Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day

Sri Lanka take big strides towards victory

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

June 24, 2012

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Pakistan 100 (Randiv 4-13, Herath 3-30) and 36 for 3 need another 474 runs to beat Sri Lanka 472 and 137 for 5 dec (Dilshan 56, Junaid 3-44)
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Suraj Randiv finished with four wickets, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day, June 24, 2012
Suraj Randiv picked up 4 for 13 in the first innings © AFP
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Sri Lanka continued to maintain a vice-like grip on the Galle Test on the third day, but instead of pushing for the kill after bowling out Pakistan for 100, they inexplicably decided to bat again. Even a 372-run first-innings lead, the forecast for rains over the next couple of days and a relatively fresh bowling attack that had bowled for less than two sessions were not enough to convince Mahela Jayawardene to enforce the follow-on.

They eventually declared after batting more than three hours, stretching the advantage beyond 500. Then, in the hour or so they had at Pakistan's batting in the second innings, they made big strides towards victory by removing three top-order batsmen.

The other major talking point was the umpiring. In a week when the ICC will yet again discuss the Decision Review System, the Galle Test provided more evidence for making the system mandatory for all international matches. There had been a handful of wrong umpiring decisions in the first two days, and another one early on Sunday undermined Pakistan's already slim chances of mounting a fightback, as Younis Khan was adjudged lbw even though he inside-edged the ball. Later in the day, Tillakaratne Dilshan was incorrectly declared not-out after gloving a ball to the wicketkeeper, and then given lbw when the ball was going over the stumps.

The umpiring was poor, but Pakistan can't hide behind that for their abject performance in this match. Pakistan had been given a taste of the challenge ahead in the opening over of the day as Nuwan Kulasekara first found Younis' inside-edge and then the outside-edge. The spinners kept testing the batsmen with turn and bounce, and once Younis fell to Rangana Herath in the 10th over of the day it seemed Pakistan would be bowled out quickly.

Mohammad Ayub, Pakistan's oldest debutant since 1956, however, showed remarkable composure against the spinners, defending solidly and using the sweep regularly. He wasn't flustered by the pace of Nuwan Pradeep, who was regularly near the 90mph, carving him for a couple of boundaries when provided the width.

He was less composed when Adnan Akmal called him for a second after paddling the ball to fine leg. Akmal was going to the danger end, but Ayub started, hesitated and then turned back, and eventually both batsmen found themselves at the same end. Akmal was livid, shouting "My call, my call, I said 'yes'," at Ayub before departing in a huff. That exposed the Pakistan tail, and Sri Lanka's spinners finished off the job at the stroke of lunch.

After the break, to everyone's surprise, it was the Sri Lanka openers who walked out, and the widely expected follow-on wasn't to be. The decision would have pleased Tharanga Paranavitana, who got a no-pressure second chance to audition for a permanent place at the top of the order. He swiped a couple of sixes (after having hit only two in his other 51 Test innings) but for the second time in the game, he was made to look foolish by Saeed Ajmal, as he missed the doosra by a foot to be lbw.

Junaid Khan was the other player happy with the Sri Lankan move to bat again. This is his first big game after four months out with a knee injury, and he had looked listless in the first innings, but was more of a threat second time around. He found some rhythm in the second innings, beating the bat on several occasions and picking up three wickets to boost his confidence .

Of the Sri Lanka batsman, Dilshan enjoyed himself the most. He provided the early thrust as he drove, cut and swept the Pakistan bowling to bring up his second run-a-ball half-century of the match. He was dismissed by Junaid for 56, and walked off saluting the crowd. The other heavyweights in the line-up didn't do much, but it didn't matter as Sri Lanka were already in an exceedingly comfortable position.

After the declaration came, Pakistan had to see out 16 overs before stumps but their batsmen blundered again. Mohammad Hafeez's woeful tour continued as he was unsure how much movement Kulasekara was getting, and edged through to slip. Taufeeq Umar was lbw looking to shoulder arms in the first innings, and this time he was gone leaving a huge gap between bat and pad when looking to defend. Herath was menacing even with a new-ish ball, and had Azhar Ali pouched low at slip by Thilan Samaraweera.

Pakistan were down to 25 for 3 and their only hope at stumps was for the Sri Lankan monsoon to strike and wash out major parts of the remaining two days' play.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Philippe on (June 25, 2012, 3:29 GMT)

with this kind of batting, they can never win test matches.. no fighting show even by single batsman.. they need world class batsmen desperately.. atleast 1 or 2..

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 2:17 GMT)

Sri Lanka needs a better opening batsman than Paranavitana. There are other talented young guns.

Posted by short_cover on (June 25, 2012, 1:09 GMT)

WHAT IS HAFEEZ DOING IN THE TEST SIDE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 25, 2012, 0:26 GMT)

@lankanlioncric, I recall you predicting Pakistan triumph at the beginning of the series when announced right here on cricinfo but what happened? IPL has not caused any issue at all. IPL has helped players improve the game. You saying Pakistan can draw the match! They cannot do anything from here. Recall when did they even last score 400 against a major team in a test match?

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 23:48 GMT)

What a sad sight for PAK. Dominated England and now falling back to earth. I guess PAK can only beat England.

Posted by SL_4EVER on (June 24, 2012, 21:54 GMT)

What ever happens we(Pakistan and Srilanka) are good friends in and off the field. So to all my pakistani brothers, don't worry you will definately bounce back in the remaining games and i wish them success as they are very good gentlemen's in modern day cricket. Specially i like Saeed ajmal's spirit and attitude, bowling with a lot of heart. i think other players should learn from him how to play 'never say die' game. Wish both teams good luck..!! SL fan.

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (June 24, 2012, 21:38 GMT)

There is a reason for not having enforced the following on. Simple - commercial reasons. SL Cricket needed to ensure that the game went on as long as possible. Sri Lanka seem to work together once again as a close knit unit. This cannot be said of the Pakistanis. The DRS would have helped to prolong the agony for the Pakistanis but it would not have helped them to perform better than the Sri Lankans. Give credit to astute captaincy too. The senior batsmen had not been delivering in the recent past, which they did in this match. Randhiv has shown maturity. Hope the weather holds just enough to ensure that justice is done. Philip Gnana, Surrey.

Posted by arshad771 on (June 24, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

Gul becomes Lul!!! what a match for Pakistan and what a great fighting spirit!!!

Posted by zulfi43 on (June 24, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

to much defensive batting cause problem for pakistan and need some one like umer akmal with positive approach when Felder are so close to bat not like misbah and younas khan and azher ali remember when azher played 80 dot balls and get out without scoring a single.

Posted by razakbhai123 on (June 24, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

Pakistan is passing through difficult time ,they need really a good batting coach,Mohsinkhan had really achieved good result ! need to teach good Technic to stay on wicket for long time and to create a fighting spirit ! never to say die attitude.

Posted by jb633 on (June 24, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

At Pak fans, yes I am an English fan and agree the statement about Pak losing test status is ridiculous. Pakistan have come unstuck here with a side putting runs up on the board. The last year or so Pak have managed to bowl sides out relativley cheaply in their 1st innings and therefore the batting line up has been under no pressure. Inevitably there would be a game where the opposition racked up a biggie and the batsmen simply had to perform. It must be a worry for Pak fans looking at the line up and wondering where the big 100's are going to come from. Personally I think something has to be done with Hafeez. He is to good to be batting the way he is. I suggest getting Umar Akmal in the test side and telling him to play his natural game and take the opposition on.

Posted by Raj2000 on (June 24, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Choosing to bat to give Herath a break is a terrible decision, at best. If need be, Mahela could've have brought Herath back later in the game and depend more on other bowlers. (Randiv showed promise) SL should evolve and move past depending on one bowler, and Sanga and Mahela for scoring runs if they were to improve. There is an extremely slim chance that SL will lose this match, should they asked Pakistan to follow on. Bottom line: Mahela showed poor judgement (perhaps pressure from higher ups) in not declaring. It showed a lack in faith in his team, as well as lack of confidence in himself. Maybe he didn't want to go against the grain as SL had never asked Pakistan to follow up in any of their match since they started playing test cricket!!

Posted by Herath-UK on (June 24, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

One other reason why Mahela wanted to bat again was probably to look at Paranivithana.Mahela's ambition granted, Para now may be axed .A more skillful opener is necessary. Ranil Herath -Kent

Posted by Stark62 on (June 24, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

I knew Azhar would lose his skills as a Test batsmen by playing ODI's!!

Hafeez doesn't deserve to be in the team for any format, let alone be a captain or vice captain.

Junaid bowled well but Sadaf and Rahat are much better options, plus I would much rather see Pak lose with youngsters, rather then pensioners.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

well the anger of pak fans is truly justified...one good player can change a match upside down..I remember all of my co Indians including me hue n cry about bad decisions evry time..well nothing to take away from lanka but still I feel it wud have been an even contact with proper umpiring...

Posted by Perera32 on (June 24, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

@EnglishCricket: What a pathetic comment, no offence mate but I think Ireland is better than England when playing in the subcontinent. Remember WC 2011 Eng vs Ireland???. Pakistan will produce talented youngsters in the future, every team has rough patches but they will bounce back. About a year ago Sri Lankan cricket was going no where but now they're starting look good again.

Posted by legsidewide on (June 24, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

@EnglishCricket is that because you don't want England to play Pakistan in the format that they got hammered at?

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

The only good thing that can come of this match is that it finally convinces the ICC to stop gerrymandering around DRS. This game will end up feeling like a pyrrhic victory for SL, who should rightly feel aggrieved that they will have the sheen taken of a victory they deserved when the umpiring has been so atrocious.

Posted by balajik1968 on (June 24, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

I think Sri Lanka did not want to bat last on this wicket. Even a smallish total could be dicey. As for Pakistan, they now need to rebuild the team. Possibly starting with the new ball attack. Azhar Ali has taken huge strides in the last one year, so they need to build a new batting order around him. Umar Akmal should have been the leader of the batting, but he is not building on his starts. Maybe he should respect his talent a little more, and make something of it. Azhar Ali has shown how. Akmal should make his talent count, or he will be another case of "what might have been". I woke up at 4 in the morning a few years back to see this guy play in NZ, and I am appalled at the waste.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

@ EnglishCricket how abt replacing Ireland for england when they play tour sub cont?

Posted by superstar100 on (June 24, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

if SRL impose followon the match is finished today only ... dont blame umpiers PAK bat'sman dont know how to play ...give chance to some new ones

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

romirom nice one bro, ur rite .umar must b plyng as opnr

Posted by lankanlioncric on (June 24, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

Pakistani brothers were playing test like T20, going after every ball n trying to hit each n every ball for a six. If the pak batsman were patient, sure they should have scored atleast 200 or more. hope tomorrow they r a bit patient n try to atleast take it to day 5 n draw the test, if they last till 5th day, sure they can change things around

Posted by Fezz on (June 24, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

@EnglishCricket! I feel sorry for you mate. It seems the pain of the 3-0 whitewash by Pakistan still hasn't soothed completely. Hence your comic remarks about removing Pakistan from test status (laughable). Just to rub more salt on your wounds, Pakistan are the only team to beat England in England in the last couple of years or so in the tests. And as far as this match is concerned, no team in the world can win a test match after having nearly 10 decisions going against them. If the same types of reprieves had been given to Pieterson, Bell and Strauss in UAE, England might also have won that series.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

Its not Just about 9:3 ratio of wrong umpiring decisions against Pakistan. The umpiring decisions on the first day in favour of SL had already pushed this match hughly in favour of SL, specially considering Pak's weak batting and the absence of Misbah. After the first day's umpiring blunders leaving SL 300/2, it was only a matter of time when Pakistan lose this match. And then the decisions against Pakistan batsmen in their first innings just helped SL to win this match a bit quicker than expected.

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 24, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

@Raj2000, must think about the broadcasters who banked hopes on advertising money at least for 4 days. Mahela would have thought that way. Also, remember Pakistani cricketers are professionals and Mahela would have felt that they are unlikely to fail twice in a test match.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

The only reason I could figure out why Mahela did not enforce follow-on was the need to give some rest to Herath who has had surgery recently. He would have expected more stiff resistance by Pakistan batsmen in second innings and in that case Herath would be bowling long spells throughout the day. Otherwise, even if Pakistan batsmen put in a great fight back in second innings and obtain a slender 100+ lead over SL that would consume most of the remaining time in the match. So there was no possibility of Sri Lanka loosing this game. In 2004 SL were 281 in front against SA in Colombo but did not enforce the follow-on on 3rd day but batted on. Most of 4th day was washed out by rains. Luckily there was good weather on last day for SL to bowl out SA and win the match. That time only reason for not enforcing follow on as far as I could figure out was for skipper Marvan who had failed so far with bat in the series to make some runs under less pressure situation but move nearly back-fired.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

@english cricket..... OK :P

Posted by PakPacer on (June 24, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

English Cricket-We did beat England 3-0 and not being prepared for it is not an excuse, a drubbing is a drubbing.

Just like the one we are getting right now. Full credit to Sri Lanka for playing well right now. Pakistans performance against them in 2009 and right now is just unexplainable. Hafeez right now is the worst player on either team and should be dropped immediatly. Also to all those fans that are always asking for Misbahs head, this is why we are not ready for life without Misbah, although i dont know if he even he would have been able to salvage this. We need a batting coach but more then that, i think mental toughness is lacking in the Pakistani camp.

Posted by irfan0303 on (June 24, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

Hafeez should come at no.4. He is not capable of opening from last countless matches his performance as an opener is zero so, he himself should realize it and Azhar and toufeeq should be opener. and in bowling i think so we should give some rest to Gul and replace him with Sohail Tanvir. Thanks

Posted by khurramsch on (June 24, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

some here comenting that SL got bad decisions as well, but guys you are comparing 9 : 3 ratio? & a english fellow asking for test status. mate england was no 1 pakistan was no 5 when england was beaten. & pakistan still no 5 playing SL. so not much diffrence. on your part you come up comparing odi defeat with tests?

Posted by khurramsch on (June 24, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

pakistan played very bad no doubt about it umpiring erors not excuse they batted really bad. but still 12 (9 pak - 3 SL) wrong decisions by so much experienced umpires in 3 days?there should be a system 4 umpires. a ranking system, or 3rd umpire should be allowed to overturn simple ones which dont need drs technology.very poor show from umpires. but yes pakistan played very bad. all they need to do now is to spend time & practice for next games.

Posted by Raj2000 on (June 24, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

I don't understand why Sri Lanka didn't declare! Were they not confident that they could not bowl Pakistan out again for 372 runs, or should Pakistan score more than 372, could get the required runs??? The argument that their bowlers need rest is not valid, in my opinion, Cricket, at this level, requires tremendous physical and mental conditioning. What is otherwise brilliant captaincy by Sri Lankan captain is marred by this error of judgement. Sorry, Mahela, it is what it is. I hope you'll explain your decision on your column well enough to justify it.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

What a comeback by Kula.nice swing bawling in dead track Galle. can Younis & Asad Safiq do something different tomorrow to score 100+

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

Despite poor umpiring I would still agree with our Sri Lankan friends that Pakistan played badly. The team needs people like MIsbah, who blocks one end, tires the opposition bowling and then take the game game away from the opposition. That is what TEST cricket is all about, 5 days of cricket and I love it. The present players are not concentrating and probably do not have the patience in them to build a big innings. This test will shake their confidence and the other tests Sri Lanka will dominate. Very poor Cricket by us to say the least.

Posted by first_slip on (June 24, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

How About Thoufiq Umars LBW? wasn't that bad decision? PAKS had 8 bad decision and SL had 5, i have watched every ball bowled till now in this test match,

Posted by EnglishCricket on (June 24, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

I think Pakistan should be stripped of Test status and replaced with Ireland based on this awful performance. A loss is fine but losing like this is simply unacceptable if you think about it honestly and the only reason I say Ireland should replace Pakistan is for two reasons number 1 most of the Pakistan first team are pretty old and their young players are not that talented and number 2 Pakistan will never hold International matches again so its best if Pakistan just remove themselves. I know you guys will say Pakistan beat England 3-0 in Tests earlier in the year but that's because we didn't have much preparation and besides after that Test series, the 4-0 ODI win and 2-1 T20 win against Pakistan away from home just shows how far ahead us English are compared to Pakistan so please think about it :D

Posted by g.narsimha on (June 24, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

W hy SL did not impose Fallowon ? they taken all pak wickets by lunch , it seems that they wants some match practice by prolonging this match other wise match would have been finished today itself .

Posted by romirom on (June 24, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

Pathetic batting.... kick out these two opener tafiq and hafeez. Give chance to umar akmal as an opener. i bet he would click as an opener with his good attacking technique.

Posted by Perera32 on (June 24, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

Poor Umpiring cost both teams today but Pakistan Played very poorly to be honest. I think Mahela did the correct thing by not enforcing the follow on because he was making absoloutley sure that Pakistan didn't make SL bat again. Good knock by Dilshan, Kula and Herath getting wickets as well. Tommorow will be the last day of the match.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

1st inings only DRS will save ajmal and yunis....! both Para and dilshan will save bi DRS! nwy poor unpiring but very very poor play by pakisthan and Sri Lanka realy played brillient! kula getting the ball 2 swing both side and it's really nice to watch!

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 24, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

I urge UDRS to be used from the 2nd test onwards as it is a desperate need of the hour. But still even if there was UDRS, I doubt if Pakistan would have avoided losing this test match. Hafeez must come down the order as he is unfit to face the new ball. Azhar Ali can open the batting instead.

Posted by nitharsh on (June 24, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

Haha..finaly sanga makes gets that one run.What an memeroble test for sanga.Again pakistan bowlers looked good.But its thier batting a big worry.Srilanka are in a hunt.C'mon Lanka.

Posted by getsetgopk on (June 24, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

Like I said yesterday for this match to be a competition the Srilankans themselves have to step in and dont appeal where wasn't absolutely necessary and walk away when they knew they got out, thats the only possible scenario i could think of to make this an even contest because trust me or not the umpires in this game have clearly lost it. Even pathetic umpiring is not enough to describe what happened in this match. The couple decisions that went against SL was a bit of correction from the umpires but it was all a bit 450 runs late!

Posted by   on (June 24, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

This test match will be remembered as the worst test match as far as umpiring is concern, one bad decision can change the whole match.... ICC please wake up and do some scrutiny of umpires, one or 2 bad decision are normal but how can be umpire wrong on 12 occasion and special out of which 10 are against one particular team.... DRS can minimize this issue but still dont want to see such a poor umpires in the coming matches....

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