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Day 5

767dESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan soar to No. 3 in Tests

Pakistan jumped from sixth place to third in the ICC Test rankings after wrapping up the series against Sri Lanka 2-1

767dUmar Farooq in Pallekele

Series win 'a dream come true' - Misbah

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said the 2-1 series win against Sri Lanka, which ended a nine-year drought for the team in the country, was a "dream come true"

767dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Pallekele

'Defeat will take a lot of time to digest' - Mathews

Sri Lanka felt their commanding lead of 376 should provide a straightforward victory, but a combination of the pitch flattening out, an inexperienced spin bowler and Younis Khan pulled the rug from under their feet

Day 4

767dThe Report by Abhishek Purohit

Younis, Masood tons put Pakistan ahead

Shan Masood and Younis Khan came together at 13 for 2 in a chase of 377, and responded with the highest fourth-innings partnership ever for Pakistan, leaving the visitors 147 runs adrift of achieving the highest successful chase ever in Sri Lanka

767dUmar Farooq in Pallekele

Masood makes opportunity count

Drafted in as a replacement for Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood produced a match-turning and potentially match-winning fourth-innings century in Pallekele

Day 3

767dThe Report by Abhishek Purohit

Mathews builds commanding position for Sri Lanka

Angelo Mathews was the rock in Sri Lanka's middle order once again, soaking up all the pressure Pakistan created, and rebuilding from 35 for 3 to take the hosts to a commanding position

767dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Pallekele

Mathews' mopping act salvages Sri Lanka again

This was almost as timely a knock for Angelo Mathews as it was for his team, because in comparison to his mind-melting 2014, his returns across formats this year had been a little underwhelming

767dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Pallekele

I now know my game inside out - Mubarak

Jehan Mubarak expressed disappointment at squandering two starts in his first Test in more than seven years, but said he has refined his game enough to now belong at Test level

Day 2

767dAndrew Fidel Fernando

Tectonic shift in Sri Lanka's gameplan?

Sri Lanka's quicks have now taken 24 wickets in this series, to the spinners' combined tally of 13. Is a little revolution taking place in Sri Lanka's Test cricket? Is their gameplan fundamentally changing?

767dUmar Farooq in Pallekele

Azhar rues batting 'misjudgment'

Batting collapses aren't new to Pakistan cricket, but after falling from 32 for 1 to 152 for 7 in 37 overs on the second day in Pallekele, even Azhar Ali, the team's vice-captain, could not offer an explanation

Day 1

767dThe Report by Abhishek Purohit

Sri Lanka crumble to legspin again

Sri Lanka succumbed to legspin yet again in the series, losing six wickets to the variety, and four of them to their tormentor Yasir Shah to crumble from a strong 106 for 1

767dUmar Farooq

Pakistan's new go-to bowler

Yasir Shah is only in his tenth Test match, but is already becoming Misbah-ul-Haq's man for all situations

767dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Pallekele

Karunaratne's lone march leaves SL with deja vu

A Sri Lankan left-hand batsman made a big score amid a batting collapse, and at the end of the day, his team was somehow still heading towards an underwhelming total. Sounds familiar?

Others

767dOsman Samiuddin

Pakistan minus that old, eerie panic

After years of skipped heartbeats and sweaty palms, just how does one reconcile with a nerveless Pakistan as they waltz through a tall chase?

767dUmar Farooq in Pallekele

'Our best chance to beat SL at home' - Misbah

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq believes the Pallekele Test is his team's best chance to beat Sri Lanka in their backyard, since the hosts will be without both Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara

767dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Pallekele

Karunaratne relishes 'batting under pressure'

Dimuth Karunaratne, on debut, scored 0 in the first innings and 60 in the second. Sixteen Tests on, he averages 23.58 in the first innings but 47.35 in the second dig

4th-Innings High

1

Number of previous instances of the highest team total coming in the 4th inns, in a Test in SL (SL v ZIM, SSC, 1998)

Scoring tough hundreds

1

Number of previous instances of 2 Pakistan batsmen scoring centuries in the 4th inns of a Test match (v NZ, Hyderabad, 1984)

A Pakistani Problem?

5

Number of batsmen who have been stumped in the 4th inns after scoring a 100 - 3 of them are from Pakistan

Modern-day batting

22

Instances since 2005 of teams scoring 350+ runs in the 4th inns. There have been only 49 such instances in Test history

Fourth-innings high

1

Instances of the highest team total coming in the fourth innings, in a Test in SL. It happened when SL played Zim at the SSC in 1998

Maiden duck

0

Ahmed Shehzad's score in the second innings, his first duck in 21 Test innings

Fourth-innings heroics

337/4

Pakistan's highest 4th-innings total in Sri Lanka, in a drawn game at the SSC in 2006