Player of the Match
Player of the Match

57 | 1 Run | PAK: 87/4

  • Misbah-ul-Haq9 (86b)
  • Asad Shafiq7 (55b)
  • Rangana Herath22-14-19-1
  • Suraj Randiv19-9-21-1

That winds up our coverage of this series, but we'll be back in a couple of days for the ODIs. Before you sign out, do have a read of Sid Ravindran's report of the day's action. Until next time, this is Nitin Sundar signing off on behalf of all my colleagues at ESPNcricinfo. Cheers and bye!

Misbah, the classy understated gentleman that he is, receives the trophy and celebrates with the boys. Whistles and applause across the Sharjah Cricket Stadium as their beloved side celebrates.

Misbah: "I want to thank everyone in the management and the team for this win. Everytime he came out to bat, Sanga made it so difficult to get him out. These conditions suit our team nicely, with a spinner like Ajmal and out batsmen like it too here. The ODIs are a new ball game, so we want to focus on that and go well again."

Dilshan: "After we lost the 2nd Test, we came here and gave it our best. Losing Dhammika made things very difficult. All the other bowlers did really well after that. A couple of days to go before the ODIs and we look forward to that."

Man of the Match award goes to Sangakkara. He shares the Man of the Series gong with Saeed Ajmal. The two come together, smiling and dripping with camaraderie.

Ajmal: "The conditions were good for batsmen, so I had to work hard for the wickets. Sanga is a very good player, and he's very patient. Very hard to get him out! We very much needed this series win, we needed to beat a big team and we have the result we needed."

Sanga: "It is tough to attack Ajmal since there's a lot of variations. Definitely one of the best offies going around along with Graeme Swann. Few mistakes here and there meant it was hard for us to stay in the game, but it was a huge effort from the team. We were on top through this Test, which goes to show that if you have a decent first innings with the bat, you can do very well in a Test. Its time that everyone comes to terms with the fact that guys like Murali are now out of the game."

Tony G conducts the final presentation for the series. Ridiculous to see an award for the most sixes hit in the match. Misbah would surely not approve.

The umpires have seen enough, the light's not good enough. Pakistan win the series. Take a bow Misbah! He hugs his junior partner, and they troop off the field. What a wonderful Eid gift for Pakistan's fans, especially after the sordid news from last week. Handshakes all around, the sides look spent.

"Youve got to admire how Misbah responds to criticism about his strike rate, he goes slower! Love the guy and another test series won! Cometh the hour, cometh one run!" Haha, Ibrar!

James again: "3 decent games, and the right result, I'd say. Man of the series? Sanga, I reckon. Kept SL in contention virtually single handed."

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, angled down the leg side, Misbah makes the ball stop mid air and go back in the other direction. Even the ball is bored. I should try my hand at commentary during this year's paint-drying championship. I am ready.
Herath to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, armer, comes in and Shafiq doesn't spot it. Aha! They get a single! Excitement.
Herath to Asad Shafiq, no run, short ball, punched into the covers.
Herath to Asad Shafiq, no run,
Herath to Asad Shafiq, no run, loopy on off stump, played safely off the front foot.
Herath to Asad Shafiq, no run, tossed up on off, driven with the turn to the left of the bowler.

56 | 1 Run | PAK: 86/4

  • Misbah-ul-Haq9 (85b)
  • Asad Shafiq6 (50b)
  • Suraj Randiv19-9-21-1
  • Rangana Herath21-14-18-1
Randiv to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length and spinning in, defended from the crease back to the bowler.
Randiv to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run,

"Nitin, yes, England are very vulnerable ... in ODIs. But this will be a Test series and a magnificent litmus test for both sides. This winter may see a shake-up in the ICC test table, with South Africa hosting Australia, England playing Pakistan, Sri Lanka losing here and India currently struggling v West Indies." I doubt India will continue struggling in this series, Mark, but yes, interesting times. Also, I am not sure England have the arsenal to win a Test series in these conditions.

Randiv to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, leans out and defends off the outer half of the blade to the off side.
Randiv to Asad Shafiq, no run, tossed up on the stumps, defended down the track.
Randiv to Asad Shafiq, no run, back of a length, worked with the turn to the leg side.

"I agree about the Pakistan England tests coming up: very interesting. How will England cope with Ajmal? Will there be any "incidents"? (My predictions are "badly", and "yes"). I think 1 win each and one draw a likely result," says James.

Randiv to Asad Shafiq, no run, full ball on the stumps, driven back to the bowler.

55 | (maiden) | PAK: 85/4

  • Misbah-ul-Haq9 (83b)
  • Asad Shafiq5 (46b)
  • Rangana Herath21-14-18-1
  • Suraj Randiv18-9-20-1
Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, lunges forward and plays this off the outer half to the off side.
Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, I am beginning to like this defence now. It is a thing of beauty as he prods forward and makes the ball evaporate in the face of his intent.
Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run,
Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, runs along with the arm, Misbah defends with the bat and pad close together.
Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, defended off the front foot to the leg side.

Pakistan 4th innings Partnerships

1st20Taufeeq UmarMohammad Hafeez
2nd10Taufeeq UmarAzhar Ali
3rd27Taufeeq UmarYounis Khan
4th20Taufeeq UmarMisbah-ul-Haq
5th10Misbah-ul-HaqAsad Shafiq