2nd Test, Colombo (PSS), Jul 12-14 2009, Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka
90 & 320
(31.5 ov, target 171)
240 & 171/3
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
Player Of The Match
SL 2nd Innings
Full commentary
end of over 323 runs
SL: 171/3CRR: 5.37 
Thilan Samaraweera6 (6)
Mahela Jayawardene37 (35)
Shoaib Malik1.5-0-13-1
Umar Gul6-0-38-0

The Sri Lanka batsmen are ecstatic, they jump and punch the air, Jayawardene plucks a couple of stumps as souvenirs. A dejected Pakistan team shakes hand with the Sri Lankan team.

Agnel Pereira from Bahrain: "Through such a heroic performance by Sri Lanka, Ajantha Mendis' poor form is striking! At the same time, Herath's unheralded success. Why he wasnt in their side all this time?"

Post-match presentation:

Younis Khan: "It's not the first time that we collapsed, it's the third time. I think it's because we are not playing even Test cricket. I think we fell short by about 100 runs."

"Alam has played all his cricket in the middle order, but I asked him whether he would open for the team, his response was fantastic."

Kumar Sangakkara: "It's a very special series, two very absorbing Tests, the key for us was that whenever we needed someone to step up, someone put their hand up."

"Kulasekara and Herath were fanstastic, there wasn't much in the pitch, but it shows (what you can do) if you have heart, and are willing to bend your back."

"It was an important breakthrough that Paranavitana got for us as well. And we must say a big 'Thank you' to Dilshan, who has kept wickets in both Tests."

Man of the Match award is shared by Nuwan Kulasekara and Fawad Alam.

Alam: "170 wasn't enough of a target, we needed 250-260."

Kulasekara: "I worked hard in the last one year with my coaching staff."

That's it from me, Siddarth Ravindran. Thanks for all the mails today, some 1600 of them. See you in the third Test, starting on the 20th

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, 1 run
and there it is, Sri Lanka clinch their first home Test series against Pakistan, Samaraweera's cover drive brings the victory
Shoaib Malik to Jayawardene, 1 run
Jayawardene brings the scores level by helping the ball towards square leg
Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, 1 run
very short from Malik, Samaraweera rocks back and swings it to square leg
Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run
he was looking to slam that towards midwicket, it was a touch shorter than he expected and he defends
Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run
turns in after pitching outside off, turns it towards square leg
end of over 314 runs
SL: 168/3CRR: 5.41 
Mahela Jayawardene36 (34)
Thilan Samaraweera4 (2)
Umar Gul6-0-38-0
Shoaib Malik1-0-10-1
Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run
Gul keeps it tight around off stump, Jayawardene again glides it towards point
Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run
opens the face to guide it towards point, takes a couple of paces down the pitch before he is sent back by Samaraweera
Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run
back of a length, a bit of width, Jayawardene jabs it towards point
Umar Gul to Jayawardene, FOUR runs
beautiful timing from Jayawardene, length ball on offstump, shows the full face of the bat as he drives to the right of the bowler
Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run
another bouncer from Gul, this one goes over the batsman's head, Jayawardene was thinking of pulling that but pulls out of the shot
Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run
slips in the bouncer, Jayawardene wanted to pull but doesn't connect with the ball, which sails over his shoulder
end of over 3010 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 164/3CRR: 5.46 
Thilan Samaraweera4 (2)
Mahela Jayawardene32 (28)
Shoaib Malik1-0-10-1
Umar Gul5-0-34-0

Only seven more needed by Sri Lanka

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, FOUR runs
Samaraweera doesn't want to hang around, he swings a fullish delivery from off stump to the midwicket boundary

Manju from Kuwait: "Sri Lanka should give an opportunity to Suranga Lakmal for the third Test by droping Thushara. SL already won the series and it doesnt make big difference. And Murali will be in and Mendis will be out.No way to drop Herath at this moment."

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, no run
Samaraweera defends his first ball towards the leg side
Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, OUT
Sangakkara's gone, Malik had hit a six and got out next ball earlier in the day, now it's Sangakkara, the ball turns sharply after pitching outside off, Sangakkara looks to defend, gets an outside edge resulting in a simple catch for Misbah at first slip
KC Sangakkara c Misbah-ul-Haq b Shoaib Malik 46 (86m 64b 3x4 1x6) SR: 71.87
Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, SIX runs
wonderful hit from Sangakkara, effortless hit for six, Sangakkara takes two big strides to get to the pitch and clobbers it over the bowler's head for a six
Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run
and again, Sangakkara defends watchfully back down the pitch
Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run
nicely tossed up, on a length, Sangakkara gets forward and defends

Shoaib Malik gets his first spell of the match

end of over 294 runs
SL: 154/2CRR: 5.31 
Mahela Jayawardene32 (28)
Kumar Sangakkara40 (60)
Umar Gul5-0-34-0
Saeed Ajmal12-1-56-1
Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run
again its short of a length, tight around the offstump, more defense from Jayawardene
Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run
back of a length on offstump, Jayawardene gets behind the line of the ball and defends
Umar Gul to Jayawardene, FOUR runs
dexterous shot from Jayawardene, back of length ball just moving away from the batsman, who opens the face of the bat to steer it past the slip for a boundary