Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 2nd day August 7, 2014

Sri Lanka steady after Pakistan post 451

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Sri Lanka 99 for 1 (Silva 38*, Sangakkara 36*) trail Pakistan 451 (Younis 177, Shafiq 75, Perera 5-137) by 352 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Pakistan posted their second-highest total in the first innings of a Test in the past eight years as the lower middle order weighed in after Younis Khan's 177. Sri Lanka toiled for five sessions on a pitch that went placid after the first morning and conceded 450-plus in successive first innings in Galle - South Africa had made 455 last month. The hosts lost Upul Tharanga early, but Kumar Sangakkara and Kaushal Silva's partnership had steadily grown to 75 by stumps.

The overnight batsmen Younis and Asad Shafiq could add only 32 on the day before the latter was taken out by Rangana Herath. But Younis hung around to add 66 with Sarfraz Ahmed, who came in with a Test average of 18.58 and batted positively to make a fifty. So did Abdur Rehman, whose blows at No. 8 tipped Pakistan over 450.

There was next to nothing for the fast bowlers on the second morning on a drying pitch under overcast skies in sharp contrast to the first hour on day one. The surface was sedate, and Younis and Shafiq got going with nudges past gully. The only chance Sri Lanka created was an edge produced off Younis by Dhammika Prasad that fell short of first slip.

Angelo Mathews turned to Herath after six overs, but Shafiq stepped out and lofted him for six. Mathews brought himself on and tied Shafiq down with a couple of maidens. Shafiq, who had moved to 75 off 130, went scoreless for 15 balls before failing to pick Herath's arm ball and falling leg-before.

Sarfraz arrived and swept his first ball for two. He drove eagerly too, and the increased pace of scoring allowed Younis to continue in his own solid way. His leaving and defence were absolutely safe, like they had been through his innings.

He continued to be on the right side of reviews, Sri Lanka finding he had gloved a Herath ball onto pad on 147 as they appealed for leg-before. The 150 came up with a powerful drive off Shaminda Eranga through extra cover for four. Younis gave an opportunity to the same bowler when on 156, but Eranga could not hold onto another sharp drive in his followthrough. As the break neared, Younis jumped out and drove Herath inside-out through extra cover, leaving Sri Lanka staring at another afternoon on the field.

They were to strike soon after lunch, though. Younis went after Dilruwan Perera, off whom he took 58 off 61, again. He reverse-swept him from the line of leg stump for two, tried again and missed the second time and jumped out to the third ball but only chipped it to midwicket.

Sarfraz showed off his timing now, walking across to Prasad and clipping him four to deep midwicket. Even he was to fall to Perera on the leg side, when he hit one to short mid-on trying to go over the top.

Rehman had been targeted persistently with the short ball, but on a slow pitch, had survived without much trouble. He grew in confidence to take three successive fours off Eranga's short stuff. Two were cut over the cordon, while the third was whipped through square leg.

Even as Mathews sent several fielders to the deep, Rehman started stepping out to loft Perera for boundaries. One such attempt failed to clear wide long-off and Perera finished with five wickets, but Pakistan had scored freely off him, taking 137 in 31.5 overs from the offspinner and 190 in 52.5 for the day.

Sri Lanka's reply started in a frenzy of outside edges, none of which carried. Tharanga lasted 15 deliveries, and his innings was a mix of edges and copping it on the pad as he often fell over in his stance. It seemed only a matter of time before he nicked off or went leg-before and Junaid Khan chose the latter mode.

Mohammad Talha had Silva edging his first ball short of first slip. Silva's first three fours were outside edges, but to his credit he was trying to play softly, especially off the back foot. The story continued against the spinners, as an edge off Rehman went just past the keeper and bounced inches in front of Younis at slip. Silva's struggle to find the middle of the bat extended late into the day, but he also put away some rare wide ones from the spinners.

Sangakkara began with an edged boundary through the slips as well, but tightened up later. Pakistan did not refer an lbw appeal against him when he was on 13, and replays showed Saeed Ajmal's delivery would have hit leg stump. Sangakkara went without a boundary for 57 balls before he pulled and drove Junaid for two in an over just before stumps. Pakistan ended the day still comfortably ahead, but this is one wicket they will want early next morning.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on August 8, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    Superb batting by the Pakistan middle order batsmen led by Younis Khan. Sri Lanka should take a lesson from this effort. Today is the day of reckoning for Sri Lanka as they should bat out the whole day if they are to save this game. At the moment Pakistan are on top despite some stout batting by Sanga & Kaushal but it is a long way from the comfort zone for Sri Lanka. We hope we will see some brilliant batting today by the Sri Lankans.

  • lazyone on August 8, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    Sri Lankan pitches-->Win the toss and win the match So predictable. Killing cricket. Loosing interest

  • Htc-Android on August 8, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    Yousufahmed1. I can see why you switched over to SL vs Pak game. Nobody wants to see India getting thrashed in England.

  • Desihungama on August 7, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    Not so quick. The same Pak side can bundle out under 100 in next innings. Hopefully, I am wrong this time.

  • on August 7, 2014, 20:14 GMT

    @nimalgamage- When did the 3 bowlers you mentioned took 20 wickets and won a test match? Test cricket and A team or first cricket are miles apart. You can simply run through a good batting side on a wicket which is giving little assistance to the bowlers. We have identified two member spinning combination. Let me them work together for some time. They did bowl really well against SA. It was the batsmen who let us down in the last Galle test.

  • amuni12 on August 7, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    I am not sure if SL has to bat the 4th inning whether they will survive the PK spin attack. So, my guess would be either PK win or a draw.

  • Herath-UK on August 7, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    Poor Tharanga, isn't it better to look for another opener for the SSC, before the NZ series.

  • nimalgamage on August 7, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Please give chances to players like Lahiru Gamage, Dushmantha Chameera and Tharindu Kausal who can take 20 wickets and win a test match. Otherwise we will always have to satisfy with a draw even if our batsman perform well enough

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 7, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Why didnt PAK use a review. Sanga would have been out.

  • on August 7, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    younis batted brilliantly,asad and sarfaraz showed some responsibilty and i think fawad should be included in place of khurram besause he has best avg in pak domestic cricket history and azhar should open.good luck team pak.........

  • on August 8, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    Superb batting by the Pakistan middle order batsmen led by Younis Khan. Sri Lanka should take a lesson from this effort. Today is the day of reckoning for Sri Lanka as they should bat out the whole day if they are to save this game. At the moment Pakistan are on top despite some stout batting by Sanga & Kaushal but it is a long way from the comfort zone for Sri Lanka. We hope we will see some brilliant batting today by the Sri Lankans.

  • lazyone on August 8, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    Sri Lankan pitches-->Win the toss and win the match So predictable. Killing cricket. Loosing interest

  • Htc-Android on August 8, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    Yousufahmed1. I can see why you switched over to SL vs Pak game. Nobody wants to see India getting thrashed in England.

  • Desihungama on August 7, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    Not so quick. The same Pak side can bundle out under 100 in next innings. Hopefully, I am wrong this time.

  • on August 7, 2014, 20:14 GMT

    @nimalgamage- When did the 3 bowlers you mentioned took 20 wickets and won a test match? Test cricket and A team or first cricket are miles apart. You can simply run through a good batting side on a wicket which is giving little assistance to the bowlers. We have identified two member spinning combination. Let me them work together for some time. They did bowl really well against SA. It was the batsmen who let us down in the last Galle test.

  • amuni12 on August 7, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    I am not sure if SL has to bat the 4th inning whether they will survive the PK spin attack. So, my guess would be either PK win or a draw.

  • Herath-UK on August 7, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    Poor Tharanga, isn't it better to look for another opener for the SSC, before the NZ series.

  • nimalgamage on August 7, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Please give chances to players like Lahiru Gamage, Dushmantha Chameera and Tharindu Kausal who can take 20 wickets and win a test match. Otherwise we will always have to satisfy with a draw even if our batsman perform well enough

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 7, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Why didnt PAK use a review. Sanga would have been out.

  • on August 7, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    younis batted brilliantly,asad and sarfaraz showed some responsibilty and i think fawad should be included in place of khurram besause he has best avg in pak domestic cricket history and azhar should open.good luck team pak.........

  • on August 7, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Tharanga has to play carefully for a long period and this is his problem to be out of the game for a long time. As soon as he plays a good innings he hibernates. We should try Vitanage for the opening booth with lot of mental advice.

  • kovinbuddi on August 7, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Sri Lanka's bowling and fielding were below required in test cricket.there were so many miss fielding and catches.Bowling has no variations and variety.same type of bowling continue.

  • on August 7, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Well played Younis Khan, Asad Shafique and Sarfaraz, good support from Abdur Rehman in the end and a very competitive total in the end. Srilanka's top order is really good and even after the testers and odd deliveries by Junaid, they survived. Talha was out of the mark today as his line and length was not there. Same happened with Abdul Rehman as he was delivering quite short. I think Pakistani bowlers need to study the wicket as it's going to become batters heaven during last couple of days and even if they bowl out Srilanka tomorrow, they can always finght back in the second innings. Bowlers should try to learn the weak areas of the batsmen and plan their game ahead. As we are playing with only 4 full time bowlers, this is going to be tough. Use experience, deliver on the right place and learn the weakness of the batsmen as the game progresses. That's the key. Best of luck Pakistan...

  • on August 7, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    @nickxplore

    The rule is there to always give preference and some benefit of the doubt to the umpire. It's not a perfect system but I like it this way.

  • on August 7, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    common Pakistan you can do it. Pakistan probably the most talented team in world cricket today. Respect.

  • cjchanaka on August 7, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Dissapointing performance from our bowlers,can't accept giving 450 for an ordinary batting line up.Selectors should concern about that,we saw this in SA series and in ENG.We should learn how to get those middle & tail wickets quickly.I think angi also should develope his tactics and be more proactive as a captain.Anyway we have to bat sensibly against ajmal and get 450-500 then final five sessions will be interesting................

  • nickexplore on August 7, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    The DRS criteria needs a complete overhaul. Upul Tharanga's dismissal illustrates the point. Tharanga is given out lbw by the onfield umpire and he reviews it. The replay shows the ball just clipping the stumps. This is relayed from the third umpire back to the onfield umpire ('umpires call'), who confirms his original decision, and Tharanga walks off. If he had been given not out initially, and the fielding team had reviewed it, the same information would have been relayed back to the onfield umpire, and he would have confirmed his original decision that Tharanga was not out, because less than half the ball was hitting the stump.Two rules but same scenario and one unhappy Upul Tharanga.

  • LAKINGSFAN on August 7, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Still Pak's game even though only one wicket down for SL. I expect Pak to bundle SL around 230 and bat tomorrow.

  • on August 7, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Pakistan seemed in a bit hurry to close their 1st inning . Anyhow 451 is a good total . Balling till now is not satisfactory & they need few wickets in the first hour of the morning to pressure hard for closing Srilankan innings tomorrow .Pakistani bowlers be alert .

  • on August 7, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    good day for both teams and match in balance. wicket has calmed down and looking good to bat on. result will depend how much turn there will be and when will it start turning.

    well played by younas, asad, sarfraz and rehman. younas was lucky early on but superb innings. asad played an umportant inings of his career. sarfraz batted superbly. good to see pakistani keeper batting well. rehman.supported well as well.

    good batting by SL. some testing bowling by junaid but SL batted well. sanga was lucky and pak did the same what Sl did for not reviewing younas call. lets see whose let off proves costly. both teams need a DRS coach. ithink these 2 are worse to use drs?

    important day tomorrow. so far all looking good for SL and game in balance.

  • Yousufahmed1 on August 7, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Just switched on the match here in SL and as expected runs for colombo track bullies. I don't know what happened to them when they go out. SL legends have 4-5 100 outside SC out of their 30 odd 100s. Perfect plan by SL board to send Mahela after he scores on a flat track and cements his place among colombo track legends.

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    good batting effort. superb by younas, great innings but a soft dismissal. well supported by ASAD and sarfraz and then rehman with a 50. Sarfraz's innings was really good and its nice to see a pakistani keeper doing well because pak with such weak batting can not afford to go with a keeper who cant bat much. good innings. Over all a very decent score on this wickets. It may start turning at some point, but fast bowlers need to support spinners well.

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Highly impressed inning played by Yonis Khan

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    I think younis khan has more fans in India than Pakistan because when ever I meet the Indians, they praise n like him

  • Malik_Murad on August 7, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    @Leggie: Good to see comments from an indian talking about positives of Pakistani batsmen and building bridges between the two nations. People like us kill the differences among us and hope for the great future of these two countries full of enormous talented players.

  • siddhartha87 on August 7, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    @malik murad: agreed mate, he is a superb player , have always enjoyed seeing him batting. I hope he becomes the first Pakistani batsman to score 10,000 runs in tests

  • Leggie on August 7, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    @Malik_Murad: Younis' smile even bridges the India - Pakistan differences! As an Indian, have always loved his positive approach to batting and his general attitude to life.

  • Malik_Murad on August 7, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Younis's smile keeps the entire Pakistan Nation smiling during our testing time. In real terms, Younis's smile inspires the youth of Pakistan to remain hopeful for the better times ahead ! Keep going Younis you have a great career ahead !

  • MA24 on August 7, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Younis Khan is the most talented player in pakistan cricket team.

  • on August 7, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    Wow what a class cricketer Younis Khan is :)

  • Yousufahmed1 on August 7, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Sarfaraz has got the liking for SL mediocre bowling. Who can forget that unbelievable chase on the 5th day when Sarfaraz got into his own and pummeled overrated SL spinners from the rough. I hope he can stay with Younus and teach this toothless attack a lesson. Another home thrashing on the way for Lankans.

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  • Yousufahmed1 on August 7, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Sarfaraz has got the liking for SL mediocre bowling. Who can forget that unbelievable chase on the 5th day when Sarfaraz got into his own and pummeled overrated SL spinners from the rough. I hope he can stay with Younus and teach this toothless attack a lesson. Another home thrashing on the way for Lankans.

  • on August 7, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    Wow what a class cricketer Younis Khan is :)

  • MA24 on August 7, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Younis Khan is the most talented player in pakistan cricket team.

  • Malik_Murad on August 7, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Younis's smile keeps the entire Pakistan Nation smiling during our testing time. In real terms, Younis's smile inspires the youth of Pakistan to remain hopeful for the better times ahead ! Keep going Younis you have a great career ahead !

  • Leggie on August 7, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    @Malik_Murad: Younis' smile even bridges the India - Pakistan differences! As an Indian, have always loved his positive approach to batting and his general attitude to life.

  • siddhartha87 on August 7, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    @malik murad: agreed mate, he is a superb player , have always enjoyed seeing him batting. I hope he becomes the first Pakistani batsman to score 10,000 runs in tests

  • Malik_Murad on August 7, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    @Leggie: Good to see comments from an indian talking about positives of Pakistani batsmen and building bridges between the two nations. People like us kill the differences among us and hope for the great future of these two countries full of enormous talented players.

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    I think younis khan has more fans in India than Pakistan because when ever I meet the Indians, they praise n like him

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Highly impressed inning played by Yonis Khan

  • on August 7, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    good batting effort. superb by younas, great innings but a soft dismissal. well supported by ASAD and sarfraz and then rehman with a 50. Sarfraz's innings was really good and its nice to see a pakistani keeper doing well because pak with such weak batting can not afford to go with a keeper who cant bat much. good innings. Over all a very decent score on this wickets. It may start turning at some point, but fast bowlers need to support spinners well.