Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day

Sri Lanka complete massive victory

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

June 25, 2012

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Sri Lanka 472 (Sangakkara 199*, Dilshan 101, M Jayawardene 62, Ajmal 5-146) and 137 for 5 dec (Dilshan 56, Junaid 3-44) beat Pakistan 100 (Randiv 4-13, Herath 3-30) and 300 (Younis 87, Shafiq 80, Kulasekara 3-80, Randiv 3-86) by 209 runs
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Asad Shafiq resisted the Sri Lankan bowling before lunch, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day, June 25, 2012
Asad Shafiq made a solid half-century © AFP
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For a year and a half after Muttiah Muralitharan's retirement, every match Sri Lanka played was accompanied by questions about their ability to be a top Test nation in the absence of the game's greatest wicket-taker. Those questions will be less frequent after Sri Lanka completed their third Test victory in five matches, and their largest win over Pakistan on the fourth day in Galle. The result also snapped Pakistan's winning streak, which included a 3-0 blanking of world No. 1 England, at five Tests.

It wasn't one-way traffic on Monday, as it had been on the three previous days as Asad Shafiq and Younis Khan defied Sri Lanka for nearly two sessions. Younis gave another demonstration of his fourth-innings mastery, while Shafiq once again showed his appetite for a scrap, as he had in his two previous Tests, against England. Their resistance stretched the game to the final minutes of the fourth day, but Sri Lanka were never in any serious danger, remaining firmly in control all through.

Pakistan's only casualty in the morning was the nightwatchman Saeed Ajmal, run-out in the second over of the day after a direct hit by Suraj Randiv from cover. An early finish to the game looked on the cards when Younis started to walk off after seemingly holing out to mid-off, but there was some doubt over whether Tillakaratne Dilshan had got his fingers under the ball as he took a low catch. It was hard to tell from the replays, and Younis was given the benefit of the doubt.

The only other clear-cut chance in the session for Pakistan was when Kumar Sangakkara put down a tough catch at midwicket off Shafiq ten minutes before lunch. There were a few mild lbw appeals, and Shafiq's french-cut for four early in his innings, but for the most part, Younis and Shafiq were more comfortable than any other Pakistan pair has been this match.

They didn't go into a defensive shell, looking to score even though the target was well out of sight. Younis used the sweep, mostly the conventional version but on one occasion the reverse as well. Shafiq capitalised on the deliveries bowled on his pads, and also pulled out some hard-hit lofted shots as Sri Lanka's bowlers were made to wait for a breakthrough longer than they have had all match.

The pattern continued after lunch as well, as the pair negated the generally slow spin easily. Both batsmen confidently used their feet against spin, and were quick to put away the loose deliveries. Sri Lanka's fast bowlers weren't at their best, not testing the batsmen enough and being inconsistent with their lines, while the spinners patiently plugged away. The slow bowlers managed to find a few edges which didn't carry to slip on several occasions.

As the session progressed, it seemed Sri Lanka's best hope of a wicket would be once the new ball was taken, but Herath got one to spin off the pitch with pace, and Shafiq nicked it through to slip, via the wicketkeeper's gloves, to fall for 80.

Younis went on to become the first Pakistan batsman to complete 1000 runs in the fourth innings, but he couldn't become the first man to score five centuries in the fourth innings of a Test. Sri Lanka hadn't needed to wait for the second new ball to break the Younis-Shafiq stand but when they did take it, they got the big wicket of Younis in the very first over. Nuwan Kulasekara, who has been a huge threat with the new ball, got one delivery to hold its line, and not dip in as his deliveries usually do, causing a faint Younis nick to the keeper.

With those two strikes, Sri Lanka were in sniffing distance of a win. Debutant Mohammad Ayub, the last of the specialist batsmen, hung around for an hour and a half before becoming fast bowler's Nuwan Pradeep first Test victim.

In a disappointing match for Pakistan, one of the bright spots for them was the wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal. Not only was he competent behind the stumps, he showed promise with the bat as well, besides conveying a sense of enjoying the game. He battled for an unbeaten 40, shielding the tail from the strike as much as he could, but couldn't take the game into a fifth day as Sri Lanka's spinners completed the job a few minutes before stumps.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Sports4Youth on (June 27, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

I agree with all the coments that UMPIRES made HEAVY BLUNDERS. But at the same time the Pakistani performance was very poor in all deparments. On the feild they were PATHETIC, look at the Sri Lankan fielding. Fast bowlers were horrible , the Sri Lankan paces did a good job on the same pitch, Umar Guls bowling was useless in both the innings and Junaid was rusty in the 1st innings though he was much better in the second innings, but by then the match was over. Pakistani batting was not comparable with the Sri Lankan batting. It looked like a match between Sri Lanka and some school team. Hafeez is no more a specialist batsman who can bowl, He should be treated as a specialist bowlier who can bat. Include one more batsman at the cost of Umar Gul.

Posted by fatherofcricket on (June 26, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

very unfair match and result.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 26, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

Extremely sorry 4 my lankan friends bt sl z nt a great test side by any stretch of imagination so this masive win was nt posible 4 them unles they dn't get d "out of d way" suport 4rm least expectd entity,so hats off to umpirs 4 makng it a reality against d bst than most of test playng nations in cricktng wrld.I DN'T AGREE TO THS BORing idea that had all decisions been made perfect,pak stil would have been beaten,u need 2 to 3 decisins to post 400+ on flat wickt,younis z one of best in tests at d moment,gd point 4 pak z that sl stil dependng on big 3,if pak can pick these 3 early in nxt games,it would b dificult 4 lanka to post even 150 against ths pak atack

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 26, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

PAK needs a couple of first innings specialist batsmen. They got a couple of second innings batsmen in Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq.

Posted by ranga_s on (June 26, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Umpires made heavy blunders and contest would have been more tight if DRS was there. Still I thought Pakistan were blown away in the 1st innings and nothing happend in the 2nd innings would change that. Granted Yunus Khan was unlucky in the 1st innings and he would have taken Pakistan to much more respectability. Do not talk about Thaufeeq Umar's dismissal. Surely it's 50/50 and umpire could have not raised the finger but what rubbish shot was that. So no arguements over that dismissal. Tharanga and Mahela got lives and added about 60 runs extra and due to poor decisions Pakistan lost about 100 runs. Dilshan got a very poor decision in the 2nd innings and pakistan tail got few blunder decisions. so I'd say add 50 runs in pakistans favor due to poor umpiring still they stare and mountain 159 run defeat. Sangakkara was the difference and Pakistan need to work hard on their game if they are to win but they will compete hard in the games t come. We Sri Lankans expect that from them..

Posted by fatherofcricket on (June 26, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

its an unlucky match for pakistan, and this the 1st test in galle is really won by Pakistan while there are so many bad decisions done by umpires. Where is review?? If there are reviews available in that match no doubt pakistan are winners. but review system was there in the England tour, this is unfair!

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

Pakistan were outplayed.Sri Lanka deserved to win. But the umpiring was very pathetic. Drs should be included in the following series. Best of luck to Pakistan in the next few games.

Posted by Hawk_Pk on (June 26, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

the only positive thing in Pakistan's recent heavy defeat was that we lost to Sri Lanka....which we really don't mind..

Posted by cricketstarbest on (June 26, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

congrats SL for victory, and more or less they won the series also, as remaining two matches will be high scoring draws....

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 26, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

Men of the match SJ Davis and IJ Gould

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

Sri lanka Played really well and deserved winners in that massive victory.Yes they benefitted some of the questionable Umpire decision but the way Pakistan were perofrming the result will not be that different even those decission rectified. But you never know this Pakistan side theya re so unpredictable and it will not be surprised if they turned the table in the next test.Adition to that its high time to Introduce DRs in the game even at the Indias rejection to it.If we have aTechnology we should have used it.agreed it may be 100% not well proof but it cleans up Umpire howler completely

Posted by javed.agrawala on (June 26, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

I am a Pakistani but would like to congratulate Sri Lanka for a well deserved victory. They played the far better cricket and the contest was not even close notwithstanding the controversial decisions.

Pakistan needs to get its act together and there is still time.

Hafeez should not be opening but bat at six. An attacking specialist opener should be inducted to wrest the early advantage.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka! I was so happy when I found out they won! I wasn't able to watch the entire match but I got to see Sanga's beautiful innings of 199*! An amazing win by the Sri Lankans! I hope they win the Test series 3-0 because they deserve every bit of it! Pakistan needs to improve both their batting and bowling because they are only depending on Saeed Ajmal to take wickets. Let's see what the next Test holds for us!

Posted by UAETigers on (June 26, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

well played SL, its a great victory

Posted by birdz_eye on (June 26, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

A well deserved victory by SL & bravo for that. Points to note here are, Only SL bastsmen who manage to provide big score in 1st innings were the 3 big batters while the rest virtually scored nothing same happened in their second innings, while Pakistan after being bundled out for 100 came with good fighting efforts by new comers Asad, Adnan & even Ayub which is surely a good sign to move with. SL bowling was accurate but not lethal with auspicious swing or spin while Pakistan bowling talent showed great deviation off the deck both from spinners & Pacers specially from Junaid Khan in second innings, so they just need to correct their mind set for not being treated fairly by umpires & match referee, ( i mean seriously suspending a captain in a test for what he did in ODI really stupid) focus on their skills & the game only with a sporting spirit they will bounce back surely. All the best for green shirts hoping to have a cracker in next game.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

Where's Wahab riyaz ? Gul should be rested for T20 WC.and DRS!

Posted by DINESHCC on (June 26, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

MOHD. HAFEEZ, SAEED AJMAL AND MISBAH-UL-HAQ are the main players in taking pakistan to greater heights and were responsible for series victories over WI, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, England, world T-20 in 2009, WC semi final and improvement in rankings. For one failure pak fans started criticizing hafeez. He is one of the best alrounders. Even in the Galle test he bowled tight spells and had taken 3 wickets. If any one is to be dropped for the 2nd test it is either abdur rehman or taufeeq umar and not hafeez.

Posted by anver777 on (June 26, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

Pak does not carry the same confident & form which they had in their previous test series..... some how they need to bounce back strongly in the 2nd test otherwise this will be a cakewalk for SL team !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Galle_Rocks on (June 26, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

I Totally Agree with Sinhaya, this was how cricket played before 2008 and even with DRS Pakistan still would have lost . Only thing Sri Lanka should do is try to read Ajmal and game over for Pakistan , one series defeat you will see how pakistan crash after that

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 26, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

Pathetic. Pakistan should play its A team instead of this one.

Posted by truthhh on (June 26, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

well done srilanka,mostly thx goes to nuwan kulasekara otherwise this match would have been drawn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by JB-HI-FI on (June 26, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

People or the players of Pakistan who think Pakistan lost the match because of bad decisions, keep thinking the same then Sri Lanka can win the next match again. Stop finding reasons for the lost, try to accept poor bating performance and start motivating your team.

Posted by ajithabey on (June 26, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

Very professional and allround performance by Sri Lanka despite some rearguard action by the Pakistanis.They looked ordinary without Misbah & Afridi.Hopefully the Sri Lankan combination will not be tinkered with by the selectors for the rest of the series unless through injury.The gamble by Mahela to bat again paid off.He probably thought that it would be unwise to bat in the fourth innings on the notorious galle pitch.The trio Dilshan,Sanga & Mahela performed to expected levels.Nuwan Pradeep too was impressive with pace.Obviously he needs more matches to prove himself.The spinners did well as usual in Galle.a third genuine spinner would have run riot on this pitch. The DRS system must be made mandatory for all international cricket as the umpiring was pathetic at times.Climate change seems to have its effect on Sri Lanka too with Galle enjoying good weather despite the South West monsoon season.The next game at the SSC probably will be a batsman's paradise. Good Luck Sri Lanka

Posted by pkcricfan101 on (June 26, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

The biggest problem as of now is Hafeez as an opener. Openers should be able to negotiate the new ball so that the middle order can come in and knock it around for singles. Hafeez does not have the temperament he is constantly pushing the ball to slips and gets out for ducks galore. Pak obviously needs him for his bowling all rounder abilities but he should move to number 5 or 6 down the order. The opening pair for tests should be azhar ali and taufeeq umar. For odi it should be nasir jamshed and azhar ali. For t20 it should be nasir jamshed and imran nazir or kamran akmal. If Pakistan can find a solid opening pair and relieve the pressure on the middle order, guaranteed they wouldn't suffer so many batting collapses.

Posted by siriherath on (June 26, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

Umpiring howlers did play a part in the magnitude of the Sri Lanka win, but I doubt if the outcome would have been different. Still feel very sorry for the likes of Younus Khan, Gul and Ajmal who to me are very friendly blokes and true gentlemen in addition to being great performers who fight hard and fair for their country. These are great ambassadors for Pakistan. Unlike some supporters in other parts of the world, Sri Lankans know by instinct a great player when they see one and will respect him irrespective of their allegiance. About TV Commentary - Can I politely request from Roshan Abeysighe to refrain from stating the too-damn-obvious (like in radio commentary), as viewers CAN see. Secondly, he should know it's not necessary to patronise his fellow (Pakistani) commentators so blatantly to sustain friendship. Thank you.

Posted by igalhena on (June 26, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

This test reminds me the Galle test between Sri lanka and England in year 2000, so many umpiring errors where England was in the wrong side of the equation. But in the second test, again really bad umpiring, Sri lankan's were in the wrong side. If i can remember correctly, those two test matches forced to have neutral umpires for the test matches. I hope that this test will have a positive outcome in terms of DRS but hope further umpiring errors will not cause the 2nd match for either side

Posted by Legend_of_All_Times on (June 26, 2012, 2:32 GMT)

sorry, the difference would be 30 years, not 40 years in my previous comment.

Posted by Legend_of_All_Times on (June 26, 2012, 2:31 GMT)

Shame....Pakistan lost to a team by 209 runs which team achieved their test status after 40 years compared with Pakistan.....No Doubt, Pakistan is still a Minnow....Pak players should practice long version cricket with Ireland, Afghanistan etc ICC associate members.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 2:13 GMT)

Clinical and classy performance by Sri Lanka. This sure isn't the strongest side Pakistan have fielded in recent times, but there is still talent and depth (especially in the batting department with some good young quicks thrown into the mix as well). Sri Lanka were definately the more settled team and it showed. Pakistan need more mental application - regardless of how competitive an opposition is, getting out for 100 in a first innnings is not acceptable except for in extreme circumstances where the bowling is simply unplayable, which it wasnt in this case. Sri Lanka are well drilled and have self-belief - there's a lot to like about this side, both young and old.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 1:40 GMT)

There is no question that bad umpiring decisions were given against Pakistan. If not for them probably could have been a much closer game. But Pak strength is in bowling. IF SL batsmen can figure out Ajmal and Gul, then SL can win the next two games. Pak batting dont seem to be that strong. Only two batsmen can put up a big score. Yunis and Misbah.

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 26, 2012, 1:25 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover, Pakistan still would have lost this test match even if UDRS was there. If DRS was there, SL 1st innings total would have been 350. Pakistan would have posted say 180 in the first dig. SL would have scored 250 in the 2nd innings and Pakistan would have still lost. Pakistani batsmen never looked comfortable. Honestly bro this was how cricket was played before 2008 for many many decades. Should Pakistan have a test series with India, umpiring howlers will be a major issue due to BCCI opposition to DRS.

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 26, 2012, 1:22 GMT)

@golgoal, Sri Lanka beat England in March this year and South Africa in December last year due to DRS being used in the tests.

Posted by sAiyAnstAr on (June 25, 2012, 23:26 GMT)

For those of you who are bagging Pakistan (primarily the Pakistan supporters), you are quick to forget that you beat the #1 ranked team in the world a few months ago. Not beat, thrashed! Pakistan were outplayed by the better team, remember that Sri Lanka drew the series against England. So you have nothing to be ashamed for. I for one am happy that Sri Lanka won, and comfortably in the end. I hope that we can finally win our first series after Murali so we can prove once-and-for-all we have moved on and the team is developing. It was great to see Randiv getting some wickets and bowling well. We just need to get the young batsmen going, and Sri Lanka will have a bright future ahead.

Posted by UK_Chap on (June 25, 2012, 23:05 GMT)

There have been a lot of bitter comments by England fans over the last few days posting comments such as "Pakistan have been brought down to earth" and "they are overrated". These comments are no doubt in response to the three nil drubbing England took in the test series in the UAE. This series is not over yet, and I look forward to the next two tests. As for Sri Lanka, I say well played and genuine respect and congratulations.

Posted by UK_Chap on (June 25, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

There seem to be a lot of comments suggesting that the result would not have been any different if the umpiring had been 100 % accurate. That is utter nonsense. As you all know, timing is everything, in life and in cricket. If the correct decisions had been given during Sri Lanka`s innings, they quite likely would not have even got any where near 300 runs. Everyone knows, when wickets start to fall, especially quicks wickets early on the first morning of a test match, it creates all sorts or pressure. That pressure was never allowed to build because of poor umpiring. Most of the really bad decisions went against Pakistan, although some Sri Lankan fans have suggested one decision went in favour of Pakistan on the fourth day. This is also very spurious, the severe damage by the umpires had already been done to Pakistan in the previous three days. Having Said all that, Pakistan did not bat very well, they have partly themselves to blame for the poor first innings.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 22:12 GMT)

@ananto1234, This very Pakistan team has NOT lost any Test Series since Misbah took over as Test Captain in mid-2010. Be it SouthAfrica, WestIndies, SriLanka or NewZealand , Zimbabwe, Bangladesh or England , Pakistan holds a formidable record.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (June 25, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

ONE THING IS SURE , that Hafeez is not Captain material. Also if he does not regain his battng form then very soon he will loose his place in the team. He is going the Shoeb Mallik way. After becoming captains both of them started behaving like specialist batsmen and failed miserabley.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 21:56 GMT)

Pakistan...a broken cricket team. Pakistan is capable to defeating any cricket team in the world, provided they are united and with proper selection. Tauqeer is not classy test opener, Hafeez lack the aptitude of test. 4 specialist bowlers, junaid is inexperience, and hafeez is part-time bowler. I think too much pressure of Ajmal, Rehman and Gul. Captaincy was pathetic, imagine Hafeez dealing ODI and T20 side. Selectors & coach, should choose high performing players in domestic circuit. Opening with Ahmed Shahzad & Azhar Ali, followed by Younis, Asad, Misbah, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz(wk), Rehman, Sami, Saeed Ajmal and Gul, or instead of Shoaib Malik..another specialist bowler...either Junaid/Cheema/Wahab etc.

Posted by suniljoseph on (June 25, 2012, 21:51 GMT)

Now the people who speak rubbbish against Misbah should come to know that Misbah is the best captain we have ever had after the great Imran Khan and Wasim Akram. Just see what Pakistan does in the next match.

Posted by Dbatsman on (June 25, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

LIONS ARE NOT GOING TO WIN THE MATCH 3 - 0 BUT IT WILL BE 2-0 with 2 match going for DRAW and 3rd match will be won by LIONS THE MJ

Posted by ananto1234 on (June 25, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

This Pakistan team are not capable of win a test match aganist zimbabwe. Why they are playing with a good test team like Srilanka

Posted by Lermy on (June 25, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

If in doubt, blame the umpire. But when did you ever see a batsman given out who hit the ball in the middle of the bat? Maybe we should just give the batsman out any time they play and miss, after all if you didn't knick the ball it was an even worse shot than if you had actually hit it. You deserve to be out even more if you didn't hit it at all, right? All those in favour....?

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Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

no worries guys next match pakistan got it...pakistan will show SL what real test cricket is played like hopefully umpires dont mess up at their jobs again...

Posted by Farrukh.91. on (June 25, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

it was a match b/w 11 Pakistanis and 13 Srilankan (11 players + 2 umpires). Younis Khan, Pakistan's most experienced batsman, was given out on wrong decisions in both the innings. Over all, the no of decisions which went against Pakistan were above 10, while against SL may be 3 to 4; how can you expect Pakistan to win then, those wrong decisions may have accounted for their defeat, as it helped SL post a big total in the 1st inns. ICC needs to remove these 12th & 13th players, make DRS compulsory or plz plz appoint some decent umpires.

Posted by Tusker17 on (June 25, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

By the way, does anyone know why SL is ranked 5th with the below points ? Eng and SL on same at 112 but SL has 6265 points ? Is it because of the number of matches ?

England 41 4604 112 Sri Lanka 56 6265 112

Posted by legsidewide on (June 25, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

@Shevahn Gunasekera Not sure where all the confidence is coming from - without DRS, there's no way that Sri Lanka would have won the first test vs England, and would have lost the series 2-0. DRS makes, and has made a massive difference in results. Even with DRS, England had a huge number of umpiring errors go in their favour (Strauss, Cook, Broad & Anderson all handed reprieves on more than one occasion), while Pakistan suffered incorrect calls when reviews had been exhausted. Without DRS, England would have swept the series with the high margin of errors - only Oxenford proved a reliable umpire during the whole series.

Posted by Dilbar786 on (June 25, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

Down by 450+...and 3 players givin out who were not out in first inning...tht was the difference!!it seemed liked umpires were so determined to finish test in 4 days

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

What if Pakistan will loose next match without umpiring errors? then supporter will harsh on Misbah and Co.....:)

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

well dome sri lankan lions

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

@crazycrict - y on de earth sanga hv 2 share his mom award wt umpairs.remind u dat sanga ddnt gv atlst 1chance in his any decisn went hs favour wz a great,pure mind blowng ining 4rm world 1 of de btr btsman against great pak spiners.pak dont hv any player 2 evn 2 cloše to d class of sanga nd mj.

If any1 wants to knw y deir mr chances go against pak.dats bcz of sl bowl nd bat wl than pak.dey create mr chances.appeal aftr appeal.den dr s mr chancs tmgo chances in deir favour. Ex_dr is more possibility to gt 2 chances go dr favour whn u creat 10 close cls.pak ddnt do dat.2 englísh umpairs in subcontinet.nt an eazy job guyz

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Great win by Sri Lanka, completely outplayed Pakistan. Agree majority of decisions went against Pakistan but if DRS was in place, there were lot of LBW's given to Rangana Herath expecially against Pak batsman which were not given by umpires

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Kumar Sangakkara's 15th Man of the Match award in Tests, more than great Sachin Tendulkar, that stat speaks for itself

Posted by DingDong420 on (June 25, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Bad decisions aside Pakistan would've still lost. it may have been closer but still the same result

Posted by Mr.Khb on (June 25, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

Well played Sri Lanka. They batted well,bowled well, fielded well too. There were many wrong decisions made by Umpires. But that doesnt mean Pakistan struglled with SL bowlers. Younis played really well and Shafiq helped him too. I think Jayawardane did a good job out there as a captain. And Pakistan missed Misbah for sure.

Posted by golgoal on (June 25, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

@DrDonaLolo : Actually I think with DRS, Lanka can't even beat Ireland, let alone Pakistan.

Posted by golgoal on (June 25, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

Good job umpires.. er I mean Sri Lankan team :-)

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 25, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

At present moment by watchng pak 11(excludng hafez),ths z nt posible 4 any team to win test series against us(with d grace of Allah) as long as outragious decisns r nt made against our team,pak have provd to b best test team in d wrld 4 last gd more than 1 year,hope they would come gd 4rm now on.I DN'T AGREE WITH PEOPLE WHO R STUBORNLY NT READY TO ACEPT THAT PAK LOST MOSTLY DUE TO BAD UMPIRING RATHR THAN ANYBDY'S BRILIANCE.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (June 25, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

One thing has become very clear that hafeez is not captain material. If the selectors are trying to avoid Afridi by continuing Misbah in the ODI's so that Hafeez can be groomed as next captain in the shorter format of the game, then they are wasting their time. As far as the shorter format is concerned Shahid Afridi is the Automatic choice , i don't understand why the selectors are trying to avoid him. Misbah & Younis should be removed immediately from the ODI format. Pakistan need to build a team for the WC 2015 and that cannot be achieved by playing Misbah and Younis as they will surely not last till the next world cup. Then why waste time with them. Give the reigns to Afridi and start buidling the future with young blood. Afridi is right , young blood is required in shorter format, He is also right that if he is not given his due share in the team then he will retire.

Posted by cricindian2012 on (June 25, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

Congrats Srilanka ! Sankakara got stuck at 199 reminded me of Randiv no ball to deny deserving century of Sewag. Poetic Justice !!! India won that match !! Srilanka won this match ! All the best for Umpires for proper decisions in the forth coming matches .

Posted by DrDonaLolo on (June 25, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Pakistan can beat any team any day in test cricket if honest system (DRS) is there, with dishonest system (two on filed umpires) Pakistan can't even beat Ireland in test cricket. I don't watch test cricket when i see there is no DRS in the series.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

even if the umpires had got all the decisions 100 percent correct(that is for both sides) pakistan still would have lost..Yeesh guys face it we played a better brand of cricket over 4 days why is that so hard to accept,In sports some days you emerge victorious(you guys won 3-0 against england) on other days you'll wont be as successful -This match) ALl credit to Lanka .. What a win :D

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 25, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

@Sinhaya,mate! If u could recolect,i expresd my concern durng midle of odi series that lankans might run away with undue "home advantage",in trms of umpirng ,thats exactly what has hapend unfortunatly,takng nthng away 4rm sl,they gave their more than 100% bt havng said that,critical decisins could have easily change d course of match,great to see young lads fightng it out in 2nd ins,@Chris sun,ths streak could have easily been prolongd bt 1 or 2 decisins r enuf to change course of match,there were 5 to 6 against us(pak),what can u accept 4rm a team then?

Posted by Sports4Youth on (June 25, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

It was 60% bad umpiring and 20% good cricket from Sri Lanka and 20% poor cricket from Pakistan that made this outcome possible. Pakistan is responsible for their own performance though pakistan cannot control bad umpiriring decisions, but they still have to improve their own batting and fielding. They also have to look at Umar Gul's role in the team , he has become a complete liablity. He does not bowl well these days, he is not capable with the bat, & he is the world worst fielder. What is he doing in the team. It is better to replace Gul with the specialist batsman and treat Hafeez as a specialist bowler.

Posted by pauliangenius on (June 25, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

If such blind umpiring would have been allowed in pak-eng series, i think England would have thrashed Pakistan 3-0. Ian Gould has just been allowed to take revenge(through lack of DRS) for England 3-0 whitewash to Pakistan. He simply cannot digest that.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (June 25, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Those of you who are complaining about the umpiring, just ask why you did not have DRS available to correct the worst of the errors (NB: it is intented to right major errors, not for marginal decisions where it is not clear that the on field umpire was wrong). Once again the compulsory adoption of DRS is being blocked in the ICC. Over a series errors will even out (unless there is deliberate bias and we all hope that no one is suggesting that), but that is probably scant consolation.

Posted by Rajmalla on (June 25, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Believe me, all started from changing T20 captain for Pakistan. It is very risky to change a winning combination. Pakistani were getting better and better. Suddenly they remove Misbah from captaincy and Hafiz (New captain lost form under pressure). He was just fine before this and team was doing great too. Look at the T20 scores Pakistani were defending low targets in all matches. Misbah would have done the job easily even on his famous ( TUK TUK ) style.

Posted by Crazy4cricket40 on (June 25, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

@ sahmed99....completely agree with u sir...srilanka played with 13 players 11 + 2 umpires. Sanga should share his MOM award with gould and davis. wht a shamefull umpiring. was that the reason lanka did not use drs in this series as they used against englad earlier this year...why two standards...beside umpring pakistan also need some changes....Hafeez needs to be dropped when misbah comes in....

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

@Raj2000. Criticizing poor umpiring does not amount to NOT giving credit to Srilanka!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Well played, Davis & Gould. Not Cricket; but Snakes and Ladders! Congratulations!

Posted by pauliangenius on (June 25, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

no mention of umpiring errors in this report??? and for the information of all who say that some decisions went against Srilankans as well, those some decisions were not important wickets or at an important stage of the match. Pakistan were at the wrong end of the stick right from the start of the match. Srilankans should owe this win to these blind umpires because otherwise they do not have the capability to win against Pakistan.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

The two umpires competed with each other as to who can manage the most number of errors. I have my verdict. The Gould Medal goes is obvious; isn't it? Davis, you have to try harder, in the next match to beat Gould! I don't know the forum, but like to institute a rotating annual Gold Medal for the maximum umpiring errors. Hope, ICC can accept my suggestion. If so, it can be part of their annual "cricketing" awards.

Posted by pauliangenius on (June 25, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

no mention of umpiring errors in this report??? and for the information of all who say that some decisions went against Srilankans as well, those some decisions were not important wickets or at an important stage of the match. Pakistan were at the wrong end of the stick right from the start of the match. Srilankans should owe this win to these blind umpires because otherwise they do not have the capability to win against Pakistan.

Posted by pauliangenius on (June 25, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

no mention of umpiring errors in this report??? and for the information of all who say that some decisions went against Srilankans as well, those some decisions were not important wickets or at an important stage of the match. Pakistan were at the wrong end of the stick right from the start of the match. Srilankans should owe this win to these blind umpires because otherwise they do not have the capability to win against Pakistan.

Posted by binojpeter on (June 25, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

I am expecting a comeback from Pakistan in the next Test especially since Misbah is returning.

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 25, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

Great Sri Lanka won and would have been the case even if DRS was there. But hope there will be UDRS for all of Sri Lanka's future home series. Too many umpiring howlers honestly. Pakistan's batting was too weak that even if there was DRS, they were bound to lose.

Posted by g.narsimha on (June 25, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

When did pak fans sportive enough to give credit to opponents, in wc it was drop catches of sachin as if after sachin no one would have scored a single run, in odis IN SL IT WAs AGAIN BAD FIELDING, MISBAAH, WRONG SELECTION EVEN SOmE one WROTE WHILE ENG WON ODIS IN UAE THAT PAK THEM SELVES DEFEATed , no body can defeat them, worlds best bowling but lankans shown them their right place now instead of giving credit its umpiring , all visiting teams specially subcontinent teams suffered it ,what is newin it some wrong deccisions gone both the ways, that is part & parcell of the game dont be sour loosers, give crediot where it due, till yesterday all were after YUNUS but he saved the humiliation today , no class bats man in sight, problems in plenty , out side sub continent spinners wont clic no real fast class bowler i just begening .

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

with all said and done Srilanka was the best team in the forsy test. So stop crying and start planing for next test. I guess looking at this test the difference between drawing the test and loosing is Misbah.

Posted by LBW2012 on (June 25, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

Gents, lets not cry about this so called "umpiring' decisions, put it this way, had Pakistan won this match, then everyone will say, "oh, great effort, nice win"

SL did very well, put up a very big 1st innings score, and put pressure on the Pak's.


Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

yes umpiring was horrible, no doubt about that but still I do not think pakistan could save the match after their first innings collapse. Srilanka did great. Asad shafique has proved once again that you cannot just write him off, his resistance along with the maestro was certainly something positive that came out of this match. Hafeez needs to do something about his batting sooner than later. And ajmal, what a champ he is...

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

Younus u r class bro unlucky in da 1st inning wrong decision by amps I was looking forward to see your hundred today but unlucky again nice to see asad geatin runs aswell nice to see some fight from pak

Posted by Ra_Thore on (June 25, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

Umpiring skills from this game remind me of Sharjah tournaments (late 80s and 90s) when Pakistan kept winning with countless LBWs wics. There was lot of nepotism and lack of independency in umpiring. Lot of decisions went against the teams opposing Pakistan.

Posted by malsaq on (June 25, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

This is a case of Pak Vs Umpires. SL played good cricket but if even 3 or 4 of the bad ump decisions against Pak had not happened (esp the one against Younus in 1st innings) the entire story would have been different. Umpires are human but when you are in the ICC elite panel, you are expected to perform on a high level. What action, if any, will the ICC take against umps who err so consistently and who are also responsible for Pakistan losing the match? Why bother at all with an elite panel then!

Posted by SriLa72 on (June 25, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

Ok, while I can understand the frustration of PAK fans with all the bad umpiring (mostly against PAK but some against SL too), this is not the first time umpires made mistakes and won't be the last either. Another case an point for implementing DRS. However, SL team should be given due credit for the way they played and winning the game. It is not SL players fault for bad umpiring, they played hard and are worthy winners. To all PAK fans, this is part of the game, lets move on.

Posted by Ameega on (June 25, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

Can understand the frustration of the Pak fans. They reasonably criticize umpiring as well as their countrymen's performances rather than devaluing opponent's feet. Would have been different story had this win against ONE & ONLY CHAMPIONS! Flat Track bullies, tailored pitches, spirit, bias umpiring, ... millions of excuses we would expect. And finally a challenge, "come, play and win at our backyard!" Hats off Pak fans! Good luck next time.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

PAK SELECTORS....Please dont go for Younis Khan's 87 in second innings. He usually makes runs in a match after playing ducks in 10 matches.

Posted by sonu77 on (June 25, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

scorecard : Pakistan c Davies b Gould :D But SL were the better team.They deserved this win.Sanga was brilliant & Dilli n Kula too.Younis & Asad shafiq batted really well in the second innings.Really impressed with the youngster Adnan Akmal.nywy Congratzz Lions !!!!! Hope they continue their good work.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

Weldone Sri lanka, Pakistan needs to learn more to how to win a Test Match

Posted by khurramsch on (June 25, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

@ bddhika_harindat : i do agree that pakistan batting has to be blamed more than umpiring. yes there were many wrong decisions about 16 i think twice against pak than SL but batting has to blame. BUt i don not agree your rest of comment that IF rain didnt interupted SL would have won odi, IF SL posted 180 in 1st they could have won. mate if you talk about if then pak has more ifs than you. IF they didnt collapsed in 3rd they could have won it easily, IF they fielded well they could hve won 3rd & 4th easily, even few would say that IF umpires made right decision in this test score would be less & pak could have done better- haha so these ifs & buts has nothing to do with it.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

Well Played Sri Lankan Lionz..... Lionz gonna win this series as 3 - 0...

Posted by ThatsJustCricket on (June 25, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

right...@Zahidsaltin, so, Sri Lanka and Pakistan plays a Test and it is up to their respective cricket boards to agree (or not) on having the DRS, but, why blame them when you can conveniently blame BCCI for anything under the sun? nice work, really :)

Posted by avmd on (June 25, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

SL deserved to win, was the better team but no question Pakistan suffered most from poor umpiring and not SL. SL had 2-3 questionable umpiring decisions against them but against Pakistan there were more than a dozen bad and potentially game changing decisions. And, India is still resisting DRS ? amazing, isn;t it ?

Posted by Perera32 on (June 25, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

I don't think 80% of wrong decisions went against Pakistan like someone in said. 11 went against pakistan and 8 went against Sri Lanka. Most of them went against Sri lanka on the last day. I thought Dilshans Catch was 100% clean and Younis Khan should have been out when Pakistan was on 50, but He did well to put a good partnership. Sri Lanka was still the better side and they deserved to win the match. I Agree with Mahela's decision to not enforce the follow on, if they did enforce it Sri Lanka would of been out in the hot Sun for almost 180 overs and Pakistan would of got a lead of about 60-70 runs. Well played Sri lanka and Good Luck to Pakistan in the next match.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

like a boss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Posted by Sri_Lankan_Fan on (June 25, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

To Pak Fans - Guys may be you should criticize your team less .. they just lost one match.. and i'm sure they'll bounce back given the amount of talent pak team has.. it's time you get behind the team and cheer them up for the next match.. this probably is the biggest diff between SL fans and fans of other countries.. When SL looses fans don't critisize them a great deal but get behind them and stand by them..

Posted by ilyas_US on (June 25, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

There are total 40/bating+bowling wickets in 2 innings if umpires gives you 15 of them then how you can loose a match well played umpires ...

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

SLC does not have enough money to install DRS. This is because they overspent in developing grounds for the World Cup in 2011. If the BCCI agrees to DRS, then the ICC would be 'comfortable' to sponsor DRS, which should be mandatory.

Posted by zulfi43 on (June 25, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

how can you concentrate your bating and you are afraid of given out any time, no blame to batsman

Posted by GreenGoat on (June 25, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

wrong umpire decisions are part of the game, and mistakes are not made to balance out errors so there are some games when one team has more bad decisions than the other. complaining abt that just hides from the fact that Pak never looked like winning this test at any point. cant blame SL for umpiring cos its an ICC panel with no SL umpires standing.

Posted by Ghori303 on (June 25, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

C'mon Raj2000, these were not some ...... These were a lot ..... It was very difficult to survive against these kind of decisions. If SL were on same place, they should have lost the match with an innings and almost 200 runs ......

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

Pak is actually unpredictable team Because vs ENG won Test 3-0 & loss ODI 4-0 vs SL 3-1 loss ODI in Test????.I am sure they will fight back in SSC.Their batting will be stronger after Misab came in to the team.Younis and Asad Safiq build big partnership as I predicted yesterday.Whichever team win the test series, We need DRS from next on.

Posted by Lakpj on (June 25, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

Umpiring decisions played some part in the game, but that doesn't hide fact that Pak played very poorly. To be bowled out for 100 in a test innings in utter rubbish. Forget about India just introduce DRS to all the international cricket matches, especially Tests.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (June 25, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

Sri Lanka are a fearless team and although not the best most certainly tough so congrats on your comprehensive win. As for Pakistan well it doesn't look like they have a future old players will never hold any International tournaments or matches again lol I think slowly but surely they will be gone in fact, in the matches they play at UAE, they're not even making any revenue so its a real shame ;)"

Posted by irfan0303 on (June 25, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

I think Man of the series will be one UMPIRE...... because horrible decisions.... :)

Posted by Shahzadhussan on (June 25, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

Selection committee is responsible. There is no place for Hafeez and probbaly for Taufiq in the test team. I would put Azhar Ali as opener and bring some young blood like Afaaq or 19-year Babar Azam as second opener followed by Younis, Yousuf, Misah and Asad (Umar Akmal in line to replace Misbah). I would look for some young test-level fast and leg-break spin bowlers which Pakistan completely lack.

Posted by Riz000 on (June 25, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

Till we have people like Mohmad HAFEEZ in the team a selfish and greedy guy who just wants 2 open all the time HOW COME IF ANY OTHER BATSMANS IN ANY FORMAT OF GAME PLAY RUBBISH THEY GET KICKED OUT OF THE TEAM?? WHY HAFEEZ UNDER PEROMS EVERY MATCH AND STILL PLAYS EVERY TIME??????? plz cld sum one answer my question

Posted by Raj2000 on (June 25, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

C'mon folks, give SL their due credit for winning this match. Sure there were some bad decisions that went against Pakistan (and against SL, too) but that doesn't mean SL didn't play better than Pakistan. The fact is, even if all umpiring decisions were accurate, SL would have still won the match. The umpiring decisions in this match may serve as a valid argument for the DRS system but not for SL's win.

Posted by bddhika_harindat on (June 25, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

Hi, I am again as someone had argued about value of this win against the quality of umpiring decisions went against PK. Well, it is widely accepted that there some poor decisions went against both teams especially against PK. However, end of the day you cannot put the whole blame on poor umpiring.

You should not forget the fact, PK loosing streak not just started as they continue their loosing streak starting from 2nd ODI in Kandy. Unless for the rain interruptions, even the 1st ODI could've won by SL had they posted at least 180+ score in that game. So, please accept that PK batters have not delivered what they should have done to give something for their bowlers to work on. Also, no point blaming picthes in SL in recent years favouring fast bowlers as it is the trend now SL cricket go with pace attack as it is important when they play out of subcontinent compared to Murali eara. Thanks!!!

Posted by BABashar on (June 25, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Its a comprehensive win no doubt about it. For umpiring I must say both teams enjoyed the benefits and suffered setbacks of poor umpiring. Being a patriot Pakistani I ask the selectors to come out of their drawing rooms where they select a few players who never deserve to play on international level. Unfortunately there is no system of talent hunt unlike other countries. The players who are backed up by influential personalities are easily included in the squad with no fear of being dropped regardless of their poor performance and undue selection. The god fathers from outside the PCB setup are the real selectors and governing bodies. The previous CEO of PCB is a great example who completed his terms despite of heavy criticism simply because he was backed up by the most influential personality. Why those are not part of the board whom we know for their sincere services. If the system goes like this I am afraid many embarrassing defeats are on the cards. Well done Younis and Asad.

Posted by Stark62 on (June 25, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

Umpiring was abysmal but they were in the ODI and T20 series too!

Most of the decisions did go against Pak and the one against Younis was the biggest blunder in the match.

Also, Ayub is older and has a worse average than Umar Akmal, Alam, Salahuddin, H. Sohail and N. Yasin but is picked ahead of those guys?!?!

I blame the selection committee for the disastrous tour, that is unfolding before are our very own eyes and not picking the right players or CAPTAIN!!

Posted by Sports4Youth on (June 25, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

Although it was bad umpiring that made a big impact on the game, but it must be admitted that Pakistan batted very poorly , especially in the second innings.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (June 25, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

Hafeez has clearly lost the edge as a batsman. If he has to play in the team he must play as a specialist bowler, his fielding is good, batting can be treated as a bonus if it clicks. Once again at the cost of repeatation i must say that Umar Gul has become a liability on the team. Gul must be replaced by a batsman or a battng all-rounder.

Posted by osadas1987 on (June 25, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

I invite all the these pak cyber heros to go and play with India and make the same comments at the end of the day...Just have a look at what BCCI is aginst for, with ICC.All credits goes to SL though there were erros in umpiring.Massive means MASSIVE.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

atrocious umpiring .................

Posted by khurramsch on (June 25, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

poor umpiring 16 wrong (11 vs pak - 5 vs SL) in 4 days. But SL played well. & very poor batting by pakistan in 1st inings.& top order in 2nd again.positives junaid got some rythem in 2nd with asad,younas, akmal doing some batting. problm hafez out of form badly.toufeq played after 4 months last played vs Eng but also failed there. over all its 1st inings batting display. Abut umpiring DRS should b used or even reviews for simple ones with simple replay or 3rd umpire to allow overturn simple ones, scrutiny of umpires also required.a ranking system perhaps. as these 2 were experienced ellite pannel umpires & missed pretty simple ones.

Posted by hani2 on (June 25, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

totally atrocious umpiring ............more than 15 Wrong Decisions Given By Umpire .....................more than 80% against was Worst Umpiring i have ever saw in my life

Posted by nilb on (June 25, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

It was poor umpiring, yes. But it doesn't take anything away from this victory. Sri Lanka was miles ahead of Pakistan anyway. SL got some decisions going against them as well. Pakistans batting was awful and good to see some fight in the second innings.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

Score for First test in Galle Gould, Davis and Broad 1 Pakistan 0

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

I dont see any match winning batsman in pakistan bowler doing job for them. Seriously i dont think in oneday match pakistan can chase 350+ score with ths team...even they play full 50 overs without loosing wickets.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (June 25, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

@Bddhika, dont call it a great win considering that Taufeeq Umar, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Ayub, Umar Gul, Said Ajmal , all of them were at least once given out when they were not. Then also consider that Paranavitana, Dilshan, Mahela and a few other Sirilankan bastmen were not given out when they really were.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

U Can Completely Invest On Mahela.He Is Always Right On Money.Best Capt'n.Geanius

Posted by No1_Jon on (June 25, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

Yes Sri Lanka have now turned the Corner - with a little hand from two Umpires who have just delivered their worst performances ever. Pakistan have lost their winning streak - thanks to 80% of the howlers, of which there were over a dozen, going against them. All in all, a great win for Sri Lanka and a wake up call for Pakistan. But the ultimate loser here is Test Cricket. How can the ICC Test match rankings be taken seriously if their is no level playing field in terms of the use of DRS? Exactly - there is no credibility at all and ICC should be shamed of themselves.

Posted by CrazyforcricketIII on (June 25, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

Good luck for the next test- Pakistan

Posted by KosalaDeSilva on (June 25, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

What a noise?? Terrible . Terrible

I'm a Sri Lankan and it's terrible those people use some kind of horn to make huge noise in the ground. Can't understand why they let them do that... That's something they should stop sooner than later.. I already watch TV without commentary as cant hear it with that noise.

Posted by bddhika_harindat on (June 25, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Great win for SL and they deserved it. People could argue that SL should've enforced the follow-on given the 372 runs lead they had, but it was a good decision by Mahela to give at least a short break for bowlers and it was always good to make sure that you do not go into a loosing situation after being in a winning situation if they had to bat 4th in the game on this turning wicket.

One could argue about umpiring errors as a negative point for PK, but since it's lies in the hands of the hosting cricket board, no one can underestimate this victory, because SL also had some bad decisions against them. SL should continue to carry the good form to win the series 3-0. Cheers!!!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

younis khan is always my favorite.... he is the man of confidence unlucky in first inn...! given lbw.. but it was a clear inside eage.. still hope that he come the first one to score the fifth 4th inn century

Posted by irfan0303 on (June 25, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Good luck Pakistani Team for 2nd Test it was good effort by middle order batsmen. But poor umpiring helped to Sri Lankans, now i think Hafeez should realize and should change his position and should come at no.4 My recomended openers are Azhar and Imran Farhat (as per available basmen) (Toufeeq Umar is not a good basman). DRS should be compulsory in all matches and everywhere. But congrats to Sri Lanka.

Posted by hani2 on (June 25, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

totally atrocious umpiring ............more than 15 Wrong Decisions Given By Umpire .....................most of them against was Worst Umpiring i have ever saw in my life

Posted by pk_cric_rox on (June 25, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

congrats sri lanka. bt pakistan was put under huge pressure from umpires through out the test match. batting needs to improve , batsmen need more confidence n such kinda umpiring is just the nail in coffin . its like u not only have to save pad or bat against a ball, bt u have to do it in a way so umpire doesnt get confused. come on

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (June 25, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

The match is finished but I still ask, could younis had gone on to score a very big score in the first innings. Could Taufeeq and Ayb have scored big too. What if Mahala, Dilshan and other SL batsmen where given out when they really were. No naming bad decisions against Gul, Ajmal and many others.

Posted by Pathiyal on (June 25, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Pleasing to see that Prof. Hafeez was not mentioning the unfortunate decisions by the umpires. and i really felt when he mentioned about the positives of his team mates. good job! they just got rid of this test - that's to say!! Don't want to take any credits away from Sanga & co. They really played fantastic cricket all around.

Posted by hani2 on (June 25, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

atrocious umpiring....................................................

Posted by Sahmed99 on (June 25, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

I am not sure how you can talk about this match without mentioning the appalling howlers made by the umpires.

If 8 to 10 appalling decisions go unfairly against one side - then you cant call it a massive victory.

If the appalling decisions when Pak were bowling were removed, perhaps SL would have scored around 100 fewer runs in the first innings. Add 70 to 100 runs if you remove the first innings poor decisions, then the match could have gone either way or most likely to a draw.

Lets not underestimate the effect of poor decisions on a match - specially when around 8 to 10 awful decisions unfairly went against one side.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (June 25, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

No,no,no it should has a headline saying, Steve Davis & IJ Gould complete a massive win over game of cricket". 17 bad decisions. Are they gonna officiate the coming matches too? If they do, I surely won't be watching the event (yes won't call it a match). Take this match's video as a gift to BCCI chairman and let him watch it and decide if he still gonna oppose DRS. This match was a shameful act of umpiring.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 12:44 GMT)


Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

Pakistan's winning streak comes to an end. SL is back on the winners list. This is PAK first defeat since they lost against the WI. Wow. Nobody expected PAK to be this bad. But in that series they bounced back to level the series. PAK would hope to do the same here as well. SL would hope that they maintain their winning streak and win the series. Whatever it is, it is a wake up call for PAK not to be complacent. Winning 3-0 against the no.1 team in the world doesn't make you the best team in the world.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

selection for Pak should be changed a few

Posted by No1_Jon on (June 25, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Yes Sri Lanka have now turned the Corner - with a little hand from two Umpires who have just delivered their worst performances ever.

Pakistan have lost their winning streak - thanks to 80% of the howlers, of which there were over a dozen, going against them.

All in all, a great win for Sri Lanka and a wake up call for Pakistan. But the ultimate loser here is Test Cricket.

How can the ICC Test match rankings be taken seriously if their is no level playing field in terms of the use of DRS? Exactly - there is no credibility at all and ICC should be shamed of themselves.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

very well played lankans but i hope pak will bounce back hard in second test..let's see..:)

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

for test matches pakistani team should be 1- Azhar Ali 2- Toufeeq Umer 3- Younas Khan 4-M. Yousaf 5- Misbah-ul haq 6- Asad Shafiq 7- Kamran Akmal 8- Abdul Reman 9- Umer Gul 10- Saeed Ajmal 11- Junai Khan

Posted by nitharsh on (June 25, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

Convincing win.What I dont understand the logic behind not allowing to follow on.Also this match was clouded by poor umpiring.

Posted by AkDoN on (June 25, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

PAK one of the most unpredictable team really...Ateam which has convinsigly won agauinst No1 ENG recently at neutral venue is shattered in Asian condition....Pathatic...

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

dear siddarth what you say about umpiring in this match?

Posted by Rakim on (June 25, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

Umpires should share man of the match award!

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