Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, 2nd day August 15, 2014

Herath's five put Sri Lanka ahead

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Pakistan 244 for 6 (Sarfraz 66*, Shehzad 58, Herath 5-98) trail Sri Lanka 320 (Tharanga 92, Junaid 5-87, Wahab 3-88) by 76 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

There is a reason why the SSC pitch is notorious for its reputation as the graveyard for bowlers. In the last five years and through the course of five matches, batsmen have collected 30 scores - 14 centuries and 16 fifties - of 50 or more in the first two innings. The pitch that was laid for this Test, Mahela Jayawardene's last, was no different. However, 16 wickets went down and only three batsmen were able to put up significant runs in the first two days here.

Whereas the failure of the Sri Lankan batting on the first day was triggered mostly by disciplined bowling from the Pakistan seamers, Pakistan found themselves in familiar strife due to a mix of some unlucky dismissals and a few inevitable rippers from Rangana Herath.

After a confident start, led by a half-century from Ahmed Shehzad, Pakistan's middle order stumbled again. The slide was briefly arrested by an enterprising 93-run sixth-wicket stand between Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed. The pitch, as the two showed, was still good for batting. But by the end of the day, that stand was broken and Herath had yet another five-wicket haul - his 20th in Tests.

Khurram Manzoor was caught behind off Herath in the last over before lunch for 23. Azhar Ali used his feet smartly against the spinners and was playing solidly till he mistimed an attempted drive through off to midwicket to be dismissed for 32. Shehzad, who had 20 runs to show for his outing in Galle, was caught down the leg side off Dilruwan Perera in the penultimate over before tea, after scoring an aggressive 58 that had led Pakistan past 100 at a scoring rate well over three an over.

Then came the two big strikes soon after tea, the first of which was solely due to some excellent presence of mind from Kaushal Silva. Younis Khan defended Herath down on the pitch only to see the ball bounce off his boot. An alert Silva at silly point dived forward and slid his hand low, grabbed the ball one-handed, but realising he was not going to be able to control it, he parried it to the wicketkeeper for a simple chance. Younis didn't spot it, but the third umpire did, cutting his innings short on 13.

Misbah didn't have a chance against a flighted delivery from Herath that lured him forward and turned sharply to take the outside edge. It was the bowler's 250th Test wicket. From 110 for 1, Pakistan were down to 140 for 5. This, after the team had their best start in three innings. The openers added 47 in 8.4 overs and the second-wicket pair remained largely untroubled during their 63-run stand.

Pakistan were 180 short of Sri Lanka's total at that stage but the scoreboard pressure hardly made an impression on Sarfraz. Coming on the back of two fifties in Galle, Sarfraz was light-footed against the spinners and was always on the lookout for runs. He often employed the sweep, sometimes made room by moving towards leg stump and was comfortable playing the late cut to rotate the strike. The fifty of his stand with Shafiq took 63 balls. He remained the aggressor while Shafiq held the other end, scoring just two boundaries in his 42. Shafiq was however beaten by an arm-ball from Herath ten minutes before the close of play.

The start to the innings had been positive though. Manzoor drove Dhammika Prasad for consecutive boundaries in the first over and Shehzad bettered it with a hat-trick of boundaries off Chanaka Welegedara. Herath, who came in as early as the fifth over, made the breakthrough in the last over before lunch as he found turn to kiss the outside edge of Manzoor's bat.

Shehzad, however, continued playing with positivity, frequently using the sweep to unsettle Herath, whose first spell read 8-2-32-1. He went on to complete his second Test half-century in 68 balls but continuing with the theme of the match, he was dismissed after looking set.

Pakistan's batting took the sheen off Junaid Khan's effort that had helped them roll Sri Lanka out for 320. Junaid's unrelenting perseverance fetched him his fifth five-wicket haul, all of which have come against Sri Lanka, but the home team would have been satisfied with their tail's effort.

The last two wickets ate up more than an hour in the morning and added 59 runs, taking Sri Lanka past 300. Herath was the last batsman to be dismissed as he edged one off Abdur Rehman to slip where Younis took his 100th catch - the first Pakistan fielder to reach the figure.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY yooonooo on | August 16, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    I Knw tht herath z not btr thn ajmal. in fact not even closer to him. any how herath z in a highr rank than ajmal. so even the mtc was herath vs pak n ajmal vs srlnka the reslt z clear

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 16, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Wow .... seems Ajmal keeps on loosing control while herath is becoming horror for poor batting line up of Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    wish you good job boy's

  • POSTED BY yooonooo on | August 16, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    I Knw tht herath z not btr thn ajmal. in fact not even closer to him. any how herath z in a highr rank than ajmal. so even the mtc was herath vs pak n ajmal vs srlnka the reslt z clear

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 16, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    so it all came to 2nd innings. who will bat well in 2 nd innings will win. SL in better position as pak will have to bat 4 th.superb from herath.he has been sensational. most of pakistani batsmen have no clue and rest thrown away. no other SL bowler looked to get any wickets. only one parera got was a lucky one down the leg side . great bowling by herath. well played by sarfraz. he has been best batsman in this series. 1st ton and the way he got it was amazing. wahab and rehman supported well but a bit disappointing. SL's last 3 bolwers scored 59 on their own after last recognized batsman mathews was out. pakistan have sarfraz on the other ened but thy couldnt do much. top 3 (ahmed, azhar,khuram) thrown away their starts with unnecessary shots after setteling in good. they should take responsibility to convert starts in to big scores. total contrast. SL fell to fast bowlers. pak fell to spin. 2 different wickets? .

    once again bowlers will have to do lot of work to pull it off.

  • POSTED BY Diaz54 on | August 16, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Pak batsmen have led the side down again very consistent. Now SL will get big runs in second innings.....then you will see same collapse ,! Very predictable.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    @Ethan Anderson...see just as i predicted sarfraz got his maiden ton,like it or not our lot of fast bowlers are medicore,yes they have taken five wickets once in a while but most of the time doesent take wickets simply because its very easy for even the tailenders to play them,we can never be a good test team unless we patch up these weaknesses,time to bring in Binura fernando and more young lads,,,,

  • POSTED BY sangaTHEgreat on | August 16, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    herath vs ajmal batttle. now we know who wins

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    pak has done well to wipe out the deicit from being 140/5,herath is a one man show with little support from other bowlers,if sri lanka were 140/5 hey would have been all out for 150 anyway,regardless of the results of this match poor lower middle order batting and medicore fast bowlersi s a major concern for our team,selectors have done a stupid thing in not giving a chance to the youngster Binura Fernando

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    welagedara is so unbeleivably medicore,we could have played two more extra batsman inplace of welagedara and prasad,whats the the use of these medicore bowlers who cant even take one wicket anyway..

  • POSTED BY yooonooo on | August 16, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    I Knw tht herath z not btr thn ajmal. in fact not even closer to him. any how herath z in a highr rank than ajmal. so even the mtc was herath vs pak n ajmal vs srlnka the reslt z clear

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 16, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Wow .... seems Ajmal keeps on loosing control while herath is becoming horror for poor batting line up of Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    wish you good job boy's

  • POSTED BY yooonooo on | August 16, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    I Knw tht herath z not btr thn ajmal. in fact not even closer to him. any how herath z in a highr rank than ajmal. so even the mtc was herath vs pak n ajmal vs srlnka the reslt z clear

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 16, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    so it all came to 2nd innings. who will bat well in 2 nd innings will win. SL in better position as pak will have to bat 4 th.superb from herath.he has been sensational. most of pakistani batsmen have no clue and rest thrown away. no other SL bowler looked to get any wickets. only one parera got was a lucky one down the leg side . great bowling by herath. well played by sarfraz. he has been best batsman in this series. 1st ton and the way he got it was amazing. wahab and rehman supported well but a bit disappointing. SL's last 3 bolwers scored 59 on their own after last recognized batsman mathews was out. pakistan have sarfraz on the other ened but thy couldnt do much. top 3 (ahmed, azhar,khuram) thrown away their starts with unnecessary shots after setteling in good. they should take responsibility to convert starts in to big scores. total contrast. SL fell to fast bowlers. pak fell to spin. 2 different wickets? .

    once again bowlers will have to do lot of work to pull it off.

  • POSTED BY Diaz54 on | August 16, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Pak batsmen have led the side down again very consistent. Now SL will get big runs in second innings.....then you will see same collapse ,! Very predictable.

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    @Ethan Anderson...see just as i predicted sarfraz got his maiden ton,like it or not our lot of fast bowlers are medicore,yes they have taken five wickets once in a while but most of the time doesent take wickets simply because its very easy for even the tailenders to play them,we can never be a good test team unless we patch up these weaknesses,time to bring in Binura fernando and more young lads,,,,

  • POSTED BY sangaTHEgreat on | August 16, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    herath vs ajmal batttle. now we know who wins

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    pak has done well to wipe out the deicit from being 140/5,herath is a one man show with little support from other bowlers,if sri lanka were 140/5 hey would have been all out for 150 anyway,regardless of the results of this match poor lower middle order batting and medicore fast bowlersi s a major concern for our team,selectors have done a stupid thing in not giving a chance to the youngster Binura Fernando

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    welagedara is so unbeleivably medicore,we could have played two more extra batsman inplace of welagedara and prasad,whats the the use of these medicore bowlers who cant even take one wicket anyway..

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    SL should understand that Shafraz has been the best batsman of the series from both sides (Sangakkara has been superb - without doubt). Shafraz has batted in a way where he can save the game or even win the game. SL should be more attacking against the rest of the lower order and Dilruwan and Mathews (who as per the team selection is the 5th bowler) need to be much more penetrative when bowling to the top order batsman.

  • POSTED BY lazyone on | August 16, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    SL's three main fast bowlers are not playing this match. Lakmal, Eranga, pradeep. SL should pay attention to reduce injuries.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 16, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    if pak lead 100 match wil be interesting

  • POSTED BY Cricketlover645 on | August 16, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    Well played SL. You deserve more test matches

  • POSTED BY SaaimZai on | August 16, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    Come on Pakistan. Let's make Jayawardene's last match a nightmare for him. On track so Far

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 15, 2014, 23:18 GMT

    sarfraz is dooing really well lets hope he gets his first century and pak get 50 to 80 runs lead then siri lanka will be defensive nd pak can lavel the series

  • POSTED BY patg on | August 15, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    This match is interestingly poised. I guess the result will depend on how much lead Paks can get in the first innings. Looks like they are heading towards a 100 run lead.

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | August 15, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    Pakistan aren't in a good position but definitely better than SL were yesterday. Sarfraz is doing good recently but it would be nice if he could get a century and preferably a big one. Sarfraz needs to keep scoring on one end while bowlers on the other end just do some useful cameos. It would be ideal if Pakistan end at 400 and Sarfraz stays til the end.Its very clear that Pakistan is playing some attacking cricket as Herath has more wickets but also highest economy of all SL bowlers. When Pakistan bowl they must bowl with the most attacking intent possible as well as being at their best in the field in order to get SL top 5 out cheaply and finish them off for under 200. That way we won't have much of a target so we won't be under pressure when Herath has more help from the pitch. It was disappointing to see Pakistan letting SL add 59 to their overnight score from the last 2 wickets. I thought that if we got Matthews out yesterday then we would finish them for <200 but I was wrong.

  • POSTED BY I_amMirza on | August 15, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    Pretty good day for both teams. SL will be happy to take 6 wickets under 250 and Pakistan will be happy after late recovery by Shafiq and Sarfraz.Pakistan Bowlers did well but middle order almost ruined the party. Herath is playing ACE for SL. What a discipline he is exhibiting. Pakistan just need to control the nerves and put a lead of 30-40. i hope we will see positive cricket by both teams today.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 15, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    no doubt about it.

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    I dont know when the Pakistani Batsmen will learn to use their feet especially against the spinners. They always go forward before the ball has lobbed keeping back foot on the crease and are happy to just pat the ball. Bradman wrote the bat shud hit the ball and not the ball to the bat. Invariably they are behind or in the slips when the ball turns a litle more. Pak Batsmen are akso vulnerasble to outswingers when the ball is new. They tend to hang their bat just outside the off stump getting out behind the wicket or in the slips, At present they hv coaches galore; batting coach, fielding coach, spinning coach and the head coach totalling 4 coaches whose salaries are in line with England. There were no coaches when Pakistan won the first test against England at the Oval in the summer of 1954 but now they need not 1, but 4 coaches without a single team visiting Pakistan for the last 5 years.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 15, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    what a difference. sl lost almost all to fast bowlers. and pak lost to spinners. 2 different wickets.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 15, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    thalagune and sorry for Sarafarz... he won't make it tomorrow !!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 15, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    thalagune..... u can't say most of them were medicore... most of them have acted when we need them... Dhammika Prasad is a good bowler with Eranga, those 2 had ripped lot wickets when Herath can't take a single wicket... just look at England series.....

  • POSTED BY thalagune on | August 15, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    this match is in the balance and pak can well win it from here if our bowlers dont get their last 4 wickets quickly tomorrow,,,, sarfraz will score his maiden century tomorrow,apart from herath all the other bowlers look medicore especially welagedara,so anything can happen,one thing the selectors need to look at urgently is to find good quality fast bowlers,no use of the regular medicores like prasad,welagedara,eranga,pradeep,they will never threaten any batsman

  • POSTED BY cric1965 on | August 15, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Sri Lanka should play positive cricket if they want to at least draw the match. If they try for draw they will end up with defeat like last sharjah test. So in second innings they try to score runs rather try to stay in wicket and spend time.Pakistan has already lost one match. They would try to win this match taking extra risk no matter there is no big difference between 1-0 and 2-0.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 15, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    only misbah is responsible for it, he of no use

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | August 15, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Kaushal Silva is the best silly point / short leg fielder in the world. He is lightning fast and has got great reflexes, and fearless too. Its amazing how he moves along with the batsman like a cat. What a player !!!

  • POSTED BY smjr on | August 15, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Only miracle can happen if Pakistan has to win this test. I have previously said that Herath is the real danger and is the main difference between the two sides. If Pakistan all out close to SL score and if SL score in excess of 250 then Herath and Prera will roll over Pakistan and bowled them out with less than 150 score

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 15, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Surely srilankas day first with some useful runs from.the tail enders and then destroying pak middle order .khurrum azhar and ahmed should b blamed how they got out .misbah and shafiq were done by some superb bowling from.hearath and yonis by brilliance of Silva If some how pak could get a lead of 70,80 that would b v handy but its a huge task

  • POSTED BY Ramansilva on | August 15, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Keep on counting Herath. We are proud of you.

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Great performance by Herath, he is a brilliant test bowler, I think Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman should learn from him how to bowl and take wickets in Test cricket. Abdur Rehman should not be in the sde any more, he is just pathetic.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 15, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    ICC expert has been crying for last 3 years , could someone give him Afridi's dummy :) I still believe Pakistan is going to win this Test match. The only changes I could highlight here is 2 batsmen should be drafted in.. In place of Khurram and Shehzad. They are Fawad Alam and Haris Sohail. Fawad and Azhar Ali should open then number 3 Haris Sohail . Let Shehzad to play ODI and T20 cricket. He can't be good test player against swing bowling.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | August 15, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Sri Lanka should clean 'em up before the lunch break tomorrow and bat until the tea break on 4th day. So that they should be able to bat Pakistan outta the match and then give enough time for Herath the destroyer to work his magic. 2-0 coming up !!!

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | August 15, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    My forecast: Probability: pak will have some deficiency in the 1st inning or be very close to SL. SL will do good in 2d innings and if they take a lead of 250 plus. the chance famous Pak meltdown in 2nd innings is 80% to loose the math, given the poor job of Younus and Misbah in 1st innings. But Younus is a 2nd innings player, who knows he might hit a century to make me look fool.

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | August 15, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Still some way to go before to say who has the edge. Both teams are bowling well. How SL play their second innings will decide the direction of the game. It is going to be low scoring & bowling contest.

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | August 15, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    Did you guys see how aggressive pak batsmen were today, thats because the lost the last match, they only become aggressive when they lose. thats pathetic, they need to get rid of Misbah and make Yunis captain. Only then Pakistan will be more aggressive. And make Afridi the one day captain.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | August 15, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    The game is evenly poised at this stage but from here on, the game will be played more inside the mind than on the field out side. A deficit of 76 with four wickets remaining is just about even stevens but its how the teams play their second innings will decide. Anyone going to think about defending and playing for time will eventually get overrun by the opposition. Knowing that they are 1-0 down, Pak will go for all or nothing, for them its either 1-1 or 2-0 they wont even think about draw and playing long innings so it will be up to the Sri Lankans if they are willing to put the series on the line and go for 2-0, they will be in big big trouble if they think they can settle for a 1-0 series win.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 15, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Irfan Herath is not a domestic bowler and right now he is much better than Ajmal. He saved SL team in ENGLAND SERIES, ICC world t20 quater final vs New Zealand which we won it and the CUP.... so I thini he is not a domestic bowler like u said......

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    the match is evenly poised.. but SL have the edge because Pak will have to bat last..

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 15, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    Great performances from herath, but the question why pakistan batsmen struggling against herath. Even south africa played better, i heared that sub continent batsmen are very fine in backfoot, so y pakistan become worse under a offspinner like herath, but thats on sri lankans way, need big score on 2nd inning ,hope to see mahela 's great performances

  • POSTED BY mensan on | August 15, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Herath is certainly one of the best spinners out there. He can deceive the batsmen on any wicket. He so well disguises the arm ball. I wonder when Pakistan coaches/batsmen will be able to pick his arm ball. He has taken so many wickets against Pakistan with arm ball.

    I think Sri Lanka has regained firm control on this match. They spinners will be unplayable in 4th innings.

  • POSTED BY roook on | August 15, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Srilankan are favourites for this match anything above 200 to chase will be impossible for Misbah 11.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 15, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    I dunt think any of the sides is on top. Pakistan's first innings total will probably decide the fate. I think 50 plus lead on this wicket would be more than handy given our tail wags. 4th and 5th day there will be more turn. so its now or never. Tomorrow will decide the outcome of this match.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 15, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    fightback from both sides. i think its a pretty even game till now. hope sarfraz continues his form tomorrow morning. Pak doesn't have much batting left so they will not be able to get a significant lead or probably just level the score. little expectations from rehman as well as he have not been good enough with the ball. the real challenge will be batting in the fourth inning. pak have to put thier hearts out in getting lankans out asap to win this contest.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 15, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Being a sub-continent team Pakistan have to play bowlers like hearth with bc they come across with such bowlers in their domestic every now and then!!!!! So they will be so disappointed with their performances again herath especially younis,misbah and shafiq

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    i think SL will be more happy. Having knocked out 6 wickets and paksitan still trailing by 76 runs.

    As expected, last 2 Sl wickets added 59 and that will prove very crucial in the end of the match.

    Silva was superb in the field. Herath once again bowled superbly and another 5 for him.

    Paksitan lost the initiative which they have got after 1st session. Khurram is just going no where. not required to play that short. Azhar also played poor one. Ahmed lost a bit of concentration. Younas fell to some superb work by Silva who was really energetic in the field. Misbah and shafiq got a beauty from Herath.

    Ahmed - Azhar had a good partnership but both have thrown it away. Asad played well . have to accept that Sarfraz is gaining a great respect each day. another good innings. I hope he can continue tomorrow to get some sort of lead and his maiden ton. Pakistan last 4 wickets will have to wag a bit like SL's last 2 wickets. Still a long way to go but at moment SL a bit ahead.

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | August 15, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    good test match in progress here, Sri Lanka started well 3 for 167 then Pakistan fought back.... Pakistan started the Innings well 2 for 110.... Sri Lanka snuck in with 3 quick wickets only to be denied by a 84 run undefeated partnership by two players with a combined average of 65, not much batting to come so this partnership could be the difference between winning and losing looking forward to tomorrow, Pakistan have used DRS very well using it twice for 2 victories you don't see that often...... all of this with still 10 overs to go, gotta work tomorrow so it's bedtime.... bloody work.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 15, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    I am an Indian fan. But I like Lankan cricket as well. 320 would be just enough with Pakistan as they would wrap up before 300. Even if they go past 300, it won't be by a big margin. Lankan legends in Sangakara and Mehala can score tons in the second innings. Even 300 lead can be defended against Pak in the 4th innings as 4th innings collapse of Pak can never be prevented. Sangakara is truly a legend in the caliber of Sachin, Dravid, Lara, Amla, Devilliers, Ponting, etc. Mehala is a great player. I can remember somw of his great innings. I am a Tamil from India. I can't watch this match as I am now watching our Ind-Eng match.

  • POSTED BY YsaKaru on | August 15, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    niroshan dickwella looks excellent wicketkeeper.......

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Here's an idea for an article, someone from cricinfo should analyze since when and how a team from the sub-continent became such bad players of spin. May be if we could make a timeline the reasons could unfold why Pakistani batsman today are playing spin so badly.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 15, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    HEARATH ...the modern muralitharan...

  • POSTED BY ezaad on | August 15, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Good bowling by Junaid. Would have loved to see Irfan doing his bit.

    I like PAK, but I want SL to win for the ranking points. SL moves up to 4th behind ENG at 3, (provided they win/draw the next test) while PAK slips to 5th. When AUS play PAK in the UAE they will earn less ranking points for playing a lower rank team. AUS will need to win the series 2-0 in order to obtain the number 1 ranking position.

    I know there are a lot of ifs and buts, but the current chain of events makes you consider the possibilities, provided SL wins the series,lol Cricket the game of uncertainty, especially playing against PAK.

    #PROTEAFIRE

  • POSTED BY ksquared on | August 15, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Its Herath vs. Pakistan and seems like Herath is winning.

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    pakistan lost all the initial initiative they have got in 1st session. Khurram didnt need to play that. Azhar thrown it away and ahmed lost concentration. And with younas khan also out because of a brilliant field work by silva, and misbah to rangana's beauty. looking to hard now for pakistan. still trailing big. A good chance for SL to get healthy lead here.

  • POSTED BY mh13aq8340 on | August 15, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Nice bowler junaid khan

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 15, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Yonus gone .now the match is surely in lankans hand

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | August 15, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Typical Pakistani collapse started, excellent bowling from Herath the tormentor of Pakistan team. Pakistan can dominate only first day, like first test then SL dominates as champion and wins the match. Herath will pick second consecutive 5 wkt haul today. Poor Pakistan cannot bat even on batting friendly pitches.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 15, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    So what was looking to b pak session it turned out to b lankans at the end . All three batsman got outed on v ordinary balls its not the pitch or bowling getting them out they themselves are playing like they used to play really really disappointing.

  • POSTED BY Wasim.Sattar on | August 15, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    I am unable to understand why Pakistan has dropped Taufiq Umer, a solid Test Match player with reasnoable good technique? Can anybody tell me the reason for not playing Taufiq despite performing well. His pair with M. Hafeez was going very well and suddenly Pak Selectors started trying Khurram Manzoor and other x, Y and Z who even don't know the basic batting technique Test Match.

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Just when things were looking a bit settled Azhar thrown his good innings away. still lead of 200 left. some one needs to score big. paksitan will have to bat 4th. khurram is just doing nothing. there was no need to play that ball.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | August 15, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    How long are they going to persist with Khurram Mnzoor? I'm baffled.

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    I am srilankan fan but . i can say . this is poor batting performance by batting 320 is not a good score in this plat pitch, and one question , who said mahela is a legend , world class player? hhahahhahaha over the last 2 years his test and odi performance are very poor. if srilanka want to win this match they need early wickets, what is doing thirimanne in the team? what happend to chandimal ? sanga is a only legend in srilanka , we are waiting for his double ton in 2nd innings , i am tamil , i live in switzerland , i am watching the match my house big screen

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Pakistan should look to bat only once in this match.They should look to score about 500-520 and bat till 4th day.Then the pitch will start to turn and ajmal could come in handy.Very happy with the approach of Pak team,it doesn't matter if you lose a wicket in this way bat aggressively and pile up the runs and then declare with a lead of about 200 on day 4 and if the pitch starts turning with Pak having ajmal in their team it could well be very difficult for Sri Lankans to survive.As a Pakistani i want Pakistan to win but Good Luck To Both Sides.

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | August 15, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Whenever Junaid Khan picked up 5 wicket haul, match ended in draw. Herath started with a bang and he is main wrecker in chief and will take 5 wkt haul for sure.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 15, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    Evenly poised so far .hope that pak would bat ateast end of third day

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 15, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    Good runs its totally dependable

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    well bowled by Pakistan. 320 is still good score. Last 2 wickets added 59 and that may prove very crucial in the end. Well bowled by junaid. every one was sayingi its a flat wicket but he bowled superbly for his five for. Good fast start by paksitan but Khurram did exactly same as he has been doing since 146 vs SA. no need to play that wide ball. Pak have either got 5th gear or 1st. need to approach things in middle. Even session. Pak taking 2 wickets for 59. scoring at 5.22 but need plenty of more runs if they want to win it. good intent though.

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  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    well bowled by Pakistan. 320 is still good score. Last 2 wickets added 59 and that may prove very crucial in the end. Well bowled by junaid. every one was sayingi its a flat wicket but he bowled superbly for his five for. Good fast start by paksitan but Khurram did exactly same as he has been doing since 146 vs SA. no need to play that wide ball. Pak have either got 5th gear or 1st. need to approach things in middle. Even session. Pak taking 2 wickets for 59. scoring at 5.22 but need plenty of more runs if they want to win it. good intent though.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 15, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    Good runs its totally dependable

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 15, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    Evenly poised so far .hope that pak would bat ateast end of third day

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | August 15, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Whenever Junaid Khan picked up 5 wicket haul, match ended in draw. Herath started with a bang and he is main wrecker in chief and will take 5 wkt haul for sure.

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Pakistan should look to bat only once in this match.They should look to score about 500-520 and bat till 4th day.Then the pitch will start to turn and ajmal could come in handy.Very happy with the approach of Pak team,it doesn't matter if you lose a wicket in this way bat aggressively and pile up the runs and then declare with a lead of about 200 on day 4 and if the pitch starts turning with Pak having ajmal in their team it could well be very difficult for Sri Lankans to survive.As a Pakistani i want Pakistan to win but Good Luck To Both Sides.

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    I am srilankan fan but . i can say . this is poor batting performance by batting 320 is not a good score in this plat pitch, and one question , who said mahela is a legend , world class player? hhahahhahaha over the last 2 years his test and odi performance are very poor. if srilanka want to win this match they need early wickets, what is doing thirimanne in the team? what happend to chandimal ? sanga is a only legend in srilanka , we are waiting for his double ton in 2nd innings , i am tamil , i live in switzerland , i am watching the match my house big screen

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | August 15, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    How long are they going to persist with Khurram Mnzoor? I'm baffled.

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Just when things were looking a bit settled Azhar thrown his good innings away. still lead of 200 left. some one needs to score big. paksitan will have to bat 4th. khurram is just doing nothing. there was no need to play that ball.

  • POSTED BY Wasim.Sattar on | August 15, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    I am unable to understand why Pakistan has dropped Taufiq Umer, a solid Test Match player with reasnoable good technique? Can anybody tell me the reason for not playing Taufiq despite performing well. His pair with M. Hafeez was going very well and suddenly Pak Selectors started trying Khurram Manzoor and other x, Y and Z who even don't know the basic batting technique Test Match.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 15, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    So what was looking to b pak session it turned out to b lankans at the end . All three batsman got outed on v ordinary balls its not the pitch or bowling getting them out they themselves are playing like they used to play really really disappointing.