Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KC Sangakkara
221(425) 24x4 - 0x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 10 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 1 3 8 7 9
Sarfraz Ahmed
52(70) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 5 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
4 2 4 1 2 0 0 1

Best performances - Bowlers

HMRKB Herath
O30.2
M11
R48
W6
Eco1.58
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Saeed Ajmal
O59.1
M8
R166
W5
Eco2.80
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorecard Summary

PAKISTAN 451(140.5 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

SRI LANKA 533(163.1 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

PAKISTAN 180(80.2 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

SRI LANKA 99(16.2 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Commentary

This Test was like a lorry plying though the unending dry desert highway till suddenly the landscape changed to a bumpy downhill road with potholes and craters and landslides and gorges to one side. Superb match all in all. The final report is up on the site, and there is a lot of post-match analysis to come. This is DF signing off till the next Test. Ciao ciao.

Presentation:

Jayawardene gets a special award from Jayananda Warnaweera.

Jayawardene: "It is a special place. The best thing is the team and that shows a lot of confidence. Emotions aside we will enjoy this win,the icing on the cake. Just focusing on winning the next."

Mahela was emotional and paused several times in his brief speech. The fireworks were an interruption. Mahela patiently waited till the crackers ceased.

Herath is the Man of the Match: "It was a batsman-friendly pitch and we bowled in the right areas. We played very well. As a spinner on the 4th and 5th day I knew there would be something. Congrats to Mahela and this is the best gift for retirement."

Misbah: "Tough one. Dropped catches cost us, especially of Sangakkara and that really us. Second innings batting could have been better. The better team won. SL were at the top of their game. Our first innings performance was good, especially after losing three early wickets. Ajmal was also a positive sign, Junaid too. We need to forgot these sort of games. Sangakkara really put the pressure back on us."

Mathews: "It was one of the best games I have taken part. Herath was unbelievable. Went down to the wire in the last five games and we never gave up till the end. What an unbelievable player Mahela is, hopefully we can win the next game as well. I was praying for a bit of sunshine and we got through at the right time."

Ramiz Raja calls this a "pathetic and listless performance from Pakistan." He also said he was glad the rain didn't spoil the show because "Sri Lanka richly deserved this."

5.39 pm The firecracker stock is still alive and they have all been set alight.. IT has started to pour down.. Take a bow Angelo, you have beaten the elements here and given a perfect farewell to Mahela Jayawardene.. Sri Lanka take a 1-0 lead in the two match series. The stage is set for Jayawardene's finale at the SSC.

What drama we have had here over the last two hours ! Only 99 runs to get in 21 overs, who would have thought that it would hold the cricket fans the world over hanging on the edge.. Rain, no rain, clouds, light.. few wickets..And Sri Lanka have beaten them all.

Rewind to two days back when this match was just trundling at a snail's pace, batsmen making merry, nothing for the bowlers. .. the only result that looked certain at that stage was a draw.. then came a familiar Pakistan collapse on the last day, the credit for which has to be given to Herath and Co.. Then the last session.. woof.. I have lost my fingers.. Hang on for the presentation.

Taraka: "My word. Sri lanka have made last minute finishes their "thing"!"

kruger: "holy smoke it's raining could you believe it; rain gods hung in there to see the home team through:"

Fahad: "What an epic response from Sri Lanka after their last match defeat against Pakistan at Sharjah.."

Kamal: "It should be acknowledged fact that there is no team better than Pakistan at giving thrilling matches!"

madura: "if you look back its pak defensive strategy cost them this game. It gave sri lankan spinner more opportunity and another 20-25 runs could have changed the outcome this game. "

16.2
1
Mohammad Talha to Mathews, 1 run, he has done it! Angelo has done it! he dabs it to midwicket and sets off.. A direct hit would have had him.. but he makes it through

It's all over for Pakistan.. they are checking the light.. . The field comes in.. He runs in and doesn't bowl.. Angelo is not impressed..

16.1
6
Mohammad Talha to Mathews, SIX runs, he brings the scores level with a mighty pull! That was shot and Angelo is not waiting for this cloud .. smashes it over deep square leg .. he is super pumped

Talha comes in..

END OF OVER:
16 | 17 Runs | SL: 92/3

  • KDK Vithanage11 (8b)
  • AD Mathews18 (11b)
  • Junaid Khan8-0-55-2
  • Mohammad Talha2-0-5-1

Muhammad Munsif: "it's raining sixes!!"

Shan Fastian: "Rain Where the DUCK are you? *Pakistani Fans*"

15.6
0
Junaid Khan to Vithanage, no run, superb yorker that just misses the off stump! But this has just come too late.. He has been very expensive in this over
15.5
6
Junaid Khan to Vithanage, SIX runs, another short ball! That has been carted for a massive six over cow corner.. Sri Lanka are driving the lorry through.. He gets proper connection with that pull

Pakistan know this is gone now.. the reaction of their fielders is saying it.. but they need to fight on

15.4
0
Junaid Khan to Vithanage, no run, short ball this time, the batsman looks to hook but makes no connection
15.3
4
Junaid Khan to Vithanage, FOUR runs, looks for the yorker but errs on the fuller side, Vithanage finally gets some bat on it and slices it through point for a boundary.. this is fast coming to an end

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KC Sangakkara
221(425) 24x4 - 0x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 10 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 1 3 8 7 9
Sarfraz Ahmed
52(70) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 5 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
4 2 4 1 2 0 0 1

Best performances - Bowlers

HMRKB Herath
O30.2
M11
R48
W6
Eco1.58
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Saeed Ajmal
O59.1
M8
R166
W5
Eco2.80
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Mt Misbah

4

Number of times Misbah-ul-Haq has been unbeaten in the fourth innings in drawn games, with three fifties in six innings

Toiling for Rewards

5-166

Saeed Ajmal's most expensive five-for

Taming the Best

500

Number of runs scored by Sangakkara against Ajmal - the most by any batsman against a single bowler (since May 2001)