Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 1st day July 8, 2012

Match even after bowlers dominate

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Sri Lanka 44 for 3 (Junaid 2-15) trail Pakistan 226 (Shafiq 75, Misbah 40, Perera 4-63) by 182 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The SSC and Pallekele could well be on two different continents, such was the contrast in the nature of their pitches. After the highway at the SSC last week, the moisture in the Pallekele pitch - increased by the rain before the Test - and a hint of grass gave Sri Lanka's attack early encouragement that lasted into the final session, justifying the home team's decision to bowl first. The new ball was a powerful weapon, employed expertly by Thisara Perera and Nuwan Kulasekara, who also stood out for their stamina and helped their team have the better of most of the first day.

But it was used even more menacingly by Pakistan's fast bowlers, whose extra pace and difficult angles produced wickets and plenty of nervous moments for the batsmen. Pakistan's 226 may be below-par, but an incisive spell in the final hour led by Junaid Khan revived their spirits and boosted hopes of a strong comeback.

Sri Lanka are without their centurion from the first two Tests, Tillakaratne Dilshan, on leave to be with his unwell children. The openers Dinesh Chandimal and Tharanga Paranavitana were given a working over by Junaid and Umar Gul, who moved it both ways, beat the edge and struck them repeatedly on the pads. Junaid was more lethal when he went round the wicket in the sixth over, angling it in and then nipping it away from the right-hander. Chandimal was fooled when he was trapped in front with one that held its line.

Kumar Sangakkara, fresh from missing two double-centuries in a row, was consigned to a duck the same over - done in by movement inward off the pitch, beaten through the gate twice, one an lbw not given and the other pegging back off stump. Gul should have had Paranavitana lbw, a close call that was turned down, but when Mahela Jayawardene failed to get his bat down to a Mohammad Sami yorker in the day's last over - after the batsmen's delaying tactics failed to meet their desired objective - Pakistan were back in it.

Among their batsmen, only Asad Shafiq and Misbah-ul-Haq put up any significant resistance; the others were out-thought by Sri Lanka's bowlers, armed with movement, swing and discipline. Perera and Kulasekara bowling spells of nine and 10 overs respectively in the first session, in which the bulk of the damage was inflicted.

The first sign of hope for the seamers appeared on the first ball, when Kulasekara swung one prodigiously and moved it further towards the batsman off the pitch. Perera mostly moved the ball the other way, and bowled fuller, creating more chances. It helped that the Pakistan openers also batted positively, though were edgy against deliveries bowled in the channel outside off.

Taufeeq Umar was the luckier of the two. Kulasekara attacked with three slips, a gully and a short leg, and removed the option of Taufeeq walking down the track to counter the swing as he had done at the SSC, by having the keeper standing up to the stumps. As he moved it away, Taufeeq was dropped at first slip, and then had an edge fly past gully.

In the eighth over, Perera beat Mohammad Hafeez with one that held its line before inducing a leading edge when he tried to work it square. Perera had his reward shortly after, as he slipped in a fuller delivery, had Hafeez playing forward and slightly away from his body, not expecting the ball to swing and then dart back in to clean him up through the gate. In his next over, Perera targeted Azhar Ali, unsettling him with an inswinger, then beating him completely with the away-going delivery and having him driving straight to gully off the next ball.

Kulasekara dislodged Younis Khan in similar fashion, following up an indipper with one in the corridor that prompted Younis to feather a low catch to the keeper. When Taufeeq played down the wrong line, trying to force Perera through midwicket to be trapped in front, an ardous task lay ahead for Misbah and the middle order to rebuild.

Misbah and Shafiq were reasonably adept against the spin of Rangana Herath and a shorter length bowled by the other two seamers - Dilhara Fernando, on his 17th comeback to the Test side, and Angelo Mathews. Under a good spell of sunshine, the Pakistan pair batted determinedly, leaving several deliveries outside off while at the same time capitalising on width as the swing disappeared and movement receded.

Shafiq drove well but was more confident against the short balls, with Fernando providing a healthy supply. Both batsmen used their feet to Herath, Misbah charging down the wicket twice to dispatch him through midwicket, and Shafiq pinching the singles while also collecting boundaries through point. When Perera returned for a new spell, they opened the face and played the ball down past the slips and gully. Misbah, though,hung his bat out to a much wider delivery that left him, edging a catch to Prasanna Jayawardene after an 85-run stand, giving Perera his best Test figures.

Harsh on width and elegant with balls pitched on the pads, Shafiq scored heavily square of the wicket, the flick and the cut - despite a deep point - producing the bulk of his boundaries. Support was lacking at the other end, however. Adnan Akmal was struck on the ring finger of his left hand by Fernando after warming up with a couple of fours, had to retire hurt and the pain would have been playing on his mind when he returned. He threw his wicket away, bowled trying an audacious sweep against Herath, who also got the ball to bite off the track. One such delivery accounted for Shafiq, who edged behind, and stopped Pakistan's recovery short of what they had hoped. That's before Junaid, yet again, reinforced the impact of Pakistan's biggest strength, fast bowling - never in short supply from his country.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 10, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    @KURUWITA U said SL cannot score more than 150. They have already passed it with only 3 down.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 10, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    We need to build roof covered stadiums so that we can play cricket all around the year like Millanium Stadium in Cardiff. I remember even Australian cricket suggested to play TEST in the night under light if rains. (But these days Aussies are praying for rain)

  • Extraz on July 9, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    @prabhash1985...thanks bro same feeling are found here also we also love both teams playing cricket with each other best of luck to u guys also in future.

  • Narbavi on July 9, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    why do u people dig deep 20 or 30 yrs in to history, look at this current crop of players, over the last 8 to 10yrs india has the best record overseas among all asian teams!!

  • on July 9, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    I fail to understand why " SL" organises serious international cricket during rainy season.India will be playing "one dayers" within few days. Do we expect to see the caption " play washed out due to rain" , or will the matches be shortened to "20 " overs ?????

  • Resultpredictor on July 9, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Rain is bringing good luck for Sri Lanka, and at this moment all the three results are possible, with draw is most likely.

  • QingdaoXI on July 9, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    To sri lankan selectors, please drop Tharanga Parnavitarna and Bring on Dimuth Karunaratne as a opener. Its high time selectors realise it. Karunaratne, is good prospect for future and you should try it now. Sachin

  • rajithwijepura on July 9, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    @ WickyRoy.paklover - LOL. rain or pak gonna win.. You kidding me. ROFL By taking just 3 wicket you cant tell pakistan gonna win. Remember Pakisthan all out for 100 in first test in a bating paradise. So nothing to talk about what can be happen to them in a bowler friendly . LOL

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on July 9, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    @Rahulcricket007: Pakistan regularly beat Eng in the 80s and 90s and also were the only team to give the greatest Test team of all time West Indies of the 80s competition and drawn series when India was regularly bulldozered by them. If you want to play historical stats Pakistans stack up much better. Their Test record is much better than Indias.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on July 9, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Speaking of Abdul Razzaq, why doesn't he play Test cricket naymore? Did he retire? It's just that I never grew up watching Abdul Razzaq or Shoaib Malik; I grew up watching Shahid Afridi as an allrounder instead.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 10, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    @KURUWITA U said SL cannot score more than 150. They have already passed it with only 3 down.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 10, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    We need to build roof covered stadiums so that we can play cricket all around the year like Millanium Stadium in Cardiff. I remember even Australian cricket suggested to play TEST in the night under light if rains. (But these days Aussies are praying for rain)

  • Extraz on July 9, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    @prabhash1985...thanks bro same feeling are found here also we also love both teams playing cricket with each other best of luck to u guys also in future.

  • Narbavi on July 9, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    why do u people dig deep 20 or 30 yrs in to history, look at this current crop of players, over the last 8 to 10yrs india has the best record overseas among all asian teams!!

  • on July 9, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    I fail to understand why " SL" organises serious international cricket during rainy season.India will be playing "one dayers" within few days. Do we expect to see the caption " play washed out due to rain" , or will the matches be shortened to "20 " overs ?????

  • Resultpredictor on July 9, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Rain is bringing good luck for Sri Lanka, and at this moment all the three results are possible, with draw is most likely.

  • QingdaoXI on July 9, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    To sri lankan selectors, please drop Tharanga Parnavitarna and Bring on Dimuth Karunaratne as a opener. Its high time selectors realise it. Karunaratne, is good prospect for future and you should try it now. Sachin

  • rajithwijepura on July 9, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    @ WickyRoy.paklover - LOL. rain or pak gonna win.. You kidding me. ROFL By taking just 3 wicket you cant tell pakistan gonna win. Remember Pakisthan all out for 100 in first test in a bating paradise. So nothing to talk about what can be happen to them in a bowler friendly . LOL

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on July 9, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    @Rahulcricket007: Pakistan regularly beat Eng in the 80s and 90s and also were the only team to give the greatest Test team of all time West Indies of the 80s competition and drawn series when India was regularly bulldozered by them. If you want to play historical stats Pakistans stack up much better. Their Test record is much better than Indias.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on July 9, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Speaking of Abdul Razzaq, why doesn't he play Test cricket naymore? Did he retire? It's just that I never grew up watching Abdul Razzaq or Shoaib Malik; I grew up watching Shahid Afridi as an allrounder instead.

  • Prabhash1985 on July 9, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan, and I thouroughly believe that Pakistan will win the next world cup! I wish they will win. Greetings to our Pakistani brothers from Sri Lanka... :) You play really well, and as a South Asian brother to you, I love to see our two countries play cricket with inspiration and friendship...

  • on July 9, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    The Match is between Pak vs SL, why some guys brings India into the discussion.. Just enjoy game.. and it looks like that there will be result of this test match.. Junaid to Sangakara was a absolute ripper reminded me of Wasim Akram... asad played ex-termly well, no doubt he is future of Pakistan... and to all of you please enjoy the game and respect..

  • on July 9, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    @Many Indian Fans here, Pakistan beat England in England in 87,92,and 96 drew in 2001. from 1982 (England won 2-1 in England courtesy many dodgy decisions) till 2002 England never won a series from Pakistan (thats nearly 20 years mate), from 1976 to 1983-84 (Australia could not beat Pakistan in a series Pakistan drew 2 series in Australia and also managed to white wash them 3-0 in Pak) this is the same Australian team that hammered West Indies (5-1), From 1985 to 1993 The Mighty West Indies was not able to beat Pakistan in series (Remember that in this era there were no Neutral umpires). every teams has its era India had a small run 2007 to 2010, they hardly played any test cricket in 2011. Also India could not defeat Pakistan in a series from 1980 till I guess what 2005. Despite Pakistan poor batting in recent times, they have won test matces abroad, 1-1 series tie with Aus 2010, 1-0 win against NZ in NZ, lost 1-3 to Eng in Eng then beat them 3-0 in uae to get (4-3 win overall)

  • WickyRoy.paklover on July 9, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    @cjchanaka,well ur big trio(mahela,sanga,dilo) have no clue about that "ORDINARY KHAN"THEN what can u expect 4rm pranavitana,mathews,samra n co? I gues it would b pak or rain that come out winr now,@rahul.crickt.007,HELO MAN,IF UR GREAT TEAM INDIA Z SO COMPETENT Than Why Does it hold d worst record in tests among top 6(pak,wi,aus,sa,eng,ind).U MUST B THANKFUL TO RAHUL,LAXMAN,WHO WERE ABLE TO DRAW U MATCHS AFTR 2000 Othrwise u would have been havng great record comparable to nz,zim,pls also check pak stats against eng,enuf said.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 9, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    I Always have high respect for Pakistani fast bowlers. They produce quality fast bowlers. I wonder how they do that??? Nice to see head quarters of fast bowling is in Pakistan from Decades :D ...Keep going guys. We, Rest of world will try to compete with you.

  • on July 9, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    @cjchanaka: calling one of the finest future talent junaid khan an ordinary khan is definately not justified.... He took 5 wkts on a dead ssc track nd bowled brilliantly yesterday as well..... So if he is ordinary then the lankan bowlers wont come in the category of ordinary bowlers even...

  • Sports4Youth on July 9, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Posted by Sinhaya on (July 09 2012, 00:25 AM GMT) :- Sorry mate, the UMPIRES were the clear winners in the 1st test at Galle. Even now in this present match Shafiq's bat was nowhere close to the ball when the umpires gave him caught behind on 75.

  • Sports4Youth on July 9, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Out of the three Pakistani Pacers, Umar Gul was very dissapointing. He was bowling too wide. The batsmen were just leaving everything. A complete waste of the new ball. Misbah somehow has too much faith in him. Since Gul was not bowling well Misbah should have replaced him with Sami after 3 or 4 overs. There was no need to give Gul 6 overs. After all Sami is the fastest of the lot. He is also the senior most fast bowle. When will Misbah start treating him like a spearhead.

  • on July 9, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    India failed to get 10 wickets in an inngs againt england and aus in 8 test matches, but Pakistan bowled aus on 88 and same with england , and pak is the only team since 2009 who defeted england in england.

  • khurramsch on July 9, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    @Sinhaya : i fully agree with you that galle win was a deserving 1 for SL & it was pak batting which let them down. But your argument is kind of strange. at ssc MJ was given out which was close call & yes not be given but you are comparing 4-5 aginst Sl decisions with 13-14 against PAK, 2nd at SSC it wasnt pitch which gave draw, it was rain. 127 overs lost due to rain. if it wasnt rain we could have result either way. on your side you are saying that SL could have won sharjha where rain came for 2 hours but here where rain came for 2 days you are saying oh its pich. & yes sanga is 1 of greatest these days no doubt about it.

  • on July 9, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    I love how people can decide the result of a test match on day 1 itself. When sometimes it sounds optimistic, mostly it turns out to be absurd. This is Cricket people. We all have seen unbelievable things that can happen at any course of play in this beautiful game. Better stop bluffing about things and enjoy the game itself. Win or loose, we want good interesting games that can go down to the wire. Hoping for another thriller.......

  • on July 9, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    what a waste in playing Dilhara who is wayward and looks completely out of touch having been on the bench for so long.He has been tried many times but to no avail and depriving another bowler from making the eleven.Although SL did well to restrict the Pakistanis to a low test match total I still would have thought that Mahela should have batted first as these pitches are not tried and tested at test match level.Now it seems that SL will struggle on this pitch with 3 good wickets down unless thilan,prasanna,angelo & thisara put their heads down and come up with a good batting performance to post a match winning total today despite the inclement weather.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 9, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    @cricketresult What is happening? Is SL going to score 500-600. You better drop end zero. Then it will be 50-60. Sl will be all out around 150. Rain might win the match if PAK cannot win.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 9, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    @Lankanforever It is O.K. in ODI but in TEST cricket first 15 to 20 overs you need to bat extremely well. Once you pass 20 overs then you can bat next 2 days if you got good batters. He did the same mistake in the 2nd test and now in the 3rd test. We will see Sl's young middles order can survive as the ball is now 15 overs old. Otherwise PAk will win this test easily as batting in the 4th inning is very difficult.

  • Narbavi on July 9, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair: Look UAE is also subcontinent, we are talking about overseas test matches over the last decade, India won series in england but pakistan didn't despite always boasting of a great group of fast bowlers, and india won two test matches in australia in this period but pakistan failed, India almost won a series in south africa recently, but atleast they managed to tie it 1-1, but pakistan in this period lost their series in southafrica, and Srilanka?? Pretty similar, didn't win a series in england, didn't win a match in Australia and also lost the series everytime they went to South Africa!! Now tell me which of these teams is the better tourist??

  • chathuradil on July 9, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Interesting...this time a better surface for a test match. Not a "hint of grass", there are considerable amount of grass on the surface. I guess it may last at least 3 days. even though the wicket is greeny, bounce is not there. May be the surface is not hard enough. Both side did well with their bowling attack. Gud luck batters.....

  • gyusuf6 on July 9, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 Please do not brag, Do you know the lowest Indian Score in a test???? 42 in the 2nd innings at lords 1974 with the players like Gavasker, Vishwanath, Brijesh Patel, Bedi and Chandrasheker. Go check The game started in June 20th, 1974 at Lords.

  • jasonpete on July 9, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    India did won series against England in England year 2007 and they are the last team to win a series against england in england.They have a pretty good record against England and Australia before the last two whitewashes.Neither Pakistan nor inda won series here in Australia but India competed better in 2007 unlike Pakistan in 2009. I would like to see a test against aus and Pakistan now .It will be a great challenge for Pakistan to win outside from UAE.Same goes to India as well.Regarding this test match,it's a very good pitch and sure result will be on the way around 4 th day. Good luck to both teams.

  • Lankanforever on July 9, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    @Kuruwita. I think u hv lot to learn about test cricket. It is not winn the toss bat. then it should be the two captains come out toss the coin whoever wins bat no options. the team winning the toss is given an option coz it is neede. and balling first in this track was a good decision in the first place. the reason os both teams have a vulnerebility against the moving ball.

  • cjchanaka on July 9, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Absolutely great performances by thisara, wish u all the best for future test carrer. if rain won't be interrupted this match defenetely has a result. I think sanga was really dissapointed way he played and bowlled to ordinary khan. However if srilanka will reach 300 score, turning point will be that 75 lead. If pak will bowlled out srilanka something like 150, then they also has a chance to settle the series. I think the result depends on first one and half hour of second day.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 9, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    @Balumekka My predictions are correct. See what is happening now. SL will score about 150 in the first innings. Mahela again made big mistake by putting PAK to bat. Mahela is not a good captain.

  • rahulcricket007 on July 9, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    @ANDY ZALTSMAN HAIR . HELLO MAN , INDIA HAS WON SERIES IN ENGLAND IN 1971 , 86 , 2007 , ALSO WE DRAW SERIES N 2002 , WE ALSO DRAW SERIES AGAINST AUS IN 2004 , WON HOME SERIES AGAINST THEM IN 2001 WHEN YOUR PAK TEAM WAS BOWLED OUT FOR A MERE 53 & 59 RUNS IN TEST MATCH AGAINST WARNE & MCGRATH .

  • S305 on July 9, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    Here's a stat question for Cricinfo guys: "what is the longest number of balls faced by a batsman, without scoring a run? Obviously, this record should be in the test-cricket domain...

  • Sinhaya on July 9, 2012, 0:25 GMT

    @Bilal Jabir, Sri Lanka were the clear winners in Galle. Please admit defeat there. SSC was a dead flat pitch and was always destined for a draw. If you are going by umpiring dont forget Mahela was unfairly given out at SSC. Sanga's has a great record outside of the sub continent. He has scored 182 in Hobart, a ton in Southampton, a double ton in Abu Dhabi and also a ton in Sharjah last year (UAE is not sub continent), a ton in NZ which all proves he can score in any surface. Please dont talk about beating Sri Lanka 3-0. We could have beaten Pakistan in Sharjah last year if not for rain.

  • Indian_Fan09 on July 8, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    If SL prepares pitch like this we will get whitewashed in another away series :(

  • on July 8, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    pakistan is seriously missing those two fast bowlers aamir & asif, they would be invincible in bowling if those two were there with ajmal & gul, its right that we found junaid but still he is not as much as mohammad aamir was.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 8, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    @cricketresult What is happening now? As I predicted PAK was just 24 off my prediction and I said PAK will score 250 and SL will struggle to score 150. It is happening now. Mahela again made a big mistake. Win the TOSS bat first in TEST cricket. Mahela is over-confident. At least coach should advise him what to do when the Toss is won. Both are very stupid.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on July 8, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Final definitive stat analysis: India and Paks Test away record (played in home of opposition) since 01 Jan 2000, NOT including Neutral venues. India has a win/loss ratio of 0.82 - good, won: 24, lost: 29, drawn: 22 . Pakistan w/l ratio of 0.74 - decent, won: 20, lost: 27, drawn: 14. Very similar records, India marginally better. Here are Pakistans Neutral venue stats (played in the UAE, NZ, Eng, effectively "away" series). W/L ratio of 1.75 - spectacular, won: 7, lost: 4, drawn: 4. If you combine away and neutral stats of Pakistan, and why not, all these matches are outside of Pakistan you get a w/l ratio of 0.87 - very good. And that's better than Indias. All stats can be obtained from STATSGURU. Cricinfo please publish.

  • on July 8, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    @Bilal Anwar: i also agree with you regarding Cheema, i don't like him at all, he leaks runs too often than not, as umar gull does...but Sami is also not up to our standards, he has the pace, but he's too wayward, if Sami learns to master in hitting targets, then he will be best in the business, we really need Amir, or there are many more in the domestic level, Sohail khan is one of them, we need two more like junaid khan, and all Rounder like Abdul Razzaq in the team..can you believe it, we don't have any All-rounder in Test..wow...

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on July 8, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    @pudpat: Pakistan have won in NZ multiple times this past decade. Drawn a series in Eng 2002 and have been the only team to give Eng competition in Tests this past few years. And they Beat Aus in Eng to draw the series 1-1 in july 2010. Something which India has never managed. Plenty of acheivements. If you want to pkay the historical stata game Pakistan beats India convincingly. Better home, away, and neutral record. A much better Test record overall and its been down to the fact that Pak has historically been able to take 20 wickets, whereas India struggle in that department.

  • on July 8, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Junaid Khan is a quality bowler n future of Pakistan Cricket. Pakistan is always lucky in bowling department. Besides this, Umar Gul is good but not the best. He must be replaced by any other young blood and Gul could be effective in shorter formats like ODIs or T20s. Soon he will realize it. Aizaz Cheema is not having strong future due to his age. Get a pacer and see the change.

  • on July 8, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Sanga is an Asian champ in Test Cricket. His record speaks and its big achievement for him that he played superb knocks against Pak. Pakistan always got greats like Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib and later on Gul, Wahab, Aizaz, Aamir, Junaid and many more (including spinners) and even in this situation he has good record. He has a record avg against Pak and also broke the record of Don Bradman. I am Pakistani. We got good players but we never got high level batsman. Inzi n Yousaf were good but We always played less cricket that We don't even hv players who scored more than 10K runs in test matches. Look at Sri Lanka n India. RD n Sachin r cool n even Sehwag is a big fish in Test matches and then look at Sri Lanka. Currently Sanga n somehow Mahela r best in Test Cricket. We don't hv big match winners as only 1 or 2 batsman r having 40+ avg. Look at India they r good in batting department and they hv good back up and same is the case with Sri Lanka. We were good when Wasim n Waqar were in business

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on July 8, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    @Narbavi: Pakistan have won a series in NZ and won tests in Eng. Neither India or Pak have won a series in Aus this past decade.

  • nide on July 8, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    what Yorker by sami i loved it

  • on July 8, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Sami last over dismissal of Mahela is why I love test cricket.

  • on July 8, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Great spell by Junaid . The guy has serious talent . Better sense prevailed when one way train "cheema" was finally dropped and a wicket taking bowler (sami) was finally selected. No offense but cheema has no potential to succeed at the Test level. His bowling technique and action is not Test material and it was frustrating him to see him bowl like a bowling machine in the second test . He seems more like a tape ball bowler which u can find on any street in Pakistan . In order to get Test class batsman out you need to be able to move the ball both ways something cheema cannot do due to his bowling action . Sami is erratic but in test cricket he can get you 2-3 top order wickets on flat tracks .

  • on July 8, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    What a great spell by Junaid Khan, every new game he plays, impress me more, finaly after Amir, we found this 22 year old guy, who has the quality, talent, Pace, Swing which is a trademark of Pakistani Fast Bowling, since Sarfraz Nawaz, two Ws, Imran etc, i wish one of those legends gives him few more push, secondly, Tishara Perera, Pakistani batsmans always have no answer to the potiential, accuracy you have in your bowling, whether it's ODI, T20 or Test, way better than Umar Gul, nevertheless, doesn't matter who wins, SL were, are and will always be our best friends.

  • shirodon on July 8, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    I think this is going to be a good cricket game Sri Lanka vs Pakistan. But i can see bowling attack advantage always step ahead pakistan. Both side 50% , 50% end of the 1 day........

  • keptalittlelow on July 8, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Misbah will have to outwit Mahela to win this test, its a tuslle of two brains.

  • on July 8, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    sri lanka batting very poor on first day with out dilshan. Dilshan should have been there.sri lanka should fight harder in the second inings to win the match.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on July 8, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    And nice to see Sri Lanka preparing pitches with something in it for the quicks this prepares teams better for playing outside of Asia;I wish England would follow suit and make pitches a little more spin friendly for say the last 2 days to give our batsmen regular experience of quality spin attacks rather than look like rabbits when called upon to perform (UAE).

  • The_bowlers_Holding on July 8, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    I am English so I am neutral on this, I watched the last couple of hours because I love test cricket. I have to say some of the decisions not given for LBW were very dubious, why is DRS not in use is it financial as I thought both boards were in favour. Anyway it looks like being an even game, a drawn series would seem fair after the abysmal decisions Pakistan didn't get in the 1st test.

  • QaisarJaan on July 8, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    day-1 and already two decisions have gone against pakistan, sangakara and pranavitarna .. hope it ends up as an even match for both sides in term of umpiring errors

  • on July 8, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    oh, boy what a fine and breathtaking spell from this Junaid ,had W .Akaram been watching this match ,he would have been proud on this stuff, great man ,but gul should be more incisive ,otherwise he should be kicked out .

  • Dadu786 on July 8, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Adnan Akmal's injury is blow, Srilank's batting order has strength with three allrounders Mathews, parrera and P Jaywardne,Pakistan also should try younis khan for couple of overs, first session is important for both teams.

  • Solace1 on July 8, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    @Sinhaya: Pakistan beat a weak westindies side in 2011 but india also beat them in 2006 when they were pretty good, india has won series in england and newzealand, and moreover we have won matches in australia too, tell me did pakistan or srilanka win test matches in australia over the last 8 or 10yrs?? Or did they win series in england or newzealand??

  • Narbavi on July 8, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    @Amjad Nawaz: India won test matches in australia, drew series in southafrica and also won series in newzealand england and westindies in the last decade!! How about that?? Did pakistan win series in newzealand or england?? did pakistan win tests in australia??

  • stormy16 on July 8, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    I think Pakistan will be the happier team - strange thing to say given the scores but the reality is Pakistan could have got bowled for 170 score on that wicket if not for a great knock by Safiq. SL also have to bat last on this wicket where Ajmal will come in to play and with both Sanga and Mahela gone SL have a lot of work to do against this quality attack to see this game through. A word fo Junaid and Pakistan's amazing ability to come up with quality bowlers. Junaid was on a differnt planet to the other bowlers on show today. His skills were amazing and for what a strange wicket for SL but a welcome change.

  • akram343 on July 8, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    yes i agree wth wickyroy.pak has 99% chances to win .INSHALLAH

  • noplay on July 8, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    I am glad I woke up from midnight in the Caribbean to watch this match. This is fabulous cricket and cricinfo's commentary was exceptional, adding to the excitement

  • Balumekka on July 8, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    @Bilal Jabir: ..........."Sanga's record outside Asia or even outside Srilanka shows how ordinary he is!......." On what basis you make such statement? Sanga averages 50 away from home. He has scored centuries in Australia, England South Africa and NewZealand. In Australia he averages 65. Insulting players without knowing facts is so pathetic.

  • on July 8, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Finally today am satisfied being a pakistani.We lost our reputation very quickly in fast bowling department in last six month ,but thanx to junaid khan who remind me today some glimpse of wasim akram ,its not so easy you can bowl over&round the stupm with accuracy,its my request to PCB and other asian Boards dont waste your bowlers with Flat tracks,it was excellent wickt today.Match is equally balance at this stage and hope to see some exciting cricket from both sides,plzzz Rain dont interrupt.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on July 8, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    @Sinhaya,u have been a great suportr of pak lanka friendshp,so chil out man! Friendly gestures R more than welcomed,keep it up,

  • VK_MSD_IND_Champs on July 8, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    @davidatlas999_Totally agree with you brother.As a Srilankan I don't want to see SRILANKA_PAKISTAN Fanz fighting against each other.REMEMBER, WE ARE ALWAYS WITH PAKISTAN.AND WE KNOW THAT PAKISTANIS ARE ALWAYS WITH US(SRILANKANS) AS WELL.We want a good test match.Who ever win this,we don't mind,cz this is a FRIENDLY BATTLE BETWEEN TWO BROTHERHOOD COUNTRIES..

  • on July 8, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Match even, SL need to bat most of tomorrow, if not Pak would be on top. Juanid was superb, Tissara was great too. a Wonderful wicket for test cricket

  • on July 8, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Pakistan will win inshallah tallah ....

  • davidatlas999 on July 8, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    So game on here.from here any one can win.as a pakistani always wish pakistan as a wining team.hate to see pak & srilanka haters here.If u don't like some one don't watch them.we love always pakistan and srilanka playing.we wanna watch younas.ajmal junaid and mj.snga.dilshan.Perera .stay away from us we are enjoying.cheers

  • Sports4Youth on July 8, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Once again Junaid Khan has proved that he wil stand up to the reputation of the Pakistani fast bowlers, But once again Umar Gul has proved that he is not meant for Test cricket. At the most Gul was always a T20 bowler. But introducing him to all formats was a big mistake by the selectors. Cheema should have be preferred in place of Sami, after all Cheema had done nothing wrong on a flat track on the 2nd test. An extra batsman should have been played in place of Umar Gul. Hafeez & Azhar could easily fill up for the 4th & 5th bowler. OR ATLEAST ABDUR REHMAN SHOULD HAVE BEEN PLAYED INSTEAD OF GUL. ABDUR REHMAN WOULD HAVE ATLEAST SCORED SOME RUNS AND WOULD BOWL BETTER THAN GUL.

  • Sinhaya on July 8, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    @@pudpat, forgot how Pakistan won a test match in England in 2010 and they were the last team to beat England in a test match at home. Forgot how Pakistan beat West Indies and New Zeland in away tests in 2011? Forgot how Pakistan beat South Africa at Port Elizabeth in 2007? You cant understand reality.

  • on July 8, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Had there been review system in this series or umpiring had been better and had rain stayed away, Pakistan would have definitely gone on to whitewashe Srilanka 3-0! And Sangakara's class is limited to flat SSC pitch, Sanga's record outside Asia or even outside Srilanka shows how ordinary he is!

  • WickyRoy.paklover on July 8, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    I dn't know whats prblm with umpirng?i mean lankan should have been 46.4 and asad who playd fantastic ining should have been reprievd (he deservd a ton here),.Damn with pak tail,they could have hung their 4 longr period n pak would have been in much more dominatng positn by now,bt any how eithr it z pak win or a vry unlikely draw,i dn't thnk sl have too much of a chance here now,

  • sampi72 on July 8, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Fast bowlers friendly wicket....Still Dilhara Fernando 12-0-48-0.....I think it is the time to goodbye to alawys wayward Dilhara....If Shamindra Eranga & welagedara are not fit...Better to test a young man like Chatura peris ....who can bat & bowl better than Dilhara....

  • maddinson on July 8, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    some help for bowlers and guess MJ, KS, YK and MH didn't mind hanging there

  • on July 8, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Junaid should take some more lessons from bowling great w.Akram ,in order to became the world beater , and Gul should also take coaching lessons as this is needed in overseatours i,e chin music.

  • on July 8, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    @ pudpat minnows..! and what about india they never play test matches on neutral venues as home, if they do then the result will show that how will be the minnows in test cricket out side their home territory and i think u new it ......

  • on July 8, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    hahhahhahahah@cricketresult...i hope u have changed ur mind by now :P

  • Fezz on July 8, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Well done Junaid. Getting Sangakkara out twice in two balls when he is in the form of his life. This time umpiring errors couldn't save SL top four batsme. Even though the umpires tried their hardest and gave reprieves to Sangakkara and Paranavitana. I wonder why decisions are going against Pakistan bowlers. Perhaps thy bowl such unplayable deliveries that umpires can't believe it to be true and keep giving the benefit of doubt to batsmen.

  • suve on July 8, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    @mndm: Yer, but Pak were 140/4 and the collapsed to 226 allout. Both Teams have played well today and It's really nice to see a green pitch being used in the sub continent. You can't say Sri Lanka have already lost because Sri lanka will be batting last on this pitch and Batting will be easy on day 5 at Pallekele. Any way good luck to both teams.

  • on July 8, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Damn it! I missed the first day! I would've loved to see Sri Lanka's bowling attack but none the less, boy was I surprised when I saw the scorecard online! Excellent bowling by Kulasekara and Perera. Perera got a chance only in the last test and he proved that he is one who's worth having in the team! Sad that Sanga got bowled for a duck but the second innings still awaits us! This test is taking an interesting turn but I really hope that it turn out in a draw or that Sri Lanka wins because I really want Sri Lanka to win this series!

  • WickyRoy.paklover on July 8, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    @pudpat,eng z even weakr minnow bcoz they were whitwashd outside hme n somehow leveld d series against weakr lankan bowlng,sa z also minnow bcoz they dn't win too much in tests,aus z going to b minnow whenevr they gonna play against pak in sbcntinent,i would nt talk about ind,nz,wi,lolz.I gues ths "minow " term z vry relative.

  • mndm on July 8, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    @ cricketresult: scoring 226 on this pitch after being 4-50 odd is certainly a resonmable batting performance..if pak batsmen were flat pitch bullies, they would have been all out for less than 150 on such a pitch...

  • mndm on July 8, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    @ pudpat ..pak a minow test side.??...how can a minow white wash #1 test side 3-0??????????????????????????????????????? it can hapen in ODIs but surely to beat the #1 test side 3-0 in test matches proves that they certainly are not minows

  • on July 8, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    @pudpat yeah sub continent is a team of minnows thats why teams like england sa aus cant win here ,, and not to forget the fact that outside the sub continent the differnce bw and umpire and a kid is the age ! lmao

  • Balumekka on July 8, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Great bowling from both the sides. Junaid was just unplayable in his first spell. The three deliveries he bowled to Sanga was stunning and I don't think any great batsman would have survived in those three deliveries. I think KURUWITA is not good at forecasting things. All his predictions seems to be proving other way around!

  • getsetgopk on July 8, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Well the only thing SL can do now is to pray for rain again, thats the only plausible scenario for SL to save this match and win the series but if rain stays clear, SL will go down pretty quickly now that Sanga is out for a duck, well played Pakistan!

  • on July 8, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    I believe this report doesnt do justice with arguably the most outstanding performance of today i.e. the opening spell by Junaid Khan. Well Done ... better done than others today.

  • on July 8, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Junaid Khan best fast bowler in the world and proving it again, he is unplayable on these dead pitches. What would happen when he would bowling in in English conditions... Umar Gul playing in a test match is just waste of one player, Pakistan must think ahead and select someone else in place and develop him instead.

  • on July 8, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    loks like pakistan is going to maintain its unbeaten record in a test series for the last 20 months.what a record.all other teams especially india and srilnka have lost a plenty during the same period.Keep it up Misbah and co

  • addicted_to_chaos on July 8, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    @Cricketresult......What do you say now?? @Pudpat: Whatever stats says, Pak is best overseas among subcontinent test playing nations, and by the way UAE is not in subcontinent.......

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on July 8, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Another day of bad luck for Pakistan. Keepers out with potentially a broken finger and more bad lbw calls against them. Paranavitana was plumb lbw and if Pakistan had taken 4 top order SL wickets cheaply they would have been well on top. @pudpat: Pakistan have won plenty of matches this past decade away outside of the subcontinent. I was going to post a list of stats but you're a man who believes Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard are gonna become world class Test batsmen, so I won't even bother.

  • Aftab_daniyal on July 8, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Good allround from pakistan,but will miss adnan akmal wish u all the best PAKISTAN tomorrow and next 4 days

  • Extraz on July 8, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    @cricketresult...going by ur comment SL are also then flat track bullies they batted wonderfully on SSC but they they have also crumbled here,Sanga scored 195 odd runs in SSC but now on a green pitch what happened out on a duck!!! but no offence sanga is indeed one of the greatest batsman of all time.From now on both teams have equal chances of winning this game.

  • Sinhaya on July 8, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    @pudpat, Sri Lanka have won a test match in England, South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand in the last 6 years. Check your facts properly please.

  • on July 8, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    SL holds the edge and are in good position to win this match and series....

  • cunaripo on July 8, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    aaahh this JUNAID GIVING MY TEAM PROBLEMS HOLD ON SRI LANKA WE CAN MAKE THE RUNS COMMON GUYS

  • D.Fonseka on July 8, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    come on KURUWITA PAK are 125 all out and SL are still 14/1 along with Sanga+Mahela+Samaraweera we can do it........... Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh noooooooooooooooooooo SANGAKKARA IS O-U-T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH we are dead!

  • sajhera on July 8, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    very good bowling performance from SL bowlers except ordinary bowling from dilhara,Sri lanka playing with 10. Pakistan 12.his figures CRD Fernando 12 1 48 0 4.00 Can Win a test match? feel school level bowlers far better than him.

  • afghanboy007 on July 8, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    well pakistan will win this match 90%

  • Solace1 on July 8, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Both teams are minnows when it comes to test cricket!! They never won more than 2 or 3 test matches outside the subcontinent over the last decade or so!! so good luck!!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 8, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    PAk still can score 250. I do not think SL can score more than 150.

  • cunaripo on July 8, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    great going Sri Lanka common guys hammer out Pakistan asap u can do it bless

  • Resultpredictor on July 8, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    @KURUWITA- wait and see my friend. Pak is going to be bowled today and SL will score around 500-600 because Pak bowlers are not in form. If SL can bat well and bowl well in the second innings, there is no need for fourth innings

  • Madhura88 on July 8, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Thisara is too young. But proving something. His approach was brilliant in the morning and he continues to do tricks after lunch as well. Sri Lanka had lost their momentum for a while in last 1 year or so but big guns and little explosives combination has been driving SL to where they were before. True that Mulai-Sana era has been added to the history but Sanga-Mahela-Dil + young lads will do the same for SL if they continue to prove this.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 8, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    @F on (July 08 2012, 07:04 AM GMT) See what is happening. PAK is already 138/4 By tomorrow mid 3rd session PAK will declare at 527/9. SL will not have any chance from there. MJ again made a huge mistake.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 8, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    I still stick with my first comment. SL will loose this if PAK scores 250. 4th innings batting without Dilshan is too much for SL. Sanga along cannot do it.

  • Resultpredictor on July 8, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Pak batsman batted superbly on flat SSC pitch but collapsed on green pitch here, yhis shows that Pak batsman are flat track bullies.. Pak cannot win this test from now..... It will be an easy victory for SL. This is goin to be first series win for SL since Murali's retirement and First series loss for Misbah as captain. Congrats Sri Lanka for series victory...

  • jackthelad on July 8, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    It's early days to say 'SL will not win at all'. In fact, it would have been a good toss to lose, but Sri are making the most of a little life from the track.

  • Sports4Youth on July 8, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Sri Lanka win is certain. The Inclusion of Umar Gul and Mohammed Sami will gaurantee the win to Sri Lankans. Misbah is spoiling everthing at the end of his career. PAKISTAN SHOULD HAVE STREANTHENED THEIR BATTING. NOw on the same pitch SL will score 500-600 runs. Sanga will score about 190 runs.

  • Ultra_Sl_Cricket on July 8, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    one more wicket and SL are through the recognized batsmen...surely we could bowl them out today, if so, SL should easily win this game and also the series 2-0 ... Good Luck anyway!!

  • on July 8, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    KURUWITA wait and see what will happen.

  • on July 8, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    SL selection Committee always pick up players for Playing eleven like Paranavithana,Chamara silva,Kapugedara,Randiv,some of them rarely serve something special to side.In many times give entertaining to the Opposition, SL Committee should give chances to talented Young Players. if not,this will affect badly for SL future Cricket.

  • on July 8, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Perera is still posing problems for Pakistan, Good decision by Mahela to bowl first on a green surface.... Sri Lanka is goin to win this test and series 2-0...

  • khurramsch on July 8, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    thais is what MJ wanted to do in previous test but paid this time. good toss to win. & at lunnch 4 wickets. pak did managed to survive first few overs but again poor display from them to loose too many wicklets. But still its not done & dusted as SL have to bat 4th & by then pitch will turn.Sami instead of rehman will pay off or not? nt only in bowling but abtting also. time will tell.problem for SL their 2nd best scorer of series Dilshan not here so some 1 else has to come up with Sanga.

  • on July 8, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    Good start by SL, Perera is still posing huge problems for Pak batsman, expecting him to take 5 wicket haul....SL is going to win this test easily and series 2-0...

  • FaaaoaE on July 8, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    250 is good at this pitch ,great that Sami is Playing,,,

  • on July 8, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    ****Quote***** " Sri Lanka also dropped Nuwan Pradeep, who was off-colour at the SSC, and brought in Dilhara Fernando." ***** Unquote****** This has been a major problem with Sri Lankan cricket. They do not give enough chances to a new comer to establish. It is very unfair to evaluate Nuwan on a pitch that was friendly to batsmen. Pallekele being a bowler friendly pitch he should have gained results. So the authorities should think more positively to groom future players.

  • Resultpredictor on July 8, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Good toss to win by SL, definetly Kulasekara will take few wickets in the first hour and will set the tone for victory.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 8, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Mahela again made the wrong decision. Look what will happen. SL will have do catch up work. PAK will win the test or draw. SL will not win at all.

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  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 8, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Mahela again made the wrong decision. Look what will happen. SL will have do catch up work. PAK will win the test or draw. SL will not win at all.

  • Resultpredictor on July 8, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Good toss to win by SL, definetly Kulasekara will take few wickets in the first hour and will set the tone for victory.

  • on July 8, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    ****Quote***** " Sri Lanka also dropped Nuwan Pradeep, who was off-colour at the SSC, and brought in Dilhara Fernando." ***** Unquote****** This has been a major problem with Sri Lankan cricket. They do not give enough chances to a new comer to establish. It is very unfair to evaluate Nuwan on a pitch that was friendly to batsmen. Pallekele being a bowler friendly pitch he should have gained results. So the authorities should think more positively to groom future players.

  • FaaaoaE on July 8, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    250 is good at this pitch ,great that Sami is Playing,,,

  • on July 8, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    Good start by SL, Perera is still posing huge problems for Pak batsman, expecting him to take 5 wicket haul....SL is going to win this test easily and series 2-0...

  • khurramsch on July 8, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    thais is what MJ wanted to do in previous test but paid this time. good toss to win. & at lunnch 4 wickets. pak did managed to survive first few overs but again poor display from them to loose too many wicklets. But still its not done & dusted as SL have to bat 4th & by then pitch will turn.Sami instead of rehman will pay off or not? nt only in bowling but abtting also. time will tell.problem for SL their 2nd best scorer of series Dilshan not here so some 1 else has to come up with Sanga.

  • on July 8, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Perera is still posing problems for Pakistan, Good decision by Mahela to bowl first on a green surface.... Sri Lanka is goin to win this test and series 2-0...

  • on July 8, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    SL selection Committee always pick up players for Playing eleven like Paranavithana,Chamara silva,Kapugedara,Randiv,some of them rarely serve something special to side.In many times give entertaining to the Opposition, SL Committee should give chances to talented Young Players. if not,this will affect badly for SL future Cricket.

  • on July 8, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    KURUWITA wait and see what will happen.

  • Ultra_Sl_Cricket on July 8, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    one more wicket and SL are through the recognized batsmen...surely we could bowl them out today, if so, SL should easily win this game and also the series 2-0 ... Good Luck anyway!!