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Day 5

825dThe Report by Abhishek Purohit

SL beat rain to win after Herath's six

Rangana Herath conjured six wickets on a day-five pitch that carried little threat and Sri Lanka hunted down 99 in a dramatic chase under the constant threat of rain and fading light

825dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Galle revels in perfect day

The ground slowly filled and the tension slowly built, even the clouds held off from bursting as Sri Lanka closed in on a memorable win

825dUmar Farooq in Galle

Pakistan undone by conservative approach

The fifth day began with a draw looking imminent, but Pakistan's batsmen went into a shell, allowing the spinners to get on top of them and allowing Sri Lanka to force a win

825dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Mathews puts chase down to faith

Faith was all the explanation Angelo Mathews could give for a day in which the weather itself colluded with the hosts, who sped to a thrilling seven-wicket victory, to take the series lead in Galle.

Day 4

825dThe Report by Abhishek Purohit

Sangakkara double gives SL lead

Kumar Sangakkara continued to torment Pakistan with his tenth double-century that took him past Brian Lara and put him only behind Don Bradman's 12

825dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Keeping to Murali prepared me for Ajmal - Sangakkara

Years of keeping wicket to Muttiah Muralitharan and plain good vibes have been behind Kumar Sangakkara's ability to mute Saeed Ajmal and succeed against the Pakistan attack, the batsman said after hitting his 10th double-hundred

825dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

A run-machine that just won't stop

Kumar Sangakkara has always adapted his game over the years, and at present, each and every part of him is conditioned towards run-making

Day 3

825dThe Report by Abhishek Purohit

Rain prevails after Sangakkara century

It rained water and milestones on Galle on the third afternoon as Kumar Sangakkara reached his 37th hundred and Mahela Jayawardene his 49th fifty in the 18th century stand between the duo amid periodic showers

825dUmar Farooq in Galle

Mushtaq backs rusty bowlers to come good

Pakistan have not played a Test since the UAE series against Sri Lanka in January, and the long layoff is affecting their bowlers' ability to find their stride, according to the team's bowling consultant Mushtaq Ahmed

825dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

A celebration of Sri Lanka's favourite sons

Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are both undisputed legends of the game. Their standing in Sri Lanka, however, goes far deeper than that

Day 2

825dThe Report by Abhishek Purohit

Sri Lanka steady after Pakistan post 451

Pakistan posted their second-highest total in the first innings of a Test in the past eight years as the lower middle order weighed in after Younis Khan's 177

825dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Silva, the businessman, Tharanga, the best friend

Kaushal Silva's meticulousness is evident in his play and his mannerisms, while Upul Tharanga's carefree elegance is like a breath of fresh air, until he gets a little too lazy

825dUmar Farooq in Galle

Pakistan bet on improved Sarfraz

Pakistan have hit and miss with wicketkeeper-batsmen over the past four years but an improved Sarfraz Ahmed seems to be the solution

Day 1

825dThe Report by Abhishek Purohit

Younis century leads Pakistan recovery

Sri Lanka sent back the Pakistan top order before lunch but Younis Khan's unbeaten century ensured the visitors hit back to end the day on a solid 261 for 4

825dBishen Jeswant

Younis at home in Sri Lanka

A stats review at the end of the second day in the first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Galle

825dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Sri Lanka's day-long deja vu

Once again this year, despite having the opposition under the cosh, Sri Lanka's attack allowed a position of strength to slip away from them

825dUmar Farooq in Galle

Younis to the rescue, again

Despite the early loss of the openers, Younis Khan ensured Pakistan ended the day on a strong footing

Others

825dOsman Samiuddin

The old-world virtue of Younis Khan

There's something dated, and comforting, about the security he represents for Pakistan, and when he is gone they will be truly bereft

826dHassan Cheema

Younis Khan: unsung and endearing

Despite being part of a dysfunctional set-up, he has managed to get the best out of himself and players partnering him

830dAndrew Fidel Fernando

Vithanage placed on probation for a year

Kithuruwan Vithanage has been docked his full match fee and been placed on probation for one year, after he had left the team hotel overnight during the recent Test in Galle against Pakistan, SLC has said

825dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

SL should be wary of Ajmal - Misbah

Misbah-ul-Haq has said said that Sri Lanka's success against Saeed Ajmal in the last series doesn't mean they have worked him out

Taming the Best

500

Number of runs scored by Sangakkara against Ajmal - the most by any batsman against a single bowler (since May 2001)

Toiling for Rewards

5-166

Saeed Ajmal's most expensive five-for

Mt Misbah

4

Number of times Misbah-ul-Haq has been unbeaten in the fourth innings in drawn games, with three fifties in six innings