Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 1st day June 22, 2012

Pain without much gain for Pakistan

Plays of the Day from the first day of the Galle Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan

Poor shot of the day
Tharanga Paranavitana looked a walking wicket at the start of Sri Lanka's innings. He had a life against Umar Gul, when an inside edge on to the pads lobbed to the wicketkeeper but the catch was not given. He wasn't prepared to show much respect to Pakistan's best bowler, Saeed Ajmal, either. Paranavitana tried paddling Ajmal in his first over, but got a thick edge on to the pad that was dropped by Azhar Ali at silly point. Those two let-offs, however, didn't deter Paranavitana from attempting the audacious. He uncharacteristically chipped down the pitch to a flighted delivery, presumably played for the doosra, but was comprehensively beaten and stumped. Not the wisest choice of shot and Ajmal was smiling again after a disappointing one-day series.

Audacious shot of the day
It was unusual to see Mahela Jayawardene take a while to get off the mark. He was scoreless for 15 deliveries either side of the tea break until he played one of his audacious shots. The threat of Ajmal, Pakistan's only wicket-taker, mattered little as Jayawardene played the paddle scoop for four. He got more daring the following ball, reverse-sweeping through the off-side field. The fun didn't stop there. In Ajmal's following over, Jayawardene had just enough on the scoop to clear short fine leg, who was placed precisely for that shot. It summed up a tough day on the field for Pakistan.

Painful moment of the day
Fielding in such sultry weather places heavy demands on the mind and body that fielders tend to switch off between overs. The wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal did that and paid a price. Shortly after Jayawardene cut to the deep backward point boundary off the last ball of an Umar Gul over, Akmal failed to notice the throw heading his way. The ball struck his ankle and he collapsed, writhing in pain for several minutes and forcing play to stop.

Escape of the day
There were plenty of appeals, but the one that hurt Pakistan most, in the absence of DRS, was the close shout for lbw against Jayawardene. Gul got the ball to nip back in from a length and hit the batsman on the pads. At first glance it looked adjacent. Jayawardene would have expected the finger to go up any minute, but it did not. Gul, arms flailing and wearing a look of desperation, had to accept that he couldn't challenge the decision.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Duminda on June 22, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    Hey Folks, Don't start crying so much that Mahela would have been out if the DRS was available. In the game of cricket, in any given day, umpire's decision could go both ways. "You will be given out when you are not or you will be given not-out when you are out". It's a part of the package, which comes with the game. So don't cry and get on with it. If you all can remember, I think it was in 2nd ODI between SL and PAK, Mahela was batting brilliantly and taking the game into PAK. Then he got bowled by Shohail Tanveer, but it was a BIG NO-BALL, but the umpire's didn't notice and no body else. So he was given out. It was shown repeatedly in TV telecast. PAK did not call him back and ask him to continue in his innings! (Ha! Ha!) So that's how it's going to be. So get on with the game.

  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    @IndnCrktFan: We don't say NO to DRS, we can't say YES either because our Cricket Board is bankrupted hence doesn't have enough funds to cater DRS

  • Sai on June 22, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    @IndnCrktfan - It's not that Sri Lanka did not want the DRS, it's that they couldn't afford it. Unfortunate, as India have money but they don't want the DRS and Sri Lanka want the DRS but they don't have the moolah for it.

  • Raj on June 22, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Its not that Sri Lanka is opposed to DRS. They just cudn't afford it - as mentioned in the Preview to this match by CricInfo.

  • sam on June 22, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    its not because they dont want it, both boards are cash strapped- they cant afford it

  • Prashan on June 22, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan I agree it is a a disgrace that UDRS was not used. UDRS is there to avoid unwanted controversies and Mahela should have indeed been out by now.

  • Azweer on June 22, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Murali will be missed... The legendary spinner knows the condition very much than other bowlers in present squad... If he is in the Squad, Lankans can bat for two days and in rest 1 and half days enough to wrap up opposition twice

  • Subash on June 22, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    I thought we were the only ones to say no to least that's what the world thought..Hmm guess not.

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