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2nd Test, Colombo (PSS), Jun 25 - 29 2015, Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka
138 & 329
(target 153)315 & 153/3
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
Player Of The Match
3/43, 35 & 4/92
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• The Report by Rachna Shetty

Karunaratne, Mathews steer SL to series-levelling win

Sri Lanka negotiated a 153-run target, the threat of rain and a brief batting stutter to eventually ease to a seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the second Test at the P Sara Oval, levelling the series with one match to go

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Scorecard summary
Pakistan138/10(42.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Sri Lanka315/10(121.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Kaushal Silva80 (218)
Yasir Shah6/96(41.3)
Pakistan329/10(118.2 overs)2nd INNINGS
Azhar Ali117 (308)
Ahmed Shehzad69 (154)
Sri Lanka153/3(26.3 overs)2nd INNINGS

Superb win for Sri Lanka here. The circus moves on to Pallekele where Sri Lanka will be without Sangakkara and Pakistan will be without Wahab Riaz. This series is shaping up really well for the finale. Thanks for all the comments and feedback. Please also keep an eye on all the analysis and reports from Andrew Fernando and Umar Farooq. This is Devashish Fuloria signing off, ciao ciao.

"The boys showed a lot of character after the defeat in Galle," says Angelo Mathews. "We wanted to bat positively because we were not sure about the rain. So we gave green signal to play positively. It's easy to get bogged down. The conditions were helpful, I liked bowling here. Kushal Silva is playing the anchor role and others are playing around him."

Dhammika Prasad is the 'Smart player of the Match' and the Man of the Match. "It was a great match because we came as underdogs," he says. "I am really happy with the way we played. I tried to bowl in good areas. We had a plan before this game and I executed it very well. "

"The session from lunch to tea really dented as on the first day," says Misbah. "We lost all our best batsmen during that period. That was I think the main difference in the Test match. It's really big worry for us that we put up really big scores in the first Test but in the second Test we were dismissed from 70 for 2 to 138. We really need to play the first innings well. Azhar Ali is improving every game, and Yasir Shah, nine matches, 50 wickets, and he is making a difference too. The injury to Wahab Riaz is a big blow."

DanielAlexander: "This is Sri Lanka's 50th Test win at home, Congratulations "

Pranay: "@Fullo: Any guesses for MOM. My bet is on Prasad." --- Mausi, definitely Prasad for me. It was set up by him.

12.13 pm Sri Lanka break the P Sara jinx. This is their first win here after three straight losses and it was important after they had lost the first Test of the series. In the end, that first day still proved to be the difference in the match. Pakistan had won the toss but were bowled out for just 138, failing against the spin of Tharindu Kaushal. Sri Lanka took a handy lead and Azhar Ali responded with a solid century but Pakistan were just not able to put enough pressure with that target of 153. The star of the second innings for Sri Lanka was easily Dhammika Prasad, who consistently tested the batsmen in conditions that did not offer much. Rain washed out an entire session on the fourth day and threatened to play a part on the final day, but luckily for Sri Lanka, there wasn't an interruption once the play started.

Sangakkara, playing his last Test against Pakistan, walks out from the dressing room and he is greeted by the Pakistani team.

Allu Arjun: "I am confused...How is Sangakkara playing his last test match in Sri Lanka when there is still one more test match left in this series?" --- He is opting out of the last Test, Allu.

Mark: "Sri Lanka have chased this down so comfortably that you would think that even 100 more would not have fazed them as a time/runs equation. A utterly dominant win."

Roshan: "So SL lose where they are known for winning, and win where they are known to lose. Anyways, congrats to SL. they won cause they did better!"

Damian: "Good to see this test win was achieved by the Sri Lankan youngsters without contribution from great Sanga!!!1 who says SL cricket is over when Mahela,Sanga and Dili goes????? the same wa said when Sanath, Murali and Vass left!!! SL will go on!!! "

26.3
4
Yasir Shah to Thirimanne, FOUR runs

he squeezes that one down through backward point. The ball keeps on rolling, rolling.. reaches the boundary and that is win for Sri Lanka

26.2
Yasir Shah to Thirimanne, no run

comes forward and pushes it to cover

26.1
Yasir Shah to Thirimanne, no run

flatter and shorter, the batsman defends it from the back foot

end of over 264 runs
SL: 149/3CRR: 5.73 
Angelo Mathews43 (57)
Lahiru Thirimanne16 (18)
Mohammad Hafeez 4-0-20-0
Yasir Shah 10-0-51-2
25.6
Hafeez to Angelo Mathews, no run

he is not going for the glory hit, defends it down the pitch

25.5
2
Hafeez to Angelo Mathews, 2 runs

tickles this fine on the leg side, past the diving leg-slip fielder for a couple more

25.4
Hafeez to Angelo Mathews, no run

goes for the reverse sweep but hits it straight to the man at point

25.3
Hafeez to Angelo Mathews, no run

comes forward and defends the tossed up delivery to the leg side

Can they finish it in one hit?

25.2
1
Hafeez to Thirimanne, 1 run

comes forward and dabs this one to backward point for an easy single

25.1
1
Hafeez to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

tossed up from round the wicket, nudges away to short fine leg for an easy single

end of over 256 runs
SL: 145/3CRR: 5.80 
Angelo Mathews40 (52)
Lahiru Thirimanne15 (17)
Yasir Shah 10-0-51-2
Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-16-0
24.6
1
Yasir Shah to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

tossed up delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to mid-off

24.5
Yasir Shah to Angelo Mathews, no run

looks to punch it off the back foot but gets a bottom edge to the slip fielder

24.4
Yasir Shah to Angelo Mathews, no run

outside edge but this falls short of Younis. 100 more runs and this chase would have been so much more interesting

24.3
4
Yasir Shah to Angelo Mathews, FOUR runs

he comes forward and smashes this tossed up delivery down to long on, easily done. There was spin on that but he picked it up beautifully

24.2
Yasir Shah to Angelo Mathews, no run

leans into this defensive shot, pushed back to the bowler

24.1
1
Yasir Shah to Thirimanne, 1 run

tucks this one down to short fine leg, playing that with the turn

end of over 247 runs
SL: 139/3CRR: 5.79 
Lahiru Thirimanne14 (16)
Angelo Mathews35 (47)
Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-16-0
Yasir Shah 9-0-45-2
23.6
1
Hafeez to Thirimanne, 1 run

now gets some turn and draws the outside edge. Thirimanne was playing it off the back foot and the edge takes it past first slip

23.5
Hafeez to Thirimanne, no run

wafts at this wider delivery only to be beaten. No spin on that one

Goes round the wicket

23.4
1
Hafeez to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

plays it with turn to deep square leg for an easy single

23.3
Hafeez to Angelo Mathews, no run

full and flighted on the stumps, the batsman defends it to the leg side

Goes over the wicket to Angelo

23.2
1
Hafeez to Thirimanne, 1 run

some spin away from the batsman, this is slow turn though and it's pushed easily to cover

Best performances - batters
Azhar Ali portrait
Azhar Ali PAK
117 runs (308)
6 fours
0 six
Control87%
Productive shot
flick
33 runs
0 four
0 six
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Kaushal Silva portrait
JK Silva SL
80 runs (218)
10 fours
0 six
Control87%
Productive shot
pull
17 runs
2 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Yasir Shah portrait
Yasir Shah PAK
O
41.3
M
5
R
96
W
6
ECO
2.31
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
3W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W1W
Tharindu Kaushal
PHT Kaushal SL
O
10.5
M
0
R
42
W
5
ECO
3.87
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
3W
Match details
P Sara Oval, Colombo
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan tour of Sri Lanka
Season2015
Player Of The Match
Dhammika Prasad
Dhammika Prasad
Series result3-match series level 1-1
Match numberTest no. 2168
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days25,26,27,28,29 June 2015 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Dushmantha Chameera
Dushmantha Chameera
Umpires
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Richard Illingworth
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Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
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Paul Reiffel
Reserve Umpire
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Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match Referee
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Chris Broad