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2nd Test, Colombo (SSC), July 24 - 27, 2023, Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka
166 & 188

Pakistan won by an innings and 222 runs

Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
221 runs • 3 wkts
Sri Lanka 1st Innings
Pakistan 1st Innings
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings
Match Flow
Sri Lanka 1st Innings 
run out (Shan Masood)49131044.44
b Naseem Shah1737713045.94
c sub (Mohammad Rizwan) b Shaheen Shah Afridi69161066.66
c †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Naseem Shah926301034.61
c Imam-ul-Haq b Naseem Shah3460874056.66
c Saud Shakeel b Abrar Ahmed5768969183.82
c Abdullah Shafique b Abrar Ahmed043000.00
c Saud Shakeel b Abrar Ahmed2744653061.36
run out (Shan Masood)17100014.28
b Abrar Ahmed824322033.33
not out 059000.00
Extras(b 2, nb 1)3
TOTAL48.4 Ov (RR: 3.41)166
Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Nishan Madushka, 2.4 ov), 2-23 (Kusal Mendis, 6.1 ov), 3-35 (Angelo Mathews, 12.5 ov), 4-36 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 14.1 ov), 5-121 (Dinesh Chandimal, 33.5 ov), 6-122 (Sadeera Samarawickrama, 34.4 ov), 7-133 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 36.3 ov), 8-136 (Prabath Jayasuriya, 38.6 ov), 9-163 (Asitha Fernando, 46.2 ov), 10-166 (Ramesh Mendis, 48.4 ov) • DRS
6.1 to BKG Mendis, Shaheen strikes! Mendis has thrown it away. This was full, wide and begging to be dispatched but Mendis only manages to carve it straight to point. 23/2
12.5 to AD Mathews, he's got him!. Excellent bowling from Naseem, who sends another into that corridor outside off, hits the seam, moves it away slightly. With Mathews yet to get his feet moving, provides a thin outside edge to the wicketkeeper, as he prods at it. Excellent sequence of deliveries from Naseem, who saw that Mathews wasn't getting forward, and threw in a bouncer just to push him back a little bit more, before bowling the ball that took the edge. Sri Lanka under huge pressure here again.. 35/3
14.1 to FDM Karunaratne, Oh my lord Naseem is absolutely bossing it! This is another beautifully seaming delivery, angled across Karunaratne, pitching on the full side of a good length. Karunaratne gets into a big off drive, but the ball has seamed back in slightly, and it takes his inside edge, and tickles the timber. What a period for Pakistan! And what a spell for Naseem, who's got Sri Lanka's two most experienced batters in the space of three deliveries.. 36/4
33.5 to LD Chandimal, And the short ball strategy pays off! Another soft, soft dismissal. This was short and Chandimal top edges a simple catch to midwicket. 121/5
34.4 to S Samarawickrama, And can you believe it?! Sadeera falls at short leg again! This was tossed up and Sadeera goes forward to defend, and only manages to get an inside edge low and straight to Abdullah. This was dying on him, but he grabs it low to his left.. 122/6
36.3 to DM de Silva, And now he's gone! No rescue act this time! And it's yet more excellence in the field by Pakistan. Shakeel was just place at midway point between midwicket and deep midwicket, and Dhananjaya picks him out. Shakeel still had work to do though, but he runs in and holds on as he dives forward. 133/7
46.2 to AM Fernando, leaves it and it takes off stump! That's Abrar's googly. It's tossed up, pitching about six inches wide of off. Asitha thinks it's going to turn away harmlessly. It doesn't. It turns back in and hits the outside of off stump. Good bowling from Abrar, who saw that Asitha was leaving a few outside off, and also possibly knew that Asitha wasn't picking him from the hand.. 163/9
48.4 to RTM Mendis, oh dear. Sri Lanka. Another poor dismissal. In a sense it's the perfect way to end an abysmal innings. This is the googly, to which Mendis dances down the track. He tries to launch it over cow corner, but the bat twists in his hands, and he hasn't timed it well. There's a fielder in the deep who barely has to move, as he swallows is at waist height. 166/10
Pakistan 1st Innings 
c Madushanka b Jayasuriya20132651219461.65
c KNM Fernando b AM Fernando661410100.00
c BKG Mendis b AM Fernando51478741108.51
lbw b Jayasuriya39751254152.00
lbw b AM Fernando571101266051.81
retired hurt 1422263063.63
not out 13215420815185.71
not out 5067904174.62
Extras(b 4, lb 16, nb 3, w 3)26
TOTAL134 Ov (RR: 4.29)576/5d
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Imam-ul-Haq, 2.3 ov), 2-121 (Shan Masood, 21.5 ov), 3-210 (Babar Azam, 47.5 ov), 4-319 (Saud Shakeel, 80.3 ov), 4-344* (Sarfaraz Ahmed, retired hurt), 5-468 (Abdullah Shafique, 113.2 ov) • DRS
2.3 to Imam-ul-Haq, big appeal and he's been given out, caught at gully. But Imam reviews immediately! This is a back of a length ball that leaps off the surface and hits Imam's thigh pad as he tries to turn it to leg. It balloons up toward gully who dives forward to take it centimetres from the turf. The question is whether he edged that ball into the thigh pad. Snicko says he got a feather edge to it. And Madushka has completed and excellent diving catch safely too. A bit of magic in the field from Sri Lanka, for a change.. 13/1
21.5 to Shan Masood, top-edges the pull shot and Mendis takes a sharp catch at midwicket to breathe life into Sri Lanka!. Checked the shot rather than committing to it, which meant Mendis was in with a shot of getting to it as he chased it backwards. The diving catches sparks celebrations among Sri Lanka, and Shan departs shortly after his half-century. 121/2
80.3 to Saud Shakeel, And now Shakeel has to go! Asitha changes the angle, comes around the wicket and nips this back in from a good length, and strikes the front pad. The finger goes up and Shakeel decides not to waste a review. This looked pretty adjacent.. 319/4
47.5 to Babar Azam, Jayasuriya strikes! Having turned several away, this one keeps going with the arm and beats Babar's forward defence on the inside edge. This raps the front pad and looks plumb. Babar has opted to review nevertheless. There's no bat on this and there really is no doubt, three reds and the skipper must go.. 210/3
113.2 to Abdullah Shafique, Abdullah's innings comes to an end! He's looking to be the aggressor, comes down the track and looks to loft this over long-off. But he doesn't quite get to the pitch and there's enough turn to induce a slice. It goes high and mid-off settles under it.. 468/5
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings 
b Noman Ali3372864145.83
c Imam-ul-Haq b Noman Ali41611156067.21
c Saud Shakeel b Noman Ali1435462040.00
not out 631271977249.60
c Imam-ul-Haq b Noman Ali11114009.09
c Abrar Ahmed b Noman Ali1038582026.31
c Shan Masood b Noman Ali511141045.45
st †Mohammad Rizwan b Noman Ali1642652038.09
b Naseem Shah047000.00
b Naseem Shah025000.00
b Naseem Shah032000.00
Extras(lb 4, w 1)5
TOTAL67.4 Ov (RR: 2.77)188
Fall of wickets: 1-69 (Nishan Madushka, 18.1 ov), 2-86 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 26.2 ov), 3-99 (Kusal Mendis, 30.2 ov), 4-109 (Dinesh Chandimal, 32.5 ov), 5-131 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 46.2 ov), 6-141 (Sadeera Samarawickrama, 50.1 ov), 7-177 (Ramesh Mendis, 64.3 ov), 8-184 (Prabath Jayasuriya, 65.5 ov), 9-188 (Asitha Fernando, 67.1 ov), 10-188 (Dilshan Madushanka, 67.4 ov) • DRS
65.5 to NGRP Jayasuriya, Naseem finally gets a wicket. Noman Ali won't get his 10, but that's ok. Naseem deserved this for an outstanding spell. This was rapid, swinging in from way outside off as Naseem went wide of the crease. And it hit the top of off. Jayasuriya was like a deer caught in the headlights and didn't even offer a shot, really. Probably didn't expect it to swing quite that much.. 184/8
67.1 to AM Fernando, Naseem has one more! He cleans up Asitha's off stump as well. A length ball roaring towards top of off, Asitha's feet are cemented to the crease and the ball crashes into the stumps with its pace. 188/9
67.4 to D Madushanka, finishes it off with a searing yorker! Dipping yorker, right in the block hole, and it hits the base of off stump because Madushanka has no clue about that. 188/10
18.1 to KNM Fernando, bowled him first ball! What a an absolute beauty. That was special. The perfect left-arm spinner's delivery, really. This was bowled with a lot of revs, tossed up, drifting towards the batter, pitching on about middle, and turning sharply to beat Madushka's forward defense, and tickle the off stump. Stunner to get first ball.. 69/1
26.2 to FDM Karunaratne, he's out. Caught at short leg! Huuuuge blow. Another wonderful catch in that position for Sri Lanka. Imam ul Haq this time. Karunaratne came down the track and played a forward defensive, but the ball turned more than he expected and it went off the inside edge low, to the right of Imam, who dives and takes that cleanly, Sharp take. Pakistan have been incredible in the field this whole series.. 86/2
30.2 to BKG Mendis, oh dear. Kusal Mendis, that's a poor dismissal. Tried to go inside out, didn't get to the pitch, and ends up just spooning it to the cover fielder. He had been using his feet well, but got too far down the legside on this occasion, and ended up having to reach for this ball, that was slowed up and pitching outside off. Gets only the outside half of the bat to it and that's about as easy a catch as Shakeel could hope for. Noman has three!. 99/3
32.5 to LD Chandimal, Pakistan are appealing for another close catch and the umpire has given him out! Chandimal reviews but not with a lot of conviction. He went for a paddle sweep to a delivery that pitched on off stump. But it was on to him quicker than he expected, and may have taken glove before hitting his forearm and popping up for a simple catch for Imam at short leg. It's not the most straightforward decision for the third umpire, but there is a spike on snicko as the ball is adjacent to glove. There's certainly not enough evidence to overturn the on-field decision. Chandimal has to go and Sri Lanka are in a nosedive.. 109/4
46.2 to DM de Silva, de Silva has given it away! Holes out to long-on and it's a five-wicket haul for Noman! He came down the track and went for the big shot on the leg side even though long-on was perched there. Doesn't middle it at all and hands a simple catch to Abrar a few yards inside the rope, Noman is thrilled and he does the sajda. 131/5
50.1 to S Samarawickrama, Noman has six, he has snared Samarawickrama with turn and bounce! Short of length around off, which would have planted the thought of going on the back foot for the batter. He goes back for the cut, but the ball has turned a fair bit and bounced a lot, resulting in a leading edge and the simplest of catches to Shan Masood at point. 141/6
64.3 to RTM Mendis, Noman gets his seventh and the 10-for is STILL ON! Mendis runs down the pitch (Why? Who knows?) but Noman has tossed this up wide of the batter, and as he goes through with his futile hoick, the ball dips, spins past his outside edge, and Rizwan completes the stumping. We could be seeing a bit of history here. Either way, this is Noman's best figures in an innings.. 177/7
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Mon, 24 Jul - day 1 - Pakistan 1st innings 145/2 (Abdullah Shafique 74*, Babar Azam 8*, 28.3 ov)
Tue, 25 Jul - day 2 - Pakistan 1st innings 178/2 (Abdullah Shafique 87*, Babar Azam 28*, 38.3 ov)
Wed, 26 Jul - day 3 - Pakistan 1st innings 563/5 (Agha Salman 132*, Mohammad Rizwan 37*, 132 ov)
Thu, 27 Jul - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 188 (67.4 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • 6th Wicket: 100 runs in 122 balls (Agha Salman 53, Mohammad Rizwan 45, Ex 5)
  • Innings Break: Pakistan - 576/5 in 134.0 overs (Agha Salman 132, Mohammad Rizwan 50)
  • Mohammad Rizwan: 50 off 67 balls (4 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • Sri Lanka 2nd innings
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 43/0 in 12.0 overs (KNM Fernando 22, FDM Karunaratne 21)
  • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 13.3 overs (81 balls), Extras 0
  • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 81 balls (KNM Fernando 23, FDM Karunaratne 27, Ex 0)
  • Lunch: Sri Lanka - 81/1 in 25.0 overs (FDM Karunaratne 36, BKG Mendis 11)
  • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 30.5 overs (185 balls), Extras 1
  • Over 32.5: Review by Sri Lanka (Batting), Decision Challenged - Wicket, Umpire - AG Wharf, Batter - LD Chandimal (Struck down)
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 128/4 in 38.0 overs (AD Mathews 29, DM de Silva 9)
  • Tea: Sri Lanka - 143/6 in 53.0 overs (AD Mathews 38, RTM Mendis 0)
  • Over 53.4: Review by Sri Lanka (Batting), Decision Challenged - Wicket, Umpire - RR Wimalasiri, Batter - AD Mathews (Upheld)
  • Sri Lanka: 150 runs in 55.1 overs (331 balls), Extras 1
  • Over 61.2: Review by Pakistan (Bowling), Decision Challenged - Wicket, Umpire - RR Wimalasiri, Batter - RTM Mendis (Struck down)
  • Over 61.3: Review by Sri Lanka (Batting), Decision Challenged - Wicket, Umpire - RR Wimalasiri, Batter - RTM Mendis (Upheld)
  • Over 61.4: Review by Sri Lanka (Batting), Decision Challenged - Wicket, Umpire - RR Wimalasiri, Batter - RTM Mendis (Upheld)
  • AD Mathews: 50 off 114 balls (5 x 4, 2 x 6)
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 188/9 in 67.1 overs (AD Mathews 63)
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultPakistan won the 2-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2514
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30
Match days24,25,26,27 July 2023 - day (5-day match)
PAK Player Replacement
Substitute in out (2nd innings, 99.1 ov)
Test debut
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PointsPakistan 12, Sri Lanka 0
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