Sri Lanka A v Pakistan A, 2nd Test, Dambulla April 13, 2005

Test ends in draw despite Bazid century

Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka A 225 and 403 drew v Pakistan A 234 and 342 for 7 (Bazid 124, Misbah 80)

The second Test between Sri Lanka A and Pakistan A at Dambulla ended in a draw, despite a late burst of wickets from Malinga Bandara and Jehan Mubarak. An aggressive century from Bazid Khan had given Pakistan a chance of reaching their target of 395.

Pakistan were given a solid start to their second innings with an opening stand of 69 between Ashar Zaidi and Bazid, before Mohamed Suraj broke the partnership having Ashar caught by Michael Vandort. Suraj also removed Faisal Athar and at 89 for 2 any thoughts of making an impression on the target looked a long way off.

But Bazid was joined by Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, and they added 166 for the third wicket. Misbah played the attacking role, smashing three sixes in his 119-ball 80, until be was caught off Bandara (255 for 3). The fall of Bazid on the same score halted the run chase and the spinners continued to cause problems.

Jehan Mubarak removed Faisal Iqbal and Mohammed Asif in quick succession, so it was left to Hasan Raza to guide Pakistan to the draw with an unbeaten 47. The two-match series ended 0-0 following the rain affected first game in Kandy.