Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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Rain washes out first day in Galle

Rain washed out the opening day of the Test series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, without a ball bowled or even a coin tossed in Galle

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Asad Shafiq
Asad Shafiq
131(253) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 26 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
11 17 12 13 22 8 17 31
JK Silva
125(300) 16x4 - 0x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 35 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
9 9 8 22 42 0 9 26

Best performances - Bowlers

Yasir Shah
Yasir Shah
O30.1
M6
R76
W7
Eco2.51
RHB
OFFLEG
2W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
3W1W
MDK Perera
O31.1
M3
R122
W4
Eco3.91
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorecard Summary

SRI LANKA 300(109.3 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

PAKISTAN 417(113.1 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

SRI LANKA 206(77.1 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

PAKISTAN 92/0(11.2 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan | Commentator: Abhishek Purohit

Misbah-ul-Haq: "It was very clear in our minds that the only one way of wining this Test is if we can get them early in the first innings. We just took that chance, there was a little bit of moisture, that helped our spinners, the ball was turning and bouncing even in the first innings, thereafter hats off to everyone. Fight back from Shafiq and Sarfraz. Wahab in the first innings, supported well by the three spinners. Really a big win for us, especially in Galle, We have been losing the last three series here, we were hoping we can get on top in this series, it is a confidence boost for us to go up 1-0. We were really practising last couple of series (for Herath), even in Bangladesh we played lot of left-armers. Tried to be positive against Herath, when you are playing him from the crease and letting him bowl, he could trouble you. Everybody applied themselves and we got good results. On these pitches when you have footmarks, legspinner plays a big role, that is what he (Yasir) has been doing in the UAE, he has really improved and is bowling really well, his performance was key for us winning this Test. We were positive right from the toss. We thought of winning even though it was three-and-a-half days."

Sarfraz Ahmed is the Man of the Match. Sarfraz: "I do lots of practice, lots of sweep shots with batting coach Grant Flower. I am disappointed (playing on off a paddle on 96), next time I will be careful when I am in the 90s."

Angelo Mathews: "Pretty bad loss. Pakistanis deserved to win. We have two more games to bounce back. We decided to bat through. First session was crucial. Unfortunately we kept losing wickets. We bowled well in patches but they bowled better than us. Our spinners were not that effective on this track. We don't need to panic. Just a one-off game. Got to keep trust in the players. Pretty disappointed (with the umpiring decision) but that is how it goes, people do make mistakes, got to live with it."

Hafeez and Shehzad have a stump each in hand as they walk back. Pakistan have won this in basically three-and-a-half days, their first win in Sri Lanka since 2006. They also go past India for the most number of wins by an Asian nation - 123 in 390 Tests to their neighbours' 122 in 488.

Pakistan were 96 for 5 in the first innings after Sri Lanka made 300. But Sarfraz Ahmed turned it around on the fourth morning with a characteristically creative 96 off 86. Asad Shafiq was the rock at the other end with his seventh Test hundred, and Zulfiqar Babar rubbed it in with a swift fifty. It was all Yasir Shah (30.1-6-76-7) after Pakistan took a lead of 117, while there were crucial strikes in both innings by the pace and bounce sheer will of the tireless Wahab Riaz

11.2
4
Herath to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR runs, that will be it, Shehzad skips out and whips it powerfully against the turn between mid on and midwicket
11.1
3
Herath to Mohammad Hafeez, 3 runs, flat outside off, punched through extra cover, and pulled back just inside the rope

END OF OVER:
11 | 15 Runs | PAK: 85/0

  • Mohammad Hafeez43 (32b)
  • Ahmed Shehzad39 (34b)
  • Dilruwan Perera3-0-31-0
  • Rangana Herath4-0-23-0
10.6
3b
Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, 3 byes, spins in and bounces down the leg side
10.5
1
Perera to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, down to deep mid on for a single
10.4
1
Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run,
10.3
4
Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR runs, shortish, and he pulled it hard over midwicket, this is ending quickly

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