Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, Colombo, 5th day July 4, 2012

Sangakkara misses another double-ton in draw

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Pakistan 551 for 6 dec (Hafeez 196, Ali 157) and 100 for 2 dec drew with Sri Lanka 391 (Sangakkara 192, Dilshan 121, Junaid 5-73, Rehman 4-78) and 86 for 2
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With more than a day's worth of overs lost to rain, and a pitch that was a scourge of bowlers, the SSC Test ended in the inevitable and dreary draw it was destined to be - the fourth such result in the venue's last five matches. Only 20 wickets fell over the course of the Test - nine of them today - while 1128 runs were scored. The only vestigial hope of last-day drama lay in whether Pakistan's bowlers could end Sri Lanka's first innings early enough to enforce the follow-on. They did not, and that was that.

Sri Lanka achieved their objective of consolidating their position in the Test by not losing a wicket in the first session, with Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews steadfast during an 89-run period that saved the follow-on. In the second they collapsed: Junaid Khan completed the second five-wicket haul of a budding career and Sangakkara missed a double-century for the second time in consecutive Tests.

Having taken a 160-run lead in the first innings, Pakistan scored quickly in their second after lunch, at nearly six runs an over. They promoted left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman to No. 3, after the openers had added 51, with the license to swing. The move paid off and Pakistan's lead increased rapidly to 259 at tea, but they did not declare then. Misbah-ul-Haq declared eight balls after the break, an odd decision that gave Pakistan's bowlers 37 overs, instead of 40, to have a crack at Sri Lanka. The hosts were never in any danger during their final innings, though, and the captains agreed to call off the game as soon as they could. Sangakkara walked off unbeaten on 24, having done so much to preserve Sri Lanka's 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.

The fifth day in Colombo was hot and sunny, with no sign of the clouds that helped ruin this Test, but very few people turned up to watch, as Sangakkara resumed on 144 and Mathews began his innings. They focussed on risk-free survival. Junaid, who had sparked some life into the Test with two quick wickets on the fourth evening, beat the bat on occasion but created no scares.

Pakistan were not wayward with the ball, though. There was nothing happening for them, and when they tried to conjure something, the umpire Simon Taufel nipped it in the bud. Taufel noticed a fielder throwing the ball from a short distance on the bounce to the wicketkeeper, possibly hoping to scuff up one side, and told him not to do it. He had a word with the captain Misbah as well.

Every now and then Mathews would break the spate of dot balls and singles with muscular shots. Sangakkara, on the other hand, simply nudged around for the first 18 overs, before finally unfurling a stylish cover drive against Aizaz Cheema. Another quiet period followed before Sangakkara stepped out to loft Ajmal over his head for six.

Sangakkara ended the first session 13 short of his ninth double-century, Mathews four away from his ninth half-century, but Sri Lanka's dominance of this day was about to end.

Junaid struck in his first over after the break, getting the ball to straighten on Mathews and inducing an edge to the wicketkeeper. He could have had another wicket next ball, but Taufel felt Prasanna Jayawardene had been struck marginally outside the line of off stump.

On 192, Sangakkara was undone by a soft shot. He came down the track and whipped a tame delivery from Rehman straight to square leg. Having been stranded on 199 in Galle, Sangakkara threw his head up in anguish and stormed back to the dressing room. The ball was reversing now, and Junaid collected his fifth scalp with a yorker that crashed into the stumps after nicking the inside edge of Nuwan Kulasekara's bat.

The end came quickly after that, with Rehman mopping up. Sri Lanka lost five wickets for 21 runs to finish on 391 and their scorecard made for bizarre viewing: apart from Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan, who made centuries, only Mathews and Rangana Herath got into double-figures.

Pakistan's openers set off with purpose, and Rehman coming in to pinch-hit at Mohammad Hafeez's wicket seemed to signal a declaration was not far away. He played shots that belied his place in the tail, racing to 36 off 22 balls. Tea came and went, though, and Pakistan continued to bat. And when Misbah made his oddly-timed decision minutes after play had resumed in the final session, Mahela Jayawardene walked off the SSC looking bemused.

Hoping for anything but a draw was akin to buying fool's gold, though, and Sri Lanka's openers batted out 12 of the possible 37 overs. Ajmal and Rehman picked up a wicket apiece, and there were hoarse appeals for lbw and catches around the bat at every opportunity, but the players agreed to end the game at the first opportunity.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Vilander on July 6, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Why are pak bowlers trundling between 120-130ks hehe ? SL bowlers bowled faster so far in the series.

  • Jaf2002 on July 5, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Sangakkara is a classy player and showed his class in the match.He really deserved a double hundred.Him and Dilshan play an outstanding innings. And I think that they should stick to one team and just build up the confidence. They need some work on there bowling. But a brilliant batting line up.

  • g.narsimha on July 5, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    WICKYROYPAKLOVER-I cant understant in what contast u r refering SAHWAAG, thrashing PIOUSH CHAWLA - no chance of these 2 playing as opposites in international cricket if u mean ipl thats just intertainment generally for indians, even failing in one or two matches CHAWLA bowled better with out full sleeves, with purity , if this track is not flat & only ours are flat than ok , how ever SAHWAAG IS CAPABLE OF THRASHING any attack on given day on any surface ask u r great bowlers how he treated them while scoring tripple century in MULTAAN , haw ever if u say that the bowling which consist of WAQAR, WASIM, SHOAB, SHAQLAIN , useless & the track was flat with short boundries in u r backyard than ok .

  • getsetgopk on July 5, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: No this is not the test cricket we like and support becuase 130 overs were lost to rain and bad weather just like the Eng Auss ODI was abandoned because of rain, its always a nice idea to read an article before comment under it!

  • WickyRoy.paklover on July 5, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster,if u can somehow restore 130+ ovrs which were lost due to rain,we would gaurantee u d thril n excitement relatd to ths game,lolz,btw who wants to see sehwag thrashng poor piyush chawla on flatest tracks,with shortest boundries,n quickest outfields in d wrld@Galle.Rocks,a lay man with fairly limitd cricktng knowledg would give dis match to pak,i dn't know what ur intent z?

  • on July 5, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Do not worry Sanga...you're the best cricketer in the world...!!!we love you..Sanga..!!!

  • saichander on July 5, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Kudos of Sanga for achieving 150 two times in two consecutive test.

  • on July 5, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    The toss and the decision to field first put paid to Sri Lanka's chances of wrapping up the series.Now Pakistan survive to fight another day and level the series.As I mentioned earlier the SSC pitch has always been a batsman's paradise despite the percentage of matches won at this ground,obviously due to poor batting performances in the past by many teams.However,congrats to all the players who exploited the batting conditions despite the rain but unfortunately Sanga could not achieve the double hundred milestone once again.Hopefully he will do so in his home town in Pallekelle,Kandy.The other batsman mainly Samaraweera,Paranavithana & Prasanna Jayawardena should try to support the senior batsman in building partnerships and match winning totals.Hopefully,the selectors will strengthen the bowling dept which looked pathetic at times which enabled Pakistan to get a big total. Good luck to SL in the next game.

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 5, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    And this the kind of test cricket you people wanna see and support ?? it's better test cricket rather ceases to exist. Dead pitches are killing test cricket which is already a boring format. I am a proud T20 fan and this match exactly reminded me WHY I should stay away from test cricket. Nobody wants to see Sangakkara make a 100 or more when the result is non existent. Give me a T20 or 50 over game any day.

  • Galle_Rocks on July 5, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    For our Pakistani Fans rain DID NOT save the game , it was sangakkara's master class save the game , rain actually reduce concentration of batsman that s why just after the wickets normally falling down any games, if Mahela would have been started nobody would have stop him at SSC . So lets not talk about ifs and rain . Sri Lanka & Pakistan both played good cricket in this match thats why NO RESULT , simple as that .

  • Vilander on July 6, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Why are pak bowlers trundling between 120-130ks hehe ? SL bowlers bowled faster so far in the series.

  • Jaf2002 on July 5, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Sangakkara is a classy player and showed his class in the match.He really deserved a double hundred.Him and Dilshan play an outstanding innings. And I think that they should stick to one team and just build up the confidence. They need some work on there bowling. But a brilliant batting line up.

  • g.narsimha on July 5, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    WICKYROYPAKLOVER-I cant understant in what contast u r refering SAHWAAG, thrashing PIOUSH CHAWLA - no chance of these 2 playing as opposites in international cricket if u mean ipl thats just intertainment generally for indians, even failing in one or two matches CHAWLA bowled better with out full sleeves, with purity , if this track is not flat & only ours are flat than ok , how ever SAHWAAG IS CAPABLE OF THRASHING any attack on given day on any surface ask u r great bowlers how he treated them while scoring tripple century in MULTAAN , haw ever if u say that the bowling which consist of WAQAR, WASIM, SHOAB, SHAQLAIN , useless & the track was flat with short boundries in u r backyard than ok .

  • getsetgopk on July 5, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: No this is not the test cricket we like and support becuase 130 overs were lost to rain and bad weather just like the Eng Auss ODI was abandoned because of rain, its always a nice idea to read an article before comment under it!

  • WickyRoy.paklover on July 5, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster,if u can somehow restore 130+ ovrs which were lost due to rain,we would gaurantee u d thril n excitement relatd to ths game,lolz,btw who wants to see sehwag thrashng poor piyush chawla on flatest tracks,with shortest boundries,n quickest outfields in d wrld@Galle.Rocks,a lay man with fairly limitd cricktng knowledg would give dis match to pak,i dn't know what ur intent z?

  • on July 5, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Do not worry Sanga...you're the best cricketer in the world...!!!we love you..Sanga..!!!

  • saichander on July 5, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Kudos of Sanga for achieving 150 two times in two consecutive test.

  • on July 5, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    The toss and the decision to field first put paid to Sri Lanka's chances of wrapping up the series.Now Pakistan survive to fight another day and level the series.As I mentioned earlier the SSC pitch has always been a batsman's paradise despite the percentage of matches won at this ground,obviously due to poor batting performances in the past by many teams.However,congrats to all the players who exploited the batting conditions despite the rain but unfortunately Sanga could not achieve the double hundred milestone once again.Hopefully he will do so in his home town in Pallekelle,Kandy.The other batsman mainly Samaraweera,Paranavithana & Prasanna Jayawardena should try to support the senior batsman in building partnerships and match winning totals.Hopefully,the selectors will strengthen the bowling dept which looked pathetic at times which enabled Pakistan to get a big total. Good luck to SL in the next game.

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 5, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    And this the kind of test cricket you people wanna see and support ?? it's better test cricket rather ceases to exist. Dead pitches are killing test cricket which is already a boring format. I am a proud T20 fan and this match exactly reminded me WHY I should stay away from test cricket. Nobody wants to see Sangakkara make a 100 or more when the result is non existent. Give me a T20 or 50 over game any day.

  • Galle_Rocks on July 5, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    For our Pakistani Fans rain DID NOT save the game , it was sangakkara's master class save the game , rain actually reduce concentration of batsman that s why just after the wickets normally falling down any games, if Mahela would have been started nobody would have stop him at SSC . So lets not talk about ifs and rain . Sri Lanka & Pakistan both played good cricket in this match thats why NO RESULT , simple as that .

  • chathuradil on July 5, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Need few changes for SL for Pallekele test. Need to replace Thirimanne for Paranavithana, who showed lack of confidence in batting also with lack of foot movements . Also insert Chandimal instead of Samaraweera. Need to give life to young talents, where he did well in Durban test last December. Then the bowlers. Thisara will be a good option for Nuwan's place in bowling. Also he can bat at No.6 or 7. Only need to improve Thisara is to face the short bowl well in test cricket where he failed to do it in England last year, caught at short leg few times bowling of Broad. Finally the curators. God sake do prepare pace and bouncy surfaces. last two test looked DULL. SL did well in pacy tracks in last few series than slow and low pitches.

  • MH19 on July 5, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka's biggest weekness is playing the same 11.Some times they say winning combination continues thats the down fall of our cricket. Paranavithana would have been dropped and would have given Tirimanna a chance. Samaraweera would have replaced with Chandimal.Mathews would have been replaced by Thisara Perera.Bowling is a nightmare.Mahela is a brilliant Captain and should try others and should not be scared loosing matches.

  • anver777 on July 5, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    Sanga missed yet another milestone.... the only bright spot all SL expecting was his 200 on the dull 5th day....

  • WickyRoy.paklover on July 5, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    U got to feel 4 younis khan,bcoz his record on these subcntinental pitchs pls his present form sugest that he misd on some big scores here,on these wickts ,he z as intimidating as any of bst batsman is,n out of 3 decisns,he has been hard done by twice

  • Sinhaya on July 5, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover, please admit we won the ODIs thanks to poor Pakistani batting and fielding as we were better. I agree this 2nd test was in Pakistan's favor but going on that perspective admit please that the 3rd test in Sharjah was clearly ours had it not rained on the last day. Another 30 overs in Sharjah would have been more than enough to run through rest of Pakistan batting. I am concerned about our test match batting and hope Samaraweera can make a meaningful contribution. Our bowling failed in this test thanks to the lifeless pitch meaning no chance for average bowlers unless you are exceptional like Junaid. Pallekelle as you saw from the ODIs did appear like a green top so hope it is the same for the tests.

  • Herath-UK on July 4, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    Kudos to Sanga,what a feat he has acheived against a side with a good bowling unit becoming the highest run getter and most centuries against them. Whenever he walks in to the wicket the pak players should be shivering in their boots Ranil Herath - Kent.

  • khurramsch on July 4, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    there r lot of coments about pitch but in this match draw was coz of rain not pitch. we missed 125 overs in 5 days, if all overs were bowled we could have result even on this pitch.yes it was flat but still pakistan was in good position . its the rain that made it draw.overall good performance from both sides, pak batsman scored some runs, junaid impressed on flat track, sanga & mathews saved it today for them.but at the end it was rain who had final say.

  • AdilKhans on July 4, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    This Test Match Could have Produced A result but for the rain. Pakistan produced a better batting performance and piled up a mammoth score in excess of 500,Junaid khan's bowling is a big plus for pak the way he bowled on that placid track where bowlers from both sides where having nightmare. It was disappointing to see sangakkara missed on a double in both the innings. Hope the pakistan batsman continue to score in the same fashion and bowlers create pressure. Umar gul should be back for the next game which will boost their bowling department. What's wrong with Saeed Ajmal he's becoming predictable day by day, and wickets are hard to come by.hope he comes back to form sooner than later coz he's the trump card of pak's bowling lineup. Wish pak good luck in the next game and hope 'em to level the series.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 4, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    " PAKISTAN MISSED A WIN ". pakistan has been very unfortunate in this series. i appreciate their hardwork. Let see if they can beat umpires, rain and srilanka in last test to draw the series.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on July 4, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    @Sinhaya,my frnd!u got to agree with my thoughts which i shard during odis,tests,n unfortunatly these have provd against pak,u must admit ths was pak's match by any stretch of imagnatn,i told u 130 ovrs would made d difrence n see d result,takng nthng away 4rm sanga bt no way in d wrld sl could have savd ths,howevr pakis must lok to dismis sanga,dilu in nxt test n match would easily be ours as we have one of bst bowlng unit in d wrld along eng,sa.HATS OFF TO JUNAID! It was probably d bst bowlng spel by a mediam pacer 4 dis decad.BT in ordr to become wrld beatr like wasim or great potential like amir,he needs to b 5 to 7 kms quickr than at present n 4 that he would need to have some fleshy body

  • MrPontingToYou on July 4, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    @ mr hamilton, thats because he was out for 192 on the fifth day.

  • on July 4, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Pakistan did well in this game but Sangakara and rain save the game for Sri Lanka...Sangakara once again played brilliantly against Pakistan and hafeez also did well after almost 8,9 games.....Sangakara,s wicket will be key for Pakistan to win the last test and draw the series....

  • romirom on July 4, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    srilanka must thanks to rain. other wise its pak game. well played misbah.. best of luck for next game...

  • on July 4, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Wow, what a fantastic game of Test cricket. Who says Test cricket is dying? Dull draws like these are exactly what the cricket fans keep hoping for in the true form of the game.

  • Muhtasim13 on July 4, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    @mrhamilton, Sangakkarra scored 199* in the 1st test. So he missed double centuries in consecutive test matches. That's why its the headline

  • on July 4, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara is the new No.1 Test batsman in the ICC rankings

  • on July 4, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    I think all the Pakistani and Srilankan fans are sick and tired of watching Pakistan and Srilanka play each other. They play with each other too much. As a Pakistani cricket fan, I want to and I think most Pakistani want to watch Pakistan play Australia, South Africa and India as well.

  • on July 4, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Poor pitch. This is exactly what is hurting test cricket , pathetic batting pitches. Nobody wants to see the batsmen scoring big runs without having to fight for them. It was a dead track which had nothing in it for the bowlers at all. Which makes junaid khans' 5-for even more special. We need to play sami in the next test along with gul and junaid because i don't think that the srilankans will make a bowling friendly pitch. Sami and gul should open the bowling with junaid coming in as a first change bowler because he mainly takes his wickets with an old ball. Srilanka depends heavily upon sangakara so if he gets out cheaply in the first innings of the next match then it would be very difficult for the srilankans to post a big total or to take a big lead. If our openers click in the next match then i think Pakistan should win the match.

  • hani2 on July 4, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    how sangakkara out?????????

  • mrhamilton on July 4, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Someone should ask George binoy sahib how on earth the headline is "Sangakaara missed a double ton " he was nowhere near a second ton in the second innings!!!

  • musa441 on July 4, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    @teamselector junaid deserves man of the match more than rehman becoz there was nothing at all in the pitch for fast bowlers look at srilankan seamers and cheema all did nothing in these circumstances to get 5 wickets is like scoring a double century on green track!! really i must admire although junaid might not be as talented as amir but he really gives his all and he has a big heart.

  • Lankeshwara on July 4, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    It's good to see Sanga on fire agin, but sad about the consecutive double C's misses.By batting 1st, PAK got the advantage & collect more honour of the match but Sanga, Dilshan & Mathews save the pride of the host.Since back footed Hafeez back to the action & tail enders together with new names glooming in the arena, Lions may be watchful.. Good luck Lions.... keep up the good work & learned the lessons from the match... Give us the glory of a Test series after murali's departure.

  • TeamSelector on July 4, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Why was the Man of the Match award given to Junaid & not Rehman? He took the same number of wickets as Junaid, outbowled Ajmal & scored some very useful quick runs ... ???

  • Sinhaya on July 4, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    For all Pakistani fans who say rain saved Sri Lanka today, then remember that rain saved Pakistan in Sharjah in November last year when it rained for a session denying us our first win sans Murali. Well no one other than Sanga or Dilshan seem to be able to do well in tests, which is a bit of a worry. Please drop Paranavithana for the next test and bring in Chandimal and bring in Thisara Perera as a replacement for Nuwan Pradeep.

  • Maduka43 on July 4, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    For both team, good luck for third one.

  • Haleos on July 4, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Kudos to Misbah for making the game interesting We need more such positive captains like him. Hope Misbah bashing stops now.

  • MrPontingToYou on July 4, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    why on earth are pitches like this allowed? there should be heavy fines when a host nation prepares a pitch like this.

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  • MrPontingToYou on July 4, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    why on earth are pitches like this allowed? there should be heavy fines when a host nation prepares a pitch like this.

  • Haleos on July 4, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Kudos to Misbah for making the game interesting We need more such positive captains like him. Hope Misbah bashing stops now.

  • Maduka43 on July 4, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    For both team, good luck for third one.

  • Sinhaya on July 4, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    For all Pakistani fans who say rain saved Sri Lanka today, then remember that rain saved Pakistan in Sharjah in November last year when it rained for a session denying us our first win sans Murali. Well no one other than Sanga or Dilshan seem to be able to do well in tests, which is a bit of a worry. Please drop Paranavithana for the next test and bring in Chandimal and bring in Thisara Perera as a replacement for Nuwan Pradeep.

  • TeamSelector on July 4, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Why was the Man of the Match award given to Junaid & not Rehman? He took the same number of wickets as Junaid, outbowled Ajmal & scored some very useful quick runs ... ???

  • Lankeshwara on July 4, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    It's good to see Sanga on fire agin, but sad about the consecutive double C's misses.By batting 1st, PAK got the advantage & collect more honour of the match but Sanga, Dilshan & Mathews save the pride of the host.Since back footed Hafeez back to the action & tail enders together with new names glooming in the arena, Lions may be watchful.. Good luck Lions.... keep up the good work & learned the lessons from the match... Give us the glory of a Test series after murali's departure.

  • musa441 on July 4, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    @teamselector junaid deserves man of the match more than rehman becoz there was nothing at all in the pitch for fast bowlers look at srilankan seamers and cheema all did nothing in these circumstances to get 5 wickets is like scoring a double century on green track!! really i must admire although junaid might not be as talented as amir but he really gives his all and he has a big heart.

  • mrhamilton on July 4, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Someone should ask George binoy sahib how on earth the headline is "Sangakaara missed a double ton " he was nowhere near a second ton in the second innings!!!

  • hani2 on July 4, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    how sangakkara out?????????

  • on July 4, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Poor pitch. This is exactly what is hurting test cricket , pathetic batting pitches. Nobody wants to see the batsmen scoring big runs without having to fight for them. It was a dead track which had nothing in it for the bowlers at all. Which makes junaid khans' 5-for even more special. We need to play sami in the next test along with gul and junaid because i don't think that the srilankans will make a bowling friendly pitch. Sami and gul should open the bowling with junaid coming in as a first change bowler because he mainly takes his wickets with an old ball. Srilanka depends heavily upon sangakara so if he gets out cheaply in the first innings of the next match then it would be very difficult for the srilankans to post a big total or to take a big lead. If our openers click in the next match then i think Pakistan should win the match.