Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 1st day

Sri Lanka top order pummels Pakistan

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

June 22, 2012

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Sri Lanka 300 for 2 (Sangakkara 111*, Dilshan 101, M Jayawardene 55*) v Pakistan
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Both Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan scored centuries, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 1st day, June 22, 2012
Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara began the Test series with hundreds © Associated Press
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  • Tillakaratne Dilshan's century is his 13th in Tests and his second against Pakistan. It is his first century at home since August 2009. Between that game and the start of this Test, he averaged 28.00 from 21 innings.
  • Kumar Sangakkara's century is his 29th in Tests. It is his eighth against Pakistan and brings him level on top with Aravinda de Silva on the list of batsmen with most centuries against Pakistan.
  • The century stand between Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene is their 15th in Tests. They are behind Sachin Tendulkar-Rahul Dravid, Gordon Greenidge-Desmond Haynes and Matthew Hayden-Ricky Ponting among batting pairs with the most century stands.
  • Sangakkara's average of 64.43 is the highest among batsmen with 5000-plus runs in home Tests. Jayawardene is second, with an average of 60.88.
  • Sangakkara and Jayawardene become the only batting pair to aggregate over 1000 partnership runs against Pakistan. Three other partnership pairs have more century partnerships than Sangakkara-Jayawardene (three 100 stands) against Pakistan.
  • This is only the seventh occasion that Sri Lanka have managed century stands for the second and third wickets in an innings. The last time they did so was against India at the SSC in 2010.
  • Jayawardene scored his tenth half-century (to go with seven centuries) in 20 Tests in Galle. In his last seven innings at the venue, he has scored two centuries and three half-centuries.

Nine months ago, the ICC had said a "better balance between bat and ball (needs to be) achieved" after a Galle dustbowl made life difficult for batsmen. Today, on an unexpectedly sunny day in Galle, Sri Lanka reached stumps at a commanding 300 for 2.

Ahead of the series, Mahela Jayawardene had talked of the need for Sri Lanka's experienced players to build a platform for the others. He couldn't have expected more: Tillakaratne Dilshan made his first Test hundred in more than a year, Kumar Sangakkara drew level with Don Bradman on 29 centuries and Jayawardene himself made an unbeaten 55.

It rounded off a wretched day for Pakistan cricket. Before the start of play came the news of disgraced former captain Salman Butt returning home from jail and denying involvement in spot-fixing, and towards stumps the headlines were about legspinner Danish Kaneria being found guilty of corruption by the ECB.

Though the scoreline might suggest it, the Galle track didn't overnight become a clone of the famously flat SSC pitch. It didn't provide much for the quick bowlers - either with the new ball or old - but there was plenty to interest Pakistan's world-class spinners. As early as the first session, Abdul Rehman got the odd ball to bounce extra, all the spinners got the ball to turn sharply.

Especially in the half hour before lunch, Saeed Ajmal and Rehman piled on the pressure. Dilshan survived several lbw appeals, Sangakkara edged past slip, there was a leading edge from Dilshan, the spinners put together three successive maidens, and despite a healthy score of 94 for 1 Sri Lanka were relieved when the lunch interval arrived.

Before that spell, Dilshan had dished out his usual crash-bang-wallop style of batting. Mohammad Hafeez, the stand-in Pakistan captain, had done a solid job on being handed the ball early in recent Tests, but he was launched over long-on for six in his second over. By the time Junaid returned for his second spell around the morning drinks break, Dilshan was serving up regular boundaries: a couple of dismissive pulls for four and nutmegging the non-striker with a punched drive for another four.

Kumar Sangakkara played an innings expected from him. Minimal risks were taken, the sweep shot was employed tactically as the spinners plugged away, and it wasn't till he was past his half-century that the more cavalier lofted drives were brought out. He was the most comfortable of the Sri Lankan batsmen, not flustered by anything Pakistan flung at him.

Pakistan should count among Sangakkara's favourite opposition: he now has 1941 Test runs against them at an average of 84.39. If there were any nerves in the 90s, he was hardly tested as he was first gifted a wide delivery that was easily put away through cover before being handed a dreadful delivery well down the leg side which he helped to the fine leg boundary to reach 99. Then, he panicked momentarily, dropping the ball towards mid-off and setting off for a dicey single which needed a dive to beat the throw.

Jayawardene's innings, on the other hand, wasn't what you'd expect from him. He got off the mark on his 16th delivery with a scoop for four, and followed it up with a reverse-sweep for another boundary. Though he went on to another half-century at a ground where he routinely scores hundreds, he looked shaky at times, top-edging an attempted paddle and surviving an lbw call off Umar Gul on 21, though he looked plumb.

Gul may have gone wicketless on the day, but he bowled with heart on an unhelpful surface. The umpire missed a Tharanga Paranavitana inside-edge early in the morning to deny Gul a wicket. He beat the bat plenty of times and had several lbw appeals, but couldn't get the breakthroughs.

The only Sri Lankan to have a bad day was Paranavitana, whose hold on the opening slot is tenuous given that Lahiru Thirimanne is on the bench. He didn't make too much of a case for getting an extended run as two balls after being put down at silly point, he uncharacteristically charged out against Ajmal to be comprehensively beaten, and stumped.

After that, Sangakkara was involved in two big partnerships as Sri Lanka steadily moved into a position of dominance.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (June 23, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

now that pak have already batted,guess you can no more blame the pitch for y'day, guys..

Posted by khurramsch on (June 23, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

Pak did bowl well on a batting condition but its only luck which did not went their way.

Posted by cooldxve on (June 23, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

DRS system is very important especially in Test matches. It is difficult to get wickets in Test matches because there are lot of overs to bowl.

Posted by nazir08 on (June 23, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

according to KURUWITA (comment 22/6/2012) which test playing country is in 3rd World????

Posted by   on (June 23, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

If Pakistan bats well...the match will end up in a draw!!i still think sami shud have been in the side!!he cud get u some wickets wid his speed on this flat track!!newayz cant take any credit away frm the SLankan batsman,they batted very welll!!its upto the other team to show tht the oitch is really flat or they bowled poorly...

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 23, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

@Magdalena Nazar, I disagree. In the ODIs, Thisara was given LBW for an inside edge in the first ODI. In the 2nd ODI, Akmal's caught behind was the only howler. No howlers other than those in the ODIs. I agree yesterday Mahela should have been given LBW when the score was 238. Other appeals were touch and go.

Posted by RakeshGPradhan on (June 23, 2012, 0:13 GMT)

Ive said it before and I'll say it again ...Sangakkara is one of the greats of the game.. sheer classy lefthander

Posted by Bruisers on (June 22, 2012, 23:58 GMT)

No comments from WickyRoy.paklover and AndyZaltzmannsHair? I was waiting to hear from them..

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 22, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

I think ICC should appoint a pitch specialist to inspect all pitches around the world and recommend if any pitch needs to be improved if it is not up to the International Test cricket standard. Then ICC can financially help those 3rd world countries to improve within 1 year. If they are not upto the standard ICC should not allow Test matches to be played.

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

DRS should be available.... specially on such a flat pitch.....

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

Although no DRS was in place even as a Sri Lankan I would say umpiring was poor considering both of them are very experienced umpires. I am not sure when Pakistan is going to raise their fielding standards. It has always been below par. Dilshan owe that century to the team having failed miserably in recent past. Now of course all the media and those who have no idea what test cricket is will start talking about this century completely forgetting his failures. I would not completely write-off Pakistan since Sri Lanka will have to over-rely on their spinners to take 20 wickets having been forced to go into this game with a very inexperienced pace attack in terms of test cricket. Only thing which looks almost certain is that Sri Lanka cannot loose this match from this position.

Posted by kitten on (June 22, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

Zahidsaltin on (June 22 2012, 13:23 PM GMT) Poor umpiring has a magnifies effect when the match is played on a flat track. On wickets like this, a good batsman only needs one or two lives to score double or triple hundred. An umpires are the biggest player in this match and they might already have given the verdict to the end result. It's a shame when bad umpiring comes in to the play. Otherwise well played Sirilanka.'

I fully agree with these comments. MJ was plumb LBW, and even the commentators said so. Also a couple of other decisions went SL's way, and like the comment above very rightly stated, 'on a flat track, a top batsman just needs a life to go on and score a century or two. I feel the solution for bad mistakes, is for the third umpire to intervene, and tell the onfield umpire that he has made a mistake. There is no need for DRS, the TV umpire should handle such decisions.

Posted by cricketisagame on (June 22, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

@Rizwan Qureshi, I do not think there is any time left to relax now. SL still have a lot of batting to come and Ajmal can't bowl from both ends. Even if the rest of the SL batsmen addat least another200 runs, then the SL bowlers have enough time and fire power to take 20 present Pak wickets.

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

Same old story as the ODIs. Bad umpiring decisions against Pakistan in the early stages of SL batsmen innings allowed them to settle in and score heavily. Since the start of ODI series, how many times SL batsmen have been saved by umpiring errors and then went on to make big scores. The only decision that went against SL in an ODI was MJ given out on a no ball, but earlier in the innings, Sangakara had been given a huge reprieve by umpire, and the partnership between Sanga and MJ had already done the damage. Same here, both the openers were given reprieves by umpires and then the batsmen cashed on it.

Posted by a.syed81 on (June 22, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

This game will be a Draw IF (this is big if) pakistan's batting does not collapse. Honestly speaking I like to watch games on bowler friendly pitches rather then flat batting tracks like this. I seriously fell for bowler as nothing is in their favor (flat track and horrible umpiring). It's time to make DRS a must for every type of game. When we have technology then you not make full use of it? I'm fail to understand logic behind it.

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 22, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

@Farrukh.91. as a Lankan diehard fan I am ashamed UDRS was not used. Mahela should have been out when the score was 240 or so. ICC rule must be that if any country is for UDRS, then they must have it unless they oppose it like India.

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

most of jealousy guys saying that is a flat track that why sanga and mahela scored! anyone can realize that todays pitch was a most friendlier pitch to spinners. and pakistan had best spinners of the world. because of sanga and mahela's clever batting spinners couldn't be abled to get wickets of them. and umar gul bowled well. ball swung in this wicket in the end. and mahela was nearly dismiss. so how can this pitch be labeled as a flat track. in sri lanka there are no flat tracks. only one flat track that is SSC. and sri lankan perform well on bouncy tracks than other subcontinent players. everybody can realize that with the stats of recent past!!

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Similar track England played against Ajmal and Rehman....English should learn from Sangakkara and Dilshan on how to play Ajmal.

Of course Indian batting line up would have been more exemplary if they had played with Pak in Tests.

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 22, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Flat track bullies making merry of a below average bowling attack.

Posted by rukii on (June 22, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

the fourth smart stat should be corrected as mahela averaging 64.43 and sanga 60.88

Posted by rukii on (June 22, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

when both mahela and sanga retire from tests they will dominate each and every partnership table.

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

@Sundar217 spicy pitch? yeah, then win toss,bowl first and win the match. you want that?? SPICY PITCHES MOSTLY DRY UP ON DAY 2.

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

Brilliant batting on a turning surface, not a flat wicket by any means

Posted by yorkslanka on (June 22, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

flat tracks are exactly that but dont forget it still takes skill to score on them...there are some commenters who seem to think that all asian batsmen need to do is turn up to score hundreds...good performance from sri lanka..keep it up boys and then watch the wicket trun on day three..mark my words...

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

this was far from a toothless pitch i would say this is one of the better galle pitches..Gul bowled very well,so did ajmal and rehman it was just that the junaid didnt do a good supporting role which was required from him..Sri lanka batted pakistan out of the game as simple as that! All credit should go to sri lanka and i didnt see any bad umpiriing decisions That LBW was no out because it him outside the line of the ball,dont make up things it was just briliant batting by lanka!

Posted by Farrukh.91. on (June 22, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

Pakistan didn't play bad, but this time luck was not on their side! several bad decicisions also hurt them, DRS should be used.

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

Its just the first day ... relax guys

Posted by surathvictor on (June 22, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

Well played Dilshan. It was really nice to see you getting a century...

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Well Done Sri Lanka! the first day scorecard clearly shows how dominant you guys were so congrats from a Bangladeshi. Sri Lanka by far are the most coolest people in Indian Subcontinent who support and encourage the weaker teams like mine mind you this is a country of some 20 million people so that shows how far Sri Lanka have come in Cricket. Hope you win!

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

sri lanka team took the pitch out of the equation so their unpredictable batting order dont collapse against pakistan bowlers. being the home team, they had the pitch to their liking. and their pedestrian bowling attack will get some much needed help to apply more pressure with the big total to defend. credit to sri lanka top order for not wasting second chances and making significant contributions after riding their luck with few plumb lbw decisions going in their favor. but what's baffling is there is no drs? and why tony greig isnt going rogue and spitting tripe against boards that dont use drs.

Posted by nilb on (June 22, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

I believe Ajmal is the best spinner in the world at the moment, Surviving him, Abdul Rehman and putting 300/2 on the board on the first day, on the turning and bouncing pitch is a very good batting performance, nothing else.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (June 22, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

@KURUWITA: well said bro, i do agree...this test and series will be won by Sri Lanka easily....

Posted by Trickstar on (June 22, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

Good to see Sanga turn up again when the pitch gets flat ;)

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 15:30 GMT)


Posted by Stark62 on (June 22, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

Like I said previously, Pak should look to draw this match at all cost because without Misbah, you can't win a Test match.

Younis would have been my pick for captaincy but the selectors have gone for Hafeez and that is bit odd, like the way they selected him for captaincy in T20's and vice captain in ODI's with Afridi available.

Misbah should retire from ODI's and concentrate on Tests solely because that is where he will find success.

Posted by g.narsimha on (June 22, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

WOW-Huge claims at th stsrt of the series, in odis poor fielding drop catches now it is bad umpiring but cant give credit to magnificent batting by these world class batsmen, the myth that worlds best bowling ihave just bee blown apart in fierst day of the test match , STEVE DAVIS was the umpire in ENG-PAK series in UAE no bady alleged of bad umpiring at that time but now the score reading 300-2 it is umpires who scored these runs not the SL batters well done sl.

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

Pls bring DRS into 2nd game even,SLC ,you can make money from SLPL

Posted by truthhh on (June 22, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

exuse no 10000000-Poor umpiring:P..hey people first of all learn cricket rules before go against umpire decision..hitting on pad only can not be given out!!

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

Excellent centuries by the senior players of Sri Lanka, Dilshan and Sanga! What a start to the first test match. Glad that Sanga is still at the crease. By the looks of it, Mahela is also headed towards a century. I love watching Sanga bat and I hope he goes on to make a double century!

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 22, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

I can feel the result now of this test also probably the series.

Posted by Ahmadtanvir on (June 22, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

we are waiting for another double ton from sanga...............

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (June 22, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

Poor umpiring has a magnifies effect when the match is played on a flat track. On wickets like this, a good batsman only needs one or two lives to score double or triple hundred. An umpires are the biggest player in this match and they might already have given the verdict to the end result. It's a shame when bad umpiring comes in to the play. Otherwise well played Sirilanka.

Posted by hani2 on (June 22, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

atrocious umpiring ,bad selection ,too much aggressive captaincy

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

Hard toil for the Pakistani bowlers. Where is Ajmal's magic that he used on England? The euphoria of the 3-0 whitewash will come to an end in this match where SL is likely to win big. The 3-0 whitewash is a long distant memory, you can't use yesterday's results to solve today's problems. And you are playing an opposition in your own backyard and that is the subcontinent.

Posted by Sundar217 on (June 22, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

Its a familiar day one story in sub-continent pitches.. When the trend is going to change? We need some spicy pitches in sub-continent also. Toothless pitch!!

Posted by jb633 on (June 22, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

SL's big fish have done it again. I do no not think there is a better player of spin bowling in world cricket than MJ. He is so difficult to bowl at in these conditions. I can only see a huge win for SL from this point. Pak's batting will struggle with the pressure of runs on the board.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (June 22, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

It's interesting to note that these same batsmen completely struggled in the 20:20 games, but gradually picked-up some form in the ODI's. My point is, as I've posted in previous features, it's USELESS to convey stats and form in one format to another. Certain players like Sangakkara, in my opinion, have and probably always will be better suited to the longer formats than the likes of 20:20. Dilshan's different; he's one of the few players in the world that's adapted well to all formats, albeit in purple patches...

Posted by truthhh on (June 22, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

well done boys-sanath jayasuriya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Benny1725 on (June 22, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

I knew this overrated Pakistani side would eventually get exposed

Posted by chris_94 on (June 22, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

Well done boys! Played some great cricket

Posted by khurramsch on (June 22, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

poor umpiring will cost pakistan now. & they will have to bat too much better to be able to save this test. But really poor umpiring & lack of DRS is the main reason for SL scoring this score. & yes they played well inbetween chances.

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

sl should win this somehow

Posted by nitharsh on (June 22, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

Well guided knock Sanga...It was a delight to watch u.It was a good knock from dilly today.Mahela as always done well.Srilankan top order done well to defend most dangerous ajmal.With the batting to come srilanka well on the top.Waiting to see how pakistan bats

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

poor umpiring throughout the series almost in every match 1 or 2 decisions goes against pakistan.....POOR UMPIRING i must say.....pathetic to watch these kind of matches where wrong decisions changes the situation of match.......

Posted by   on (June 22, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Great day for Sri Lanka, excellent batting from senior batsman, still Samaraweera yet to come so expecting a score of 600 and above....

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