Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, 4th day July 3, 2012

A case of centuries and ducks

Plays of the day from the fourth day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Colombo

Shot of the day
Kumar Sangakkara was in such ominous form that he managed to work around the defensive field placements for him against the spinners. Three men were placed in the deep on the leg side for Abdur Rehman and he bowled a full one outside the off stump, but the field and delivery made no difference. Sangakkara still got down on his knee, swept it firm and bisected the gap between fine leg and deep-square leg. Sangakkara couldn't have timed or placed it better.

Race of the day
With Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sangakkara both progressing towards their centuries at similar strike-rates, it was a question of who would get there first. There was little to separate the two as they reached the late 90s. Batting on 98, Dilshan decided it wasn't time to hang around and took the fast lane to his 14th Test century. He charged Saeed Ajmal, launched him over wide long-on for a six and won the race to a hundred.

Irony of the day
You don't often get Mahala Jayaewardene and Thilan Samaraweera out cheaply at the SSC, as both average 77 here. Junaid managed to send Jayawardene back in an inspired spell of fast bowling with the old ball. Jayawardene made the mistake of padding up to a ball coming into him with the angle from round the wicket and was lbw. There was an element of doubt regarding the height, but it's fundamental that if you pad up, you're asking for trouble. Samaraweera was nearly dismissed in a similar manner to the same bowler. Trapped on the back foot, he failed to get his bat behind the line and a confident shout was turned down. Samaraweera failed to capitalise on that let off though, when he was caught on the back foot again, this time off Ajmal. Junaid could have had both, but he wouldn't have minded as Pakistan had sent back two players who have tormented several bowlers over the years at the SSC.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • rmv on July 4, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    good work by Iqbal Latif

  • Indunil on July 4, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    I think iqbal lathif has mad an error in his calculations, Bradman has played 52 matches and 29 centuries, which is 1.793 matches per century. Even for sanga, it is 3.66 (110/30). Please check your calculations

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    3 SSC batsmen Mahela, Thilan and Paranavithana made ducks in this match. This must be a world record in test cricket where 3 batsmen playing in their home grounds ended up scoring ducks. As for the match, firstly everything depends on the weather. If there will be no interruptions on final day and if Pakistan were to win they need to take remaining 5 wickets before SL can cross follow-on target. It will not be an easy task at all. They need to gamble by having attacking fields for Sangakkara as well. Yesterday they were offering him easy singles to bowl at the other batsman. If SL were made to follow on under pressure anything could happen particularly if Pakistan bowlers manage to get some early wickets.

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    List of all time greats century converters from number of Test matches played. These are the only ones below 4 Test matches a century. KC Sangakkara is the top amongst the Asian batsman. (Minimum criterion is 20 centuries from total number of matched played)

    1- 2.758 test matches/century DG Bradman (Aus)

    2- 3.433 test matches /century ML Hayden (Aus)

    3- 3. 576 test matches/century GS Sobers (WI)

    4- 3.619 test matches/century JH Kallis (ICC/SA)

    5- 3.625 test matches/century GS Chappell (Aus)

    6- 3.666 test matches/century KC Sangakkara (SL)

    7 - 3.676S test matches/century M Gavaskar (India)

    8- 3.68 test matches/century SR Tendulkar (India)

    9- 3.76 test matches/century RN Harvey (Aus)

    10- 3.75 test matches/century Mohammad Yousuf (Pak)

    11- 3.86 test matches/century WR Hammond (Eng)

    12- 3.90 test matches/century Younis Khan (Pak)

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