Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    77.5 the part-timer strikes with a big spinning googly! And Dimuth's brilliant innings is undone by a brilliant ball. Loop to make the batsman overbalance, then dip to fool him and then substantial turn as well to seal his fate. A little fumble from the keeper, but that he had the time to recover must tell you how far Dimuth had charged and how well he was hoodwinked 248/6
    4.3 he's nicked off! If there was an issue with his batting so far, it was his footwork when the ball wasn't quite so full. That's because Pakistan have been darting the ball both in and out to him. This time Rahat simply slants it away off back of a length. Kaushal is committed into playing at first, then tries to pull the bat inside the line. But he isn't quite quick enough. Faint edge taken and Sarfraz pouches an easy take. This is Rahat's wicket. Beautiful line 15/1
    34.5 done him in flight. Loads and loads of it to pull the batsman into the drive. And then suddenly it dips, a result of all the revolutions he puts on the ball. Googly, I think, Turns a touch away, takes the outside edge, hits the keeper and then balloons over the slip. Younis has done well to keep his eye on it and dive forward to pouch it. Good strike, well worked out by Pakistan, from both ends 106/2
    44.2 got 'im! Awful shot from Thirimanne, he's succumbed to dot-ball pressure. Races down the track - which has admittedly been the ploy - and tries to lift a tossed up delivery over mid-off. Doesn't get the elevation he wanted. Simply offers a dolly to the substitute Babar Azam 133/3
    46.6 he's got another big one! Yelps and cries from Pakistan. Head tossed back in disgust from Mathews. Awful shot. The advantage they had cultivated in that morning session is slipping away courtesy these few minutes of recklessness. Mathews charges down the track, hits against the turn, concentrates on power more than placement and picks out Babar Azam at mid-on again. Inside edge, as the bat turns on contact. Its all well and good to attack the leggie, but the execution has been sorely wanting 137/4
    66.6 has he done him in?! Magnificent bowling from Yasir! Bat's in the air and Sarfraz has whipped the bails off! Another batsman racing down the track to the legspinner and losing his wicket. Appeared to be the googly? Not sure. Think it was just the legspinner that didn't turn. Beats his jittery defensive push. Had a bit of bounce to it too so the wicketkeeper did well to rise with the ball and then bring it onto the stumps 204/5
    84.2 review from Pakistan. Big shout for leg before as Rahat gets the inswinger going again! Seems to have pitched in line, hits Chandimal on the knee-roll of the front pad. Bat is nowhere near the ball. Looks terribly close but umpire's call is not out, remember. So it needs to crash into the stumps and crash it does. Three reds, Pakistan have their man 264/8
    77.6 phew! crazy scenes at Pallekele! Rank long hop (googly gone wrong) has been sent down backward square leg's throat. Perhaps that's simplifying things a bit, because Yasir had to run in and dive forward. Always a tricky proposition in cricket. A lovely stroke of luck for Pakistan 248/7
    88.6 gone, lbw this time. Given out on-field but the batsman reviews. full and quick, hitting the stumps. It looks like the bat hits the pad. And is out on all counts this time, good decision. Early success for Pakistan. Rahat gets it to swing back into his pads, but is fuller and Kaushal was late on the shot 277/9
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    89.5 Out again, lbw again. Flat and quick, and again Pradeep reviews. Hits him in front, hit in-line and hitting the stumps. Another five-for for Yasir, a five-for in each Test of the series. 22 in the series for Yasir! Pradeep half-prods on the front-foot, and the ball skids on, and is plumb. Didn't try to spin that, out of the front of the hand 278/10
    Extras
    6 (lb 3, w 3)
    TOTAL
    278 all out (89.5 Overs, RR: 3.09, 410 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-15 (JK Silva, 4.3 ov), 2-106 (WU Tharanga, 34.5 ov), 3-133 (HDRL Thirimanne, 44.2 ov), 4-137 (AD Mathews, 46.6 ov), 5-204 (J Mubarak, 66.6 ov), 6-248 (FDM Karunaratne, 77.5 ov), 7-248 (KTGD Prasad, 77.6 ov), 8-264 (LD Chandimal, 84.2 ov), 9-277 (PHT Kaushal, 88.6 ov), 10-278 (N Pradeep, 89.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    Rahat Ali2147433.5210
    Ehsan Adil1433702.6410
    Imran Khan1635103.1810
    Yasir Shah31.547852.4500
    Azhar Ali703525.0000
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    8.5 took umpire Gould ages to get the finger up. Prasad has the Murali eyes going (wide and nearly popping out of the sockets), and most of that was in disbelief. until the finger came up. It was almost a yorker, hits him on the full on the boot, barely on leg stump. Might be umpire's call here. Double umpire's call - on impact with the pad and clipping leg stump. It was a good set up, a few short balls, the odd one going away and then the rapid one beating Masood for pace. But the batsman has cause to feel slightly unlucky there 32/1
    11.3 does him in! Indecision from Shehzad, and reward for the bowler for keeping the ball closer to off stump. The batsman was sucked into playing at first, then alarm bells ring, so he decides to pull it away. In the end, the ball kisses the face and goes through to the keeper. Didn't move that front leg across to get himself into any position to play that ball 40/2
    40.5 gone, this time he has to go, huge edge. Fishes at one outside the off stump and takes the outside edge and good catch by Karunaratne. Good testing stuff has worked, Azhar looked at the huge gap between cover and the sweeper and throws his hands at it only to find the edge 135/5
    18.2 direct hit, Sri Lanka are ecstatic! Younis goes for a quick single after blunting a good length ball into the leg side. Short midwicket races in, picks it up with one hand and whirls in a dead eye throw. Younis is a few inches short. What a way to go to lunch! Kaushal's hairstyle has been completely ruined as he gets mobbed. That's Younis Khan's first run out in nine years... 45/3
    31.2 pinned him! Shafiq doesn't bother going for the review. Accurate bowling from Prasad. Hits a good length, threatens the stumps with some movement in. Loves that the batsman being a little stuck on the crease and plays a little across the line. Hit low enough on the pads and would have crashed into middle and leg 91/4
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    44.6 that's huge! Pinned lbw, Misbah's checking with his non-striker and up he goes for a second opinion. Pradeep went wide of the crease and bowls a very full delivery, angled in at him. Misbah falls over as he looks to flick it away. He is struck in front of middle, and that is clipping leg. Umpire's call stands. Pakistan are fading away 151/6
    45.5 that's a grubber! It hits a good length outside off stump, Ehsan was justified in staying back. But the ball keeps dreadfully low and it hits his pads right in front of the stumps 152/7
    56.5 has he nicked it? Umpire Gould thinks the edge was there, but the soft signal to the third umpire is it has bounced. It was a fuller delivery, pulling Yasir to play away from the body. It seems a foregone conclusion that the outside edge had been taken. No one's bothering to check that. And the magnifier shows the catch has been taken cleanly by Chandimal diving forward 197/8
    59.5 another rain break, another Pakistan wicket. This was pushed through on middle, Rahat is too far across with his front foot and plays outside the line. Easy decision for the umpire 202/9
    65.6 beaut! bamboozles the No. 11 with a straighter delivery. Imran plunges down the wrong line to try and block. The ball skirts away past the outside edge and crashes into off stump 215/10
    Extras
    7 (lb 4, nb 2, w 1)
    TOTAL
    215 all out (66 Overs, RR: 3.25, 308 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-32 (Shan Masood, 8.5 ov), 2-40 (Ahmed Shehzad, 11.3 ov), 3-45 (Younis Khan, 18.2 ov), 4-91 (Asad Shafiq, 31.2 ov), 5-135 (Azhar Ali, 40.5 ov), 6-151 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 44.6 ov), 7-152 (Ehsan Adil, 45.5 ov), 8-197 (Yasir Shah, 56.5 ov), 9-202 (Rahat Ali, 59.5 ov), 10-215 (Imran Khan, 65.6 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    KTGD Prasad1917834.1010
    RAS Lakmal1416404.5702
    N Pradeep1552931.9300
    AD Mathews41300.7500
    PHT Kaushal1413732.6400
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    6.2 there it is! Top of off takes the gentlest little tap. The bouncer has done its bit, shortcircuits Dimuth's footwork. Good length ball, angled in. Then the little seam away from the defensive poke shaves the off stump. Terrific bowling 12/1
    7.5 the captain claims it! The batsman isn't sure. The umpires are getting together. Third umpire called in and the soft signal is not out. It's a probing delivery outside off and Kaushal goes forward to block. Outside edge taken and as soft as he makes his hands, this time the edge seems to have carried. Misbah, at first slip, dives low to his right and has grabbed a good one, I think. Gone 22/2
    22.2 given this time! Bat-pad catch has been upheld. He's caught in the crease as he looks to play with the turn. But that isn't the threat here. It's the length. Yasir is flighting the ball, but he doesn't allow the batsman to simply lunge forward. So Tharanga keeps to the crease to try and tuck it behind short leg. The inside edge though takes a bit of the pad and balloons to short leg. Good catch from the man under the lid, diving to his left 80/4
    10.6 awayswinging almost-a-yorker and its bye-bye baby! How late did that swing? Conventional swing doesn't do that. Thirimanne is perhaps a tad late, because he's stuck on the crease, worried about Rahat's swing and impeccable line this morning. Suddenly Thirimanne realises this is dangerous and he has to jam his bat down. Doesn't help him. An absolute demotion of the batsman's defences 35/3
    95.4 that's it! Five for Imran, his first in Tests. Does the sajda beside the pitch. Pretty innocuous delivery, lots of width outside off and asking to be belted away through the covers. Mathews attempts to do that, but only gets a nick to the keeper. 313/10
    50.2 text book for legspinner from around the wicket against a left-hander. Hitting the rough, pulling the batsman forward, getting the ball to bounce a bit more than Mubarak thought, takes the inside edge and it balloons into short leg's hands. That's his 24th wicket of the series 161/5
    85.2 that's plumb in front! Chandimal checks with his captain and goes for a review though. But this won't help him. Jags the ball back off a good length and catches the batsman in the crease. Chandimal is playing around his front pad, looking for midwicket. He's late in getting there. The ball thuds into the top flap of the pad, but that's no issue since he was so deep in the crease. Hawk Eye shows three reds and off he goes 278/6
    85.3 that's a beaut! Prasad bags a king pair! First ball ducks in both innings.Terrific delivery to get, angled in on a good length, pitches and seams away. Too good for a tailender to handle. Prasad is caught in the crease and pushes at the ball. He has to play at it, of course. But the movement does him in and Sarfraz takes a simple catch. Might well be the first king pair in Tests since Sehwag's in 2011. Herath copped one in 2014... 278/7
    89.6 edged and taken. Reward for good line bowling. It was in the off stump corridor, sucked Kaushal into playing a forward defensive. Genuine nick, simple catch. 290/8
    93.3 no doubt there. Gets the outside edge and its safely taken by Sarfraz. Imran pushes the ball fuller and gets it to move away just enough to secure the nick 306/9
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    Extras
    16 (b 4, lb 9, w 3)
    TOTAL
    313 all out (95.4 Overs, RR: 3.27, 463 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-12 (FDM Karunaratne, 6.2 ov), 2-22 (JK Silva, 7.5 ov), 3-35 (HDRL Thirimanne, 10.6 ov), 4-80 (WU Tharanga, 22.2 ov), 5-161 (J Mubarak, 50.2 ov), 6-278 (LD Chandimal, 85.2 ov), 7-278 (KTGD Prasad, 85.3 ov), 8-290 (PHT Kaushal, 89.6 ov), 9-306 (RAS Lakmal, 93.3 ov), 10-313 (AD Mathews, 95.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    Rahat Ali2138223.9010
    Ehsan Adil1746613.8810
    Imran Khan20.435852.8010
    Yasir Shah3278022.5000
    Azhar Ali511402.8000
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    73.4 Kaushal snaffles Masood. Undone by alarming spin and flight. Looped up outside off, Masood nips down the track and misses as the ball spins past the face of the bat. Chandimal whips the bails off before he could turn back and ground his bat. End of a gritty innings from Masood. Waqar Younis pats Masood on the back 255/3
    1.3 that off stump has been surviving as nervously as the batsmen, biting its nails off. And now it takes a ferocious hit. Lakmal gets the ball back into Shehzad, who isn't ready for that kind of movement. He's late in bringing the bat down, his feet are still stuck on leg stump. Big gap provided. Big gap exploited 0/1
    6.6 that's unfortunate! He's been snaffled down the leg side. Clear edge as he looks to whip a shortish delivery that was addressed to fine leg's next door neighbour. Should have put it away to the boundary, instead walks back shaking his head 13/2
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    Extras
    22 (b 5, lb 10, nb 5, w 2)
    TOTAL
    382/3 (103.1 Overs, RR: 3.7, 462 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Ahmed Shehzad, 1.3 ov), 2-13 (Azhar Ali, 6.6 ov), 3-255 (Shan Masood, 73.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    KTGD Prasad2026513.2511
    RAS Lakmal1954812.5203
    N Pradeep1735103.0010
    AD Mathews1323402.6101
    PHT Kaushal31115314.9300
    J Mubarak3.101605.0500

Match Details

Toss

Pakistan , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Pakistan won the 3-match series 2-1

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00

Match days

3,4,5,6,7 July 2015 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Fri, 03 Jul - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 272/8 (PHT Kaushal 17*, RAS Lakmal 1*, 86 ov)
  • Sat, 04 Jul - day 2 - Pakistan 1st innings 209/9 (Sarfraz Ahmed 72*, Imran Khan 0*, 64 ov)
  • Sun, 05 Jul - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 228/5 (AD Mathews 77*, LD Chandimal 39*, 69.4 ov)
  • Mon, 06 Jul - day 4 - Pakistan 2nd innings 230/2 (Shan Masood 114*, Younis Khan 101*, 63 ov)
  • Tue, 07 Jul - day 5 - Pakistan 2nd innings 382/3 (103.1 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

4th-Innings High

1

Number of previous instances of the highest team total coming in the 4th inns, in a Test in SL (SL v ZIM, SSC, 1998)

Scoring tough hundreds

1

Number of previous instances of 2 Pakistan batsmen scoring centuries in the 4th inns of a Test match (v NZ, Hyderabad, 1984)

A Pakistani Problem?

5

Number of batsmen who have been stumped in the 4th inns after scoring a 100 - 3 of them are from Pakistan

Modern-day batting

22

Instances since 2005 of teams scoring 350+ runs in the 4th inns. There have been only 49 such instances in Test history

Fourth-innings high

1

Instances of the highest team total coming in the fourth innings, in a Test in SL. It happened when SL played Zim at the SSC in 1998

Maiden duck

0

Ahmed Shehzad's score in the second innings, his first duck in 21 Test innings

Fourth-innings heroics

337/4

Pakistan's highest 4th-innings total in Sri Lanka, in a drawn game at the SSC in 2006