middle and leg, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 48 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 169/3
TT Samaraweera    37* (67b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    3-1-5-0
KC Sangakkara    58* (125b 5x4)      Danish Kaneria    12-1-38-0

48.1

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, flighted and on the off, plays it back to the bowler.

48.2

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, flighted and on the off again, plays it to silly mid-off.

48.3

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, FOUR, down the leg, sweeps it down to deep fine leg.

48.4

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, fuller and on the off, plays it defensively to the off side.

48.5

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, a touch short, goes back and punches it to mid-off.

48.6

Danish Kaneria to Sangakkara, no run, well flighted ball, on middle and leg, plays it back to bowler.

End of over 49 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 173/3
KC Sangakkara    62* (131b 6x4)      Danish Kaneria    13-1-42-0
TT Samaraweera    37* (67b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    3-1-5-0

49.1

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run, flighted and outside off, defended.

49.2

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run, just outside off, stays back and plays it defensively.

49.3

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run, tossed up just outside off, drives it to mid-off.

49.4

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run, flighted and outside off again, plays it defensively.

49.5

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run, a touch short, cuts it but straight to the fielder at cover.

49.6

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, 2 runs, driven back past the bowler.

End of over 50 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 175/3
TT Samaraweera    39* (73b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    4-1-7-0
KC Sangakkara    62* (131b 6x4)      Danish Kaneria    13-1-42-0
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Mar 2, 2009

Umar Gul is congratulated by team-mates after picking up his sixth wicket, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, 2nd day, March 2, 2009

Umar Gul is congratulated by team-mates after picking up his sixth wicket

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Mar 2, 2009

Muttiah Muralitharan's middle stump is rocked back by a Mohammad Talha delivery, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, 2nd day, March 2, 2009

Muttiah Muralitharan's middle stump is rocked back by a Mohammad Talha delivery

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