Player of the Match
Player of the Match
768dThe 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

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Younis Khan
Younis Khan
171(271) 18x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 38 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
9 20 28 20 31 8 21 34
FDM Karunaratne
FDM Karunaratne
130(230) 14x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 37 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
14 8 15 16 24 26 17 10

Best performances - Bowlers

Imran Khan
O20.4
M3
R58
W5
Eco2.80
RHB
OFFLEG
1W4W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Yasir Shah
Yasir Shah
O31.5
M4
R78
W5
Eco2.45
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
2W
1W

Match Details

Toss

Pakistan , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Pakistan won the 3-match series 2-1

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00

Match days

3,4,5,6,7 July 2015 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorecard Summary

SRI LANKA 278(89.5 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

PAKISTAN 215(66 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

SRI LANKA 313(95.4 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

PAKISTAN 382/3(103.1 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Scorer: S Balasubramanian | Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu

The trophy has been handed to Misbah and the Pakistan players strike a pose. So, a stellar Pakistan turnaround has capped the series, which has ebbed and flowed dramatically. Many thanks for your company and comments. Until next time, ta ta and cheerio.

Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan captain: It is such a big victory. Younis said that the pitch was not doing much for the bowlers. Shan Masood the way he played took the game away from Sri Lanka. After the Younis-Masood partnership, it was easy for us. The youngsters are doing well for the team. When seamers did not get wickets in the first innings, Yasir bowled tight lines and showed his variations. Then Imran came in on the fourth day and too five wickets. The key factor in the game was to keep calm. We have lost a couple of Tests in Sri Lanka last time when he panicked. We just wanted to bat calmly this time. This series means a lot to me after losing two or three series' in Sri Lanka. Sarfraz in the first innings is the main architect of this win. Asad Shafiq was brilliant in the first Test. After playing so well against Zimbabwe at home, we have a lot of confidence in the ODIs. Sri Lanka are tough competitors at home but we can win the ODIs.

Yasir Shah, Man of the Series: I am playing my tenth game, I do not feel much pressure. People say I smile a lot, that is my natural way. I have worked a lot on my action with Mushy bhai, worked on my googly and made my action repeatable. My target was to take 20 wickets. I bowl according to the wicket. In the second innings, I went around the wicket to make full use of the track.

Younis Khan, Man of the Match: It is not that I train much, but I am involved in everything. I always want to stand up for the team. I play according to the situation. Yesterday when we were fielding, we knew we could chase 400. Credit to Shan Masood, he was amazing. This is a very good bunch of players. Misbah and I keep them calm, they play well under pressure. Yasir Shah has been impressive throughout the series. Imran bowled really well.

Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka captain: It was disappointing. I though we were sitting pretty when he had 377. This was a really good game after both sides were even. The Pakistan bowlers were brilliant in the second innings. Pakistan deserved to win and they played better cricket than us. It turned a little bit but the seamers did not have anything in the last couple of days. We don't have Mahela and Sanga, we will have to take on the challenge and move on. I am trying to contribute both with the bat and ball. It has been a great Test series for both teams. The one-day team will be a fresh team.

Presentation:

1:16pm: Misbah pumps his fist and hugs Younis. He then plucks out a stump as a souvenir and waves to the crowd. Led by Younis, Pakistan have sealed their highest run chase, the second highest in Asia, the highest in Sri Lanka, against Sri Lanka and the sixth highest in all Test cricket.

Younis was troubled by extra bounce in the previous Test - his 100th - but stepped up and illustrated a fourth-innings treatise in the decider, helping Pakistan ease through the shoals of a stiff run chase. Younis is some man. Shan Masood also played a terrific hand, despite his deficiencies against the short ball.

Tharindu Kaushal snaffled Masood for 125 in his first over of the day but lost the plot soon after, straying in lines and lengths. Misbah took over from Masood and struck an unbeaten 59 while Younis cruised from one milestone to another as Pakistan wrapped up the series with more than a session to spare.

Anver Azeez: "Dhoni-like finish by Misbah... a six and the series !"

Noman Yousuf: "Correct me if I am wrong, but haven't Pakistan won every Test that Imran Khan has been part of?" --- You're right...

Muhammad Ilyas : "Misbah also completed 4000 test runs with wining shot "

103.1
6
Mubarak to Misbah-ul-Haq, SIX runs, Pakistan win the series with a record chase and they jump to No.3 in the ICC rankings. There comes the topping on the victory pizza. Slid through outside off, Misbah steps out, loads it up, blows it up, and launches it over long-on for a six. Misbah has his hands aloft in delight

END OF OVER:
103 | 13 Runs | PAK: 376/3

  • Younis Khan171 (271b)
  • Misbah-ul-Haq53 (102b)
  • Tharindu Kaushal31-1-153-1
  • Jehan Mubarak3-0-10-0
102.6
2
Kaushal to Younis Khan, 2 runs, on a length and outside off, pushed through the covers for a couple
102.5
1
Kaushal to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, pushed through outside off, dabbed past slip
102.4
0
Kaushal to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, looks like a doosra outside off, he pokes and misses
102.3
4
Kaushal to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR runs, on a length and on middle, Misbah nips down the track and hoists it to the left of mid-on for a fifty of his own

Dhammika goes off the field..

102.2
4
Kaushal to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR runs, Misbah races down the track and gets a very full ball. Drills it through mid-off. Dhammika fumbles and hurts his finger in the process

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