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    15.5 Ajmal has struck in his first over, after being denied two balls ago, Para has not looked very comfortable against spin this morning, he has looked to charge out at Hafeez as well, tries the same against Ajmal, beaten completely by the flight and turn, and Adnan will not do an Azhar Ali, he completes the stumping 63/1
    56.5 Ajmal gets Pakistan some respite before tea, catches Dilshan right back in the crease, with a flighted one on middle, Dilshan playing back, and that does him in, the ball straightens, hurries in and strikes him plumb in front 187/2
    not out
    199
    387
    18
    2
    51.42
    97.3 wicket after an age for Pakistan, Mahela departs, the sweep and the reverse sweep have worked well for him against Ajmal, he tries the slog-sweep now, to a flighted ball on off stump, misses it as he bends and lunges forward for the big stroke, and the ball crashes into off, Ajmal leaps high in celebration, he is pumped 315/3
    103.5 superb delivery from Ajmal, lovely control, tosses up the doosra, draws Thilan out for the drive with so much air, Thilan ends up losing his balance and pushing well inside the line as the ball carries across with the angle, drags his back foot out, and by the time he brings it back in, Adnan has taken the bails off 335/4
    103.6 Ajmal is having the Sri Lanka middle order for an early lunch, now he has two in two, and a five-for, has Angelo reaching out to loosely push a very full and flighted ball around off, and accepts the dolly of a return catch, it straightened after pitching, Angelo ended up pushing outside the line, was he expecting it to carry across with the angle 335/5
    133.5 Hafeez has a wicket in his first Test as captain, has Prasanna driving a tossed up delivery outside off, Adnan snaps it up behind the stumps, was that an edge? Have to wait for replays 415/6
    140.3 Rehman has one finally, he has deserved it, has Randiv pushing hard at a tossed up ball that arrives a tad late, and he ends up scooping it straight back to the bowler 438/7
    141.5 Hafeez has another one at the stroke of tea, and Pakistan have some luck going their way with the umpiring, spinning in, Kula pushes at it, misses with the bat, off the pad flap to the debutant Ayub who takes a fine 'catch', tumbling forward at short leg 439/8
    149.1 and after all that blocking and turning down singles, Sanga's latest attempt to keep the strike is in vain, he drives this full one hard wide of long off, Gul runs across and lets the throw rip, Sanga wants the second, Herath had little chance of making it back if the throw was on target, Hafeez collects it and takes the bails off, Herath is comfortably short 455/9
    153.2 Kumar Sangakkara has been denied after all, after celebrating a double hundred that wasn't, Pradeep was given not out after a huge chunk of an outside edge earlier, this time he pushes forward inside the line of an offbreak that goes on to hit off stump, Sanga grimaces, and gets off the ground quickly 472/10
    Extras
    24 (b 10, lb 7, nb 2, w 5)
    TOTAL
    472 all out (153.2 Overs, 640 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    Umar Gul27.087602.8112
    Junaid Khan18.055202.8800
    Mohammad Hafeez19.235532.8400
    Saeed Ajmal46.0914653.1700
    Abdur Rehman43.0712612.9300
    Fall of wickets:1-63 (NT Paranavitana, 15.5 ov), 2-187 (TM Dilshan, 56.5 ov), 3-315 (DPMD Jayawardene, 97.3 ov), 4-335 (TT Samaraweera, 103.5 ov), 5-335 (AD Mathews, 103.6 ov), 6-415 (HAPW Jayawardene, 133.5 ov), 7-438 (S Randiv, 140.3 ov), 8-439 (KMDN Kulasekara, 141.5 ov), 9-455 (HMRKB Herath, 149.1 ov), 10-472 (ANPR Fernando, 153.2 ov)
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    20.3 this was coming, he was playing from the crease to the flighted fullish deliveries, this one looked like the topspinner, did not turn much, Hafeez pushed inside the line and the ball crashed into the pads, plumb, umpire Gould gives it after a long thought 43/3
    4.2 that will usually go in the bowler's favour, not offering a stroke, looked to have pitched just in line with leg stump, going across and striking the pad high as Taufeeq shoulders arms, height could have been an issue as well, but he spoiled his case by not offering a stroke, height definitely an issue on replays, he was struck above the knee roll, and the ball was still climbing 17/1
    4.3 Kula is enjoying his return to Test cricket, Pakistan in disarray, Azhar Ali, the impressive Azhar Ali, who fought hard during the ODIs, even carried his bat, lasts a ball, the away seam movement does him in, back of a length, bounces, shapes away to take the edge to the keeper 17/2
    33.5 that's it, that's the big wicket, rapped on the pad, and given right away by umpire Davis, the one that slides in with the angle, from wide of the crease, how long can you be precise in defending, with many turning and some, like this one, not turning, Younis far forward, pushing outside the line for the turn, and hit in front of middle, middle and leg, looked to be going on for leg stump, but would you believe it, replays show an inside edge, that is why Younis Khan took so long in starting to walk back, I have lost count of the number of times Pakistan have been done in by the umpires in this Test 65/6
    20.4 dear me, Pakistan are wobbling, Randiv has two in two, Ajmal jabbing at an offbreak that bounced from a length, did not seem to have taken any bat as it looped up off the body to short leg, Ajmal took a few steps towards the leg side, probably that clinched it for the umpire, who upheld the appeal, Pakistan's rough game with the umpiring continues 43/4
    21.6 excellent delivery, and another one falls, Prasanna went up immediately as he took the ball, draws him forward with flight on middle, and turns just enough past the bat, there was a sound, have to wait for more replays to confirm, yes, there was an edge, a very thin one 44/5
    53.5 another appeal for leg before, and umpire Davis upholds this one to end Ayub's patient knock, did not turn this one, Ayub was playing for it as he came forward, the flighted delivery pitched in line with leg stump, and went straight on from over the stumps to strike him in front of middle and leg, height could have been the only factor, struck on the knee roll with a forward stride, Ayub's not a tall man, not much doubt 98/9
    45.1 oh boy, not a run out, Pakistan, total confusion, Adnan paddles from around off stump, takes the single wide of fine leg, it is Adnan's call to go for the second, Ayub is hesitant, Adnan is running back hard though, he hesitates momentarily after running halfway up the pitch, Ayub takes a step out belatedly, then stops and returns, Adnan has resumed running, they are stranded at the same end, the throw is at the bowler's end, Adnan walks off in a huff 88/7
    50.1 that has to be close, and he is given, Randiv floating it up from round the stumps, fullish, Rehman pushing forward for the turn, this one carries straight in with the angle, strikes him low in front of off and middle, no doubt about this one, for once 94/8
    54.3 Gul goes for the heave, and the keeper Prasanna settles under the steepler of a top edge, full ball angled in on leg, Gul bends and has a go at it, looking for a massive sweep, does not get it too far 100/10
    not out
    2
    1
    0
    0
    200.00
    Extras
    3 (lb 2, w 1)
    TOTAL
    100 all out (54.3 Overs, 220 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    KMDN Kulasekara13.072722.0710
    ANPR Fernando9.022803.1100
    HMRKB Herath21.063031.4200
    AD Mathews2.02000.0000
    S Randiv9.311341.3600
    Fall of wickets:1-17 (Taufeeq Umar, 4.2 ov), 2-17 (Azhar Ali, 4.3 ov), 3-43 (Mohammad Hafeez, 20.3 ov), 4-43 (Saeed Ajmal, 20.4 ov), 5-44 (Asad Shafiq, 21.6 ov), 6-65 (Younis Khan, 33.5 ov), 7-88 (Adnan Akmal, 45.1 ov), 8-94 (Abdur Rehman, 50.1 ov), 9-98 (Mohammad Ayub, 53.5 ov), 10-100 (Umar Gul, 54.3 ov)
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    19.6 he's been given this time, Para falling second time in the match after stepping out to Ajmal, was trying to push away what he thought was an offbreak, which is what can explain his bat hanging at an angle about two feet away from the eventual line of the ball as it angled in to him from a length from round the stumps, and caught him on the back leg, hit marginally outside the line of off stump, but no way that can be construed as offering a stroke 81/1
    20.3 suddenly the fingers are going up for Pakistan, given out caught behind as this one angles in from round the stumps, have to wait for replays, did not seem to be bat involved, Dilshan waving his bat all around the ground to the crowd as he departs to cheers, replays show no bat, it flicked the top of the pad on its way to Adnan, Sri Lanka's turn to be wronged now 85/2
    25.3 gone, he's been done in by the flight, reaches out to drive, Ajmal tosses it up much slower, at 80 kph, it turns away outside off, and Sanga scoops the stroke for a dolly to extra cover 93/3
    30.6 gone! Mahela departs looking for runs, short ball again from Junaid, angling across Mahela, too high to try the pull, he looks to steer it over the slips and ends up edging it to the keeper 114/4
    32.3 He's stood in the slips for more than 185 overs in this game, but when a chance finally comes, Younis Khan is ready at wide slip, wide ball slanted across Thilan, who edges the cut low to Younis' left, it is travelling fast and sharp, he goes down quickly to snap it up with both hands, Pakistan have something to smile about, Adnan even clambers onto Younis' back, and remains there for some time 119/5
    not out
    7
    24
    1
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    29.16
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    31.03
    Extras
    10 (b 6, lb 2, nb 2)
    TOTAL
    137/5d (41 Overs, 194 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    Umar Gul4.001102.7500
    Junaid Khan13.024433.3802
    Abdur Rehman5.002505.0000
    Saeed Ajmal17.034722.7600
    Younis Khan2.00201.0000
    Fall of wickets:1-81 (NT Paranavitana, 19.6 ov), 2-85 (TM Dilshan, 20.3 ov), 3-93 (KC Sangakkara, 25.3 ov), 4-114 (DPMD Jayawardene, 30.6 ov), 5-119 (TT Samaraweera, 32.3 ov)
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    4.6 and Kulasekara gets through eventually, he has been keeping it up around that off stump, moving many in, some away, it is not the movement that gets Hafeez this time, there was none, he drives a pitched up widish straight ball away from the body, Mahela accepts the thick edge low at slip gleefully 8/1
    12.2 Kula on fire, goes through Taufeeq now and goes on a run, big gap between bat and pad and Kula bursts through it, length ball, swinging away slightly from over the stumps, middle and off stump line, Taufeeq does not far forward to defend, manages an inside edge which clatters into the stumps 25/3
    11.3 what a catch at gully, flight, good length, turn from middle and leg, bounce, thick edge as Azhar presses forward with a big stretch, Thilan reacts and snaps up the sharp low take 21/2
    80.5 and the new ball has struck first over, Kula is the man again, bowled straight, back of a length outside off, Younis pushing out from the crease, clear sound of a nick as it moves away slightly, through to the keeper, Younis hangs around for a bit and walks back in disappointment 212/6
    16.2 needless, absolutely needless, Ajmal is walking after the direct hit, no run there at all, Younis pushing towards covers, taking a step out and stopping, Ajmal charged up as if on a mission, turned back late when he saw the fielder get to the ball, but could not beat the direct hit, short by more than a foot 38/4
    72.6 Herath has produced the breakthrough, all it needed was one mistake, there has been slow turn, but Herath got this one to spin quicker, and bounce outside off, Shafiq could have left it alone, it was spinning away from him, probably the fullish length and angle into him makes him go for it, he pushes, and Mahela moves to his left at slip to take the outside edge, not in control initially, but he has his body behind the ball, it grazed the keeper's gloves on its way, and changed direction slightly, but Mahela had it covered 189/5
    94.4 Nuwan Pradeep has his first Test wicket, swings it in full, strikes him in front of middle and leg, umpire Davis reckons that is taking out leg stump, bit of doubt with all that angle though, he was forward looking to work it away, and the ball had some distance to travel 243/7
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    105
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    38.09
    105.2 stunner from Sanga at deepish extra cover, Rehman deciding to attack after the stumping appeal, charges out but is nowhere close to the line and pitch outside off, his swing takes the ball high in the air, there is a man at mid off, but Sanga makes ground running back to his left from extra cover, and takes it with a dive 266/8
    111.2 and he falls second ball in the over, fine tumbling take by silly point to his left, but was there bat involved, Gul shaking his head in the crease as he is given, wafting across the line on the back foot, the ball pops up off the thigh pad, need more replays, no bat involved, another rough decision, on to left thigh pad, then the right leg, and popping up in the air 280/9
    113.6 that is it then, bat-pad catch to forward short leg, no doubt about it, pitching middle and off, kicking in, forward push, off the bat, onto pad, and onwards to short leg 300/10
    Extras
    12 (b 9, lb 2, w 1)
    TOTAL
    300 all out (114 Overs, 447 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    KMDN Kulasekara23.084832.0810
    ANPR Fernando15.045613.7300
    HMRKB Herath42.099122.1600
    AD Mathews4.01802.0000
    S Randiv30.048632.8600
    Fall of wickets:1-8 (Mohammad Hafeez, 4.6 ov), 2-21 (Azhar Ali, 11.3 ov), 3-25 (Taufeeq Umar, 12.2 ov), 4-38 (Saeed Ajmal, 16.2 ov), 5-189 (Asad Shafiq, 72.6 ov), 6-212 (Younis Khan, 80.5 ov), 7-243 (Mohammad Ayub, 94.4 ov), 8-266 (Abdur Rehman, 105.2 ov), 9-280 (Umar Gul, 111.2 ov), 10-300 (Junaid Khan, 113.6 ov)

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