3rd Test, Sharjah, November 03 - 07, 2011, Sri Lanka tour of United Arab Emirates
413 & 181/6d
(T:255) 340 & 87/4

Match drawn

Sri Lanka 1st Innings
Pakistan 1st Innings
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings
Pakistan 2nd Innings
Match Flow
Sri Lanka 1st Innings 
c Younis Khan b Umar Gul4541080.00
c Younis Khan b Saeed Ajmal9216825712154.76
c Younis Khan b Saeed Ajmal14434448713241.86
lbw b Junaid Khan391081452036.11
c †Adnan Akmal b Abdur Rehman1770771024.28
c Azhar Ali b Saeed Ajmal391241712031.45
lbw b Saeed Ajmal1528442053.57
lbw b Umar Gul1660016.66
c †Adnan Akmal b Junaid Khan1736563047.22
not out 3435524197.14
b Umar Gul031000.00
Extras(lb 5, nb 6)11
TOTAL153.3 Ov (RR: 2.69)413
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Tharanga Paranavitana, 0.5 ov), 2-177 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 60.1 ov), 3-261 (Mahela Jayawardene, 93.5 ov), 4-300 (Angelo Mathews, 113.2 ov), 5-304 (Kumar Sangakkara, 116.5 ov), 6-330 (Kosala Kulasekara, 128.3 ov), 7-331 (Suraj Randiv, 129.4 ov), 8-359 (Dhammika Prasad, 141.5 ov), 9-413 (Kaushal Silva, 152.6 ov), 10-413 (Chanaka Welegedara, 153.3 ov)
0.5 to NT Paranavitana, the drop makes no difference, Gul charges in next ball and bowls a brute of an away going delivery, pitches leg and rears up as it swerves across a squared-up Para, outside edge goes screaming high to Younis Khan at second slip, he holds on to the missile, top-class stuff from Gul, truly top-class. 4/1
129.4 to S Randiv, another one goes! Gul gets the reverse swing going, hurls it full outside off, it starts moving in sharply, Randiv is moving across and has no chance of getting leg out of the way as the ball crashes low into the pad just beside the bat, looked like taking leg. 331/7
153.3 to UWMBCA Welegedara, Gul strikes on the third attempt, going full at the stumps all the time, Welegedara backs away once again, no clue what he was hoping to achieve, the ball swerves in late and disturbs off stump. 413/10
93.5 to DPMD Jayawardene, Simon Taufel has given Mahela out leg-before, that looked high in real time, Mahela was hit on the right thigh pad as he missed the pull to a short one that was coming in from round the wicket, the ball was still rising as it struck the pad right on the crease, that looked like going over. 261/3
141.5 to KTGD Prasad, another wicket in the last over of a session, Junaid bowls it outside off on a length, and it moves away now, Prasad is in the mood to have a push at it and gets a faint edge on its way to Adnan, they check whether it is a no-ball, tight call, but Junaid has just a bit of boot behind the landing crease. 359/8
60.1 to TM Dilshan, gone! Ajmal gets the breakthrough, and roars, he has got the doosra working from round the stumps all along, and beaten Dilshan's outside edge, this time he finds it as Dilshan pushes with a slightly open face, the edge carries very low to Younis Khan at first slip who takes it neatly. 177/2
116.5 to KC Sangakkara, oh dear, Sanga has fallen to the pull, he has been undone by the bounce on this short ball, he had seen the length early and rocked back for the pull, but it gripped, spun, and bounced awkwardly away from him, and he skied it straight up off the toe end of the bat for Younis to settle under it at slip, Sanga cannot believe what has happened, he swore as soon as he saw it flying straight up. 304/5
128.3 to CKB Kulasekara, even umpire Tarapore has no problems with this one, he sends Kosala back as he is rapped on the pads deep in the crease with a big offbreak, he had almost started to walk away, it was that plumb, spun in a long way, he brought his bat down well outside the line and it was too late. 330/6
152.6 to JK Silva, Silva is gone this time, to the sweep, it is the doosra that takes the top edge and goes towards square leg, Azhar runs to his left from short fine leg and takes a superb sliding catch, he hasn't done anything wrong on the field today. 413/9
113.2 to AD Mathews, Angelo was possibly playing for lunch, cannot justify his crawl otherwise, but he has edged this one to Adnan in the last over before lunch, some spin and bounce for Rehman as he flights it on a length close to off, Angelo wasn't exactly fully forward, the ball took the outside edge and Adnan snapped it up. 300/4
Pakistan 1st Innings 
c Jayawardene b Welegedara619240031.57
st †Silva b Herath1940642047.50
b Kulasekara531641956032.31
b Welegedara12221128812257.81
c Dilshan b Randiv892613337134.09
c †Silva b Welegedara1639571041.02
lbw b Herath719231036.84
c Paranavitana b Welegedara313110023.07
c Mathews b Herath522240022.72
not out 1239901030.76
b Welegedara0611000.00
Extras(lb 2, nb 3, w 3)8
TOTAL138.2 Ov (RR: 2.45)340
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Mohammad Hafeez, 4.4 ov), 2-35 (Taufeeq Umar, 14.4 ov), 3-133 (Azhar Ali, 57.1 ov), 4-233 (Younis Khan, 90.1 ov), 5-258 (Asad Shafiq, 100.6 ov), 6-277 (Adnan Akmal, 107.3 ov), 7-282 (Abdur Rehman, 110.6 ov), 8-289 (Umar Gul, 117.4 ov), 9-336 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 135.2 ov), 10-340 (Junaid Khan, 138.2 ov)
4.4 to Mohammad Hafeez, another blinder, and this is off the bat, Hafeez has to go, he pushed away from the body to a fuller length delivery going across, thick edge was flying to the third man boundary before Mahela got in the way with a big dive to his right at third slip to pouch it with both hands, he is engulfed by his team-mates, outstanding catching. 8/1
90.1 to Younis Khan, He's done the trick with the new ball! Similar delivery to the one that knocked off Azhar Ali, just a different bowler with a different bowling hand, landed around the off stump, nipped back in sharply and Younis was caught on the crease and played late on that one, tried to defend him off the back foot but was beaten through the gate and the stumps were knocked back!. 233/4
100.6 to Asad Shafiq, Welegedera's struck again with the new ball, Shafiq was drawn forward once again with a lovely, tempting slower delivery that landed on a length and then cut away, got a thin edge as he reached forward to defend and the keeper made no mistake. 258/5
110.6 to Abdur Rehman, Welegedera has broken through in the first over, angled in towards middle and just nipped away, Rehman was squared up and tried to fend it into the off side, got a thick edge to second slip where Jayawardene, moving to his right, dropped it but it landed in Paranavitana's lap at first slip and he ensured there was no more fumbling, an ideal start for Sri Lanka, this. 282/7
138.2 to Junaid Khan, Let's see if that happens now, Welegedara has taken his fifth wicket! His first five-for in Tests, came round the wicket for this one, angled in and then got it to nip away a hint, Junaid tried to close the face on that one, missed and was cleaned up. Welegedera is ecstatic, he's worked hard, bowled an especially long spell today. 340/10
57.1 to Azhar Ali, Kulasekara gets his first Test wicket, bowled'im! Just short of a good length and it nipped back in sharply, landed on the off and zipped in further after reversing, Azhar Ali tried to play that off the back foot, trying to turn it into the leg side, couldn't quite handle the movement and his middle stump was pegged back, Kulasekara opens his Test account. 133/3
14.4 to Taufeeq Umar, Sri Lanka have another one, Silva whipped off the bails and immediately started celebrating, Taufeeq was drawn forward with the flight again, this one went straight past the push and Silva had the bails off with Taufeeq's back foot on the line. 35/2
107.3 to Adnan Akmal, Sri Lanka have edged ahead, that one went on straight, the previous one turned sharply, this one forced Adnan to play for the turn but it held its line, struck plumb in front of leg stump, the umpire had no doubts. 277/6
117.4 to Umar Gul, he was testing Gul's patience and tempted him with a flighted lolly and predictably, the tailender was enticed, tried to clear mid-off but didn't time it well at all and Angelo Mathews judged it to perfection. 289/8
135.2 to Misbah-ul-Haq, Sri Lanka get rid of Misbah, finally! Went for the slog-sweep, was aiming at midwicket, but got a top edge, it appeared to hold its line that ball, Dilshan was at backward short leg and he judged it well, diving to his left and holding it close to chest to ensure it didn't pop out. 336/9
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings 
not out 761682595145.23
c Mohammad Hafeez b Umar Gul43310133.33
c Asad Shafiq b Mohammad Hafeez51911222256.04
lbw b Umar Gul2030602066.66
lbw b Saeed Ajmal1327352048.14
lbw b Saeed Ajmal042000.00
b Saeed Ajmal722170031.81
not out 1540020.00
Extras(lb 6, nb 2, w 1)9
TOTAL58 Ov (RR: 3.12, 259 Mins)181/6d
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 0.5 ov), 2-80 (Kumar Sangakkara, 29.6 ov), 3-127 (Mahela Jayawardene, 42.1 ov), 4-155 (Angelo Mathews, 50.1 ov), 5-155 (Kaushal Silva, 50.5 ov), 6-178 (Kosala Kulasekara, 56.3 ov)
0.5 to TM Dilshan, Gul has struck in the first over yet again, he gets the big wicket of Dilshan, short of length ball that holds it line just outside off, hangs his bat outside off, nicks it to Hafeez at third slip. 5/1
42.1 to DPMD Jayawardene, trapped in front, Mahela goes, nipped back in sharply from a good length outside off, shuffled across to play it into the leg side, struck on the back pad in front of middle and leg, looked out to me and to Simon Taufel. 127/3
29.6 to KC Sangakkara, Sanga goes! There are three fielders inside the circle on the off side, that was pitched slightly short outside off and it turned away slightly, Sanga went for the cut, he plays that shot well, but could not keep it down, played it straight into the hands of point. 80/2
50.1 to AD Mathews, Taufel's given him, looped in towards off stump, turned in just a hint and struck Angelo in line with middle and off as he tried to close the face on it, struck him in line and the umpire had no doubts about that one. 155/4
50.5 to JK Silva, Ajmal strikes, Kaushal Silva has no answers against him, this one was the conventional offspinner, landed on middle and off and turned in to strike him in front of middle and leg as he tried to play forward, the bat was nowhere near the ball as he tried to defend, that's how flummoxed he was. 155/5
56.3 to CKB Kulasekara, Kosala is gone, he was at least trying to make something happen there. Doosra from round the stumps, lands short on middle and drifts along. He backed away and looked to cut it, but ended up bottom edging it onto the stumps.. 178/6
Pakistan 2nd Innings (T: 255 runs)
run out (sub [HDRL Thirimanne])1320202065.00
c Sangakkara b Randiv391211444032.23
lbw b Herath725271028.00
c sub (HDRL Thirimanne) b Welegedara1135420031.42
not out 986971010.46
not out 755490012.72
Extras(lb 1)1
TOTAL57 Ov (RR: 1.52)87/4
Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Mohammad Hafeez, 4.6 ov), 2-30 (Azhar Ali, 13.2 ov), 3-57 (Younis Khan, 26.5 ov), 4-77 (Taufeeq Umar, 41.1 ov)
26.5 to Younis Khan, how did that happen?! Younis has conjured up a dismissal out of nowhere. It is a mundane length ball landing on middle and leg and holdings its line. Younis just played the check-drive early and ended up scooping it straight to mid-on.. 57/3
13.2 to Azhar Ali, Is that lbw? Is that caught? One way or the other, it is out. Stunning ball from Herath, and Sri Lanka are on the job now. Some needless defensiveness from Pak has contributed to the pressure, and this wicket. SL could place as many fielders as they wanted in catching positions and attack. This one from Herath curved in from round the stumps, landed on leg and turned away sharply. Azhar was well back on the crease, looking to turn it square, but missed. The ball kissed the right pad in front of off, en route Mahela's hands at slip. He appealed for the catch first, and then pointed to the batsman to show he was appealing for the lbw too, as did all his team-mates. The umpire agreed.. 30/2
41.1 to Taufeeq Umar, oh well, don't expect a boring finish when Pakistan are involved. Taufeeq has given Randiv an Eid gift, and it happens to be his wicket. Short ball landed well outside off and turning away, it was so wide of Randiv that there was no way he could have been in control of the cut. And that's exactly what happened. He lobs it gently to the right of point, lovely bit of catching practice.. 77/4
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Thu, 03 Nov - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 245/2 (Kumar Sangakkara 112*, Mahela Jayawardene 32*, 86 ov)
Fri, 04 Nov - day 2 - Pakistan 1st innings 35/2 (Azhar Ali 10*, Younis Khan 0*, 20 ov)
Sat, 05 Nov - day 3 - Pakistan 1st innings 282/6 (Misbah-ul-Haq 50*, Abdur Rehman 3*, 110 ov)
Sun, 06 Nov - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 164/5 (Tharanga Paranavitana 66*, Kosala Kulasekara 4*, 53.4 ov)
Mon, 07 Nov - day 5 - Pakistan 2nd innings 87/4 (57 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  • Rain: Sri Lanka - 164/5 in 53.4 overs (NT Paranavitana 66, CKB Kulasekara 4)
  • Wet Ground: Sri Lanka - 164/5 in 53.4 overs (NT Paranavitana 66, CKB Kulasekara 4)
  • Innings Break: Sri Lanka - 181/6 in 58.0 overs (NT Paranavitana 76, HMRKB Herath 1)
  • Pakistan 2nd innings
  • Drinks: Pakistan - 30/2 in 13.2 overs (Taufeeq Umar 10)
  • Pakistan: 50 runs in 24.5 overs (149 balls), Extras 0
  • Tea: Pakistan - 61/3 in 29.0 overs (Taufeeq Umar 26, Misbah-ul-Haq 4)
  • Drinks: Pakistan - 83/4 in 51.0 overs (Misbah-ul-Haq 9, Asad Shafiq 3)
  • Bad Light: Pakistan - 87/4 in 57.0 overs (Misbah-ul-Haq 9, Asad Shafiq 7)
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultPakistan won the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2014
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days3,4,5,6,7 November 2011 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee