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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
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• The Bulletin by S Rajesh

Kulasekara and Herath set up series win

A match in which fortunes swung wildly finally ended in an emphatic seven-wicket win for Sri Lanka

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Scorecard summary
Pakistan90/10(36 overs)1st INNINGS
Sri Lanka240/10(80 overs)1st INNINGS
Umar Gul4/43(18)
Saeed Ajmal4/87(31)
Pakistan320/10(96.4 overs)2nd INNINGS
Fawad Alam168 (259)
Younis Khan82 (152)
Sri Lanka171/3(31.5 overs)2nd INNINGS

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

31.5
1
Malik to Thilan Samaraweera, 1 run

and there it is, Sri Lanka clinch their first home Test series against Pakistan, Samaraweera's cover drive brings the victory

31.4
1
Malik to Mahela Jayawardene, 1 run

Jayawardene brings the scores level by helping the ball towards square leg

31.3
1
Malik to Thilan Samaraweera, 1 run

very short from Malik, Samaraweera rocks back and swings it to square leg

31.2
Malik to Thilan Samaraweera, no run

he was looking to slam that towards midwicket, it was a touch shorter than he expected and he defends

31.1
Malik to Thilan 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 Gul 6-0-38-0
Shoaib Malik 1-0-10-1
30.6
Umar Gul to Mahela Jayawardene, no run

Gul keeps it tight around off stump, Jayawardene again glides it towards point

30.5
Umar Gul to Mahela 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

30.4
Umar Gul to Mahela Jayawardene, no run

back of a length, a bit of width, Jayawardene jabs it towards point

30.3
4
Umar Gul to Mahela 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

30.2
Umar Gul to Mahela 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

30.1
Umar Gul to Mahela 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 Malik 1-0-10-1
Umar Gul 5-0-34-0

Only seven more needed by Sri Lanka

29.6
4
Malik to Thilan 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."

29.5
Malik to Thilan Samaraweera, no run

Samaraweera defends his first ball towards the leg side

29.4
W
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

Kumar Sangakkara c Misbah-ul-Haq b Shoaib Malik 46 (86m 64b 3x4 1x6) SR: 71.87
29.3
6
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

29.2
Malik to Sangakkara, no run

and again, Sangakkara defends watchfully back down the pitch

29.1
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 Gul 5-0-34-0
Saeed Ajmal 12-1-56-1
28.6
Umar Gul to Mahela Jayawardene, no run

again its short of a length, tight around the offstump, more defense from Jayawardene

28.5
Umar Gul to Mahela Jayawardene, no run

back of a length on offstump, Jayawardene gets behind the line of the ball and defends

28.4
4
Umar Gul to Mahela 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

Best performances - batters
Fawad Alam portrait
Fawad Alam PAK
168 runs (259)
15 fours
1 six
Control90%
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
42 runs
7 fours
0 six
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Kumar Sangakkara portrait
KC Sangakkara SL
87 runs (150)
9 fours
0 six
Control93%
Productive shot
leg glance
38 runs
2 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Rangana Herath portrait
HMRKB Herath SL
O
35
M
5
R
99
W
5
ECO
2.82
Nuwan Kulasekara portrait
KMDN Kulasekara SL
O
19.4
M
6
R
37
W
4
ECO
1.88
Match details
P Sara Oval, Colombo
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan tour of Sri Lanka
Season2009
Player Of The Match
Nuwan Kulasekara
Nuwan Kulasekara
Fawad Alam
Fawad Alam
Series resultSri Lanka led the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 1924
Hours of play (local time)10.00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days12,13,14 July 2009 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Fawad Alam
Fawad Alam
Umpires
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Daryl Harper
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Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
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Kumar Dharmasena
Reserve Umpire
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Sena Nandiweera
Match Referee
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Alan Hurst