Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, 5th day August 18, 2014

Herath scripts perfect farewell for Jayawardene


Sri Lanka 320 (Tharanga 92, Junaid 5-87) and 282 (Sangakkara 59, Jayawardene 54, Wahab 3-76, Ajmal 3-89) beat Pakistan 332 (Sarfraz 103, Herath 9-127) and 165 (Sarfraz 55, Herath 5-57) by 105 runs
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It took Sri Lanka just under an hour on the fifth morning to wrap up the Pakistan innings and kick off the celebrations at the SSC. A 2-0 win in his final series in the presence of his family, fans and team-mates - current and former, a silken-shot laden final innings - Mahela Jayawardene could not have asked for a better farewell after a glittering 17-year-old career. The firecrackers were set alight the moment Wahab Riaz top-edged a sweep off Rangana Herath to become the bowler's 14th wicket in the match.

Emotions ran high as Jayawardene was carried around the ground by his team-mates on their shoulders, the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa among the hordes of fans who had come over to say their goodbyes to the legend. The Pakistan team, led by their coach Waqar Younis, joined in congratulating the batsman.

The result of the match was not in doubt once Pakistan had lost seven wickets in the last session of the fourth day but heavy showers on the fifth morning had threatened a delayed start. The clouds parted just in time for the groundstaff to get the ground ready but it still took 40 minutes for Sri Lanka to break a stubborn stand between Sarfraz Ahmed and Wahab.

Sarfraz, Pakistan's best batsman in the series with a half-century in each innings, swept Chanaka Welegedara's first ball in the 10th over of the day straight to deep square leg and, with Junaid Khan unavailable, it was a matter of time before Sri Lanka closed the game. Fittingly, it was Herath who picked the last wicket to complete yet another five-wicket haul and make it 23 wickets in the two Tests - a record for a two-match series. His 14-184 were also the second-best figures by a bowler against Pakistan.

From a Pakistan perspective, the margin of defeat in the series was not a true reflection of how close the matches were. Playing their first Test in seven months, the team fought hard both in Galle and Colombo, but suffered second-innings collapses. The series loss meant they also dropped from third to sixth position in the ICC Test rankings.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • t on August 19, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    the definition of a home track bully? one who avg's <32 outside Asia in tests (exception of England where avg is a staggering 35.8) & <33 in odi's overall. by those standards raina & SRJ are on their way to Greatest Of All Time status

  • ESPN on August 19, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Priyankan,thirimanne,chandimal,kithruwan all are failures... I really appreciate the selection of upul to the team...he is far more patient and stay longer than kusal..

  • Nick on August 19, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    The injury loss of Junaid Khan, who took 5 wickets in the 1st innings, was the turning point of the match. He was by far the best quick bowler on show in the series. Had Junaid been able to bowl in the 2nd innings, the match would certainly have been much closer - Herath heroics notwithstanding. While Sarfraz Ahmed showed the Pakistan top 6 that the Herath magic can at least be negotiated.

    For SL, Upul Tharanga provides the winning edge. Why such a good player was left on the outer for so long is astonishing. Tharanga could bat anywhere in the line-up, which would allow Karunaratne to open with Silva.Thirimanne, Chandimal and Vithanage have failed to take their chances, while Priyanjan, Chathuranga, Mubarak and others await theirs.

  • Yohan on August 18, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Congratz SL .tough luck Pakistan . But SL should seriously think on their batting line for tests as middle order is very shaky .My plan for NZ tour - Tharanga,Kaushal & Sanga fine in top 3 . Mathews should bat at 4 to avoid being stranded with tail .No 5 is ???? No 6 should be a batsman who can bowl bit some spin ( Angelo Perera , Kithruwan , Chaturanga De Silva) . Then Dickwella . Herath ,Prasad , Eranga , Lakmal .

  • asad on August 18, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Pak vs SL head to head stats: Pak openers 125 runs @ 15.625, SL openers 316 runs @ 39.5, Pak middle order (3,4,5) 372 runs @ 31, SL middle order 649 runs @ 72.111, Pak lower middle order (6,7) 398 runs @ 49.75, SL lower middle order 85 runs @ 14.167, Pak tail (8,9,10,11) 203 runs @ 18.455, SL tail 118 runs @ 13.111. This shows that the last 6 men of Pakistan have scored more than their SL counterparts (although in 2nd innings of 1st test SL middle order finished it off). Pak openers have been worse than their tail & Pak middle order was almost exactly half of SL's. Now lets compare bowling Pak overall: 32 wkts for 1234 @ 38.5625, SL overall: 39 wkts for 1128 runs @ 28.9231, Pak pacers: 17 wkts for 526 runs @ 30.9412, SL pacers: 7 wkts for 428 runs @ 61.1429, Pak spinners: 13 wkts for 634 runs @ 50.9231, SL spinners: 32 wkts for 672 runs @ 21, Pak extras conceded: 66 runs, SL extras conceded: 35 runs. So Pak was totally outclassed in both departments.

  • asad on August 18, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    I think Pakistan HAVE TO make some changes now or else they will be humiliated against AUS & NZ too. Pakistan are blessed to be playing against teams who are doing good these days (SA, SL, NZ, AUS) but they need to learn when playing against these 4 in form teams. I think Pakistan need to drop Khurram & open with Shehzad & Azhar, Younis @ 3, Fawad @ 4, Misbah @ 5. They also need fifth bowling option (should be allrounder) who can bat at 6 or 7. When it comes to bowling then Junaid & Wahab can be the pacers & Zulfiqar can replace Rehman to partner with Ajmal. The allrounder can even be Hafeez cuz a no.7 with 30+ avg is not bad. Sarfraz has been good with bat but lets see how he does against a different attack. The team should be 1.Ahmed Shehzad, 2. Azhar Ali, 3.Younis Khan, 4.Fawad Alam, 5.Misbah-ul-haq, 6.Sarfraz Ahmed, 7.Mohammad Hafeez/Bilawal Bhatti, 8.Wahab Riaz, 9.Zulfiqar Babar, 10.Saeed Ajmal, 11.Junaid Khan. Backups could be Umar Akmal, Raza Hassan, Sadaf Hussain, Haris Sohail

  • Sudhir on August 18, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Seems like Pakistani batsmen can not even bat on flat subcontinental pitches.

  • asad on August 18, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    This loss was expected at the end of yesterday. Pakistan really need to do something about the players who don't deserve to be in the team. Khurram Manzoor needs to go cuz he did worse than all specialist batsmen except Thirimanne & Vithanage. Abdur Rehman is past his prime & Talha needs to seriously improve to make it back in the team. Pakistan need to learn how to play against spin overall not just left arm spin. This is because Pakistan have failed against many spinners (even mediocre ones) in all formats like (off the top of my head) Herath, Badree, Narine, Mishra, Tahir etc. Of these bowlers Herath is the best so he dominated us more than the other guys but Tahir is a very mediocre bowler who still did very well against us. Pakistan need to do learn how to play spin quickly or else Lyon, Sodhi & Craig will soon be added to that list. Obviously Pakistan also need to learn how to play against pace but they are supposed to be good against spin cuz they're a subcontinent team.

  • Muneeb on August 18, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    @SajithaD - Fair enough, but cricket is a results driven game. You mentioned that he took an ordinary team, and made it a champion team. What did he win with this champion team? If you compare that with a Graeme Smith who also inherited an ordinary team after the 2002 world cup. He lifted that team, made them competitive, and retired having won test series in most countries around the world, having not lost away for some 8 years, achieved number 1 test ranking, etc. and this excludes his significant contribution with the bat. I'm not saying that Mahela was not good, just saying that based on the results he achieved, his not great or legendary in my humble opinion (does not have to be shared by anyone).

  • Prashan on August 18, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    With Mahela out of tests, this is the playing XI for the NZ tests. Tharanga, Kaushal Silva, Sanga, Angelo Mathews, Vithanage, Dickwella, Angelo Perera, Eranga, Herath, Prasad and Lakmal.

    Upul Tharanga must play ODIs against Pakistan. Kaushal Silva has given us starts, but must get more fifties and tons.

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