Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

50.1

Fernando to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, length ball on the pads, and Shafiq - I think - smacks his lips before flicking this for a four to square leg

And the square leg goes back in response to the shot. And hold on, Shafiq is doubling over his bat. He is rubbing the chest. The physio is out on the field. He gets a bit of a back massage

Gives us to time to ponder over a disturbing trend in Test cricket. Which is: put a deep point in, bowl wide outside off, and sooner or later, boundary-deprived batsmen will gift their wicket away. Twenty20, anybody? This is not a Misbah-specific comment

Meanwhile, Shafiq is back up

50.2

Fernando to Asad Shafiq, no run, bouncer, on the top of stumps, ducks under it

50.3

Fernando to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, short of a length, pushed into the covers

"Someone earlier mentioned 13 ducks in this series so far. Recrod for most number of ducks in a three-Test series is 26 between England and Australia in 1888, that is some 124 years ago. Next is 21 ducks between Pakistan and New Zealand in 2009. " Mazher Arshad on the job again

50.4

Fernando to Adnan Akmal, 1 run, length ball, into the pads, guided wide of mid-on to get off the mark

"Lanka still have concerns with their bowling stocks, as most of their squad seem to be limited overs specialists. Most have bowling averages which would make most batsman jealous, especially Nuwan Pradeep's average of 345." Even Bradman would kill for that average. Mind you, Pradeep has done better than that average suggests. Not saying much, I know

50.5

Fernando to Asad Shafiq, no run, another bouncer, doesn't rise up as much as expected. The bane of ducking in subcontinent, but he manages to avoid it

50.6

Fernando to Asad Shafiq, no run, short of a length, defended off the front foot

End of over 51 (6 runs) Pakistan 147/5
Asad Shafiq    46* (120b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    10-1-35-0
Adnan Akmal    1* (3b)      NLTC Perera    14-4-45-4

"Why all the sarcastic remarks about the number of balls faced by Misbah(90) and shafiq(100+) atleast they are trying to rebuild atleast they have avoided a dramatic collapse that occurred frequently in pre Misbah era.. This is the classic way of playing test cricket.. This is test cricket at its best and I'm happy it's been adopted by team Misbah" Nadia, I don't recall any sarcasm. That was sincere appreciation of batsmen who rebuilt after a disastrous start. Subtlety is not one of my virtues, so don;t read too much into it

51.1

Perera to Adnan Akmal, no run, defended to cover

51.2

Perera to Adnan Akmal, FOUR, short and wide, cut away in front of point for a four. Good welcome for him

51.3

Perera to Adnan Akmal, no run, length ball wide outside off, left alone

"If Kamran Akmal is a wicketkeeper, then I'm the brother of a monkey's father." Phil, I hope your nephew doesn't read this

51.4

Perera to Adnan Akmal, FOUR, short and wide again, and he has punched this in front of square again. Now the man will go back to the fence

51.5

Perera to Adnan Akmal, no run, full and wide, driven to cover

51.6

Perera to Adnan Akmal, no run, length ball, on off, defended solidly

End of over 52 (8 runs) Pakistan 155/5
Adnan Akmal    9* (9b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    15-4-53-4
Asad Shafiq    46* (120b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    10-1-35-0

"I could assure you it would be a wasted fielder against proper Test batsmen. Kallis, Tendy and any real accumilator would laugh at that ploy." GK, Tendy and Kallis already seem to be an era gone by

52.1

Fernando to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, bunted into the off side for another single

52.2

Fernando to Adnan Akmal, no run, not prepared for that short delivery. Late to react, and is like a hare in the headlights. On second look, I think he wanted to duck, the ball didn't rise as much as expected, and he takes a blow on the little finger of the left hand

The physio is out again

"Of course Kamran is a wicket-keeper...he keeps them wickets from falling down!!!" Well contrived, Danny. Not Morrison, I must add. Although I can imagine Morrison saying "sweet as" upon reading this.

Adnan still feeling his finger, but he is up. Has a chat with Shafiq. Could he be retiring? The umpires walk up to them and ask them to continue either way. Sami apparently has made his way to the gates, but Adnan chooses to continue

52.3

Fernando to Adnan Akmal, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, the hand comes off immediately as he pushes it wide of cover

Shakes his head as he takes the single

"There was a robbery at Kamran Akmal's house a few days ago. The robbers were not "caught." True story!" NeelaPeela digs into the old KAkmal joke carton that was put away in the attic

52.4

Fernando to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, Slashes at this, and he does it the full-blooded way. So even if he has got the edge, he has cleared the slips with ease. Knocks the crest on his chest before raising his bat. Whatmore leads the applause from the gallery

52.5

Fernando to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, tucked away off the hip for a single

Adnan pulls out just as Fernando is about to deliver. it seems he has made up his mind to walk off retired-hurt. Kumar Sangakkara pats him on the back as Adnan walks back. So in comes Mohammad Sami to play the first part on his 14th comeback. Hopefully he is fit to keep wicket. Otherwise Younis Khan might have to do it. Fernando's phantom strike might have done more than just one wicket here. Here is 17th comeback to 14th comeback

52.6

Fernando to Mohammad Sami, 1 run, short of a length, Sami is deep in the crease to push this wide of mid-on for one

End of over 53 (8 runs) Pakistan 163/5
Mohammad Sami    1* (1b)      CRD Fernando    11-1-43-0
Asad Shafiq    52* (123b 7x4)      NLTC Perera    15-4-53-4

53.1

Perera to Mohammad Sami, FOUR, length ball, just outside off, Sami pushes off the front foot, gets a thick edge between slips and gully

53.2

Perera to Mohammad Sami, no run, length ball, middle and off, pushed back to Perera

53.3

Perera to Mohammad Sami, no run, wide outside off, left alone

53.4

Perera to Mohammad Sami, no run, another leave outside off

53.5

Perera to Mohammad Sami, no run, length ball, just outside off, defended to cover

53.6

Perera to Mohammad Sami, no run, fails to make him play again

End of over 54 (4 runs) Pakistan 167/5
Mohammad Sami    5* (7b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    16-4-57-4
Asad Shafiq    52* (123b 7x4)      CRD Fernando    11-1-43-0

Last over before tea coming up

54.1

Fernando to Asad Shafiq, no run, down the leg side, Shafiq misses out. A touch here and he would have got four

54.2

Fernando to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to deep point for one

54.3

Fernando to Mohammad Sami, no run, short of a length, outside off, deep in the crease, tall on his feet, defends to cover

54.4

Fernando to Mohammad Sami, 3 runs, awkwardly pulled away, in front of square, and along the ground, and he gets a three

"Dilhara might not be able to take wickets right now but he has a good history of 'retiring' batsmen at crucial moments of the game. I remember in the 2003 world up in a match against West Indies he knocked Sarwan on the head while he was going well in the match and had to retire. Carl Hooper came in next and Was out first bowl I think effectively turning the match in favour of SL. Sarwan did come back to bat again after a while but he could not pull it back for WI." Anjana single-handedly redeems Dilhara

54.5

Fernando to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, length ball outside off, push-driven to sweeper-cover for one

54.6

Fernando to Mohammad Sami, no run, length ball, hits the bat high, but defended well and kept down

2.43pm That's tea. Much better session for Pakistan, but they would have been gladder had Misbah not lost concentration for that little while. Adnan Akmal is injured too. So an even session. Asad Shafiq still holds fort. Join us at 3pm for the continuation

End of over 55 (5 runs) Pakistan 172/5
Mohammad Sami    8* (10b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    12-1-48-0
Asad Shafiq    54* (126b 7x4)      NLTC Perera    16-4-57-4

3pm Welcome back. Angelo Mathews will resume proceedings after tea. Two slips, a gully, a deep point

55.1

Mathews to Asad Shafiq, no run, wide length ball at 120ks, no need to play at it

55.2

Mathews to Asad Shafiq, no run, length ball, on off, holding its line, pushed to mid-on

55.3

Mathews to Asad Shafiq, no run, left alone well wide of off

Adnan is padded up again, so it looks like the injury is not terrible

55.4

Mathews to Asad Shafiq, no run, short of a length, accurate, pushed back to him

55.5

Mathews to Asad Shafiq, no run, length ball, outside off, gets a stride in, defends to cover

55.6

Mathews to Asad Shafiq, no run, full, outside off, blocked for a maiden

End of over 56 (maiden) Pakistan 172/5
Asad Shafiq    54* (132b 7x4)      AD Mathews    4-3-1-0
Mohammad Sami    8* (10b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    12-1-48-0

Correction: It's Akmal's ring finger that is hurt, not the little one. On the left hand. Speaking of left, here is Herath

56.1

Herath to Mohammad Sami, 1 run, flighted outside of, the thick edge goes past slip

56.2

Herath to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, Shafiq is down the wicket to turn this into a half-volley and drive it to long-on

56.3

Herath to Mohammad Sami, no run, full, straight, defended

56.4

Herath to Mohammad Sami, no run, another solid forward-defensive

56.5

Herath to Mohammad Sami, no run, shorter, but into the pads, and defended solidly

56.6

Herath to Mohammad Sami, no run, flighted outside off, driven to short cover

End of over 57 (2 runs) Pakistan 174/5
Mohammad Sami    9* (15b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    11-4-23-0
Asad Shafiq    55* (133b 7x4)      AD Mathews    4-3-1-0

57.1

Mathews to Asad Shafiq, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched back to him

57.2

Mathews to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, lenght ball outside off, pushed to the left of cover for a single

57.3

Mathews to Mohammad Sami, no run, length ball, shaping away, defended solidly

57.4

Mathews to Mohammad Sami, OUT, accurate short ball, 134ks, towards his throat, Sami doesn't like it and tries to swat it away. All he manages is a lob to midwicket. Smart delivery for a tailender. Key was, it was slow enough to make him think he could pull it

Mohammad Sami c Perera b Mathews 9 (18m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 52.94

Will it be Adnan Akmal walking out again?

Yes it is Adnan Akmal back out there after having retired-hurt with a hurt ring finger on the left hand

57.5

Mathews to Adnan Akmal, no run, short of a length, just outside off, right behind it, no discomfort shown

57.6

Mathews to Adnan Akmal, no run, left alone well outside off

End of over 58 (1 run) Pakistan 175/6
Adnan Akmal    10* (13b 2x4)      AD Mathews    5-3-2-1
Asad Shafiq    56* (135b 7x4)      HMRKB Herath    11-4-23-0

58.1

Herath to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, full, on off, driven to deepish mid-off for a single

"Adnan AKmal coming in at #8 for a second gave me a feeling that Paksitan bat deep !" Optimism from Farooq

58.2

Herath to Adnan Akmal, no run, push-driven to short cover

58.3

Herath to Adnan Akmal, no run, length ball, on off, defended square

Adnan with new gloves. Presumably larger so that the finger goes in without pain

58.4

Herath to Adnan Akmal, no run, defended off the front foot

58.5

Herath to Adnan Akmal, no run, arm ball, outside off, cramps him up as he looks to cut

58.6

Herath to Adnan Akmal, no run, flighted outside off, defended back to him

End of over 59 (1 run) Pakistan 176/6
Adnan Akmal    10* (18b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    12-4-24-0
Asad Shafiq    57* (136b 7x4)      AD Mathews    5-3-2-1

"Has anyone ever retired hurt more than once in the same innings? If so, what is the most number of times?" AT, that's an interesting, but answer I have none

59.1

Mathews to Asad Shafiq, no run, defended to cover

59.2

Mathews to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, length ball outside off, tips and runs, gets a single wide of cover

59.3

Mathews to Adnan Akmal, no run, short of a length, wide outside off, left alone

59.4

Mathews to Adnan Akmal, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended to point

59.5

Mathews to Adnan Akmal, 2 leg byes, into the pads, gets a couple of leg-byes, fine of fine leg

59.6

Mathews to Adnan Akmal, 1 run, length ball, pushed to Chandimal at cover, who misfields to allow a single

End of over 60 (4 runs) Pakistan 180/6
Adnan Akmal    11* (22b 2x4)      AD Mathews    6-3-4-1
Asad Shafiq    58* (138b 7x4)      HMRKB Herath    12-4-24-0

A slip and a short leg for Herath

60.1

Herath to Adnan Akmal, no run, looping in towards middle, strides forward and defends it into the leg side

60.2

Herath to Adnan Akmal, 1 run, quicker one bowled short on middle, turned through square leg for a single

60.3

Herath to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, angling in towards off and middle, gets across to paddle that one, is struck on the pads but probably outside the line, there was also a bit of glove involved, Mahela is shaking his head, the umpire is once again right

60.4

Herath to Adnan Akmal, FOUR, Adnan's turn to play the paddle, or actually this was more a fine sweep, took it from middle and managed to play it down to the fine-leg boundary

60.5

Herath to Adnan Akmal, no run, angling in towards off, reaches forward and plays it into the off side

60.6

Herath to Adnan Akmal, 1 run, gets forward and turns it away into the leg side

End of over 61 (7 runs) Pakistan 187/6
Adnan Akmal    17* (27b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    13-4-31-0
Asad Shafiq    59* (139b 7x4)      AD Mathews    6-3-4-1

61.1

Mathews to Adnan Akmal, FOUR, banged in short on the off, an Adnan dispatches that, kept it down all the way and pulled it through midwicket for a boundary, a bit of latent pain there for Adnan on that finger

61.2

Mathews to Adnan Akmal, no run, rocks forward this time and presents the full face, defended just wide of the bowler

61.3

Mathews to Adnan Akmal, no run, good length on the off, gets forward and defends that towards extra cover

61.4

Mathews to Adnan Akmal, 3 runs, played it uppishly, pitched on a length and he chips it through extra cover, was the slower one that wasn't picked by Adnan, but managed to get it into the gap

61.5

Mathews to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, that's been punished, short and wide and it's been thrashed through point by Shafiq, he's been excellent in that area and this was hammered, beat deep point

61.6

Mathews to Asad Shafiq, no run, goodish length outside off, tapped towards cover, Shafiq calls for the single, Adnan sends him back with a violent, ear-shattering NO

End of over 62 (11 runs) Pakistan 198/6
Asad Shafiq    63* (141b 8x4)      AD Mathews    7-3-15-1
Adnan Akmal    24* (31b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    13-4-31-0

A slip and a leg-slip

62.1

Herath to Adnan Akmal, no run, Herath loops that outside off, left alone to the keeper after it holds its line

62.2

Herath to Adnan Akmal, no run, a touch flatter this time but lots of width on that one, left alone again

62.3

Herath to Adnan Akmal, OUT, Oh Adnan, what have you done? He'd looked good so far, a seemingly harmless delivery from Herath, flighted on middle and Adnan made it a wicket-taking one, sweeping a touch too early and missed it altogether, it beat the swing of the bat to crash into the stumps, Pakistan are sliding again

Adnan Akmal b Herath 24 (42m 34b 4x4 0x6) SR: 70.58

Wonder if the pain in the finger was playing on his mind as he went after that one. Umar Gul comes in

62.4

Herath to Umar Gul, 1 run, flat on middle and leg, turned into the leg side from the crease

A slip

62.5

Herath to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, tossed up outside off, pushes that wide of cover for a single

62.6

Herath to Umar Gul, no run, floating it outside off, a hint of away turn, left alone to the keeper

End of over 63 (2 runs) Pakistan 200/7
Umar Gul    1* (2b)      HMRKB Herath    14-4-33-1
Asad Shafiq    64* (142b 8x4)      AD Mathews    7-3-15-1

63.1

Mathews to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, goodish length on the off, gets forward and taps it wide of point

63.2

Mathews to Umar Gul, no run, beaten this time, pushed it full did Mathews and got it to zip away as Gul hung his bat out, beaten completely

63.3

Mathews to Umar Gul, no run, fullish outside off, gets to the pitch this time and defends it with an open face towards point

63.4

Mathews to Umar Gul, no run, lovely timing by Gul but superb fielding as well by Perera at midwicket, Gul expertly closed the face there to flick it but Perera dived full length to his right, picked up and threw down the stumps at the non-striker's end

63.5

Mathews to Umar Gul, 3 runs, Gul drives stylishly, not the first time we've seen him play a shot like that, pitched up and he caresses it through mid-off and extra cover for three runs, nice timing once again

63.6

Mathews to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, short of a length outside off, guides that one through point into the deep for a single

End of over 64 (5 runs) Pakistan 205/7
Asad Shafiq    66* (144b 8x4)      AD Mathews    8-3-20-1
Umar Gul    4* (6b)      HMRKB Herath    14-4-33-1

64.1

Herath to Asad Shafiq, no run, flighted on off, pushed to cover

"There have been two instances that a batsman has been retired hurt twice in same innings...Geoff Boycott vs WI at Edgbaston 1973 and Bert Sutcliffe vs England 1965 at Edgbaston" Thanks Sharif. Not that it is under threat ow that Akmal is out

64.2

Herath to Asad Shafiq, no run, shorter, flatter, pushed to cover

64.3

Herath to Asad Shafiq, no run, slows it down now, flighted on off, defended back to him

64.4

Herath to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, lovely batting. He has been superb against spin. Jumps out of the crease, reaches it on a half-volley, goes slightly inside-out to go over mid-off

He might have cramped while hitting that four. Is asking for a drink

64.5

Herath to Asad Shafiq, no run, defended to off

64.6

Herath to Asad Shafiq, no run, fired into the pads, blocked to mid-on

End of over 65 (4 runs) Pakistan 209/7
Asad Shafiq    70* (150b 9x4)      HMRKB Herath    15-4-37-1
Umar Gul    4* (6b)      AD Mathews    8-3-20-1

Kulasekara comes back now

65.1

Kulasekara to Umar Gul, no run, short of a length, outside off, no movement, pushed to cover-point

65.2

Kulasekara to Umar Gul, no run, inswinger, hits him on the pad, but it is headed down leg. Rightly called by Taufel

65.3

Kulasekara to Umar Gul, 1 run, short of a length, on off, thick inside edge wide of midwicket for one

Pallekele is a picturesque venue, but the crowd here doesn't have the sense of music that the rest of Sri Lanka has. They have been blowing an annoying horn all day long without any rhythm. It's like being in the middle of a traffic jam in downtown Calcutta or Dhaka. Colombo, please send one of the steel bands over

65.4

Kulasekara to Asad Shafiq, no run, length ball outside off, defended

65.5

Kulasekara to Asad Shafiq, no run, fuller, driven to mid-off

65.6

Kulasekara to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, wristy shot. Superbly done. Plants the front foot across, lets the ball move in, and then whips it square for a four

End of over 66 (5 runs) Pakistan 214/7
Asad Shafiq    74* (153b 10x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    15-4-41-1
Umar Gul    5* (9b)      HMRKB Herath    15-4-37-1

66.1

Herath to Umar Gul, no run, flighted on off, defended solidly

66.2

Herath to Umar Gul, no run, length ball, middle and leg, no turn, defended

66.3

Herath to Umar Gul, no run, fuller, flatter, on off, defended

66.4

Herath to Umar Gul, no run, tossed up on off, solid defensive again

66.5

Herath to Umar Gul, no run, tossed up on off, solid defensive again

Dear man-blowing-that-horn, come off it please

66.6

Herath to Umar Gul, no run, full, middle and leg, defended again. Pretty easily negotiated over

End of over 67 (maiden) Pakistan 214/7
Umar Gul    5* (15b)      HMRKB Herath    16-5-37-1
Asad Shafiq    74* (153b 10x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    15-4-41-1

67.1

Kulasekara to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, length ball outside off, push-driven to sweeper-cover for one

67.2

Kulasekara to Umar Gul, no run, length ball, gets it to move away, but starts too wide to make him play

67.3

Kulasekara to Umar Gul, 2 runs, drive from the top drawer, on the up, and wide of cover

67.4

Kulasekara to Umar Gul, no run, length ball well wide outside off, left alone

67.5

Kulasekara to Umar Gul, OUT, he is admonishing himself right away. He has had a brain implosion. He was looking so good and solid until he slogged across the line of a straight delivery, and lost his stumps. He annoys he has done a bad bad thing

Umar Gul b Kulasekara 7 (20m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 36.84

Saeed Ajmal is the new man in. Kula now has 250 first-class wickets

67.6

Kulasekara to Saeed Ajmal, no run, full on off, just about manages to keep it out

End of over 68 (3 runs) Pakistan 217/8
Saeed Ajmal    0* (1b)      KMDN Kulasekara    16-4-44-2
Asad Shafiq    75* (154b 10x4)      HMRKB Herath    16-5-37-1

Looking at the way Ajmal defended that previous delivery, I think it is time Shafiq started farming strike, taking singles off the fourth delivery of every over

68.1

Herath to Asad Shafiq, no run, gets an edge past slip, starts off for a single but decides against it. So farming of strike is on

68.2

Herath to Asad Shafiq, no run, flat, into the pads, clipped to square leg. Turns down a single again

68.3

Herath to Asad Shafiq, no run, carrom ball, turning in as he looks to cut. Manages the cut well, but turns down another single

68.4

Herath to Asad Shafiq, OUT, Herath strikes. This one has turned and bounced out of nowhere. On a length, in front of off, then kicking away. Beats the bat by a long way but seems to have gloved it. The top glove. But was it off the handle? I am yet to be convinced he gloved it. No bat for sure. Shafiq didn't walk. Steve Davis, though, didn't hesitate either. Watching replays it seems he did glove it

Asad Shafiq c †HAPW Jayawardene b Herath 75 (222m 158b 10x4 0x6) SR: 47.46

We'll have to wait for this drinks break to end to get a replay

Junaid Khan to face now

68.5

Herath to Junaid Khan, no run, into the pads, defends

68.6

Herath to Junaid Khan, no run, flat, on off, pushed back

End of over 69 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 217/9
Junaid Khan    0* (2b)      HMRKB Herath    17-6-37-2
Saeed Ajmal    0* (1b)      KMDN Kulasekara    16-4-44-2

Perera comes back. He can get a five-for here

69.1

Perera to Saeed Ajmal, no run, length ball, on off, keeps it out

69.2

Perera to Saeed Ajmal, no run, defended to cover

69.3

Perera to Saeed Ajmal, no run, bouncer, and Ajmal looks to hook. Misses by a long way

69.4

Perera to Saeed Ajmal, no run, full, on off, defended back to him

69.5

Perera to Saeed Ajmal, no run, length ball, outside off, looks to cut, and plays well outside the line of it

69.6

Perera to Saeed Ajmal, no run, short of a length, goes after it too, hits it straight to cover

End of over 70 (maiden) Pakistan 217/9
Saeed Ajmal    0* (7b)      NLTC Perera    17-5-57-4
Junaid Khan    0* (2b)      HMRKB Herath    17-6-37-2

70.1

Herath to Junaid Khan, no run, flighted outside off, pushed towards mid-off

70.2

Herath to Junaid Khan, no run, arm ball, stays back to keep it out

70.3

Herath to Junaid Khan, no run, missed stumping as this squeezes between bat and pad. PJ fails to collect it, and gives him time to get back

70.4

Herath to Junaid Khan, no run, full, on off, defended off the front foot

70.5

Herath to Junaid Khan, 1 run, arm ball, into the pads, turned around the corner for a single

70.6

Herath to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, premeditated paddle, goes ahead with it, gets a single to fine leg

End of over 71 (2 runs) Pakistan 219/9
Saeed Ajmal    1* (8b)      HMRKB Herath    18-6-39-2
Junaid Khan    1* (7b)      NLTC Perera    17-5-57-4

71.1

Perera to Saeed Ajmal, no run, short of a length, on off, pushed back to Perera

71.2

Perera to Saeed Ajmal, FOUR, that's a good shot. Late-cuts this pretty late, guiding this between slips and gully. All along the ground

71.3

Perera to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, gentle short ball into the pads, and pulled away for a single

71.4

Perera to Junaid Khan, 1 run, short of a length, pushed to the right of gully, but Samaraweera makes a diving save

71.5

Perera to Saeed Ajmal, no run, this one nips back in, cramps him up, and takes the bottom edge to lodge itself between the pads of Ajmal

71.6

Perera to Saeed Ajmal, no run, the first full ball of the over and he goes after it. Heaves it along the ground to mid-on

End of over 72 (6 runs) Pakistan 225/9
Saeed Ajmal    6* (13b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    18-5-63-4
Junaid Khan    2* (8b)      HMRKB Herath    18-6-39-2

72.1

Herath to Junaid Khan, no run, more sharp turn. Ajmal won't mind this. Flat delivery too. Spins past the defensive bat

72.2

Herath to Junaid Khan, no run, short of a length, on off, defended

72.3

Herath to Junaid Khan, 1 run, tossed up, pushed to the left of Sanga at a shortish mid-on, and they take a single

72.4

Herath to Saeed Ajmal, no run, slider, and sliding down the leg side, which is why the loud appeal is turned down. Davis gives the batsman a scare by raising his right hand to scratch his nose

72.5

Herath to Saeed Ajmal, OUT, this is the real deal, though. Big sweep, misses by a long way, and is caught dead plumb. Wicket No. 150 for Herath

Saeed Ajmal lbw b Herath 6 (20m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Perera keeps the ball. He took four wickets, all four specialist batsmen. What an inspired selection ahead of a specialist spinner. And inspired persistence with Herath who took three wickets on a seaming pitch. Pakistan would have taken 226 from 56 for 4, but not from 141 for 4 with batting looking easy in the afternoon. Shafiq got 75, Misbah 40. We will be back in no time at all. We will leave you with this sarcasm from Shah Hussain: "Thisara Marshall Perera and Rangana Warne Herath Took 7 wickets together."

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Kumar Sangakkara got another fifty-plus score against Pakistan, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 5th day, July 12, 2012

Kumar Sangakkara made an unbeaten 74

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Mahela Jayawardene with the series title, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 5th day, July 12, 2012

Mahela Jayawardene with the series title

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