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Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar have made their way out. All set to start. Kulasekara has the ball, three slips and a gully

Just before we start, the Matara Mauler celebrates his 43rd birthday today.

9.56am Just responding to a few e-mails from some of you, there's no DRS. Meanwhile Prashan sends us this: "Please dont be negative about Colombo weather. Be accurate. Last 10 days there were a few brief spells of passing showers and no thunder at all. There will be uninterrupted cricket for sure."

9.50am The teams will be updated in just a bit, but here they are anyway: Sri Lanka: 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Tharanga Paranavitana, 3 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 4 Kumar Sangakkara, 5 Thilan Samaraweera, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Suraj Randiv, 10 Rangana Herath, 11 Nuwan Pradeep.

Pakistan: 1 Taufeeq Umar, 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Adnan Akmal (wk), 8 Abdur Rehman, 9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 Aizaz Cheema, 11 Junaid Khan.

9.45am Great to see Chishty Mujahid on television, one of Pakistan's most well known commentators. I remember doing a flashback with him about India's tour of Pakistan in 1978-79, you can listen to it here. He just did a brief, delightful interview with Younis Khan in Urdu on Ten Cricket.

9.40am Russell Arnold on the pitch report warns against some uneven bounce in the early part of the day and some swing, but thereafter, he reckons, it'll flatten out considerably.

9.33am Toss time, David Boon is the match referee. Misbah calls tails, it's a head. Sri Lanka have won the toss and, surprisingly, chosen to bowl. Jayawardene thinks there is much in it for the seamers in the initial stages of the first day, given the rain over the last few days. Sri Lanka are unchanged. There's no Umar Gul, he's nursing an ankle injury. Pakistan have picked Aizaz Cheema in his place. Misbah returns in place of Mohammad Ayub. It would have been nice to see Mohammad Sami play, but he's not been selected for this game. He was quite sharp and nippy during the limited-overs games.

9.20am Kanishkaa Balachandran, our man covering the tour, gives us a refreshing bit of news. It's quite, warm, humid and bright he says. All normal for the time being. Abhishek Purohit has the preview for this match.

9.15am local time It turned out to be much easier than expected for Sri Lanka in the first Test, and a team that hasn't won its previous eight Test series has gone up 1-0 in this three-match rubber. Welcome to our coverage of the second Test and the Sri Lanka captain's beloved SSC. It has a history of run-fests. The weather hasn't been too promising in Sri Lanka of late. Scattered thunderstorms are forecast for all five days of the Test, more a headache for Pakistan's returning captain Misbah-ul-Haq, whose team is trailing.

0.1

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, swing rightaway for Kulasekara, moved in through the air and Hafeez stepped forward to shoulder arms to that one

0.2

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, this one goes the other way, nips away a hint after pitching, Hafeez stretches forward and leaves it alone

0.3

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, on the stumps, angling in towards off and middle, Hafeez stays his ground and knocks it down into the leg side

0.4

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a good length on the off, steps back and taps it in front of point

Kanishkaa typing away from an open press box at the SSC: "Feels nice to hear ball on bat. In an enclosed press box it feels like watching a silent movie"

0.5

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, much fuller, drawing him forward with a good length ball on middle, gets forward, closes the face and turns it into the leg side

0.6

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, first runs, angling in, short of a good length, nips in, turns it towards square leg and sprints a single

End of over 1 (1 run) Pakistan 1/0
Mohammad Hafeez    1* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-1-0
Taufeeq Umar    0* (0b)     

Angelo Mathews to share the new ball, not the more pacy Nuwan Pradeep.

1.1

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, ooh, in the channel outside off, just about, on a good length and it nips away after pitching, Hafeez judges it well, leaving it be

Three slips in place

1.2

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, bowled from slightly wide of the crease, angles in and then nips away, left alone to the keeper

1.3

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a good length this time and much wider, Hafeez doesn't bother, lets it go

1.4

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, Hafeez gets across as Mathews angles that towards middle, turned past mid-on for an easy single

Taufeeq on strike now

1.5

Mathews to Taufeeq Umar, no run, holds its line, angling away from the left-hander, Taufeeq lets it through to the keeper

1.6

Mathews to Taufeeq Umar, 1 run, straying on the pads and Taufeeq is off the mark, gets across a hint and clips it down to fine leg for a single

End of over 2 (2 runs) Pakistan 3/0
Taufeeq Umar    1* (2b)      AD Mathews    1-0-2-0
Mohammad Hafeez    2* (10b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-1-0

2.1

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, no run, short of a good length outside off, appears to hold its line, Taufeeq allows it through

Bright and sunny out there in Colombo

2.2

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, no run, some away movement there for Kulasekara but that's bowled too wide, Taufeeq wouldn't bother about those

2.3

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, 2 runs, targeting middle and off and it did move away after landing on a good length, Taufeeq got across and managed to squeeze that one past mid-off for a couple of runs

2.4

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, no run, plays that shot well but finds the fielder this time, straying on the pads, flicked along the ground to square leg

2.5

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, FOUR, pitched up and he latches on this time, gets forward and drives that handsomely between mid-off and cover, all along the ground

2.6

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, no run, beaten, had him walking forward did Kulasekara, didn't get to the pitch did Taufeeq, that was bowled just around a good length, poked at it just as it moved away and was beaten

End of over 3 (6 runs) Pakistan 9/0
Taufeeq Umar    7* (8b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-7-0
Mohammad Hafeez    2* (10b)      AD Mathews    1-0-2-0

3.1

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, defended into the off side, a bit of swing there, landed outside off and it's knocked down

3.2

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, gets forward and taps it around gently to steal a quick single

3.3

Mathews to Taufeeq Umar, no run, that was there for the taking, pitched up and was driven hard by Taufeeq and he couldn't get it past Dilshan at mid-off, Dilshan dives full length to his left, snaps it with one hand and save a certain four

3.4

Mathews to Taufeeq Umar, 1 run, pushed away into the leg side wide of mid-on to pinch a quick single

3.5

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, in the channel outside off stump, moves away and it's been left alone

3.6

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, fullish outside off stump, Hafeez drops that in front of cover and tries to pinch a single but it's not there

End of over 4 (2 runs) Pakistan 11/0
Mohammad Hafeez    3* (14b)      AD Mathews    2-0-4-0
Taufeeq Umar    8* (10b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-7-0

4.1

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, no run, short of a good length outside off, Taufeeq shapes to cut that one but can't connect, a bit of a lazy shot there, missed

4.2

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, no run, short of a good length on middle and off, squares him up a bit as it nips away, gets on the back foot and plays it down with soft hands to gully

4.3

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, no run, short of a good length on the off, guides that one more confidently down to point

4.4

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, no run, in the channel outside off, a bit too much width this time and Taufeeq can leave it be

Kulasekara runs in from round the wicket

4.5

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, no run, aah, works well, angling in, short of a good length and gets it to move away Taufeeq is drawn out and he prods at that one, is beaten

4.6

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, 2 runs, bowling to his strength there, fullish on the pads and that's easily worked behind square for a couple of runs

End of over 5 (2 runs) Pakistan 13/0
Taufeeq Umar    10* (16b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-9-0
Mohammad Hafeez    3* (14b)      AD Mathews    2-0-4-0

Kanishkaa: "Very poor crowd so far for a Saturday. Like a domestic game. Too hot to sit on the grass areas obviously." There's Percy Abeysekara, of course. But no Chacha Cricket. Nuwan Pradeep into the attack now.

5.1

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Short of a length outside off and some away movement rightaway, leaves it alone

5.2

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, best delivery of the day thus far, pushed it fuller and much closer to the off stump, landed in line with off actually and then moved away just a hint, caught him walking again and just missed the outside edge

Three slips and a gully

5.3

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a length this time, Hafeez moves back and chops it down into the off side

5.4

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, on a driving length, a tempting length, in the zone for Hafeez outside off and the right amount of movement for Pradeep to give him a chance, left alone though

5.5

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a good length this time and too wide to create any trouble, ignored by the batsman

5.6

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, much better but needs to get closer, Hafeez lets that one go as well

End of over 6 (maiden) Pakistan 13/0
Mohammad Hafeez    3* (20b)      N Pradeep    1-1-0-0
Taufeeq Umar    10* (16b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-9-0

Andrew: "You have to wonder why Taufeeq Umar didn't get a run in the ODI or T20I games on this tour. His domestic records, 4431 runs at 39.91 in 126 games in ODDs and 671 runs at 47.92 in 17 games in T20s, are pretty bloody impressive."

6.1

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, no run, Kula is attacking round the wicket, that lands on a length and prompts Taufeeq to actually step down the track and drive, straight to extra cover

The wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene comes up to the stumps today

6.2

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, FOUR, pitched up again, Taufeeq didn't time it well but got four anyway, was aiming to drive that through off, turned out to be a thick inside edge that went past mid-on

6.3

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, no run, short of a good length on middle, knocked back down the pitch to the bowler

Two wide slips in place

6.4

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, 1 run, this time Taufeeq was aiming at mid-on, pitched up again but another thick inside edge, this time behind square

Over the wicket to Hafeez, and he has three slips

6.5

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, angling in towards middle and off, Hafeez rocks forward and presents the full face

6.6

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, on a good length outside off, Hafeez lets that one go

End of over 7 (5 runs) Pakistan 18/0
Mohammad Hafeez    3* (22b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-14-0
Taufeeq Umar    15* (20b 2x4)      N Pradeep    1-1-0-0

7.1

Pradeep to Taufeeq Umar, no run, bowled on a good length on middle and off, Taufeeq gets forward, to the pitch, and drives it off the meat to extra cover

7.2

Pradeep to Taufeeq Umar, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets on the back foot and defends it into the leg side

7.3

Pradeep to Taufeeq Umar, FOUR, pitched on a length, again not so well timed by Taufeeq but he manages to crunch it past the bowler, and beats mid-on to the boundary

7.4

Pradeep to Taufeeq Umar, no run, well fielded by Pradeep off his own bowling, was pitched up again and this was more confidently driven by Taufeeq, straight back to the bowler this time though

7.5

Pradeep to Taufeeq Umar, FOUR, easily done this time, in the zone for him, full outside off and it's just punched through the line past mid-off

7.6

Pradeep to Taufeeq Umar, no run, left alone, and left well, angling away this time, in the corridor and it holds its line

End of over 8 (8 runs) Pakistan 26/0
Taufeeq Umar    23* (26b 4x4)      N Pradeep    2-1-8-0
Mohammad Hafeez    3* (22b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-14-0

8.1

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, bowled at 122kmph on the off stump, lands full, gets forward and pushes that gently to point

8.2

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a good length outside off, comes back in a hint, punched back towards the bowler

8.3

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, angling in towards middle, gets forward and pushes that back down the pitch

8.4

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, comes back in after landing just outside off, Hafeez gets across and is struck on the pads but high and outside the line, no appeal anyway

8.5

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, 3 runs, short of a good length, appeared to keep a little low, punched off the back foot past Dilshan at extra cover, he gives chase, slips and the batsmen take three

Keeper standing up, three slips, a gully and a short extra cover

8.6

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, no run, fired in on a good length outside off and Prasanna Jayawardene fumbles after Taufeeq lets it go

End of over 9 (3 runs) Pakistan 29/0
Taufeeq Umar    23* (27b 4x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-17-0
Mohammad Hafeez    6* (27b)      N Pradeep    2-1-8-0

9.1

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, pitched on a good length on the off, rocks forward and defends it off the meat

9.2

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, edged and short of third slip, short of a good length and gets it to nip away, Hafeez took the bottom-hand off that one

9.3

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, lots of pad but also a good bit of bat, bowls it quick on middle and leg, gets across slightly to force it through the leg side, gets an inside edge

9.4

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, angling in towards middle, defended solidly down to mid-on

9.5

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, fired in at 135.7 kmph on a good length outside off, Hafeez lets it go through

9.6

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, pitched on a length on middle, gets to the pitch does Hafeez and drives it soundly to mid-on

A solid start from Pakistan, few hiccups on the way to 10 overs, the openers were troubled by a couple of away-going deliveries but no major signs of discomfort.

End of over 10 (maiden) Pakistan 29/0
Mohammad Hafeez    6* (33b)      N Pradeep    3-2-8-0
Taufeeq Umar    23* (27b 4x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-17-0

10.1

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, no run, slightly short on leg stump, tries to work it square, gets an inside edge onto the pads

10.2

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, no run, appeal for lbw, nope, you can't give those, landed outside leg and then moved towards middle, struck in line but Taufeeq was a couple of yards down the pitch as well

10.3

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, no run, moves away from a good length and Taufeeq, this time, lets it be

10.4

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, no run, he'll be upset about that will Taufeeq, short of a good length and there he was trying to open the face on that one and get it past the three slips, beaten, for his own good he'll think

10.5

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, no run, short of a good length on middle and off, defended back towards the bowler

10.6

Kulasekara to Taufeeq Umar, 2 runs, nicely done, pitched on a good length, rocked forward and turned i gently through square for a couple of runs

End of over 11 (2 runs) Pakistan 31/0
Taufeeq Umar    25* (33b 4x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-19-0
Mohammad Hafeez    6* (33b)      N Pradeep    3-2-8-0

11.1

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Hafeez deals with that superbly, pitched up and he just eased it down past mid-off, lovely timing, got the pitch and from then on it was easy pickings

11.2

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, angling in towards middle and leg, just jabs that down towards midwicket

11.3

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, gets front and across, closes the face and pats it down towards midwicket

11.4

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, the first bouncer of the day, banged in short on middle and Hafeez ducked under that one easily

11.5

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, targeting middle and leg, Hafeez gets across a hint and pushes that to mid-on

11.6

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, bowled it on a good length, pushed it firmly down towards mid-on but can't get it past the fielder

End of over 12 (4 runs) Pakistan 35/0
Mohammad Hafeez    10* (39b 1x4)      N Pradeep    4-2-12-0
Taufeeq Umar    25* (33b 4x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-19-0

Randiv, one of the stars for Sri Lanka in Galle, has been brought on for his offspin. A slip and a short leg, an extra cover in place as well

12.1

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, no run, down the leg side, round the wicket and it's a wasted delivery

12.2

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, no run, a bit of flight this time, stretches forward and defends it into the leg side

12.3

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, no run, angling towards leg and hoping for some turn towards middle and off, plays it down to short leg

12.4

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, no run, held it back slightly, Taufeeq was committed to the forward defence earlier than he would have liked, stabbed it in front of short leg

12.5

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, 1 run, angling on the pads and it's been turned away past short leg this time for a single

A slip, short leg and a shortish mid-on in place

12.6

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, tossed up, generously, lands on a length and it's driven firmly but straight to extra cover

End of over 13 (1 run) Pakistan 36/0
Mohammad Hafeez    10* (40b 1x4)      S Randiv    1-0-1-0
Taufeeq Umar    26* (38b 4x4)      N Pradeep    4-2-12-0

This is the 17th successive Test for which Pakistan have retained this opening combination, I'm told.

13.1

Pradeep to Taufeeq Umar, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, turns it past mid-on again for an easy single

Two slips and a gully

13.2

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, slightly short on the off, knocks that one down in front of point and cover and takes an easy single

A silly mid-off there for Taufeeq

13.3

Pradeep to Taufeeq Umar, no run, shortish on the off, dropped down into the off side in front of gully

13.4

Pradeep to Taufeeq Umar, 1 run, on a good length on middle, a touch too straight for Taufeeq, turned away for a single past square leg

13.5

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, a bit of inward movement off the pitch there but well covered by Hafeez, who gets outside the line and presents the straight bat

13.6

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, bowled on a good length, pushed down towards cover from the crease

Match State: Drinks. Pakistan have negotiated the first hour fairly easily, Sri Lanka's decision to bowl first on a flattish pitch hasn't had much justification yet.

End of over 14 (3 runs) Pakistan 39/0
Mohammad Hafeez    11* (43b 1x4)      N Pradeep    5-2-15-0
Taufeeq Umar    28* (41b 4x4)      S Randiv    1-0-1-0

14.1

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, no run, angling in towards off from round the wicket, reaches forward and taps it in front of the bowler

14.2

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, no run, pitched on a length outside off, pushed it towards point

14.3

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, no run, a bit of width this time and slightly short but Taufeeq lets it be

14.4

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, FOUR, delicately done, a bit risky but he handled it assuredly, short of a length and Randiv always gets a decent amount of bounce, waited for it to turn away and cut it wide of slip and behind point

14.5

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, no run, bowled it flatter on middle and off, played back towards the bowler

14.6

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, 1 run, pitched on a length, pushed a little uppishly back down the pitch but lands well short of the bowler, who fumbles to concede a single

End of over 15 (5 runs) Pakistan 44/0
Taufeeq Umar    33* (47b 5x4)      S Randiv    2-0-6-0
Mohammad Hafeez    11* (43b 1x4)      N Pradeep    5-2-15-0

15.1

Pradeep to Taufeeq Umar, no run, Bouncer, banged in on middle and leg, this time to Taufeeq, who gets under in quick time

15.2

Pradeep to Taufeeq Umar, no run, another bouncer down the leg side this time, Prasanna Jayawardene fumbled behind the stumps and the slip fielder dived to prevent the ball from hitting the helmet there, would have conceded five runs otherwise

15.3

Pradeep to Taufeeq Umar, no run, there is a silly mid-off in place, driven on the up straight towards him and he palms it off to save any runs

15.4

Pradeep to Taufeeq Umar, no run, short of a good length on the off, punched off the back foot to silly mid-off

15.5

Pradeep to Taufeeq Umar, no run, sharp bouncer this time, Taufeeq got out of the way easily though, on middle

15.6

Pradeep to Taufeeq Umar, no run, goodish length on the off, gets forward and taps it down towards point

End of over 16 (maiden) Pakistan 44/0
Taufeeq Umar    33* (53b 5x4)      N Pradeep    6-3-15-0
Mohammad Hafeez    11* (43b 1x4)      S Randiv    2-0-6-0

16.1

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, tossed up on the off side, reaches forward and defends it in front of mid-off

16.2

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, flatter, gets a bit of turn from outside off, plays it back down the pitch

16.3

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, gets front and across and works it away behind square for one run

16.4

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, FOUR, sliding down the leg side and Taufeeq just has to get some bat on that one, clips it really fine and beats the fielder in the deep for a boundary

16.5

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, no run, shortish outside off, there to cut as it turns away with the right amount of bounce to execute the shot but he doesn't connect

16.6

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, 1 run, on middle and leg, that's been flicked away past square leg to raise the 50-stand

This is the best opening stand for Pakistan on this tour so far, Taufeeq leading the way with a positive knock

End of over 17 (6 runs) Pakistan 50/0
Taufeeq Umar    38* (56b 6x4)      S Randiv    3-0-12-0
Mohammad Hafeez    12* (46b 1x4)      N Pradeep    6-3-15-0

Mathews returns for a new spell

17.1

Mathews to Taufeeq Umar, FOUR, short and wide and it's been thrashed, cut away hard past a diving point, plenty of room for Taufeeq and he doesn't waste it

17.2

Mathews to Taufeeq Umar, no run, short of a good length on the off, defended after taking a couple of steps down the pitch

17.3

Mathews to Taufeeq Umar, no run, and again, he's done that often today, steps out, picks the length well and taps it back to the bowler

17.4

Mathews to Taufeeq Umar, no run, shortish outside off, lets that one through after it holds its line

Prasanna Jayawardene was splendid there, pretending to throw towards the cover fielder by looking in that direction, he actually under-arm flicked that onto the stumps at the striker's end. Taufeeq was taken by surprise, but he was well in

17.5

Mathews to Taufeeq Umar, FOUR, shortish outside off, misdirected by Mathews, chopped down hard into the ground and past the slips and gully for a boundary

17.6

Mathews to Taufeeq Umar, FOUR, raises his half-century in style, short and wide again, this time with the keeper standing up, slashed away through point

Taufeeq's positive approach has allowed Hafeez to bide his time at the other end. A welcome half-century for him, his first in eight Test innings

End of over 18 (12 runs) Pakistan 62/0
Taufeeq Umar    50* (62b 9x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-16-0
Mohammad Hafeez    12* (46b 1x4)      S Randiv    3-0-12-0

18.1

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 leg bye, an inside edge as he tried to turn the face, or maybe not, a single wide of short leg, the first extra of the innings

18.2

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, FOUR, ooh, Taufeeq was in a hint of trouble there, a thick outside edge past slip as he rocked forward and tried to defend it hard, flattish and some away turn

A second slip comes in

18.3

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, no run, fullish on the off, reaches forward and pushes it back

18.4

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, 2 runs, shortish on middle, flat, punched past short leg for a couple of runs

18.5

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, no run, on a good length on the off, to the pitch this time and defended to cover

18.6

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, no run, nicely left, in the channel and this one holds its line, Taufeeq opts to leave it alone

End of over 19 (7 runs) Pakistan 69/0
Taufeeq Umar    56* (67b 10x4)      S Randiv    4-0-18-0
Mohammad Hafeez    12* (47b 1x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-16-0

19.1

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, lazy shot by Hafeez, played all over that one, pushed outside the line and was beaten, his feet were stuck in the crease

19.2

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, pushed it full on the off, played back soundly down the pitch to the bowler

19.3

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a length on the off, rocks on the back foot and crunches it to cover

Mazher Arshad gives us this tidbit: "If Taufeeq Umar can score 44 more runs in next 30 minutes, he will be only 5th batsman of world to score century before Lunch on first day of the Test. Last batsmen was Majid Khan against New Zealand in 1976-77."

19.4

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, angling in towards middle, gets on the back foot and turns it in the direction of midwicket

19.5

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, on a good length on the off, rocks forward and defends it towards cover

The respective cheerleaders of Sri Lanka and Pakistan are involved in their own game of cricket in the stands. Didn't know Percy Abeysekara was a left-hand bat

19.6

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Hafeez is content to let that one go

End of over 20 (maiden) Pakistan 69/0
Mohammad Hafeez    12* (53b 1x4)      AD Mathews    4-1-16-0
Taufeeq Umar    56* (67b 10x4)      S Randiv    4-0-18-0

20.1

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, no run, played that one a little late, waited for it to turn away and stabbed it towards cover

20.2

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, no run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and knocks it square

20.3

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, FOUR, goes over the top, tossed up on middle and it's dispatched over the vacant midwicket region, against the turn, safe shot and he plays it well

20.4

Randiv to Taufeeq Umar, 1 run, shortish outside off, waits for it to turn away and guides it behind point for a single

20.5

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, turns sharply from middle down leg, takes the pads before it's stopped by short leg, a short square leg in fact

20.6

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, gets front and across to that one and rolls it towards midwicket

End of over 21 (5 runs) Pakistan 74/0
Mohammad Hafeez    12* (55b 1x4)      S Randiv    5-0-23-0
Taufeeq Umar    61* (71b 11x4)      AD Mathews    4-1-16-0

Salman: "But Hafeez on the other end without rotating the strike. makes it harder for Taufeeq to complete his century." Not sure getting past Majid is the foremost thing on Taufeeq's mind Salman

21.1

Mathews to Taufeeq Umar, FOUR, Mathews bowls that from really wide of the crease from round the wicket, ends up providing a fair amount of width and lands it on a good length, Taufeeq can free his arms and crack that past mid-off for another four

21.2

Mathews to Taufeeq Umar, no run, on target this time, on middle, pushed back down the pitch

21.3

Mathews to Taufeeq Umar, OUT, Taufeeq goes, a big strike for Sri Lanka, short and wide and he'd dispatched those deliveries for boundaries earlier in the innings, perhaps it didn't bounce as much as he would have liked, a thin edge and Prasanna, standing up to the stumps, makes no mistake, a sharp catch that

Taufeeq Umar c †HAPW Jayawardene b Mathews 65 (97m 74b 12x4 0x6) SR: 87.83

Taufeeq was impressive and looked set for much more, Sri Lanka can breathe a little easy now with a new batsman and a very quiet Hafeez. A touch fortunate, too, were the hosts; that wasn't quite a wicket-taking ball, but it should help them pull things back a bit

21.4

Mathews to Azhar Ali, no run

21.5

Mathews to Azhar Ali, no run, on a length outside off, got that one to move away and he left that alone

21.6

Mathews to Azhar Ali, no run, Azhar Ali gets forward and lets that one go through

End of over 22 (4 runs) Pakistan 78/1
Azhar Ali    0* (3b)      AD Mathews    5-1-20-1
Mohammad Hafeez    12* (55b 1x4)      S Randiv    5-0-23-0

Herath comes on to bowl now. Two slips, a short leg and a short extra cover

22.1

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, goes round the wicket, loops it outside off and this one holds its line, Hafeez lets it go at the last moment

22.2

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, steps out of the crease this time and drives it soundly but straight to extra cover

22.3

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, slow, short and wide, cut away but straight to point

22.4

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, beaten, slower through the air, got it to turn away just as Hafeez came forward and had a poke

22.5

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, bowled that full on the off, pushed it down to mid-on, wants the single but his partner decided against it

22.6

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, shortish on middle and off, gets on the back foot and punches it to extra cover

End of over 23 (maiden) Pakistan 78/1
Mohammad Hafeez    12* (61b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-1-0-0
Azhar Ali    0* (3b)      AD Mathews    5-1-20-1

23.1

Mathews to Azhar Ali, FOUR, Azhar times that superbly, bowled from wide of the crease, over the wicket, landed full on middle, he got forward to the pitch and just pushed it firmly past mid-on

23.2

Mathews to Azhar Ali, no run, lovely ball, in the channel outside off, on a driving length and got it to dart away, left alone

23.3

Mathews to Azhar Ali, 2 runs, gets front and across does Azhar, a touch risky early on but he had that well covered, got a good stride out and drove it well through midwicket for a couple

23.4

Mathews to Azhar Ali, 1 run, and again, this time it's just a single, a mid-on in place and Herath gathers but can't prevent the run

23.5

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, banged that one in short, but outside leg stump, no trouble at all for Hafeez

23.6

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, straying on the pads and Hafeez flicks that down to fine leg for a single

End of over 24 (8 runs) Pakistan 86/1
Mohammad Hafeez    13* (63b 1x4)      AD Mathews    6-1-28-1
Azhar Ali    7* (7b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-1-0-0

Major Hammad has this interesting revelation: "Toufeeq 65 with strike rate 87.83 is his fastest score from 21 fifty plus innings, his next fastest is 67 vs South Africa with strike rate 66.33."

24.1

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, slow, and holds its line, lands on a good length, defended into the leg side

24.2

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short, moves away and cuts it well but not past the fielder at point

24.3

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, quicker through the air and flatter, knocked away into the off side

24.4

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, floating it on the off stump, rocks forward and defends it down in front of cover

24.5

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, flighted on the off, drives it towards mid-off, a direct hit from Kulasekara at mid-off but Hafeez is well in

24.6

Herath to Azhar Ali, no run, gets forward and takes his bottom hand off while playing it in front of short leg

Shahrukh: "Really pleased to see Chishty Mujahid in the commentator's box. Awesome dude and chooses his words really nicely. Very knowledgeable bloke too."

End of over 25 (1 run) Pakistan 87/1
Azhar Ali    7* (8b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-1-1-0
Mohammad Hafeez    14* (68b 1x4)      AD Mathews    6-1-28-1

Kulasekara is back

25.1

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a good length outside off, gets on the back foot and knocks it down towards point

25.2

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, pitched up on the off this time, gets forward and drives it through midwicket for a couple more runs

25.3

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, 3 runs, short of a good length, keeps a little low but doesn't ruffle Hafeez, he gets back and punches it through midwicket for three more runs, well timed

25.4

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, no run, goodish length on the off, rocks forward and defends that one through the line to the bowler

25.5

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, no run, in the channel outside off stump and he shoulders arms to that one

25.6

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, no run, back of a length this time, good bounce for Kula, Azhar lets that one be

End of over 26 (5 runs) Pakistan 92/1
Azhar Ali    7* (11b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-24-0
Mohammad Hafeez    19* (71b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-1-1-0

We have time for one over before lunch

26.1

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, draws Hafeez out of the crease, gets to the pitch and pushes it to mid-off for a single

26.2

Herath to Azhar Ali, no run, Azhar's turn to get out of his crease this time, doesn't quite get to the pitch but taps it down into the off side nevertheless

26.3

Herath to Azhar Ali, no run, steps out and drives this firmly but straight to extra cover

26.4

Herath to Azhar Ali, no run, angling in towards middle and off, pushes that one back to the bowler

26.5

Herath to Azhar Ali, 1 run, bowled it straight on middle, drives that one wide of mid-on for a single

A silly point for the last ball of the over, in addition to the two slips

26.6

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a good length on middle, pushed back down the pitch

End of over 27 (2 runs) Pakistan 94/1
Mohammad Hafeez    20* (73b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-1-3-0
Azhar Ali    8* (15b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-24-0

Time to squeeze in one more over.

27.1

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, no run, Kula drops that one short, dragged from outside off but straight to midwicket

27.2

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, no run, bowled on a goodish length outside off stump, holds its line, defended towards cover

27.3

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, no run, short of a good length on the off, punched from the crease towards mid-off

27.4

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, no run, short of a good length, keeps a little low and holds its line, leaves that one alone

27.5

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, no run, banged in short on middle and angling down leg, ducks under that one easily

27.6

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, no run, goodish length, gets forward and drives that a little loosely towards midwicket

Match State: Lunch - Day 1. Pakistan's session. Sri Lanka's hopes for some early assistance from the SSC track didn't quite materialise as much as they would have liked. The track has eased up considerably now, though Pakistan will rue losing Taufeeq, who was looking quite threatening and was really well set. Hafeez hasn't quite got going, but he's seen through one session and is surely, but surely, settling in. He's had a poor tour thus far, but he's hanging in there. Join us in another 30 minutes, at 12.35pm for the next session. In the meantime, do check out Sidharth Monga's lunch report.

End of over 28 (maiden) Pakistan 94/1
Azhar Ali    8* (21b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-1-24-0
Mohammad Hafeez    20* (73b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-1-3-0

Welcome back. We are set for the start of the post-lunch action, with Pakistan in control so far. A few clouds, but overall pretty bright and the conditions promise a full day's action. Herath to start off. Two slips and a silly point

28.1

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, tossed up by Herath, lands full on middle, drives it back down the pitch

28.2

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, floating it on the off stump, reaches forward, gets an inside edge onto the pads

28.3

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, sweep, flighted on the off, doesn't quite get hold, ends up dragging it through square leg for a couple of runs

28.4

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, floating it on the off, gets to the pitch with a stride out and plays it down the pitch

28.5

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, flatter, on middle, holding its line, tapped back towards the bowler

28.6

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, on a good length, slowish, gets forward and drops it dead into the leg side

End of over 29 (2 runs) Pakistan 96/1
Mohammad Hafeez    22* (79b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-1-5-0
Azhar Ali    8* (21b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-1-24-0

Kulasekara runs in

29.1

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, no run, short of a good length outside off, gets on top of that one and plays it down to gully

29.2

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, no run, short of a good length again, holds its line and Azhar has nothing to do with it this time

29.3

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, no run, beaten, Kula gets that one to dart away from a good length, Azhar's poke is almost a fatal one, was looking to open the face there, missed

29.4

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, no run, induces him into driving that one, Azhar tries to punch that through extra cover, gets an thick inside edge in the direction of midwicket instead

29.5

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, no run, goodish length on the off, steps forward and taps that to cover

29.6

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, no run, on target is Kula, angles in towards off stump but is met solidly by Azhar

End of over 30 (maiden) Pakistan 96/1
Azhar Ali    8* (27b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-2-24-0
Mohammad Hafeez    22* (79b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-1-5-0

Gareth: "Still surprised by Lanka's persistance with Randiv. Players like the leggie Dulanjana Mendis seem lke a much better prospect." Despite what Randiv did in Galle?

30.1

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, smartly done, yawning gap in the direction of fine leg, fetches that from outside off and paddles that into the vacant field for a boundary that raises Pakistan's century

30.2

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, tossed up on the off, pushes that one back to the bowler

30.3

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, sweeping against the turn, not that Herath turns it much, it didn't turn at all in fact despite there being a good amount of tweak on that one, swept fiercely through square leg

Speaking of Dulanjana Mendis, he's got an excellent domestic record.

30.4

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, rocks forward and stabs that wide of silly point

30.5

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, 3 runs, quicker, flatter, shorter on middle, Hafeez times those really well, just a jab, a wristy jab, and it races wide of mid-on, lovely timing once again

30.6

Herath to Azhar Ali, 2 runs, short of a length, rocks back does Hafeez and crunches it through point, cover gives chase and cuts it off, 13 off that over

Percy and his Pakistan counterpart still have their game on in the stands.

End of over 31 (13 runs) Pakistan 109/1
Azhar Ali    10* (28b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-1-18-0
Mohammad Hafeez    33* (84b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-2-24-0

31.1

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, timed well again, short of a good length, punched back down the pitch, Kula didn't get a hand to it but Dilshan did well, diving to his right at mid-off, to keep them to a single

31.2

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, no run, goodish length, rocks forward and defends that towards extra cover

31.3

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, 2 runs, banged in short on middle, rolls his wrists over that one and pulls it behind square leg, Pradeep dives to his left, stops it with one hand and keeps them to a couple

31.4

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, no run, banged in short on middle, Azhar ducks under that one easily

Gareth: "Three of those second innings wickets were tail enders. He seems to just luck out on the pressure the other bowlers create. He's also talked about as an allrounder but has truly struggled with the bat in Tests."

31.5

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets forward and plays it down into the off side

31.6

Kulasekara to Azhar Ali, no run, slightly shortish outside off, gets forward and knocks it down to cover

End of over 32 (3 runs) Pakistan 112/1
Azhar Ali    12* (33b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-2-27-0
Mohammad Hafeez    34* (85b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-1-18-0

32.1

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, floating it outside off, plenty of air on that one, turns away just a hint, left alone

32.2

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, tossed up again, comes down the track and drives it back down the pitch

32.3

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, slightly flatter, lands full outside off, played back to the bowler

32.4

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, fetches it from middle and off this time and paddles it fine, a couple more, there's some cover in the deep behind square this time

32.5

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, saw him come down, made a bit of room and simultaneously charged forward, Herath bowled that one flat and Hafeez had to readjust

32.6

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, shortish outside off, mistimes a cut but it yields an easy single

End of over 33 (3 runs) Pakistan 115/1
Mohammad Hafeez    37* (91b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-1-21-0
Azhar Ali    12* (33b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-2-27-0

33.1

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Hafeez moved forward to cover the movement there, and got an inside edge onto the pads

33.2

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a good length, kept a little low, punched into the off side off the back foot

33.3

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, steps forward this time to a good length ball and defends solidly

Krish: "I think Randiv should be given a fair run in tests. He can be a good bowler. He was never given enough chances. He just played 3 matches in row, this is the 4th. He's taken 14 wickets in his last 3. Leave him alone."

33.4

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Movement and it beats Hafeez, he wasn't expecting that, landed on a good length and shot away, only just, to beat the outside edge

33.5

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, angling in towards middle, gets on the back foot and defends it into the off side

33.6

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, edgy Hafeez, through that gap between the slips and third man, along the ground, fishing for one outside off, opened the face there but it went a little finer than he would have wanted

End of over 34 (4 runs) Pakistan 119/1
Mohammad Hafeez    41* (97b 4x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    11-2-31-0
Azhar Ali    12* (33b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-1-21-0

34.1

Herath to Azhar Ali, 1 run, pushed away in the direction of mid-off for a single

34.2

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short, good bounce this time, makes a bit of room and cuts it down to point

34.3

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, flighted, charges down the track, gets to the pitch but mistimes a drive down to mid-on, was aiming to go over the top there

34.4

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a length outside off, chopped in the direction of point

34.5

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, 5 runs, slightly short, slaps that in front of cover, the fielder picks up and aims at the non-striker's end, was a needless throw as Hafeez completed the single easily, no one was backing up, Mathews was the fielder, five runs in all

34.6

Herath to Azhar Ali, no run, taps that one into the off side

End of over 35 (6 runs) Pakistan 125/1
Azhar Ali    13* (35b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    7-1-27-0
Mohammad Hafeez    46* (101b 4x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    11-2-31-0

35.1

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Hafeez will be mightily relieved, he's reached his half-century, the first of this tour, with a punch past a diving point, the ball kept a little low there but he had plenty of bat on that one

He got starts in six of his last seven innings but didn't reach a fifty

35.2

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, steps forward and pushes that in the direction of cover

35.3

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a length on the off, defended into the off side

35.4

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, bowled on a length outside off, a bit of away nip, shoulders arms this time

35.5

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, bowled on a length, rocks forward and pushes that firmly towards mid-off

35.6

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, easy pickings, Kula drops that short outside off and it's cut behind point by Hafeez for four more, much more comfortable out in the middle after the lunch break

End of over 36 (8 runs) Pakistan 133/1
Mohammad Hafeez    54* (107b 6x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    12-2-39-0
Azhar Ali    13* (35b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    7-1-27-0

Rob: "I'm going to agree with Gareth. Randiv hasn't shown enough to be given this grace. Especially when you have players rotting in domestic with those sorts of figures. Plus, who doesn't want to see a new young leggie... Steve Smith excluded of course."

Just two slips for Herath, no close-in in front of the stumps

36.1

Herath to Azhar Ali, no run

36.2

Herath to Azhar Ali, 1 run, comes down the track and drives that one in front of mid-on for a single

36.3

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, He's picking them early now, slower through the air from Herath, landed short, he moved back and thwacked it through the vacant cover region

One slip comes out, silly mid-off moves in

36.4

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, angling in towards middle, gets forward and defends it into leg

36.5

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, rocks forward and defends it down the pitch this time

36.6

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, Mahela Jayawardene at slip, anticipating the paddle sweep, moved quickly into the leg side as he saw Hafeez get into position but that was played well wide of him, down towards fine leg for a couple of runs

Taufel just had a word with Jayawardene there. He was reminding him that he cannot move until the batsman has had a chance to play the shot. Mahela had started moving just as the ball was delivered

End of over 37 (7 runs) Pakistan 140/1
Mohammad Hafeez    60* (111b 7x4)      HMRKB Herath    8-1-34-0
Azhar Ali    14* (37b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    12-2-39-0

Randiv is back, has short square leg and a short midwicket, and a slip

37.1

Randiv to Azhar Ali, no run, tossed up, lands full, driven back to the bowler

37.2

Randiv to Azhar Ali, no run, shortish on the off, turning in, gets on the back foot and he defends it back to the bowler

37.3

Randiv to Azhar Ali, no run, gets back and works it wide of that midwicket fielder, decides against the single

37.4

Randiv to Azhar Ali, no run, flighted on the off, comes down the track and drives it back towards the bowler

37.5

Randiv to Azhar Ali, no run, gets front and across there and plays it to midwicket

37.6

Randiv to Azhar Ali, 1 run, works that one away from outside off past midwicket into the deep for an easy single

End of over 38 (1 run) Pakistan 141/1
Azhar Ali    15* (43b 1x4)      S Randiv    6-0-24-0
Mohammad Hafeez    60* (111b 7x4)      HMRKB Herath    8-1-34-0

GK: "The Professor has notched up 40 from 44 since lunch. Making use of that gritty start!"

38.1

Herath to Azhar Ali, no run, shortish on the off, gets back and pushes it into the off side

38.2

Herath to Azhar Ali, 1 run, there is a deep point in place, moves back and chops that through point into the deep

38.3

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, flighted on middle, gets a big stride out and plays it back to the bowler

38.4

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, bowled that full, pushed through midwicket for a single

38.5

Herath to Azhar Ali, 1 run, deep point into the act again, punched off the back foot for a single

38.6

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, They have a deepish mid-off, not quite a long-off, Hafeez sensed a chance, charged down the pitch to that flighted ball and smashed it one bounce to the long-off boundary

Hafeez has changed gears, that watchful, circumspect version of him has been cast aside. A lot more attacking, using his feet very well, charging out often

End of over 39 (7 runs) Pakistan 148/1
Mohammad Hafeez    65* (114b 8x4)      HMRKB Herath    9-1-41-0
Azhar Ali    17* (46b 1x4)      S Randiv    6-0-24-0

39.1

Randiv to Azhar Ali, 1 run, Azhar pinches a single, giving his senior partner good support here

39.2

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, reaches forward and defends it into the leg side

39.3

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, floating it on middle, presents the full face and plays it back down the pitch

39.4

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Not quite a drop, but Hafeez almost holed out, excellent effort from Kulasekara, he was running back from a deepish mid-on, Hafeez charged out again in an attempt to clear the boundary, didn't get hold at all, came off the leading edge, Kulasekara ran back, dived, got a hand but couldn't latch on

39.5

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, no run

39.6

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, gets a stride out and defends it soldily

End of over 40 (5 runs) Pakistan 153/1
Mohammad Hafeez    69* (119b 9x4)      S Randiv    7-0-29-0
Azhar Ali    18* (47b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    9-1-41-0

40.1

Herath to Azhar Ali, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot, pushes it back down the pitch

40.2

Herath to Azhar Ali, 1 run, Azhar's turn to paddle, there is a fine leg in place, just the single

40.3

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, tossed up, gets forward and pushes it back to the bowler

40.4

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, closes the face on that one, midwicket is there to cut off the single

40.5

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, gets forward and plays it in the direction of cover

40.6

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, a bit of a reach again and it's defended into the off side

End of over 41 (1 run) Pakistan 154/1
Mohammad Hafeez    69* (123b 9x4)      HMRKB Herath    10-1-42-0
Azhar Ali    19* (49b 1x4)      S Randiv    7-0-29-0

41.1

Randiv to Azhar Ali, 1 run, down the leg side, comes down the track and drives it through midwicket for a single

41.2

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, nicely done, waits for that one to turn in and chops it down behind point for a couple of runs

41.3

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, gets forward and closes the face on that one, gets it just wide of the diving short square leg

41.4

Randiv to Azhar Ali, no run, turn, Azhar watched it onto the bat, defended it confidently down the pitch

41.5

Randiv to Azhar Ali, no run, came down the track there and almost yorked himself, dug it out to the bowler

41.6

Randiv to Azhar Ali, 1 run, closes the face on that one as it turns in, plays it towards square leg for a single

End of over 42 (5 runs) Pakistan 159/1
Azhar Ali    21* (53b 1x4)      S Randiv    8-0-34-0
Mohammad Hafeez    72* (125b 9x4)      HMRKB Herath    10-1-42-0

PDTM: "Not often that a player changes gears like this these days. There isn't much crossover between the dashers and grinders these days, but the Prof is doing it very nicely."

42.1

Herath to Azhar Ali, no run, quicker ball on middle, pushes that one back to the bowler

42.2

Herath to Azhar Ali, 1 run, shortish on the off, punched from the crease towards deep cover for a single

42.3

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, slower one angling in towards middle, drops it dead into the leg side

42.4

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, fullish on the off, pushed in the direction of that deep mid-on for a single

42.5

Herath to Azhar Ali, no run, floating it outside off, pushes that one towards point

42.6

Herath to Azhar Ali, no run, slightly short on the off, gets on the back foot and presses it away

End of over 43 (2 runs) Pakistan 161/1
Azhar Ali    22* (57b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    11-1-44-0
Mohammad Hafeez    73* (127b 9x4)      S Randiv    8-0-34-0

Mazher Arshad sends in this: "4000 Balls faced by Azhar Ali in his 42nd Test innings, that's an average of 95 balls faced per innings. Since his Test debut (13 July 2010), only Kumar Sangakkara (4131), Rahul Dravid (4376), and Alastair Cook (4457) have lasted more deliveries than him."

43.1

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, flighted on the off stump, played away into the leg side

43.2

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, swept straight towards deep backward square leg for a single

43.3

Randiv to Azhar Ali, 1 run, gets on the back foot to turn it square for a single

43.4

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, gets a big stride out and defends it towards extra cover

43.5

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven in front of mid-off, another easy single on offer

43.6

Randiv to Azhar Ali, no run, Azhar gets front and across and defends it into the leg side, time for drinks

Match State: Drinks. Azhar has calmly moved along to 23, and Hafeez has been a different batsman after the break. The batsmen clearly in command, the bowlers can only hope.

End of over 44 (3 runs) Pakistan 164/1
Azhar Ali    23* (59b 1x4)      S Randiv    9-0-37-0
Mohammad Hafeez    75* (131b 9x4)      HMRKB Herath    11-1-44-0

44.1

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, tossed up on middle, gets forward and drives it back to the bowler

44.2

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, well timed, shortish, gets on the back foot and punches it through midwicket for a couple

44.3

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, crunched past the diving point for a single

Ramiz Raja on TV commentary says this is Hafeez's highest Test score against Sri Lanka

44.4

Herath to Azhar Ali, 1 run, shortish on the off, pushed through cover for a single

44.5

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, pushed off the back foot towards cover

44.6

Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, slightly short, gets that one wide of point for a single

End of over 45 (5 runs) Pakistan 169/1
Mohammad Hafeez    79* (136b 9x4)      HMRKB Herath    12-1-49-0
Azhar Ali    24* (60b 1x4)      S Randiv    9-0-37-0

45.1

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, that's been worked away for a single

45.2

Randiv to Azhar Ali, 1 run, presses that one away for one more

45.3

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, no run

45.4

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, gets a stride out and pushes it down the pitch

45.5

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, knocks it down on the side from the crease

45.6

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, floating it on the off, reaches forward and plays it back to the bowler

End of over 46 (2 runs) Pakistan 171/1
Mohammad Hafeez    80* (141b 9x4)      S Randiv    10-0-39-0
Azhar Ali    25* (61b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    12-1-49-0

Usman: "Good to see cricket in SL, while we suffer another washout in the Swedish Cricket League! Whats the deal with the focus on Hafeez's scoring rate? This is exactly how you get out of a bad patch. Graft and then cash in once you're set. I don't get it."

Mujeeb: "It is amazing to be named alongside Sangakarra and Dravid. Moreover, Azhar Ali never played a Test on a "home" pitch :)"

Nuwan Pradeep is back. Two slips

46.1

Pradeep to Azhar Ali, no run, bowled that one short outside off, that one held its line and he let it be

46.2

Pradeep to Azhar Ali, no run, ooh, that one had him in a bit of trouble, short of a length, that one nipped back in and went past the inside edge, good bounce too

46.3

Pradeep to Azhar Ali, no run, gets forward, it lands on a good length and Azhar presents the full face while pushing it through the line to mid-on

46.4

Pradeep to Azhar Ali, no run, banged in short on the leg stump and he lets that one pass

46.5

Pradeep to Azhar Ali, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, knocks it down towards cover, steals a quick single

Dr. Tam: "There's one man who can break this partnership: TM Dilshan as he bowls at the batsman's mind not at the stumps!"

46.6

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, back of a length and he finds the gap, rocked back, got on top of that one and just punched it through the vacant cover region, four more

End of over 47 (5 runs) Pakistan 176/1
Mohammad Hafeez    84* (142b 10x4)      N Pradeep    7-3-20-0
Azhar Ali    26* (66b 1x4)      S Randiv    10-0-39-0

47.1

Randiv to Azhar Ali, no run, floating it on middle, gets across and plays it down towards short leg

47.2

Randiv to Azhar Ali, 1 run, on a good length, stabs that one in front of point for an easy single

47.3

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, a bit of turn and it appeared to pop up a little as he defended it back towards the bowler, no damage done

47.4

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Hafeez raises the century stand in style, taking it from outside off and sweeping it over square leg, there is a deep backward square in place but he had no chance

47.5

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, sliding on the pads, turned through short leg for a single

47.6

Randiv to Azhar Ali, no run, shortish, turning in from outside off, punched off the back foot to point

End of over 48 (6 runs) Pakistan 182/1
Azhar Ali    27* (69b 1x4)      S Randiv    11-0-45-0
Mohammad Hafeez    89* (145b 11x4)      N Pradeep    7-3-20-0

48.1

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, beautifully timed, that shot has fetched him quite a few runs today, too straight from Pradeep, at just the right pace for Hafeez and again, it's that jab through midwicket

48.2

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, bouncer banged in on middle, ducks under that one easily

Thanks Mazher Arshad: "This is 10th time that Azhar Ali is involved in a century-partnership - the most by any Pakistan batsman since Azhar's Test debut. Next are Misbah and Younis, both involved 9 times."

48.3

Pradeep to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, gets forward and drops that into the midwicket region for an easy single

48.4

Pradeep to Azhar Ali, no run, in the corridor outside off, holds its line and it's left alone

48.5

Pradeep to Azhar Ali, no run, there was some reverse there for Pradeep, aiming for the yorker, didn't quite get it right, landed just on a length, played towards mid-on

48.6

Pradeep to Azhar Ali, no run, a short one banged in outside off and Azhar has no need to play at that one

End of over 49 (5 runs) Pakistan 187/1
Azhar Ali    27* (72b 1x4)      N Pradeep    8-3-25-0
Mohammad Hafeez    94* (148b 12x4)      S Randiv    11-0-45-0

Randiv coming round the wicket, has a slip and a short leg. In fact, there;s also a backward short leg

49.1

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, pitches outside leg and he just pads it away

49.2

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, shortish outside off, knocks it down in the cover region for a single

49.3

Randiv to Azhar Ali, no run, gets forward and across and defends that flattish delivery back to the bowler

49.4

Randiv to Azhar Ali, 1 run, flighted on leg stump, driven through midwicket into the deep for a single

49.5

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, tossed up outside off, pushed gently towards mid-off, Hafeez calls for a single and then decided against it at just the right time, he would have been running to the danger end

49.6

Randiv to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, slightly short on middle, gets back and turns it wide of midwicket, no run on offer there either

End of over 50 (2 runs) Pakistan 189/1
Mohammad Hafeez    95* (152b 12x4)      S Randiv    12-0-47-0
Azhar Ali    28* (74b 1x4)      N Pradeep    8-3-25-0
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Jul 4, 2012

Players shake hands as the second Test ends in a draw, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, Colombo, 5th day, July 4, 2012

Players shake hands as the second Test ends in a draw

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Jul 4, 2012

Taufeeq Umar made an unbeaten 42 in Pakistan's second innings, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, Colombo, 5th day, July 4, 2012

Taufeeq Umar made an unbeaten 42 in Pakistan's second innings

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