Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 2nd day June 23, 2012

Sri Lanka take charge after wicket frenzy

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Pakistan 48 for 5 (Randiv 2-5, Kulasekara 2-15) trail Sri Lanka 472 (Sangakkara 199*, Dilshan 101, M Jayawardene 62, Ajmal 5-146) by 424 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

After the first day in Galle, the score was 300 for 2; on the second day, 13 wickets went down for 219 runs. Those contrasting statistics, however, did nothing to change the overall status of the match: Sri Lanka continue to boss the game, first piling on 472 (their highest total against Pakistan in Sri Lanka), and then raising more questions about the fragile Pakistan batting by taking out five early wickets.

Despite Sri Lanka being in charge, it was a bittersweet day for Kumar Sangakkara. He became the quickest batsman to reach 2000 Test runs against a single team, but he also became only the second player in Test history to be stranded on 199. That too, after signalling his double-century in the penultimate over of the innings, only to be told it was a scorecard error.

In the morning, Saeed Ajmal had underlined why he's the top-ranked Test spinner in the world by taking three big wickets to raise hopes of a Pakistan fightback. Prasanna Jayawardene, though, again showed his value as a lower-order scrapper, supporting Sangakkara for a couple of hours to keep Sri Lanka firmly ahead in the Galle Test.

That advantage was multiplied in the final hour and a half as Pakistan's batting floundered in the fading light. Nuwan Kulasekara repaid his recall to the Test side after more than a year on the sidelines by taking two wickets in his third over. His trademark inswinger made only an infrequent appearance but that didn't affect him as he had Taufeeq Umar lbw shouldering arms to a delivery on the stumps, and then handed Azhar Ali a golden duck as the batsman flirted with a ball outside off, only to feather it to the keeper.

Then the spinners took over. Mohammad Hafeez was a prime candidate for the lbw as he adopted the dangerous tactic of playing flighted length deliveries off the back foot. He escaped a few times against Rangana Herath, but not against Suraj Randiv, who then dismissed the nightwatchman Ajmal first ball. Herath had reward for his sustained interrogation of the batsman's technique by getting Asad Shafiq to edge to the keeper. The umpires had a tough time as there were innumerable vociferous appeals, as the spinners regularly operated with five fielders round the bat. Younis Khan survived, but at 48 for 5, a long tail and the follow-on 224 runs away, Pakistan are left needing a miracle.

Batting wasn't easy in the morning either as only 11 runs had come off the first seven overs. Like on Friday, Mahela Jayawardene decided to ease the pressure with an enterprising stroke, this time a reverse-sweep for four. Two balls later, he went for the slog-sweep against Ajmal, but missed and was bowled.

Sangakkara has been Sri Lanka's most assured batsman in the match, but even he had his problems against Ajmal. He used the slog-sweep effectively, picking up a couple of boundaries in an Ajmal over, but in between he was beaten by the extra bounce Ajmal generated. Once, as he looked to defend outside off, he couldn't get anywhere near the ball as it spun away sharply.

He survived, but Thilan Samaraweera didn't last long. The Ajmal doosra, possibly the most feared delivery in Test cricket today, confounded Samaraweera, dragging him out of the crease, before Adnan Akmal completed a smart stumping. The very next ball, Angelo Mathews perished, though it wasn't due to any Ajmal magic. It was a full and wide delivery that Mathews limply drove at to hand the bowler a simple caught-and-bowled. In two deliveries, Ajmal had taken as many wickets as Pakistan had on all of the first day.

Left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman didn't have the same success as Ajmal, though he too posed plenty of questions for the batsman. Early in Prasanna Jayawardene's innings, Rehman got a delivery to drift in before spinning just past the outside edge, and bouncing just over the middle stump. A wicket there and Sri Lanka would have been 346 for 6, and Pakistan could have eyed a quick close to the innings.

Instead, once again a Sangakkara-Jayawardene partnership frustrated them. The batsmen found it a little easier after lunch, with Prasanna flicking several boundaries off his pads. Sangakkara was circumspect after those early slog-swept boundaries, dealing almost entirely in singles and zeroes, perhaps a silent tribute to mark the 100th birth anniversary of the great logician Alan Turing. The pair added 80 to lift Sri Lanka past 400, and though Prasanna was caught behind on 48, the damage had already been done.

Sangakkara moved to 170 by tea, but with Pakistan striking twice more before tea, he showed more urgency after the break. He did decline several singles to keep Rangana Herath away from the strike, but he also launched a six over long-on, attempted a scoop - a shot he hadn't tried all match - and pushed Herath to return for a tight second that resulted in a run-out. When on 192, there was an impatient swing that lobbed to mid-off but the bowler Mohammad Hafeez couldn't latch on to a tough chance.

Soon after, he swiped a six over midwicket and celebrated as the scorecard showed his 200, but the dressing room soon pointed out that he was still on 199. He defended the next ball, the final delivery of the over, to give strike to the last man Nuwan Pradeep, who was bowled off the second delivery, leaving the Galle crowd disappointed despite Sri Lanka's strong position.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 25, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    For me, Pakistan's batting has been worsened by Whatmore's 'different teams per format' policy. Admittedly, I had thought of it being somewhat a revelation which would help Pakistan utilize the depth of talent present, and also assist in bringing about an array of talented youth forward to the international platform. Yet, this series has proved that the short-term effects of this policy would be disastrous. Consider Hafeez, who himself is struggling for form, being allotted a different opening partner per every format.Furthermore, the constant shuffling of batsmen in and out of the team have left them having not only hindered any batsmen to properly understand the conditions but also increased the pressure to perform greatly. One can only hope that Whatmore is given time (although that is an improbability considering the PCB), in order to properly structure his plans for the Pakistani team properly. One also hopes that the coach actually has a plan for the future, as well!!

  • Srini_Indian on June 24, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Ha ha, this is the Pakistan side which some of the Pak fans claimed as the no.1 side after beating the sorry English/SA side. How would a team with batsmen at club standard at best would become #1? Now their fans would know that a mediocre team won't become world beaters by beating another mediocre team. lol

  • azmaftab on June 24, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    100 all out! Poor batting but even worse umpiring! DRS has got to be made mandatory for all Test games!

  • Bruisers on June 24, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    @Tusker17 - "global WHUPPING boys" LOL what does that mean?

  • Bruisers on June 24, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    @Tusker17 - India also played its first Test in South Africa only in 1992. Do some Statsguru search before posting genius stuff! India's first win in SA came in 2006 whereas SL's came in 2012! Which is the better team? Anyone can guess. Also the Lankans have been playing Tests in India since 1982 winning none as yet. 30 years is a long time mate.

  • Srini_Indian on June 24, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    @Sinhaya: Don't gloat on a solitary test victory in SA. After SL were embarrassed within 3 days in Centurion, they given a slow SL type pitch in Durban to make the series competitive. It was not as if SL beat SA on a green top. On the other hand, India beaten SA twice in green tops in Durban and Johannesburg. Finally, SL have 0 test wins in India, Australia and only 1 in SA, WI. lol

  • on June 24, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    It's not about India, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka..we love cricket. Sangakkara is a world class batsmen, no doubts about what he did for SriLanka and world cricket in general. Hopefully under the guidance of Sanga and Jayawardane, Srilanka team gets stronger. So far it's a really interesting series...stop fighting about the nations, appreciate the good cricket played by these legends...it will be very interesting if young Pakistan team fight backs...

  • g.narsimha on June 24, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    PRADEEPDEALWIS-DHONI OR BCCI have not said that DRS should not be used in SL-PAK matches. we do have some reservations on this issue, see how our team was at receiving in ENG, DRAVIDS wicket was class example, so we oppose only when we are plying , this is up to these boards but affordability is main reason, why DRS are missing in this series, so dont drag un neccessarily DHONI, BCCI if u want to bear the expeses by ICC than respect BCCCI as we are more than 80% revenue contributors to icc.

  • Sinhaya on June 24, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    @thekaxk, Sri Lanka will win a test match in India, wait and see. Once UDRS is used in tests non stop, it will happen. Hey also what happened to your 2nd string team in the West Indies? Lost 2-1 and the sole win was by a whisker whereas Windies beat you all twice convincingly. Future of Indian test cricket is bleak.

  • Sinhaya on June 24, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    @just_chill_chill, how many tests have India won in South Africa? Only 2 in spite all opportunities. Sri Lanka won 1 test in South Africa and remember 35 years ago Sri Lanka did not have test status and also, 35 years ago South Africa was suspended. So in our 9th test match in South Africa, to have registered a win was really great.

  • on June 25, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    For me, Pakistan's batting has been worsened by Whatmore's 'different teams per format' policy. Admittedly, I had thought of it being somewhat a revelation which would help Pakistan utilize the depth of talent present, and also assist in bringing about an array of talented youth forward to the international platform. Yet, this series has proved that the short-term effects of this policy would be disastrous. Consider Hafeez, who himself is struggling for form, being allotted a different opening partner per every format.Furthermore, the constant shuffling of batsmen in and out of the team have left them having not only hindered any batsmen to properly understand the conditions but also increased the pressure to perform greatly. One can only hope that Whatmore is given time (although that is an improbability considering the PCB), in order to properly structure his plans for the Pakistani team properly. One also hopes that the coach actually has a plan for the future, as well!!

  • Srini_Indian on June 24, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Ha ha, this is the Pakistan side which some of the Pak fans claimed as the no.1 side after beating the sorry English/SA side. How would a team with batsmen at club standard at best would become #1? Now their fans would know that a mediocre team won't become world beaters by beating another mediocre team. lol

  • azmaftab on June 24, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    100 all out! Poor batting but even worse umpiring! DRS has got to be made mandatory for all Test games!

  • Bruisers on June 24, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    @Tusker17 - "global WHUPPING boys" LOL what does that mean?

  • Bruisers on June 24, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    @Tusker17 - India also played its first Test in South Africa only in 1992. Do some Statsguru search before posting genius stuff! India's first win in SA came in 2006 whereas SL's came in 2012! Which is the better team? Anyone can guess. Also the Lankans have been playing Tests in India since 1982 winning none as yet. 30 years is a long time mate.

  • Srini_Indian on June 24, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    @Sinhaya: Don't gloat on a solitary test victory in SA. After SL were embarrassed within 3 days in Centurion, they given a slow SL type pitch in Durban to make the series competitive. It was not as if SL beat SA on a green top. On the other hand, India beaten SA twice in green tops in Durban and Johannesburg. Finally, SL have 0 test wins in India, Australia and only 1 in SA, WI. lol

  • on June 24, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    It's not about India, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka..we love cricket. Sangakkara is a world class batsmen, no doubts about what he did for SriLanka and world cricket in general. Hopefully under the guidance of Sanga and Jayawardane, Srilanka team gets stronger. So far it's a really interesting series...stop fighting about the nations, appreciate the good cricket played by these legends...it will be very interesting if young Pakistan team fight backs...

  • g.narsimha on June 24, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    PRADEEPDEALWIS-DHONI OR BCCI have not said that DRS should not be used in SL-PAK matches. we do have some reservations on this issue, see how our team was at receiving in ENG, DRAVIDS wicket was class example, so we oppose only when we are plying , this is up to these boards but affordability is main reason, why DRS are missing in this series, so dont drag un neccessarily DHONI, BCCI if u want to bear the expeses by ICC than respect BCCCI as we are more than 80% revenue contributors to icc.

  • Sinhaya on June 24, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    @thekaxk, Sri Lanka will win a test match in India, wait and see. Once UDRS is used in tests non stop, it will happen. Hey also what happened to your 2nd string team in the West Indies? Lost 2-1 and the sole win was by a whisker whereas Windies beat you all twice convincingly. Future of Indian test cricket is bleak.

  • Sinhaya on June 24, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    @just_chill_chill, how many tests have India won in South Africa? Only 2 in spite all opportunities. Sri Lanka won 1 test in South Africa and remember 35 years ago Sri Lanka did not have test status and also, 35 years ago South Africa was suspended. So in our 9th test match in South Africa, to have registered a win was really great.

  • nitharsh on June 24, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Bravo Sanga.You are the pride of Srilanka.Hats off to you.We cant express our love in words.Mahela-Sanga you are the role models of our country.We love you.If Mahela captains 2015 worldcup Srilanka has excellent chances of winning.Srilanka's future starts to shine with the intro of Chandi,Angi,Perera,Thirimane,Sachitra,Kula,Malinga.Go Lanka.Wrap up the test.Yah it is a flat pitch.But it assists spinners.In last two days we have seen some absolute brilliant deleveries.So Sanga we salute you for batting against the world class bowling attack in this spinner friendlt pitch....

  • on June 24, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Younus khan need to show his class cuz he is one of da best vs spin bowlin

  • on June 24, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Younus khan need to show his class cuz he is one of da best vs spin bowlin

  • on June 24, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    People seem to be jumping the gun here when they say that Sanga's brilliant innings has "won them this match" already. With a class batsman like younis khan still on the crease, and Adnan Akmal yet to come, anything can happen. I back younis to rediscover his form and bat through the day.

  • Tusker17 on June 24, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Just Chill Chill : I stand corrected .... Now make that 29 years minus 7 years of south African Isolation since then = 22 :) He he ...sorry mate. And how long did it take your genius team to win their 1st test over there, since you gained full Test status ? Dont throw stones when you yourself live in glass houses !

  • Tusker17 on June 24, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    The Kaxk : Yes you probably are right ! But who cares if we win or loose in India. India aint cricketing heaven let alone the one and only place that matters. What matters is not winning here or winning there, what matters in playing good consistent fundamentaly strong cricket and the results will take care of them selves ! And please again, what are you Indians doing here ? The last time I checked this is a game between the Sri Lankans and the Pakistanis and certainly not between us and the world cup winning, highly inconsistent, global whupping boys of cricket who incidently won the WC also at home and that too after 28 years!

  • Akshaythekaxk on June 24, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    @Frank ..srilanka have nit one even a single test in India and are not going to in the nest 50 years!

  • Tusker17 on June 24, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    Just chill chill : Eh...correction. Make that 29 years ! By the way we really are not comparing our players to anyone else and certainly not indians! so what on earth are you doing ? This just shows your insecurity!

  • gr8asad84 on June 24, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    I think Pakistan Badly needed DRS in the series

  • on June 24, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    AnotherCricketFan :-bro I am daily browsing cricinfo and minimize the scorecard window when i am @ the office. i have read over 10000 comments in this forum. but bro i proud to say your comment about Kumar sangakkara is the most hilarious comment i have ever seen. also i couldnt able to stop my laugh when u try to compare sangakkara and few Indian players in terms of milestone reaching.

  • Maduka43 on June 24, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    It's hard to understand, Why most of Indians comment on SL or PAK. Mind your own business.

  • Just_love_it on June 24, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    Hey I meant Batting and Not "betting" experience of Salman Butt !

  • on June 24, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    @cool2cool:- Which world champion made a world record by loose eight away test matches in a row? Sri Lanka, pakistan or India

  • ksupun on June 24, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    HEAVY RAINING OVERNIGHT IN GALLE MATCH WILL START ATLEAST 1 HOUR LATE

  • yamin101 on June 24, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    Rain is the only hope for Pakistan... is'nt it !

  • just_chill_chill on June 24, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    @Just_love_it : You might want to borrow some from India under 19 team. I guarantee you they will be better than your Akmal's, Ali's and Butt's.

  • just_chill_chill on June 24, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    @yorkslanka : I think you should stop putting your foot in your mouth. Your super duper Lankan team won a test match in South Africa for the first time in 35 years of trying. Many congratulations.

  • coolitbaby on June 24, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    @ Mansoor Iqbal : Well it seems like you love history. If you want to go back into history, then let me remind you that 8 of your champs got bowled for 25 runs just a few days ago, and lost the match in a pathetic fashion. Last I checked, it was a world record of its kind. Bravo !!

  • on June 24, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka for their good all round cricket on a fair pitch, where there was something for everyone. But, I should also add that, if there is a Wprld Cup for Vociferous Frequent Appealing (shall we say VFA Cup),with zero to 100 % chance to get a wicket, SL would certainly win that Championship. And, when he plays as wicket keeper, Sanga, may most probably, will be its all time best "appeal leader". Also, sorry Sanga, for tasting the same dish served out to Sehwag by Dilly-Randiv combo, during India's last trip to SL. Congratulations for his excellent batting is well deserved.

  • on June 24, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    TO ALL INDIANS, WE WILL TAKE CARE ABOUT YOU CRICKET TEAM MUWHAHHAh !! Wait and see what will happen Muwhahhah

  • Just_love_it on June 23, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    I think Pakistan badly need good batsman, Salman Butt can be very useful with his betting experience at the top.

  • on June 23, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    @Rahul Singh. Pakistan in their last Test Series against England in England fared 3-1 and drew with Australia 1-1. Unlike India who were demolished 4-0 against these very teams in their last series . Moreover, In the U.A.E., Pakistan whitewashed the NO. 1 Test team - England 3 Nil. So please, don't worry about Pakistan.

  • on June 23, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    well done sl and sanga he is unlucky not to get his dobule hundred but he is a class act and he will take it easy.

  • on June 23, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Well done SL you managed to play the checkers well.

  • on June 23, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    Piyo Jiyo Thanda : if u call this a flat thats madness and sangakkara and mahela flat tract bullies even more madness...do not comment with hate cz u are disguissing 2 of the best in the biusness who are appreceated by every one having a "cricketin brain" around the world.and if they are flat tract bullies who are raina,shewag and younis khan????

  • Stark62 on June 23, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    @ Rahul singh

    At least Pak won a Test match in Eng and gave the English batsmen a hard time, whilst Ind got hammered and even Bang performed better than Ind!!

  • yorkslanka on June 23, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    @rahulsingh- isnt that what happened to your boys when you were here in England last summer, you had the better conditions compared to us, but you were the whupping boys for England....

  • cool2cool on June 23, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    @Sinhaya: How many test matches SL has won against India in India? 10? no, 7? no, 5? no, 2? no, 1? no, The answer is big ZERO...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 23, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, so how much did England help out the other budding nations when England was filthy rich in Cricket and the budding nations didn't even have the basic infra-structure? Please stop pulling up BCCI for every damn thing.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 23, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    @getsetgopk, there's more than a whiff of sour grapes there!

  • on June 23, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    pakistan cannot even bat on flat tracks..haha.wat will happen if they go to aus and england.100 runs will be there final aim to get

  • UK_Chap on June 23, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    Can someone actually tell me why DRS is not in use in this series. It should be made mandatory in all series.

  • Galle_Rocks on June 23, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    getsetgopk , get real my friend , its no use of screaming nobody is hearing you , you were simply outplayed in most of the sessions , umpiring errors do happen and they do justify most of the time. Great knock by great sanga. Pakistan needs to find batting form , they are terrible in batting .

  • on June 23, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    goood game i like really sangakara bating n kulasekra bolwing is soo good i thik lana gona win this test.

  • on June 23, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Congrats Srilanka for Posting Such a Big Target, But Its a pathetic Umpiring Display both the days

  • khurramsch on June 23, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Sanga played very well 1st he was lucky to reach to 199 because of umpiring decisions as if few went right then he would have been stranded on non strikers way before 199. But then he was so unlucky after all that & couldnt get 200. in my opinion justice done for 200. as it was never there with right decsions. very poor umpiring. in 2 days 7 decsions (6 agianst pak & 1 agianst Kula) standard should be high. they are very experienced umpires.pak clearly suffering from umpiring but more importantly poor display from batsman. umpiring errors cant do anything but you could have batted well. match is lost i think . try to spend time in middle for next matches.

  • Sinhaya on June 23, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    @piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda, Indians are the pure flat track bullies clueless on a surfacae like Galle!

  • Sinhaya on June 23, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    @s.jagernath, also for your information Sri Lanka has won a test match at Trent Bridge and it happened in 2006. Check your facts.

  • Bruisers on June 23, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    The only wrong decision was that of Ajmal's. I don't get why fans are crying over here since Ajmal is no Bradman who will score a 300 and rescue Pakistani innings. Just move on. The rest of the batsmen got out fair and square as far as the Pakistani innings is concerned.

  • Ramansilva on June 23, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Although SL posted a big total a couple of their batsmen socred ducks. That included the much hyped Mathews. Within a few days span he has become a zero from hero.

  • on June 23, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    this is the real performence by a ordinary pakistan side, they are not capable of doing something better frm it........

  • Miandad280 on June 23, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    It is also really surprising to see that this report by Siddarth Ravindran makes no mention of the poor umpiring, in which Pakistan has clearly got the short end of the stick.

  • Tusker17 on June 23, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Piyo Jiyo Thanda : Do you even know what a Flat Track is ???

  • getsetgopk on June 23, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Two things i would urge the Srilankans to do when they play Test cricket with empty pockets, first their batsmen should walk away voluntarily when they know they are out, 2ndly their bowlers should not appeal when unless they are 100% sure they got their batsman, or else find some cash before they take the field. This is no competition when SL play with 16 batsmen whereas Pak play with 8 (thats so far). 2 to 1 so far could get 3 to 1, we'll have to wait and see how the next five wickets go down.

  • Mr.Khb on June 23, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Sanga missed a golden opportunity cus of a wrong scorecard. He deserved that 200. Anyway he played superbly. Nice work by Sri lanka. And I should say Umpires are having a tough time out there.

  • Miandad280 on June 23, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Really poor umpiring, it must be said. Taufeeq wasn't out (too high), and neither was Ajmal. And though Hafeez and Asad were properly given, the earlier bad decisions had unfairly created a pressure environment for them. All in all, a strong argument has been made for mandator DRS.

  • superstar100 on June 23, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    yestarday lot's of people taking about flat pitch thats why SRL made 300 runs and today they are talking about umpiring ......oo dear why you always take side of PAK team.. try to understand there bat'sman can't play on flat tracks also ... PAK can't win till they solved there batting problem

  • kevinpp24 on June 23, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Pak needed a reality check to bring them down to Earth and hopfully this is it.

  • JG2704 on June 23, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Well played SL to post such a massive total. It seems that there is alot of controversy re poor decisions and I'd have thought this series would be big enough to warrant some technology. It surprises me more that SL scored such a big score than Pak being in trouble with the bat. Has the pitch started doing things or did SL just bat better? I honestly thought Pak could roll over any side on SC type pitches but maybe we (Eng) made them look better than they are with are woeful batting and we started adapting better in SL

  • on June 23, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    i would say the level of umpiring is far below par in this game

  • Balumekka on June 23, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    @ Jegarnath: Yes, Umpiring was poor, many went against Pakistan, few against SL. So what? In last Abu dabhi series Sri Lanka suffered a lot from bad decisions. Players can do nothing about it. What we want is DRS to be provided by the ICC, at least as an initiative. And, for your trivia: Sanga has scored 12 of his 29 centuries away. Except in Bangladesh and West Indies, he has scored centuries everywhere.

  • on June 23, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    bad umpiring has made us all see that DRS should be mandatory..But take nothing away from Sangas and dilshans batting,they batted so brilliantly chancelesslessly all credit to them! Lanka for the WIN! :D

  • tdslbuwa on June 23, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Some Pakishan fans have commented that decisions of Asad Safiq and Ajmal are wrong.that's not true.Safiq got a clear outside edge and ball has touched Ajamal's gloves.Go and watch highlights please.

  • on June 23, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    With Sanga, one always knew the big ones were right around the corner. Hope he has rediscovered the virtue of patience as many of his dismissals in the recent past were the result of overadventurism. Can't understand the mindset of some where he is accused of selfishness! when he plays a long and vital innings and of recklessness when he falls early. With a No. 11 someone like Dhammika he would have easily reached the double century.

  • samincolumbia on June 23, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Pakistan has one world class bowler in Ajmal. Now that the IPL is over, PCB should look at using some of the talented batsmen from the franchises. I am sure they will do a better job than the current 'batsmen' of Pakistan.

  • balajik1968 on June 23, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    I didn't watch this match, but one thing looks clear. Pakistan needs to blood young fast bowlers. Gul is in his late 20's Cheema is in his 30's, Junaid does not seem to have made the move up to international cricket. Pakistan never lacked for bowlers who would bowl at a lively pace, but what's happening now? Has the supply dried up? As an Indian I used to envy the seemingly endless supply of fast bowlers, but fast bowlers in Pakistan seem to be as rare a commodity as spinners in India.

  • on June 23, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Pak is playing even worst cricket than minnows, they already lost this test by a big margin, dont know how they will prevent from losing in the remaining 2 tests.....

  • on June 23, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Superb innings by Sanga. Unfortunately in this part of the world personal milestones are valued more than outcome of the match. Hearth who came in as nightwatchman batted with Sanga for a long time on 5th day in 3rd test of last England tour scoring 30 odd runs and occupying the crease for a long time. Had Sanga batted normally with Herath without denying obvious singles he would have got to double hundred easily. It is a shame that ICC could not have a uniform DRS practiced in all tests bearing the cost. The opponents of DRS simply do not understand the fact that no system is perfect and any system to nullify human errors in decision making is better than having no DRS. With DRS umpires do not have to be exceptionally sharp and can afford to make mistakes. Still once again even as a Sri Lankan I believe umpiring was poor and their mistakes affected Pakistan more than us. Yet Sri Lanka played much better cricket and deserve to win this match.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on June 23, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    @Min2_cric : yes, definitely. Pathetic perfromance from Pakistan. They should only play gully cricket from now.

  • maddy20 on June 23, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    @jmcilhinney Did England pay for cricket clubs in India when they were beginners in cricket and did not have the facilities to train despite being filthy rich in those days? Why would a different law apply to India? When In this world its every country for itself. Despite of that BCCI arranged countless bilateral series between India and SLC(at the risk of boring fans of both countries to death) to help them out of a financial crisis and all we usually get from SL fans is persistent criticism. Why should we be interested in their affairs anymore?

  • on June 23, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    i would say the level of umpiring is far below par in this game

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on June 23, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Well done to FLAT TRACK BULLIES mahela and sanga.

  • Natesan333 on June 23, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    ok guys enough with the umpiring an drs nonsense. Lanka is just a better team than Pak. And those who complained that this was a flat pitch should be happy that it is, or else Pak would have been all out by now :)

  • bangla_fan on June 23, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    pak should start from domestic level,,,lol

  • pradeep_dealwis on June 23, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    I totally agree with the sentiments on UDRS, though it is no fault of either team, but the financial situation of SLC. This is why the ICC should step in, make the system mandatory and also PAY for it. It is best for the game, irrelevant of what M S Dhoni & BCCI say. That being said, the bad decisions thankfully didn't have a major impact on the game, except maybe Mahela scoring about 20-30 runs after his lucky escape.

  • S.Jagernath on June 23, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Some real suspect decision,I bet Shafiq,Taufeeq & Ajmal would have been saved with DRS & the Sri Lankans would have scored atleast 100 less.Its up to Pakistan to make a fuss.How many centuries has Sangakkara got at home now?

  • johnathonjosephs on June 23, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Sangakkara is the most unluckiest crickter on this earth. He has 8 Double Centuries, where Lara has 9 and Bradman has 12. THe sad thing is, that Sanga deserves 10 double centuries. His 194 against Australia (when he was wrongly given out after the ball hit him on the shoulder) and now this 199* due to an error in the scoreboard

  • Resultpredictor on June 23, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Well done SL, crush Pak to one of the heavist defeat, Pak is playing even worst than Bangladesh......

  • on June 23, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Why we are the only victims of poor Umpiring decisions ?! pathetic.. there should be UDRS !

  • on June 23, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    well............. the umpiring is worst..most decisions are against Pakistan..that's bad..and 1 against us..feel sorry for sanga,well played 199

  • thegaffoor on June 23, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Things that were not right. 1 Bit of poor umpiring. 2. Pakistan were bowling all, out side the off stump, nothing on the line, where as Sri Lankans were bowling good line and length. 3. Isn't DSR given as an option for the visiting team.. ? Did Sri Lanka offer the option to Pakistan.? 4. ICC is basically run by India. Indian stance is a big No to DSR. 5. ICC can easily use DSR, cos all they need is max 3 set of equipment, at any given time, maximum only 2 or 3 matches will be played in anywhere in the world...

  • Perera32 on June 23, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    @AnotherCricketFan: Are you seriously trying to say Sanga was Selfish when he was batting??, Rangana Herath was Run out because it was a good piece of fielding by Umar Gul and Herath isn't the quickest runner. Sangakkara accelerated when Sri lanka started to lose wickets and he even tried to get to his milestone with a 6, rather than getting them in singles.

  • billbowden311 on June 23, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    To be honest Sangakkara is not such a great batsmen, I mean look at his figures when it comes to quality bowling attacks! Against England he made two golden ducks, What is this! Sanga, as much as i respect you, you will not go anywhere if you just target Pakistan to score runs!

  • s.a.91 on June 23, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    I would blame this entire loss on the poor decisions by the umpires and then the psychological effect it had on the already poor Pakistani batting line up. Plus the pitch was bound to turn as days passed. I mean what went right for Pak so far? They lost the toss and didn't get to bat on a pitch that was overflowing with runs only on Day 1. Then the umpires were hellbent on taking all decisions against them. And then we know what happens when batsmen like Sangakkara/Dilshan/Jayawardene get second chances. Not to mention their nonstop fielding for almost two consecutive days and them coming out to bat right away on a pitch that is not batsman friendly anymore. Luck surely isn't with Pak in this one and nothing else. Otherwise our Test batting lineup is not SO bad as this match shows.

  • on June 23, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    @legaleagle....LOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cool2cool on June 23, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Why there is no DRS in this game? Where are those DRS supporters who didn't miss a single opportunity to criticize India/BCCI for not having DRS?

  • Legaleagle on June 23, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Till such time any AKMAL is playing for Pakistan nothing can improve for them. Can someone tell me why these three brothers are given chance after chance? What is the logic? All of them are 3rd grade players.

    I refuse to believe that Pakistan do not have better wicket keepers that these.

  • gunnerr4life on June 23, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Pakistan will loose this test series and they will be lucky if they avoid a white wash ... There are alot of things to be done to improve the standard of their cricket ... Firstly , Misbah-ul-haq should be limited to test cricket .. Secondly , Shahid Afridi should be the captain of one-day and t-20 teams .. Thirdly , they need to scout quality fast bowlers from the domestic circuit as aizaz cheema , junaid khan , etc. are not good enough and gul also needs a long rest ... Lastly , they really need a batting coach or find an efficient way to improve their batting and fielding ..

  • Dhushan on June 23, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    The umpiring of this game has been simply HORRIBLE & APPALLING! Uncharacteristically horrible. ICC should do something about such issues because it's not just 2 or 3 decisions but much more. If I'm not mistaken when SL were batting, 4 decisions went against Pak & 1 against SL. When Pak were batting 2 decisions went against them. And we have atleast 2 more days of cricket left. Jeez

  • Sinhaya on June 23, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Either use UDRS always or not use it at all. ICC can take ownership of costs by making the ball tracking technology uniform. At the moment various broadcasters have their own form of ball tracking. @Hammad Hanif, surely Hafeez, Shafiq, Azhar Ali were definitely out, dont deny it.

  • Riz000 on June 23, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    @ Stark62 thanks god u are one who believes me that hafeez is no good to pak team and all his 4 test or odi hundreds are against zim or Bangladesh plz i beg u PCB remove Hafeez completely and bring in talent like imran nazir or som on who can b a star 4 future

  • on June 23, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    i remember Mohammed Azharuddin getting out at 199 against Sri Lanka in Kanpur(?) Any other batsmen stranded at the same score?

  • on June 23, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Many Congratulations to Sanga......!!!!!!

  • AnotherCricketFan on June 23, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    One understands 200 is a milestone, but playing so selfishly to achieve that marker - is so shameful. With SRT 200 on line, MS Dhoni played for the team and not for SRT. Probably had he not run out Rangana - he may have gone to 200 handsomely than missing out - A poetic justice?

  • Sinhabahu on June 23, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    So, guys, is this still a flat pitch?

  • Stark62 on June 23, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    I wish Umar was playing because he would have given the fielders around the bat some serious thinking to do, relating to their health!!

    Anyway, Hafeez had one good year and most of those matches were against Zimb or Bang but was quickly given the captaincy in T20's and vice captaincy in the other formats without seeing, how he would fair in his second year of his comeback.

    Pak may lose this match but Misbah will definitely make sure Pak wins one of the other two remaining matches or perhaps even both.

    Finally, Azhar should be kept as a Test specialist because his temperament may have been effected by playing ODI's, plus Misbah and Younis must retire from ODI's and solely concentrate on Tests.

  • truthhh on June 23, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    WELL DONE BOYSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • on June 23, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    pakistan batted like amateurs. only Shafiq didn't get himself out. need 225 to avoid follow-on, 5 wickets left and with 3 days to go. Need a miracle to get out of this situation

  • on June 23, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Brilliant knock by Sanga, shows the class of his knock when most other batsman have struggled on the pitch which is assisting the bowlers. sad to miss out on a record 9th double ton. welldone for SL selectors for keeping faith with Randiv and bringing Kule back

  • on June 23, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Somebody should teach Pakistan how to bat! Very poor performance indeed. This is getting way out of hand! Seriously........

  • Sinhaya on June 23, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    I urge UDRS to be used at least from the 2nd test onwards. Ajmal was definitely not out. Umar was a touch and go and may have just clipped the wicket. If UDRS was used, Sri Lanka would have still posted 350 and Pakistan would have still struggled but done a bit better.

  • Daran9 on June 23, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Pakistan need to find atleast couple of descent batsmanto play test cricket. Mohammad Yousaf ( Known as Yousa Yohana before) is one of them. They always had decent bowlers. Bowlers will not win you matches all the time. You need to cover other two department( Batting and Fielding) as well if you want to be successful in cricket. If you can't field you shoud not be in the team at all! This is fundamental in a game of cricket. Pakistan talks a lot but lack in the fundamentals!Come On Pakistan, Wake Up if you want to succeed in Test Cricket or any form of Cricket for that matter!

  • mngc1 on June 23, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    I cannot understand why any team would not use the DRS / Hot Spot / Snicko technology on the basis that they are not perfected as yet. The human eye takes in frames at 10 - 12 per sec. A blink can make a huge difference. The slow mo cameras can take pictures at many more frames per sec and if those cannot define a decision then the eye also cannot. There were a few contentious decisions yesterday. In the England WI series there were 8 wrong decisions overturned plus 2 more that were not reviewed in just 14 innings. 7 (plus 2 not reviewed) were in favour of England before overturning. 5 of the wrong decisions were in the 2nd test. 10 reviews that remained "on field decisions" because the ball was "clipping the stumps". With such a high umpire error rate the case is made to let the technology decide to ensure a level playing field. The English batsmen got the BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT whilst their bowlers got the BENEFIT OF THE OUT. All should be not out or all out.

  • samindashj2002 on June 23, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Do not worry Sanga....Sri lanka boss of this game now..if we win you will fell better than you get double hundred for sure...THANK YOU. SANGAKKARA and team.

  • Nmiduna on June 23, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    well if u recall, sanga's was denied another outstanding double-century in hobbart when he was given out for shouldering a delivery thru to the keeper at 191*! but i think apart from that joy of 200, he has put sri lanka in a winning postion and has more than done his job. sanga has always been our best batsman in the most testing of the formats, and he continues to prove so.Its really a world class achievement, specially considering that its pakistan's bowling that won them the series against england! sanga tackled their world-class spinners well enough, although they did cause some problems.proud to have such a guy in the team, and hope the likes of chandimal and co will learn from sanga's remarkable mental toughness, which i think is the diference.

  • cooldxve on June 23, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Misbah would have been the perfect man in this situation to at least save the follow-on. But unfortunately he is not there and this reponsibility is now for Younis to rescue his team.

  • jmcilhinney on June 23, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Every time there is a perceived issue with DRS it is immediately championed and as vindication for BCCI and any other opponents of the technology. I haven't been watching this game but I'd say that, from what I've read, it's a great advertisement for the use of DRS. It's a shame that the technology is so expensive to use because I'm guessing that it would have been in use here but for the prohibitive cost. Maybe BCCI should have paid for it for SL to help show how poor the system is.

  • zulfi43 on June 23, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    DRS< DRS,DRS. ICC PLEASE ............ OTHER WISE WE WILL LOSE THE CHARM OF CRICKET

  • on June 23, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Looks like Pakistan are playing even worse than both Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in terms of Tests :)

  • on June 23, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    What happened to the umpires??? Did they get used to doing nothing in presence of URDS and now that there is no URDS they are caught napping??? Pakistan shouldve been zero outs because the very first dismissal was wrongfully adjudged for height!

  • suve on June 23, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Wow Pakistan are 48/5. You have to give credit to the Sri Lankans for getting runs on a pitch that assisted the spinners a lot. Poor Umpiring again today but decisions were given wrong to both teams, so no point complainging about it. They really need to make DRS compulsary in every test. Sangakkara played an amazing knock vs the world's best spinners on a spinning wicket, so well done to him. Pakistan Batsmen played very very poorly, I think it's scoreboard pressure and I'll back Sri lanka to win this test very easily.

  • khurramsch on June 23, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    bad umpiring is hurting pakistan 5 decisioons against them. but more importantly very poor batting display from them.they should have done much better . i think this test is over now. no way pak can come back now. but umpiring standards should improve 6 wrong in 2 days( 5 against pak & 1 against SL) that is too much for such experienced umpires.

  • yorkslanka on June 23, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    very strong performance from SL and feel sorry for Sanga being stranded on 199.. we have taken control of this test and Pakistan must fight hard to save a defeat..you have to feel for Pakistan with some pretty poor umpiring, nobody wants to see a match decided by poor decisions and this is why the ICC must make drs and hotspot compulsory for all international matches...they must help to fnud this also btw, they have pletny of money...

  • Min2_cric on June 23, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    shame on u pakistan...lolz

  • on June 23, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    And Pakistan's poor show with the bat continuous equally assisted by the umpires. SL made just 472 with 16 batters (considering the extra chances they had it) and already Pakistani batsmen are facing the music by poor umpiring and some good bowling by Lankans. Actually nothing happening for Pakistan for quite some time now. P.S why no DRS in this series?

  • yorkslanka on June 23, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    very poor umpiring but didnt i say yesterday that this pitch will take turn and be very difficult to bat on..

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  • yorkslanka on June 23, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    very poor umpiring but didnt i say yesterday that this pitch will take turn and be very difficult to bat on..

  • on June 23, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    And Pakistan's poor show with the bat continuous equally assisted by the umpires. SL made just 472 with 16 batters (considering the extra chances they had it) and already Pakistani batsmen are facing the music by poor umpiring and some good bowling by Lankans. Actually nothing happening for Pakistan for quite some time now. P.S why no DRS in this series?

  • Min2_cric on June 23, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    shame on u pakistan...lolz

  • yorkslanka on June 23, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    very strong performance from SL and feel sorry for Sanga being stranded on 199.. we have taken control of this test and Pakistan must fight hard to save a defeat..you have to feel for Pakistan with some pretty poor umpiring, nobody wants to see a match decided by poor decisions and this is why the ICC must make drs and hotspot compulsory for all international matches...they must help to fnud this also btw, they have pletny of money...

  • khurramsch on June 23, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    bad umpiring is hurting pakistan 5 decisioons against them. but more importantly very poor batting display from them.they should have done much better . i think this test is over now. no way pak can come back now. but umpiring standards should improve 6 wrong in 2 days( 5 against pak & 1 against SL) that is too much for such experienced umpires.

  • suve on June 23, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Wow Pakistan are 48/5. You have to give credit to the Sri Lankans for getting runs on a pitch that assisted the spinners a lot. Poor Umpiring again today but decisions were given wrong to both teams, so no point complainging about it. They really need to make DRS compulsary in every test. Sangakkara played an amazing knock vs the world's best spinners on a spinning wicket, so well done to him. Pakistan Batsmen played very very poorly, I think it's scoreboard pressure and I'll back Sri lanka to win this test very easily.

  • on June 23, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    What happened to the umpires??? Did they get used to doing nothing in presence of URDS and now that there is no URDS they are caught napping??? Pakistan shouldve been zero outs because the very first dismissal was wrongfully adjudged for height!

  • on June 23, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Looks like Pakistan are playing even worse than both Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in terms of Tests :)

  • zulfi43 on June 23, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    DRS< DRS,DRS. ICC PLEASE ............ OTHER WISE WE WILL LOSE THE CHARM OF CRICKET

  • jmcilhinney on June 23, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Every time there is a perceived issue with DRS it is immediately championed and as vindication for BCCI and any other opponents of the technology. I haven't been watching this game but I'd say that, from what I've read, it's a great advertisement for the use of DRS. It's a shame that the technology is so expensive to use because I'm guessing that it would have been in use here but for the prohibitive cost. Maybe BCCI should have paid for it for SL to help show how poor the system is.