Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 5th day August 10, 2014

SL beat rain to win after Herath's six

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Sri Lanka 533 for 9 dec (Sangakkara 221, Mathews 91, Ajmal 5-166) and 99 for 3 beat Pakistan 451 (Younis 177, Shafiq 75, Perera 5-137) and 180 (Sarfraz 52*, Herath 6-48) by seven wickets
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Arnold: Mathews made a great declaration

Rangana Herath conjured six wickets on a day-five pitch that carried little threat and Sri Lanka hunted down 99 in a dramatic chase under the constant threat of rain and fading light. A big, dark cloud hung over the ground as Sri Lanka closed in but relented just long enough for Angelo Mathews to swat an unbeaten 25 off 13 and drag his side home with under five overs remaining. Just after Mathews tapped Junaid Khan to midwicket for a nearly suicidal, winning single, the skies opened up.

Pakistan's loss was the 12th by a side that had posted 450-plus batting first, as they tried to block their way to safety in the morning and found Herath all over them. They lost three wickets for 62 runs in 32 overs in the first session, and even though they tried being more positive after lunch, Sri Lanka pried out four more by tea. Sarfraz Ahmed counter-attacked with an unbeaten fifty but he was stranded as Herath spun out the tail to leave Sri Lanka 21 overs to get 99.

Mahela Jayawardene walked out to open in his last Test innings in Galle and took Sri Lanka to 59 before the sight of the cloud made him make too much room outside leg and miss an accurate Junaid Khan yorker on 26. Kumar Sangakkara swung his way to 21 off 22 before he holed out to long-on as Sri Lanka's desperation grew and Pakistan fretted over the falling visibility. It was left to captain Mathews to slog a couple of sixes into a wildly cheering crowd to beat the rain.

Pakistan's downfall began in the morning when their young batsmen were reluctant to score after Dhammika Prasad had ended the nightwatchman Saeed Ajmal's resistance in the sixth over of the day. Ahmed Shehzad made 16 off 74 and was around with the equally sedate Azhar Ali for 93 balls, but the partnership fetched Pakistan merely 28. Even half-volleys were patted away regularly and the spinners were allowed to settle into their rhythms. The occasional attempts to rotate the strike were rushed and tense. Azhar stepped out at times, but went to lunch on 18 off 89.

Herath and Dilruwan Perera were relentless, even with no uneven bounce available and no exaggerated turn or bounce. Perera, a classical offspinner who has no doosra, used his straighter one superbly from both sides of the wicket, leaving the batsmen unsure about which ones would turn. He beat Azhar with a straighter one and Shehzad on the drive with a flighted offbreak.

The batsmen started shuffling further and further across in doubt and umpire Ian Gould gave Shehzad leg-before as he missed an offbreak. Shehzad conferred with Azhar and walked back without reviewing, only to face an incredulous Moin Khan and Waqar Younis in the dressing room, as replays showed the ball would have turned past leg stump.

Realising that some runs were dearly needed, Younis Khan drove Perera for four through extra cover first ball, and was way more positive in defence as well as attack than the preceding batsmen.

Herath had been taken off after constantly teasing the batsmen with his flight and arm balls, and was brought back ten minutes before lunch. Younis walked out to the second delivery and smothered it. The third one he pushed forward to, playing for spin, but it was the arm ball and slipped through the gate.

Misbah-ul-Haq calmly lofted Herath for a straight four off the last ball of that over. Pakistan showed more intent after lunch even as the spinners tried to target the rough outside leg. Both Azhar and Misbah resorted to sweeps, and the latter reviewed umpire Bruce Oxenford's lbw decision successfully on 8 off Perera, replays showing the batsman had gloved the ball on to pad.

A few overs later, Misbah slog-swept Perera for six over midwicket and reverse-swept the next ball for four. The partnership grew to 56, and the calming presence of Misbah seemed to have steadied Pakistan from the tremors of the morning.

Sri Lanka struck twice in the space of three balls to deliver bigger jolts to Pakistan. Azhar got his second jaffa of the match from Herath that spun across to take the edge behind on the forward push. Two balls later, Misbah missed a whip off the back foot against Perera, and it was Sri Lanka's turn to review successfully now for leg-before.

Asad Shafiq failed to read Herath's arm ball again but Sarfraz fought with aggression. Sarfraz came into the Test with a batting average of 18.58 but added fifties in each innings. His approach to spin was in sharp contrast to that of some of his batting colleagues. As the overs remaining kept dwindling, Sarfraz kept walking out, whipping, cutting, driving and sweeping Pakistan's lead towards 100. Amid all this, he even managed to farm the strike with Mohammad Talha for a while before Herath had his way again.

The previous Test between these sides in Sharjah had Pakistan chasing 302 in quick time. This wasn't as big a pursuit, but it made up on the drama front.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sinhaya on August 10, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    This is a great advertisement for test cricket and as a passionate Lankan fan, cannot ask for more. This is why I say, Sri Lankans are exciting in test cricket. Look at the last 5 tests including this one, which involved Sri Lanka.

    Against England at Lords - saved by a whisker in the last over Against England at Headingley - won in the penultimate ball Against SA at Galle - played till middle of day 5 and SA deservingly won as we were too over confident Against SA at SSC - SA just saved the test match partly thanks to rain Against Pakistan at Galle today - won on the very final minutes seconds before rain.

    No doubt this shows Sri Lanka plays one of the best brands of test cricket. Well done Angelo and boys. I knew we can win if we get Pakistan all out by tea time. Galle continues to be the venue in Sri Lanka which is most result oriented. Sri Lanka must not change the winning combination. Vithanage got a major boost to his confidence by being at the middle at the time of victory.

  • on August 12, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    People should not come to conclusion about Pak. This is a team that cannot even play at home. Hardly plays long test series against top sides. Still manages to do better than 2 of the BIG 3

  • Urajapakse on August 12, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Ha, ha,

    Who said we cannot win test matches after Great Murali's retirement?

    Rangana has fitted in nicely & doing the same that great man did. Who would have thought prior to 1981 that ' Cricketers in this LITTLE ISLAND can do wonders like this. REMEMBER 1996 UNDER ARJUNA, JUST WAIT FOR 2015 WC- WILL SHOW THE WORLD AGAIN WHAT WE ARE(OUR CRICKETERS) CAPABLE OF.

    Hats off to Anji & the team

  • on August 12, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    @sinhaya please don't even try to compare herath with dilruwan , yes dilruwan is a good bowler but has to come a long way to become as good has herath.he kept this average after playing 56 games not 6 and after murali he helped sri lanka to achieve lot of things on his own even In odi and t20 so please don't compare a true legend with a new comer.

  • fazald on August 12, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    This Sri Lanka test team is totally dependent on their big three batsmen Sangakkara, Jayawardena and their captain Mathews. Then there's Herath who plays the leading role as their number one wicket taker. The team relies heavily on these three batsmen who consistently score runs and whenever they are in trouble atlleast one of them puts up a big score and comes to the rescue of the side. If they all fail at the sametime that's when they lose the game. Which is very rare these days Sangakkara guides the team at the top of the batting order and the rest of the batsmen supports him down the order. With Jayawardena announcing his retirement from test cricket at the end of this series against Pakistan and Sangakkara to follow in the not too distant future the void created by their loss would would be hard to fill.

  • on August 12, 2014, 2:30 GMT

    @sinhaya don't look at averages while judging a player. Chandimal is lot better player even though his average might not be good. Srilanka have 3 class players unfortunately others are not quiet good

  • Sinhaya on August 12, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    @Siddharth Mane, well 20 overs was lost due to rain in that test match, so that helped SA.

    Not only Herath, but Dilruwan Perera is better than Herath as his test bowling average is better than Herath and is below 29! Dont forget rock hard Kaushal Silva too along with debut half centurian Dickwella along with Vithanage who averages over 40. Vithanage and Dickwella had to slog in this game and throw their wickets due to the need to get runs as 50 overs was lost due to rain.

  • Kinguru007. on August 11, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    With all due respect Mr.Gaurav given the current status of IND and S.L i don't see much of a different. Of cause AUS and SA on a different level. You should of said this after the 5th test in England.

  • on August 11, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    SL is a good side but can't beat India, SA & Australia on SL turf.

  • Zetta on August 11, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    I happened to watch only the first and last day of the match, but it was worth it. Sri Lanka are very steadily progressing as a test side. So much that I fear their limited over form will decrease. Well, we'll see ~

    I can't imagine what would happen with Pakistan's batting if there were no Misbah-ul-Haq in the middle. Not concretely this match, overall.

    But it was an exiting cricket match and we should all be happy that Test cricket is very much alive. Let's hope the next one would be interesting just as much. Cheers from Bulgaria!

  • Sinhaya on August 10, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    This is a great advertisement for test cricket and as a passionate Lankan fan, cannot ask for more. This is why I say, Sri Lankans are exciting in test cricket. Look at the last 5 tests including this one, which involved Sri Lanka.

    Against England at Lords - saved by a whisker in the last over Against England at Headingley - won in the penultimate ball Against SA at Galle - played till middle of day 5 and SA deservingly won as we were too over confident Against SA at SSC - SA just saved the test match partly thanks to rain Against Pakistan at Galle today - won on the very final minutes seconds before rain.

    No doubt this shows Sri Lanka plays one of the best brands of test cricket. Well done Angelo and boys. I knew we can win if we get Pakistan all out by tea time. Galle continues to be the venue in Sri Lanka which is most result oriented. Sri Lanka must not change the winning combination. Vithanage got a major boost to his confidence by being at the middle at the time of victory.

  • on August 12, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    People should not come to conclusion about Pak. This is a team that cannot even play at home. Hardly plays long test series against top sides. Still manages to do better than 2 of the BIG 3

  • Urajapakse on August 12, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Ha, ha,

    Who said we cannot win test matches after Great Murali's retirement?

    Rangana has fitted in nicely & doing the same that great man did. Who would have thought prior to 1981 that ' Cricketers in this LITTLE ISLAND can do wonders like this. REMEMBER 1996 UNDER ARJUNA, JUST WAIT FOR 2015 WC- WILL SHOW THE WORLD AGAIN WHAT WE ARE(OUR CRICKETERS) CAPABLE OF.

    Hats off to Anji & the team

  • on August 12, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    @sinhaya please don't even try to compare herath with dilruwan , yes dilruwan is a good bowler but has to come a long way to become as good has herath.he kept this average after playing 56 games not 6 and after murali he helped sri lanka to achieve lot of things on his own even In odi and t20 so please don't compare a true legend with a new comer.

  • fazald on August 12, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    This Sri Lanka test team is totally dependent on their big three batsmen Sangakkara, Jayawardena and their captain Mathews. Then there's Herath who plays the leading role as their number one wicket taker. The team relies heavily on these three batsmen who consistently score runs and whenever they are in trouble atlleast one of them puts up a big score and comes to the rescue of the side. If they all fail at the sametime that's when they lose the game. Which is very rare these days Sangakkara guides the team at the top of the batting order and the rest of the batsmen supports him down the order. With Jayawardena announcing his retirement from test cricket at the end of this series against Pakistan and Sangakkara to follow in the not too distant future the void created by their loss would would be hard to fill.

  • on August 12, 2014, 2:30 GMT

    @sinhaya don't look at averages while judging a player. Chandimal is lot better player even though his average might not be good. Srilanka have 3 class players unfortunately others are not quiet good

  • Sinhaya on August 12, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    @Siddharth Mane, well 20 overs was lost due to rain in that test match, so that helped SA.

    Not only Herath, but Dilruwan Perera is better than Herath as his test bowling average is better than Herath and is below 29! Dont forget rock hard Kaushal Silva too along with debut half centurian Dickwella along with Vithanage who averages over 40. Vithanage and Dickwella had to slog in this game and throw their wickets due to the need to get runs as 50 overs was lost due to rain.

  • Kinguru007. on August 11, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    With all due respect Mr.Gaurav given the current status of IND and S.L i don't see much of a different. Of cause AUS and SA on a different level. You should of said this after the 5th test in England.

  • on August 11, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    SL is a good side but can't beat India, SA & Australia on SL turf.

  • Zetta on August 11, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    I happened to watch only the first and last day of the match, but it was worth it. Sri Lanka are very steadily progressing as a test side. So much that I fear their limited over form will decrease. Well, we'll see ~

    I can't imagine what would happen with Pakistan's batting if there were no Misbah-ul-Haq in the middle. Not concretely this match, overall.

    But it was an exiting cricket match and we should all be happy that Test cricket is very much alive. Let's hope the next one would be interesting just as much. Cheers from Bulgaria!

  • Dayanperera on August 11, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    In hindsight, we could say that PAK should have been more positive on the 5th day. But the match was set up by the end of 4th day. even that I thought SL was a bit too slow in setting up a bigger lead and declaring a bit earlier. but that's me being to ambitious. overall please don't take anything away from the lankans, I do not see much wrong that PAK did, but this is a well deserved win. Its time to realize that when SL wins its not because the opposition was bad but because we are one of the best teams now.

  • Aamir.Awan on August 11, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Result of negative approach from Pakistan Team, they never played for winning this test after doing very well in the ist innings. An excellent example of negative mindset ... Well done Sri Lanka for playing positive cricket.

  • CricStaah on August 11, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    This is the result of playing defensive! when you play with a negative mindset then u will ultimately be bowled out! Pak barely play any cricket anymore so what can people expect? Esp whe it comes to Test cricket - if the players are not exposed to the format, the tactics and the pressure situations when how will the ever learn to get out of those situations and go on to win or atleast draw tests! Pakistan is going through a very tough time at the moment there is no genuine talent coming through either in the team or on the horizon the players in the team wud struggle to make it in county cricket and the seniors are not a stable a unit as they need to be. One good thing is that Younis Khan is back in the team - i dont know who decided to drop him in the 1st place

  • Prabhash1985 on August 11, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    We'll miss you mahela! Sad to see the team without Mahela, the greatest tactician Sri Lanka ever produced, the fox in the field! The man who has a big heart... the man who is represented our souls in the cricket field... the manly man to speak against when it is necessary, and the greatest gentleman to be as humble as you can ever be. The freedom fighter from Sri Lanka! The cricketing bhagath singh of Sri Lanka. Thank you Mahela!

  • on August 11, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Great testmatch.. Some fight at times from both sides.

    Sanga.. I know no one will ever equal bradman because he came first,

    But I think you would have to mention Sanga in the same sentence as Tendulkar and Lara if you are thinking of records. Sure maybe not the same masterful strokeplay.. but the record.. how can you argue with it.

  • on August 11, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    even sri lanka won., I am not happy with the selection of the team.dimuth should b in the side.tharanga questioner?

  • on August 11, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    Congrats SL for thrilling and dramatic win againt pak. Well done herath and sanga with your special performance.you have won in satisfsatisfying your fans after bad luck against SA.

  • on August 11, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Sarfaraz has played a selfish match. He in no way can expose Junaid in front of Herath for 5 balls where there was no need for run. He has denied single run in number of occasions before making his 50. Only he could save the game by playing only about 3/4 overs.

  • Blade-Runner on August 11, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    @Kavum ; Its Herath, buddy. He turned a draw into a win. Sanga's double ton brought us to a position where we couldn't lose the match. But Herath turned it into a win. Nobody deserved it more than Herath !!

  • Welay-White-Water on August 11, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    Historic win by Siri Lanka. Jayaveva

  • on August 11, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Love you team lions...you will be missed too much mahela

  • on August 11, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Great to see the come back of liöns with spin attack....great gift for mahela..

  • smjr on August 11, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Contd... The other thing is our spinners Ajmal and Rehman do not bowl at the stumps all the time while Herath and prerra bowl within stumps. This has been the problem of Pakistani bowlers that they have not got enough patience to keep on bowling each delivery in line with stumps. A good bowler is one who where ever pitch the bowl, but when ball reaches the batsman it is within stumps. Ajmal is not a good spinner of flight. When he flight the bowl it become a half volley while Herath flight the bowl it lands six feet in front of batsman and batsman do not know whether to play forward or back. By flighting the ball you would get good purchase from even good wickets. In my opinion Ajmal is no to Herath. Pakistan only danger is Herath. Our batsman must find a way to tackle Herath in the next test otherwise we will loose. The best way to play Herath is either to come down the wicket to negate any spin or to play deep into the crease and play as late as possible.

  • smjr on August 11, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    I am Pakistani fan and and to say that Pakistan deserved to loose and happy that rain came after the match is over. Pakistan plays without any planning they did not know whether to attack or defend. The coaching staff gave no direction to players. In fact we are under pressure since our bowling did not click, i do not know why commentators keep on saying that Pakistan bowling is world class. Ajmal and Rehman has past their peek. Fast bowling did not have penetration and catching is pathetic despite long summer training camp in Lahore. I know the Pakistani psyche, after Imran and Javed miandad, that only play with tried and tested players for considerable period of time, despite losing, hoping that they will deliver, and never trust young players. The other thing is the defensive captaincy of Misbah, he made attacking players like Shehzad, Khurrum not to play their natural game. Just look at sarfaraz he plays natural game and against whom the SL bowling looks nothing.

  • Kavum on August 11, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Sanga should have been the MoM. Herath did his bit but it was all due to that mammoth score in the 1st innings. Shudder to think what will befall SL after the 2 batting greats retire followed by Herath who is getting rounder and slower by the day. Well done the SL team.

  • katch47 on August 11, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    What a selfless act by Mahela, knowing the team's run requirement in limited NO of overs and deciding to open the innings which is very risky act in his part cuz he is touching on that 50 average so if he gets out cheaply there will be extra pressure on him to perform well in his final match. I hope he will get another 94 or more runs in his last game so his average will not fall under 50 if he gets out in both innings. All the best to Mahela

  • on August 11, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    @sinahaya srilanka played conservative test cricket against SA, had they declared earlier they could have won that test match. Yes herath is very good bowler , rest are mediocre

  • saravananunga on August 11, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    same mouths which criticized SL for the loss against SA is praising now ,real fan should always support team whether they loose or win ,nowdays cricket has become like movies if it is good ppl love it or else hate to the core.lets see what they comment after next match

  • 9ST9 on August 11, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    SL were at one stage labelled as a 'boring' test side. But consider the last year SL have played/been involved in some really exciting games :The Sharjah loss was a thriller, followed by the two nail biters in England and then the SSC game which ended in a thrilling draw followed by the Galle test. Hopefully this rejuvenates interest in Test Cricket among SL fans. It was heartening to see a large crowd at the ZIM vs SA test, and ZIM's fighting qualities. As a true cricket fan I sincerely hope more and more thrilling tests will give the longer format much needed following.

  • on August 11, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    Superlative allround performance by the Sri Lankans to win the match comfortably and beating the weather gods as well. Veterans Sanga,Mahela,Herath and all the other players contributed in some way to topple the strong Pakistan team. It was a fitting farewell by Galle to Mahela who is opting out of test cricket despite the fact that he has a couple of more years to contribute to the SriLankan cricketing cause as most of the youngsters have not performed up to expectations to date. We hope Sri Lanka will keep this momentum and wrap up the short test series comfortably. It is indeed a pity that the ICC does not specify a minimum of a 3 match test series which definitely would be healthier competition and would augur well for test match cricket to be alive in the future.

  • alipk52 on August 11, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    I have no doubt Sri Lanka is the better team and they know how to do it, but in this game it's certain that Pakistan has gifted them the test match in golden plate, Misbah's defensive approach is very questionable, he is not a captain Pakistan need, and except Sarfraz and Younis, every batsman in this line up knows one way to bat..block block and block, even 2.5 an over would've done world of good to Pakistan, thankfully Sarfraz produced one quick scoring innings which took lead to 98, younis was looking good, when he was trying to get some runs, but when he started blocking, he lost his wicket, Bring in Umar Akmal, I must say despite his poor way of getting out after being set, he's currently the best batsman Pakistan has at the moment. Khuram Manzoor is a weak link in this lineup.

  • cricpanther on August 11, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    I would like to see, Srilanka dominates the Pakistan and now do not loose this momentum!! Let it be one sided wins, inning wins and complete white wash of Pakistan, so in future every one can make win against Pakistan in any format.

  • cricpanther on August 11, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Herath!!! Take a bow, Star of the Test match!! Spinning the head of pakistan batman!! This batman are use to spin too and see how Herath did it once again!! Also Sangakara, what an inning!!! Out standing!!! Two Hero of Test match!!!!

  • Stat1977 on August 11, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    Win or loss, I'm delighted to see the spirit of two teams.I saw each and every Pakistan player did shake Sanga's hand, opposition players had friendly chats (I hope not sledging).The gesture shown was admirable.If every cricket playing nation can show the same gesture, game would be more beautiful.

    Pakistan fans are one of the best fans in the world.They criticize their team, accept their faults, but hardly take anything away from the opposition, give credit where it's due.Not like funny Indian fans who dream big and talks, (don't know how to appreciate the opposition) but get defeated in every corner of the world.They are getting embarrassed in England badly!

  • cricpanther on August 11, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    Very WELL Done Srilanka, Superb Play Executions!!! Too good. Have a look at Pakistan team, there is no much difference between Pakistan, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe!!It was worst performance by Pakistan!!! Day by Day Pakistan is going away from quality cricket and it's time to retire entire Pakistan from the cricket, they need to play some other sports. This is total disrespect of game of cricket!!! Now cricket is loosing their fans because of Pakistan, Bangladesh like team!!!!

  • Prem2248 on August 11, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    We should be very glad to have three quality batters in the Team that have exceled well from very young age blessed with right techniques of batting with full array of strokes in Mathews, Khausal & Dickwella. It was sad to see both Mathews & Dickwella have been employed in the wrong positions. We badly need few more of those of sound technique who have excelled from young age such as RoshenSilva,AshenSilva,C'imal,AngeloP,ShehanJayasooriya, Maneeshan,KusalMendis,Priyamal Perera,SdeeraSamarawickrema, PawanWickremasinghe,…Selectors of late have always had great disliking for such batters(e.g.S'weera,A'patu) instead they have always preffered fleet-footed batters that find it difficult to middle and ability to stroke the ball all along the ground. It was a main reason why we couldn't maintain consistency of winning even having few world class bowlers in the Team. We need risk free attacking batters as exhbitted by A'vinda in the past & Mathews in this very match.

  • banda2014 on August 11, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Wow what a captain, Mathews you are a genius. You must be the best captain for SL in test cricket. You and also Sanga, Mahela, Herath played a brilliant game. We are also lucky.Well done SL.

  • jmcilhinney on August 11, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    One of the great things about Test cricket is that there are often competing priorities so you can often approach the same situation in a number of different ways. Here, Pakistan felt that there best option was to simply bat for time and paid the price. Even if they had batted for the same length of time, had they scored more runs in the process then SL would not have been able to chase them down. This is not a criticism of Pakistan but just to highlight that the number of different approaches that can be taken is one of the things that makes Test cricket so great. This must have been an incredibly exciting game for the home crowd to watch. I've seen it written by a well-known, Test cricket-hating Indian fan that Test cricket is boring and the only time it might be exciting is at the end. Like a movie though, a close Test match is so exciting at the end specifically because of all the build up that went before. I feel sorry for those like Cpt.Meanster who can't - or refuse to - get it.

  • on August 11, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    congrats to SL fans... SL played really well. at the momnt, SL is the best team of the Asia. lots work to b done for pak. dissappointg effort

  • SLMaster on August 11, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    Well doneSL. Good Game. I believe SL is in right track to be top test team.

  • on August 11, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. You were always ahead of the game. SL played positive, purposeful cricket. Pakistan were praying for rain and dark clouds. They were dragging their feet and that is not the way to win test matches.

    SL have shown it and continues to show their steel every match they play. Well done Marvan and the boys. What a captain we have in Angelo. May long it continue. SL selectors please do not change and alter the winning formula. Who needs coaches from outside? Look at India who are all over the shop not knowing what to do. Keep and strengthen the successful set up we have now in SL.

  • on August 11, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    What sweet victory it was for Sri Lanka keep it up. What a team effort it was and played like well knitted team no ego's . Moreover , to beat rain is also taken into consideration in this victory .Hope they repeat same in the next test also.

  • on August 11, 2014, 1:02 GMT

    Imran farhat needs to be brought back. We need an opener who can score runs. Farhat recently scored 300 runs, that means he needs to be brought back.

  • Sinhaya on August 11, 2014, 0:46 GMT

    @Siddharth Mane, lucky to win in England? We deserved to win by all means there as we prepared hard. Well Well actually case SA were lucky to draw the last test thanks to rain. Remember this test we were clearly the better team. I dont know what luck you are talking about.

    As for class players of Sri Lanka, what about Herath and Dilruwan Perera who are among the leading 3 test wicket takers for the year 2014? Forgot Kaushal Silva who has twin fifties at Lords and Dubai and another fifty here in this game? Forgot Dickwella who got a debut fifty against SA which had Steyn, Morkel and Philander? Guess you must do more research.

  • Nuwan_Lorensuhewa on August 11, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    @ Danushka, machan many thanks for the statistics. This is a slap on face for the biased cricket fans, Sanga outclass Sachin for sure. Sachin only averages better than Sanga in 1st innings average, everything else is Sanga...Sanga....Sanga...Kumar Sangakkara you are a true legend and a fighter. Looking forward for the day that you make us proud to call you Sir Kumar Sangakkara.

  • hiranya on August 10, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    @Siddharth Mane - I don't think Indian fans have anything to do with this match or Sri Lankan batsman. you have two things to do 1. like other indian fans dream about your 11 for the fifth test 2. you heed to fix the keyboard of your computer. the letter 'a' is not working.

  • on August 10, 2014, 23:21 GMT

    Srilanka have 2 class players Matthews nd sangakara but are lucky to win this test nd one at England. Jayarwardhna is most luckiest of all international batsmen as he edges but it doesn't carry or goes for four

  • MAHafeez on August 10, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    Somehow Fawad Alam, Umer Akmal, Bilawal Bhatti and Shahid Afridi should be in. They are better batters, bowlers and fielders.

    AbdurRehman, Asad Shafiq, Talha, and Azhar Ali should go. They are bad batters, bowlers and fielders.

  • Peachjay on August 10, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    That is a truly inspirational knock by the Captain, although Angelo almost through it away by celebrating a bit early on the winning run.. Never so no attitude-both in England and at home. This will bring immense confidence in the team. Snaga is going great guns putting a high price for his wicket. The seniors really stepped up-home and away. Looks like SL has the right ingredients and hopefully the admin will not mess with this team as they can develop into a formidable unit.

  • haq33 on August 10, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    Well played SL. No way did Pak deserve to escape that one. Sanga and Herath just too strong. So a deserved result in the end. SL are the best Asian team clearly. Pakistan's total dependence on Ajmal is slowly starting to hurt both Ajmal and the team. Other bowlers and the batsmen need to step up. This unit can still be good enough - they each need to just understand that they must each shoulder ultimate responsibility, instead of playing lazily and expecting others to bail them out of trouble. That is the difference between Pakistan's approach and that of other teams. In Pak team, it is never "MY duty" to see this team home.

  • on August 10, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Talha bowling around 135 kph is a very average bowler, and useless abdul rehman should be out of the team immediately.

  • on August 10, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    What a shame, we lost the match.

  • on August 10, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    test was definatly draw...pakistan added spice to it...like india y'day..someonw compared srt and sanga here..pls add 2columns of home and away...I m gonna ask big question to all cricket fans globally does not mattwr which coubtry...what will happwn ro test crickwt once sanga..younus..misbah...cook...clarke...retires...I fell it wil be T20 played for five consecutive days..and still wa fans will be figjting that our team is best....TEST IS DYING...AND WILL BE DEAD...onw indication ia more test are being decided in last hour on 5th day...which is odi and t20 concept...

  • Philip_Gnana on August 10, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    What a game. Who said that Test Cricket has passed its sell by date? It is live and kicking no doubt. The recent games (involving Sri Lanka) bears testament. Pakistan like the Sri Lankans are building a team and trying to find the right balance. The team that played positive cricket and a yearning to win, got their in the end. The threatening rain adding that intense excitement. This test had it all. A well marshaled team and an able leader in Mathews. A great team effort well done Sri Lanka. Herath, finding his bag of tricks and at the right time too. Surrey, England.

  • top_SPIN on August 10, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    What a great Test match finish. Two equal first round innings but Pak was in a sleep mode in the final morning and Herath is not going to let his prey walk way, he took full advantage.

    However both teams are still equally weighted. If Mathews and Sanga are removed quickly SL could have the same fate. Pakistan will try to come from behind as they did earlier this year and Mathews and co would not want to make the same mistake for sure and they will try to go for kill.

    Two non big 3 countries providing a nail biting finish. This is what ICC got it wrong, instead of promoting test cricket in countries like SL,PAK,NZ,WI they are trying to play way too much cricket between big 3. I don't think any match between ENG , INDIA provided the excitement this match had.

    A test match series should consist of 3 matches to see a full battle develop and who comes as the winner. Hope non big 3 cricket would understand this soon enough.

  • Herath-UK on August 10, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    A fantastic win by Sri Lanka when the indians here have slumped to one of the worst defeats without grit & fight which the Lankan team showed in abundance. Hats off to another Herath,we do well mate, where ever we are!

  • Felix1025 on August 10, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    It is high time that SL drops Tharanga for next match and give chance yo Dimuth K to gain his confidence in his own ground. Tharanga as usual makes a big score once in 7 to 10 innings while Dimuth makes sure there will be a good opening partnership and at least scores 30+ or 40+ . Pls play Dimuth.

  • Cric_Janbaz on August 10, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Look at sri lankan slow left armer and have a look at Mr. Abdur Rehman . . . No variation in bowling,just firing it in like a left arm medium pacer . . . Zulfiqar Babar far better than Rehman . . .

  • Lahori_Munde on August 10, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    What hppeed to the batting? Where is the pride. I still can't beieve we lost to SL

  • SohailMirza on August 10, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Well, its proved that whoever plays a positive cricket eventually stands out as winner. If you look Pakistan 1st Inning - you will find there was never ever intentions to play for win.. Misbah 33(100) balls !! thats the problem actually.. why are afraid? Are afraid of getting out and thats why you're playing so slow or you cementing your place in team? Talha was never ever threat to Sri Lanka... 135 KPH so how can you pose a threat to opponent? Pakistan will come hard in 2nd test and that will the moment they will play for win and they will win it from nowhere thats why people call PAK a unpredictable..Bhatii should be inside team... a typical hard and accurant bowler

  • shahnbej on August 10, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    How long we keep Misbah and his friends in team? He's playing for his self. What a negative approach for this match. ABDUL RAHMAN his best both should go for ever .we don't need them we have a lot of good bowlers and batsmen, they can perform better than them.

  • Sudhir65 on August 10, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Pakistani batsmen do not even seem to be fast-track bullies.

  • shahnbej on August 10, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Misbah lose again. Team selection and match strategy was worst.

  • t20cric on August 10, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    A frustrating performance of Pakistan. Credit goes to SL for the win but you have to admit Pakistan were pathetic. Shafiq really impressed me in the first innings but now I realize that innings was during no pressure and probably when the pitch was easy to bat on. Khurram Manzoor is doing nothing since his 100 against SA. Azhar is also batting too slowly and needs to speed up or make way. Shehzad needs to play his naturally attacking game or else he won't score much either. Rehman needs to go or needs to improve his bowling. For the next test Shafiq or Ali should be replaced Akmal and Rehman should be replaced with Wahab Riaz. In the next series we need Fawad Alam in for Azhar, Raza Hassan or Yasir Shah for Abdur Rehman, Sadaf Hussein for Mohammad Talha and Harris Sohail as a back up batsman. Sarfraz Ahmed was the only positive but if we need a backup wicket keeper then Mohammad Rizwan is good.

  • gujratwalla on August 10, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    The better team won and that is that.Herath is a underrated bowler who in fact is the best spin bowler for a fifth day pitch.Pakistan always seems to have Herathphobia,never tried to sort him out not that he is ordinary.I rate him higher than Ajmal because he wins matches.Our pace attack is meek compared to Sri Lankan pacers who bowled with more aggression and purpose.I wonder if Waqar Younis has ever taught Talha or Junaid his famous yorkers?.Ajmal is fast fading out.Pakistan simply do not have the class to beat Sri Lanka.

  • on August 10, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    I think Misbah defensive strategy fail us every time.

  • on August 10, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    There is a bit of an irony. That rain cloud was a blessing in disguise for Sri Lanka as Pakistan captain gave more overs to fast bowlers in expectation of closing the game due to bad light while pitch was playing tricks. Under normal conditions Misbah would have used Ajmal where he could have been lethal. Somehow luck was in SL way as always does with captain Angelo. Well played both teams and hats off for delivering a cracking game for the sake of test cricket. Cricket was at it's best!

  • on August 10, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    1 more change required for SL side is to drop kithruwan..he may hit a siz but he is clueless against ajmal and he is not a player who can make a big inning,,play him in t20's not in test

  • mensan on August 10, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Pakistan must try Yasir Shah (270 wickets in 75 FC matches) now as 2nd spinner, and prepare U-19 leg-spinner Karamat Ali for future.

  • on August 10, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    poor bating performance by pak batsman they have a need of fine tune in bat,

  • yohandf on August 10, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Where are the guys who claimed this Galle pitch a highway. should be eating their words . Galle pitch is bit conservative these days but still sporty when it comes to 4th 5th day . Sanga and Mathews batted brilliantly on 4th but lesser skilled guys got out . 5th day was manic day with spinners dominating . Most importantly it produced a result again (now 2/2 in 2014) . this test and recent ones are great advertisement for test cricket and 5000 odd people gathered to ground prooved it .

  • on August 10, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    Its going to be tough for Pakistan to win the next match.The openers are clueless.They don't know how to leave the ball outside off stump.Drop Rehman and bring in Wahab.Give him a short spell and tell him to just run in at pace because at such dead pitches you have to make things happen rather than sitting back and waiting for batsmen to make mistakes.Pakistan can even play 5 bowlers 2 spinners and 3 quicks add wahab in place of khurram.Rehman and wahab can bat a bit at 7 and 8 then you have a good all round team with no pressure on the bowler to bowl too many overs.so my team 1.Shehzad 2.Azhar 3.Younus 4.Misbah 5.Shafiq 6.Sarfraz 7.Rehman 8.Wahab 9.Ajmal 10.Talha 11.Junaid

  • yohandf on August 10, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Congrats boys . it s an emphatic win . Game was heading for a draw but reckless batting of Pakistanis and effective bowling of Herath and co forced a result in our favour .We still could have stranded by rain but Angi and Kithruwan took us over the line .All in all a team effort and given another sweet memory for Mahela . Sanga is always the man for us . Herath the workhorse deservingly got MOM award .Dissapointing for Pakistan to end up in loosing as they were neck to neck during firs four days . But in test cricket you cant switch off even for a while .

  • on August 10, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    pakistan deserve to lose becoz if u score 35 runs in 26 overs then u dnt desrve a draw

  • mensan on August 10, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Pakistan should have played positively. A target of 125-150 in 20 overs would have been difficult to achieve. Problem for Pakistan is that they did not produce any world class batsman for last 14 years (since Younus Khan). They immediately need 2 changes:

    1. Khurram out (he is like Sajid Ali of past, scores heavily in domestic but fails in internationals) - from current squad, Shan Masood can play.

    2. Replacement of Abdur Rehman is required. he is not getting any better at 35 years age. We need to invest in some younger spinner - but none in current squad. In next series, we need to have some other spinner.

    Also finding replacement of Misbah is necessary. Younus may play for 2-3 years but Misbah may not be in the team after World Cup.

  • Worldcricketlover on August 10, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Lets see what Sri Lanka can deliver after Sanga and mahela retired that is when real test beginners . India has already shown cracks in batting . Though SL is very lucky to have Angelo as batsman . I will rate him as a captain after Mahela and Sanga retired as On field decision were taken By Mahela ( Mahela take call on DRS during this match too)

  • cric1965 on August 10, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Sri Lanka gave the same medicine which Pakistan had given to them in Shajah.

  • on August 10, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Pakistan didn't play test cricket long time, Hope they will come back strong in SSC match, Anji and Team need to be careful. Mind you all Pakistan means unpredictable.

  • Worldcricketlover on August 10, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    @dhanushka Please also update us the dismal while playing hook or pull shot of Sanga and Sachin. Also update us Sachins record against Donald , Malcolm Marshall and Pakistani speedster Waqar and Wasim .

  • SLSup on August 10, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    SL produced another great game of TEST cricket - the team winning the toss losing in Galle for 7th out of 18 games that have produced results. SOME who commented here (even as recent as yesterday) are not to be seen. Their posts ref to ANOTHER SL Test heading for a draw. The complaint usually is about Galle and SSC but the FACT remains these venues produce excellent results that are not matched by most FREQUENTED Test pitches IN THE WORLD.

    SL bowlers found ways to get 20 wickets on a FLAT track. That was good to see even if NOT ACCEPTABLE to some SA fans who still comment here - basically with the same nonsense they did during the SA vs SL series.

    SANGA stamped his class - contricuting to YET ANOTHER WINNING CAUSE. It almost seems that IN RETROSPECT his innings always turns out to be MOST VALUABLE to outcome of a game.

    PAK appear to be more humane in their on-field presence, they appear more relaxed and less angry, more gentlemanly than SA. That was good to see, too.

  • brusselslion on August 10, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka. Been a power in the shorter form of the game for a good while now but they also seem to be tirning into a very good Test unit.

    Also welcome back, Pakistan. The sooner they fully integrated back into the fold the better.

  • on August 10, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    ******SACHIN VS SANGA ****** (Updated 10.07.2014)

    CAREER TEST AVERAGE -

    Sanga 58.63 Sachin 53.78

    Test rankings -

    Sanga 938 Sachin 898

    TEST CENTURIES -

    Sanga in every 5.97 inns (213 inns / 37 centuries = 5.91 inns)

    Sachin only in every 6.45 inns (329 inns /51 centuries = 6.45 inns)

    DOUBLE CENTURIES - Sanga in every 23.22 inns (213 inns / 9 = 23.66 inns)

    Sachin only in every 54.83 inns (329 inns / 6 = 54.83 inns)

    50+ SCORES (CENTURIES + FIFTIES)

    Sanga every 2.53 inns (213/84) But Sachin every 2.76 inns (329/119)

    HIGHEST TEST SCORE BY MATCH INNS NUMBER -

    1st inns - Sanga 319 Sachin 241

    2nd inns - Sanga 287 Sachin 248

    3rd inns - Sanga 211 Sachin 176

    4th inns - Sanga 192 Sachin 136

    AVERAGE BY MATCH INNING NUMBER -

    4th INNS- Sanga 44.64 Sachin 36.93

    3rd INNS - Sanga 58.53 Sachin 46.81

    2nd INNS Sanga 64.20 Sachin 55.26

    1st INNS - Sanga 57.00 Sachin 65.98

    CAREER AVERAGE WITHOUT I

  • priya65 on August 10, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    Pakistan played a negative game. it was bad advertisement for cricket. Even in the first innings they bowled negative lines. It is good for cricket that that negativity was not rewarded with a draw. Mathews has grown in stature as a captain. He is a good learner, He has learned from their last loss to Pakistan. That day with Pakistan cricket won. Today with Sri Lanka again cricket won. Of late Sri Lanka has learned to believe in themselves. All these years they didn't have that. Now they believe in themselves a lot. How many matches have gone to the wire with SL playing, and almost all of them were won by SL. This is what Australia used to do. They nullified Ajmal, The five for he took was not when it really mattered. On the other hand Herath's 6 for was wonderful. With SL playing remember always " It ain't over till the fat lady sings " !

  • on August 10, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Pakistan deserve the defeat. This is not the way to play a test match. Sri lanka plays very well. Herath is far better than Ajmal and he proved it. Pakistan Players are mentally very weak, and they don't have an ability to take pressure.

  • Umms on August 10, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    Azhar Ali strike rate is 39 and he is not comfortable in rotating strike or playing positively. He allows bowlers to settle down and puts pressure on the non-striker. When he comes out of the crease he yorks himself. He already played 33 test matches and they are enough to show the mettle. He is given a consistent run, 5 centuries doesn't make him a great choice. It matters how the runs are scored and how they have contributed to the team cause. Pakistan lost today because of the negative mind set of the batsmen. Nevertheless great bowling from Hearth and Lankans applied the pressure all the way, sensing the vulnerability of batsmen.

  • on August 10, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    @ravinder- well ! In size SL may be small,but as a country , as a TEAM we are far ahead better than india...we dont loose matches as how your guys experience in England...

  • on August 10, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Yet another amazing test match featuring Sri Lanka this year. Every game Sri Lanka plays goes down to the wire. Great effort to pick up all the wickets on this pitch which is not a typical Galle 5th day wicket. Sri Lanka had to fought off rain, bad light and some time wasting tactics. Herath, Sanga and Mathews effors gave a perfect farewell gift for Mahela at Galle

  • on August 10, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Congratulations SL. Pakistan \did not batted properly but Pak should be given credit that they did not bowled negatively. Did not took unnecessary Reviews just to delay the game. It was good sportsmanship.

  • sudaththa on August 10, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    Well played Srilanka. Mathews,Sanga,Rangana and kaushal and Dilruwan wer brilliant..

  • on August 10, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka. Pakistan were not decisive enough in approaching the second innings. They played like headless chickens. Defending instead of scoring. Sri Lanka were determined to win the match and they just did that.

    This is the third Test match where SL made it interesting by taking it to the last overs. Keep it up SL.

  • on August 10, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    great i have no words to explain our joy...excellent work by rangana...cheers guys..

  • Sinhaya on August 10, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    @rk_ks, thanks but population does not matter. How did West Indies rock and rule the cricket world from 1975 to 1995 with less than 5 million people when you add the populations of Jamaica, Trinidad, St Kitts, Grenada, Antigua etc? How come Bangladesh having 160 million people cant be world champions? How come Jamaica with only 2 million people produce an Usain Bolt when Sri Lanka has 10 times more people but cant find anyone like that?

    It just all comes down to doing the proper talent search. During the Soviet time, East Germany and Russia identified babies who appeared to be tall at birth and trained them for basketball eyeing the future. So it comes down to doing the proper hunt and in turn the right selection.

    Well India lost to England largely due to the stubbornness towards DRS. If DRS was used, this Manchester debacle may not have happened.

    China with a billion plus people is great in sports except for soccer largely cos the Communist governments emphasize sports a lot.

  • on August 10, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    Splendid performance by the Sri Lanka cricketers. Congratulations to Angelo and his band of gutsy guys. You all have made us proud. Keep it up and try wrap up the series 2-0.

  • on August 10, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Its good to see the small countries winning...

  • cric1965 on August 10, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    Today morning Pakistan did not think that they would end up with a defeat. So they play a defensive cricket which they pay the price at last. This is same as last time Sri Lanka play negative cricket against Pakistan at UAE and end with a defeat. Pakistan want to waste the time until rain come. But there ploy backfired. Also some people comment in this column telling this pitch is not up to test standard and need to complain ICC. But what a wonderful results ultimately delivered.

  • on August 10, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    This is something special to mahela for his unbelievable career. utmost contribution from him in whole career for sl cricket.

  • rk_ks on August 10, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Well played SL. I take back my word that SL is at the same level as Indian team. SL is definitely way lot better than Indian team. They would have never lost 2 test matches after winning one. I sincerely accept the fact that small nation SL can produce better than a billion population. It's not population which matters it's all about the privilege of playing for their country. Current generation Indian cricketers just play for money. SL has in them to become world beaters. Congrats to you guys. From an Indian.

  • thalagune on August 10, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    @immi2711..hey..its nice of you people to be gracious and humble in defeat...but i guess pakistan will rise up again for the next match...yes herath is good ,,,but so is yours ajamal..he is as difficult play as anyone,,guess he just had a rare average match..but am sure he also will come back strong again...from a sri lankan fan

  • on August 10, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    junied khan took more than 18 min to complete his over ..... !!!! so no wonders the over rate is 8.2 .... ??? while SL overrate 17.5

  • on August 10, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    The most pathetic performance by pakistan. When it was required to stay on the pitch you is khan and a sad shafiq both of them were horrible and misbehaving was a sorry case too. Ahmed and khurram behaved like immature sluts who had no idea about cricket. Saved a mal need to learn how to bowl in different conditions same formula will not work out every time. It's a horrible performance by pakistan and hats off to Sri lank a who took chance to declare yesterday evening and put pak to bat having confidence in mind that they might get the chance to turn the tables.

  • on August 10, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    Congratulations SL for win

    Too close. Pak: Just few more overs in batting would have saved. 26 runs in last 2 overs given by pak. 

    well played SL. batted well & bowled with discipline. Sanga, Mahela, Mathews were superb. Sanag very lucky in 1st but once again showed his class to world. true legend

    SL learned the lesson from 3rd test in UAE- Too defensive means loss. Pak did exactly that. Poor effort. Too defensive under new management Moen-Waqar-Flower. Scored nothing early on. Azhar-Ahmed played 227 balls for 57 only. Normal rate of 2.5-3 would have atleast 50 more runs & saved it. Ahmed didnt even reviewed coz of Azhar.

    Only themselves to blame. Not reviewing when required. not reviewed sanga just liks SL not reviewed Younas.Given their best batsman 2 more chances. Too defensive.Learned importance of scoring at normal rate while blocking the day. 

    Worth noting that 8 decisions over turned & could have been 11 if Pak ( 2) & SL (1) decided to review. Poor standards

    Good game both

  • on August 10, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Having seen how pathetic , SA played to avoid defeat few weeks ago at SSC, (and to become No One). all credit to Pakistan for not wasting time on the fifth day (when rain was looming in the horizon). from a Sri Lankan fan .

  • razwinners on August 10, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Just booked the tickets to visit Australia in march 2015 to watch SL play in QF, SF and finals. Thats how much i confident about this wonderful family of 15 members who play for Sri Lankan cricket team.....really proud of you guys

  • RogerC on August 10, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Good game. Congratulations to Sri Lanka from India.

  • cjchanaka on August 10, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    WOW unbelievable match,you beauty hera.What a finishing inning from mathews under pressure, take a bow.We had to fight against not only PAK bowlers but also against rain,bad light & surprizing delays.Nevertheless better team won.Now anji & co have a real chance for a whitewash and give a perfect farewell for great JAYA...........

  • on August 10, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Lanka is the best.

  • on August 10, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Upul Tharanga should be sent back to netts.He is a good one day player.His feet was not moving.Maybe age is catching up.Poor guy.Marvan failed several times.But later he became a good and a solid opener.Why not give Dimuth Karunaratna more matches to establish himself as a leftarm opener?He is a more technically correct opener than the most.Well done Methews and the boys.Hope Sanga will play for Sri-lanka foranother3 years.

  • thalagune on August 10, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    @Khalidikram...thanx mate,,,love you pakistan fans..cos you are so humble and gracious even in defeat,,,am sure your team will come back strong the next match..from a sri lankan fan..

  • immi2711 on August 10, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    as a Pakistani ... really too embarrassed to even write anything, SL took revenge of what happened in Sharjah and then some. Usually dont like Rameez Raja, but he described PAK team effort with choice fitting words....All the talk of Saeed Ajmal, I think Herath is awesome and probably a much better bowler than Ajmal. Abdul Rehman needs to go, Talha needs to go, Shafiq, Azhar, Khurram, needs to go, they have had plenty of chances....WHERE the HELL IS FAWAD ALAM...What does this kid need to do, he has proved his place everytime..

  • getsetgopk on August 10, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    I think its a bit misleading to blame our bowlers for the loss considering we made 450 in the first innings and went on to lose the game. The pitch was a road and Pak made a mess of it, its all the batsmen's fault. Pak got themeselves in a trap by not going for runs and blocking it out till the end. Pak batsmen are mediocre and the moment Misbah or Younis khan fails the rest falls like boneless meat. Blaming Junaid Khan is as ludacrous as the timing of rain. Droped catches and worthless batsmen did the trick here as it has on many times in the past, lets not forget that. SL played bravely and deserved every bit of luck they had, well done.

  • on August 10, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Pakistan beat SRILANKA in UAE in a dramatic final day and today it's SRILANKA"S turn.Congratulations to both cricketing friends.

  • on August 10, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Angelo Mathews :- "Admit it we never win a match without giving a FIGHT OR A HEART ATTACK"

  • on August 10, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    What a brilliant performance by the team! Surely one of the best in the history of the game. When Angelo was made captain I was wondering how a player who was not performing with bat or ball could be made captain. Boy was I wrong and for once thankful that I was!

  • Nuwan_Lorensuhewa on August 10, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Was a time when many cricketing Guru's said "Toss" decides cricket in Sri Lankan pitches. Galle is a highway. A flat track...and on..Toss won by Pakistan, It's the same opportunity that Herath had and so did Ajmal. All they all had to work hard with Talent. And when it came to batting (Sanga, Mathews, Younis) it was the same, nothing but talent.It is a golden opportunity for the boasting cricketers to come and learn cricketing talent from this tiny island, LION hearted nation. Congratulations Sri Lanka.

  • thalagune on August 10, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    good this hits back at the people who say test cricket which sri lanka play are average quality and say the pitches are dust bowls....well done

  • on August 10, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Nothing much to celebrate. We Won here but we always start late. SL dont have a Consistent bowler now. Some heroes like Rangana Do their bit on some days. But are they consistent? What about our Lower Middle order and Tail? The worst of all the current teams and probably worst ever. We ride with Sangakkara and Mathews. But how long ???

  • khalidikram on August 10, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Congratulations, SL from a Pakistan fan. Well played! We will all miss Mahela, and wish him the best for the future.

  • Sinhaya on August 10, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Well the lesson from today's game is not to play negative cricket just to keep the clock ticking as it is paramount to keep the scoreboard ticking too.

    Sri Lanka paid dearly for negative cricket in Sharjah this year and Pakistan did the same and paid for it today. So the lesson is always keep playing aggressive cricket at least by taking singles and dont kill test cricket by making it boring with draws.

    Galle is no doubt the venue where you can get the maximum attendance for a test match in Sri Lanka. Today's attendance should dispel the mindset people have when referring to the empty stands when test matches are played in Sri Lanka. Hopefully SSC will be jam packed to witness Mahela's final test match.

    So far this year, Sri Lanka have played 10 tests and won 4, lost 2, drawn 4.

    Good that Kaushal Silva is back in form along with Angelo who is in prime form. Dickwella and Vithanage went to hit out so must not dropped them for the next test. Eranga needs to bowl more accurately.

  • Liyan_SLCT on August 10, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    It was pleasing to see Total Collection of performance by Mighty LIONS again for huge win of this game too against clueless Pakistanis. The road was not clear Three days ago the way batters bat both the teams. It's going to be another dull Draw. But Mathews luck again and might have hugely favored a team playing better. They are right on the top in the all formats of the games now. Sanga's innings looked composed and played some really nice shots with Angie and his all time great loving brother Mahela. It was also nice to see him play what you'd consider a real Test innings, with attack and defense used at appropriate times. Whole team moving much better in the whole year until now. In the Galle is ironically winning place for the SL Team. The way match sets for the SL team is fabulous. Everywhere cheering and farewell hoodoos for the gigantic SL son Mahela.

  • on August 10, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Respect to both teams well played.Showed how interesting test cricket can be.

  • SILVERSANGA on August 10, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    Pakistani batsmen played poorly but it isn't a reason to discredit SL bowling effort. In cricket or for that matter in any sport, the team/player who plays well wins and who plays poorly loses. The better team prevails. It's a simple logic.

    How dramatic it was to see SL pulling off the win just before the rain. If Mathews couldn't take the run in the last ball this would have been a draw! That's another dramatic finish in a test match involving SL! I don't complain about Pakistan's tactics to slow down the over rate. Any team would have done that under the given situation. The bottom line... SL won and boy didn't they deserve it? It is bit similar to Pakistan chasing 300 runs in some 55 overs to draw the last series at UAE. Tables are turned this time!

  • on August 10, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    mathews n co. teaching mny lessonz.... n hmmm.... spcl lessonz fr kidz running short f time in preparing n evn finishng d exam pprz.... perfeclty on time!!!!

    no wrdz to xplain... great win... herath once agn brght d once dead game back alive......

  • Sinhaya on August 10, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    Definitely no doubt over the fact that this test match today next to the ocean was the contest between 2 of the best teams in Asia as Sri Lanka and Pakistan featured in the Asia Cup finals this year and Sri Lanka won.

    Well Pakistan no doubt played well but just that their batting let them down. Had both teams used DRS wisely, game would have been over yesterday. On day 1 if Younis Khan was dismissed when Pakistan were 60, they would have scored about 200. If Sangakkara was referred to the 3rd umpire for an LBW appeal, Sri Lanka would not have scored more than 300 too. Also this showed that winning the toss does not mean winning the test match. Had Shezad used DRS this morning, Pakistan would have escaped.

    But this showed that test cricket when exciting is even more thrilling than ODIs and T20s too.

    I hope the SSC pitch will help spinners as shown by the game against SA. Sri Lanka must not alter the winning combination. Pakistan might be better off trying Akmal instead of Shezad.

  • Hush78 on August 10, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    @ nuwan : we'll said my friend..absolutely correct...unbelievable a nation of 21 million with very less funds than big nation over 1 billion still is one of the greatest teams around if not the best...from USA ...still Sri lankan and very proud to be one ....

  • BDKu on August 10, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    For all the Critics of SL keep living in a dream world. SL cricketers have done SL proud. We are a 3rd world country of 20M people. But on most occasions get the better of much bigger and wealthier countries. Some even steal our coach just before matches with them so the can steal the inside info. But still end up losing SL Cricket board does not pay the cricketers on time, has no permanent coach. Its always the fans that unconditionaly support the team. Through thick and thin SL fans stick with the team even before we were a test playing nation. Sri Lankans play cricket for the love of the game and the love of the country, thats why we have so many selfless cricketers never looking at personal milestones. Well done Lions keep roaring. Good luck for the next game. Make it better win for Mayya.

  • on August 10, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Mathews improved as a captain! take good decisions and now he activated attacking mode! well played Sri Lanaka..Mahela's place should go to chandimal.. he will back to form for national team if he get chances at up the order

  • jeew1992 on August 10, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    Excellent Test match. Goes on to show that playing to win is the best way to go. Mathews learned this the hard way at the start of the year. He's turned into quite a respectable captain. With his batting and his more than average bowling, he can become quite possibly the most valuable cricketer in the world. Kudos to Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera, they won this test match for Sri Lanka as far as I'm concerned. The pitch was dead. But thanks to their discipline and Pakistan's immense immaturity, we won this test. And please stop debating on Sanga's greatness. He is a modern great. What more do you need?

  • on August 10, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Once again for Sri Lanka what a nail biting turn around. How many times Mathews and his battalion has to fight till the last to either draw a match or win a match. Well done Sri Lanka, and to keep the Island nation happy the team will have to be congratulated whole heartedly

  • Kotuwegogoda on August 10, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Congratulations to Srilanka on hard fought well earned win. This is all the more remarkable when you lose the toss bat second. But Sanga,Mahela and Angelo batted with patience and purpose to post 533 and declare. Then Herath, Dilruwan, Prasad and Dhammika played their part with bowl. For Pakistan, Younis Khan is a fighter with the bat. He helped to post 451.

    Looking forward to SSC finale for a perfect send off to Mahela.

  • on August 10, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Well played SL. Poor from Pakistan. They just don't seem to learn anything. Game after game, their batters would go into a self made shell and would get out after a session of blocking every ball. This was one of the flattest wickets I have seen in a while still they managed somehow to score below 2 runs per over throughout an entire innings. Such defensive tactics are beyond any explanation. It has been four years since guys liek Shaifq, Azhar and Khurram have been an integral part of the side, yet they have learn nothing. They are making the same mistakes they were committing back in 2010, both on technical and mental grounds. When the asking was just to play normal but positive cricket on the day 5, they did just the opposite. Hate to say this but Misbah hasn't been instrumental at all in changing this mindset considering this is his fourth year with the reins. Rather the batting line up has become more defensive then it was probably four years ago.

  • on August 10, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    as ramiz summerized the reason for the pakistan defeat was neutralizing of ajmal, he was definitly read by the top 6 sl batsman..dont think no other nation has done that to him which wories the pakistan team...if im right this is not the first time it started the last series in UAE...best of luck for both teams in SSC!!

  • Prabhash1985 on August 10, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka...

  • ZainE111 on August 10, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    Well done, SL, on an epic victory. Great knocks from Sanga and Younis and Mathews, as ever, is pure class. Question marks for PAK on their ability to protect their wickets under pressure.

  • on August 10, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    great captain misbah this time he is very unluckex chance to win this match turning point is sanga lbw and missing catches misbah plz win 2 test and got wc 2015

  • roook on August 10, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Ahmed shezad and khurram Manzoor are not ready for test cricket both are temperamentally weak players and are prone to play false stroke . Azhar Ali should not be given no 3 berth he is unable to rotate strike. Misbah plan doesnot work as defensive approach never worked for pakistan.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on August 10, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Sanga's Early Exit gave disguise fortune to SL. Otherwise this match has recorded as another draw. Congrats SL

  • Maduka43 on August 10, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    @Nuwan Machan. Well said.

  • kiya-tutu on August 10, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    perfect fairwell for mahela and get rid of misbah from the captancy. What a test match this is?

  • on August 10, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    If you are a supporter of Pakistan you will be sad more than happy. They are always a team like this. I am watching them from my childhood, they never changed. In this innings their partnership will be counted with number of balls they played not by runs they scored. They never beat India in any world cup match because of this type of panic in their mind.

  • St.John on August 10, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    A test where everything pointed out to a tame draw after Younis and Sangakarra's Marathons, turned out to be an exciting win for Sri Lanka because little Rangana Herath thought otherwise. Herath who has to get his bank managers approval for leave to play matches, is still largely, so very largely, an unsung hero internationally. He deserves much more…

  • ICCexpert.... on August 10, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    get rid of Ahmad Shahzad. and negative captain Misbah.

  • Nuwas on August 10, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    SL (we) are a wonderful cricketing nation who achieved so much while loosing so little through out our Cricketing Career. We have produced considerable amount of Legend in this game while providing so many Greats, but you know what, no one else but SriLankans & a handful of unbiased Cricket Gurus likes to accept that fact. We got the BEST Test Batsmen & the BEST Test Bowler currently in the world in our team, but no one except SriLankans would grant the due credit. Yes we are a small nation, but we have achieved so much among so much of obstacles not because of anything but because of the mere fact that we've a BIG Heart about this game of Cricket, We are Lion-hearts. No matter what many critics put into words, we SriLankans know for fact that yall enjoy BITTERLY our Brand of Cricket. From all my heart Proud to be SriLankan...

  • PoeticCricket on August 10, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Another classic test cricket match of history. Lords, Leeds, SSC and now Galle, Sri Lanka played the best test cricket of the year. Heart throbbing till the end. Rain came down seconds after hitting the wining run. Mathews smacked two of the best hook shots to six I have seen after Aravindha de Silva. Galle is one the best test cricket venues in the world. Best in the subcontinent. Test cricket is the true winner here. Hard luck to Pakistan team, but you played five days of cricket not just over two days.

  • on August 10, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Galle stadium always gives better fairwells.both murali and mayya.

  • JoshFromJamRock on August 10, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    This was yet another great Test match by Sri Lanka. The efforts of Matthews, Jayawardene, Sangakkara and Herath, with good support from the others, made this victory possible.

    Pakistan, as much as I wanted them to win (or draw), shouldn't feel hard done by this defeat but they should know cricket is a game that favors the brave and aggressive. If more urgency was put in their second innings they more likely would have left the ground with a draw.

    Great captaincy by Matthews. He did so many things right in this match from his own batting to the declaration to the field settings and bowling changes. Take a bow Sir!

  • alipk52 on August 10, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    I hope with that lost, Misbah's defensive approach every time will come to an end, block block block wicket...block block block wicket...this is why Pakistan lost, nothing special in six wickets by Herath, All wickets were gifted to him, Had the Pakistani Batsman keep getting ones and twos, or 3 an over, they would've surely build up decent lead, This was the same mistake Sri Lanka commited in Sharjah last series, Now it hit back to us...Bring in Umar Akmal..this slow scoring and defensive approach is really costing Pakistan since years now.

  • Lion_Wallaby on August 10, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Sanga again showed that he does not play for personal achievements!! Such a great team player.. And Angelo Matthews!!!! What a player!! What a captain leading from the front!!! well done Lions!! Better luck next time for Pakistani brothers..

  • Sheikasif on August 10, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    Well played SL..This is test match at its best unlike the India/England match. I knew Pak wont win as they are hardly test material team. SL on the other hand are a gem of a team. Thrashed England recently and Pak is on line for a similar treat.

  • on August 10, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Whata game enjoyed every minute of it, I'm not srilnkan neither Pakistani but surely what I can say being cricket fan and continues watcher of especially test cricket the innings played by sanga and mathews and also mahela in 1st innings and mathews in 2nd innings is just owesome. I've surely became huge fan mathews he surely a guy contender to ICC 's best test captian awards the way he now averaged in test innings as captian.

  • on August 10, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Sri Lanka beat Pakistan, Rain, Bad Light, and Time Wasting...What a game, what a Day 5 actually. Sanga,Mathews,Herath are outstanding for SL

  • on August 10, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    you all will not believe what im saying now.i m from galle.the ground is 5minutes 3km away from my home.in here its raining more than half an hour. heavy rain.but in ground no rain at all...

  • on August 10, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    Congratulations SL for win

    Too close. Pak: Just few more overs in batting would have saved. 26 runs in last 2 overs given by pak.

    well played SL. batted well & bowled with discipline. Sanga, Mahela, Mathews were superb. Sanag very lucky in 1st but once again should his class to world. true legend

    SL learned the lesson from 3rd test in UAE- Too defensive means loss. Pak did exactly that. Poor effort. Too defensive under new management Moen-Waqar-Flower. Scored nothing early on. Azhar-Ahmed played 227 balls for 57 only. Normal rate of 2.5-3 would have atleast 50 more runs & saved it. Ahmed didnt even reviewed coz of Azhar.

    Only themselves to blame. Not reviewing when required. not reviewed sanga just liks SL not reviewed Younas.Given their best batsman 2 more chances. Too defensive.Learned importance of scoring at normal rate while blocking the day.

    Worth noting that 8 decisions over turned & could have been 11 if Pak ( 2) & SL (1) decided to review. Poor standards

    Good game both

  • thalagune on August 10, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    wow,,,simply unbeleivable who would have taught that this might happen,,,one of the most amazing test wins for us...it shows that even our medicore bowling attack can fire on their day...and look at the weather,nearly tried to steal victory from us again like it did in the 2nd test against SA...this is actually a victory against the rain more than against pakistan...but anyway simply superb,angelo you are a marvel..

  • Lionsareforever on August 10, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Pakistan you almost did it! You tried every trick in the book that I have seen but to no avail. Misbah is great captain but there was very little he could do when the bowlers arn't upto it. As for SL captain he is a revelation. I had my doubts when he was appointed just like I did when Ranatunga was appointed back in the late 80's. SL cricket in great hands! Lions are forever!

  • DocBindra on August 10, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    What a CHOKE job by Pakistan...how do you lose that test on that flat wicket? Sarfaraz looked like Miandad out there as the rest just capitulated. Wow.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on August 10, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    Well a perfect farewell for Mahela couldn't have been better one of the best Test matches that I've witnessed :)

  • on August 10, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    Wow !! brillant from srilanka..what a match!! great win for srilanka (Y)

  • on August 10, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    pakistan batting approch was v.negative look how sl score 100 runs in just 15 overs and also look how sarfaraz bat

  • on August 10, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    congratz Sri Lanka Good Bye Mayya We will miss you a lot

  • pritamdas_circ on August 10, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    What.A.Match !!!!!! Culprit was Pakistan's SLOW run rate in their second innings for me. Still what a mach it has been. Congratulations Sri Lanka You guys nailed it today, Rain threads made it no less than an extremely unpredictable hollywood drama !!

  • on August 10, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    Is it Junaid is a good bowler ... answer is not.bcoz he can't ball to good batsman.

  • on August 10, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    pakistan will surely understand the importance of scoring few singles here and there while blocking the day. few more runs would have saved it for them.

  • on August 10, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    misbh..common get wickets

  • Chaz_SL on August 10, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    This why we need Thisara Perera in the team, the only match winner and the boundary clearer you can always rely on !!! It's a shame he is not in the playing XI !!! I CAN NOT BELIEVE !!!!!

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on August 10, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Still negative and conservative approach from SL. Kithruwan or Dilruwan should have come before Sanga Since no Thisara and Kusal.

  • Welay-White-Water on August 10, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Congratulations Siri Lanka..........ela ela right.YA

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on August 10, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Still negative conservative batting from SL. Why not send Dilruwan or Kithruwan instead of Tharanga?

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on August 10, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Well I take my words back looks like Srilanka will go for it untill they are 5 down.

  • shahnoor-haque on August 10, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Only pakistan can lose a test match after scoring 451 plus runs in first innings.Congrats srilanka for winning a test match and series in advance...

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on August 10, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    For those who are saying it is a flat track well it is a perfect Test wicket. Little bit of movement on 1st day we saw Younis Khan also got some chances and he made most of it. Wicket good for batting on 2nd and 3rd day and started turning when Ajmal started taking wickets and on 4th day and lots of turn and movement on 5th day but still Pakistan could have resisted and now 99 in 20 overs on this wicket I think 70% Srilanka if they play well and start playing to good run-rate after 10 overs like Pakistan did in UAE but I have a feeling it won't be a walk in the park.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 10, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Wow,2 best sub cont. sides-SL,then Pak-battling it out,you are guaranteed 1 thing-quality cricket.As we've seen over 5 days of well fought contest,which SL should have last say with just 100 to knock over for 1-0.Go SL!Awesome performance!From an Indan.

  • on August 10, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Few jackals were ranting Test match is dead in Sri Lanka !! Hearth slapped very hard to them..... Pakistani batsmen tried their best,but it was bowlers' day!! Younis.... Herath stars of the match. No need to say how magnificent inning sanga did play!! To every Lanka's fans, love from Nepal.

  • on August 10, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    99 in 21 overs is an easy target for SL. Pakistan lost this match due to negative approach. Congrats SL for magnificent turnaround and famous victory. Pakistan cannot won the next match. SL won this match and series 1-0 easily. Congrats SL for victory.

  • on August 10, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    pakistan made same mistake which SL did in 3rd match last series. going too defensive. 99 target is simply not enough. simply poor approach under new management of moin-waqar-flower. ahmed-azhar wasted170 balls among them. could have scored at least 50 at normal rate. paying the price now. not reviewing when required and not grabbing the chances.

    sarfraz batted well but may not be enough.

    well played by SL. they were disciplined and accurate. batted well by sanga, mahela and mathews and bowled well by herath.

  • RVC-38 on August 10, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    This is what it is all about, fighting spirit and desperation you do not need a result for excitement in test cricket

  • on August 10, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    sarfraz is gaining great respect since that 3rd test. playing positively. a little positive makes a huge difference. pak could have easily had 40-50 more runs by now if they were not so defensive to block whole day. ahmed- azhar blocked over 170 balls among themselves. not saying to score 5 or 6 . normal 3 rpo would have been ok. SL only needed 9 wicket taking balls at start of day cant block whole day.

  • on August 10, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    This is the third session of play. If Pak can hang out longer and create a lot of pressure of the SL batsmen this could just be a draw !

  • Diaz54 on August 10, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Well,done SrimLanka. Pakistan load of rubbish!! I say this they can't even prepare for this and don't have excuse for not playing etc. I don't buy that. Simply not good enough. Tactically very poor to bat on first day when they should have bowled. Batting second it was 600 run wicket.

    Predicted this

  • on August 10, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Poor performance by Team Pakistan in the 2nd innings, really disappointing.Why everybody is too much defensive? Lankans played very well they deserve a victory and they would get it surely before the last session ends.

  • on August 10, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    Ahhhh Pakistan uve made a dull match so interesting. I need to go get a heart scan.

  • on August 10, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    iccexpert- Give Ahmad shahzad se time to settle in its only hisbfirsy few teats and also his played all of them in away conditions. I also hope you haven't forgotten the 157 he scored not so long ago

  • on August 10, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    this was coming. poor from pakistan. they have themselves to blame. giving chances to best batsman and playing so defensively. you cant just block whole day. you have to score some runs. not extra hard but atleast normal rate around 3. sarfraz playing very good but not much batting left. at normal rate pak would have atleast 50 more runs by now. ahmed, azhar and up to some extent misbah were too slow..

    azhar ali must be cursing himself for convincing ahmed not to review. SL bowling with good accuracy and more importantly using their reviews brilliantly this time unlike 1st innings. 8 overturned till now with 3 not even reviewed by both teams. really shocking standards.

    sl win likely result now.

  • on August 10, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    This is typical Pakistan collapse. What a turn around for SL. From no where SL is in sight of huge victory. Kudos to Perera and Herath for fantastic turnaround. Congrats SL in advance for magnificent victory.

  • Sexysteven on August 10, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Nothing wrong with this pitch course there is everything wrong with roads like this it's only due to Pakistani stupidity that there maybe a result on this Trentbridge like pitch amore positive mindset from Pakistan by working the ball around collect runs would off seen them safe by now but as Pakistan always do they can make it interesting even on a road of a pitch

  • DnJsh on August 10, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    @ FiGhtCluB_99 - We're talking about the current match and series, not the future. One would hope the youngsters step up once the 3rd and 4th positions are available for them to solidify, but we will have to wait and see. It's no point worrying about it now, or using it as an excuse for Pakistan's poor performance in the current match.

  • on August 10, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    the icc need to do somethink to many wrong decisions are been made,zimbabwe had 4 bad decisions go against them against south Africa and the same is happening in this match.

  • RANA1610 on August 10, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    Pakistan became happy with 400 plus run. Whether they had half day more and 4 wickets on the 2nd day. Abdur Rehman was hurry to get his 50. Nevertheless, they could run more than 500, which should be safer. They still are at the same position like before (batting collapse). No development have been gained taking Flower as a coach. Different coaches are coming and going. But they can't alter their attributes. They should not be overwhelmed ever. Over satisfaction causes the collapses.

  • on August 10, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    Unpredictables... they prove it again...when we have players like fawad alam, umer akmal, umer gul and they have to sit on bench, your priorities are khurram manzoor, asad shafiq, talha so u should made ur mind for this kind of stuff.

  • on August 10, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    another decision overturned and it was dead straight one. real poor standards. 7 over turned and 3 not even reviewed.

  • FiGhtCluB_99 on August 10, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    Where will SL be without Sangakkara and Herath? After the retirement of their senior pros, SL will struggle to compete at the Test level. Their youngsters are not as promising.

  • ICCexpert.... on August 10, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Ahmad Shahzad should be dropped.

  • on August 10, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    yes if we consider that half of the day was wasted to rain and both teams missed a review of top scorer from other side, pakistan missed 2 more chances of him then this pitch is not that flat to get a result. could have been easily a result .

  • ICCexpert.... on August 10, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Ahmad Shahzd is a highly rated useless player. Pakistan need to open with Azhar Ali and bring in Umar Akmal.

  • thalagune on August 10, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    i dont think pak are gonna loose any more wickets for today...this is definitely gonna end up a tame draw....misbah ul haq might get a century tough,,,the pitch seems ok to bat and we dnt have many penentrating enough bowlers to get them out...but whatever the result good batting in this match by younis,sanga,matthews...quality stuff from them

  • thalagune on August 10, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    @wapuser...both our matthews and your misbah are cool headed intelligent captains...its not there fault that this match is ending in a draw...

  • Sinhaya on August 10, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    Well Misbah Ul Haq my favorite ever Pakistani cricketer is batting so as a diehard Lankan fan who is fond of this man, I will support Pakistan and hope Misbah top scores for Pakistan but Sri Lanka wins. Nothing too bad with the pitch. Had Sri Lanka used DRS when Pakistan batted, Pakistan would have been 60 for 4 and less than 200 the total. Had Pakistan used DRS when Sri Lanka batted, Sanga would not have passed 20 and Sri Lanka too would have scored less than 200 and no one would have called the pitch an expressway.

  • on August 10, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    there is nothing wrong with the pitch. its still not amine field. Pak are making it difficult for themselves by not scoring runs. SL only need 6 wicket taking balls so pak need to score runs at normal rate to ease of pressure. 32 overs and 62 runs is really poor. Night watchman out after doing reasonable job for spending 10 overs. Younas got a good ball. but Ahmed's wicket was thanks to another one of wrong decision in this match. and more importantly to Azhar who convinced him that it is dead out. Pak seriously need some DRS coaching along with SL :)

    So far 6 over turned and 3 more could have been over turned had SL & Pak decided to review. so thats 9 wrong decisions. thanks to DRS we have 6 overturned decisions otherwise it would have been a chaos out there. But still the 3 not reviewed by both teams have played huge impact. Ramez said yesterday that ICC should appoint Asian umpires for the games in this region.

  • on August 10, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    As long as Mathews and Misbah r captains Test matches involving Sri Lanka and Pakistan should be of one week to get a result.

  • on August 10, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    As long as Mathews and Misbah r captains Test matches involving Sri Lanka and Pakistan should be of one week to get a result.

  • on August 10, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    there is nothing wrong with the pitch. its still not amine field. Pak are making it difficult for themselves by not scoring runs. SL only need 6 wicket taking balls so pak need to score runs at normal rate to ease of pressure. 32 overs and 62 runs is really poor. Night watchman out after doing reasonable job for spending 10 overs. Younas got a good ball. but Ahmed's wicket was thanks to another one of wrong decision in this match. and more importantly to Azhar who convinced him that it is dead out. Pak seriously need some DRS coaching along with SL :)

    So far 6 over turned and 3 more could have been over turned had SL & Pak decided to review. so thats 9 wrong decisions. thanks to DRS we have 6 overturned decisions otherwise it would have been a chaos out there. But still the 3 not reviewed by both teams have played huge impact. Ramez said yesterday that ICC should appoint Asian umpires for the games in this region.

  • Sinhaya on August 10, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    Well Misbah Ul Haq my favorite ever Pakistani cricketer is batting so as a diehard Lankan fan who is fond of this man, I will support Pakistan and hope Misbah top scores for Pakistan but Sri Lanka wins. Nothing too bad with the pitch. Had Sri Lanka used DRS when Pakistan batted, Pakistan would have been 60 for 4 and less than 200 the total. Had Pakistan used DRS when Sri Lanka batted, Sanga would not have passed 20 and Sri Lanka too would have scored less than 200 and no one would have called the pitch an expressway.

  • thalagune on August 10, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    @wapuser...both our matthews and your misbah are cool headed intelligent captains...its not there fault that this match is ending in a draw...

  • thalagune on August 10, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    i dont think pak are gonna loose any more wickets for today...this is definitely gonna end up a tame draw....misbah ul haq might get a century tough,,,the pitch seems ok to bat and we dnt have many penentrating enough bowlers to get them out...but whatever the result good batting in this match by younis,sanga,matthews...quality stuff from them

  • ICCexpert.... on August 10, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Ahmad Shahzd is a highly rated useless player. Pakistan need to open with Azhar Ali and bring in Umar Akmal.

  • on August 10, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    yes if we consider that half of the day was wasted to rain and both teams missed a review of top scorer from other side, pakistan missed 2 more chances of him then this pitch is not that flat to get a result. could have been easily a result .

  • ICCexpert.... on August 10, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Ahmad Shahzad should be dropped.

  • FiGhtCluB_99 on August 10, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    Where will SL be without Sangakkara and Herath? After the retirement of their senior pros, SL will struggle to compete at the Test level. Their youngsters are not as promising.

  • on August 10, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    another decision overturned and it was dead straight one. real poor standards. 7 over turned and 3 not even reviewed.