there it is, a neat clip off the pads sends the ball past the diving midwicket fielder and gives Sri Lanka their victory.
3.10 pm Like our headline says, it's been a clinical performance and Sri Lanka go to Sharjah knowing they cannot lose this series. That's all we have for you here, folks. Do stick around though. Andrew Fernando and Umar Farooq will have a few things to say about this match. For now though, this is Alagappan Muthu, signing off, on behalf of scorer S Balasubramanian
"That's the beauty of Test cricket, we have to keep fighting despite the situation. The bowlers did really well and the batsmen came to the party to set up this win," says Angelo Mathews. "The younger guys have performed exceptionally well and Mahela showed his class as well. I'm very happy for him. [On how he has grown as a player since the Abu Dhabi Test] I'm still learning, day by day with the help of the seniors and the team-mates. It's wonderful to have them and perform day in day out. It was a collective effort, I thought the seamers were brilliant and Herath did a good holding job so it was a very good effort"
"Yes, there was a lot of seam movement on the first day and the Sri Lankans were very disciplined with both bat and ball and that's why they won," says Misbah-ul-Haq. "Kaushal Silva was very good and disciplined. He played the seamers very well, left balls outside off and he did very well against Saeed Ajmal as well. They've been playing him for a long time now and the pitch wasn't giving too much help. Both spinners struggled. We need a bit of time, the youngsters need to learn to do their basics right especially in Tests and try and wait for the bad ball and that's what they did better. The lower order did really well, Sarfraz and Bhatti's innings was very crucial. The pitch was flat and we should have scored more than 400 in the second innings"
3.00 pm The Man of the Match is Mahela Jayawardene. "Had a bad thing, had an operation there so hoped nothing serious had happened. Obviously the hand dictated the way I batted and the match situation as well, but the bowlers did really well to limit the Pakistan batting. Had to make sure I adjusted and I bated through the innings. Once you bat through there was runs for the taking and runs on the board is crucial in the first innings. Hats off to Kaushal Silva as well, he played really well. It's good to play with this bunch of boys and we have one more Test to go so hope we do well in Sharjah as well"
2.45 pm Angelo Mathews would be a very proud man. He has found a solid opening pair. He's also got control of a useful pace battery and they are owed a lot of credit for this victory, along with Mahela Jayawardene's battling century. Pakistan fought hard, but they started a little late. Usually their bowling bails them out of tough situations, but it wasn't quite the case this time. Saeed Ajmal's impact was almost negated and it was apparent today as well with Kaushal Silva chipping down the track or going deep in his crease to pick away confident boundaries. That's been a telling factor all series and Sri Lanka have now gone 1-0 up, with one more match left. Do stay turned for the presentation.
Uwaisul Karnain: "This win is some thing special for SL as their bowling line up was dominated by 3 young fast bowlers who shared 15 wickets among them!"
Shaharyar: "Abdur Rehman might have done something for Pakistan .! He should play in 3rd Test!"
short ball outside off stump, Sanga moves onto his back foot and pulls it over midwicket for a comfortable boundary
The session has been extended by 15 minutes because Sri Lanka need only 5 runs to win
back of a length outside off and Karunaratne looked to punch it through the off side, but gets a bit of an inside edge and the ball goes back down the pitch
gets on the front foot and pushes the length ball to the covers
slashes it away off the back foot as this had a bit of room outside off
good length ball outside off stump, pushed towards the covers
big appeal for leg before and Misbah wants to have another look at this. It nipped back from a good length and strikes Sanga above the top flap of the bad. Touch too high to hit the stumps and HawkEye confirms
yorker on off stump, Rahat's lengths and line are quite good here. Kind of like what you'd bowl in the death overs of an ODI
flatter ball pushed too far down the leg side and it beats everything, Sanga's pull, the keeper's gloves and even the leg slip fielder to go for a bye
flighted on middle as he steps forward to defend
gets to the pitch as he moves forward and finds mid-off, who fumbles and they pick up a single
tosses it up outside off stump and he drives fluently
goes around again
goes for the sweep as Ajmal switches back over the wicket. Nicely played, but he hasn't placed it well enough.
flighted just outside off stump as he gets forward and drives to mid-off
nice and full again as Karunaratne drives down the ground
fullish on off stump as he drives down to mid-off
this time he darts the ball in at him, keeps to the full length though as Karunaratne drives down the pitch
oh, falls short of the first slip. Genuine edge from Karunaratne but to no avail. It had straighted off the deck and he was pushing at it away from the body. Little scare there for the batsman
he's got this ball to move a touch and this time it's enough to beat the outside edge. Karunaratne goes for a full-blooded cover drive, but the full length ball beats him
full on off stump and he was looking to drive through the off side but only manages an inside edge
Sri Lanka need 9 to win now
|Dubai International Cricket Stadium|
|Toss||Sri Lanka, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Sri Lanka led the 3-match series 1-0|
|Match number||Test no. 2114|
|Hours of play (local time)||10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00|
|Match days||8,9,10,11,12 January 2014 - day (5-day match)|