Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series - 1st Test

Sri Lanka v Pakistan

Sri Lanka won by 209 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

Dilshan and Paranavitana to open for Sri Lanka. Umar Gul has the new ball. Three slips, gully, debutant at backward point

9.55 am Five minutes to go for the start. The Pakistan team manager hands the Test cap to Ayub

9.45 am Pakistan coach and ex-Sri Lanka coach Dav Whatmore, when asked about the Galle wicket, answers in one word - Strange. He says the make-up of the Sri Lankan side post-Muralitharan has undergone a change, with more quicks coming in.

9.40 am Former Sri Lanka batsman Russell Arnold calls the pitch "unusual" for Galle. He says it looks nice and hard, the ball will come nice and even for the first three days, and it will start turning later on. It rained in the morning. Arnold calls the first 10-15 overs very crucial, after which it should be a batsman's day.

9.30 am Sri Lanka win the toss and will have a bat

Mahela Jayawardene: "Pretty good wicket, pretty dry as well, we will look to put the runs on the board." Chanaka Welegedara woke up with a sore shoulder, informs Mahela, and Nuwan Pradeep will take his place.

Mohammad Hafeez, leading Pakistan in place of the banned Misbah-ul-Haq: "Great opportunity for me to represent my country at the highest level. We have done a great job in Tests. There should be something in this wicket for the pace bowlers early on." Junaid Khan is the second quick alongside Umar Gul. Misbah's ban means a Pakistan debut for 32-year old Mohammad Ayub, after 93 first-class games

9.20 am It is bright and sunny in Galle, says Kanishkaa, our man at the ground. The forecast for the afternoon is clear, with rain expected later in the evening

Kanishkaa, who calls the Galle International Stadium "freaking brilliant", has also written the preview for this game. Read.

9.15 am But what is of more interest now is what happened the last time these two sides met in Sri Lanka three years ago. The first Test was in Galle, as it is this time. Here is a sampler of how much things have changed in three years - Tillakaratne Dilshan kept wicket in that Test, Kumar Sangakkara led, Malinda Warnapura opened and Mohammad Yousuf made yet another Test century. But then, some things don't change. Pakistan were 71 for 2, chasing 168 to win. And you know what happened next, don't you? It also happened in the fourth ODI recently. Pakistan collapsed. And lost a game they had no business losing

9.10 am These sides met last year in the UAE for three 'home' Tests for Pakistan, who won 1-0 with the help of a superior attack. Sri Lanka had hopes of squaring the series in the final Test in Sharjah, but they were thwarted in the desert by rain, of all things

9.05 am As the purists would say, more than three weeks into Pakistan's tour of Sri Lanka, it is time for the real games to begin. Welcome to our coverage of the Test series, which begins today in under an hour with the first match in the south-west coast town of Galle.

0.1

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, harmless on a good length, pushed out on the off side

0.2

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, fine line from Gul second ball, just a bit of away movement in the air, pitched up just outside off, Para lets it go

0.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, rising from a good length outside off, left alone again

0.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, slightly wider across the left-hander who lets it go with the angle right away

0.5

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, yet another leave outside off as Gul angles it across Para

0.6

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, Gul ends the over with another one widish outside off, and Para is happy to leave

End of over 1 (maiden) Sri Lanka 0/0
NT Paranavitana    0* (6b)      Umar Gul    1-1-0-0
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)     

The left-arm angle of Junaid against Dilshan

1.1

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, and first ball, he gets the line right, pitched up, inviting Dilshan into a big drive outside off, and beating him

1.2

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, this one pitched outside leg on a good length, and Dilshan has no problems in defending

1.3

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, another one pitching outside leg, coming onto the pads, and worked easily past midwicket for the first runs of the Test

1.4

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, no run, nips back in quite sharply from a good length outside off, Para watches it all the way as he shoulder arms

1.5

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, no run, does not seem to be much in this pitch for the quicks, tame length ball solidly played out to point

1.6

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, 1 run, pitched up but no movement in the air, Para gets forward low, and pushes towards cover for one

End of over 2 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 2/0
NT Paranavitana    1* (9b)      Junaid Khan    1-0-2-0
TM Dilshan    1* (3b)      Umar Gul    1-1-0-0

Suneer Chowdhary: "So it is the ghost of Danny Morrison in the comm. box today. Sober, suave and serious. Another reason why Test cricket is one prime format of the game." Or you could say it meanders on so much, it makes even Morrison go quiet, Suneer

2.1

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, bounce for Gul outside off stump, but not close enough to make him play, left alone

2.2

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, another one bounces, another one is allowed to go past outside off

Round the stumps already

2.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, spears it in from the changed angle, Para gets forward low to smother the length ball on off

2.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, 1 no ball, and Gul has overstepped, into the pads with the angle on a good length, rolls away behind square, direct hit at the striker's, but the batsman is in

2.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, FOUR, width, lots of it, just short of a good length, Para goes after it, and gets it away past point, not exactly in control of the stroke

2.5

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, angled in now on a length, bat and pad close, allows the ball to come on, and blocks

Mazher Arshad writes in early: "In last 10 years, only two teams have won Test series in Sri Lanka - Pakistan in 2006 and Australia in 2004 and 2011. Also Pakistan have lost series only once in Sri Lanka, that was when they last time played here in 2009."

2.6

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, he is happy to play out Gul's angle from round the stumps from the crease, gets into a bit of a mess this time, as this one hurries into him from a length, inside edge onto thigh pad, all safe

End of over 3 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 7/0
NT Paranavitana    5* (16b 1x4)      Umar Gul    2-1-5-0
TM Dilshan    1* (3b)      Junaid Khan    1-0-2-0

3.1

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, similar to the first one from Junaid Dilshan went after, pitched up just outside off and leaving him with the angle, left alone this time

3.2

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, bit of away shape this time just outside off stump, not full enough to draw Dilshan into a massive drive, he lets it go

3.3

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, still closer to off stump, bit of bounce, Dilshan leaves again, for how long?

3.4

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, slants it across, slightly wider now, not much bounce, dies on its way to the keeper

3.5

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, 3 runs, after four tight deliveries, he strays fullish onto the pads, and Dilshan gets away with an eager whip past in front of square leg

3.6

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, 1 run, worked to leg for a single with the angle

End of over 4 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 11/0
NT Paranavitana    6* (17b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    2-0-6-0
TM Dilshan    4* (8b)      Umar Gul    2-1-5-0

4.1

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, Gul gets a good line across the left-hander, not full enough, not short enough, he looks to defend it half-forward, a bit of away movement and the angle beats him

4.2

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, FOUR, much fuller, Para is able to get further forward this time, not fully still, but pushes firmly past cover, and collects four

Man on the drive at short mid off, next to the non-striker

4.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, beats him again now, with a pitched up ball that moves away slightly past the forward prod

4.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, Gul getting into some rhythm here, hits the bat with some pace off a length, and the ball flies on the bounce to gully

4.5

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, 2 runs, thick inside edge now runs backward of square leg, this one seemed to hold its line on a length around off

4.6

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, pitched up full on the stumps at 137 kph, blocked safely and solidly

End of over 5 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 17/0
NT Paranavitana    12* (23b 2x4)      Umar Gul    3-1-11-0
TM Dilshan    4* (8b)      Junaid Khan    2-0-6-0

Deva: "Just thinking of the SL team composition. Does it indicate that they're short of at least 1 good test fast bowler."

5.1

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, some bounce outside off stump, left alone on a good length

5.2

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, that's closer to off, pitched up too, and Dilshan thinks about a drive, cannot get hold of it and mistimes it to mid off, some away swing there for Junaid

5.3

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, not much pace from Junaid, 126.6 kph, Dilshan lets it go past him outside off

round the stumps goes Junaid as well

5.4

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, 3 runs, and angles it into the pads, Dilshan puts it away in front of square, and it needs a dive from the chasing man to prevent four

5.5

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, no run, nothing at all at the moment for Junaid, widish pitched up straight ball left alone outside off

5.6

Junaid Khan to Paranavitana, 1 run, much better line, close to off, bit of nip off the pitch too, Para pushes softly in front of cover for a tight run

End of over 6 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 21/0
NT Paranavitana    13* (25b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    3-0-10-0
TM Dilshan    7* (12b)      Umar Gul    3-1-11-0

6.1

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, this could be a rough day for Pakistan, Gul bangs it in just short of a length, nothing off the pitch, Para easily punches from the crease to short mid off

6.2

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, left alone with the angle across him outside off

Man at short mid off has come up a bit

6.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, tries the bouncer, digs it in too short, and it rises tamely, high and down the leg side

6.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, excellent line from Gul, and an even better leave from Para, some away movement, pitching off and leaving him, Para refuses to play at it

6.5

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, this time he plays at Gul, who draws him forward with one pitched further up, and beats him with some away shape

Oshada: "@Deva- Did you forget about Kulasekara & his in-swing." But Nuwan Pradeep has played just one Test, they could have used Welegedara's left-arm angle but he missed out with a sore shoulder

6.6

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, straightish one defended down the pitch

End of over 7 (maiden) Sri Lanka 21/0
NT Paranavitana    13* (31b 2x4)      Umar Gul    4-2-11-0
TM Dilshan    7* (12b)      Junaid Khan    3-0-10-0

Hafeez brings himself on, already, one slip in place, forward short leg too

7.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Dilshan, no run, tossed up just outside off, Dilshan is leaning half-forward, and manages to work it towards mid on in the end

7.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Dilshan, 1 run, direct hit from mid on, but Dilshan has made his ground after punching the spinning ball on middle and leg

round the stumps to Para

7.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, comes down the pitch, and pushes the flighted ball away

7.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, gets into a mess this time, advances out again, stops as Hafeez drags it a bit short, the ball carries in with the angle, and hits him on the thigh pad just outside the line of off, he is offering no stroke, there is an appeal from Hafeez, but he was too far down the crease

7.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, this time he uses bat, gets forward and defends

7.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, defends a turning delivery

End of over 8 (1 run) Sri Lanka 22/0
NT Paranavitana    13* (35b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-1-0
TM Dilshan    8* (14b)      Umar Gul    4-2-11-0

8.1

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, pitched up for the drive, Dilshan does not go eagerly after it, and pushes to mid off

8.2

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 run, pushes softly off the front foot and gets the single in front of cover

Mausifan: "The pitch seems to be lacking bounce, however Sri Lanka have the tendency to gift away wickets by playing rash strokes. A big first innings total is critical, which have a big say in the result of the match." Pakistan do that better, gifting away wickets

8.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, allows the length ball to come on, he can do that on this slowish pitch, and pats it away to point, Para is not getting the single though

8.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, 1 run, this one holds its line just outside off, draws him forward and across, Para defends, and the inside edge eludes the stumps, Gul thinks there is no justice in the world

8.5

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 run, fine tumbling stop from Ajmal running to his left at mid on, Dilshan had got some momentum on the straight push off the pitched up delivery

Asif knows what could happen so easily: "@Deva! Sri Lanka do not need to have all best bowlers, they know Pakistan's batting line up. wait and watch."

8.6

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, again he plays a length ball angled across, from the crease, and runs it to gully

End of over 9 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 25/0
NT Paranavitana    14* (38b 2x4)      Umar Gul    5-2-14-0
TM Dilshan    10* (17b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-1-0

Darsh: "direct hit from Pakistan fielder, you gotta be kidding right?" It happens, Darsh

9.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Dilshan, no run, drift away from the right-hander as he flights it up, spins in, Dilshan plays it out on the leg side

9.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Dilshan, SIX, this one is flighted more, and Dilshan is not letting Hafeez get away with it, he skips out, and launches it high over mid on with the spin

9.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Dilshan, 1 run, turned through midwicket for a single

9.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, Para survives, inside edge onto pad, he went back to play a drifting length ball, but to his horror, it hurried in with the angle

Slip, silly point, short leg for Para

9.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, he is not comfortable against Hafeez, is already forward well before the ball arrives, and has to adjust to keep it down in front of short leg

9.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, 1 run, tosses it up outside off, gets him to drive, safely for a single towards cover

End of over 10 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 33/0
NT Paranavitana    15* (41b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-9-0
TM Dilshan    17* (20b 1x6)      Umar Gul    5-2-14-0

10.1

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, 1 no ball, right on off stump, on a good length, no problems in defending it, and Gul bowls one more no ball

10.1

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, appeal for lbw, hit in front from a length alright, but that pitched comfortably outside leg stump, high too, on the thigh pad

HafizOmi: "Just to remind you Pakistan haven't lost a single test match from last 401 days." Hope that figure is right, but nevertheless, the point is taken

10.2

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, not the first time he has been beaten hanging his bat forward to one that leaves him from a length with the angle, and just a bit of away shape

10.3

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, pitched up, touch straight, and he is able to play it out from the crease

10.4

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, defends a good length around off safely this time

10.5

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, holds its line now but slightly wider outside off, and he lets it go

Gul is pulling up already, taking his time, he will go round the stumps now

10.6

Umar Gul to Paranavitana, no run, Gul puts in some effort into this one dug in back of a length, jags into Para who cannot defend, gets something on it and the keeper snaps it up, was it bat, was it thigh pad, Pakistan and umpire Gould differ, Pakistan are right, thin inside edge, into thigh pad, and straight to Adnan Akmal, there is really no justice in the world, Mr Gul, and no DRS

End of over 11 (1 run) Sri Lanka 34/0
NT Paranavitana    15* (48b 2x4)      Umar Gul    6-2-15-0
TM Dilshan    17* (20b 1x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-9-0

11.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Dilshan, 1 run, shuffles across and works with the spin square on leg

11.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, defends a tossed up ball from round the stumps to silly mid off

11.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, pushed to mid off

11.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, smothers it on the bounce to silly mid off

11.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, FOUR, goes flat, goes short, goes wide, and is put away with a cut through cover-point

11.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, no run, down the track, looking to defend, and manages to do so safely

End of over 12 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 39/0
NT Paranavitana    19* (53b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-14-0
TM Dilshan    18* (21b 1x6)      Umar Gul    6-2-15-0

Junaid Khan replaces Gul as it goes a touch cloudy

12.1

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, pushes a pitched up ball firmly to mid off

12.2

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, 2 runs, short of a length, worked off the pads through square leg for a couple, man from fine leg runs across

A slip is sacrificed to plug the gap at square leg

12.3

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, decent line, but Dilshan has left rather effectively outside off stump today, and does so again

12.4

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, and just as I say so, he is drawn out with the angle and good length, not a big drive, just a defensive push, but beaten still

Ali Sajid: "Just to remind HafizOmi that we had Misbah in the team during those 401 days."

12.5

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, wants the single as he pushes a length ball to extra cover, not getting it

12.6

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, FOUR, tries the short ball, it won't be working much on this slow pitch, Dilshan has enough time to swivel and pull hard through square

End of over 13 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 45/0
TM Dilshan    24* (27b 1x4 1x6)      Junaid Khan    4-0-16-0
NT Paranavitana    19* (53b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-14-0

The reliable Mazher Arshad is getting warmed up, I presume: "Umar Gul has dismissed Paranavitana 6 times in Test Cricket. The most the former has dismissed any batsman, and the most the latter has become victim of any bowler. Moreover, these six dismissals include 2 Golden Ducks, including one on Paranavitana's Test debut."

13.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Paranavitana, 1 run, tossed up, on a length just outside off, turning away, poked towards point for a single

13.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Dilshan, no run, over the wicket, on a length and outside off, defended off the front foot to the off side

13.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Dilshan, no run, that one spun sharply, Dilshan looked to play that from the crease, it curvews in and strikes his pads, was going down

13.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Dilshan, no run, jumps down the track to get to the pitch and cracks the ball towards point, straight at the fielder

13.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Dilshan, FOUR, lesser effort on that, but four more runs, gets on the back foot to a ball that is a touch short and he eases it through the covers for a boundary

13.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Dilshan, 1 run, worked towards square leg for a single to end the over

End of over 14 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 51/0
TM Dilshan    29* (32b 2x4 1x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-20-0
NT Paranavitana    20* (54b 3x4)      Junaid Khan    4-0-16-0

Sun out again

14.1

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, half-forward, and easily able to play out the good length ball just outside off

14.2

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, pushed down the pitch

Andrew: "Gul can probably feel a bit robbed there. Why is there no DRS?" Too costly for Sri Lanka Cricket

14.3

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, FOUR, pitched up, he plonks front foot out, back leg in the air as he brings bat forward and pushes hard down the ground

14.4

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, FOUR, things running away from Pakistan, Junaid goes short the second time to Dilshan, who is untroubled as he dispatches the ball through midwicket with a pull

Man in front of square leg now

14.5

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, this is the dangerous Dilshan, he is willing to let go of the urge to hit a third successive four, he calmly lets a length ball go past outside off

14.6

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, excellent finish to the over from Junaid, big appeal from the keeper as Dilshan drives inside the line of the delivery pitched up closer to off, did not seem to be an edge

End of over 15 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 59/0
TM Dilshan    37* (38b 4x4 1x6)      Junaid Khan    5-0-24-0
NT Paranavitana    20* (54b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-20-0

And now we have Saeed Ajmal

15.1

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, pulls the bat inside the line and behind the pads as Ajmal straightens it outside off from round the stumps

15.2

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, defended off the front foot

15.3

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, no run, hello, was there bat there, oh dear me, there was one, but Azhar Ali at silly point had joined in the appeal for lbw though, and could not recover in time to take the ball as it looped towards him, the appeal for lbw was going nowhere anyway, he was struck on the pad a mile outside the line of off stump as he looked to paddle-sweep, but before that, he had got an inside edge

15.4

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, FOUR, and then he rubs it in next ball, short and flat and quick outside off, and put away behind point

15.5

Saeed Ajmal to Paranavitana, OUT, Ajmal has struck in his first over, after being denied two balls ago, Para has not looked very comfortable against spin this morning, he has looked to charge out at Hafeez as well, tries the same against Ajmal, beaten completely by the flight and turn, and Adnan will not do an Azhar Ali, he completes the stumping

NT Paranavitana st †Adnan Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 24 (77m 59b 4x4 0x6) SR: 40.67

15.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, slants it in full and just down leg, Sanga shuffles across too much and misses it

End of over 16 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 63/1
KC Sangakkara    0* (1b)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-4-1
TM Dilshan    37* (38b 4x4 1x6)      Junaid Khan    5-0-24-0

16.1

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, 3 runs, width from back of a length, and Dilshan smacks it happily past extra cover

16.2

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, no run, some more energy from Junaid after that wicket, Sanga is hurried into the block as he shuffles outside off

16.3

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, tapped in front of point for a sharp single

16.4

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, no run, appeal for lbw, but it pitched well outside leg stump, length was not bat at all, Dilshan missed the work on the leg side

16.5

Junaid Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, this time he gets bat down in time and works it wide of mid on for one, Junaid has been pitching outside leg often this morning

16.6

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, no run, Adnan is appealing for everything, Junaid looks back at the umpire from his followthrough, does not seem to be any edge from Sanga as he prods inside the line of a back of a length ball

End of over 17 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 68/1
KC Sangakkara    1* (4b)      Junaid Khan    6-0-29-0
TM Dilshan    41* (41b 4x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-4-1

17.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, 1 run, comes forward and works with the spin through square leg

Slip, gully, silly point for Sanga, Ajmal round the stumps

17.2

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

17.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, fuller, closer to off, pushed to silly point

17.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, shortish, and into the left-hander with the angle, worked square for one

17.5

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, FOUR, fine shot, gets forward and drives the tossed up ball firmly outside off, it teases Shafiq from mid off all the way to the boundary, and even a belated dive is not enough

17.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, 1 run, worked with the spin square for one

End of over 18 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 75/1
TM Dilshan    47* (44b 5x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-11-1
KC Sangakkara    2* (7b)      Junaid Khan    6-0-29-0

Rehman to bowl left-arm spin, Herath will later in the match.

18.1

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, inside edge onto pad as he pushes forward, big gap between bat and pad

18.2

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, drags it a touch short as Dilshan comes out, he stops, and adjusts to pat it away on the off side

18.3

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, 1 run, stays in the crease and works it on the leg side for one

18.4

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, some turn from wide outside off, but shortish, and he gets away as Sanga's cut finds cover

18.5

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

18.6

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, shuffles across and defends a skiddy one outside off tightly

End of over 19 (1 run) Sri Lanka 76/1
KC Sangakkara    2* (10b)      Abdur Rehman    1-0-1-0
TM Dilshan    48* (47b 5x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-11-1

Not a bad start from Rehman, bothered Dilshan the first two balls

19.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, 1 run, standing on off stump as Ajmal delivers the offbreak, easily worked past short leg

Adeel: "Why not to try Medium Pace bowling of Younis Khan? He can move the ball both the ways." And not a bad venue for him as well. Have a look at what he did here in 2009. With the ball.

19.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run

19.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, pitched up, defended off the front foot

19.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed towards extra cover off the front foot

19.5

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, 1 run, shortish, and Dilshan pats it in front of cover, who fails to pick it up cleanly, and Dilshan has another Test match fifty, been a composed innings, largely, despite the strike-rate

19.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, tosses it up on a length, Sanga wants to cut, the ball spins away with some bite and he is beaten on a half-hearted attempt

End of over 20 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 79/1
KC Sangakkara    3* (14b)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-14-1
TM Dilshan    50* (49b 5x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    1-0-1-0

20.1

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, FOUR, smack! Dilshan hurting Pakistan further, he has a hat on now, charges out to a tossed up ball and lifts it wide of mid off

20.2

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, 94 kph flat delivery now, immediately after the four, Dilshan is well forward as he blocks to silly point

20.3

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, now he goes down the track, pushes it back to Rehman

20.4

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, whoa, that bounced from a length, too much, Dilshan looking for the cut, beaten by the carry

20.5

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, 1 run, he is looking to get after Rehman, tries to charge out and go with the spin past mid off, shouts of 'catch' as Rehman goes leaping to his left, cannot get to it, not a chance really, Gul fails to stop it cleanly at mid off

20.6

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, mistimes a drive back to the bowler

End of over 21 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 84/1
KC Sangakkara    3* (15b)      Abdur Rehman    2-0-6-0
TM Dilshan    55* (54b 6x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-14-1

21.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, plays out a doosra from the crease to the off side

21.2

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, loud appeal for lbw, leg stump visible as Dilshan shuffles too far across, hit on middle and leg, more middle, that is a very close shout, there was turn on the ball, but could not say for sure it was missing leg

21.3

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run

21.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run

21.5

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, gets behind the line of a straighter one and blocks as he leans forward

21.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, defended off the front foot to the off side

End of over 22 (maiden) Sri Lanka 84/1
TM Dilshan    55* (60b 6x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    4-1-14-1
KC Sangakkara    3* (15b)      Abdur Rehman    2-0-6-0

22.1

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, looks for the cut, expecting the ball to turn, this one does not, and Sanga pulls out of the stroke late

22.2

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, now this one spins in sharply, Sanga manages an inside edge as he pushes well forward

22.3

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, worked to short leg

22.4

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, turn and bounce from outside off, punched away, Rehman fields

22.5

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, shuffles across and plays with the turn to the leg side

22.6

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, another appeal for leg before, Sanga is hit just outside the line on the forward push, I think

End of over 23 (maiden) Sri Lanka 84/1
KC Sangakkara    3* (21b)      Abdur Rehman    3-1-6-0
TM Dilshan    55* (60b 6x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    4-1-14-1

round the stumps comes Ajmal

23.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, works a skiddy length ball to short leg

23.2

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, backs away a shade and punches hard, but midwicket prevents the single with a dive and a parry to the bowler

23.3

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, punched again, this time towards point, getting a bit impatient

23.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, tossed up full, he tries to drive straight down the ground, but Ajmal denies him with a diving stop

23.5

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, smothers this flighted one off the front foot

23.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, more flight, angled across, Dilshan gets further forward to smother it

End of over 24 (maiden) Sri Lanka 84/1
TM Dilshan    55* (66b 6x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    5-2-14-1
KC Sangakkara    3* (21b)      Abdur Rehman    3-1-6-0

Ali Mushaf: "The real secret behind destructive spin bowling of Ajmal and Rehman was the pressure of DRS and it was great fun to watch them using it. It added crisp to Test Cricket. ICC should provide DRS facility in all international matches." The question is, will ICC foot the bill as well? Unlikely

24.1

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sanga breaks the hold of three successive maidens with a slog-sweep from well outside off, through square leg

24.2

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, pushed off the back foot on the leg side

24.3

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets outside the line with a forward-and-across push and works with the spin behind square

24.4

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, flights it up outside off, Dilshan checks the push to extra cover

24.5

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, another one given air, Dilshan pushing along the ground to extra cover, who will blink first?

24.6

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan will, he looks to drive this flighted one tamely, thick edge runs behind point

End of over 25 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 89/1
TM Dilshan    55* (69b 6x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    4-1-11-0
KC Sangakkara    8* (24b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-2-14-1

25.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, shuffling and standing outside off even before the ball has been bowled, slow turn means he is able to defend easily

25.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, again, slow turn from a length, a shuffle and a block

25.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, FOUR, did that carry? very thick edge from Sanga.as he looks to cut a quicker one, it flies to Younis Khan's right at slip, he cannot get down in time, it was just rushing along too fast really

25.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, smothered off the front foot towards mid off

25.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, defended down the pitch

25.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, works to square leg and wants the single, runs almost half way down before he turns back just as the throw comes in

End of over 26 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 93/1
KC Sangakkara    12* (30b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-2-18-1
TM Dilshan    55* (69b 6x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    4-1-11-0

26.1

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, flight outside off, pushed to short extra cover, Hafeez it is who tumbles and lobs it towards the non-striker's stumps, Sanga was caught by surprise and has to dive in, would have made it even if the throw had hit, just about

26.2

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, phew, that is some turn, fullish outside off, before Dilshan realises what is happening, it turns square away from him

26.3

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, leading edge now, too bad for Pakistan this has to be the last over before lunch, not carrying back to the bowler though, Dilshan lunging forward

26.4

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan gets away with a thick edge along the ground past slip as he lunges forward to defend again

26.5

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

26.6

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, quicker and straighter one at nearly 97 kph, lots of bounce, Sanga is up to it as he adjusts his forward movement and plays it towards point from the crease

Interesting first session that, with the pitch having little role to play in it. It played slow, there was some turn for the spinners, but Dilshan getting Sri Lanka away to a solid start with a breezy half-century. Paranavitana could not benefit from two reprieves, one from umpire Gould, one from Azhar Ali. Sangakara has looked alright. Some close lbw calls going in favour of Sri Lanka as well.

Not much there for Gul and Junaid, but Rehman and Ajmal bothering the batsmen late into the session with turn, bounce, variation, the works. Join us at 12.40 pm for the second session

End of over 27 (1 run) Sri Lanka 94/1
KC Sangakkara    12* (32b 2x4)      Abdur Rehman    5-1-12-0
TM Dilshan    56* (73b 6x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    6-2-18-1

Back for the second session, Ajmal to continue, from round the stumps

27.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, appeal for leg before right away, two sounds as Dilshan looks to drive a very full one, seemed to be pitching just outside leg

27.2

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, FOUR, this time Ajmal bowls it down the pads, spinning further down, and DIlshan gets enough on the sweep

27.3

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, defended off the front foot

27.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, length ball angled across, played out from the crease to the off side

27.5

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan mistiming the sweep, but getting away, off the toe end of the bat, fell just short of Hafeez at midwicket

27.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, flighted from round the stumps on middle, smothered off the front foot

End of over 28 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 99/1
KC Sangakkara    12* (33b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-2-23-1
TM Dilshan    61* (78b 7x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    5-1-12-0

Hafeez gesturing to the dressing room, seems to be bothered about something

Rehman to continue as well, slip, silly point in place

28.1

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, flights it up, has him thinking of the drive, DIlshan checks the stroke in the end

28.2

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, goes back to defend a skiddy one

28.3

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, lots of flight now, and lot slower too, Dilshan is in doubt, makes a late decision to leave as the ball spins and bounces away

28.4

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, flatter and into Dilshan, who keeps it out down the pitch

28.5

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, 1 run, there for the drive, full outside off, Dilshan goes for the shot but not too hard, wide of mid off

28.6

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, 2 runs, thick edge runs behind point as Sanga shuffles outside off to the quicker and straighter one

End of over 29 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 102/1
KC Sangakkara    14* (34b 2x4)      Abdur Rehman    6-1-15-0
TM Dilshan    62* (83b 7x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    7-2-23-1

Muhammad: "I don't understand selection criteria of pakistani team? Why Mohammad Ayub is in the team. Why Pakistani team need 32 years player as debutant?"

Hafeez has hurt the index finger of his right hand trying to go for the catch off that mistimed Dilshan sweep earlier

29.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run

29.2

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, flattish one forced down the pitch

29.3

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, angled across outside off, smothered neatly off the front foot with a large stride

29.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, flight, slower too, turned to midwicket

29.5

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, 2 runs, quicker at 90.8 kph, hurrying across him with the angle, DIlshan manages a thick edge past slip

29.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, 1 run, lots of flight, very full, bashed down to long on

End of over 30 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 105/1
TM Dilshan    65* (89b 7x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    8-2-26-1
KC Sangakkara    14* (34b 2x4)      Abdur Rehman    6-1-15-0

30.1

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, gets well forward and plays out this one with the spin towards cover-point

30.2

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, floated up fullish, DIlshan lunges forward and runs it towards point

30.3

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, flat, quick, at 96.7 kph, he is hurried into the shot, but squeezes it out safely to point

30.4

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, huge turn, and bounce too, Dilshan was looking for a cut, but backed out and pushed it out to point

30.5

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, playing from the crease, punching to cover with the turn

30.6

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, well forward to a tossed up ball, and smothers it completely

End of over 31 (maiden) Sri Lanka 105/1
TM Dilshan    65* (95b 7x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    7-2-15-0
KC Sangakkara    14* (34b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-2-26-1

Shaboi: "Dilshan needs to dig deep here. Plenty of runs on offer. Big total and give the ball to Herath."

31.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward and defends past silly point

31.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, turn for Ajmal now, Sanga was not expecting so much and mistimes the cut, came slowly off the pitch too

31.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, pushed back to the bowler off the front foot

31.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up, Sanga gets forward and eases it to extra cover

31.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, more flight, just outside off, pushed firmly, mid off is a touch deepish, and he cannot pick up the ball cleanly as well, single taken to ease the pressure of the tight over, Ayub it is at mid off

31.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, worked away with the spin to midwicket

End of over 32 (1 run) Sri Lanka 106/1
TM Dilshan    65* (96b 7x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    9-2-27-1
KC Sangakkara    15* (39b 2x4)      Abdur Rehman    7-2-15-0

32.1

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, slow turn, bowled on a length at 84.5 kph, played out to midwicket

32.2

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward and across and nudges past short leg

32.3

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, gets him going for the drive with lots of flight, the ball dips on Sanga, and he manages to get it to mid on off the inner half of the bat

32.4

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, FOUR, fuller outside off, Sanga releases the pressure with a slog-sweep to the deep midwicket boundary

32.5

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, gets across in the crease and defends back to the bowler

32.6

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, 1 run, comes forward and nudges fine down the leg side from middle and leg

End of over 33 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 111/1
KC Sangakkara    20* (45b 3x4)      Abdur Rehman    8-2-20-0
TM Dilshan    65* (96b 7x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    9-2-27-1

Ali: "32 years man replacing 38 years old Misbah, so he is young compared to his replacement." Somehow, Misbah can never win

33.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, pushes a tossed up ball to mid off, this time Ayub denies them the single

33.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, flatter now, he goes back and across and blocks to silly point

33.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, beats Sanga this time, he was playing from the crease to one that angled in on a length on off, and spun away past the edge

33.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, this time he gets well forward to block back to Ajmal

33.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, lots of turn again, Sanga is not committing early and adjusts to dab it to the off side

33.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, punches a length ball from the crease to silly point

End of over 34 (maiden) Sri Lanka 111/1
KC Sangakkara    20* (51b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    10-3-27-1
TM Dilshan    65* (96b 7x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    8-2-20-0

Omair has a valid point: "I love watching Test cricket, but Pak and SL have played each other so many times in the last three years that the contests just don't hold any value for me anymore. I really wish Pakistan had a better FTP schedule."

34.1

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, 1 run, they taken on Junaid at mid on with a tight single, and make it safely

34.2

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, well forward to a tossed up ball and smothers it

34.3

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, worked with the spin from the crease into short leg

34.4

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, 1 run, shuffles to one spinning in on middle and leg, nudges to fine leg, fifty of the stand is up

34.5

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, smack! Dilshan goes for a massive drive, but Shafiq gets to it at extra cover

34.6

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, quick, skiddy and turning away, Dilshan manages a thick outside edge behind point

End of over 35 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 113/1
TM Dilshan    66* (99b 7x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    9-2-22-0
KC Sangakkara    21* (54b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    10-3-27-1

Ammar is not hopeful at all: "I'm probably the only person that thinks Sami should have been in instead of Junaid."

35.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, sharp turn from round the stumps, Sanga punches to Gul at point, the big fast bowler lets rip at the non-striker's end, and misses by a long way

35.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run

35.3

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, punches the straighter one from the crease to mid off

35.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, flighted, quick, very full, half-dug out, half-driven to mid off

35.5

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, 1 run, inside edge onto pad as he lunges forward to a length ball, but well out of the reach of short leg

35.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 36 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 115/1
KC Sangakkara    22* (57b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    11-3-29-1
TM Dilshan    67* (102b 7x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    9-2-22-0

Muzammil: "@Ali. I don't agree. I think, in a way, Misbah (Ayub) is replacing Misbah. What if he is really succesful in this test match, then are not we creating another Misbah who is 32 and can be good candidate for captaincy in couple of years?" Another Misbah. I like that. The world needs more Misbahs

36.1

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, left alone as it turns away outside off

36.2

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, 2 runs, whipped off the pads through square leg, cut off by the man running across from fine leg

36.3

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, 86 kph, fullish outside off, Dilshan inside edges the defensive push past the stumps

36.4

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, tosses it up outside off, Dilshan lets it go again, he was prodding at them till now

36.5

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, pushed down the pitch

36.6

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, full one defended straight to silly point

End of over 37 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 117/1
TM Dilshan    69* (108b 7x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    10-2-24-0
KC Sangakkara    22* (57b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    11-3-29-1

Mazher Arshad has had his lunch. Seems it was good. "Since 2011, in 13 Tests, only once Pakistan failed to take 10 wickets in an innings of a Test, that was when Sri Lanka declared 2nd innings in Sharjah '11. "

37.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, bounce from a full length outside off, left alone

37.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, much slower, smothered off the front foot down the pitch

37.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, short now, spinning away, he shuffles and punches past point for one

Khair feels something has got to give: "Good to see they have put the screws on the run rate. Something should happen in the next three or four overs."

Leg slip in

37.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, 1 run, on middle and leg, worked past leg slip with the turn to fine leg

37.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, punches a flattish one on off to the bowler

37.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, on the front foot and plays it out to midwicket

End of over 38 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 119/1
KC Sangakkara    23* (62b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    12-3-31-1
TM Dilshan    70* (109b 7x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    10-2-24-0

Khb: "Guys why cant you all wait till Pakistan bats to talk about Debutant. They are still bowling." Well, can't argue with that one

38.1

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, Pakistan not giving much away, Dilshan defending well, off the front foot

38.2

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

38.3

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, lunges forward to a flighted ball and defends to silly point

38.4

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, angled in full now, spinning away from leg, Dilshan opens the face slightly and pushes to extra cover, well handled

38.5

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, hurries on at 87.8 kph towards off from a length, he is in the crease and quickly gets the bat down

38.6

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, lunges forward and defends, off the inner half of the bat, battle of patience

End of over 39 (maiden) Sri Lanka 119/1
TM Dilshan    70* (115b 7x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    11-3-24-0
KC Sangakkara    23* (62b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    12-3-31-1

39.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, FOUR, that came straight in from a good length, Sanga was shaping up for the cut, was cramped in the end, but does well to squeeze it out to the third man rope

39.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, bouncing outside off, punched to cover

39.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, nudged off the front foot in front of square leg

Umair: "Without a good crowd, test matches are boring. plus, with wickets like these and the weather, who would waste a whole day?" Point, but it is not a flat wicket, there has been lots of turn on the first day, these two are batting well

39.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, full one whipped towards mid on

39.5

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, tries to work it behind square leg, off the pad and rolls away to leg slip

39.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, FOUR, very well played by Dilshan, not the basher that we know, waits for the tossed up ball to arrive, and squeezes it firmly but not very powerfully, between the non-striker and the bowler, and beats mid off's dive

End of over 40 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 128/1
TM Dilshan    74* (118b 8x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    13-3-40-1
KC Sangakkara    28* (65b 4x4)      Abdur Rehman    11-3-24-0

Kalyan: "I remember from Cricinfo commentatry of a SL-Pak Test series.. readers praising a player and he getting 'jinx'ed immediately. Hope this does not happen here at least for the man who is making the debut." No harm in trying though.

Gul is back meanwhile

40.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, thick edge as he plays a back of a length ball from the crease, away to gully

40.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, good length now, straightish, played out easily to the leg side

40.3

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, left alone with the angle outside off very comfortably

Anees: "Abhishek, we ( Pakistanis ) are ready to export all Misbahs to any cricket playing nation free of cost." Tragic, I say. Exporting stability, dependability?

40.4

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, whipped off the pads wide of midwicket, and the single is on

40.5

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, bounce now but too far outside off to tempt Dilshan, who has not been tempted much today anyway

40.6

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 run, Gul tries the short ball now, into Dilshan, who swivels and sends it screaming to fine leg with a thump of a pull

End of over 41 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 130/1
TM Dilshan    75* (120b 8x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    7-2-17-0
KC Sangakkara    29* (69b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    13-3-40-1

Muhammad: "Dilshan and Sangakkara are playing really well here. They will both score hundreds for sure. There we go. The jinx is in place!"

Rehman changes ends

41.1

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, he has had Dilshan uncertainly reaching out to tossed up balls that have dipped, not quite arrived, and then turned, thick edge towards point now

Two slips, silly point

41.2

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, 1 run, flighted one driven hard to deep mid off

41.3

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sanga has played this shot very well today, not quite a full-blooded slog-sweep this time, fetching it from a mile outside off, and using his wrists to time it through square leg, beats the man in the deep by yards

41.4

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, 1 run, down the track, manages to nudge it past short leg

Anees: "Abhishek, you don't seem to remember Mohali 30 - 03 - 2011." And you don't seem to remember anything but that, tragically, I say again

41.5

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, defended off the front foot

41.6

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, big shout for caught behind, Adnan leaps up right away, ripper from Rehman, turn and bounce, Dilshan beaten as he pushes forward

End of over 42 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 136/1
TM Dilshan    76* (124b 8x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    12-3-30-0
KC Sangakkara    34* (71b 5x4)      Umar Gul    7-2-17-0

42.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, nothing at all for Gul from back of a length, tucked in front of square leg

Gul pulled up after the first ball, not looking good for him

42.2

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, pitches it up, Dilshan can get front foot out and push it back without any worries, mid on gets around

42.3

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, beaten this time by a wide one on the cut

42.4

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 run, into the pads with the angle from back of a length, worked to deep square

42.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, allows the 138.4 kph bouncer to sail over him harmlessly

42.6

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, too much on the short ball from Gul, it takes off and bothers Adnan, who has to pull off a jump of a take

End of over 43 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 138/1
KC Sangakkara    35* (74b 5x4)      Umar Gul    8-2-19-0
TM Dilshan    77* (127b 8x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    12-3-30-0

More from Mazher Arshad: "If Pakistan win this Test, it will be only 2nd time in their history that they will go on to win 6 consecutive Tests. Previously, in 2001-02 they did win six on the trot."

43.1

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run

43.2

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, left alone outside off, bit of turn

43.3

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, another ripper, flight, angled in, pitching middle, and taking off across the outside edge as Dilshan pushes forward

43.4

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, not as full, not as much bite, and he is able to smother it off the front foot

43.5

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, stays in the crease and smacks it to extra cover

43.6

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, flat, short, quick and widish, but punched straight to extra cover

End of over 44 (maiden) Sri Lanka 138/1
TM Dilshan    77* (133b 8x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    13-4-30-0
KC Sangakkara    35* (74b 5x4)      Umar Gul    8-2-19-0

Sohaib: "@Anees, speak for yourselves mate, there are plenty of Pakistanis who regard Misbah as a beacon of surety in an ocean of vagueness... He was the only one in Mohali, who carried his bat until the end. If Pakistan couldn't make it, some of the big hitters are to blame."

44.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, dabs a pacy back of a length ball down to backward point's right, Ayub there dives and saves some runs

44.2

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, withdraws late from the pull as the bouncer rises too much from Gul, just past Dilshan's helmet

44.3

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, half an appeal from Gul, pitched up further after the bouncer, nipping in, striking him on the pads, too high

44.4

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 run, short ball now, Dilshan controls the pull very well as the ball comes slowly to him, away to deep square

CricBellz: "Hafeez would suddenly be thinking that Test Captaincy is not a piece of cake! So far not a good time for him as a captain! DRS is not there! Sanga/Dil playing the spinners well! Nothing extravagant for fast bowlers and Scorecard is moving freely!!" The Prof is having a tough class today

44.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, short again, but leg-sidish, pulled eagerly wide of Junaid at fine leg, he does well to get behind the ball and prevent the boundary

44.6

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, defended off the back foot

End of over 45 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 141/1
TM Dilshan    78* (137b 8x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    9-2-22-0
KC Sangakkara    37* (76b 5x4)      Abdur Rehman    13-4-30-0

45.1

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, spinning in from well outside off, padded away with a huge stride

45.2

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, nudged past a diving Azhar at short leg, bounced in front of him

45.3

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, 1 run, walks down and eases it down to long on

45.4

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, blocks a tossed up ball off the front foot

Two slips

45.5

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, opens the face and runs it with the spin from a good length towards point

45.6

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, lunges forward and smothers the flighted ball down the pitch

End of over 46 (1 run) Sri Lanka 142/1
TM Dilshan    78* (140b 8x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    14-4-31-0
KC Sangakkara    38* (79b 5x4)      Umar Gul    9-2-22-0

46.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, left alone outside off stump with the angle

round the stumps

46.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 2 runs, full, enough width, and Sanga eases it past extra cover with a firm push

Blame the hitters, says Mazher Arshad: "In Semi Final World Cup 1992, Imran Khan scored 44 off 93 balls in chase of 263 but that innings didn't matter once Inzamam launched 60 off 37 balls. Misbah was trying to do same thing in Mohali '2011, but neither Afridi nor Abdul Razzaq could do an Inzamam."

46.3

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, worked wide of midwicket

46.4

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, goes for the full one on the stumps, some reverse in to the batsman, dug out hard into the pitch, mid on gets around

46.5

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, length outside off, slapped away with quick hands to cover

46.6

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 run, full into the pads, worked away in front of square leg, deep square gets to it quickly, Ayub it is

End of over 47 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 146/1
TM Dilshan    79* (143b 8x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    10-2-26-0
KC Sangakkara    41* (82b 5x4)      Abdur Rehman    14-4-31-0

Neil: "Hafeez is captain? That's another Duck then."

Short and widish mid off in place

47.1

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, full on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler

47.2

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, gets forward and smothers a tossed up ball

47.3

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, flatter, pushed away to extra cover from the crease

47.4

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, loud appeal for lbw, darted in full and Dilshan takes it on the pad as he misses the work on the leg side, hit him outside leg stump

47.5

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, no run, quick, and angled in, played out towards mid on

47.6

Abdur Rehman to Sangakkara, 1 run, slows it up and flights it, at 79.4 kph, Sanga comes out, and eases it to deep mid on

End of over 48 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 148/1
KC Sangakkara    42* (84b 5x4)      Abdur Rehman    15-4-32-0
TM Dilshan    79* (147b 8x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    10-2-26-0

Junaid is back

48.1

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, no run, bowled fullish at 131 kph, just outside off, he shuffles and defends, off a thick inside edge

48.2

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, no run, straightish from over the stumps around off, defended with another shuffle

48.3

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, no run, another thick inside edge as he defends a length ball

48.4

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, no run, as solid a push as any as Junaid pitches it up, widish mid on is in the way

48.5

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, no run, this time he goes a touch wider, Sanga's off stump radar blinks 'danger', and he shoulders arms

48.6

Junaid Khan to Sangakkara, no run, pushed away towards extra cover

End of over 49 (maiden) Sri Lanka 148/1
KC Sangakkara    42* (90b 5x4)      Junaid Khan    7-1-29-0
TM Dilshan    79* (147b 8x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    15-4-32-0

49.1

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, 2 runs, that is some turn, that is too much turn, across the right-hander from outside leg stump, Dilshan gets away as it is bowled short, and works it away in front of square leg

49.2

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, padding away to a tossed up delivery outside off, appeal from Pakistan, that wasn't hitting off

49.3

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, FOUR, smack! Dilshan hits out, he gets a skiddy and quick one well outside off, and bashes it wide of the man at long off, too much power in that stroke, exploding suddenly

49.4

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, goes back to calm front-foot defending

49.5

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, angled in, defended down the pitch

49.6

Abdur Rehman to Dilshan, no run, advances forward and whips a dipping one straight to mid on

End of over 50 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 154/1
TM Dilshan    85* (153b 9x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    16-4-38-0
KC Sangakkara    42* (90b 5x4)      Junaid Khan    7-1-29-0
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Series Results
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Pallekele - Jul 8-12, 2012
Match drawn
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (SSC) - Jun 30-Jul 4, 2012
Match drawn
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Galle - Jun 22-25, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 209 runs
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Jun 25, 2012

Sri Lanka are ecstatic after picking up the final wicket, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day, June 25, 2012

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Jun 25, 2012

Mahela Jayawardene and Mohammad Hafeez shake hands, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day, June 25, 2012

Mahela Jayawardene and Mohammad Hafeez shake hands

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