Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 1st Test: Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Galle, Jun 22-25, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 209 runs
22,23,24,25 June 2012 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
  • Overs 151-200

Short leg, leg slip for Thilan

100.1

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, no run, keeping low from back of a length at 137 kph, well outside off, blocked with a big shuffle

100.2

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, no run, getting well across initially, Gul sends in the bounce angled in, Thilan has to duck awkwardly

100.3

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, no run, fine stop at point, Thilan riding the bounce to a short of a length widish ball, and guiding it, more than cutting it

100.4

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, no run, another bouncer from over the stumps, into Thilan, who ducks early this time, he has a big initial across movement of the back foot

round the wicket

100.5

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, no run, short into the body with the changed angle, Thilan shuffling and getting behind the line solidly

100.6

Umar Gul to Samaraweera, no run, block is the order, angled across on short of a length, defended to the leg side

End of over 101 (maiden) Sri Lanka 322/3

    • TT Samaraweera 1 (16b)
    • KC Sangakkara 116 (221b 13x4)
    • Umar Gul 23-7-63-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 27-4-91-3
101.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, FOUR, slog-swept through midwicket, without any desperation, with control, along the ground, from well outside off, against the turn, top stroke

101.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, left alone as it spins away outside off

101.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, lots of bounce from a length outside off, Sanga beaten on the cut

101.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, FOUR, they persist with three close-in fielders, and Sanga makes another attempt to scatter them with one more slog sweep, not in as much control this time, collects four through square leg

Sanga wins, silly mid off goes to midwicket

101.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, punched towards point from the crease, not getting the single

101.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, produces the edge with a 92 kph length ball that bites at Sanga around off, keeps it down in front of second slip

End of over 102 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 330/3

    • KC Sangakkara 124 (227b 15x4)
    • TT Samaraweera 1 (16b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 28-4-99-3
    • Umar Gul 23-7-63-0

Rehman to bowl before drinks, slip in, silly point too

102.1

Abdur Rehman to Samaraweera, no run, flighted ball, straightens outside off, left alone

102.2

Abdur Rehman to Samaraweera, no run, lunges forward to defend to silly point

102.3

Abdur Rehman to Samaraweera, no run, inside edge rolls to square leg now as he presses forward

102.4

Abdur Rehman to Samaraweera, FOUR, floated up on middle, turning away, Thilan reaching out off the front foot, thick edge runs past slip, Thilan opening the face late

Two slips now

102.5

Abdur Rehman to Samaraweera, no run, length, but slightly flat, and punched off the back foot to mid off

102.6

Abdur Rehman to Samaraweera, 1 run, darted in full down the pads, helped along to fine leg

Adeel: "Hafeez should think now to replace Gul with Younis Khan. The Ball has still some shine in it and Younis can move it." And he picked up those four wickets in the 2009 Galle Test as well, but he was captain then

Match State: Drinks

Sri Lanka 35 for 1 in 13 overs in the first hour on day two. Not bad from Pakistan, but a start of 300 for 2 means Sri Lanka are far ahead

End of over 103 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 335/3

    • TT Samaraweera 6 (22b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 124 (227b 15x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 31-6-94-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 28-4-99-3

Ajmal round the stumps to Thilan

103.1

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, 87 kph on middle and off, defended to short leg

103.2

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, appeal for lbw from Adnan, but that pitched outside leg stump and carried across with the angle to hit the pad

103.3

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, pushed down the track off the front foot

103.4

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, no run, big stride forward to defend to the off side

103.5

Saeed Ajmal to Samaraweera, OUT, superb delivery from Ajmal, lovely control, tosses up the doosra, draws Thilan out for the drive with so much air, Thilan ends up losing his balance and pushing well inside the line as the ball carries across with the angle, drags his back foot out, and by the time he brings it back in, Adnan has taken the bails off

TT Samaraweera st †Adnan Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 6 (32m 27b 1x4 0x6) SR: 22.22

103.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, OUT, Ajmal is having the Sri Lanka middle order for an early lunch, now he has two in two, and a five-for, has Angelo reaching out to loosely push a very full and flighted ball around off, and accepts the dolly of a return catch, it straightened after pitching, Angelo ended up pushing outside the line, was he expecting it to carry across with the angle

AD Mathews c & b Saeed Ajmal 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 104 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 335/5

    • KC Sangakkara 124 (227b 15x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 29-5-99-5
    • Abdur Rehman 31-6-94-0
104.1

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, turned to short fine leg with the spin

104.2

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, pushed to midwicket from the crease

104.3

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, played out to square leg quietly

104.4

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, moves across and pushes down the pitch

104.5

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga advances out to a flat and quick one darted in, gets into a tangle, manages to jab it past short leg

104.6

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on off, blocked off the front foot

End of over 105 (1 run) Sri Lanka 336/5

    • HAPW Jayawardene 0 (1b)
    • KC Sangakkara 125 (232b 15x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 32-6-95-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 29-5-99-5
105.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga survives the hat-trick ball, plays it out quietly from middle to short leg

105.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushes at a widish flighted ball, to sweeper cover

105.3

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, well, what a way to get going against the best opposition bowler, tossed up full on leg stump,he leans forward and clips it through midwicket with superb timing

105.4

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, goes back now to defend to short leg

105.5

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, gets bat in front of pad to push down to mid on

105.6

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, straight on leg stump from a good length, kept down to short leg

End of over 106 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 341/5

    • HAPW Jayawardene 4 (5b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 126 (234b 15x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 30-5-104-5
    • Abdur Rehman 32-6-95-0
106.1

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, blocks a tossed up ball on off softly

106.2

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, 1 run, punched wide of cover for one

106.3

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, well forward to push past silly point

106.4

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, tossed up even further, defended off the front foot

106.5

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, flatter, opens the face to run it behind point from outside off

106.6

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, pushed off the front foot to silly point

End of over 107 (1 run) Sri Lanka 342/5

    • HAPW Jayawardene 4 (9b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 127 (236b 15x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 33-6-96-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 30-5-104-5
107.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, inside edge towards square leg as he presses forward

107.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, flighted very full on the stumps, pushed down the track

107.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, bounce now, lots of it, outside off stump, Sanga gets forward and allows it to past

107.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, another stride forward and a leave outside off

107.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, pushed with a bit of an open face in front of point

107.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, gets across, watches it angle in on a good length, then turn away, lets it be

End of over 108 (maiden) Sri Lanka 342/5

    • KC Sangakkara 127 (242b 15x4)
    • HAPW Jayawardene 4 (9b 1x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 31-6-104-5
    • Abdur Rehman 33-6-96-0
108.1

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Rehman right on off stump on a fullish length, blocked off the front foot

108.2

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, angled in very full, he has played a delightful clip to get off the mark against Ajmal, he does it again against Rehman, gracefully put away through midwicket

108.3

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, whoa, how has that missed the stumps, how has that missed the outside edge, it was angled in on a good length on leg stump, and jagged across the forward push, just brushed the back leg on its way over off to Adnan, they appeal for the caught-behind in vain, worth an appeal for lbw as well, in hindsight

108.4

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, defended off the front foot

108.5

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, left alone as it spins away outside off

108.6

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, no run

End of over 109 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 346/5

    • HAPW Jayawardene 8 (15b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 127 (242b 15x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 34-6-100-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 31-6-104-5
109.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, runs it with an open face behind point off the front foot

109.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up, lunges forward to block down the pitch

109.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run

109.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, flighted very slowly at 78 kph, turns away slowly, outside off, left alone

109.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, goes back deep in the crease to punch to cover

109.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, big stride forward, gets bat in front of pad to block just outside off

End of over 110 (maiden) Sri Lanka 346/5

    • KC Sangakkara 127 (248b 15x4)
    • HAPW Jayawardene 8 (15b 2x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 32-7-104-5
    • Abdur Rehman 34-6-100-0

IBH: "Although I was against the bashing of Misbah yesterday, today everyone should bash him for even THINKING of dropping Ajmal the wizard in that final ODI...Ajmal is pure class!! Hope he gets the man-of-the-match award to show us his mic skills as well!"

110.1

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, 82.7 kph skidding on around off, blocked off the front foot

110.2

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to defend a well-flighted ball down the pitch

110.3

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, more flight, middle stump line, blocked again

110.4

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, they shout for lbw as he misses the sweep, but the ball was fired in full, and looked to pitch just outside leg, even hit him just outside leg as it straightened

110.5

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, punched with the spin from the crease to midwicket

Sanga has gone into a big shell after those wickets

110.6

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, and this is an example of Sanga getting bogged down, shortish and flat delivery, tries to work it away with the spin, finds short leg

End of over 111 (1 run, maiden) Sri Lanka 347/5

    • KC Sangakkara 127 (250b 15x4)
    • HAPW Jayawardene 8 (19b 2x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 35-7-100-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 32-7-104-5
111.1

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, has him pushing hard to a tossed up ball, in the air, but wide of Ajmal, and rolls to mid off

111.2

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, fullish offbreak on off, blocked to short leg

111.3

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, punches a straight one angled across from round the stumps, wide of mid off

111.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted high in the air, dips full, and is driven with the turn to deep mid off

111.5

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, skidding in on leg, turned to square leg

111.6

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, whips a flighted ball to midwicket

End of over 112 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 349/5

    • HAPW Jayawardene 9 (24b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 128 (251b 15x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 33-7-106-5
    • Abdur Rehman 35-7-100-0
112.1

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, spinning in from outside off, gets forward and across and blocks

Slip and short leg, Rehman from over the stumps

112.2

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, hit on the pad well outside off as he presses forward

112.3

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, 1 run, he did this a lot on day one to Rehman, skips out and eases with the spin to long on, cheers for the 350 coming up, there has not been much to cheer for the home fans today

112.4

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, lovely, flighted full, angled in, just on off, and spins and bounces past the forward push

112.5

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, tries the same ball again, fuller and on middle now, blocked back

112.6

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, opens the face to a pitched up ball and runs it to short third man

End of over 113 (1 run) Sri Lanka 350/5

    • HAPW Jayawardene 9 (27b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 129 (254b 15x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 36-7-101-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 33-7-106-5

Nadia: "That error( dropping ajmal in the last ODI) is going to haunt him (Misbah) for the rest of his life just like the attempted paddle shot in the very first t20 final against India.. Oh well!!"

113.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, bat well in front of pad as he blocks a tossed up ball down the pitch

Two slips, the only close-in men to Sanga

113.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, skidding, bouncing, turning away, punched to covers

113.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, pushed down the track

113.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, lot more effort on this ball, goes full down the leg side, Sanga misses with the paddle

113.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, reaches out and drives a widish tossed up ball now, to sweeper cover

Short leg in, not exactly that short

113.6

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, pushed down the pitch off the front foot

End of over 114 (1 run) Sri Lanka 351/5

    • HAPW Jayawardene 9 (28b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 130 (259b 15x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 34-7-107-5
    • Abdur Rehman 36-7-101-0
114.1

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, FOUR, a boundary after ages, Sanga rocks back to a short one spinning in, and puts it away through extra cover

114.2

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, hit on the pad as the tossed up ball turns in past the forward push, hit outside the line of off

114.3

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, 1 run, shuffles well across and turns the flat and shortish one with the spin to fine leg

114.4

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, there for the cut, not that short, but wide, hit straight to point

114.5

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, quick at 93 kph outside off, defended with a forward push

114.6

Abdur Rehman to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, straightening on middle from a length, he goes back and across and defends

End of over 115 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 356/5

    • HAPW Jayawardene 9 (31b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 135 (262b 16x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 37-7-106-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 34-7-107-5

Khb: "Lets see how many days you'll bash Misbah for droping Ajmal. I think 1 good knock will make him a hero again." They can bash him for this Test at least then

115.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, pushed down the track

115.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, spins away from a length outside off, left alone

115.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, cuts a similar delivery to sweeper cover

Yohan: "Prasanna J has a point to prove in his batting , coz Chandimal is awaiting in the sidelines."

Ajmal from over the stumps

115.4

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, pushes a tossed up ball down to mid on

115.5

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, goes for the slog sweep now, there was a man at midwicket, but he hits it cleanly past him, fetching the fullish delivery from outside off, Ajmal leaps in the air as the ball goes to midwicket's right, not far from him

115.6

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, straighter one pushed down the track

End of over 116 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 361/5

    • HAPW Jayawardene 13 (34b 3x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 136 (265b 16x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 35-7-112-5
    • Abdur Rehman 37-7-106-0

Hafeez brings himself on

116.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushes a flighted one on middle and off to deepish mid off

116.2

Mohammad Hafeez to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, paddled with the spin from outside off to fine leg

116.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run

116.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, defended off the front foot to silly point

116.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, straightening on a length on middle, defended with a shuffle

116.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, punched off the back foot to sweeper cover

End of over 117 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 364/5

    • KC Sangakkara 138 (270b 16x4)
    • HAPW Jayawardene 14 (35b 3x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 9-1-32-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 35-7-112-5
117.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, blocked off the front foot

Atif Raza won't leave Misbah alone: "@Nadia "the haunting list" is a long one in case of Misbah starting from tied T/20 match in that inaugural T20 World Cup and going through Mohali, T20 matches against England to now in that last ODI of dropping Ajmal. He just keeps coming up with these things." And what about 3-0 against England in Tests?

117.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, reaches out and pushes hard down to deepish mid off, allowing Sanga all the singles he can take

117.3

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, sharp turn into middle and off, played well, not committing much, turning it with the spin late behind square leg

117.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, big stride forward and blocked to the off side

117.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up very full, more blocking off the front foot

117.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, offbreak spins away outside off, Sanga lets it go, and that will it for the first session with the clock just striking 12

A side beginning the second day on 300 for 2 will scarcely be put under so much pressure in the first session. But Pakistan have Saeed Ajmal, he has the support of Abdur Rehman, and the pitch is an ally. But all three batsmen to fall this morning were done in by flight. You can talk about helpful pitches and dead pitches, but spinners are so dangerous when they flight the ball. Join us at 12.40 pm for the post-lunch session

IBH with some perspective on Misbah bashing: "Everyone needs to calm it down against Misbah...NOBODY can fault his Test-match record and achievements. Agreed, he is probably no longer suitable for limited overs' games, but when it comes to Test cricket, Misbah has been amazing. Just because he lacks charisma (and has a lot of modesty!), people are willing to overlook all that he has achieved. A sorry case of witch-hunting I must say!"

Yasir: "Against England, he got lucky." That settles it. Misbah can never win.

End of over 118 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 366/5

    • KC Sangakkara 139 (275b 16x4)
    • HAPW Jayawardene 15 (36b 3x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 36-7-114-5
    • Mohammad Hafeez 9-1-32-0

Back for the second session

Raghavendra carries on the Misbah debate: "@yasir: are you treating test match win as luck!! You can find luck in t20s and some ODIs also but test match victory is always a team effort."

118.1

Umar Gul to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, defends a very full delivery

118.2

Umar Gul to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, came back in as it was hurled in full, defended off the front foot with a bit of an inside edge

118.3

Umar Gul to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Gul angling it in full, Prasanna pushes off the inner half of the bat to square leg

118.4

Umar Gul to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, digs in the bouncer, it rises high and he is able to duck under it comfortably

118.5

Umar Gul to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, came back in, after passing the batsmen well outside off stump from a good length

Ali Hussain: "Ok let's end this Misbah argument, the guy isn't even playing! Quite frankly I'm not bothered losing ODI's until 2015 now - Test cricket is proper cricket and if someone could tell when the last time Pakistan lost a series I'm not sure we would continue this silly argument...yeah August 2010 - vs England...anyone fancy bringing THAT captain back????"

118.6

Umar Gul to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, and again, very late inward movement, just in front of the keeper, Prasanna lets the length ball go outside off

End of over 119 (maiden) Sri Lanka 366/5

    • HAPW Jayawardene 15 (42b 3x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 139 (275b 16x4)
    • Umar Gul 24-8-63-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 36-7-114-5

One slip for Sanga, Ajmal to bowl

119.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, defended off an inside edge off the front foot

119.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, adjusts for the bounce on this widish one but cannot beat point with the cut

119.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, left alone outside off

119.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, kept low as it was tossed up on off and spun away, lets it go

119.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, punches from the crease to point

119.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, has him reaching out to have a push at a tossed up ball, away to extra cover

End of over 120 (maiden) Sri Lanka 366/5

    • KC Sangakkara 139 (281b 16x4)
    • HAPW Jayawardene 15 (42b 3x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 37-8-114-5
    • Umar Gul 24-8-63-0
120.1

Umar Gul to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, lovely drive, reaches out to a full and wide one, which comes in a bit late, shiny side out, puts it away behind point with an open face

120.2

Umar Gul to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, left alone outside off

120.3

Umar Gul to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, full into the pads now, and he has played clips and flicks well today, flicks fine, very fine in the end, as it beats Junaid at fine leg easily

Uzair: "bashing misbah in this scenario is more like bashing ajmal for the over he bowled again hussey and setting aside the good work he has been doing for pakistan."

120.4

Umar Gul to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, well forward to block a pitched up ball just outside off

120.5

Umar Gul to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Gul goes for the yorker on middle now, ends up as a very low full toss, dug out to midwicket

120.6

Umar Gul to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, whoa, 'why wasn't he bowled,' asks Ramiz Raja on air, why indeed, that swung in from a good length, excellent line from Gul, Prasanna decides to shoulder arms, the ball decides to give off a miss

End of over 121 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 374/5

    • HAPW Jayawardene 23 (48b 5x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 139 (281b 16x4)
    • Umar Gul 25-8-71-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 37-8-114-5
121.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward to a dipping tossed up ball and blocks

121.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, angled in sharply on off and middle and spinning away, he covers for it and defends

121.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, this one turns in now, but from wide outside off, and left alone

121.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, flighted on off stump, Sanga watches it turn away from a length

121.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, gives it a rip with the wrist and shoulder, a thick edge towards point as he pushes forward

121.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, punched towards point from the crease

End of over 122 (maiden) Sri Lanka 374/5

    • KC Sangakkara 139 (287b 16x4)
    • HAPW Jayawardene 23 (48b 5x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 38-9-114-5
    • Umar Gul 25-8-71-0

Muhammad asks for a settlement to the 'MBD': "These people confuse me a lot in this MBD (Misbah Bashing Debate).. bashers use T20s and ODIs' references and defenders use Tests' refences. So the result is that misbah is great at test level and poor at limited overs cricket so why still keep debating when both sides agree on some points. bashers cant bring up a single point from tests and defenders cant bring an instance from ODIs... i think i just challenged these bashers and defenders. so bring it on."

122.1

Umar Gul to HAPW Jayawardene, no run

122.2

Umar Gul to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, well left, bounce from a good length outside off, sharp stuff, he takes bat out of harm's way

122.3

Umar Gul to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, ducks and allows a bouncer to go over him

Sun has been shining bright nearly all day, without the mercy of clouds. Tough work for the players

122.4

Umar Gul to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, and another leave, takes a stride forward, and shoulders arms as the length ball takes off outside off

122.5

Umar Gul to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, well played, he has been taking that big stride out, Gul gives him a full delivery this time right on off, Prasanna does not lunge forward and plays it out quietly

122.6

Umar Gul to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, Gul is not happy, this ruins a good over, not a bad delivery, but Prasanna uses the angle into him to turn the length ball off middle fine down the leg side

End of over 123 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 378/5

    • HAPW Jayawardene 27 (54b 6x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 139 (287b 16x4)
    • Umar Gul 26-8-75-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 38-9-114-5
123.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, lots and lots of flight, Sanga mistimes a drive to long off

123.2

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, 2 runs, Prasanna is batting quite well, doosra spinning away from a good length outside off, he is back in the crease and opens the face to run it towards the third man rope

123.3

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, half an appeal as he misses the sweep and is struck way outside off by an offbreak

123.4

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, defended to short leg

123.5

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, that could have been stopped, but it is hard for the fielders in the 124th over, flighted ball eased between mid off and extra cover, Junaid, who had saved a four earlier with a dive at mid off, runs to his left but this time he dives over the ball

123.6

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, more flight, slow, from Ajmal, he lets it dip and defends off the front foot

End of over 124 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 385/5

    • HAPW Jayawardene 33 (59b 7x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 140 (288b 16x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 39-9-121-5
    • Umar Gul 26-8-75-0
124.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, allows it to go with the angle outside off stump

124.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, another one left alone outside off, too far out to lure the patient Sanga

124.3

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, gets it around the off stump, very full, forced to mid off

124.4

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, yorker, around off stump, dug out with some effort to the leg side

124.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, bends the knee and tries to slap a widish length ball away, mistimes it to covers

124.6

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, rides the bounce on a back of a length ball and runs it to deep point

End of over 125 (1 run) Sri Lanka 386/5

    • KC Sangakkara 141 (294b 16x4)
    • HAPW Jayawardene 33 (59b 7x4)
    • Umar Gul 27-8-76-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 39-9-121-5

Saeed: "On a different note, I am curious, do Pakistan have any notable upcoming young spinners to fill in the likes of Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal? Excluding any current spinner such as Abdur Rahman or part timer Abdul Hafeez." Keep hearing Raza Hasan's name. How is he?

Waqas: "Misbah is good in limited overs too he is just not a good finisher,dnt forget when he almost single handedly won match against India in first world T20 final."

125.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run

125.2

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, 88.9 kph offbreak played out towards short leg

round the stumps

125.3

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, gets forward to defend one tossed up across him

125.4

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, straighter one angled across and bouncing on middle, defended very well off the back foot

125.5

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, another one that carries across and bounces with the angle, he was late to read it, recovers to defend

125.6

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, opens up, and takes it on the pad outside leg stump as he fails to work it away

End of over 126 (1 run) Sri Lanka 387/5

    • HAPW Jayawardene 33 (64b 7x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 142 (295b 16x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 40-9-122-5
    • Umar Gul 27-8-76-0

IBH: "@Saeed: Raza Hasan, Yasim Murtaza, Nayyer Abbas and Saadat Munir. All 4 are excellent left arm spinners, and in my opinion, better than Rehman! All are under 25, except Munir."

Junaid is back

126.1

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, no run, a stinging front-foot drive in the air falls short of extra cover to his left

126.2

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, shuffles and works a back of a length ball with the angle from over the stumps towards midwicket

126.3

Junaid Khan to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, walks across and down the pitch, and plays out a length ball safely

Zuhair is not too hopeful: "Raza Hasan is just OK. He is more of a containing type bowler than an attacking one. The cupboard seems pretty much empty. Yasir Shah, Mansoor Amjad, Usman Qadir are not good enough."

Round the stumps

126.4

Junaid Khan to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, standing outside off stump before the ball comes, cannot pull the shortish one away, beaten by the slowness, manages an inside edge

126.5

Junaid Khan to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Junaid looked much more sharper in UAE, 131.5 kph, pitched up, angled in on off, blocked off the front foot

126.6

Junaid Khan to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, bends forward low and defends another length ball to the off side

End of over 127 (1 run) Sri Lanka 388/5

    • HAPW Jayawardene 33 (68b 7x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 143 (297b 16x4)
    • Junaid Khan 14-5-40-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 40-9-122-5
127.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, straightening around off, from a length, patted back from the crease

127.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, lunges forward to a flighted ball and smothers it, admirable concentration from Sanga

127.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, drives all along the ground past the bowler to long off now

127.4

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, a driven off the front foot, this time it is cut off by mid off easily

127.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, down to long off for one

127.6

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run

End of over 128 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 392/5

    • HAPW Jayawardene 35 (70b 7x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 145 (301b 16x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 41-9-126-5
    • Junaid Khan 14-5-40-0

Junaid, round the stumps

128.1

Junaid Khan to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, blocked as it comes in to off with the angle, length ball

128.2

Junaid Khan to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, cracks the pull to deep square as he swivels to a short ball

over the stumps to Sanga

smudgeon: "Sanga only 473 runs away from 10,000 - smart money is on him reaching it in the second innings." I am glad you did not say the first

128.3

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, no run, stretches forward and blocks a length ball

128.4

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, no run, carry from a length outside off, 133 kph, he lets it go, what will make Sanga do something rash?

128.5

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, no run, persists outside off to Sanga, who leaves once more

128.6

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, a tight single, from Sanga, the world is alive and running, a nudge towards midwicket and he scrambles down the track, makes it

End of over 129 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 394/5

    • KC Sangakkara 146 (305b 16x4)
    • HAPW Jayawardene 36 (72b 7x4)
    • Junaid Khan 15-5-42-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 41-9-126-5

Ajmal is continuing, he has bowled unchanged from the 96th over, I think

129.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, turning away outside off, left alone

129.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, short, wide, and flat, bashed straight to extra cover

129.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, cannot place it past extra cover as he pushes from the crease

129.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, slaps a bouncing length ball well outside off to sweeper cover

129.5

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, 92 kph and angled across full from round the stumps, run softly towards third man

129.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 2 runs, pushed past point off the front foot for one, an overthrow now, they taken one more run

End of over 130 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 398/5

    • KC Sangakkara 149 (310b 16x4)
    • HAPW Jayawardene 37 (73b 7x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 42-9-130-5
    • Junaid Khan 15-5-42-0

javaid on upcoming spinners: "There is a 19 year old, Sufyan Usman, coming thorugh the ranks. He is an excellent right arm leg spinner with a first class average of just under 22. He is definitely one to watch out for!"

130.1

Junaid Khan to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, back of a length ball pushed out to sweeper cover

130.2

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, no run, mistimes a straight drive to mid on off the inner part of the bat

130.3

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, worked through midwicket, 150 for Sanga, 400 for Sri Lanka, cheers from the crowd for both, high-fives between Sanga and Prasanna

130.4

Junaid Khan to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, and back to business next ball as Prasanna lets one go with the angle outside off

Sanga equals Ponting for most scores of 150-plus in Tests, 15. Only Bradman, Lara and Tendulkar ahead

130.5

Junaid Khan to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run

130.6

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, no run, keeping a bit low and coming in around off, Sanga blocks his 313th ball with a forward push, no fuss

End of over 131 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 401/5

    • KC Sangakkara 150 (313b 16x4)
    • HAPW Jayawardene 39 (76b 7x4)
    • Junaid Khan 16-5-45-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 42-9-130-5

Whoa, massive clouds have enveloped the ground in dark grey

131.1

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, defended down the pitch

131.2

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, turned with the spin to short leg, who cannot stop it cleanly, Ajmal still giving it a rip, what a man

131.3

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, worked away to fine leg

131.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 2 runs, lovely back foot punch, wide of sweeper cover, two more

131.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, adjusts for the bounce outside off to cut to sweeper cover

Groundstaff getting covers ready, just in case

131.6

Saeed Ajmal to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, candidate for shot of the day, right to the pitch of the flighted ball with a confident stride, bends the knee and goes through with the drive, flowing followthrough, four to the deep extra cover rope, lovely to watch

End of over 132 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 409/5

    • HAPW Jayawardene 44 (80b 8x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 153 (315b 16x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 43-9-138-5
    • Junaid Khan 16-5-45-0

Kanishkaa, our man at the ground: "The thick dark cloud only stopped by to say hello. Still a bit overcast though."

132.1

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, thick inside edge to fine leg

round the stumps

132.2

Junaid Khan to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, bangs it in short, down the leg side a bit, but not getting up much, goes to Adnan on the bounce

132.3

Junaid Khan to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, well forward smoothly and defends to the covers

132.4

Junaid Khan to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, shortish, widish, slapped away off to deep point

Groundstaff standing at attention, ready to rush on with the covers, just in case

132.5

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, no run, pushed firmly to extra cover

132.6

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, no run, length ball blocked safely to extra cover, Sanga has earned his round of energy drinks

Yash: "Hafeez has under bowled himself,just 9 out of 132 overs!! He's a much better bowler than that specially to lefties and considering one left handed batsman has batted throughout the innings, he's clearly missed a trick here!" He's hurt his right index finger trying to go for a catch yesterday, think that is the reason

End of over 133 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 411/5

    • KC Sangakkara 154 (318b 16x4)
    • HAPW Jayawardene 45 (83b 8x4)
    • Junaid Khan 17-5-47-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 43-9-138-5

2 pm Covers are coming off now. Players are back in the middle. Sun is out as well. Younis Khan has a smile on, as always.

1.45 pm Talking of drinks, here comes much more water. Kanishkaa informs us that it has started raining, and the covers are being brought on, ground being covered fully. Scratch that. Only the playing square covered at the moment

Hanif: "Sigh of Relief from Ajmal. he might rest his fingers in the icepack after almost bowling unchanged since morning. Pakistan are behaving like a Sri Lanka of the Murali era, completely dependant on Ajmal. Just that Murali had the support of Chaminda Vaas." Fair point, Hanif. They are too dependent at the moment on Ajmal

133.1

Mohammad Hafeez to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, was that an edge, does not seem so on replays, Hafeez drifting it away, and then spinning it back sharply from outside off, to beat the inside edge as Prasanna flails at it

133.2

Mohammad Hafeez to HAPW Jayawardene, 2 runs, swept away wide of fine leg for a couple

133.3

Mohammad Hafeez to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, paddled this time, from outside off to fine leg

133.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, flat and shortish, pushed to deep midwicket for a single

133.5

Mohammad Hafeez to HAPW Jayawardene, OUT, Hafeez has a wicket in his first Test as captain, has Prasanna driving a tossed up delivery outside off, Adnan snaps it up behind the stumps, was that an edge? Have to wait for replays

HAPW Jayawardene c †Adnan Akmal b Mohammad Hafeez 48 (116m 87b 8x4 0x6) SR: 55.17

133.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Randiv, no run, beats the outside edge with one that drifts away and does not turn much

End of over 134 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 415/6

    • S Randiv 0 (1b)
    • KC Sangakkara 155 (319b 16x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 10-1-36-1
    • Junaid Khan 17-5-47-0

Qamber could not have been a very happy student, judging from this: "aahh! just when i thought Ajmal will take all 10 wickets in this innings (looking at the performance of other bowlers), Hafeez took a wicket! just like any other professors, crushed my dream!"

134.1

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, cut away to deep point

round the stumps

134.2

Junaid Khan to Randiv, FOUR, thick edge as Junaid digs it in back of a length, Randiv pushes at it, and gully's dive is in vain

134.3

Junaid Khan to Randiv, no run, stands tall and defends a length ball competently to the leg side

134.4

Junaid Khan to Randiv, no run, moves forward to defend a length ball hurled in outside off

134.5

Junaid Khan to Randiv, no run, flowing forward stride and crisp defence from Randiv, down the pitch

134.6

Junaid Khan to Randiv, no run, gives him some width from back of a length outside off, Randiv does not go after it

End of over 135 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 420/6

    • S Randiv 4 (6b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 156 (320b 16x4)
    • Junaid Khan 18-5-52-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 10-1-36-1
135.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, left alone outside off

135.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, floated up full onto the pads, he misses with the bat, but there is a run ti be had nevertheless, as the ball rolls square on leg

135.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Randiv, no run, lunges forward to defend towards point

135.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Randiv, no run, spinning in, played out to mid on

135.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Randiv, no run, floated up at 84 kph, dipping, he presses forward to block

135.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Randiv, no run, comes forward and has a bit of a go at a fullish one, down to mid off tamely in the end

End of over 136 (1 run, maiden) Sri Lanka 421/6

    • S Randiv 4 (10b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 156 (322b 16x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 11-2-36-1
    • Junaid Khan 18-5-52-0

Mazher Arshad tries a bad one: "'Suraj' is out there to bat, we shouldn't be expecting rain now." Suraj meaning sun, apart from being Randiv's first name

Rehman is back to bowl

136.1

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, 1 run, nudged with the turn square on leg

Two slips, short leg

136.2

Abdur Rehman to Randiv, no run, big forward stride helps him to block to the off side

136.3

Abdur Rehman to Randiv, no run, goes for the sweep, misses, shout for lbw, hit outside the line marginally, and the turn taking it further away

Silly point in as well

136.4

Abdur Rehman to Randiv, 1 run, defended off the front foot, and ekes out a single on the leg side as short leg goes after it

136.5

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, 3 runs, flat, and wide, slapped away, and it is pulled back just inside the deep cover rope, they take three, Sanga puts a hand on his hip coolly at the non-striker end, as if taking three off your 324th delivery is a piece of cake

136.6

Abdur Rehman to Randiv, no run, blocked off the front foot

End of over 137 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 426/6

    • S Randiv 5 (14b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 160 (324b 16x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 38-7-111-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 11-2-36-1
137.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, full ball worked through midwicket, there is a man in the deep

137.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Randiv, no run, beats him on the forward push, and somehow misses off stump, drifts away as it is tossed up, he comes forward, and it turns in past the outside edge

137.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Randiv, no run, oops, tries to attack this one outside off, leading edge rolls away to point

137.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Randiv, no run, neat defence down the track

137.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Randiv, no run

137.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Randiv, 1 run, worked away through midwicket for one more

End of over 138 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 428/6

    • S Randiv 6 (19b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 161 (325b 16x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 12-2-38-1
    • Abdur Rehman 38-7-111-0

Misbah and Whatmore having a chat in the dressing room

138.1

Abdur Rehman to Randiv, no run, punches a quicker one to extra cover off the back foot

138.2

Abdur Rehman to Randiv, no run, pushed off the front foot to mid on

138.3

Abdur Rehman to Randiv, no run, a forward lunge and a safe block down the pitch

138.4

Abdur Rehman to Randiv, 1 run, full one swept around the corner to fine leg

138.5

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, FOUR, nice, Sanga keeps chugging along, leans forward, bends the knee and eases the flighted ball through extra cover

138.6

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, 1 run, skips out, has to adjust as he is too close to the line, and pushes to long on

End of over 139 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 434/6

    • KC Sangakkara 166 (327b 17x4)
    • S Randiv 7 (23b 1x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 39-7-117-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 12-2-38-1
139.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, smacks a cut off a wide one wide of sweeper cover, Pakistan looking flat without Ajmal bowling

139.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Randiv, no run, flighted on off stump, defended back to the bowler

139.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Randiv, no run, more defending off the front foot, to the off side

round the stumps

139.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Randiv, no run, pushed down the pitch

139.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Randiv, 1 run, hit hard to deep midwicket, hits it so hard that the throw is back from the deep even before he completes the run, has to rush home in the end

139.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed to sweeper cover

End of over 140 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 437/6

    • KC Sangakkara 168 (329b 17x4)
    • S Randiv 8 (27b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 13-2-41-1
    • Abdur Rehman 39-7-117-0
140.1

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, turning down the leg side, nudged to short fine, Sanga seems cross as he cannot put it away

140.2

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, 1 run, punched to long on

140.3

Abdur Rehman to Randiv, OUT, Rehman has one finally, he has deserved it, has Randiv pushing hard at a tossed up ball that arrives a tad late, and he ends up scooping it straight back to the bowler

S Randiv c & b Abdur Rehman 8 (28m 28b 1x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

140.4

Abdur Rehman to Kulasekara, no run, that was not far from silly point as he pushed off the front foot

140.5

Abdur Rehman to Kulasekara, no run, safer this time, defended to silly point again

140.6

Abdur Rehman to Kulasekara, no run, beats the outside edge as he draws Kula forward with flight

End of over 141 (1 run) Sri Lanka 438/7

    • KMDN Kulasekara 0 (3b)
    • KC Sangakkara 169 (331b 17x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 40-7-118-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 13-2-41-1
141.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, pushed back to the bowler off the front foot

141.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, pushes a tossed up ball to extra cover

141.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, that drifted in neatly, Sanga decided to leave it alone, lot closer in the end to off

141.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, slapped down the long off and that is 2000 Test runs against Pakistan for Sangakkara

141.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Kulasekara, OUT, Hafeez has another one at the stroke of tea, and Pakistan have some luck going their way with the umpiring, spinning in, Kula pushes at it, misses with the bat, off the pad flap to the debutant Ayub who takes a fine 'catch', tumbling forward at short leg

KMDN Kulasekara c Mohammad Ayub b Mohammad Hafeez 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Tea That 80-run stand between Sangakkara and Prasanna Jayawardene taking Sri Lanka past 400 after the jitter caused before lunch by Ajmal. They had earned Sri Lanka a draw in the first Test of the last series between these two sides in Abu Dhabi, after Pakistan spilled several chances

Back for the final session today. The short rain interruption earlier means there are 38.1 overs left to be bowled today.

141.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Herath, no run, shuffles across, gets behind the line of one hurrying on to middle from a good length, and blocks

End of over 142 (1 run) Sri Lanka 439/8

    • HMRKB Herath 0 (1b)
    • KC Sangakkara 170 (335b 17x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 14-2-42-2
    • Abdur Rehman 40-7-118-1

Zafar with lots of praise: "Kumar Sangakkara, you beauty... whenever I think of you getting runs you get them... Yes, being a Pakistani I predicted you will be getting a double century in this game and there we are... I wish you a double century."

142.1

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, quietly played down the pitch

142.2

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, turned with the spin from the crease to square leg

142.3

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, shuffles outside off and tucks to deep square, refuses the single

142.4

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, bends forward and nudges towards square leg

142.5

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets around the line and works to deep square leg

Sanga is the quickest to reach 2000 Test runs against a team, doing it in 26 innings

142.6

Abdur Rehman to Herath, no run

End of over 143 (1 run) Sri Lanka 440/8

    • HMRKB Herath 0 (2b)
    • KC Sangakkara 171 (340b 17x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 41-7-119-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 14-2-42-2
143.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, well flighted full on off, pushed down to long off, does not take the single again

143.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, does not take the single once again, slaps it away to sweeper cover and stands motionless, like a nets session

143.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, bounce just outside off stump, Sanga lets it be

143.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, skiddy one cut away to point

143.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, that spun a lot, short, but kicked across, Sanga awkwardly pushes it away to extra cover

143.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, they get the single in the end, width outside off, cuts to short third man and Herath beats the throw safely

End of over 144 (1 run) Sri Lanka 441/8

    • KC Sangakkara 172 (346b 17x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 0 (2b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 15-2-43-2
    • Abdur Rehman 41-7-119-1
144.1

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, moves across and blocks to the leg side

144.2

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, well forward and smothers it down the pitch, there is no getting past Sanga, he is not letting them have a go at Herath

144.3

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, strides forward and kills another one in defence

144.4

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, 1 run, trots down for one after easing it past the non-striker to long on

144.5

Abdur Rehman to Herath, no run, shuffles outside off and defends a length ball turning in, towards point

144.6

Abdur Rehman to Herath, no run, defended quite competently down the pitch

End of over 145 (1 run) Sri Lanka 442/8

    • HMRKB Herath 0 (4b)
    • KC Sangakkara 173 (350b 17x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 42-7-120-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 15-2-43-2
145.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, continues with the same treatment, well forward to defend a flighted one

145.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, driven down to long off and he refuses the single

145.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, stays in the crease and pushes down the track

145.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, carefully defended to cover, no life to the innings at the moment

145.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga tries to sweep from way outside off stump, misses, but is well inside the crease as Adnan takes the bails off

145.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, they are happy to let Sanga have the gift of a single, maintaining the man at long off, he skips out with a flourish and accepts the offering

End of over 146 (1 run) Sri Lanka 443/8

    • KC Sangakkara 174 (356b 17x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 0 (4b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 16-2-44-2
    • Abdur Rehman 42-7-120-1
146.1

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, whoa, he is down the pitch and works it away to deep square, only to refuse the single

146.2

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, nudged to the leg side, carefully

146.3

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, worked with the spin, to deep square leg, no single again, Sanga strolls in the crease

146.4

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, SIX, here he comes, about time, charges out, gives it a big thump from outside off and it soars over long on

146.5

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, 4 byes, byes now, Adnan shrieks in disappointment, angled in from over the stumps, turns further down the leg side, and both batsman and keeper miss it

146.6

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, he pats a flighted ball to the off side, thinks about a single, sees Rehman getting to the ball, and sends the advancing Herath back

Herath on strike now, should be fun

End of over 147 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 453/8

    • KC Sangakkara 180 (362b 17x4 1x6)
    • HMRKB Herath 0 (4b)
    • Abdur Rehman 43-7-126-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 16-2-44-2
147.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Herath, no run, blocked down the pitch from middle

147.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Herath, no run, straighter one angles in at 88 kph, he jabs down on it just in time

147.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Herath, no run, now this one spins away sharply, after drifting in, Herath prods well inside the line, Sanga gives him a thumbs up

147.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Herath, no run, and this time he takes a big stride out and withdraws bat away quite stylishly

147.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Herath, no run, waits for it to straighten on middle and leg and blocks

147.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Herath, no run, defended safely on off stump, he can survive an over alright, now if Sanga still keeps refusing the single ...

End of over 148 (maiden) Sri Lanka 453/8

    • HMRKB Herath 0 (10b)
    • KC Sangakkara 180 (362b 17x4 1x6)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 17-3-44-2
    • Abdur Rehman 43-7-126-1

Jibran: "In UAE series, from nowhere came Azhar Ali and dismissed Sangakkara for his maiden wicket. How about introducing him once again? He is a reasonable leg spinner."

Here is Ajmal instead

148.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, forward press, another one defended

148.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, bigger stride out, blocked to the off side

148.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, bounce this time, from a shortish length, he goes across and defends again

148.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, flights it up very high, Sanga waits for it to come on, and pushes to sweeper cover

Hafeez and Ajmal having a chat

148.5

Saeed Ajmal to Herath, no run, too much turn and bounce for him to edge it as he lunges forward to defend the tossed up ball

148.6

Saeed Ajmal to Herath, no run, this one skids in flat from round the stumps, again he gets the bat down in time to jab to short leg

End of over 149 (1 run) Sri Lanka 454/8

    • HMRKB Herath 0 (12b)
    • KC Sangakkara 181 (366b 17x4 1x6)
    • Saeed Ajmal 44-9-139-5
    • Mohammad Hafeez 17-3-44-2
149.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, OUT, and after all that blocking and turning down singles, Sanga's latest attempt to keep the strike is in vain, he drives this full one hard wide of long off, Gul runs across and lets the throw rip, Sanga wants the second, Herath had little chance of making it back if the throw was on target, Hafeez collects it and takes the bails off, Herath is comfortably short

HMRKB Herath run out 0 (26m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

149.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, FOUR, slog sweep now, it was the one angled in, Sanga cracks it wide of the man at deep midwicket

149.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Gul denies him the four with a run to his right at long off, and a big slide, Sanga had advanced out and drilled a flat one past extra cover

149.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 2 runs, suddenly, there is an emergency, runs are coming all around, Sanga walks across and scoops in the air fine down leg

149.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, punched to sweeper cover

Field changes for Pradeep, three men around the bat

149.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Pradeep, no run, they all go up, Hafeez is sure there was an edge to the keeper as Pradeep pressed forward, Adnan is jumping even as he takes the ball, he runs forward, imploring, umpire Davis is unmoved, Adnan is stunned, Hafeez has a chat with the umpire

That was a massive, massive outside edge, replays show. Big deviation after the ball passed the bat. Now come on

End of over 150 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 464/9

    • N Pradeep 0 (1b)
    • KC Sangakkara 191 (371b 18x4 1x6)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 18-3-54-2
    • Saeed Ajmal 44-9-139-5
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