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

'We were unlucky'- Mohammad Hafeez

Pakistan's stand-in Test captain Mohammad Hafeez praised his bowlers after an "unlucky" performance on the first day in Galle, where Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara scored centuries to lead Sri Lanka to 300 for 2.

Dilshan scored his first Test century in a year, but departed for 101, and Sangakkara equalled Don Bradman, remaining unbeaten on his 29th Test ton.

"We were a bit unlucky," Hafeez said after stumps. "The conditions were suitable for spinners. Credit to Dilshan and Sanga for the way they played in these conditions. The outfield is quick and once the ball goes past the inner circle it goes for a boundary. We are very happy we restricted them to 300."

Hafeez said fast bowler Umar Gul was unfortunate to go wicketless for 55 runs. He could have dismissed Tharanga Paranavitana in his sixth over, when a thin inside edge was not detected by umpire Ian Gould. And in the absence of DRS, Gul could not review two close lbw appeals against Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene either.

"Gul was unlucky but this is how the game is played," Hafeez said. "We have to work hard tomorrow. We have to think of ways to get them out." When asked if the DRS would have helped, Hafeez said, "There are some inconsistencies in the use of DRS. This series does not have DRS so we are not complaining."

He said the spinners had chances to get Sangakkara out. "There were escapes where we could have got him. We have some plans against him and we'll try them out tomorrow. They looked like they had some plans against us. As a bowling unit we have to rethink our bowling strategy and come up with something new."

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  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Great batting by Sanga, pushing Pak to the wall, certainly SL will win this contest and the series comfortably...

  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    It happens Dude ! Not to worry Pakistan will sort this matter on day 2 :D

  • khurram on June 23, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    @sohail Ahmed: he was right there. How can their strategy went wrong? conditions favored batting. SL batted very well. Sanga, dilshan & MJ all wre class player. spinners & gul bowled well & SL played them better but obviously its only luck which hurt pakistan as they couldnt get right decisions. so i dont think that he was so wwrong to say that. they cant control umpires & its luck . they did almost everything right bowled really well, no drop catches.

  • shahid on June 22, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    @Ankur, its an old picture from ODIs

  • shahid on June 22, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    On a track like this Pakistan didn't need a 126 kph bowler like Junaid. Sami should have been included due to his ability of bowling 145+. In ODIs where his wayward line would cost lot of run, there u included him for loosing cause but when his speed was a plus there you discarded him. Super selectors!!

  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    They need a better plan of attack before they go on field. find out what are the weakness of the particular batsman and bowl accordingly.

  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    I thought this was a test match. Why are players wearing color clothing in the picture.

  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    It is pretty ordinary statement by a captain. Narrow escapes are part of the game. The only problem is that they did not work properly for the dismissal of Dilshan and Sanga, so they went on to score tons. He should have said, "Our strategy was not upto the mark and we would reassess our plan anew next morning" or something like this. The above remarks are close to complaining against umpire decision and that can go against the captain.

    Our men have to learn these things.

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