Player of the Match
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69dThe Bulletin by Sidharth Monga in Galle

Sri Lanka bowlers pull off improbable win

During a collapse of Pakistani proportions, the incredible Galle Test took a complete U-turn and decisively went Sri Lanka's way

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Mohammad Yousuf
112(186) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 32 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
4 18 9 36 20 9 3 13
NT Paranavitana
72(125) 11x4 - 0x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 17 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
5 8 13 4 16 3 10 13

Best performances - Bowlers

HMRKB Herath
O11.3
M5
R15
W4
Eco1.30
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
KMDN Kulasekara
O24
M3
R71
W4
Eco2.95
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Pakistan , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Sri Lanka led the 3-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10.00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00

Match days

4,5,6,7 July 2009 (5-day match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorecard Summary

SRI LANKA 292(80.2 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

PAKISTAN 342(94 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

SRI LANKA 217(56.2 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

PAKISTAN 117(44.3 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Herath was the star for Sri Lanka today with four wickets, and he started Pakistan's downfall with the wicket of Yousuf. Sangakkara is a happy man, winning his first Test as captain and leading his side to 1-0 lead. Galle has yet again lived up to its reputation. The highest score to win a Test here is just 6 runs, and had Pakistan won this game, they would have achieved only the third-highest score in the fourth innings at this venue. What an opportunity squandered! They've lost by fifty runs after they were in a situation to win this comfortably. There will undoubtedly be a lot of introspection about this devastating loss. There were not too many demons in the track, it didn't behave all too different from the way it did yesterday but some poor shot selection coupled with a professional display from Sri Lanka's bowlers shut them out.

Given the manner of their defeat, coming back into this series will be a massive task. Sri Lanka now stand an excellent chance of reversing their poor home record against Pakistan. They have never won a series against them at home, and now's probably their best shot at one.

It's a difficult choice for the Man of the Match with many good performances, but Herath might just squeeze it with the effort today. We'll see. By the way, this is only the fourth Test Sri Lanka have won without Murali since his debut.

Hold fire, we'll get you the details from the presentation shortly.

Oshada: "An interesting coincidence I noticed is that Pakistan had a lead of 50 runs after the 1st innings, but lost by the same margin at the end! It was reckless batting, but all credit to Sri Lanka's bowlers!"

Younis: "We never thought we'd lose this game. We lacked partnerships, and all credit goes to Sri Lanka for putting pressure on us. Batting first or second doesn't matter, but it was important to get our basics right. We were chasing just 97, and got no partnerships going. "

Sangakkara: "The consensus was to bowl in the right areas and the channels. The wicket was great with a bit for everyone, and i'd like to commend my team for an excellent performance. Herath was bowling particularly well to Yousuf, and Thushara got it to swing. All credit to them for putting the ball in the right areas. It's nice when things work out - getting Herath to fly in from England for this Test - but we need to still work on our batting."

Herath is the Man of the Match: "I'm so happy I came from England and helped my team win. I got a good day's rest on the first day. I've played with Sangakkara for 3-4 years, and he asked me to do today what I had done earlier while playing with him. The wicket of Yousuf was important, I had dismissed him a couple of times before and I was confident I could do it today as well."

I'll round off with this comment from Ahmad: "Though I am sad that Pakistan made a mess out of their last innings as a Pakistani fan. But as a cricket fan I feel this game is victory for good old Test cricket." Yup, you've gotta love this form of the game.

That's all we have from here, folks. Thanks for tuning in and mailing us your feedback. Do join us again in five days time for the second Test in Colombo. Until then, on behalf of everyone at Cricinfo, this is Sid Talya signing off. Goodbye, Alvidaa, Khuda-haafiz!

44.3
W
Herath to Abdur Rauf, OUT, All over! Flighted on middle, Rauf's yes lit up, tried to drill it down the ground, it spun away to take the outside edge and Jayawardene took a sharp catch at slip to end the Test
44.2
0
Herath to Abdur Rauf, no run, pads it away, pitched outside leg so no danger in doing that
44.1
0
Herath to Abdur Rauf, no run, flighted on the off stump, covers the spin well with a big stride forward

END OF OVER:
44 | 2 Runs | PAK: 117/9

  • Saeed Ajmal1 (8b)
  • Abdur Rauf13 (51b)
  • BAW Mendis10-0-27-2
  • HMRKB Herath11-5-15-3
43.6
0
Mendis to Saeed Ajmal, no run, flighted on the off, defends it down to short leg
43.5
1
Mendis to Abdur Rauf, 1 run, the offspinner, gets to the pitch and drives it down the ground to long-off
43.4
0
Mendis to Abdur Rauf, no run, spun in, defends it back onto the pitch with bat close to pad

Pakistan 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st36Salman ButtKhurram Manzoor
2nd3Younis KhanSalman Butt
3rd32Mohammad YousufSalman Butt
4th1Salman ButtMisbah-ul-Haq
5th0Shoaib MalikMisbah-ul-Haq
6th8Kamran AkmalMisbah-ul-Haq
7th5Abdur RaufMisbah-ul-Haq
8th10Abdur RaufUmar Gul
9th15Abdur RaufMohammad Amir
10th7Abdur RaufSaeed Ajmal