1st Test, Karachi, Feb 21 - 25 2009, Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan
644/7d & 144/5
Match drawn
Player Of The Match
• The Bulletin by Sriram Veera

Match drawn after late drama

In the end the pitch won. Pakistan created late excitement by knocking out five top-order wickets but they didn't have enough time to pull off the minor miracle

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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka644/7(155.2 overs)1st INNINGS
Pakistan765/6(248.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Sri Lanka144/5(31 overs)2nd INNINGS
end of over 316 runs
SL: 144/5CRR: 4.64 
Prasanna Jayawardene7 (29)
Thilan Samaraweera24 (30)
Umar Gul 9-1-41-2
Danish Kaneria 9-1-35-2

Ok folks, the captains have decided to end the game, realising there's no result possible from here on. Handshakes all around and Pakistan will emerge as the team with the upper hand after this draw. Plenty of runs scored in the first innings, lots of landmarks reached and a number of records broken, but kudos to the Pakistan bowlers to make things interesting on the fifth day, after a rather drab effort in the first innings. The fact that they managed to overhaul a mammoth Sri Lankan score and put them under pressure on the last day means Pakistan go into the next Test with more confidence, and the momentum. A satisfactory finish, though it didn't seem like it initially, to their first Test outing in almost 14 months. We'll get back to you in a bit with all the presentation details.

Lots of sponsor awards being given out at the start, for players hitting the most boundaries etc. Will get you the more important stuff soon.

Younis Khan has been named the Man of the Match for his triple.

Mahela: "Being the away captain, you always want to compete well. We dominated this game for the first couple of days, but were disappointed with the way we batted in the last couple of hours. Overall, though, a satisfying effort with the bat. As for the partnership with Samaraweera, we took it session by session and it felt very similar to the big stand I shared with Sangakkara against South Africa. The bowlers do complain about pitches like these, and rightly so, otherwise they'll be an endangered species if we continue to play on tracks like these."

Younis: "We were under pressure at the end of the second day, but an innings like that always lifts the team and hopefully we'll come up with a similar performance with the bat in Lahore. We were just hoping for three wickets in the second innings but ended up getting more. I thought we bowled well, especially Gul and Kaneria and we're very happy about having met our targets."

So that's all folks. It's been fun bringing you this Test, as it always is and thanks a lot for your feedback. Don't forget to to join us for the second Test in Lahore starting on March 1. Until then, on behalf of everyone at Cricinfo, it's goodbye from Siddhartha Talya on the commentary and Balaji from the scoring desk. Adios!

Zaki: "why you people are so excited...dont panic, nothing going to happen in this test - its a draw anyways". Well, did we ever think we'd reach here, after what happened on the first four days?

Umar Gul to HAPW, no run

full on the off stump, driven to Kaneria who's standing at silly mid-off

Umar Gul to HAPW, no run

good length outside off, defended solidly to mid-off

Umar Gul to Thilan Samaraweera, 1 run

swinging into the right hander, landed on a good length outside off, driven through the line wide of mid-off for a single

Umar Gul to Thilan Samaraweera, FOUR runs

full outside off, pushed firmly through the vacant cover region for a boundary, the fielders are up

Umar Gul to Thilan Samaraweera, (no ball)

short and wide, swings away after pitching, oversteps

Umar Gul to Thilan Samaraweera, no run

good length on middle and off, tries to defend off the back foot, gets a thick outside edge towards point

Umar Gul to Thilan Samaraweera, no run

bouncer on leg stump, ducks under it well

Gul bowling round the wicket now, there's a leg slip in place

end of over 301 run
SL: 138/5CRR: 4.60 
Prasanna Jayawardene7 (27)
Thilan Samaraweera19 (25)
Danish Kaneria 9-1-35-2
Umar Gul 8-1-35-2
Danish Kaneria to HAPW, no run

googly bowled full outside off, driven firmly to mid-off

Danish Kaneria to HAPW, no run

tries to defend it to short leg, the ball spins away and produces a thick edge well wide of slip

Danish Kaneria to HAPW, no run

flighted on middle, defended on the pitch, looking pretty solid here

Danish Kaneria to HAPW, no run

flighted outside off, driven off the front foot to mid-off

Danish Kaneria to HAPW, no run

good length on middle, dropped short of the close-in fielder on the leg side

Danish Kaneria to Thilan Samaraweera, 1 run

short of a good length outside off, pushed away wide of point

Rohit: "Hey.. what's the rule of extending play on the 5th day if a result is in sight, and the stipulated number of overs have been bowled?"

The extra half-hour can only be taken till the fourth day, not the fifth

end of over 293 runs
SL: 137/5CRR: 4.72 
Prasanna Jayawardene7 (22)
Thilan Samaraweera18 (24)
Umar Gul 8-1-35-2
Danish Kaneria 8-1-34-2
Umar Gul to HAPW, no run

short of a good length outside off, pushed to cover off the back foot

Umar Gul to HAPW, no run

good length outside off and reversing into the batsman, gets a stride forward and blocks it to cover

Umar Gul to HAPW, no run

short of a good length outside off, guided off the back foot to point

Umar Gul to HAPW, no run

fishes for it and is beaten, probing line outside off, moves away just a touch to just about miss the outside edge

Umar Gul to Thilan Samaraweera, 3 runs

short of a good length outside off, pushed firmly wide of Kaneria at mid-off for three runs

Umar Gul to Thilan Samaraweera, no run

short on middle and leg, a bouncer, lets it go

end of over 281 run
SL: 134/5CRR: 4.78 
Prasanna Jayawardene7 (18)
Thilan Samaraweera15 (22)
Danish Kaneria 8-1-34-2
Umar Gul 7-1-32-2
Danish Kaneria to HAPW, no run

failed to pick the googly, tossed up outside off, lands full, goes for the drive, ends up getting an inside edge

Best performances - batters
Younis Khan portrait
Younis Khan PAK
313 runs (568)
27 fours
4 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
72 runs
1 four
0 six
Mahela Jayawardene portrait
DPMD Jayawardene SL
240 runs (424)
32 fours
0 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
67 runs
12 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Danish Kaneria, portrait, Decemeber 2004
Danish Kaneria PAK
Dilhara Fernando portrait
CRD Fernando SL
Match details
National Stadium, Karachi
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of Pakistan
Player Of The Match
Younis Khan
Younis Khan
Series result2-match series level 0-0
Match numberTest no. 1909
Hours of play (local time)10.00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days21,22,23,24,25 February 2009 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Khurram Manzoor
Khurram Manzoor
Sohail Khan
Sohail Khan
Tharanga Paranavitana
Tharanga Paranavitana
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Simon Taufel
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Steve Davis
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Zameer Haider
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Akram Raza
Match Referee
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Chris Broad
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