Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, 3rd day August 16, 2014

Sangakkara, Jayawardene prosper after Herath nine

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Sri Lanka 320 and 177 for 2 (Sangakkara 54*, Jayawardene 49*) lead Pakistan 332 (Sarfraz 103, Herath 9-127) by 165 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Twice, in this match, Pakistan's perseverance had meant Sri Lanka were not allowed to run away too far ahead. The home side, sitting on a 1-0 lead, won the toss on a batting-friendly pitch, but were restricted to a slightly below-par 320 by Pakistan's seamers. Rangana Herath then quaked the Pakistan batting line-up with a career-best nine-wicket haul - the best by a left-arm bowler, but the visitors, led by a counterattacking century from wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, still managed to post a slender first-innings lead.

Sri Lanka's third advance, though, was the one threatening to take the match, and the series, way beyond Pakistan's reach. It came from familiar quarters: the Kumar Sangakkara-Mahela Jayawardene combine. The two, batting together for the last time in Tests, blunted the Pakistan spinners during a period where they were extracting help from the pitch and added an unbeaten 98 runs to drive Sri Lanka into a strong position. During the course of their stand, the two also went past Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge to become the second-most prolific duo in Tests.

In the absence of Junaid Khan, who sat out the last two sessions after being hit on the helmet grille while batting, Pakistan's three frontline bowlers toiled for 61 out of 63 overs and were only able to dislodge the Sri Lanka openers.

As has been the trend in this Test match, the SSC pitch offered much more to the bowlers in the last session. Few stayed low, some turned and bounced, and a couple beat the inside edge of Sangakkara's bat as he went for the drive, a rare sight in itself. But if one had to pick two batsmen for such conditions, Jayawardene and Sangakkara would be top choice for most. They tired out the bowlers with their immaculate defence but played the most exquisite drives the moment the bowlers erred. Sangakkara reached yet another half-century with a paddle to fine-leg boundary in the last over of the day while Jayawardene, unbeaten on 49, was on course to make it a memorable farewell.

The calmness with which Sangakkara and Jayawardene played was in complete contrast with the frantic morning session during which the two teams traded blows. The pitch was firmer and there was not much for the bowlers but that did not have much effect on the approach of Herath, who went on to pick up all four Pakistan wickets to fall.

That Pakistan managed a slender 12-run lead was down to Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan wicketkeeper, who has been prolific in each innings in this series - he has gone past 50 every time. Sarfraz reserved his best for the SSC, after Pakistan had slid to 140 for 5 on the second day and were in danger of losing the advantage of restricting Sri Lanka to 320.

He became the first Pakistan wicketkeeper to hit a century - his first in Tests - since Kamran Akmal's unbeaten 158 against Sri Lanka in Karachi in February 2009.

Starting the day 76 short of Sri Lanka's total, Sarfraz was the key for Pakistan if they were to get close. And the batsman's busy approach meant he didn't let the bowlers settle on one line. The sweep and the cut were his most profitable allies as he continued to collect runs at a brisk pace. As Sri Lanka waited for the new ball, Sarfraz calmly kept the scoreboard moving with neat manoeuvres, a powerful sweep from outside off to Angelo Mathews standing out among his early runs on the day.

Before reaching his century, Sarfraz lost Abdur Rehman after a 40-run stand - the batsman edging Herath to Jayawardene at first slip - and Wahab Riaz, who scored 17. On 90, he twice swept seamer Chanaka Welegedara off consecutive balls, hitting a four and a six to reach his maiden hundred off only 109 balls. The loud shriek of excitement as he celebrated the landmark reverberated around the ground. He received a standing ovation from the Pakistan dressing room that was relieved to see a possible setback had been single-handedly averted.

After adding three more runs though, Sarfraz was dismissed in typical Herath fashion: the flight drawing the batsman forward, then turning to take the outside edge. It was only the second dicey shot Sarfraz played off the spinner after staying in command throughout his innings. It was also Herath's eighth wicket. The bowler picked up another one with a slider to become the first bowler since Muttiah Muralitharan, in 2002, to bag a nine-wicket haul. He already has 18 dismissals this series, and will have his eye on Murali's record of 22 wickets in a two-match Test series.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • thalagune on August 17, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    thirimanne failing again and again and yet being the vice captain and in the team,cant understand this policy of our stupid selectors who does not seem to have the knowledge or wisdom of the common arm chair critic even,he is just vulnerability in the middle order,if a wicket falls and thirimanne is the next batsman coming its all most guranteed a double strike for the bowling team

  • VinothSam on August 17, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Oh no. It's too dark and freezing in colombo now. It's gonna rain anytime but SL fans need this match end with the win for Maiya.

  • yogicoolboy on August 17, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    bad luck Mahela for not scoring a century. But well played mate

  • Sinhaya on August 17, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    Have to feel for Pakistan. No doubt they bowled well but just that Sanga and Mahela used their experience to bat on. Absense of Junaid Khan for Pakistan was just like how Sri Lanka was hit by Eranga's absense in Galle test match against SA.

    Lesson for all test teams here is that do not ever rely on 4 specialist bowlers as 1 being injured will prove to be costly. Very important to have at least 3 part time bowlers in the playing XI by making sure that the top order batsmen can bowl part time. For Pakistan, Hammad Azam should play tests.

    For Sri Lanka, once Sanga and Mahela quit, we must have Shehan Jayasuriya, Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Angelo Perera and Kithuruwan Vithanage in the in the test XI as they can bowl part time meaning we can literally have an 8 man bowling attack in our future test team, which will include the 4 specialist bowlers of course.

  • Welay-White-Water on August 17, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    Forecasts overcast, believing sunshine otherwise dancing in dark ! 08:46AM IST

  • Diaz54 on August 17, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    To be honest 6th place is the ranking Pak currently belong to. It is not losing that irks me, it is the fact that we don't have a clue how to bat? Don't these guys play domestic cricket? Why is this still not good enough to at least bat reasonably in the middle. We are not asking Lara like batsmen,just bats who can bat!!! Look England, being in Balance...he is not dramatic, just goes along his own way and does not throw it away, same with Root etc. I love to ask coaches like Flower what the missing ingredient is? These coaches protect their jobs and are not too controversial....need to be hard.

    Any way good luck to both Jaywardene and and Sangakara, former the best bat so this generation without doubt....compared to other big names!!

  • Resultpredictor on August 17, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Mahela and Sanga are well set and are on course for centuries. As usual waste Ajmal struggled to take wickets. By 5th day SL will celebrate 2-0 series win, Herath will be MoM and MoS, Pakistan will slip to 6th position in test rankings(6th position is home position for Pakistan).

  • Sexysteven on August 17, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    Very appropriate the two old timers are batting together for the last time together even more so if sanga brings up 12000test runs and Mahela is still batting with him at the time I'm sure sanga wouldn't want that moment to take away from mahelas farewell but it would be appropriate cos those two pretty much go hand in hand I prob feel more for herath his nine wickets will be overshadowed by Mahela with is understandable but herath should get some credit for keeping Pakistan to that total I'm surprised herath has only played 50 odd tests I know murali was around but surely he would of been your 2nd spinner on spinning wickets which Sri Lanka play a lot on cos herath is quality but he hasn't got as many games and wickets as he should have had he played more he prob would have around 500 wickets or so by now

  • Wacky_Cric_Lover on August 17, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    Pakistan has history of creating heroes for other teams. Herath admitted that he was bowling with a discipline. It was Pakistani batsmen who were giving away their wickets. Anyway we should be ready for our relegation to 6th place because SL will either win this match or a miracle will take this test to draw. In either case it would be a great good bye to Mahela.

  • on August 16, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    @Syed Ahmed Tirmizi: Shahid Afridi and Younus Khan aren't fast bowlers

  • thalagune on August 17, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    thirimanne failing again and again and yet being the vice captain and in the team,cant understand this policy of our stupid selectors who does not seem to have the knowledge or wisdom of the common arm chair critic even,he is just vulnerability in the middle order,if a wicket falls and thirimanne is the next batsman coming its all most guranteed a double strike for the bowling team

  • VinothSam on August 17, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Oh no. It's too dark and freezing in colombo now. It's gonna rain anytime but SL fans need this match end with the win for Maiya.

  • yogicoolboy on August 17, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    bad luck Mahela for not scoring a century. But well played mate

  • Sinhaya on August 17, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    Have to feel for Pakistan. No doubt they bowled well but just that Sanga and Mahela used their experience to bat on. Absense of Junaid Khan for Pakistan was just like how Sri Lanka was hit by Eranga's absense in Galle test match against SA.

    Lesson for all test teams here is that do not ever rely on 4 specialist bowlers as 1 being injured will prove to be costly. Very important to have at least 3 part time bowlers in the playing XI by making sure that the top order batsmen can bowl part time. For Pakistan, Hammad Azam should play tests.

    For Sri Lanka, once Sanga and Mahela quit, we must have Shehan Jayasuriya, Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Angelo Perera and Kithuruwan Vithanage in the in the test XI as they can bowl part time meaning we can literally have an 8 man bowling attack in our future test team, which will include the 4 specialist bowlers of course.

  • Welay-White-Water on August 17, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    Forecasts overcast, believing sunshine otherwise dancing in dark ! 08:46AM IST

  • Diaz54 on August 17, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    To be honest 6th place is the ranking Pak currently belong to. It is not losing that irks me, it is the fact that we don't have a clue how to bat? Don't these guys play domestic cricket? Why is this still not good enough to at least bat reasonably in the middle. We are not asking Lara like batsmen,just bats who can bat!!! Look England, being in Balance...he is not dramatic, just goes along his own way and does not throw it away, same with Root etc. I love to ask coaches like Flower what the missing ingredient is? These coaches protect their jobs and are not too controversial....need to be hard.

    Any way good luck to both Jaywardene and and Sangakara, former the best bat so this generation without doubt....compared to other big names!!

  • Resultpredictor on August 17, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Mahela and Sanga are well set and are on course for centuries. As usual waste Ajmal struggled to take wickets. By 5th day SL will celebrate 2-0 series win, Herath will be MoM and MoS, Pakistan will slip to 6th position in test rankings(6th position is home position for Pakistan).

  • Sexysteven on August 17, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    Very appropriate the two old timers are batting together for the last time together even more so if sanga brings up 12000test runs and Mahela is still batting with him at the time I'm sure sanga wouldn't want that moment to take away from mahelas farewell but it would be appropriate cos those two pretty much go hand in hand I prob feel more for herath his nine wickets will be overshadowed by Mahela with is understandable but herath should get some credit for keeping Pakistan to that total I'm surprised herath has only played 50 odd tests I know murali was around but surely he would of been your 2nd spinner on spinning wickets which Sri Lanka play a lot on cos herath is quality but he hasn't got as many games and wickets as he should have had he played more he prob would have around 500 wickets or so by now

  • Wacky_Cric_Lover on August 17, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    Pakistan has history of creating heroes for other teams. Herath admitted that he was bowling with a discipline. It was Pakistani batsmen who were giving away their wickets. Anyway we should be ready for our relegation to 6th place because SL will either win this match or a miracle will take this test to draw. In either case it would be a great good bye to Mahela.

  • on August 16, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    @Syed Ahmed Tirmizi: Shahid Afridi and Younus Khan aren't fast bowlers

  • on August 16, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    It's the mentle strength of pakistani batsmen that matters the most. Pakistan play competitive cricket for most od the sessions before they give up all od a sudden. On such a spinners' paradse to let SL Maestros steel the show in the third session od the third day's play was so predictible. Ajmal is hit by the bowling action saga, big time..Sanga n methews hitting huge scores are so preductible. .we all will see both Sanga n Mathews with huge scores tomorrow. Mahela Jayewardane was an asset to SL cricket n a cricketing genius..We all thank u Mahela for entertaining us..u r our hero here in pakistan too..best of luck.

  • meerkat55 on August 16, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    SL win would be a great sending off for Mahela! Anything above would be icing on the cake! Come on SL and Mahela!

  • on August 16, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    If you look at attacking Pakistani Captains of the past, they have all been fast bowlers,minus Miandad,who was just clever. We need to get rid of these defensive old heads,they are dragging the youth down.

  • TheKeeper on August 16, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    This is turning into a superb game. Mahela is just ultra class and also credit to the PAK team for their good spirited gamesmanship. C'mon Sri Lanka let's win this for Mahela!

  • landl47 on August 16, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    Once again the senior players lead the way- 9 wickets for Herath, a 98-run unbroken partnership between Sanga and Mahela. Great players, all of them. If they were 26/27 instead of 36/37, Sri Lanka's future would look bright.

  • johnathonjosephs on August 16, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    Sarfraz was the only positive coming from the Pakistani's first batting innings. Bowling however shows that their pace attack still is a lethal force, even on dead wickets. Junaid Khan is really good and may be the next big bowler.

  • hamza893 on August 16, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Sangakara has got almost 4 -5 chances either provided by the umpires or drop catches. he scored 200 with 3 chances and now Ian Gould whose only duty is to check the actions of bowlers not to give correct decisions.

    Pakistan is now playing with 10 players against 13 players (Ump + SL) One thing that these SL ain't got any sportsman spirit.

    Well Best of Luck to my fav Pak Team

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • on August 16, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    @ cric1965... this team is not the one u r thinking... Gone are the day when pakistan used to fight right till the end... Fighting spirit and never say die is no more there... All depends upon skippers and its approach... If u had captains with laid back characters like Misbah and Inzi that was bound to happen... the slide in spirits was started in the days of Inzimam and completed under Misbah. Pakistan need a captain full of dynamic and aggressive character.. the one who can lead from the front... Pakistan team is different than other teams. Captain has always been very important person. If captain is inspirational then whole team gets the fighting spirit.

  • BUKHARI53 on August 16, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Sri Lanka lead by 165 runs for the loss of just 2 wkts. Most likely they will give Pakistan a target of around 400 runs which will definitely be impossible for Misbah & Co, keeping in view their performance in the first test. So Pak fans be ready for another disappointment from our so called super stars. We should now wait for a miracle in ODI series in favour of our team.

  • ali14pakistani on August 16, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Sri Lankans are a great side, but after hitting someone on the face and then the head, it would be more appropriate to show some concern by the bowler or the fielding side. Fair enough they did what Junaid did to them, but then once a serious injury may happen then one should become a human being rather than just a competitive snarling tiger.

  • CricketChat on August 16, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Would be great if Mahela signs-off with a 100 that's there for the taking. A crucial partnership developing between the two modern greats Sanga and Mahela taking them to a well deserved victory in this test. Let's not forget a great bowling performance by the hardworking Herath. To me, he is the man of the match.

  • yooonooo on August 16, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    herth z not a tuner like ajmal, bt efectiv mre than ajmal,, y the best baler geting les risalt than herath,, it z for 2 resns, 1 the power of bating of sl agains ajmal z more than the power of pak bating, these in the sense if herath z pakistani n bals to srilanka he never get wikct n wise versa ajmal a srilankan n bals to pak they will not c the 3 digits in the score bord,, 2 yes ajmal z the best, bt he z un lucky by his line even with lot turn n veritiz, even though he tuns a lot surly ther will be lot of clos dlvry,, u knw that z y it z beating the keeper too many times,,n if the batsman watch full he can leave the away delivary n be safe unlike agains herath... U got to play every delivery he land the ball just in the good lenth in to midle n off,, so once tha batsman didnt have a bat he got to go, so bkz of he s perfect line he realy be unlucky,

  • on August 16, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    what ever the results Thank You Pakistan.. We really appreciate ur spirit for this Lovely Game.. Hats off..

  • on August 16, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    The sadness of the decade , we won't see Mahela, the legend anymore as a batsmen,awesome fielder,active guy from test after two days. We moss you mahela

  • Kotuwegogoda on August 16, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Test end of 3rd day swung slightly in Lanka's favour thanks to heroics of Sanga and Mahela alliance of 98 and depleted attack due to Junaid's absence. Nothing can take away Sarfraz's brave century with tailenders. A great find for Pakistan apart from Junaid as the main strike bowler along with Wahab Riyaz.

    The main worry for Srilanka remains the failure of Welagedara and Prasad as fast bowling unit though their batting on day to morning helped a lot to that 320. If there is a star to pick from either side it is Rangana Herath hands down. His efforts and that of Sanga, Angelo and Mahela himself will largely help to either post a one nil or two nil. Lastly, I would vote Pakistan team players as best ambassadors for their country to Srilanka and the manner in which they welcomed Mahela to bat says a lot. Trust the last two days will generate lot of passion so the send off for Mahela will carry fond and lasting memories.

  • Desihungama on August 16, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    This is absolute shocking in modern sports for umpires to allow Juniad Khan to continue on. ICC needs to take a serious look at concussions and head injuries and not allow players back into the game an instead be checked by medical staff right away. Having said that ICC needs to immediately amend rules to allow replacements for injured player specially due to concussions. You need to ensure fairness and was rather shocking to see team playing with only 3 specialist bowlers in a Test match. I am not sure how this will be worked out, I can understand one injury tilting a match but for head injury player must be pulled out for precautionary measures and a replacement thus should be allowed then to bowl or bat or to keep.

  • on August 16, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Stage is well set for Mahela to make century in his last innings and end on winning side. Result of this match is already in SL favour. Waiting for Sanga and Mahela centuries in first session tomorrow and again Herath's second 5 wkt haul of the match. Pakistan team is in total disarray at present.

  • Nuwas on August 16, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    I'm missing those critics who were jumping all over the place on the first day itself to declare "the worst pitch ever" scenario.... comeout comeout.... where ever you are....

  • Rizwanodayar on August 16, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    There could be two possible scenario to this match. One is Srilanka will bat Pakistan out of this match. The other is Pakistan bowlers could find some rhythm tomorrow and limit Srilankan's lead to between 250-350. Even this happened Srilanka should go with offensive mind set and always should look to take wickets and try to prevent all the singles. Pakistan will try to hit out of the situation we should counter it with full offence without any fear for defeat. There is enough in this wicket to force a win even with a smaller target.

  • cric1965 on August 16, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Pakistan team is a cornered tiger. They will bounce back in any time. Whatever the target Sri Lanka give they will try to chase positively. So Sri lanka has to give them difficult target Otherwise they will remind Sharjah heroics once again.

  • smjr on August 16, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    It is a matter of survival than attaining any thing for Pakistani team right now. Only rain can save them. I doubt the ability of Pakistani batsman against Herath and Preera in the fourth innings. SL will declare after playing an hour after tea on fourth day for Pakistan to chase 370 plus. Pakistan will be bowled out by tea on fifth day. The problem with Pakistan is that their spinners has past their peak they must be replaced by new spinners like reza hassan, zufiqar babar and leg spinner yasir shah. Ajmal and Rehman are hopeless in the last 7 test matches. The other thing is Pakistan bad luck that their ace bowler Junaid khan is injured, well luck favours the brave and Pakistani batsman mostly are very timid except Sarfaraz and Shehzad

  • SLSup on August 16, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    It is good to see PAK vs SL playing positive cricket instead of getting negative over rankings. Every Test counted for different reasons when ICC didn't have a ranking system. NOW...

    ...its amazing how the human psyche works (on Junaid's absence and Kumar/Mahela show). SOME are quick to point out Junaid's absence when it was Riaz who took Sanga's wicket in 1st inning and Ajmal accounted for Mahela. Riaz is PLAYING but PAK didn't think it was worth giving him a bowl! Ajmal got an extended run in 2nd inning without success, too. Yet, SOMEHOW, it is Junaid's absence that accounts for the way Sanga/Mahela batted? Hmmmm....

    I am not complaining. I enjoy the chuckles.

  • Senaratne77 on August 16, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    There is something that touches my heart with this Pakistani team other than their superb Cricketing prowess of course, despite the limited tours, security issues in their country, lack of exposure at international level, etc... Perhaps it's their Sincerity and their Warmth not only as Cricketers but also as simple, humble Human Beings!! Win against them or loose to them, I wish them all the best not only in this match but also for their future tours!!! Best Wishes from Sri Lanka.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on August 16, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Expect Pakistan dropping from 3rd position (flattering really, for a few weeks) to a more realistic 6th position after they lose this series against SL. Time to go for Misbah, as his capatincy, and batting is going down-hill.

  • shahnoor-haque on August 16, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    From here on it is difficult for pakistan to win the game and I don't think pakistan can take next 8 wickets without junaid.Some changes need to be made for UAE series before it too late.

  • on August 16, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Poor Junaid. Does anybody know how badly injured Junaid is? Or is he just having a bit of rest so that he could come back all resfreshed and take his revenge? As they say what goes around comes around!

  • Diaz54 on August 16, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Pretty predictable stuff from Pak batsmen! Complete opposite from first test,,where they should have bowled first and is not and Sri Lanka scored heavily. Here they now get an advanatge and pak basement throw it away, they need to score 450! Got out to terrible shots!! These guys are mot coachable really. I am 63 year old guys and can still turn up and face league bowling in UK first up! It is all about discipline knowing when to leave balls!

  • getsetgopk on August 16, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Sometimes the luck just doesn't favor you, the one guy that got injured was the only one who could dent this SL side severely but thats just the way it is. Junaid to this Pak side is like Herath to SL. But thats part of the game for tailenders to atleast do get themselves out of harms way, all good in hindsight but the heat of battle is quite another thing. There is a result in this game, hope he recovers before its too late.

  • Herath-UK on August 16, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Congrats to Herath from another fellow Herath from UK. Well done Rangana, keep our flag, the country & the name, flying high!

  • on August 16, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    well played by 2 greats and last time together. superb bowling by herath.

    pak missing junaid badly. can any one tell if he can bowl again in this innings as he has been off field for 63 overs . rules on that? without junaid this attack is nothing. game is out of pakistans hand now. target pak will be looking is 400+.

    excellent by sarfraz. played a superb innings. rehman and wahab supported well but a bit disappointing . last 3 bowlers of lanka added 59 on their own after last recognized batsman was out. pakistan had sarfraz there till end. all they needed was to support sarfraz well.

    pak bastmen were clueless against herath. top 3 played poor and unnecessary shots though. and thrown away their good start. they should have taken responsibility of scoring big and getting big lead.

    now its SL 's game to lose now. plenty of time left and they can easily add about 200 more tomorrow and bowl at pak for sometime tomorrow in last session.

  • Nuwas on August 16, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    As I predicted The Famous Cricketing Duo is on the track. most probably the target for PAK will be around 275-350 & the result will be decided upon the mindset of Herath,Dilruwan & Prasad whatever PAK batsmen are going to try on their 4th innings.

  • Resultpredictor on August 16, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Mahela and Sanga are well set and are on course for centuries. As usual waste Ajmal struggled to take wickets. By 5th day SL will celebrate 2-0 series win, Herath will be MoM and MoS, Pakistan will slip to 6th position in test rankings(6th position is home position for Pakistan).

  • Philip_Gnana on August 16, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Full credit to Rangana Herath. He is such an amiable character that it will be very hard for anyone not to like him. His unassuming approach and style has won him many friends from all over the cricketing world.

    Safraz is an excellent find for the new Pakistani Team that is emerging. His confident and attacking approach which is tends to be a forte of Wicket Keeper-Batsmen will hold him good. A great innings to take Pakistan ahead.

    I have noted with much gladness the welcome that the Pakistani players have shown to Mahela. Their warmth was sincere and it is in true cricketing spirit.

    The first "leftie" to take nine wickets, is a surprise as there have been so many excellent left arm bowlers. To get to this level and late to in his cricketing career is truly great. When I recall how he was called up to the Sri Lankan team whilst on his way to a league game in England by Sanga years ago, tells much about his character. Philip Gnana, Surrey.

  • on August 16, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    i think game going out of pakistans hand now. junaid may not be able to bowl now and that was a big factor. without junaid, this attack is nothing. pak lost a chance to score big in 1st innings and junaid's injury will prove costly as well

  • Bare_Truth on August 16, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    I am SL fan and i'd love to see Yunis Khan the field always he is the most humble cricketer i ever seen Spirit of the cricketer award should go to yunis in next ICC awards

  • on August 16, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    2 days almost left. Need a lead more than 350..we cannot under estimate the pakistan team..remember what happen in SARJAH..

  • Diaz54 on August 16, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Sri Lanka can declare soon, 150 is enough with the way this thrid class batting line plays.

  • Mervo on August 16, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Hearth always seems to bowl well in SL. Elsewhere he is less effective but better than Indian spinners in Australia and overseas. He has as many wickets as Mitchell Johnson now but his average is barely below 30. Solid bowler and a great performance in this match. SL will need to look to the future however, given his age.

  • on August 16, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    pakistan will miss junaid khan big here. really need him badly in this innings. hope he is back soon. otherwise it will be a big blow. without junaid this attack is nothibg

  • lazyone on August 16, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    It is boring to watch Silva's batting. Strike rate below 20. It is good to have Tharanga who score some runs

  • nimalgamage on August 16, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    This test match is going to head for a interesting finish as up to now and no team dominated during up to now. But we must look for a good opening pair and forget about Tharanga or Dimuth. Both have so much vulnerability to the outside off stump even they get some runs here they will definitely going to struggle overseas conditions. Tharanga after coming back scored 305 runs at a avg of 38 does not make a good reading. Even his two half centuries had so many missed opportunities earlier in his innings.

    Dimuth also do not the solution he also had so many issues such as head is falling. We must possibly stick to Kusal or Thirimanne to open with Kausal as they have much better batting techniques than the two mention.

    Also we must look for good pace options other than Welagedara, Prasad and Pradeep as they also give a performance once in a full moon as both openers. We have good pace bowlers like Binura, Chameera, Lahiru and Vishwa to make a good pace attack in future

  • dmqi on August 16, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    SL to win, as they will take a lead of 250 plus easily. Pak batsmen against Herath will tremble as they did in 1st innings. Series will be lost to a much better side.

  • cric1965 on August 16, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Sri Lanka need to score runs positively rathere try to stay in wicket and spend time.

  • on August 16, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Pakistan will lose because they are never good at 4th innings. Even 200 will be impossible with this batting lineup.:P

  • _-Will-_ on August 16, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Really disappointed I cannot watch this match.

    Best wishes to both teams.

    Cheers.

  • on August 16, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Hope Junaid is ok to bowl.

    So it all comes to 2nd innings. I think SL in better position as Pak will have to bat last. Superb by Herath. He was excellent. unplayable. No other bowler looked to get any wicket. could have got 10 if parera didnt get that lucky one of shehzad down leg side.

    Superb by sarfraz. brilliant innings under pressure. He is the best batsman in this series. Well supported by Rehman and Wahab but a bit disappointing. SL's last 3 bowers scored 59 on their own after the last recognized batsman Mathews got out. But Paksitan had Sarfraz till the end all they have to do is to support him well.

    Top 3 ( khurram, azhar, ahmed ) thrown their starts away. they should take responsibility of carrying team after the starts. poor and unnecessary shots by them and that was the difference 40s , 50s may not be enough in tests at this level.

    once again a big task for bowlers if they want to pull it off.

  • Welay-White-Water on August 16, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Its a record by a left armer, 9W in an innings. Even Akram hasn't got 9W according to commentators.

  • on August 16, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    well done herath

  • Biggus on August 16, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Wow, Herath gets NINE! He really is a quiet achiever that fellow. A bit of a wolf in sheep's clothing, there's a bit more to him than meets the eye. If you don't look too closely he seems a bit innocuous, but it's very subtle with Herath, little variations in flight and pace and very few bad balls to release the pressure. Rather a traditional craftsman is Rangana Herath. Well done to him. Game on it would appear.

  • on August 16, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Well done Sarfaraz!! A selfless and a solid inning.

    But we are still missing the likes of Inzimam and M. Yusuf. Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq proved to be nowhere of that calibre. I wish Fawad Alam could be seen in up coming matches.

    Openers :( ... huh

  • on August 16, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    Hopefully this will kick start Sarfraz test career, Pakistan badly needs a good wicket keeper batsman. After this inning he will feel confident, although adnan will always will be knocking on the door. None of the new generation batsman azhar, shafiq, umar, etc have been consistent in the last five years.

  • Nuwas on August 16, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    I gotta agree with someone... Binura Fernando should've given a chance here, he's tall, has pace, more than a handy batsmen. very much a pathetic pace attacking display from ours, expected much better from Prasad, really disappointing. No idea why they can't just try to ball batsmen's head off, try to be attacking specially at a DoD batsman shafraz !!! What a SKILLFUL Bowler Herath is .... had to do it all alone... shame on our so-called pacers.... Anyways getting ready for 100+ from Sanga & 75+ from MJ... good luck SL....

  • on August 16, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Hearth is on fire!

  • on August 16, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    well done,faboulous Rangana herath the lone star with no support from any other bowler,well it will be up to you again in the second innings also,you may have to take all the wickets then cos no other bowler is able to take even a single wicket....

  • Blade-Runner on August 16, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    All hail Herath the destroyer !!! What a champion bowler. He's has been richly rewarded for his patience and endurance.

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  • Blade-Runner on August 16, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    All hail Herath the destroyer !!! What a champion bowler. He's has been richly rewarded for his patience and endurance.

  • on August 16, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    well done,faboulous Rangana herath the lone star with no support from any other bowler,well it will be up to you again in the second innings also,you may have to take all the wickets then cos no other bowler is able to take even a single wicket....

  • on August 16, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Hearth is on fire!

  • Nuwas on August 16, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    I gotta agree with someone... Binura Fernando should've given a chance here, he's tall, has pace, more than a handy batsmen. very much a pathetic pace attacking display from ours, expected much better from Prasad, really disappointing. No idea why they can't just try to ball batsmen's head off, try to be attacking specially at a DoD batsman shafraz !!! What a SKILLFUL Bowler Herath is .... had to do it all alone... shame on our so-called pacers.... Anyways getting ready for 100+ from Sanga & 75+ from MJ... good luck SL....

  • on August 16, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    Hopefully this will kick start Sarfraz test career, Pakistan badly needs a good wicket keeper batsman. After this inning he will feel confident, although adnan will always will be knocking on the door. None of the new generation batsman azhar, shafiq, umar, etc have been consistent in the last five years.

  • on August 16, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Well done Sarfaraz!! A selfless and a solid inning.

    But we are still missing the likes of Inzimam and M. Yusuf. Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq proved to be nowhere of that calibre. I wish Fawad Alam could be seen in up coming matches.

    Openers :( ... huh

  • Biggus on August 16, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Wow, Herath gets NINE! He really is a quiet achiever that fellow. A bit of a wolf in sheep's clothing, there's a bit more to him than meets the eye. If you don't look too closely he seems a bit innocuous, but it's very subtle with Herath, little variations in flight and pace and very few bad balls to release the pressure. Rather a traditional craftsman is Rangana Herath. Well done to him. Game on it would appear.

  • on August 16, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    well done herath

  • Welay-White-Water on August 16, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Its a record by a left armer, 9W in an innings. Even Akram hasn't got 9W according to commentators.

  • on August 16, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Hope Junaid is ok to bowl.

    So it all comes to 2nd innings. I think SL in better position as Pak will have to bat last. Superb by Herath. He was excellent. unplayable. No other bowler looked to get any wicket. could have got 10 if parera didnt get that lucky one of shehzad down leg side.

    Superb by sarfraz. brilliant innings under pressure. He is the best batsman in this series. Well supported by Rehman and Wahab but a bit disappointing. SL's last 3 bowers scored 59 on their own after the last recognized batsman Mathews got out. But Paksitan had Sarfraz till the end all they have to do is to support him well.

    Top 3 ( khurram, azhar, ahmed ) thrown their starts away. they should take responsibility of carrying team after the starts. poor and unnecessary shots by them and that was the difference 40s , 50s may not be enough in tests at this level.

    once again a big task for bowlers if they want to pull it off.