and there it is, Sri Lanka clinch their first home Test series against Pakistan, Samaraweera's cover drive brings the victory
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?"
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
Jayawardene brings the scores level by helping the ball towards square leg
very short from Malik, Samaraweera rocks back and swings it to square leg
he was looking to slam that towards midwicket, it was a touch shorter than he expected and he defends
turns in after pitching outside off, turns it towards square leg
Gul keeps it tight around off stump, Jayawardene again glides it towards point
opens the face to guide it towards point, takes a couple of paces down the pitch before he is sent back by Samaraweera
back of a length, a bit of width, Jayawardene jabs it towards point
beautiful timing from Jayawardene, length ball on offstump, shows the full face of the bat as he drives to the right of the bowler
another bouncer from Gul, this one goes over the batsman's head, Jayawardene was thinking of pulling that but pulls out of the shot
slips in the bouncer, Jayawardene wanted to pull but doesn't connect with the ball, which sails over his shoulder
Only seven more needed by Sri Lanka
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."
Samaraweera defends his first ball towards the leg side
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
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
and again, Sangakkara defends watchfully back down the pitch
nicely tossed up, on a length, Sangakkara gets forward and defends
Shoaib Malik gets his first spell of the match
again its short of a length, tight around the offstump, more defense from Jayawardene
back of a length on offstump, Jayawardene gets behind the line of the ball and defends
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