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Day 5

745dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Mathews concedes SL spinners didn't fire

Angelo Mathews admitted that his spinners had been overshadowed by Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar on a helpful Galle deck, after Pakistan's 10-wicket win in the first Test

745dUmar Farooq

Hafeez reported for suspect action again

Mohammad Hafeez has once again been reported for a suspect action, following the conclusion of the Galle Test, the Pakistan team management has confirmed to ESPNcricinfo

745dUmar Farooq in Galle

Misbah encouraged by Pakistan's Test future

Misbah-ul-Haq said the victory in Galle was a great result, especially because the result was built on the performances of the less-experienced players in the team

Day 4

745dThe Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

Sarfraz, Shafiq lead dramatic turnaround

A brilliantly unorthodox 96 from Sarfraz Ahmed and a seventh Test century from Asad Shafiq turned the Galle Test around on a fourth day that exposed Sri Lanka's bowling limitations

745dUmar Farooq in Galle

Shafiq, Sarfraz reaffirm team transition

For a team like Pakistan which is going through a transition, nothing could have been better than two relatively young batsmen staging a terrific turnaround

745dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Venomless Sri Lanka let it slip again

Sri Lanka have routinely had the opposition's head on the chopping block, only to stab themselves in the eye instead, then flop around, bleeding to death

Day 3

745dThe Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

Silva, Prasad put Sri Lanka in charge

Sri Lanka took control of the Galle Test, reducing Pakistan to 118 for 5 at stumps on the third day and left them facing a steep climb on a pitch with plenty of help for the spinners

745dUmar Farooq in Galle

Wahab stokes Pakistan's forgotten fire

Pakistan's fast bowling seemed to have lost its teeth after the ban on Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif. Wahab Riaz is bringing it back

745dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Spin emerges as the real Test in Galle

The Galle pitch has only just started to express itself and the batsmen will be severely tested by spin in the days to come

Day 2

744dThe Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

Silva, Sangakkara make fifties on curtailed day

Two wickets immediately after tea brought Pakistan back on level terms after a century stand between Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara had steered Sri Lanka into a position of strength

744dUmar Farooq in Galle

Pakistan fail to take chances again

Pakistan chose to bowl but found the Galle pitch not very responsive to pace. They did themselves no favours by being sloppy in the field

744dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Classical Silva the opener SL need

Though unlike the flamboyant Sri Lankan openers of the past, Kaushal Silva's value to the side may extend well beyond his batting output in years to come

Day 1

Others

744dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Need to be patient with youngsters - Mathews

Patience will be vital to Sri Lanka's successful transition, captain Angelo Mathews has said ahead of the busy home season, which begins with the Test against Pakistan in Galle on Wednesday

744dUmar Farooq in Galle

'We have an answer for Herath this time' - Misbah

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said his side won't capitulate against Rangana Herath, who took 23 wickets in two Tests against them last year, this time, and they have an answer for him

745dS Rajesh

From 1-6 to 5-0

Pakistan used to be a dominant team in Sri Lanka before 2009, but in the last six years they've failed to win a single Test in the island

Shah of Spin

7/76

Yasir Shah's figures, the best for any Pakistan leg-spinner in the last 20 years

Return of the Leggie

2

Number of five-wicket hauls taken by a Pakistan leg-spinner in the last 5 years, both by Yasir Shah

Love for the Lankans

3

Number of times PAK have chased down a target (min. 100) at more than 4 RPO against SL, more often than against any other team

History provides Hope

1

Number of times Sri Lanka have beaten Pakistan after conceding a 1st innings lead of 100+ runs (Faisalabad, 1995)

Shafiq & Safraz stun SL

4

Instances of Nos. 6 and 7 making 90+ scores for Pakistan in the same Test innings - today was the 4th

Among the best

49.95

Safaraz Ahmed's average. The only keeper to average more in away/neutral Tests is Andy Flower, 52.24 (min. 1000 runs)

A for Ali, B for Bunny

7

Number of times Rangana Herath has dismissed Azhar Ali, more than any other bowler

Twin Failures

4

Instances in the last 10 years of both PAK openers being dismissed in single digits v SL. Three of those are at Galle.

A different triple for Silva

14

Years since a Sri Lankan opener has faced 300+ balls in a home Test. Kaushal Silva faced exactly 300 balls in the 1st inns