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Right, Vaas charges in to Manzoor.All set!

Also, a makeshift West Indies team is trailing the Test series with Bangladesh 1-0, and is not looking too good in the second game in Grenada.

We have three matches taking place today, but being a dead rubber, this isn't the top draw. Australia are chasing a record 522 at Lord's and thanks to Clarke and Haddin, have reached 313 for 5. Can they pull it off?

Kasun joins in: "To be fair Chamara Kapugedara is not given enough chance to prove himself. Mendis seems to be out of rhythm, he is either bowling short or too full. And he does not turn his leg cutter as much as he did previously. There is something wrong with him. Coaches should sort this out very quickly. He is going to be our major trump after the departure of Murali."

We are just about five minutes away from the start now.

Haliastur: "I really wish that we could make alternate realities for all these "arm-chair" pundits, so that they could go on "chop-chop" all they like & try building a national cricket team at the same time. My only answer to these "trigger-happy" critics is that, if it was to them, the world would never have heard of a Sanath Jayasuriya (as he was always getting out for low scores in the middle order -- his avg. was around 14 when he was promoted) or even a Marvan Atapattu, for that matter. "

Thirucumaran - In India, it's usually spelt with a K - responds to Shehan: "Chamara Kapugedara is the Sri Lankan version of Ian Bell and Xavier Marshall...someone who is so extremely gifted but is not cut out for the international level."

Sharoun: "Danish Kaneria has given a chance, meaning 2 spinners will play. I think Abdul Razzaq or Faisal Iqbal should have been given a chance inplace of Malik, Malik hasn't performed in the both the tests. This is a dead rubber and one of the two should have been given a chance."

Pitch: Plenty of rain on Thursday and Friday, so there is moisture. So the seamers won't mind that. A bit of grass as well just to spice things up.

Shehan: "Chamara Kapugedera must be given a chance in place of Malinda Warnapura and also Ajantha medis must be dropped as he is not performing." One wish granted.

Toss: Younis calls and loses. Sri Lanka will bowl. Vaas comes in for Mendis - a four-seam attack for the hosts. "We've got a lot of pride at stake here", says Sangakkara though the quote is more pertinent to the Pakistanis. Not a surprising call by Sanga in these overcast conditions. "I would have batted anyway," says Younis. Wears a cheerful, confident look as ever. "If we don't collapse, we should do well," he remarks. Wise words. Pakistan have made one change, Kaneria comes in for Rauf.

9.27am It's an overcast day in Colombo, but it's gradually brightening up. Though there are some showers forecast for later in the day. Lets live in the present. The game should start on time...nice, refreshing breeze blowing around. A chaotic scene out in the middle with the players all scattered and warming up.

9.15am local time Welcome, folks, to Cricinfo's coverage of the third and final Test being played in Colombo. The series has been decided and Pakistan will be playing for pride. Sri Lanka will be eyeing a whitewash to give their fast-bowling stalwart Chaminda Vaas a fitting farewell. It's been a series of collapses - four of them with Pakistan at the receiving end of three, resulting in their loss. Low-scoring Tests often make for exciting cricket, but lets see how this SSC pitch plays out. Until the toss, which is still a good half-hour away, read the preview and check out the timeline of Vaas' illustrious career.

0.1

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, a loosener to begin with, slightly short on leg stump, held its line, tucked to square leg

0.2

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, down the leg side and swinging further away from Dilshan who dives well to his left to show off his rather admirable wicketkeeping skills

0.3

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, bending it back in, that's his trademark, good length on the off, defended off the back foot in the direction of cover

0.4

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, a touch fuller and this time shaping away from the right hander, Manzoor shoulders arms

0.5

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short of a good length on middle and off, rocks back and defends it watchfully towards cover

0.6

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, oooh, almost, came back in sharply and caught him right in front as he came front and across to work that into the leg side, but a thick inside edge onto his pads saved him, there's a short fine leg in place and it landed just short of him, more a leg slip actually

End of over 1 (maiden) Pakistan 0/0
Khurram Manzoor    0* (6b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-1-0-0
Fawad Alam    0* (0b)     

Kulasekara - he's had a great series - to bowl with three slips and a gully

1.1

Kulasekara to Fawad Alam, 1 run, held its line, landed on a good length on the off, Alam just turns it wide of midwicket for a single to get off the mark

1.2

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, back of a length, came back in, bowled at 126.7 kmph, punched off the back foot to mid-on

Parthepan: "I think SL might have outsmarted themselves here. Just drop Angelo if this is supposed to be Vaas' farewell, then Angelo comes right back in against NZ later this season. Instead, Mendis gets dropped because of poor form. Give him a chance to work himself out of it. Now what will Sri Lanka due when Murali is fit? Wait around for Herath to lose form for Mendis to return? Play three spinners in preparation for the tour of India? How exactly is Mendis going to return to form with no domestic cricket? And what if the SSC starts turning, the second best spinner for this match is Dilshan and he's keeping. Sanga going to don the gloves for some Dilshan spells?"

1.3

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, darting back in again from middle, drifting down leg and Manzoor is struck high on the pads as he tries to let that go

1.4

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, fuller and Manzoor covers the movement well, getting back and defending it cautiously on the leg side towards midwicket

1.5

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, FOUR, flirting with it outside off and scores, just about! Full and wide, was moving away, drove at it with little intent with a bit of a reach, got a thick outside edge wide of a diving gully for a boundary

1.6

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, moving in from a good length outside off, he knew where his off stump was, waited for it and saw it through to the keeper

It's Sid Talya taking you through the commentary today

End of over 2 (5 runs) Pakistan 5/0
Khurram Manzoor    4* (11b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-5-0
Fawad Alam    1* (1b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-1-0-0

2.1

Vaas to Fawad Alam, no run, good probing line outside off from Vaas, lands on a driving length but Alam is determined, lets it go

Two slips and two gullys for Vaas

2.2

Vaas to Fawad Alam, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, bunts it behind point for a quick single

2.3

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, fullish outside off, just a hint of movement into the batsman but its wide enough for him to shoulder arms

2.4

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, 2 runs, good length on middle and off, played inside the line there, didn't anticipate the away movement, tried to push through the line, got a thick edge between point and gully for a couple of runs

2.5

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, pushed him back with a slightly shorter one on middle, defended off the back foot towards point, bowled that one at 121.2 kmph

2.6

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, excellent keeping from Dilshan, was down the leg side and he flings himself to his left to pluck that with his left glove, acrobatic stuff

End of over 3 (3 runs) Pakistan 8/0
Khurram Manzoor    6* (15b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    2-1-3-0
Fawad Alam    2* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-5-0

Salman Abdul Razzak: "It seems like everything that is happening around the world in test cricket at the moment is in the support or in the face of some ICC suggestions to save test cricket.

If there was a world test championship in place, this match between SL and Pak would not be a dead rubber. It would have valuable points + possibly bonus points riding on it. Remember the Asian test championship where Sri Lanka made it to the final with Bonus points?

If test matches are reduced to 4 days instead of 5, the 2nd Ashes test would have been reduced to a tame draw instead of the mouth-watering last day contest that starts in 5 hours.

The umpiring blunders in the Sri Lanka Pakistan and the Ashes series have shown the need for referrals to be put in place as soon as possible.

The fact that Bangladesh and a second string West Indies side are competing closely means there is a serious need for the two-tier structure.

And Finally, Flintoff will come steaming in with a new ball to Michael Clark tomorrow with England needing 5 wickets."

3.1

Kulasekara to Fawad Alam, no run, a touch too wide outside off, Alam doesn't have to play at it

3.2

Kulasekara to Fawad Alam, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets back and slices that uppishly but just short of point

3.3

Kulasekara to Fawad Alam, 2 runs, fuller, overpitched, gets to the pitch and just pushes it through the line, wide of mid-off, for a couple, well timed

3.4

Kulasekara to Fawad Alam, no run, good length on middle, gets across just a touch and pushes that to midwicket

3.5

Kulasekara to Fawad Alam, no run, banged in short on leg stump, Alam ducks under it easily

3.6

Kulasekara to Fawad Alam, no run, getting it to leave the left hander, lands on a good length, Alam has nothing to do with it

End of over 4 (2 runs) Pakistan 10/0
Fawad Alam    4* (9b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-7-0
Khurram Manzoor    6* (15b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    2-1-3-0

4.1

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, 3 runs, shot! Overpitched outside off and gets the treatment, stops dead in the outfield, crunches it through cover, a slow outfield this

4.2

Vaas to Fawad Alam, 1 run, angling it on the pads, tucked away towards fine leg for a single

4.3

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, on middle and leg, hitting a good length consistently, worked to square leg from the crease

4.4

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, leaving the right hander, trying to tempt him into playing the drive but Manzoor isn't falling for it

4.5

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, much fuller on the off stump, gets forward, opens the face slightly and guides it to point

4.6

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, moving back in from middle, worked away straight to square leg, easily negotiated

End of over 5 (4 runs) Pakistan 14/0
Khurram Manzoor    9* (20b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    3-1-7-0
Fawad Alam    5* (10b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-7-0

A trickle of fans at the ground, and the band is already in full flow. The ever-present trumpet keeping the crowd entertained.

5.1

Kulasekara to Fawad Alam, no run, short and wide, slashes hard away from his body, a touch too close to cut, misses

5.2

Kulasekara to Fawad Alam, no run, length ball outside off and moving away a touch, left alone to the keeper

5.3

Kulasekara to Fawad Alam, no run, much closer to the off stump but Alam handles it well, gets forward and allows it through to Dilshan

5.4

Kulasekara to Fawad Alam, no run, shortish on the off stump, gets back and cuts that to point

5.5

Kulasekara to Fawad Alam, no run, thick outside edge but just falls short of gully, caught him walking there, good length but Alam is not quite to the pitch there and tries to play that with an open face

5.6

Kulasekara to Fawad Alam, 2 runs, closes the face a little too early this time, a teasing length on middle, produces the edge again but all along the ground wide of gully

End of over 6 (2 runs) Pakistan 16/0
Fawad Alam    7* (16b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-9-0
Khurram Manzoor    9* (20b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    3-1-7-0

6.1

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, FOUR, a gift, short begging to be hit and Manzoor obliges,getting into position early and dispatching it through square leg

6.2

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, good length on middle and off, defended watchfully back to the bowler

6.3

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, clips the pads on the way to Dilshan, straying down the leg side, Manzoor fails to execute the attempted leg glance

6.4

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, bowled at 118.3 kmph, bowled on a good length outside off, defended with bat close to pads on the front foot

6.5

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short of a good length outside off, moves back in a hint, Manzoor lets it through

6.6

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, 1 run, trying to trap him in front there, getting it to move back in from outside off into middle, Manzoor shuffles but gets his bat down in time to flick that away to fine leg for a single

End of over 7 (5 runs) Pakistan 21/0
Khurram Manzoor    14* (26b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-1-12-0
Fawad Alam    7* (16b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-9-0

First bowling change. Thushara replaces Kulasekara.

7.1

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, pacy, perhaps the quickest ball we've had today, 132.5 kmph, good length on middle, defended back to the bowler

Three slips and a gully

7.2

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short of a good length on the off, punched off the back foot towards cover

Omar: "Younis Khan keeps talking about this Pakistan team being a young team in the rebuilding stage that needs to be given time, but I think he is going nowhere by opening with Fawad Alam. Fawad may well go on and score another big hundred here - and having played alongside him at the U-15 level, I hope he does - but clearly Fawad's technique is not good enough to be opening in tests. He should bat in the middle order and Pakistan should open with a regular opener in order to build a strong side that can be successful playing in any country."

7.3

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, 2 runs, bad ball, short outside off, cut away but not as firmly behind point for a couple of runs, the ball isn't travelling through the outfield

7.4

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short on leg stump, tries to fend it away, is struck on the thigh pad

7.5

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, gets him forward and tries to do him in with the one that comes in, the inside edge saves Manzoor again, a short square leg in place and though that lobs up, it falls well short of him

7.6

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, back of a length on middle, rocks back and defends it dead on the pitch

End of over 8 (2 runs) Pakistan 23/0
Khurram Manzoor    16* (32b 2x4)      T Thushara    1-0-2-0
Fawad Alam    7* (16b)      WPUJC Vaas    4-1-12-0

8.1

Vaas to Fawad Alam, no run, driving length outside off, gets some late movement away from the left hander and Alam promptly lets it go

A short square leg and a short point in place for Alam

8.2

Vaas to Fawad Alam, no run, teasing him again, trying to tempt him into playing the drive, moves away and left alone

8.3

Vaas to Fawad Alam, no run, moves front and across and bunts that short of a good length delivery into the leg side towards mid-on

8.4

Vaas to Fawad Alam, no run, full and wide, not overpitched but its there to drive, Alam isn't having any of this, he's keen to play a long innings and remains patient, allows it through

8.5

Vaas to Fawad Alam, 2 runs, senses a chance and takes advantage, slightly short this time, gets back and cuts it between cover and point for a couple more, would have gone for a boundary under normal circumstances but outfield is lush and the grass keeps the ball in check

Zeeshan: "In response to Omar here best openers in the cricket history are not specialists.. its just about commitment to stay on the crease and determination to perform. I think Fawad is a young kid enthusiastic enough and lets give him a chance we have given our specialist more then enough games..."

The ball appears to have gone out shape, and the umpires have called for a change.

8.6

Vaas to Fawad Alam, no run, swinging away from outside off, Alam lets it go, Vaas has hit the right lengths in this innings but the openers have handled him well

End of over 9 (2 runs) Pakistan 25/0
Fawad Alam    9* (22b)      WPUJC Vaas    5-1-14-0
Khurram Manzoor    16* (32b 2x4)      T Thushara    1-0-2-0

9.1

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets back and defends it towards mid-on

9.2

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, much fuller on the off, pushes it to mid-off, calls for a single but Alam is not interested

9.3

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, good length outside off and comes back in but Manzoor lets it go, a touch too close to the off stump but he had it covered

9.4

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, moving away, and sharply too, lands on the off and darts away, Manzoor shoulders arms

9.5

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short of a good length on middle, he's good at handling these, defended comfortably to mid-on

9.6

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, 2 runs, good length on middle and leg, flicked away behind square for a couple of runs

Pakistan have started well. So have Sri Lanka; their bowlers have been disciplined, maintained a tight line but despite the assistance from the wicket and the conditions, the openers have looked determined. There haven't been too many plays and misses. They have only gone for the shots when they have been totally confident of pulling them off. Anything in the corridor, they haven't bothered to play.

End of over 10 (2 runs) Pakistan 27/0
Khurram Manzoor    18* (38b 2x4)      T Thushara    2-0-4-0
Fawad Alam    9* (22b)      WPUJC Vaas    5-1-14-0

10.1

Kulasekara to Fawad Alam, no run, good length again, swinging away, allows it to the keeper

10.2

Kulasekara to Fawad Alam, no run, fuller but a touch too wide, Alam decides not to play at it

10.3

Kulasekara to Fawad Alam, no run, good length and good seam movement away from the left hander, left alone, and there's some bright sunshine now

10.4

Kulasekara to Fawad Alam, 2 runs, full on the off, presents the straight bat and punches it past the bowler for a couple wide of mid-off

10.5

Kulasekara to Fawad Alam, 1 run, too close to play his favoured cut, landed on the off stump and moved away just a hint, got a thick inside edge behind square, didn't miss the leg stump by much

10.6

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, swinging into the right hander, drops it with soft hands wide of slip

End of over 11 (3 runs) Pakistan 30/0
Khurram Manzoor    18* (39b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-12-0
Fawad Alam    12* (27b)      T Thushara    2-0-4-0

Moiz: "The outburst about Fawwad's technique is a little too much and going out of proportions. Let the guy play. He still has lots of ground to cover, but he did out performed the best available technically sound Pakistani batsmen, like Misbah ul Haq. So people need to check his domestic records and then say about his technique. Fawwad is a three tool player and he can fit in all three forms of game equally well."

11.1

Thushara to Fawad Alam, FOUR, punished, short and wide, a lot of width there and he slashes it hard behind point for his first boundary

11.2

Thushara to Fawad Alam, OUT, gone! Shot away from a good length just outside off, moved away just as he prodded at it from the crease, got a thin edge straight through to Dilshan

Fawad Alam c †Dilshan b Thushara 16 (51m 29b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.17

A timely wicket for Sri Lanka. Alam was looking good. There haven't been too many plays and misses, as I had said earlier, but a momentary lapse there by the left-hander has cost him his wicket. Excellent delivery from Thushara.

Dilshan's had some treatment with the magic spray. Nothing serious. Younis to face.

11.3

Thushara to Younis Khan, no run, good length outside off and moving in, gets forward and guides that to point

11.4

Thushara to Younis Khan, 2 runs, aiming for the lbw, came back in from the off stump, was much fuller and fortunately for Younis, despite the uncertain footwork, he played it with a straight bat to push that wide of mid-off

11.5

Thushara to Younis Khan, OUT, He's dragged it on! Short outside off, good bounce, gets into good position to chop that through point, got the inside edge and it clipped the off stump

Younis Khan b Thushara 2 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

A good start squandered by Pakistan in a space of a few deliveries. Sri Lanka have taken the honours in the first hour of play. Mohammad Yousuf to face the music.

11.6

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, had him in a spot of bother there, inside edge straight into the pads, was almost done in by the inward movement as he tried to push that into the leg side

End of over 12 (6 runs) Pakistan 36/2
Mohammad Yousuf    0* (1b)      T Thushara    3-0-10-2
Khurram Manzoor    18* (39b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-12-0

12.1

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, 4 byes, down the leg side, swings down further, Dilshan gets four byes to his name, he had no chance and he can yell at Kulasekara all he want during the lunch break

12.2

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, a lot of movement in these conditions, good length on middle, pushes it back to the bowler from the crease

Two slips in place

12.3

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, 1 run, waits for it to move it back into him, flicked away towards fine leg, nice turn of the wrists

12.4

Kulasekara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, Yousuf defends that solidly back to the bowler, good length on the off, covers the movement well by getting to the pitch

12.5

Kulasekara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 bye, down the leg side, tries to glance it fine, gets no touch to it and Dilshan fumbles that while attempting another acrobatic dive to his left, concedes a bye, this time as a result of his own doing

12.6

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, landed well outside off and moved back in to just miss off, but Yousuf, with all his experience, had his stumps well covered while letting it go

End of over 13 (6 runs) Pakistan 42/2
Khurram Manzoor    19* (43b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-13-0
Mohammad Yousuf    0* (3b)      T Thushara    3-0-10-2

13.1

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, back of a length on middle, leaps upto him, tries to whip it through square, gets an inside edge onto his thighs

13.2

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, short of a good length on the off, defended off the back foot towards point

13.3

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, angling it away from the right hander, gets back and defends it towards point from the crease

13.4

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, similar delivery and handled in an almost identical manner, a little further away from him this time, straight to point

13.5

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, hurling it down the leg side, Yousuf doesn't connect on the attempted glance down to fine leg

13.6

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, good length on middle, defended back to the bowler from the crease

End of over 14 (maiden) Pakistan 42/2
Mohammad Yousuf    0* (9b)      T Thushara    4-1-10-2
Khurram Manzoor    19* (43b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-13-0

Viresh: "In response to Parthepan, the reason Sri Lanka has been successful is because they have not been afraid to put even their star players on SL A team tours to work on their form. This might well be what happens to Mendis. Would be good for him too. On the topic of Younis Khan asking for his time for his young team to developed,.. one needs to point out to him that it is mainly his senior players who are not performing."

14.1

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, 1 run, moving it in, turned away firmly to deep square leg for a single

14.2

Kulasekara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, short of a good length on middle and leg, swinging in, turned away to square leg

14.3

Kulasekara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, short and wide, too wide, Yousuf is having none of the nonsense, lets it go

14.4

Kulasekara to Mohammad Yousuf, 3 runs, nicely played, waited for it to come towards him and opened the face at the right time to guide that between the slips and gully for three runs to get off the mark

14.5

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, swung away this time, Manzoor was flummoxed and was lucky not to get an edge as he fished for it

14.6

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, normal services resumed, an inswinger landing short of a good length on the off, defended into the leg side

End of over 15 (4 runs) Pakistan 46/2
Khurram Manzoor    20* (46b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-17-0
Mohammad Yousuf    3* (12b)      T Thushara    4-1-10-2

15.1

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, moving away, angling it across Yousuf who leaves it alone

15.2

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, short of a good length on the off, appeared to hold its line this time, defended from the crease towards slip

Square leg has been pushed back

15.3

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, good length outside off, a hint of away movement, left alone to the keeper

15.4

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, bowled at 133.7, a touch fuller on the off, defended off the front foot towards cover

15.5

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, pitched up on the off stump, in the slot for Yousuf who takes full toss by punching that down the ground for a boundary to bring up his team's fifty

15.6

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, short of a good length on the off, defended, slightly away from his body, towards point

End of over 16 (4 runs) Pakistan 50/2
Mohammad Yousuf    7* (18b 1x4)      T Thushara    5-1-14-2
Khurram Manzoor    20* (46b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-17-0

Andrew: "let's get herath on and get rid of yousuf". The first half of your prayers have been answered. A slip and short leg.

16.1

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, spun away to beat the outside edge, landed on the off, reached forward to defend and it zipped away to the keeper, encouraging start

16.2

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, flighted on middle and leg, too full, pushed back to the bowler

16.3

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, tossed up on the off, dug out towards cover off the front foot

16.4

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, 1 run, angling it in on the pads, turned away behind square for a single

16.5

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, threw it up, pushed him back straightaway, landed short of a good length and he defended it to point

16.6

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, giving it a lot of air, lands on the off stump, bends low and sweeps it wide of short fine for a single

End of over 17 (2 runs) Pakistan 52/2
Mohammad Yousuf    8* (20b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-2-0
Khurram Manzoor    21* (50b 2x4)      T Thushara    5-1-14-2

17.1

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, banged in short on middle, not seen too many bouncers today, Yousuf ducks under it easily

17.2

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, back of a length on the off, bowled at 131.6 kmph, defended towards point

17.3

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, 1 bye, came back in, Dilshan fumbles that as Manzoor lets it through to concede a bye

Adeel: "Younis Khan is becoming habitual with Short Pitch stuff on Off side. How many times he will repeat same shot and got out. I am sick of reading/watching his mode of dismissal i.e. Chopped on his stumps. I wonder how many 1 down batsman got out in this fashion more frequently. Pakistan is facing an up hill task and i am not very optimistic for them in this test either."

17.4

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, 3 runs, excellent shot, a fraction short on middle and he seizes the length early, rocks back and pulls it through midwicket for three more

17.5

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, angling it into the right hander but Manzoor handles it well, shuffling a touch and shouldering arms

17.6

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, 3 runs, overpitched on the off, crunched through mid-off for three more, Sanga gives chase, the sun is out again

End of over 18 (8 runs) Pakistan 60/2
Khurram Manzoor    24* (53b 2x4)      T Thushara    6-1-21-2
Mohammad Yousuf    12* (23b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-2-0

Just a slip in place for Herath now

18.1

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, tossed up outside off, spun away, left alone

18.2

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, much flatter this time, fullish on the off, defended to cover

18.3

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, lands on a good length on the off, defended with a reach towards cover

18.4

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, 1 run, the straighter one, was really late in picking it, got a thick inside edge behind square for a single, much quicker through the air

18.5

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, SIX, superb stuff, tossed up and Yousuf is tempted, charges down the track and with a free flow of the bat, clears long-off with ease, the best way to tackle the slow outfield

18.6

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, flighted on middle and off, swept straight to short fine, he's looking to score off him which is good to see

End of over 19 (7 runs) Pakistan 67/2
Mohammad Yousuf    18* (25b 1x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-9-0
Khurram Manzoor    25* (57b 2x4)      T Thushara    6-1-21-2

19.1

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short and wide, Manzoor lets it go through, there to cut, but he restrains himself

19.2

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, good length on the off, held its line there, defended solidly towards cover off the front foot

19.3

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, FOUR, poor ball, too short, too wide and gets the deserved treatment, smacked through point for a boundary, powerfully struck

Anish: "Just to support Adeel, this is from the second test.

Thushara to Younis Khan, OUT, big blow for Pakistan, Younis Khan chops it on to his stumps, it was a short ball and the angle was taking it across the batsman, who tries to cut it but gets a bottom edge, one bounce and it rattles the stumps, a duck for Younis

Younis Khan b Thushara 0 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00"

19.4

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, round the wicket this time, angling it into the right hander, stays rooted to his crease and defends it back to the bowler

19.5

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, good length on the off, gets to the pitch this time and defends it to cover

19.6

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, (no ball) 3 runs, poor ball, bowling in his zone, what's worse, it's a no-ball, meaty delivery on the pads, flicked away wide of mid-on for three more

19.6

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, 3 runs, he's been indisciplined this over has Thushara, full on the pads, another hit-me ball, and Yousuf drives that gracefully through mid-on for three runs, 11 off the over

End of over 20 (11 runs) Pakistan 78/2
Mohammad Yousuf    21* (26b 1x4 1x6)      T Thushara    7-1-32-2
Khurram Manzoor    32* (63b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-9-0

The short leg is back for Herath

20.1

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, flat on middle, gets a faint inside edge on the pads as he tries to close the face, lobs up, but well over short leg

20.2

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, tight line, on middle and leg, turned wide of the close-in fielder on the leg side

20.3

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, flighted outside off, gets to the pitch and drives it to cover

20.4

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, tossed up on the off, spins away to beat the outside edge as he comes forward to defend

20.5

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, dipping in towards middle, pushed off the front foot to cover, calls for a single but its not there

20.6

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, lands full on middle, the head is still and he rocks forward to drop it short of cover

End of over 21 (maiden) Pakistan 78/2
Mohammad Yousuf    21* (32b 1x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    3-1-9-0
Khurram Manzoor    32* (63b 3x4)      T Thushara    7-1-32-2

Salman Arshad: "PAK vs AUS in UAE 3.1 Bracken to Younis Khan, OUT, drags it onto the stumps, short of a good length outside off, gets a hint of inward movement, Younis plays at it, away from his body, gets a thin edge to clip the off stump"

Angelo Matthews comes on

21.1

Mathews to Khurram Manzoor, no run, a touch too wide to start with, moves away after landing full outside off, left alone to the keeper

21.2

Mathews to Khurram Manzoor, 2 runs, overpitched, driven through the covers for a couple of runs

21.3

Mathews to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short of a length outside off, bowled at 127.5 kmph, left alone to the keeper

21.4

Mathews to Khurram Manzoor, no run, full, but too wide, he hasn't quite got his direction right here, left alone to the keeper

21.5

Mathews to Khurram Manzoor, 2 runs, overpitched again, drilled through the covers but can't get it past the heavy outfield, two more

21.6

Mathews to Khurram Manzoor, no run, wide again, getting the movement but he needs to bowl it much straighter, Manzoor lets it go

End of over 22 (4 runs) Pakistan 82/2
Khurram Manzoor    36* (69b 3x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-4-0
Mohammad Yousuf    21* (32b 1x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    3-1-9-0

22.1

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, Herath bowls it short and is taken to task, Yousuf rocks back and crashes it through point for a boundary, brings up the 50-stand, good recovery after those two quick blows

22.2

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, drifting it into middle and gets it to shoot away from the outside edge as Yousuf is uncertain about how to handle it

22.3

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, short of a good length on the off, spins away, defended to point

22.4

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, quicker through the air, just wide of leg stump, misses out on the sweep

22.5

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, flighted on the off, drives that inside out through mid-off for a single

22.6

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, held its line, didn't get it to spin though it seemed he gave it a bit of a rip, defended with a lunge to cover

End of over 23 (5 runs) Pakistan 87/2
Khurram Manzoor    36* (70b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-1-14-0
Mohammad Yousuf    26* (37b 2x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    1-0-4-0

23.1

Mathews to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, shot of the day, Matthews continues to struggle, full and wide, gets forward and drives it elegantly through point for a boundary

23.2

Mathews to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, good length outside off, much better this time, moved away, Yousuf lets it go

23.3

Mathews to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, driven crisply again but straight to cover this time, there wasn't much force in the shot there, just a punch

23.4

Mathews to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, full and wide, testing length, gets it to move away but Yousuf isn't tempted

23.5

Mathews to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, restrains himself from playing the cut, was there to hit but Yousuf probably realised that was a little too wide

23.6

Mathews to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, square-driven, overpitched but there's cover in the deep, straight to deep point for a single

End of over 24 (5 runs) Pakistan 92/2
Mohammad Yousuf    31* (43b 3x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    2-0-9-0
Khurram Manzoor    36* (70b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-1-14-0

24.1

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, flatter on the off stump from round the wicket, guided to point with a reach

24.2

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, pushed him back with the one that went with the arm, defended back to the bowler

24.3

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, leading edge but just short of point! Tossed up on middle, spun away as he tried to turn that wide of square leg, almost.

24.4

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, makes up for the lapse the previous ball, short and wide, senses the opportunity, rocks back and cuts it away hard through point for a boundary

24.5

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, flighted outside off, thought of the sweep but changed his mind at the last moment and pushed it back to the bowler

24.6

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, inviting him to drive, Yousuf accepts it but there's no flourish, just a gentle push to cover

End of over 25 (4 runs) Pakistan 96/2
Mohammad Yousuf    35* (49b 4x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    5-1-18-0
Khurram Manzoor    36* (70b 3x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-9-0

25.1

Mathews to Khurram Manzoor, no run, full outside off, moving away, bowled at 129.8 kmph, left alone to the keeper

25.2

Mathews to Khurram Manzoor, no run, fishing for it, got it to angle in from wide of the crease and shoot away after pitching, Manzoor withdrew his bat but it had already gone past him

25.3

Mathews to Khurram Manzoor, no run, moving in this time, gets well outside the line and defends it back to the bowler

25.4

Mathews to Khurram Manzoor, no run, held its line this time, landed on a good length outside off, left alone to the keeper

25.5

Mathews to Khurram Manzoor, no run, moving away, driving length, much better over from Matthews, Manzoor, playing for lunch, lets it through

25.6

Mathews to Khurram Manzoor, FOUR, prodded at it but played it down with soft hands, landed on a good length on the off stump and moved away, played slightly inside the line to that one, got a thick edge through gully and slip for a boundary

End of over 26 (4 runs) Pakistan 100/2
Khurram Manzoor    40* (76b 4x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-13-0
Mohammad Yousuf    35* (49b 4x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    5-1-18-0

Herath to bowl the last over before lunch.

26.1

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, flighted on middle, driven down the ground towards a widish long-off

26.2

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, flatter, lands full on the off, defended towards point

26.3

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, 2 runs, held it back a touch, pitched it slightly short of a good length but Manzoor was well forward, spun away to take the outside edge, but well wide of slip for a couple more

26.4

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, a slinging action for that delivery, hurled it on the off stump, went with the arm, defended towards cover

26.5

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short and wide, spins away, gets some decent bounce, left alone

Two slips for the last delivery

26.6

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, bowled with a flattish trajectory on a good length on the off, defended with a lunge onto the pitch and its lunch

An evenly fought session for the most part, with Pakistan retaining a slight edge at the end of it, thanks to this partnership. Yousuf has looked solid, while Manzoor has hung on amid some nervy moments. Pakistan had started well, but those two wickets by Thushara in one over pegged them back, and threatened a repeat of the collapses that have cost them this series. However, Yousuf and Manzoor have handled the conditions - tilted in favour of the bowlers for the morning session - well, scoring at a decent pace to take Pakistan to a good position going into the break. Join us again in about 35 minutes.

End of over 27 (3 runs) Pakistan 103/2
Khurram Manzoor    42* (81b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-1-21-0
Mohammad Yousuf    36* (50b 4x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    3-0-13-0

Sandaru leads the Chaminda Vaas tributes, though we'll see more of such e-mails as the game nears its end: "Chaminda Vaas has been a great cricketer, not only to Sri Lanka but to the whole cricketing world. It is very sad to say farewell to such an outstandinng and honest cricketer. Having taken more than 300 wickets in test, Sri Lanka will immensly miss his presence. Chaminda has been the best fast bowler ever produced by the country has been a role model of many young cricketers. Thank you for your incredible contribution to the country and bringing us so much contributions. We really apreciate it! Thank you and good luck for the future."

We are ready for the post-lunch action. Cricinfo's come out with its all-time Australian XI. Check it out here. Just some diversion before the game resumes. Yousuf and Manzoor are strolling out. Pakistan are looking good. Thushara will start proceedings.

27.1

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, held its line, guided it with an open face wide of the slips for a single

Three slips and a gully

27.2

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, back of a length on the off, bowled at 127.6 kmph, rocks back and drops it back to the bowler

27.3

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, fuller on middle, coming in a touch, gets forward and presents the straight bat to the bowler

27.4

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, FOUR, shot, short and wide, latches onto it quickly, gets back and smashes it through point for a boundary, he's nearing his half-century

27.5

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, FOUR, even better this time, short again but not as wide as the previous one, gets back and punches it standing tall through the covers for another four to bring up just his second fifty in Test cricket, well done

27.6

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, back of a length on middle, pushed to midwicket off the back foot, decides against the single with an ear-shattering scream that wakes up the crowd

End of over 28 (9 runs) Pakistan 112/2
Khurram Manzoor    50* (86b 6x4)      T Thushara    8-1-41-2
Mohammad Yousuf    37* (51b 4x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    6-1-21-0

Mayur Baruah - you from Assam? - has this to say: "Chaminda Vaas has been an important cog in the wheel for Sri Lankan Cricket and to the whole cricketing fraternity as such. A whole hearted cricketer, he would be surely and sorely be missed in the coming future in Tests at home and abroad. Hats off to his immense contribution. Good luck for the future buddy !!"

28.1

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, 3 runs, tossed up on middle and leg from Herath, driven firmly through midwicket for three more, Yousuf gets to 40

28.2

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, tossed up, lands on a good length on the off, defended with a lunge to cover

28.3

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, 1 run, short of a length on middle, pushed off the back foot wide of midwicket for a single

A slip and a short leg

28.4

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, flighted on the off, gets forward and drops it to cover

28.5

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, drifting it into middle, from round the wicket, defended onto the pitch

28.6

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, lands full on the off, Yousuf gets to the pitch and bunts that to mid-off

There was a threat of rain earlier in the day, but that seems to have disappeared now. Bright sunshine.

End of over 29 (4 runs) Pakistan 116/2
Mohammad Yousuf    40* (55b 4x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    7-1-25-0
Khurram Manzoor    51* (88b 6x4)      T Thushara    8-1-41-2

29.1

Thushara to Khurram Manzoor, 1 run, back of a length on the off, cut away to deep point for a single, rubbish delivery really, too short, too wide but he has cover in the deep

29.2

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, on middle and leg, turned away off the back foot through square leg, going along nicely these two

The band's playing: "Yeh shaam mastani". They have ag pretty good collection, these folks. A bunch of melodious golden oldies from the 70's

29.3

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

29.4

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, short of a good length on the off, pushed off the back foot towards point, a t the stumps, Yousuf is lazy to get his bat back into the crease but has made it safely in the end

29.5

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, poking at a full delivery outside off, it moves away to take the outside edge but lands just short of Paranavitana at first slip, close, but it was safe

29.6

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, slightly short on the off, tries to force it off the back foot through cover, gets a thick inside edge wide of midwicket for a single

Pakistan have scored at a decent rate today. They've touched four-an-over, despite the favourable bowling conditions. However, the pitch appears to have eased out now

End of over 30 (6 runs) Pakistan 122/2
Mohammad Yousuf    45* (60b 4x4 1x6)      T Thushara    9-1-47-2
Khurram Manzoor    52* (89b 6x4)      HMRKB Herath    7-1-25-0

30.1

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, tossed up on the off, reaches forward and defends it to cover

30.2

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, slightly short on middle, gets back and defends it towards point

30.3

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, flighted on the off, pushed off the front foot to cover

30.4

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, short of a good length on the off, no spin there, rocks back and drops it dead

30.5

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, gave it air this time, defended forward with a lunge

30.6

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, 3 runs, edged, but it's well wide of the slip fielder, short and wide, tries to force a cut, gets a thick outside edge behind point for three more

End of over 31 (3 runs) Pakistan 125/2
Mohammad Yousuf    48* (66b 4x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    8-1-28-0
Khurram Manzoor    52* (89b 6x4)      T Thushara    9-1-47-2

31.1

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, bouncer, outside off, Yousuf backs away from it

31.2

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, a touch fuller, and much better, just a fraction outside off, Yousuf shoulders arms to that one

31.3

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, poor ball, got his direction completely wrong there, totally harmless, too wide, left alone

31.4

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, beautifully timed, short of a good length outside off, waits for it and drives it on the up through the covers for a couple of runs to bring up his 29th Test half-century, fluent knock

31.5

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, slightly short on the off, punched off the back foot towards cover

31.6

Thushara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, good bouncer there, banged in short on middle, thinks of pulling it but realises its a little too high and evades it in time

End of over 32 (2 runs) Pakistan 127/2
Mohammad Yousuf    50* (72b 4x4 1x6)      T Thushara    10-1-49-2
Khurram Manzoor    52* (89b 6x4)      HMRKB Herath    8-1-28-0

32.1

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, tossed up on the off from round the wicket, defended solidly onto the pitch

Two slips and a short leg

32.2

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, good length outside off, pushed off the front foot to cover

32.3

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, fullish outside off, spins away, Manzoor lets it go

32.4

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, flighted on the off, waits for it and drops it onto the pitch

32.5

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, thrown up, lands full outside off, tapped off the front foot to cover

32.6

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, flighted on middle, plans his foot forward and bunts it to mid-off

End of over 33 (maiden) Pakistan 127/2
Khurram Manzoor    52* (95b 6x4)      HMRKB Herath    9-2-28-0
Mohammad Yousuf    50* (72b 4x4 1x6)      T Thushara    10-1-49-2

Kulasekara brought back into the attack

33.1

Kulasekara to Mohammad Yousuf, 3 runs, swinging in, but lands in the sweet spot on middle, driven away easily through midwicket for three runs

33.2

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, on middle and leg, not as full but still there to drive, defended to midwicket this time

Two slips and a short midwicket

33.3

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short of a good length on middle, rocks back and defends it into the off side

33.4

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, good length on the off, steady head this guy has, defends it rock solid back to the bowler

33.5

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, 1 run, short of a length on middle, whipped away wide of midwicket, gets a single, calls for the second but it's not there

33.6

Kulasekara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, getting it to reverse consistently, but these two are blocking superbly, defended forward into the off side

End of over 34 (4 runs) Pakistan 131/2
Mohammad Yousuf    53* (74b 4x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-21-0
Khurram Manzoor    53* (99b 6x4)      HMRKB Herath    9-2-28-0

34.1

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, 2 runs, quickish on leg stump, whipped away through midwicket for two more

34.2

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short and wide, chopped down to point off the back foot

34.3

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, 1 run, flighted outside off, pushed gently wide of mid-off for a quick single

Just the one slip for Yousuf

34.4

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, flighting it outside off, pushes it with a reach to cover

34.5

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, much straighter this time, full on middle and off, driven to mid-off

34.6

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, dipping into the right-hander, driven straight off the front foot to cover

End of over 35 (3 runs) Pakistan 134/2
Mohammad Yousuf    53* (77b 4x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    10-2-31-0
Khurram Manzoor    56* (102b 6x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-21-0

35.1

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, getting it to dart back in from outside off, wide enough for Manzoor to ignore

35.2

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, back of of a length on the off, punched to cover

35.3

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, much straighter on middle and leg, defended to mid-on

35.4

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, held it back a touch but Manzoor is much stronger on the back foot, came back in and he was in perfect position to negotiate that into the off side

35.5

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, overpitched and held its line, Manzoor is playing a patient hand here, not sucked into the drive, he shoulders arms instead

35.6

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short of a good length on middle, hurled at 127 kmph, tapped back to the bowler

End of over 36 (maiden) Pakistan 134/2
Khurram Manzoor    56* (108b 6x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-1-21-0
Mohammad Yousuf    53* (77b 4x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    10-2-31-0

36.1

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, nicely rotating the strike now, flighted on the off, driven to long-off for a single, that takes the partnership to 99

36.2

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, 2 runs, too straight, full on middle and leg, turned away firmly through midwicket for two more, brings up the century stand, excellent work

Back to over the wicket

36.3

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, flighted on the off, lands on a good length, rocks forward and knocks that towards mid-off

36.4

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, slightly short on the off and spins away, Manzoor leaves it be

36.5

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, FOUR, teasing him consistently with tossed up deliveries and he takes the chance this time, it lands full on the off and he smacks it back over the bowlers head for a boundary

36.6

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short and wide, goes for the cut, misses, realises its a lapse in concentration and promptly curses himself much to the mild amusement of some of the fielders around him

End of over 37 (7 runs) Pakistan 141/2
Khurram Manzoor    62* (113b 7x4)      HMRKB Herath    11-2-38-0
Mohammad Yousuf    54* (78b 4x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-1-21-0

37.1

Kulasekara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, nicely timed but straight to the fielder, full and wide, driven to extra cover where a fumble allows them a single

37.2

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, banged in short outside off, left alone, I would have been tempted to play the upper cut but that doesn't matter

37.3

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, slower one bowled short on middle, fends it away behind square

37.4

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short on the off, bowled at 125.2 kmph, leaps off the pitch, drops it on the pitch with soft hands

37.5

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, good length outside off, holds its line, lets it through to the keeper

37.6

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, gets wide of the crease and hurls a full delivery outside off, Manzoor is having none of it

End of over 38 (1 run) Pakistan 142/2
Khurram Manzoor    62* (118b 7x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-1-22-0
Mohammad Yousuf    55* (79b 4x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    11-2-38-0

38.1

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, flighted on middle, defended off the front foot into the off side

38.2

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, tossed up outside off, pushed straight to cover

38.3

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, giving it a lot of air, Yousuf trudges forward and plays it to cover

38.4

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, thrown up on middle, tickled behind square for a quick single, almost collided into his partner there but no damage done

38.5

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, over the wicket to Manzoor, good length but too wide, left alone

38.6

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, tossed up on middle and off, reaches forward and knocks it into the ground

End of over 39 (1 run) Pakistan 143/2
Khurram Manzoor    62* (120b 7x4)      HMRKB Herath    12-2-39-0
Mohammad Yousuf    56* (83b 4x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-1-22-0

39.1

Kulasekara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, mistimes the pull, hits the high end of the bat but lands safe behind square, good short ball but not well negotiated, two men in the deep for that shot

39.2

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, 1 run, wide of the crease, angling it into the right hander, dabs it late wide of point for a single

39.3

Kulasekara to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, edged, a lethargic push from the crease, short of a length, produces the thick edge and again, it lands short of Paranavitana and beats him to the ropes

39.4

Kulasekara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, good length just outside off, tapped wide of point for a single to bring up the 150 for Pakistan

39.5

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short outside off, gets behind it and drops it back to the bowler

Ramesh: "Wickets sliding down or partnerships ramping up, Nonetheless,Test Match triggers the adrenalin rush! Agree?"

39.6

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, 1 run, full toss on leg stump, flicked away neatly to fine leg for a single

End of over 40 (8 runs) Pakistan 151/2
Khurram Manzoor    64* (123b 7x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-1-30-0
Mohammad Yousuf    62* (86b 5x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    12-2-39-0

Vaas returns. Can he break this stand?

40.1

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short of a good length on middle, bowled at 110.8 kmph, defended back to the bowler

40.2

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, swinging it into the right hander, fullish on middle, worked to midwicket

40.3

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, tempting him outside off this time, trying to induce him into playing the drive but the Pakistanis have not fallen for that trap today

40.4

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, back of a length this time, getting it to move away, Manzoor shoulders arms

40.5

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, good length on the off, hurled at 117.1 kmph, defended to cover off the front foot

40.6

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, driving length outside off, holds its line and Manzoor, like he has done on so may occasions today, lets it go

End of over 41 (maiden) Pakistan 151/2
Khurram Manzoor    64* (129b 7x4)      WPUJC Vaas    6-2-14-0
Mohammad Yousuf    62* (86b 5x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-1-30-0

The pitch has eased out considerably now. The moisture that was there earlier for the bowlers to exploit has now dried up, and we might be in for a sizable Pakistan total here.

41.1

Kulasekara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, good length on the off, coming back in, defended back to the bowler

41.2

Kulasekara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, shorter, dropped short of point, calls for a single but Manzoor rightly sends him back

41.3

Kulasekara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, back of a length on the off, waits for it and opens the face really late to place it behind point for a single

41.4

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, fullish on the off, moves back in, defended solidly back to the bowler

41.5

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, full and wide, holds its line, Manzoor leaves it be

41.6

Kulasekara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, you can't lure him with that driving length, Manzoor has left those all day and he does it again

End of over 42 (1 run) Pakistan 152/2
Khurram Manzoor    64* (132b 7x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    11-1-31-0
Mohammad Yousuf    63* (89b 5x4 1x6)      WPUJC Vaas    6-2-14-0

42.1

Vaas to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, good length on the off, gets forward and guides it to point from the crease

42.2

Vaas to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, fishing for it, almost produces the edge, extracted some good bounce off the wicket there and it to shoot away from the bat

42.3

Vaas to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, leaves it alone this time, a touch fuller and he shoulders arms

Murtaza: "Khuram Manzoor surely deserves a place in Pakistan's test team now. If he hand'nt performed today he would surely have been dropped making way for either Salman or maybe Nasir jamshed

42.4

Vaas to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, fullish outside off, tapped off the front foot towards cover

42.5

Vaas to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, short of a length outside off, waits for it to come in and bunts it to point

42.6

Vaas to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, played it with soft hands, got it to move away and he edged that with an angled bast to slip, but it fell well short, got to Jayawardene on the bounce

End of over 43 (maiden) Pakistan 152/2
Mohammad Yousuf    63* (95b 5x4 1x6)      WPUJC Vaas    7-3-14-0
Khurram Manzoor    64* (132b 7x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    11-1-31-0

Herath back into the attack. He's been handled well today

43.1

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, over the wicket, flighted on leg stump, turned into the leg side, calls for a single but is sent back

43.2

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, bowling a leg-stump line, spins in towards middle, pushes it back to the bowler

43.3

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, on middle and off this time, gets forward and defends it to cover

43.4

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, 1 run, full outside off, drilled down the ground to long-off for a single

Aftab hints that Pakistan have missed a trick by leaving out Razzaq: "Pakistan has lost the series because of a missing alrounder who can bat at number 6. I wish somebody can make Younis Khan realize this fact."

43.5

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, bunts it off the front foot towards point

43.6

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, went with the arm that one, Yousuf came forward to defend, got a thick inside edge behind square, no single taken

End of over 44 (1 run) Pakistan 153/2
Mohammad Yousuf    63* (97b 5x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    13-2-40-0
Khurram Manzoor    65* (136b 7x4)      WPUJC Vaas    7-3-14-0

A short point in place for Vaas

44.1

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short of a length outside off, lets it go through to the keeper

44.2

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, missed run out, pushed it past the bowler in the direction of mid-off, Manzoor rushes through for a single and got absolutely no response from Yousuf who was looking at the ball, Vaas picked it up and took aim at the striker's end but missed, Manzoor was gone had that hit

44.3

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, 1 run, slightly short on middle, nudged through square leg for a single

44.4

Vaas to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, leans into the drive there, pushes it firmly wide mid-off for a single

Ather: "Test Match may not trigger adrenalin rush, but it sure provides you with memories of real classic cricket for years to come. It shows the difference between permanent and contemporary class, just like music from Beethoven compared to most of the contemporary music."

44.5

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets forward and taps that to cover

44.6

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, 1 run, short on middle, gets back and pulls it past the square leg umpire for a single, there is cover in the deep for that shot but he handled it well, keeping it down by rolling his wrists over it

End of over 45 (3 runs) Pakistan 156/2
Khurram Manzoor    67* (141b 7x4)      WPUJC Vaas    8-3-17-0
Mohammad Yousuf    64* (98b 5x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    13-2-40-0

45.1

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, flighted on leg stump from over the wicket,plays it back to the bowler

45.2

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, tossed up on the off, pushed through the line to mid-off

45.3

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, length ball on middle and off, dabbed towards cover

45.4

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, FOUR, flighted and full outside off, it's wide enough for him to free his arms and he thwacks it over the bowler's head for a boundary

45.5

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, much quicker through the air this time, short on the off, chopped down to point

45.6

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, flighted on the off, gets a big stride forward and defends

End of over 46 (4 runs) Pakistan 160/2
Khurram Manzoor    71* (147b 8x4)      HMRKB Herath    14-2-44-0
Mohammad Yousuf    64* (98b 5x4 1x6)      WPUJC Vaas    8-3-17-0

Talha: "In response to Murataza, its disappointingly amazing as to how we tend to judge based on a single innings. Earlier with Butt, its been the case where he fails for ten innings on a trot and then plays in one only to be given a life for the next 10. In Manzoor's case, I dont think he deserves a slot ; he still has his balance too much on his backfoot, his array of strokeplay is limited and is very inconsistent in both forms of cricket. However luckily for him, probably thats the best Paks got at the moment."

46.1

Vaas to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, bowled on a good length on leg stump, pushed to midwicket from the crease

46.2

Vaas to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, swinging it back in, got it to pitch on middle and off, Yousuf's bat turned in his hand as he tried to drive that past the bowler

46.3

Vaas to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, on middle and leg, gets forward and nudges it to midwicket

46.4

Vaas to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, angling it on the leg stump, tickled away nicely to fine leg for a single

Yasser: "I say there is a definite case for a new number 5 & 6 in tests after this debacle. Shahid Afridi or Abdul Razzak is just the kind of aggressive batsman needed at #6 while there's a new kid on the block Umar Akmal who made three centuries against the aussie A team batting at #5"

46.5

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, 1 run, gets front and across, Vaas senses an lbw but its flicked away easily towards deep square leg for a single

46.6

Vaas to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, good length on middle and leg, worked away from the crease through square leg into the deep, singles coming easily now

End of over 47 (3 runs) Pakistan 163/2
Mohammad Yousuf    66* (103b 5x4 1x6)      WPUJC Vaas    9-3-20-0
Khurram Manzoor    72* (148b 8x4)      HMRKB Herath    14-2-44-0

Shoaib: "Seems whenever we think Pakistan's problem at the top is resolved, it creeps back. The problem lies in the pitches as well as that in the minds. We play on low bounce pitches and the technique required to play on turning tracks and against good bowlers, hurts Pakistan. This can only be resolved, once we have solid players at the top. Though, Fawad Allam scored a century in the last test, I would love to see him bat against the Aussies on their pitches."

47.1

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, flighted on the off, eased off the front foot towards cover

47.2

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, pitched up on the off stump, driven through the line to long-off

47.3

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, flighted on the off, leans forward and defends it on the pitch

47.4

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short and wide, spins away, Manzoor leaves it be

47.5

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, 1 run, misfield at point, tries to drive through cover but gets a thick outside edge, earns a single

47.6

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, the straighter one, gets forward, closes the face and pushes it in front of midwicket, there's no single available

End of over 48 (2 runs) Pakistan 165/2
Mohammad Yousuf    67* (106b 5x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    15-2-46-0
Khurram Manzoor    73* (151b 8x4)      WPUJC Vaas    9-3-20-0

48.1

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, good length outside off, holding its line, Manzoor leaves it be

48.2

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, short on the off stump, defends it into the leg side with a slight shuffle

48.3

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, 2 runs, fullish outside off, gets forward and opens the face to guide it behind gully for a couple of runs

48.4

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, back of a length on middle, gets back and defends it on the pitch

48.5

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, fullish on the off, pushed straight to cover

48.6

Vaas to Khurram Manzoor, no run, bending it back in, on middle and leg, worked away into the leg side

The going has been slow in this session but Pakistan have preserved their wickets.

End of over 49 (2 runs) Pakistan 167/2
Khurram Manzoor    75* (157b 8x4)      WPUJC Vaas    10-3-22-0
Mohammad Yousuf    67* (106b 5x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    15-2-46-0

49.1

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, flighted on middle, pushed wide of midwicket but there is no single on offer

49.2

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, straightish on middle, tickled into the leg side

49.3

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, spun away but he covered it well with a big stride, guided it towards point

49.4

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, freed his arms, it was thrown up and bowled wide, stood his ground and cleared the off-side field comfortably to get it to the ropes in the wide long-off region

49.5

Herath to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, angling it into the leg stump, pushed through midwicket for a single

Talal: "Well the problem mainly comes down to the technique of the batsmen. But by saying this, we have a lot of test cricket coming up in Australia and New Zealand so the technique of the younger more inexperienced batsmen should get better. "

49.6

Herath to Khurram Manzoor, 1 run, punched powerfully off the back foot towards cover where Warnapura dives and saves a couple of runs

End of over 50 (6 runs) Pakistan 173/2
Khurram Manzoor    76* (158b 8x4)      HMRKB Herath    16-2-52-0
Mohammad Yousuf    72* (111b 6x4 1x6)      WPUJC Vaas    10-3-22-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
Series Results
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (SSC) - Jul 20-24, 2009
Match drawn
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Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
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Sri Lanka won by 50 runs
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Jul 24, 2009

Chaminda Vaas waves to the crowd, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Colombo, 5th day, July 24, 2009

Chaminda Vaas waves to the crowd

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Chaminda Vaas's family presents him with a bouquet, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Colombo, 5th day, July 24, 2009

Chaminda Vaas's family presents him with a bouquet

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