Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 3rd day July 10, 2012

Attacking Perera gives Sri Lanka control

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Pakistan 226 and 27 for 1 (Hafeez 8*, Azhar 6*) trail Sri Lanka 337 (Paranavitana 75, Perera 75, Samaraweera 73, Junaid 5-70) by 84 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Sri Lanka took a significant step in their attempt to thwart Pakistan from levelling this rain-affected series, through a combination of dogged batting on a testing pitch, a fair amount of luck, and aggression. Pakistan contributed much to that luck through sloppy fielding, when an urgent quest for wickets was the need of the hour after a rained-out second day.

A century-stand between Tharanga Paranavitana and Thilan Samaraweera included a period of survival during a hostile morning spell from Pakistan's seamers, as the two overcame their lean runs in this series. Thisara Perera's counterattack against the second new ball restored a sense of security for Sri Lanka - it stretched their lead to 111 - and gave them a strong opportunity to force a win.

Pakistan's two crucial lapses in the field occurred in the slips, from two unlikely candidates. Younis Khan spilled a straightforward chance at second slip when Samaraweera was on 49 - that partnership with Paranavitana was to last another 38 runs and 16.1 overs - and Misbah-ul-Haq dropped a simple catch off Perera, on just 22. Umar Gul was the aggrieved bowler on both occasions, and was left dispirited when the batsman his captain reprieved returned the favour with what could be a game-changing onslaught.

Gul bowled one half of Pakistan's incisive, though wicketless, morning spell; from the other end Junaid Khan threatened, probed and eventually picked up his third five-for - all of them have come against Sri Lanka.

In conditions where the advantage to fast bowlers was not as pronounced as on the first day, but with enough swing and movement to trouble the batsmen, Junaid's battle against Samaraweera was exciting to watch. Junaid, with his round-the-wicket angle, tried hard to beat Samaraweera through the gate by moving it back in, but the batsman countered that by stepping outside the line and moving forward. He was beaten on occasion and struck high on the pads once, but the ploy was largely effective - except when Junaid slipped in the away-going delivery after angling it in, confounding the batsman completely.

Paranavitana, possibly competing for his place in the side, needed the luck he got. He survived a close call for lbw against Gul on the first day, and was in for a stern test from the same bowler on the third. A sharp, pacy, incoming short delivery rapped him on the back of the bat and flew over the slips, and a couple of attempted drives to initiate a counter-attack went past the edge, immediately prompting his senior partner to calm him down.

Gradually, though, the pair found their feet, painstakingly extending their partnership. Paranavitana finally managed to drive Gul through cover, Samaraweera played Junaid down the ground and the two were far more comfortable when Mohammad Sami and Ajmal were called on to bowl. Though he got a couple of doosras past the edge, Ajmal struggled to turn his conventional offbreak, often met with a full face from the batsmen. Sami was quick, but bowled short and provided too much width. Paranavitana smashed Younis Khan through point to reach his half-century, and appeared a more confident player after lunch, driving Junaid and Gul elegantly through cover for boundaries.

It was after a brief rain interruption that Ajmal, ineffective up to that point, went round the wicket and got a ball to turn in from off stump. Samaraweera played forward, was beaten and trapped in front. A loose shot from Angelo Mathews off a wide ball from Junaid had him caught at gully, before Paranavitana dragged on a short ball from Ajmal three overs later. Gul struck first ball with the second new ball to remove Prasanna Jayawardene. Sri Lanka led by 10 at that point with seven down, but their depth in batting ensured they added 101 more.

Nuwan Kulasekara is a capable batsman and thrashed Gul twice through the covers, one an imperious drive on bended knee. As Gul bowled length, Perera - also a beneficiary of a difficult, dropped return catch and a missed run out - launched him through mid-off and cover for fours before dispatching a slower one over the midwicket for six in the same over. Junaid returned to dismiss Kulasekara - by which time the stand with Perera was worth 84 - but Perera signed off by swinging Ajmal for two big sixes over midwicket and long-on before becoming Junaid's fifth victim.

A rare error from umpire Simon Taufel didn't help Pakistan's case when they came out to bat, as Taufeeq Umar was given out lbw to a delivery that pitched outside leg stump. It capped a day that began with much promise for Pakistan in helpful conditions, but their own shortcomings and a determined opposition left them targeting, at least for a good part of the fourth day, survival and not a push for victory.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Ok if pak bat well today so tomorow will be rain if SL have some chance to win their will be no rain around the corner as their was never rain in SL i think its is PAk and misbah destiny like that

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    @deepak_123... Mate Saeed Ajmal is way better spinner than Ashwin... He is world class spinner..... you say he is bad against good spin players in spin friendly conditions.. But remember by friend he is way better than Ahwin

  • POSTED BY cjchanaka on | July 11, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Sri lanka has a very good chance to win this match, if they will get 2 or 3 wickets in first session. lankans should play to win this match. But all pressure on pak players. They have 2 options. One is trying to get quick runs and get a lead 300 & give chance lankans in final day. second one is occupying the crease without giving more wickets and trying to survive this match. But my opinion is trying to play natural cricket until tea time. If they will be able to reach 225 or 250 with six or seven wickets hand, then they can increase the rate and try to get as much as they possible in last session. Now this pitch is more suitable for batsman. Therefore my final decision is this match will be drawn.

  • POSTED BY Masterclass10 on | July 11, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    interesting times ahead for both teams, at the start of the series anyone would have thought it is going to be easy pickings to beat lanka. But lanka have proven their never say die attitude and continue to fight. It has been a great series!

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | July 11, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    In all fairness, this match is going SL way and from here only one team can win and that is SL. If PAK can bat and attains a lead of 200+ ( means PAK has to make 300+ runs in their 2nd innings), then they can draw the match, but PAK is most likely going to loose the series, either way. Nonetheless, this match is going to have a tight finish. Good luck to both teams.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | July 11, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    see what cricinfo says about Paranavithana's dismissal. Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, it's a shout a minute here. And isn't Para lucky to survive? Short of a length, no extra bounce, swinging in from off, caught on the back foot, on the crease. Saved by height, I suppose

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | July 11, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    @everyone saying Paranavithana was out LBW on 6, remember height was an issue and less than half the ball may have hit the stumps

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | July 11, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    @getsetgopk, we had to play without DRS in the tests in UAE last year. @s.jagernath, yes then Tendulkar has benefited lots of times from umpires not giving him out when LBW. Tell your BCCI to ok DRS and then ICC will make it mandatory.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 11, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    @yorkslanka I do agree with u. This match is still in balance. It is 3 way SL PAK and Rain. Anyone can win.

  • POSTED BY randhira on | July 11, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Hey ! Pakistanis don't doubt Sri Lankan teams spirit and performance out there. Now every body talks about umpire mistakes. What ever said and done, even though it pitched outside the leg it was definitely hitting the stumps. True that there is a rule in cricket as such but it is not the first time in the series. Then what about Mahelas LBW decision. You should not blame the umpires but should blame Pakistani fielding for dropping so many simple chances. Eg - Catches dropped by Younis and Misbah.I think Sri Lankan team deserved this lead for their fighting spirit. Well played Thisara and Kulasekera.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Ok if pak bat well today so tomorow will be rain if SL have some chance to win their will be no rain around the corner as their was never rain in SL i think its is PAk and misbah destiny like that

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    @deepak_123... Mate Saeed Ajmal is way better spinner than Ashwin... He is world class spinner..... you say he is bad against good spin players in spin friendly conditions.. But remember by friend he is way better than Ahwin

  • POSTED BY cjchanaka on | July 11, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Sri lanka has a very good chance to win this match, if they will get 2 or 3 wickets in first session. lankans should play to win this match. But all pressure on pak players. They have 2 options. One is trying to get quick runs and get a lead 300 & give chance lankans in final day. second one is occupying the crease without giving more wickets and trying to survive this match. But my opinion is trying to play natural cricket until tea time. If they will be able to reach 225 or 250 with six or seven wickets hand, then they can increase the rate and try to get as much as they possible in last session. Now this pitch is more suitable for batsman. Therefore my final decision is this match will be drawn.

  • POSTED BY Masterclass10 on | July 11, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    interesting times ahead for both teams, at the start of the series anyone would have thought it is going to be easy pickings to beat lanka. But lanka have proven their never say die attitude and continue to fight. It has been a great series!

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | July 11, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    In all fairness, this match is going SL way and from here only one team can win and that is SL. If PAK can bat and attains a lead of 200+ ( means PAK has to make 300+ runs in their 2nd innings), then they can draw the match, but PAK is most likely going to loose the series, either way. Nonetheless, this match is going to have a tight finish. Good luck to both teams.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | July 11, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    see what cricinfo says about Paranavithana's dismissal. Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, it's a shout a minute here. And isn't Para lucky to survive? Short of a length, no extra bounce, swinging in from off, caught on the back foot, on the crease. Saved by height, I suppose

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | July 11, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    @everyone saying Paranavithana was out LBW on 6, remember height was an issue and less than half the ball may have hit the stumps

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | July 11, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    @getsetgopk, we had to play without DRS in the tests in UAE last year. @s.jagernath, yes then Tendulkar has benefited lots of times from umpires not giving him out when LBW. Tell your BCCI to ok DRS and then ICC will make it mandatory.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 11, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    @yorkslanka I do agree with u. This match is still in balance. It is 3 way SL PAK and Rain. Anyone can win.

  • POSTED BY randhira on | July 11, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Hey ! Pakistanis don't doubt Sri Lankan teams spirit and performance out there. Now every body talks about umpire mistakes. What ever said and done, even though it pitched outside the leg it was definitely hitting the stumps. True that there is a rule in cricket as such but it is not the first time in the series. Then what about Mahelas LBW decision. You should not blame the umpires but should blame Pakistani fielding for dropping so many simple chances. Eg - Catches dropped by Younis and Misbah.I think Sri Lankan team deserved this lead for their fighting spirit. Well played Thisara and Kulasekera.

  • POSTED BY S.Jagernath on | July 10, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Simon Taufel's poor decision has also benefitted Sri Lanka!

  • POSTED BY just_chill_chill on | July 10, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    @yorkslanka : No need to jump up and down and blame "ndian fans try to stir up bad feelings between SL and PAk fans". You are not the only one having "good friends". Try to relax and not increase your blood pressure. It can lead to heart attack.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Lankan played well in this series, current pak team doesn't have potential to win this series.......... well played sri guyz especially sanga

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | July 10, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    only a fool would think this match is over imho...this could go either way, if Pak bowled out cheaply then it could SL's way whereas if Pak put on a 200 lead and put SL in for the 5th day, it could go their way...interesting times ahead..As a Sri Lankan fan, i odnt think we should play for anything but the win..trying to draw to win the series could backfire badly on us...good luck Sri Lanka..also, why do some indian fans try to stir up bad feelings between SL and PAk fans, we have always been good friends and always will be...

  • POSTED BY Ozzbozz on | July 10, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    Deepak thats a slightly flawed argumen, nobody said Ajmal is the best in the world but compared to what is out there from every country then he is world class. Having said that everyone is allowed an off day or two now and then.

    Remember, Tauful is a worclass umpire, yet that was a horrendous decision to give Umar out and even with your India spectacles on, you will have to admit Pakistan have had more than 3/4 of incorrect decisions against them.

    Also you obviously have never played to any deacent level as how you can call that dead lifeless first wicket and now this swing bowler friendly wicket as how you put it "spin friendly" is laughable.

    And another thing, writing in block capitals does not make your point correct it's childish and does not belong here.

  • POSTED BY shome80 on | July 10, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    @deepak_123 - LMAO...Thats all i can expect from you...do it don't just say it...

  • POSTED BY rajithwijepura on | July 10, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    By the end of first day most pakistani fans were gloating here and dreaming srilanka gonna all out for less than 100 which never going to happen till we have players like Thilan Samaraweera. He put a superb partnership with Paranawithane by playing out the first session without loosing any wicket. What happened to the almighty pakistan fast bowlers on a greenish pitch? LOL Even A boler like Kulasekara scored 30+ odd runs against them. LOL

  • POSTED BY musa441 on | July 10, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    pakistan fans comment below show they have no fighting spirit!! not only players shud show fighting spirit but the fans shud as well but sory to say pakistani fans had already lost hope and how can we expect the layers to fight back whne fans are so depressing!! come on guys the situationisnt that tough for pakistan remmber one thing pitch has got better for batting!! i can see a big score from pakistan tomorow!! and i can see srilanka chasing some 230 rusn target onlast day and i can see junaid ripping the top order with sanga remaining not out in the end and the srilanka all out for 200 runs . this is the positivity pakistani fans shud show there is always hope no matter what situation!!

  • POSTED BY musa441 on | July 10, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    deepak i can see ur frustration dude ahswin??? better than ajmal?? are u kidding me??? didnt u see what happened to ashwin in australia?? ausralia by nomeans a spin playing expert!! ashwinis very average gis only variety is his quicker one otherwise nothing in him special!! ajmal has taken wickets on a pitch which hasnt taken atrocious spin at all it has beena flat track as far as spinners are concerned!! faster bowlers are enjoying on this pitch. ajmal has taken 3 wickets in srlianka's innings which isnt bad performance dude!! i bet if ashwin was here his figures wud have been 34 overs 153 runs and 1 wicket yes its a fact this is his class!!!

  • POSTED BY bored_iam on | July 10, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    @mainul079080: To be fair to them, Pak have also had some atrocious luck this series. The second test gt washed out when Pak seemed on top! They had some horrible decisions going against them! And they havent played that badly either!....... Also, blaming the coach is never an option in my opinion. While I agree with the "If it ain't broken why fix it" policy that u seem to be suggesting, give the man the benefit of the doubt. The difference between the 3-0 and this series is that SL play Ajmal better and nullifying him is one of the major reasons that Pak's incredible talent pool hasn't been able to consistently deliver this series. In the England series they didn't outbat England ever! How they won that contest by the fact that they outbowled England. The pitches and SL's skill haven't allowed them to do that!

  • POSTED BY AdilKhans on | July 10, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Pakistan have dug up a whole for themselves first up by not capitalizing on the start provided by junaid khan at the end of day 1.second by dropping catches that came their way.had those catches being taken pak should have been in a commanding position, which srilanka is enjoying at the moment.pakistan's strength had always been their bowling which has taken a beating on this entire tour except some individual brilliance thanks to junaid khan, whatmore should think and do something about this situation otherwise pakistan will struggle on subcontinent surfaces also.

  • POSTED BY shark77 on | July 10, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    para proved he is solid and do things when team required ,thilan well guided and thisara eligent.weldone guys...

  • POSTED BY deepak_123 on | July 10, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    WELL SL BATTERS SHOWED THE WORLD WHERE SAEED AJMAL STANDS. A FEW PERFOMANCES HERE AND THERE AGAINST WEAKER SPIN BATTING LINE UPS(ENGLAND & NZ) MADE HIM A WORLD CLASS SPINNER. BUT LOOK HOW WEAK HE IS WHEN PLAYING AGANST SPIN SPECIALISTS BATTERS., STRUGGLING TO GET WICKETS ON SPIN FRIENDLY WICKETS. HE SEEMS TOOTHLESS. INDIA WILL DO THE SAME TO HIM IF WE GET A CHANCE TO PLAY AGAINST PAK. OUR ASHWIN IS FAR FAR BRTTER THAN THIS OVER RATED AJMAL.

  • POSTED BY SriLa72 on | July 10, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    @Sinhaya, I totally agree with your comment about poor umpiring. Back in the days when we didn't have HD cameras and audio technology like today, how would we know if the decisions were bad? I understand the frustration of PAK fans. Lets face it. This is not the first time we have had bad umpiring and wont be the last even if we implement DRS. To make the umpiring unbiased that's why ICC implemented having umpires from neutral countries officiate matches. Now if it was umpires from the host country then it can be questionable. This is reality and part of the game.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Good to see my faith in Thilan Samaraweera did not go unrewarded. He often plays the doughty defender's role to perfection for SL.

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | July 10, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    It is now confirmed that Pak will not win this watch from this position. Perera took the game away from Pak once again as he did in T20 and ODIs. Perera's knock gave SL the series victory. Hats off to Perera as he singlehandedly made the difference between the two teams. He will become one of the great allrounders in future.

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | July 10, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    this pitch has surely become only new ball pitch now. from pakistan only sensible batting required atleast for 1st session but that is a question mark. now MJ's decision seems very correct one. he knew that in 1-2 days pitch will settle. so he tried to take benifit of first day pitch & rightly did so.

  • POSTED BY malsaq on | July 10, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Pak's first wicket to go down is due to umpiring error, with 9 wkts still standing, just how many more will fall to bad umpiring? Going by previous test in SL, I predict at least 3 more (if not 5) and Pak will lose.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    The match is still not over peeps so don't count your chickens before they hatch.. Overall , it is a great match. Test Cricket is the Best !!

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | July 10, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    @suve: yes poor fielding but its not intentional thing same is with umpiring decisions may go against you.no body does these intentionaly & that happened. so what else can be said than its luck which is not helping. younas was considered safe slip fieldr but obviously he didnt droped intentionaly same is with misbah's drop.these things are based on luck.

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | July 10, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    @siri12345: thats what i am saying that all this is bad luck for pakistan, umpiring decisions & drops at wrong times then keeper hurt. i am not saying that if those 2 decisions were given properly there was 100% surety of better things.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | July 10, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    @mainul079080, India are great in batting but we overtook them in the CB series. Hope we prepare bowler friendly pitches in Hambantota, Colombo and Pallekelle to stop Indian batters having a field day.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    THISARA=KLUSNER cant you see some sign in the future?? Ford predicted it.Oh PAK did not have such all rounders in their squad now.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Perera is tormenting Pakistan in this whole tour, the only difference between the two sides is only PERERA..... Perera is winning the matches singlehandedly, he should be given Man of The Series for entire tour...

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | July 10, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    For those blaming poor umpiring, then please scrutinize all test matches played before July 2008. How many umpiring howlers? How about atrocious umpiring back in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s when TV coverage was poor? All of those games have to be questioned really. Sri Lanka were the better side in Galle no matter how bad umpiring was.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Pak will lose this match, it is 100% guaranteed....if it rains or not.....Congrats SL for 2-0 series victory....

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | July 10, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    @Ayub Suleman; best umpire award does not mean he has not given a single wrong or seemingly wrong decision.it is the person who has made least number of mistakes in umpiring. no at all a big mistake Taufel did for Taufeeq umar.remember even with third umpire operating still there were very difficult decision to make we hav seen. even DRS will give you only 4 or 5 referal chances only. after that if any mistakes happend then what...? more importantly DRS goes along with umpires decision in some cases like if bowl pitched o/side the stump and if it stil hit the the stumps which umpire give as out, and TV replays confirm that bowl hit the wiket, then it is out..because umpire has given it as OUT though bowl pitched o/side. so ther are situation u cant get absolute rite even with 3rd Umpire, DRS whatever..so it is part of the game & may be it is bad luck if thing gone wrong more agaist 1 team.Since there are neutral umpires these wrong decisions hav still avoided 1 good thing of being BIAS

  • POSTED BY Cricket7861 on | July 10, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Two decisions have gone against pakistan now in this Test Match... The LBW call against Taufeeq Umar which was clearly not out and the LBW call against Paranavitana at the end of the first day which should have been given. These decisions could lose this test match for Pakistan...

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | July 10, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Where is Sadaf Hussain?!?!

    Sami, Cheema and Gul have proved to be useless, plus Sadaf is better than Junaid and Rahat should be given more opportunities along with Talha.

  • POSTED BY mainul079080 on | July 10, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Srilanka is playing brilliant cricket its not like that.Pakistan is playing poor cricket in this series. Srilanka will have to be one level up in their performance against india in the upcoming series to win. When Mohsin khan was replaced by whatmore,it did strike in my brain at the very first moment that,Pakistan has done a blunder of mistake. Mohsin-Misbah pair was doing so well. They just thrashed England 3-0 and the coach is out! This type funny thing is only possible by PCB.My speculation was that whatmore will ruin Pakistan's progress because the momentum will be just lost by the change in the coaching post. Just that thing happened in this series. From a Bangladeshi fan of Pak cricket team.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | July 10, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Only way SL can win a test series against this Pakistan side post murali is through some unfair home advantage other than that there is no competition with or without drop catches.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | July 10, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    @mark2011: Rules of the game say that if the ball is pitching outside leg stump even if its hitting stumps is NOT OUT. I dont care what the commentators said the fact remains that it was not a fair decision just like the dozen or so unfair decisions in the first game given against Pakistan, Parana was plumb while batting on 4 or so but wasn't given out, that was yet another dubious decision, I must say with this sort of decisions with no DRS in play its almost useless playing cricket with srilanka though i do agree our fielding was pathetic but still it would have been a different story had the right calls been made.

  • POSTED BY Nmiduna on | July 10, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    I agree Pak bowl well and have bowled well thru out, and yes SL had their moments of fortune. but is it me or do i see almost always wen SL do well in the series you guys tend to credit it lyk half luck quarter pak being sloppy and other quarter SL good? i mean is it rare that a batsman gets a few hits and misses and perhaps a dropped chance and go on to score big?i dont think so, its part and parcel in cricket.i think playing against a team who very recently beat eng 3-0 this well, deserves lot of credit for a team who had lot to face and still in a rebuilding phase.Sl finished 0-1 in eng in tougher part of the year where ind lost it 3-0.is it coz they are a smal country with low marketing value dat they and their players get litle credit.i thnk SL hv been a collectiv lot who togethr punchd above deir weight against strng teams.its more evident nw dat no murai or sanath.No offence Sid! jst an idea! i Lyk PAK as a team btw:)

  • POSTED BY davidatlas999 on | July 10, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    @Perera32.no mat i totally disagree with u.its not all about srilanka.we all know whenever we predict pakistani batsman poor they prove us wrong many time.so its still a fair chance for every one until rain stay away.feel very bad when saw bad umpiring against pakistan but its part of the game until some one stood of and say enough is enough if cast or other thing is problem on drs.Then go with simple camera where show the clear not out 3rd umpire can return the batsman for bating.if they can't do this simple thing then please don't telecast live match.Its so pathetic watch these umpire doing these kind of umpiring.In last well played srilanka i am not saying srilanka win on umpiring basis we all know srilanka played very quality cricket here.but as a pakistani i know pakistani bating is so weak and when ever one or 2 these sort of decision came our bating go totally down.

  • POSTED BY UK_Chap on | July 10, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Poor Fielding by Pakistan and yet again Poor Umpiring is also killing Pakistan. mark2011 pitching outside leg is NOT out, does not matter what the ball does after that. It was an awful decision and this match is not over. I fear the umpiring will have alot more bearing on Pakistans innings yet. siri12345 maybe happy with whats happened inthe series so far because it has been Sri Lanka that has benefitted from it. Yesterday Paranvitana was plumb but not given, and that has hit Pakistan hard today. Sangakara was plumb but was not given, it was only fortunate that he was bowled the next delivery. These two examples show what can happen when incorrect decisions are given.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 10, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Pakistani fielding has always been below par. Now just wait for Kamran Akmal to be cleared by the integrity comitee and reintroduced into the team and you will see loly-pops being droped by the Keeper, he alone can drop about 6-8 catches/stumpings per innings.

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | July 10, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Pakistan is one of the best fighters in Cricket ever. One day they play badly, but they come back strongly next day. Nobody knows what will happen. Recently, Sri Lanka proved the same. Glad to see them play. This is the best I want to see...

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 10, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Posted by suve on (July 10 2012, 13:44 PM GMT) :- TOTALLY AGREED WITH WITH. that if pakistan field so poorly they deserve to get punished. Infact this has always been the problem with pakistan. they pick up young players out of the turn and then the same players go out of hand. Also i would like to point out the Umar gul is the worlds worst fielder, yet they pamper him.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    CAN SRI LANKA WIN THIS MATCH FROM HERE?

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 10, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Now Sri Lanka seem to be the firm favorites to win this game from here on. Parera's 75 was a great knock from a lower order batsman. Once again Pakistan will pay the price of Including Umar Gul and Mohammed Sami in the team. Thats a double whammy. One of them is enough to make the team suffer, and both of them together is great news for Sri Lanka. To me once again Junaid Khan has proved himself to be better than Umar Gul & Mohammed Amir. Junaid is already having his bowling average of 26 runs per wicket, which is miles ahead of Amir & Gul, and mind you still he is playing on all flat and placid tracks. I wonder what he will do on English, Autralian, NZ & S.A. pithes. I am sure his tally and avg will only improve. Pak should get over Gul and Sami, because Cheema was definately better than them and yet he was removed for this match inspite of there being no fault of his in the 2nd test, as the pitch was flat.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 10, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Posted by rahulcricket007 on (July 10 2012, 13:11 PM GMT) :- I totally agree with your comments that Thisara Perera is Flintoff of SL, and Junaid Khan is the new Waseem Akram of Pakistan, NOW THE SELECTORS SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON THEIR JOB OF FINDING THE RIGHT FAST BOWLING PARTNER FOR JUNAID, AND GET RID OF UMAR GUL AND SAMI ASAP. Also not playing Abdur Rehman turned out to be a costly blunder. Abdur Rehman was a usefull bat down the order and was extreamely good at restricting the runs flow, Also very capable of picking up vital wickets. In this decision Ajmal lost his bowling partner (A.R) and Junaid did not gain anything from Sami or Gul.

  • POSTED BY Ra_Thore on | July 10, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Ajmal needs to change his action.

  • POSTED BY X.2. on | July 10, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    All three results possible but most probably two result draw or Pakistan will loose. If they bat positively tomorrow and bat all day then may be they get a decent lead and hope that bowlers do the job again for them to draw the series.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 10, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    @ mark2011 :- You may be right that Taufiq Umar LBW decision was not very bad, but the problem is that all the umpiring errors are going against Pakistan, whether given out or not. A littile earlier the same umpires had not given out on some very good shouts.

  • POSTED BY siri12345 on | July 10, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    @khurramsach agreed that its luck but u know they say the harder u work the luckier u get.god wants srilanka team to win because he has seen them working harder than pakistan team. srilanka are clearly playing some superb cricket at the moment and are a better side than pakistan.bad decisions r just part and parcel of the game.get on with it.there r many matches played before in sharjhah where pakistan has also won many matches due to bad umpiring.so at the end of the day cricket is a great leveller and the better team wins on a given day watever may be the reason.

  • POSTED BY suve on | July 10, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    @khurramsch: Im Sorry mate but you can't say Pakistan were unlucky, It's Poor Fielding from Pakistan and they deserve to get punished if they cant hold on to catches. Fair enough with the Taufeeq LBW, It was marginal pitching just outside but can't call that Poor Umpiring because it was so marginal. There was so much help for the seamers but Gul and Sami didn't make use of it enough. Thisara Perera and Junaid Khan are two future stars.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Extremely poor umpiring. All against Pakistan...............added by Pakistani fielding.

  • POSTED BY Perera32 on | July 10, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Well what happened to Sri Lanka being all out for less than 100?????. Sri Lankan Batsmen played far better than the Pakistanis. If Sri Lanka knock over 3 or 4 wickets in the first session tommorow, The it's all over for Pakistan. Batting will get easier on the 5 day and Sri Lanka will be happy to chase something around 200 with ease. Only the Rain can Save Pakistan now.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    SL PLS GO FOR A WIN...... C MON GUYS YOU CAN WIN THIS SERIES

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | July 10, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Taufeeq umar LBW in 2nd innings is not bad decision, if just because of it pitched very margially outside the leg stump, but it cllearly straighten and hit well within stump, even commentators accepted that is going to hit the stump.though SL in bit favour position as of now, stil PK has chance to win. if they bat 4th day and morning sesion in 5th day with 250+ lead they can try for a win if not draw.it is pessimistic to say that they should hope for draw now & cant win, not a good comment by the writer.4th day also it will help batsmen as seen today, no big problems in pitch but sensible batting is what needs..

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | July 10, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Looking at Ajmal jumping high on the front page, i thot Pak won the match.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 10, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    PAK still has a good chance as batting in the 4th innings for SL is very difficult. If PAK gets 100 runs lead, then SL will struggle to get it.

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | July 10, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Luck , i would say its bad luck for pak. parana should have been gone at 6 but not given & scored 69 more.& then when chances cam pak droped those, samara dropd by younas at 49 add more 24, parera droped on 11 & 22 added 50-60 more. On top of that toufeq was given out when it should not be. & with 1 batsman short & no regular keepr & pressure to level series is on pak. will be difficult now. its simply luck is not on their side. both parana & samara played realy well in 1st session. now up to pak batsman to do so.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | July 10, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    THISARA PERERA = ANDREW FLINTOFF OF SRI LANKA . JUNAID KHAN = NEW WASIM AKRAM OF PAKISTAN .

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 10, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Through out this series 90% of the umpiring errors have gone against Pakistan. We must give full credit to Misbah and his boys for maintainng heir calm and composure inspite of this continues assault of umpiring errors.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 10, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Now Sri Lanka seem to be the firm favorites to win this game from here on. Parera's 75 was a great knock from a lower order batsman. Once again Pakistan will pay the price of Including Umar Gul and Mohammed Sami in the team. Thats a double whammy. One of them is enough to make the team suffer, and both of them together is great news for Sri Lanka. To me once again Junaid Khan has proved himself to be better than Umar Gul & Mohammed Amir. Junaid is already having his bowling average of 26 runs per wicket, which is miles ahead of Amir & Gul, and mind you still he is playing on all flat and placid tracks. I wonder what he will do on English, Autralian, NZ & S.A. pithes. I am sure his tally and avg will only improve. Pak should get over Gul and Sami, because Cheema was definately better than them and yet he was removed for this match inspite of there being no fault of his in the 2nd test, as the pitch was flat.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Now India should admit that we need DRS. Even umpire like Taufel who was award best umpire for 2 consecative years make a BIG mistake. Ball clearly pitching outside the leg stump. Was it bad light. This is where you loose the momentum when umpires are not on your side. Same happened in the 1st Test in Gaulle. Bad luck Pakistan.

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  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Now India should admit that we need DRS. Even umpire like Taufel who was award best umpire for 2 consecative years make a BIG mistake. Ball clearly pitching outside the leg stump. Was it bad light. This is where you loose the momentum when umpires are not on your side. Same happened in the 1st Test in Gaulle. Bad luck Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 10, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Now Sri Lanka seem to be the firm favorites to win this game from here on. Parera's 75 was a great knock from a lower order batsman. Once again Pakistan will pay the price of Including Umar Gul and Mohammed Sami in the team. Thats a double whammy. One of them is enough to make the team suffer, and both of them together is great news for Sri Lanka. To me once again Junaid Khan has proved himself to be better than Umar Gul & Mohammed Amir. Junaid is already having his bowling average of 26 runs per wicket, which is miles ahead of Amir & Gul, and mind you still he is playing on all flat and placid tracks. I wonder what he will do on English, Autralian, NZ & S.A. pithes. I am sure his tally and avg will only improve. Pak should get over Gul and Sami, because Cheema was definately better than them and yet he was removed for this match inspite of there being no fault of his in the 2nd test, as the pitch was flat.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 10, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Through out this series 90% of the umpiring errors have gone against Pakistan. We must give full credit to Misbah and his boys for maintainng heir calm and composure inspite of this continues assault of umpiring errors.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | July 10, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    THISARA PERERA = ANDREW FLINTOFF OF SRI LANKA . JUNAID KHAN = NEW WASIM AKRAM OF PAKISTAN .

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | July 10, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Luck , i would say its bad luck for pak. parana should have been gone at 6 but not given & scored 69 more.& then when chances cam pak droped those, samara dropd by younas at 49 add more 24, parera droped on 11 & 22 added 50-60 more. On top of that toufeq was given out when it should not be. & with 1 batsman short & no regular keepr & pressure to level series is on pak. will be difficult now. its simply luck is not on their side. both parana & samara played realy well in 1st session. now up to pak batsman to do so.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 10, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    PAK still has a good chance as batting in the 4th innings for SL is very difficult. If PAK gets 100 runs lead, then SL will struggle to get it.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | July 10, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Looking at Ajmal jumping high on the front page, i thot Pak won the match.

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | July 10, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Taufeeq umar LBW in 2nd innings is not bad decision, if just because of it pitched very margially outside the leg stump, but it cllearly straighten and hit well within stump, even commentators accepted that is going to hit the stump.though SL in bit favour position as of now, stil PK has chance to win. if they bat 4th day and morning sesion in 5th day with 250+ lead they can try for a win if not draw.it is pessimistic to say that they should hope for draw now & cant win, not a good comment by the writer.4th day also it will help batsmen as seen today, no big problems in pitch but sensible batting is what needs..

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    SL PLS GO FOR A WIN...... C MON GUYS YOU CAN WIN THIS SERIES

  • POSTED BY Perera32 on | July 10, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Well what happened to Sri Lanka being all out for less than 100?????. Sri Lankan Batsmen played far better than the Pakistanis. If Sri Lanka knock over 3 or 4 wickets in the first session tommorow, The it's all over for Pakistan. Batting will get easier on the 5 day and Sri Lanka will be happy to chase something around 200 with ease. Only the Rain can Save Pakistan now.