full on the off stump, driven to Kaneria who's standing at silly mid-off
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?
good length outside off, defended solidly to mid-off
swinging into the right hander, landed on a good length outside off, driven through the line wide of mid-off for a single
full outside off, pushed firmly through the vacant cover region for a boundary, the fielders are up
short and wide, swings away after pitching, oversteps
good length on middle and off, tries to defend off the back foot, gets a thick outside edge towards point
bouncer on leg stump, ducks under it well
Gul bowling round the wicket now, there's a leg slip in place
googly bowled full outside off, driven firmly to mid-off
tries to defend it to short leg, the ball spins away and produces a thick edge well wide of slip
flighted on middle, defended on the pitch, looking pretty solid here
flighted outside off, driven off the front foot to mid-off
good length on middle, dropped short of the close-in fielder on the leg side
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
short of a good length outside off, pushed to cover off the back foot
good length outside off and reversing into the batsman, gets a stride forward and blocks it to cover
short of a good length outside off, guided off the back foot to point
fishes for it and is beaten, probing line outside off, moves away just a touch to just about miss the outside edge
short of a good length outside off, pushed firmly wide of Kaneria at mid-off for three runs
short on middle and leg, a bouncer, lets it go
failed to pick the googly, tossed up outside off, lands full, goes for the drive, ends up getting an inside edge
|National Stadium, Karachi|
|Toss||Sri Lanka, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||2-match series level 0-0|
|Match number||Test no. 1909|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00|
|Match days||21,22,23,24,25 February 2009 - day (5-day match)|
The misery of Misbah's funkless grind
Finn fights a losing battle with his demons
Aslam hints at an end to Pakistan's most permanent problem
Pakistan seize the home-from-home comforts
|NT Paranavitana||run out||9||19|
|TT Samaraweera||not out||24||30|
|HAPW Jayawardene||not out||7||29|
|Total||144(5 wkts; 31 ovs)|