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Day 5

1810dThe Report by Devashish Fuloria

Hafeez helps Pakistan earn draw

Mohammad Hafeez made the most of his good batting form, and a benign pitch, to score a fluent half-century that helped Pakistan earn a comfortable draw in Abu Dhabi after being set a target of 302 from 67 overs

1809dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Abu Dhabi

Resilient Sri Lanka overcome Test layoff

Sri Lanka will be pleased at having yielded no ground to Pakistan, after having been dormant in this format for so long. The pitch may have had the final say, but Sri Lanka were the more satisfied side in the end

Day 4

1811dThe Report by Devashish Fuloria

Mathews ton hands SL advantage

Angelo Mathews scored a career-best 116 to fashion a remarkable turnaround for Sri Lanka in the Abu Dhabi Test after they had conceded a 179-run lead to Pakistan in the first innings.

1811dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka fans have reasons to smile

If Sri Lanka's young cricketers can build on Friday's gains, perhaps in years to come fans will look upon this match not simply as Angelo Mathews' coming of age, but as the turn of an era

1811dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Abu Dhabi

'We'll be pressing for victory'- Chandimal

Sri Lanka batsman Dinesh Chandimal declared his team's intention of pressing hard for victory on a day-five pitch that is likely to be receptive to spin bowling

Day 3

1813dThe Report by Devashish Fuloria

Late strikes put Pakistan on top

Bilawal Bhatti and Junaid Khan picked up three wickets late on the third day to put Pakistan in a dominant position at stumps on third day despite Sri Lanka being able to erase the first-innings deficit

1812dUmar Farooq in Abu Dhabi

Pakistan struggle with No. 3 conundrum

Azhar Ali suffered a dip in form in 2013 but replacing him with Mohammad Hafeez may not be a solution for Pakistan's long-term plans

1812dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Abu Dhabi

Persistent Kaushal makes a case for the future

Kaushal Silva's entry into the Test scene hasn't been smooth, but if given the opportunitiy to blossom, Sri Lanka may have a man who can stabilise the top order

1811dUmar Farooq in Abu Dhabi

ORS will give greater efficiency - Taufel

Simon Taufel, the ICC training and performance manager for umpires, hopes the Officiating Replay System (ORS) could revolutionise the role of the third umpire

Day 2

1813dThe Report by Devashish Fuloria

Misbah, Younis centuries flatten Sri Lanka

Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan added 218 for the fourth wicket to put Pakistan, leading by 123 runs at stumps on day two, in a strong position in the Abu Dhabi Test

1813dUmar Farooq in Abu Dhabi

'Need to play first hour well' - Younis

Younis Khan, who scored his 23rd Test hundred on Wednesday said Pakistan will need to add to their substantial lead in the first hour to give themselves a good chance of taking control in the Test

1813dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Abu Dhabi

Graham Ford rues Sri Lanka's missed review

Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford has rued the missed opportunity to review an lbw shout against Misbah-ul-Haq, soon after tea on day three

1812dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Abu Dhabi

SL need more Tests to nurture pace-bowling talents

Although Sri Lanka ended up conceding a big lead to Pakistan on the second day, there were a few signs of a potentially good attack. For their young bowlers to develop, however, Sri Lanka must play more Tests

Day 1

1814dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Abu Dhabi

Mathews working hard to justify captaincy

Without a mandate to rule, Angelo Mathews is having to work extremely hard to prove his worth as captain. He played an important innings to save his side from disaster on day one in Abu Dhabi


1808dAndrew Fidel Fernando

Mahela under the microscope after horror Test

Twin failures in the Abu Dhabi Test left Mahela Jayawardene without a half-century in his last 14 innings. At 36, he finds his place in Sri Lanka's team under question for the first time

1809dUmar Farooq in Abu Dhabi

Pakistan take top-order pluses from draw

In the second innings in Abu Dhabi, albeit on a tame pitch, Mohammad Hafeez brought his ODI form into Tests and Ahmed Shehzad scored a half-century on debut - signs that have pleased Pakistan and Misbah-ul-Haq

1815dUmar Farooq in Abu Dhabi

Misbah wary of rusty Sri Lanka

Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said his team will not be complement even though they are more in touch with the demands of Test cricket than their opponents Sri Lanka have been of late