Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series - 1st Test

Sri Lanka v Pakistan

Sri Lanka won by 50 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

10.00am: The batsmen walk out. "Lovely, beautiful" says umpire Daryl Harper as play gets underway.

Another five minutes left. It will be an emotional return to Test cricket for the players, especially Thilan Samaraweera, who was probably the worst hit in the Lahore attack. Good on him for making such a speedy recovery.

Sena: "I think the SL selectors should have gone with Prasad instead of Thushara."

I would have gone for Prasad as well. He's among the quickest bowlers in SL, after Malinga.

It's a second coming for Mohammad Yousuf, playing his first game after quitting the ICL. He looks exactly the same. Nothing's changed there.

Toss and teams: Younis calls heads and he has won the toss and Pakistan will bowl. A brave decision, say the experts but I guess Younis reckons the moisture will help the seamers. We'll get the teams up very shortly. Ajmal, Aamer and Rauf are the three debutants for Pakistan. Angelo Mathews debuts for SL.

Sri Lanka 1 Malinda Warnapura, 2 Tharanga Paranavitana, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (capt), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Thilan Samaraweera, 6 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 7 Angelo Mathews, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Thilan Thushara, 10 Ajantha Mendis, 11 Rangana Herath

Pakistan: 1 Salman Butt, 2 Khurram Manzoor, 3 Younis Khan (capt), 4 Mohammad Yousuf, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq, 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Kamran Akmal (wk), 8 Saeed Ajmal, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Mohammad Aamer, 11 Abdur Rauf

The hyperlinked squad is being corrected. The teams above are correct.

I reckon Sangakkara will keep wicket. But there's time for that as Sri Lanka are batting.

9.20am Good morning to all of you and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Galle. I must say it's a relief to be covering a Test after the overdose of Twenty20. Having said that, this match better be exciting! This is Kanishkaa Balachandran, your companion today.

Sidharth Monga has found himself a comfortable seat at the Galle International Stadium and he gives us a weather update. It all seems fine, it drizzled this morning but the sun's out. We're in for a scheduled 10am start.

The toss is in a couple of minutes so stay on. Expect a few new faces in each team.

Viki sends us this mail: "Last year after World T20 2008, the two finalists faced each other in Test series PAK vs IND in India..Now the finalists of WCT20 2009, facing each other in a Test series..What a coincidence!"

Deepak from UK: "Two teams with contrasting cultures- one which has always been a champion at capacity utilization and cent percent efficiency. Only God knows how such a small island can produce consistent world class cricketers. The other, which is always into some sought of controversies or issues, but on its day, can be good enough to lift a World Cup."

0.1

Umar Gul to Warnapura, no run, keeps it a bit full and makes him play, he pushes it off the meat of the bat to mid-off

0.2

Umar Gul to Warnapura, 1 leg bye, he shapes to leave it initially but the ball brushes his pads and rolls wide of the keeper

0.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, keeps it a bit short and Paranavitana is happy to let it go to the keeper, not much bounce

0.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, he keeps it on the same length but this time there's away seam movement before reaching the keeper

0.5

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, very tentative leave outside the off stump, close to an edge

0.6

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, seams further away from him and he safely lets it go to the keeper

End of over 1 (1 run, maiden) Sri Lanka 1/0
NT Paranavitana    0* (4b)      Umar Gul    1-1-0-0
SM Warnapura    0* (2b)     

Here's Mohammad Aamer

1.1

Mohammad Amir to Warnapura, no run, nice start, bowls a pacy delivery and angles it towards the left hander, he taps it to point

1.2

Mohammad Amir to Warnapura, no run, bowls it on the middle stump and the batsman gets behind the line and punches it to mid-on

1.3

Mohammad Amir to Warnapura, no run, another solid punch straight to mid-on, he's making the batsman play

1.4

Mohammad Amir to Warnapura, no run, angles it on the pads and he shuffles a bit too far across and the ball rolls to the on side

1.5

Mohammad Amir to Warnapura, 2 runs, risky shot to get off the mark, he tries to loft him over mid-on but he mishits it but still gets enough elevation to clear the fielder

1.6

Mohammad Amir to Warnapura, OUT, he knocks him out in his first over! He bangs it in short of a length outside off and gets it to swerve back in sharply with the angle, Warnapura is completely cramped for room as he shapes to cut and chops the ball onto the stumps

SM Warnapura b Mohammad Amir 2 (9m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

End of over 2 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 3/1
     Mohammad Amir    1-0-2-1
NT Paranavitana    0* (4b)      Umar Gul    1-1-0-0

Sangakkara walks in

2.1

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, keeps it a bit short and he safely shoulders arms

2.2

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, dabs it down to point and there's confusion in the calling, Sanga was off but his partner wasn't keen

2.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, 1 run, half hearted glance to fine leg for a single, he wanted to defend it initially

2.4

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, gets nice away movement off the seam and Sanga is watchful as he lets it go

Aamer also took a wicket in his very first T20 over. That's an interesting piece of trivia. Can he do it in his first ODI?

2.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, full and fired on the pads, he fails to get wood on it as the ball rolls off his pads to the on side

2.6

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, bangs it short of a length but down the leg side, he doesn't offer a shot

End of over 3 (1 run) Sri Lanka 4/1
KC Sangakkara    0* (3b)      Umar Gul    2-1-1-0
NT Paranavitana    1* (7b)      Mohammad Amir    1-0-2-1

3.1

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, 3 runs, swerves it in towards middle and leg and the batsman pushes it through the line and beats mid-on

3.2

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga is completely beaten on the prod, he's unsure whether to get forward or stay back, Aamer is getting the ball to come back in

3.3

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, 1 run, stays on the backfoot and taps it towards short midwicket and again there's a bit of confusion in the calling

3.4

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, FOUR, Dropped Oh boy that should have been taken, Aamer fires it inwards on a full length and induces a thick leading edge, I think it was Younis who fluffed the catch at third slip falling to his right, the ball rolls away to third man

3.5

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, beats him again this time, this one fizzes past the outside edge

3.6

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run

End of over 4 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 12/1
NT Paranavitana    8* (11b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    2-0-10-1
KC Sangakkara    1* (5b)      Umar Gul    2-1-1-0

4.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, FOUR, he errs by overpitching outside off and a mere defensive push is enough for Sanga to beat mid-off comfortably

4.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 3 runs, he strays on the pads and he shuffles across slightly and works it past the vacant spaces at square leg

4.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, keeps it outside off and he lets it go

4.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, gets a lot more seam movement, he safely lets it go

4.5

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, 1 run, chance! The batsman gets a thick inside edge onto his pads and the ball balloons up to the on side, the short leg fielder was positioned way too deep and hence he failed to dive in time to take the catch

Now short leg comes up closer

4.6

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, strays on the pads, he whips a full delivery to fine leg

End of over 5 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 21/1
KC Sangakkara    9* (8b 1x4)      Umar Gul    3-1-10-0
NT Paranavitana    9* (14b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    2-0-10-1

5.1

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, OUT, This time the fielders make no mistake! Aamer bowls it short of a length and gets the ball to straighten outside off, a tentative Sanga pokes his bat out and gets a thick outside edge which settles in malik's palms at third slip, waist high, he didn't have to move an inch

KC Sangakkara c Shoaib Malik b Mohammad Amir 9 (17m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

So Aamer gets his reward after being denied in his previous over. This kid's worth watching, trust me.

5.2

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, no run, makes him play straight away, he hops and defends it away

It was Malik who took the catch, sorry for the confusion

5.3

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, no run

5.4

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, no run, keeps it outside off and he's happy to let it go

5.5

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, no run, pitches it up and nearly induces a fals stroke as Mahela drives and slices it towards backward point

5.6

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, no run, holds the length back and gets a good shape away from the right hander, he lets it go

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 21/2
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (5b)      Mohammad Amir    3-1-10-2
NT Paranavitana    9* (14b 1x4)      Umar Gul    3-1-10-0

6.1

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, bowls it on a good length outside off and Tharanga shoulders arms

6.2

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, just a bit shorter and gets away movement off the seam, no shot offered again

6.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, just a touch wider outside off, he safely lets it go again

6.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, comes round the wicket and hits the deck hard, Tharanga bends his back and allows the bouncer sail over him

6.5

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, 1 no ball, he oversteps, Tharanga steers it towards the slips and the packed cordon saves a boundary

6.5

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, bangs it in short again and this time it's outside off, Tharanga opts out of the shot

6.6

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, FOUR, he mixes it up by bowling it fuller but too full, on the half volley, Tharanga gets his bat nicely behind the line and pushes it wide of mid-off, good timing

End of over 7 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 26/2
NT Paranavitana    13* (21b 2x4)      Umar Gul    4-1-15-0
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (5b)      Mohammad Amir    3-1-10-2

7.1

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, no run, gets nicely behind the line and defends solidly in front of his off stump

7.2

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, no run, Dropped Akmal's the culprit, Aamer bowls it in the corridor outside off and induces a nick, Akmal didn't have to move, he's dropped a sitter

7.3

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, no run, angles across the right hander and he shoulders arms

7.4

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, 1 run, strays on the pads and he clips it down to fine leg

7.5

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run

7.6

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, FOUR, hits a good length outside off and Tharanga pokes his bat out, keeps the ball down and steers it wide of the packed slip cordon

Pakistan should have had a wicket in this over

End of over 8 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 31/2
NT Paranavitana    17* (23b 3x4)      Mohammad Amir    4-1-15-2
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (9b)      Umar Gul    4-1-15-0

Change in bowling, here's the other debutant fast bowler Abdur Rauf

8.1

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, no run, starts off with a wide delivery outside off, keeps it a bit short, Mahela opts to watch the ball through to the keeper

8.2

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, no run, again short and wide and the bowler gets away with it, he needs to make the batsman play

8.3

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, no run, bowls this one closer to the batsman and it;s the same result

He really shows the seam to the batsman while running in

8.4

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, FOUR, he gives width again and Mahela decides to make something out of it, he stretches out and angles it wide of gully and down to third man

8.5

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, no run, beaten! Excellent delivery, he keeps it fuller and gets the ball to hone in on the offstump, he prods forward and nearly edges it

8.6

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, no run, shortish outside off and safely left alone

End of over 9 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 35/2
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (15b 1x4)      Abdur Rauf    1-0-4-0
NT Paranavitana    17* (23b 3x4)      Mohammad Amir    4-1-15-2

9.1

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, swishes at it outside off, tries to cut and he's beaten

9.2

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, shoulders arms to the keeper and Akmal grabs at it and fluffs the take

9.3

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, fires the bouncer and the ball sails over Tharanga's arched back

Nasir Khan, from NZ: "I don't know why they are persisting with Akmal as a keeper. He is a fine bat and should be playing as a batsman. A regular keeper like Sarfraz could be a much better option."

9.4

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, gets a thin outside edge and the ball keeps low to the slips, Malik slides and saves it

9.5

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, FOUR, he errs by bowling it a touch short and too wide, Tharanga rocks backwards and cuts hard square of the wicket on the off side, beats all the fielders

9.6

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, FOUR, this time he fires a half volley on the pads and pays the price, Tharanga whips him away past midwicket, hardly any fielders on that side

End of over 10 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 43/2
NT Paranavitana    25* (29b 5x4)      Mohammad Amir    5-1-23-2
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (15b 1x4)      Abdur Rauf    1-0-4-0

10.1

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela shapes to cut but he ends up chopping it to the off side

10.2

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, no run, taps it towards silly mid-on and thinks of a sharp single, Tharanga sets off but Rauf darts across to field the ball

10.3

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, no run, cuts outside off and finds gully

10.4

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, no run, hits a good length outside off and there's good carry to the keeper

10.5

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, no run, that's the line and length, he bowls it fuller and induces a half hearted drive, it beats the outside edge

10.6

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, no run, just a touch wider but he keeps the same length, he safely shoulders arms because there's away movement

End of over 11 (maiden) Sri Lanka 43/2
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (21b 1x4)      Abdur Rauf    2-1-4-0
NT Paranavitana    25* (29b 5x4)      Mohammad Amir    5-1-23-2

Gul returns for his second spell

11.1

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, bowls it full and wide outside off and Tharanga is happy to let it go

11.2

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, bowls a good length outside off and he shoulders arms again

11.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, this time the ball holds its line and goes through straight to the keeper

11.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, taps it softly towards silly mid-off and thinks of a single but Gul darts across and intercepts it

11.5

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, tucks him up on the offstump and he taps it back to the bowler

Three slips, a gully and a short leg in place

11.6

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, hits the deck hard and Tharanga safely evades the bouncer

It's drinks. The score could well have been 43 for 4. Both Tharanga and Mahela were fortunate to be dropped. But they seem to be settling well.

End of over 12 (maiden) Sri Lanka 43/2
NT Paranavitana    25* (35b 5x4)      Umar Gul    5-2-15-0
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (21b 1x4)      Abdur Rauf    2-1-4-0

12.1

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, no run, bangs it in short of a length and Mahela lets it go

12.2

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, 1 run, angles it on the pads, he taps it down to mid-on

12.3

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, no run, this one lands on middle and off, he prods forward and he gets a thick inside edge onto the pads

12.4

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, no run, gets a half prod forward and defends with very soft hands

12.5

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, 1 run, angles on middle and leg, he shuffles and clips him to the on side

12.6

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, FOUR, he overpicthes outside off and it's all too wasy for Mahela as he lunges forward and drives elegantly past the covers

End of over 13 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 49/2
DPMD Jayawardene    10* (24b 2x4)      Abdur Rauf    3-1-10-0
NT Paranavitana    26* (38b 5x4)      Umar Gul    5-2-15-0

13.1

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, 3 runs, fullish outside off and there's enough width for Tharanga to push it past mid-off and cover

13.2

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, 2 runs, keeps it a bit shorter and Mahela plays it late with soft hands and steers it past the gap between third slip and gully

13.3

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run, tucks him up for room and Mahela softly taps it back to the bowler

13.4

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run, fullish in length outside off, he gets forward and spoons it up towards gully

13.5

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run, keeps it short of a length on middle and leg he shuffles and clips it to the on side

13.6

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run, hits a good length outside off and the ball holds its line before reaching the keeper

End of over 14 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 54/2
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (29b 2x4)      Umar Gul    6-2-20-0
NT Paranavitana    29* (39b 5x4)      Abdur Rauf    3-1-10-0

So Aamer returns for a new spell

14.1

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, angles it on the pads and he softly works it down to mid-on

14.2

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, 1 run, keeps it on a good length outside off, he gets behind and steers it to the off side

14.3

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, no run, holds its line before reaching the keeper

14.4

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, 1 run, taps it with soft hands to the off side and sets off very quickly

14.5

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, 1 run, now Tharanga repeats the shot off the previous ball and pushes another quick single

14.6

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, no run, bangs it in short outside off and he doesn't offer any shot

End of over 15 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 57/2
DPMD Jayawardene    13* (32b 2x4)      Mohammad Amir    6-1-26-2
NT Paranavitana    31* (42b 5x4)      Umar Gul    6-2-20-0

15.1

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, FOUR, a little too full on the off stump, Tharanga leans forward and drives firmly past the bowler and mid-off, the ball gathers pace on the bare patches on the outfield and challenges the fielder

15.2

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, bangs it in short and he lets the ball go through to the keeper

15.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, 1 bye, ducks under the bouncer and the ball gains in elevation as it reaches Akmal, he fails to pouch it cleanly

15.4

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run, good length outside off and he leaves it alone

15.5

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, FOUR, that's a nice defensive push by Mahela which beats the bowler, the ball gathers pace over the dry areas in the outfield and Rauf gives the chase from mid-on and almost pulls it back, the umpires confer about the boundary

15.6

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, FOUR, shortish outside off and he reaches out and chops it down hard on the turf and beats the slips cordon

End of over 16 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 70/2
DPMD Jayawardene    21* (35b 4x4)      Umar Gul    7-2-32-0
NT Paranavitana    35* (45b 6x4)      Mohammad Amir    6-1-26-2

16.1

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, 2 runs, angles it in the pads and he clips it away easily to the on side

16.2

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, stays back at the cease and squirts it down to point

16.3

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, stays behind the line and pushes it down to midwicket

16.4

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, bangs it in short and cranks up the pace, he bends his back slightly to evade it

16.5

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, another bouncer and the ball swerves towards Akmal's left and challenges him but he takes it easily

16.6

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, left alone to the keeper, Aamer's still getting good carry to the keeper

Batting looks far easier now, the Pakistan bowling has lost some bite but they will hope it's just a passing phase

End of over 17 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 72/2
NT Paranavitana    37* (51b 6x4)      Mohammad Amir    7-1-28-2
DPMD Jayawardene    21* (35b 4x4)      Umar Gul    7-2-32-0

17.1

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, no run, fires it in a yorker length outside off, he gets his bat down and squeezes it out

17.2

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, no run, gets his front pad across and shoulders arms

17.3

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, no run, gets well forward and pushes a full delivery down to point

17.4

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, no run, keeps it a touch wider outside off and mahela lets it go to the keeper, not much carry on that one

17.5

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, no run, gets it to come back in, he gets behind the line and defends

17.6

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, FOUR, that's a half volley outside off, he gets well forward and right behind the line of the ball and pushes it past the big gap between mid-off and cover

End of over 18 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 76/2
DPMD Jayawardene    25* (41b 5x4)      Abdur Rauf    4-1-14-0
NT Paranavitana    37* (51b 6x4)      Mohammad Amir    7-1-28-2

Surprise, surprise...Younis brings himself on. And he's bowling medium pace!

18.1

Younis Khan to Paranavitana, no run, that;s not a bad start, keeps it on a good length and Tharanga taps it to cover

18.2

Younis Khan to Paranavitana, no run, 123,4 kph, not bad at all, the extra bounce rushes Tharanga and clips him high on the pads

18.3

Younis Khan to Paranavitana, no run, around the same speed, Tharanga gets his elbows high and taps it to the off side

18.4

Younis Khan to Paranavitana, no run, 121 kph, this one's a touch wider outside off, he reaches out and mistimes the punch

18.5

Younis Khan to Paranavitana, no run, 114 kph, wider of the off stump, he pushes it down to backward point

18.6

Younis Khan to Paranavitana, no run, 126 kph, probably the quickest of the over, Tharanga pushes a full delivery to mid-off, that's a maiden

End of over 19 (maiden) Sri Lanka 76/2
NT Paranavitana    37* (57b 6x4)      Younis Khan    1-1-0-0
DPMD Jayawardene    25* (41b 5x4)      Abdur Rauf    4-1-14-0

19.1

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, 1 run, angles it on the pads and he clips him down to midwicket

19.2

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, no run, lands it on a good length outside off and gets gentle seam movement, he shoulders arms

19.3

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, no run, gets behind the line and defends to the off side

19.4

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, 1 run, bowls from wide of the crease and strays on the pads, he shuffles and clips him to fine leg

19.5

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, no run, Appeal! He gets the ball to cut back in and clip his pads but he;s struck outside the line of leg stump

19.6

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, no run, shapes to drive through the off side but he mistimes the drive and gets an inside edge to the on side

End of over 20 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 78/2
DPMD Jayawardene    26* (44b 5x4)      Abdur Rauf    5-1-16-0
NT Paranavitana    38* (60b 6x4)      Younis Khan    1-1-0-0

20.1

Younis Khan to Paranavitana, no run, gets a half prod forward and quietly defends to the off side

20.2

Younis Khan to Paranavitana, no run, defends with soft hands again, all too easy for Tharanga

20.3

Younis Khan to Paranavitana, 3 runs, 122.2 kph, comes round the wicket and Tharanga punches it off the front foot and beats cover, the ball speeds up as it approaches the boundary

20.4

Younis Khan to Jayawardene, no run, 126.8 kph, well the captain nearly set the perfect example there! Pitches it up and gets very late seam movement and Mahela nearly edges it to the keeper, close!

20.5

Younis Khan to Jayawardene, FOUR, that will hurt the bowler, Mahela is cramped for room on the cut but he slashes hard and ends up chopping it on the turf, the ball balloons over the slips and runs away for four

20.6

Younis Khan to Jayawardene, no run, pushes it softly to the off side

End of over 21 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 85/2
DPMD Jayawardene    30* (47b 6x4)      Younis Khan    2-1-7-0
NT Paranavitana    41* (63b 6x4)      Abdur Rauf    5-1-16-0

21.1

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, no run, gets a half prod forward and defends down the track

21.2

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, FOUR, bad delivery, Rauf totally lost control of his radar, he sprays it really wide outside off and full, Tharanga stretches out and squirts it past gully

21.3

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, 2 runs, angles it away from the left-hander and Tharanga plays it with an angled bat down to third man, Butt gives the chase from the slips

21.4

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, FOUR, that's his fifty! Rauf strays on the pads and he shuffles across gently and flicks it down to fine leg, there's plenty of space out there for freebies

21.5

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, 1 run, shuffles and softly to square leg

21.6

Abdur Rauf to Jayawardene, OUT, sudden loss of concentration! Rauf pitches it uo a bit outside off and gets the ball to hold its line, Mahela gets forward and tentatively places his bat forward to defend but the ball takes a thick outside edge, Akmal will be a relieved man after dropping Mahela earlier this morning

DPMD Jayawardene c †Kamran Akmal b Abdur Rauf 30 (82m 48b 6x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

End of over 22 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 96/3
     Abdur Rauf    6-1-27-1
NT Paranavitana    52* (68b 8x4)      Younis Khan    2-1-7-0

Another debutant, familiar face in limited-overs - Saeed Ajmal

22.1

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, FOUR, poor start, he comes over the wicket and bowls it short of a length and wide, he rocks back and cuts hard past gully

22.2

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, 1 run, shuffles and clips him to the on side

22.3

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, flighted on middle and off, he gets well forward and defends to the on side

22.4

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, 1 run, gets his pad forward and clips the ball to the on side

22.5

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, stays right back and defends with soft hands

22.6

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, gets a half prod forward and defends with soft hands

End of over 23 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 102/3
NT Paranavitana    57* (72b 9x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-6-0
TT Samaraweera    1* (2b)      Abdur Rauf    6-1-27-1

Final over before lunch

23.1

Abdur Rauf to Samaraweera, 2 runs, bowls a half volley on middle and leg, Samaraweera works it away with ease wide of midwicket

23.2

Abdur Rauf to Samaraweera, no run, lands it on a good length outside off and the ball holds its line before reaching the keeper

23.3

Abdur Rauf to Samaraweera, no run, lands it a touch wider outside off and Samaraweera is happy to let it go

23.4

Abdur Rauf to Samaraweera, no run, lands it on a good length outside off and once again he shoulders arms

23.5

Abdur Rauf to Samaraweera, no run, Appeal for an lbw! Rauf gets the ball to cut back in slightly and trap the batsman high on the pads outside the line of the off stump, not a bad delivery at all

23.6

Abdur Rauf to Samaraweera, no run, safely shoulders arms and plays it safe, it's lunch

That wicket of Mahela Jayawardene will dampen the spirits a bit in the home camp. It could have been worse, had Pakistan held all their catches early on. Tharanga has looked very solid and he has the sometimes immovable Samaraweera for company.

A word of praise for Aamer. He looks dangerous when he angles it towards the left hander. He has the pace, all he needs is more stamina to bowl long spells. He should have had at least four wickets before lunch. Join us in half an hour.

Hannan: "Well, to be honest i didn't like Younis as a captain but now i regret my thoughts. He knew there's a partnership building and he took charge with the ball and started to ruin their focus. Rest was done by Rauf. Bravo Younis Khan!"

End of over 24 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 104/3
TT Samaraweera    3* (8b)      Abdur Rauf    7-1-29-1
NT Paranavitana    57* (72b 9x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-6-0

We're back. Ajmal to continue

24.1

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, flighted on middle and leg, he softly works it down to forward short-leg

24.2

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, lunges forward and defends

24.3

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, pushes forward and drives firmly to mid-off

24.4

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, 2 runs, drops it a bit short and he rocks backwards and cuts hard past gully, Butt slides and cuts it off at sweeper cover and nearly injures himself

24.5

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, gets forward and drives to mid-off

24.6

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, gets well forward and defends down the track

End of over 25 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 106/3
NT Paranavitana    59* (78b 9x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-8-0
TT Samaraweera    3* (8b)      Abdur Rauf    7-1-29-1

25.1

Mohammad Amir to Samaraweera, FOUR, nice way to start the new session, he leans forward to a half volley, shows the full face of the bat and pushes it past mid-off, kids..try this at home

25.2

Mohammad Amir to Samaraweera, no run, holds the length back a bit and he defends on the front foot

25.3

Mohammad Amir to Samaraweera, 1 run, comes round the wicket and Samaraweera softly steers it to the off stump for a single

25.4

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, comes back over the wicket and fires a bouncer

25.5

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, gets beside the line and taps it down to point

25.6

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, another short one and this time he gets it to fizz past Tharanga as leans backwards to evade it

End of over 26 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 111/3
NT Paranavitana    59* (81b 9x4)      Mohammad Amir    8-1-33-2
TT Samaraweera    8* (11b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-8-0

26.1

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, slow through the air, he gets forward and keeps it away

26.2

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, thrusts forward and doesn't offer a shot, extra bounce for Ajmal

26.3

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, bowls it on middle and leg and he clips it to the on side

Three men around the bat

26.4

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, quicker through the air and flatter, he pushes it down to mid-on

26.5

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, quicker off the pitch and the ball skids through, gets behind the line and defends

26.6

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, 2 runs, stays back, waits for the turn and punches it past cover

End of over 27 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 113/3
TT Samaraweera    10* (17b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-10-0
NT Paranavitana    59* (81b 9x4)      Mohammad Amir    8-1-33-2

27.1

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, stays beside the line and punches it down to point

27.2

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, holds the length back a bit, he stays behind the line and punches it down to cover

27.3

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, 1 run, bow he bowls it fuller and angles it inwards, he drives firmly just wide of mid-off

27.4

Mohammad Amir to Samaraweera, no run, comes round the wicket, keeps it on a good length outside off and he taps it to the off side

27.5

Mohammad Amir to Samaraweera, 1 run, angles it into the right hander, he shuffles and clips it to midwicket

27.6

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, short of length outside off and angling in, Tharanga defends it back to the bowler

End of over 28 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 115/3
NT Paranavitana    60* (85b 9x4)      Mohammad Amir    9-1-35-2
TT Samaraweera    11* (19b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-10-0

28.1

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, quick through the air, he gets forward and knocks it down to midwicket

28.2

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, stays back, waits for it to turn and punches it to mid-off

28.3

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, strays down the leg side and he tries to glance it down

28.4

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, 2 leg byes, glances it to fine leg with the angle for a couple

28.5

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, fullish outside off, he gets well forward and drives to mid-off

28.6

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, he defends down the track

End of over 29 (2 runs, maiden) Sri Lanka 117/3
TT Samaraweera    11* (25b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-1-10-0
NT Paranavitana    60* (85b 9x4)      Mohammad Amir    9-1-35-2

29.1

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, hits the deck hard and it's another bouncer, he needs to make him play some how

29.2

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, something like that, Tharanga gets his elbows high and is forced to steer it away

29.3

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, another bouncer and delivered from wide of the crease, he bends to evade it

29.4

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, bouncer again, it sails over his arched back

29.5

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, bowls it full from wide of the crease, he squeezes it down to the covers

29.6

Mohammad Amir to Paranavitana, no run, gets it to swerve back in off the seam and Tharanga watchfully lets it go

End of over 30 (maiden) Sri Lanka 117/3
NT Paranavitana    60* (91b 9x4)      Mohammad Amir    10-2-35-2
TT Samaraweera    11* (25b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-1-10-0

30.1

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, flighted on middle and leg, defended to the on side

He has a backward short leg, no silly point this time

30.2

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, they appeal for an edge down the leg side, perhaps the ball hit the pads

30.3

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, stays in front of the line and defends

30.4

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, driven firmly to mid-on, Gul does well to slide and cut it off

30.5

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, gets forward and drives to mid-off

30.6

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, pushes it just wide of forward short-leg

End of over 31 (maiden) Sri Lanka 117/3
TT Samaraweera    11* (31b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-2-10-0
NT Paranavitana    60* (91b 9x4)      Mohammad Amir    10-2-35-2

31.1

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, bangs it in short and he successfully evades the bouncer

31.2

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, directs the bouncer wide down the leg side, nobody's chasing that, Harper signals the one bouncer for the over

31.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, Big appeal! Gul gets the ball to jag back in and tuck him up, Tharanga actually gets an inside edge and Akmal takes it neatly falling to his right, there was a delayed appeal but Harper wasn't convinced, so Tharanga has yet another life

31.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run

31.5

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, tucks him up again but he manages to push it back to the bowler

31.6

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, 1 run, gets forward to a full delivery and pushes it to mid-off

End of over 32 (1 run) Sri Lanka 118/3
NT Paranavitana    61* (97b 9x4)      Umar Gul    8-2-33-0
TT Samaraweera    11* (31b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-2-10-0

32.1

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, dangerously dabs it wide of first slip, good effort there (Misbah?) to cut it off

32.2

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, rocks backwards and cuts, finds the off side field

32.3

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, thrusts forward and shoulders arms

32.4

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, just a hint of turn, no shot offered

32.5

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, stays back and defends with soft hands

32.6

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, flighted on middle and off, he smothers the spin

End of over 33 (maiden) Sri Lanka 118/3
NT Paranavitana    61* (103b 9x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-3-10-0
TT Samaraweera    11* (31b 1x4)      Umar Gul    8-2-33-0

33.1

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, no run, keeps it on a full length outside off, he safely shoulders arms

33.2

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, no run, this one's shorter and zips through quickly down the leg side, he decides not to play a shot

33.3

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, no run, rises up in the right hander and Samaraweera does well to hop and defend with soft hands

33.4

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, 1 run, strays on the pads, he shuffles and works it to the on side

33.5

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, gets nicely forward and defends off the full face of the bat

33.6

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, comes on a little slower but he stays right behind to defend

End of over 34 (1 run) Sri Lanka 119/3
NT Paranavitana    61* (105b 9x4)      Umar Gul    9-2-34-0
TT Samaraweera    12* (35b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-3-10-0

34.1

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, stays right back and defends to mid-off

34.2

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, Appeal! Down the leg side, and Akmal and gang reckon he gloved it, the umpire was unmoved, I need to see another replay of that

34.3

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, defends to short leg

34.4

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run

34.5

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, gets well forward and smothers the spin

34.6

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, 2 runs, strays on the pads and he easily works it away down to deep square-leg

End of over 35 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 121/3
TT Samaraweera    14* (41b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-3-12-0
NT Paranavitana    61* (105b 9x4)      Umar Gul    9-2-34-0

35.1

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, gets behind the line and defends to the off side

35.2

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, gets forward and pushes it on the walk to mid-off

35.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, lands outside off and angles away from the left-hander, he safely shoulders arms

35.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, wastes a bouncer down the leg side, the umpire takes a closer look at that

35.5

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, FOUR, criminal half volley on middle and off, Tharanga uses his wrists to good effect and picks the huge gap between mid-on and midwicket, the quick outfield does the rest

35.6

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, some drama there, Tharanga softly taps the ball back to Gul who releases his frustration by flinging the ball back at the batsman, the ball hits the base of his pads and he drops his bat and removes his gloves, Gul walks down and apologises, pats Tharanga and gets on with life

End of over 36 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 125/3
NT Paranavitana    65* (111b 10x4)      Umar Gul    10-2-38-0
TT Samaraweera    14* (41b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-3-12-0

36.1

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, gets well forward and defends to the on side

36.2

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, 1 run, rocks back and waits for the turn before punching it to point

36.3

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run

36.4

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, 1 run, drops it a fraction shorter and he rocks back and cuts hard to sweeper cover

36.5

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, 1 run, clips it just wide of forward short-leg, shouts of 'oohs' and 'aahs'

36.6

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, 1 run, fullish on length on the off stump, he gets well forward and drives to mid-off

End of over 37 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 129/3
NT Paranavitana    67* (114b 10x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-3-16-0
TT Samaraweera    16* (44b 1x4)      Umar Gul    10-2-38-0

Rauf replaces Gul

37.1

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, no run, keeps it short of a length on the off stump, he taps it to the off side

37.2

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, no run, short of a length, he works it to short midwicket

37.3

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, no run, now he fires it on the blockhole and Tharanga pushes it off the toe edge of the bat to mid-off

37.4

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, FOUR, poor delivery, he bowls a half tracker and the bounce sits up nicely for Tharanga to rock back and pull it past the yawning gap at square leg

37.5

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, no run, good length outside off and he defends

37.6

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, no run, stays behind the line and defends down the track

End of over 38 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 133/3
NT Paranavitana    71* (120b 11x4)      Abdur Rauf    8-1-33-1
TT Samaraweera    16* (44b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-3-16-0

38.1

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, 1 run, another close call as he squeezes it past short leg

38.2

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, 1 run, stays back and clips it away wide of short leg

38.3

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, chance! He tries to glance it fine but the ball just drops short of Younis at leg slip

38.4

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, flighted on middle and leg, he pushes it to mid-on

38.5

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, FOUR, gives it a lot of air and cuts back on the pace, he gets forward and scoops it high and far over midwicket

38.6

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, gets forward and defends to the cover

No problems for Sri Lanka in the first hour after lunch. Angelo Mathews must be itching to get out there at some point.

Irfan from Pakistan: "I haven't been able to watch the match , but looking at the figures , i think Ajmal was the better choice as he is giving more control and is keeping the batsman quiet even when not taking wickets . Danish Kaneria leaks runs ..so a good selection."

End of over 39 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 139/3
TT Samaraweera    21* (49b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    9-3-22-0
NT Paranavitana    72* (121b 11x4)      Abdur Rauf    8-1-33-1

39.1

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, no run, lands outside off and he safely shoulders arms

39.2

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, no run, fullish outside off and he leaves it alone

39.3

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, no run, left alone again

39.4

Abdur Rauf to Paranavitana, OUT, and they lose a wicket against the run of play! Rauf bowls it a fraction short outside off and gets it to rise up, Tharanga is rooted to the crease as he tries to steer it to the off side and he manages a thick outside edge to Misbah at first slip, the ball carries through almost at chest height

NT Paranavitana c Misbah-ul-Haq b Abdur Rauf 72 (182m 125b 11x4 0x6) SR: 57.60

Despite being dropped twice, it was an impressive knock by Tharanga. Here's Dilshan

39.5

Abdur Rauf to Dilshan, 1 run, gets off the mark in a flash with a push just wide of mid-off

39.6

Abdur Rauf to Samaraweera, 1 run, uses his wrists to pick it from outside off and knock it down to square leg

Well Lasith Malinga has done the brave thing by taking a stroll. The small problem is that there's an army following him with pens, papers and whatever else. Can't escape autograph hunters in this part of the world!

End of over 40 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 141/4
TT Samaraweera    22* (50b 2x4)      Abdur Rauf    9-1-35-2
TM Dilshan    1* (1b)      Saeed Ajmal    9-3-22-0

40.1

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, 2 runs, stays back and punches it hard past midwicket

40.2

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run

40.3

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, gets forward and defends to the off side

40.4

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, gets forward and defends to the off side

40.5

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, quicker through the air, he defends to the off side

40.6

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, slower through the air, he defends to the off side

End of over 41 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 143/4
TT Samaraweera    24* (56b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    10-3-24-0
TM Dilshan    1* (1b)      Abdur Rauf    9-1-35-2

41.1

Abdur Rauf to Dilshan, no run, stays beside the line and chops him hard down to point and Butt does really well to side and cut it off

41.2

Abdur Rauf to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length outside off and he cuts to cover

41.3

Abdur Rauf to Samaraweera, no run, pushes a full delivery past the bowler and thinks of pinching a single

41.4

Abdur Rauf to Samaraweera, no run, lands it outside off, he safely shoulders arms

41.5

Abdur Rauf to Samaraweera, no run, lands it outside off, he safely shoulders arms again, the ball holds its line

41.6

Abdur Rauf to Samaraweera, FOUR, lovely shot, he tries to mix it up by bowling it full, he ends up bowling a half volley and a defensive push is enough to beat mid-on

End of over 42 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 148/4
TT Samaraweera    28* (60b 3x4)      Abdur Rauf    10-1-40-2
TM Dilshan    2* (3b)      Saeed Ajmal    10-3-24-0

Four men around the bat

42.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, Appeal! He tries to work it to the on side but the ball clips his pads and reaches Yousuf at silly point, they reckon there was bat on it, Gould shakes his head

42.2

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, works it to the on side

42.3

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run

42.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, FOUR, he gives it a bit more air and that draws Dilshan to use his feet and go over the top, he comfortably clears mid-off

42.5

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, he tries to shoulder arms but the ball spins back and clips his pads, outside the line of the off stump

42.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, defends to silly point

End of over 43 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 152/4
TM Dilshan    6* (9b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    11-3-28-0
TT Samaraweera    28* (60b 3x4)      Abdur Rauf    10-1-40-2

43.1

Abdur Rauf to Samaraweera, 1 run, pushes it down to point for a single

43.2

Abdur Rauf to Dilshan, no run, fullish in length outside off and he drives to mid-off

43.3

Abdur Rauf to Dilshan, no run, lands it outside off and he watchfully lets it go to the keeper

43.4

Abdur Rauf to Dilshan, no run, lands it on a good length outside off, he gets beside the line and steers it to point

43.5

Abdur Rauf to Dilshan, no run, lands it outside off, just seams away slightly but Dilshan's happy to let it go

43.6

Abdur Rauf to Dilshan, FOUR, that just had to be spanked! Too short and wide, the ball sits up nicely for Dilshan to rolls his wrists and whack it past point

End of over 44 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 157/4
TM Dilshan    10* (14b 2x4)      Abdur Rauf    11-1-45-2
TT Samaraweera    29* (61b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    11-3-28-0

And into the party comes Shoaib Malik. He will have to bowl a lot, given Pakistan have just one primary spinner. He's a handy bowler.

44.1

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run, tossed up and defended back off the front foot

44.2

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run, flatter ball and this time Samaraweera goes back to defend

44.3

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, 1 run, tosses it up, Samaraweera comes out and gets an easy single down the ground, just push off the pads to place the ball wide of mid-on

44.4

Shoaib Malik to Dilshan, 1 run, shorter and quicker, turns back in a long way and Dilshan hops back and punches the ball square on the off side

44.5

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, 1 run, back to slow and full and thats knocked away to midwicket

44.6

Shoaib Malik to Dilshan, no run, pitches on middle and off and turns in, good signs for Pakistan, but Dilshan gets back and knocks the ball to the on side

End of over 45 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 160/4
TM Dilshan    11* (16b 2x4)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-3-0
TT Samaraweera    31* (65b 3x4)      Abdur Rauf    11-1-45-2

Younis Khan gets himself on now. Hmm. One of those days. Sleepy stuff in Galle, I'm told.

45.1

Younis Khan to Samaraweera, no run, seam-up delivery, pitched up outside off stump and lands it on the dime, getting the ball to gently move away from the batsman as he pushes down the wrong line, thats a good start from the Pakistan captain

45.2

Younis Khan to Samaraweera, OUT, oh and he's struck second ball, would you believe! Younis delivers the breakthrough with another delivery pitched up right on the upright seam, it deviates and an unsure Samaraweera feebly has a push and Akmal accepts the thick outside edge, cuing a big celebration from Younis

TT Samaraweera c †Kamran Akmal b Younis Khan 31 (98m 67b 3x4 0x6) SR: 46.26

In comes Sri Lanka's debutant, Angelo Mathews.

45.3

Younis Khan to Mathews, no run, now thats an errant delivery from Younis, very full and wide and Mathews says no thanks, I'll leave that one be for Akmal

45.4

Younis Khan to Mathews, no run, on a length now, middle and off, and Angelo gets in line to defend

45.5

Younis Khan to Mathews, no run, good seam bowling, very stump-to-stumps stuff, and Angelo blocks

45.6

Younis Khan to Mathews, no run, pitches it up and he comes well forward to defend to cover

So, a wicket-maiden for Younis. That was all seam, not swing.

End of over 46 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 160/5
AD Mathews    0* (4b)      Younis Khan    3-2-7-1
TM Dilshan    11* (16b 2x4)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-3-0

46.1

Shoaib Malik to Dilshan, no run, tossed up on middle and leg and Dilshan tucks it to short leg

46.2

Shoaib Malik to Dilshan, no run, more sharp turn for Malik, who gets this one to break back in to Dilshan, who lunges forward to defend and then gets the ball tangled up in his legs

46.3

Shoaib Malik to Dilshan, no run, on the pads and worked to short leg again

46.4

Shoaib Malik to Dilshan, no run, flatter ball, full outside off stump and he pushes it to extra cover

46.5

Shoaib Malik to Dilshan, no run, tad shorter and now he gets back in line to defend the ball

46.6

Shoaib Malik to Dilshan, no run, well stopped by leg slip, this one drifted down the pads and Dilshan tucked it fine but Younis dived to his right to save runs

End of over 47 (maiden) Sri Lanka 160/5
TM Dilshan    11* (22b 2x4)      Shoaib Malik    2-1-3-0
AD Mathews    0* (4b)      Younis Khan    3-2-7-1

47.1

Younis Khan to Mathews, no run, punches it back to the bowler and an excited Younis flings the ball to the wicketkeeper

47.2

Younis Khan to Mathews, no run, stays right behind the line and defends with soft hands

47.3

Younis Khan to Mathews, 3 runs, welcome to Test cricket Mr Mathews! He shuffles and clips a half volley on the pads down to deep square leg

47.4

Younis Khan to Dilshan, no run, strays down the leg side and he tries to pull it away but misses

47.5

Younis Khan to Dilshan, no run, tries to slam it past point but he ends up chopping it on the turf

47.6

Younis Khan to Dilshan, no run, good length outside off and he leaves it alone

End of over 48 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 163/5
TM Dilshan    11* (25b 2x4)      Younis Khan    4-2-10-1
AD Mathews    3* (7b)      Shoaib Malik    2-1-3-0

48.1

Shoaib Malik to Mathews, no run, gets forward and smothers the spin

48.2

Shoaib Malik to Mathews, no run, gets beside the line and tries to pinch a single to point

48.3

Shoaib Malik to Mathews, FOUR, enough is enough, he chips down the track to a flighted delivery and launches him over mid-on, two bounces and four

48.4

Shoaib Malik to Mathews, no run, slower through the air and he pushes it to the covers

48.5

Shoaib Malik to Mathews, 1 run, stays behind the line and defends with soft hands

48.6

Shoaib Malik to Dilshan, no run, gets a bit more turn this time and Dilshan defends it well

End of over 49 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 168/5
TM Dilshan    11* (26b 2x4)      Shoaib Malik    3-1-8-0
AD Mathews    8* (12b 1x4)      Younis Khan    4-2-10-1

49.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run, gets well forward and smothers the spin

49.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, 1 run, strays on the pads and he nudges it wide of leg slip

49.3

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, 2 runs, now Dilshan decides to go over the top, he chips down the track but doesn't quite time it well enough, he clears midwicket and the ball is pulled back before the rope

49.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, FOUR, he was in better control of it this time, he gets on his knee and sweeps over square leg, fine leg isn't square enough to cut it off

49.5

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, gets forward and defends

49.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, 1 run, nudges him down to fine leg and he'll retain the strike

End of over 50 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 176/5
TM Dilshan    18* (30b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    12-3-36-0
AD Mathews    9* (14b 1x4)      Shoaib Malik    3-1-8-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
Series Results
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (SSC) - Jul 20-24, 2009
Match drawn
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (PSS) - Jul 12-14, 2009
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Galle - Jul 4-7, 2009
Sri Lanka won by 50 runs
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Jul 7, 2009

Ajantha Mendis goes past Umar Gul's defences, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day, July 7, 2009

Ajantha Mendis goes past Umar Gul's defences

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Jul 7, 2009

Kumar Sangakkara is all smiles after winning his first Test as captain, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day, July 7, 2009

Kumar Sangakkara is all smiles after winning his first Test as captain

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