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Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 1st Test Commentary, Live Updates

SL vs PAK, 2022 - Test Live Commentary

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Match Ended   
222&337
218&344/6 (127.2)
Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 4 wickets
That is it from this interesting Test match. Pakistan go 1-0 up but Sri Lanka know they were very close to making an impact. They do have a chance to level the series as these two meet again here in Galle on 24th July at 10 am IST (4.30 am GMT). Do join us for the build up, well in advance. Till then, goodbye and cheers!
Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan says their bowlers did well to put pressure on them. Adds that they were thinking of just creating partnerships and he applauds the tail-enders who built crucial stands with him in the first innings. On being asked whether the Galle wicket surprised him, Babar says that Pakistan were aware that the wicket will offer a lot of spin and the batters were accordingly prepared to graft it out. Applauds Abdullah Shafique for his innings and says, as a youngster, he has a good temperament and is showing a lot of class.
Dimuth Karunaratne, the skipper of Sri Lanka, says they should have put up a big score in the first innings, as he has been stressing for the past few days, especially in Galle. He feels the bowler's bowled well in the first innings but in the second innings, they were not able to support Prabath Jayasuriya from the other end. Adds that Pakistan were batting well and Babar Azam was well supported by the tail. As a bowling unit, they should have bowled much better. On being asked about Jayasuriya probably being in doubt for the next Test given the amount of overs he bowled in this match, Karunaratne shrugs it off, saying that Jayasuriya is experienced enough in first-class cricket, to be used to bowling a lot of overs and adds that he has done really well in Test cricket so far. On being reminded about Sri Lanka's bounceback ability and the next Test being Angelo Mathews' 100th, Dimuth marvels at the fact that it is certainly not easy to play 100 Tests and wows the veteran's contribution and perseverance. Regarding the game, he looks forward to that game to enable his team correcting the mistakes made in this Test and coming back stronger
Abdullah Shafique is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his exceptional match winning innings. He thanks God and says he is happy that he was able to contribute towards achieving the record run chase. Admits that it was difficult out there but by applying himself in this innings, he has gained good experience for the future. Says that when the spinners bowl with a new ball, there is pace for them on offer and they need to just stick around. However, once the ball gets old it gets easier to score runs. Praises Babar Azam by saying he is one of the best batters in the world and there is a lot to learn from him and he is grateful for the opportunity to play alongside him.
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Earlier, Sri Lanka got to a decent total in the first innings thanks to Dinesh Chandimal, who played really well with the tail to get them over 200. Yasir Shah picked two wickets in his comeback Test to start off on a positive note while Shaheen Afridi was the pick of the bowlers grabbing four wickets. Pakistan in reply managed to get really close to Sri Lanka's total, courtesy of their skipper Babar Azam, who seems to be racking up centuries for fun. Prabath Jayasuriya picked up his third consecutive five-fer and was at his best. The game was in the balance up until then. Sri Lanka came out strong in their second outing to set a steep target of 342 runs with the help of half-centuries from Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal. Mohammad Nawaz picked up his first five wicket haul and was ably supported by Yasir Shah who took 3 wickets. Then it was all upto the Pakistan batters to try and achieve the difficult target and they have done so in style.
Sri Lanka will be absolutely disappointed with their bowling effort. They seem to be depending too much on Prabath Jayasuriya to help them achieve victory and despite his 9-wicket haul in this game, he ends up on the losing side. There was hardly any support from the other bowlers and the fielders seemed to be adding to their woes. Two dropped catches of Abdullah Shafique may have come late in his innings but his wicket would have definitely sent some ripples in the Pakistan camp. If they have to consistently challenge at the highest level, they need to improve their fielding, catching, and wicket-keeping. They will look to pick themselves up from this defeat and make a strong comeback in the series.
Pakistan have been outstanding in this run chase. Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique got them off to an amazing start adding 87 runs for the opening stand. They laid the platform for Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan to play useful cameos and make the target achievable. All the credit for this victory should be extended to the young Abdullah Shafique who played all through Pakistan’s second innings to get them beyond the finish line. He faced 408 deliveries on a difficult track to reach 160 runs. In just his sixth Test match he is proving to be mature and composed well beyond his age, and Pakistan seem to have a large pool of talent at their disposal. If he continues to play the way he has so far, we could witness the making of an outstanding cricketer.
Pakistan began the session looking to knock off the runs quickly and Hasan Ali perished early in that attempt. Mohammad Nawaz came to support Abdullah Shafique and together they kept chipping away at the target. Shafique offered a way back for Sri Lanka when he top edged a slog sweep towards deep square leg, but Kasun Rajitha made a complete mess of the catch. If that had been taken, Pakistan may have had a pretty nervy chase towards the end but that was not the case. In the end, they got there with 4 wickets to spare and made this record chase seem pretty easy.
What a game we have had here! The intriguing battle between bat and ball has ensued for five days and Pakistan have come up trumps to take a 1-0 lead in this 2-match Test series. Sri Lanka will be really disappointed as they seemed to be ahead for most of the game but in the end, found themselves on the wrong side of the result.
End Of The Over 127.2 : 344/6
4 Runs
  • 0127.1
  • 4127.2
A. Shafique
160 (408)
M. Nawaz
19 (34)
P. Jayasuriya
56.2-10-135-4
127.2
4
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
FOUR! Abdullah Shafique hits the winning runs! A brilliant match winning knock from the young man! Shorter and outside off. Abdullah Shafique gets on the back foot and slaps it to covers for a boundary. Pakistan win by 4 wickets and go 1-0 up in the series.
127.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Tossed up on off, spinning away. Abdullah Shafique looks to sweep but misses.
End Of The Over 127 : 340/6
6 Runs
  • 1126.1
  • 1126.2
  • 0126.3
  • 0126.4
  • 4126.5
  • 0126.6
M. Nawaz
19 (34)
A. Shafique
156 (406)
M. Theekshana
14-2-44-0
126.6
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Mohammad Nawaz
Shorter and down the leg side, spinning into the batter. Nawaz tries to finish off the match with a big wild sweep but misses.
126.5
4
Maheesh Theekshana To Mohammad Nawaz
FOUR! Pakistan are nearly there! Fatter and around leg. Nawaz sweeps it very gently but the outfield helps the ball to race away to the fine leg fence.
126.4
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Mohammad Nawaz
Full once again outside off, Mohammad Nawaz knocks this into the cover region.
126.3
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Mohammad Nawaz
Flighted full outside off, Mohammad Nawaz fends this to the left of the bowler.
126.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Goes full outside off, Abdullah Shafique taps this towards point and takes a run. Just 6 runs are needed now and Sri Lanka giving away some easy singles
126.1
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Mohammad Nawaz
This is a fraction short in line with the stumps, Mohammad Nawaz clips this towards square leg for a single.
Maheesh Theekshana continues having issues with his finger. He has hardly bowled in this innings and how much has that affected Sri Lanka's chances?
End Of The Over 126 : 334/6
3 Runs
  • 1125.1
  • 1125.2
  • 0125.3
  • 0125.4
  • 0125.5
  • 1125.6
M. Nawaz
14 (29)
A. Shafique
155 (405)
P. Jayasuriya
56-10-131-4
125.6
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Nawaz
A single as Nawaz steers this length ball to point.
125.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Nawaz
Tries to angle across a full ball, around off. Nawaz pads it away.
125.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Nawaz
Slower through the air and on middle. Nawaz defends it out.
125.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Nawaz
Fuller and on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
125.2
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Tossed up, full and on middle. Abdullah Shafique looks to defend but outer edges it past first slip and to third man for a single.
125.1
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Nawaz
Pakistan need 10 runs now! On middle, flicked to deep mid-wicket for a single.
End Of The Over 125 : 331/6
3 Runs
  • 1124.1
  • 1124.2
  • 0124.3
  • 1124.4
  • 0124.5
  • 0124.6
A. Shafique
154 (404)
M. Nawaz
12 (24)
de Silva
15-1-33-1
124.6
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Again this is down the leg side. Shafique plays with soft hands and to square leg.
124.5
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Slower, flatter and down the leg side. Shafique flicks it to short leg.
The rain gods made their presence felt and have now departed to allow the game to conclude. The covers are off and the outfield is dried out. We are set to resume with Pakistan requiring just 11 more runs.
Update - 1.55 pm IST (8.25 am GMT) - We have good news! The game is set to resume at 2.30 pm IST (9 am GMT).
Update - 1.43 pm IST (8.13 am GMT) - How big that chance was for Sri Lanka! If Kasun Rajitha had taken the catch of Abdullah Shafique! Sri Lanka would have been confident right now to tackle the tail enders. Pakistan need just 11 runs and the results should be inevitable unless Sri Lanka pull a rabbit out of the hat. On the weather - THE COVERS HAVE BEEN REMOVED! The groundstaff are working hard to make the ground running. Stay tuned.
Update - 1.25 pm IST (7.55 am GMT) - There seems to be slight drizzle. Now it is coming down hard and the players have been asked to leave the field. Are we going to have a twist in the plot? Looks like the rain gods do not want to miss this exciting game! It has been generally sunny around and play should resume anytime. Stay tuned.
124.4
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Nawaz
Flatter and outside off. Nawaz cuts it to deep point for a single.
124.3
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Nawaz
Shorter and down the leg side, gripping in the surface. Nawaz opens his body and tries to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads.
124.2
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Way down the leg side. Shafique helps it past short leg and leg slip for one more.
124.1
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Nawaz
Tossed up, outside off. Nawaz square drives it to point for a single.
End Of The Over 124 : 328/6
3 Runs
  • 0123.1
  • 1123.2
  • 0123.3
  • 1123.4
  • 1123.5
  • 0123.6
A. Shafique
153 (401)
M. Nawaz
10 (21)
P. Jayasuriya
55-10-128-4
123.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Toosed up, down the leg side. Shafique tickles it to backward square leg, straight to the fielder and calls for a single but changes his decision quickly and gets back into the crease.
123.5
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Nawaz
Too full and outside off. Nawaz punches it to covers for a single.
123.4
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Fuller and on middle. Shafique pushes it gently to long off for one more.
123.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
On a length and on middle. Shafique lunges to block it.
123.2
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Nawaz
A loopy ball on middle. Nawaz drills it to long on for a single.
123.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Nawaz
Full and on middle. Nawaz defends on the front foot.
End Of The Over 123 : 325/6
2 Runs
  • 0122.1
  • 0122.2
  • 0122.3
  • 0122.4
  • 1122.5
  • 1122.6
M. Nawaz
8 (18)
A. Shafique
152 (398)
de Silva
14-1-30-1
122.6
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Nawaz
On middle, swept to deep square leg for one.
122.5
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
DROPPED! Has Kasun Rajitha dropped the game? What a chance this is! Abdullah Shafique pre-meditates as he comes down the track and tries to slog this full ball towards deep square leg. There was not much pace on the ball so Abdullah Shafique had to generate the power. It goes really high towards deep square leg where Kasun Rajitha runs forward and has all the time in the world to get into position. Goes right through his hands as he fails to hold on it. Ohh, boy! What a massive chance!
122.4
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Around middle and leg. Kept out.
122.3
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Fuller and down the leg side. Shafique sweeps it but leg slip gets his hand to it.
122.2
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Similar delivery! On the pads. Shafique defends it out.
122.1
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
On the pads, flicked to short leg.
End Of The Over 122 : 323/6
7 Runs
  • 0121.1
  • 1121.2
  • 2121.3
  • 3121.4
  • 0121.5
  • 1121.6
A. Shafique
151 (393)
M. Nawaz
7 (17)
P. Jayasuriya
54-10-125-4
121.6
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Flighted, full and on leg. Shafique bunts it to square leg for a single. 7 runs off the over. Good one for Pakistan! They need 19 more runs for the victory.
121.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Tossed up on middle. Shafique leans and blocks it.
121.4
3
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Nawaz
Three runs! Mohammad Nawaz looking like he wants to get home in a hurry. Prabath Jayasuriya serves this full on the rough, Mohammad Nawaz gets a stride forward to the pitch of the delivery and strokes it through covers for three runs.
Mohammad Nawaz seems to have done some damage to himself while sliding back into the crease. Seems okay now and we are all set to resume.
121.3
2
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Nawaz
Superb fielding! Full and on middle. Nawaz sweeps it hard and to deep square leg. Ramesh Mendis to his right, and dives to make a superb stop and save a couple of runs. Nawaz was struggling for the second but made it. Sri Lanka fighting for every single run.
121.2
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
150 up for Shafique! He raises his bat but he knows this milestone will not matter much without the victory! Shorter and outside off. Shafique slaps it to deep ppoint for a single.
121.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Tossed up, angling across the batter. Blocked out on the front foot.
End Of The Over 121 : 316/6
3 Runs
  • 0120.1
  • 1120.2
  • 1 LB 120.3
  • 0120.4
  • 0120.5
  • 1120.6
A. Shafique
149 (389)
M. Nawaz
2 (15)
de Silva
13-1-28-1
120.6
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Shafique will keep the strike! Pakistan are inching closer! This is full and on the pads, it is swept behind square on the leg side for one. Shafique moves to 149 now.
120.5
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Again on the pads. Shafique plays with soft hands to short leg.
120.4
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Shorter and around leg. Kept out.
120.3
lb
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Nawaz
Leg bye! Angles a full ball on the pads. Nawaz defends the wrong line and gets hit on the pads. It rolls to square leg for a leg bye.
120.2
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Gives more flight to this one and bowls it on the pads, it is flicked to square leg for a single.
120.1
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Darted on the pads, staying low. Shafique dead bats it.
End Of The Over 120 : 313/6
4 Runs
  • 1119.1
  • 0119.2
  • 0119.3
  • 2119.4
  • 0119.5
  • 1119.6
A. Shafique
147 (384)
M. Nawaz
2 (14)
P. Jayasuriya
53-10-118-4
119.6
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
This is full on middle and leg, Abdullah Shafique guides this through point to take a single and retain strike.
119.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
This is full on middle and off, Abdullah Shafique fends this and gets and an outside edge towards point.
119.4
2
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Full delivery on the pads, Abdullah Shafique clips this towards square leg with soft hands and rushes between the wickets for a couple of runs.
119.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Goes full once again and pitches this outside leg, Abdullah Shafique taps this to short mid-wicket.
119.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
This is full and going down leg, Abdullah Shafique looks to flick this and misses.
119.1
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Nawaz
Prabath Jayasuriya goes full and wide outside off, Mohammad Nawaz works this wide of mid off and gets off strike.
End Of The Over 119 : 309/6
4 Runs
  • 2118.1
  • 0118.2
  • 0118.3
  • 0118.4
  • 2118.5
  • 0118.6
A. Shafique
144 (379)
M. Nawaz
1 (13)
de Silva
12-1-26-1
118.6
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Beaten! Dhananjaya de Silva flights this full outside off, Abdullah Shafique looks to play for the spin and gets beaten by the straight delivery.
118.5
2
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Full delivery on the pads, clipped towards mid-wicket for a brace.
118.4
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
This one is full and on middle, Abdullah Shafique goes back in the crease and knocks it back to the bowler.
118.3
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Full and in line with the stumps, Abdullah Shafique fends this to the right of the bowler.
118.2
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Tossed up on middle, solidly defended on the front foot.
118.1
2
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Full and on the pads, Abdullah Shafique gets down the wicket and clips it over mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
End Of The Over 118 : 305/6
0 Runs
  • 0117.1
  • 0117.2
  • 0117.3
  • 0117.4
  • 0117.5
  • 0117.6
M. Nawaz
1 (13)
A. Shafique
140 (373)
P. Jayasuriya
52-10-114-4
117.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Nawaz
Huge appeal from Prabath Jayasuriya! Serves this full outside off, Mohammad Nawaz pushes forward and hits the pad, and goes to short leg. Sri Lanka do not have a review but this goes clearly off the pad.
117.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Nawaz
Prabath Jayasuriya goes full once again and gets the ball to turn into the pads as Mohammad Nawaz looks to defend. Hits the pads and lobs up towards short leg.
117.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Nawaz
This is full outside off, Mohammad Nawaz fends this towards short cover.
117.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Nawaz
Prabath Jayasuriya serves this full outside off, Mohammad Nawaz wants to get his front foot outside off to defend. Gets an inside edge onto his body.
117.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Nawaz
This one is fired full onto the pads, Mohammad Nawaz clips this to mid-wicket.
117.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Nawaz
Sharp turn from the rough. Prabath Jayasuriya pulls his length back a bit outside off, Mohammad Nawaz tries to defend on the front foot. The ball hits his chest.
End Of The Over 117 : 305/6
1 Runs
  • 0116.1
  • 0116.2
  • 0116.3
  • 1116.4
  • 0116.5
  • 0116.6
A. Shafique
140 (373)
M. Nawaz
1 (7)
de Silva
11-1-22-1
116.6
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Dhananjaya de Silva goes full on the pads, Abdullah Shafique clips this to backward square leg.
116.5
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Full delivery pitching outside leg and turning firther away to the leg side. Abdullah Shafique looks to play and then leaves it alone.
116.4
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Nawaz
Serves this one short outside off, Mohammad Nawaz uses the crease and goes back to punch this to deep cover for a single.
116.3
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Nawaz
Dhananjaya de Silva goes full outside off once again, Mohammad Nawaz dabs this down toward silly point.
116.2
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Nawaz
Goes really full outside off, Mohammad Nawaz looks to sweep and plays over the ball. Goes through to the keeper.
116.1
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Nawaz
Dhananjaya de Silva serves this full outside off, Mohammad Nawaz fends this solidly back to the right of the bowler.
End Of The Over 116 : 304/6
0 Runs
  • 0115.1
  • 0115.2
  • 0115.3
  • 0115.4
  • 0115.5
  • 0115.6
A. Shafique
140 (371)
M. Nawaz
0 (3)
P. Jayasuriya
51-9-114-4
115.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Full delivery sliding down leg, Abdullah Shafique looks to sweep and misses.
115.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Turns sharply and beats the outside edge. Prabath Jayasuriya serves this full one leg, Abdullah Shafique goes to fend on the back foot and gets squared up.
115.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Full and in line with the stumps. Defends it to the cover region.
115.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Full delivery on leg, Abdullah Shafique fends this back to the bowler.
115.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Prabath Jayasuriya serves this full outside leg and gets it to pitch on the rough. Turns sharply and hits the back leg. An appeal follows but it is missing off pole clearly.
115.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Prabath Jayasuriya tosses this full and well outside leg. Abdullah Shafique plays the turn and defends well.
End Of The Over 115 : 304/6
5 Runs
  • 4114.1
  • W 114.2
  • 1114.3
  • 0114.4
  • 0114.5
  • 0114.6
M. Nawaz
0 (3)
A. Shafique
140 (365)
de Silva
10-1-21-1
114.6
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Nawaz
Flatter and outside off, stays low. It is hit to covers.
114.5
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Nawaz
Tossed up on off, turning away. Nawaz prods to defend but gets a thick outside edge to point.
114.4
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Nawaz
Flighted, full and on middle. Nawaz blocks it out.
114.3
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
On the pads, tucked to square leg for a single.
Mohammad Nawaz walks out to the middle.
114.2
W
Dhananjaya de Silva To Hasan Ali OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! Another one bites the dust! Sri Lanka are still hanging there! de Silva serves a length ball, around middle and spins down the leg side. Ali hangs on the back foot and gets low to slog-sweep it over deep square leg. The intent was right but not the execution as he fails to get enough distance and Maheesh Theekshana holds onto it. Pakistan need 39 more runs to win. Sri Lanka need 4 wickets.
114.1
4
Dhananjaya de Silva To Hasan Ali
FOUR! Ali will always play aggressive cricket! A loopy ball, around off, turning in. Ali skips down and heaves it, not of the middle but over the mid-wicket fielder and in the gap for a boundary. 300 up for Pakistan.
Dhananjaya de Silva will share the attack from the other end.
End Of The Over 114 : 299/5
2 Runs
  • 1113.1
  • 0113.2
  • W 113.3
  • 0113.4
  • 1113.5
  • 0113.6
A. Shafique
139 (364)
H. Ali
1 (2)
P. Jayasuriya
50-8-114-4
113.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Beauty! Fuller ball from over the wicket and landing on middle, it spins sharply across the batter. Shafique looks to defend but gets a thick outside edge and lands safely away from first slip.
113.5
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Hasan Ali
Tossed up, sliding around off. Ali sweeps it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
113.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Hasan Ali
Shorter and outside off. Ali punches it to cover.
We are all set for what could be the last session of the game. Hasan Ali joins Abdullah Shafique at the middle and will look to give support. Prabath Jayasuriya has the ball in his hand to complete his over.
... Day 5, Session 2 ...
Sri Lanka will be disappointed that they are staring at an unexpected defeat after setting a huge target. Prabath Jayasuriya was the only bowler that showed any sort of control on the wicket and due to the lack of support from the other end, Pakistan were able to score freely. He has picked up 4 wickets in this innings as well and will be looking to run through the Pakistan lower order and achieve victory for his team. Dhananjaya de Silva bowled well towards the end and Sri Lanka seemed to have underutilized him in this match. There was a caught and bowled opportunity for him towards the end of the session where he had an opportunity to dismiss the centurion, Abdullah Shafique. Prabath Jayasuriya was rewarded at the stroke of Lunch with a wicket of Agha Slaman and Sri Lanka may just have a sniff at an opportunity here. Join us back at 12.40 pm IST (7.10 am GMT) for the second session.
The visitors came out with positive intent looking to score from the beginning. They did not allow the Sri Lankan spinners to get settled in or the pressure to build. Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan shared a partnership of 71 runs to take Pakistan to a position of strength. After Rizwan departed on 40, Agha Salman came to the wicket and stuck around for a bit. They were pegged back at the stroke of Lunch as they lost Agha Salman but Pakistan find themselves in a commanding position and will be looking to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Pakistan have stamped their authority on this game in this first session of Day 5. They are now just 44 runs away from what would be a remarkable victory chasing a record total! Abdullah Shafique has played an outstanding innings and is still going strong on 139. With 5 wickets left in the bag this should be stroll for Pakistan hence forth.
113.3
W
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman OUT!
OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Sri Lanka are still in the game! Jayasuriya serves a full ball from over the wicket and makes it to spin away from around off. Salman takes a big stride forward and tries to defend but fails to read the spin and gets an outside edge to the keeper, Niroshan Dickwella who takes it high to his right. Sri Lanka were convinced it was out. An appeal for caught behind and the finger goes up. Agha Salman takes the review. Ultra Edge shows a spike and Sri Lanka strike at the stroke of Lunch!
113.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
Too full and on middle. Salman blocks it out confidently.
113.1
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Change of angle for Jayasuriya as he serves a full ball from over the wicket and down the leg side. Shafique tickles it to deep square leg for a single.
End Of The Over 113 : 297/4
3 Runs
  • 0112.1
  • 0112.2
  • 2112.3
  • 0112.4
  • 0112.5
  • 1112.6
A. Shafique
138 (362)
A. Salman
12 (33)
de Silva
9-1-16-0
112.6
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Too full, flighted and on middle. Shafique whips it through mid-wicket for a single.
112.5
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Around off and middle. Shafique keeps it out.
112.4
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Angling on the pads, tucked to mid-wicket.
112.3
2
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Was that a chance! This is too full and on middle. Shafique pre-meditates as he comes down the track and tries to loft over the bowler but didn't time well. Dhananjaya de Silva leaps and gets his hands to it but fails to stick it. Well, a chance goes begging. Two runs.
112.2
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Slants on middle. Shafique nudges it to mid-wicket.
112.1
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
On the pads, flicked to the left of leg slip, all along the ground.
End Of The Over 112 : 294/4
2 Runs
  • 1111.1
  • 1111.2
  • 0111.3
  • 0111.4
  • 0111.5
  • 0111.6
A. Salman
12 (33)
A. Shafique
135 (356)
P. Jayasuriya
49-8-112-3
111.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
An arm ball, fuller and around off. Salman prods and defends it out.
111.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
Tossed up, on off, Agha pushes it to mid off.
111.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
On middle. Blocked out.
111.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
Too full and on middle. Salman tries to play on the leg side, against the turn but mistimes it back to the bowler.
111.2
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Tossed up, slower and outside off, driven to point for an easy single.
111.1
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
Too full and angling on off, Salman drives it to extra cover for a single.
End Of The Over 111 : 292/4
1 Runs
  • 0110.1
  • 0110.2
  • 0110.3
  • 0110.4
  • 1110.5
  • 0110.6
A. Shafique
134 (355)
A. Salman
11 (28)
de Silva
8-1-13-0
110.6
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Flatter and on middle, slightly slower. Shafique hangs back to block it out.
110.5
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Agha Salman
Fuller ball, outside off, driven to covers for a single.
110.4
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Agha Salman
Angling down the leg side, kept out.
110.3
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Agha Salman
A run out appeal but Salman is not out! Flatter and outside off. Salman taps it to backward point. Salman wants a single but is sent back. The fielder there hits at the stumps and appeals but the replay shows the batter was well in.
110.2
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Agha Salman
Fuller again, around off. Salman gets forward and looks to sweep but it hits his left bicep and lobs to short leg who dives forward and takes it. An optimistic appeal follows but nothing happens.
110.1
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Agha Salman
Tossed up on middle. Salman prods and blocks it on the leg side.
End Of The Over 110 : 291/4
1 Runs
  • 0109.1
  • 0109.2
  • 1109.3
  • 0109.4
  • 0109.5
  • 0109.6
A. Shafique
134 (354)
A. Salman
10 (23)
P. Jayasuriya
48-8-110-3
109.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Prabath Jayasuriya continues bowling full outside off, Abdullah Shafique covers the line of the ball and fends it back to the bowler.
109.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
This one is full as well on a off stump line. Abdullah Shafique gets forward in defense.
109.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Beaten! Prabath Jayasuriya serves this full outside off, Abdullah Shafique looks to defend and beats him with turn and bounce.
109.3
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
Goes full outside leg and gets the ball to spin away. Agha Salman looks to defend and gets the outside edge this time past the vacant gully region for a single.
109.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
This one is full outside off, Agha Salman goes to defend and gets an inside edge to square leg.
109.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
Prabath Jayasuriya serves this full on middle and leg, Agha Salman taps this to the right of the bowler.
End Of The Over 109 : 290/4
2 Runs
  • 0108.1
  • 1108.2
  • 0108.3
  • 1108.4
  • 0108.5
  • 0108.6
A. Shafique
134 (351)
A. Salman
9 (20)
R. Mendis
33-0-102-1
108.6
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
This is full and turning into the pads, Abdullah Shafique clips this towards leg gully.
108.5
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Ramesh Mendis is a fraction short and gets the ball to spin down leg, Abdullah Shafique leaves this one alone.
108.4
1
Ramesh Mendis To Agha Salman
This one is full outside off, Agha Salman pushes at it and gets an inside edge to square leg for a single.
108.3
0
Ramesh Mendis To Agha Salman
Agha Salman shimmies down the wicket and defends the ball on the full in line with the stumps.
108.2
1
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Ramesh Mendis is short again and in line with the stumps. Abdullah Shafique goes on one knee and pulls this to deep backward square leg for a single.
108.1
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Ramesh Mendis goes full outside off, Abdullah Shafique gets his front foot forward and defends the ball to the cover region.
End Of The Over 108 : 288/4
1 Runs
  • 1107.1
  • 0107.2
  • 0107.3
  • 0107.4
  • 0107.5
  • 0107.6
A. Salman
8 (18)
A. Shafique
133 (347)
P. Jayasuriya
47-8-109-3
107.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
A fraction short on middle and leg, Agha Salman stands tall and defends down the pitch.
107.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
Once again full outside off, Agha Salman strokes this straight to short cover.
107.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
Prabath Jayasuriya serves a really full delivery outside off, Agha Salman gets his bat down and digs the ball to the off side.
107.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
Goes full outside off, Agha Salman knocks this to the right of short cover.
107.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
This one is full on middle and leg, Agha Salman gets his front foot out of the way and hits it to the mid off fielder.
107.1
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Prabath Jayasuriya flights this full outside off, Abdullah Shafique knocks this to deep cover for a single.
End Of The Over 107 : 287/4
1 Runs
  • 0106.1
  • 0106.2
  • 1106.3
  • 0106.4
  • 0106.5
  • 0106.6
A. Salman
8 (13)
A. Shafique
132 (346)
R. Mendis
32-0-100-1
106.6
0
Ramesh Mendis To Agha Salman
Ramesh Mendis serves this short once again and spinning down leg, Agha Salman misses his flick down leg.
106.5
0
Ramesh Mendis To Agha Salman
Ramesh Mendis flights this full on off, Agha Salman goes for the reverse sweep and plays under the ball. It hits his forearm and shoots up towards leg gully, There is an appeal but the umpire remains unmoved.
106.4
0
Ramesh Mendis To Agha Salman
Ramesh Mendis goes short once again and outside off, Agha Salman goes back in the crease and fends it down into the pitch.
106.3
1
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
This one is full as well on middle and leg, Abdullah Shafique clips this towards deep square leg for a single.
106.2
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Full and turning down leg side, Abdullah Shafique looks to flick this and misses.
106.1
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Ramesh Mendis begins with a slightly short delivery in line with the stumps, Abdullah Shafique stands tall and guides it towards mid-wicket.
End Of The Over 106 : 286/4
2 Runs
  • 1105.1
  • 0105.2
  • 0105.3
  • 0105.4
  • 1105.5
  • 0105.6
A. Salman
8 (10)
A. Shafique
131 (343)
P. Jayasuriya
46-8-108-3
105.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
Prabath Jayasuriya serves this full on off, Agha Salman gets a stride forward and defends the ball back towards the bowler.
105.5
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
This is a fraction short and on middle, Abdullah Shafique clips this through square leg for a single.
105.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Tosses this one full on off, Abdullah Shafique fends this back towards the bowler.
105.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Flighted full outside off, Abdullah Shafique hits this straight to cover.
105.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Prabath Jayasuriya flights this full and in line with the stumps, Abdullah Shafique knocks this towards short mid off.
105.1
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
Prabath Jayasuriya serves this full and going down leg, Agha Salman sweeps this wide of fine leg for a single.
End Of The Over 105 : 284/4
7 Runs
  • 4104.1
  • 1104.2
  • 0104.3
  • 1104.4
  • 0104.5
  • 1104.6
A. Salman
7 (8)
A. Shafique
130 (339)
R. Mendis
31-0-99-1
104.6
1
Ramesh Mendis To Agha Salman
Too full and on off, pushed to covers. The bowler runs across and stops it. A quick single. While Prabath Jayasuriya is keeping things tight and creating pressure. Sri Lanka have failed to do the same from the other side.
104.5
0
Ramesh Mendis To Agha Salman
Tossed up on middle. Salman leans and defends it out.
104.4
1
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Darted on the pads. Shafique nudges it past short leg and leg slip for a single.
104.3
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Length and spinning around middle. Shafique tucks it to short leg who blocks it with his right hand.
104.2
1
Ramesh Mendis To Agha Salman
Shorter and outside off. Salman punches it to point for one
104.1
4
Ramesh Mendis To Agha Salman
FOUR! More runs! Flatter and around off. Slaman reverse hits it to the vacant deep backward point. Prabath Jayasuriya runs from deep point but fails to stop it. Four runs.
Ramesh Mendis (30-0-92-1) is brought into the attack.
End Of The Over 104 : 277/4
1 Runs
  • W 103.1
  • 0103.2
  • 0103.3
  • 0103.4
  • 1103.5
  • 0103.6
A. Shafique
129 (337)
A. Salman
1 (4)
P. Jayasuriya
45-8-106-3
103.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Slower, flighted and around off. Shafique prods and gets a straight bat down to defend.
103.5
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
Slants it on middle, Salman gets off the mark as he sweeps it to fine leg.
103.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
This one spins around off, angling in and turns away sharply. Salman is tempted to defend on the front foot but gets beaten on the outside edge. The keeper removes the bails but the batter's back foot was grounded.
103.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
Tight from Jayasuriya! Fuller and on middle. Salman defends on the front foot.
103.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
Tossed up, on off, the arm ball. Salman prods to defend to silly point.
Agha Salman is the new batter in the middle.
103.1
W
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan OUT!
OUT! LBW! Sri Lanka have the breakthrough but is it too late now! Time will tell!  Prabath Jayasuriya has been superb from the start of the day and his effort has paid off. He serves a full ball, angling around middle and off. The ball stays low off the deck and straightens a bit. Mohammad Rizwan presses forward to defend but gets beaten on the inside edge and gets pinged on the pads. A massive appeal for LBW and up goes the finger. That looked plumb as Rizwan has been given LBW but he refers it upstairs. Ultra Edge shows no bat. Ball Tracking shows three reds and Mohammad Rizwan has to walk back. Pakistan still need 66 runs to reach the target.
End Of The Over 103 : 276/3
3 Runs
  • 0102.1
  • 0102.2
  • 1102.3
  • 1102.4
  • 1102.5
  • 0102.6
A. Shafique
129 (336)
M. Rizwan
40 (73)
de Silva
7-1-12-0
102.6
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Slower, full and on middle. Blocked out.
102.5
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Rizwan
Flatter and outside off. Rizwan pre-meditates as he comes down and thumps it to long on for a single.
102.4
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Fuller and outside off. Shafique guides it to point for a single.
102.3
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Rizwan
Flights it full and on middle. Rizwan sweeps it to deep square leg for one.
102.2
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Rizwan
On off, blocked out.
102.1
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Rizwan
Angles it on the pads. Rizwan pads it away. A stifled appeal follows but not given.
End Of The Over 102 : 273/3
0 Runs
  • 0101.1
  • 0101.2
  • 0101.3
  • 0101.4
  • 0101.5
  • 0101.6
A. Shafique
128 (334)
M. Rizwan
38 (69)
P. Jayasuriya
44-8-105-2
101.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
What happened there! Turn and bounce for Jayasuriya! Angles a full ball and makes it to spin away. Shafique looks to play at it but misses comprehensively and the steep bounce makes the ball lob to first slip in hands of Dhananjaya de Silva. Shafique was not aware of where the ball is and he is found off-gaurd. Dhananjaya de Silva has a shy from a very close range but misses. Shafique has to dive to make his ground. Close call!
101.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Superb delivery! Tossed up, outside off angling in. Shafique looks to sweep but misses as the ball spins away.
101.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Floats one but again the length is too full. Defended out.
101.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
This one skids through the surface, fuller and outside off. Shafique blocks it out.
101.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Too full and outside off. Shafique drives it nicely but straight to covers.
101.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Tossed up, outside off, driven to point.
End Of The Over 101 : 273/3
3 Runs
  • 0100.1
  • 0100.2
  • 1100.3
  • 0100.4
  • 1100.5
  • 1100.6
A. Shafique
128 (328)
M. Rizwan
38 (69)
de Silva
6-1-9-0
100.6
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Dhananjaya de Silva flights this full outside off, Abdullah Shafique gets his front foot forward and taps the ball towards cover and runs across for a single.
100.5
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Rizwan
Full delivery in line with the stumps, Mohammad Rizwan sweeps this to deep square leg for a single.
100.4
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Rizwan
Better line as he serves this full on off, Mohammad Rizwan knocks this towards short mid on.
100.3
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
This is full and angling down the pads, Abdullah Shafique clips this towards deep backward square leg for a single.
100.2
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Flights this one full on middle and off, Abdullah Shafique guides this one to mid-wicket as well.
100.1
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Dhananjaya de Silva goes full on off, Abdullah Shafique clips this towards mid-wicket.
Drinks! The first hour has gone Pakistan's way and this 65-run partnership is taking the visitors home! It was a crucial phase and Pakistan did not lose any wicket in the passage and calmed things down to let the game flow freely and towards their side. Sri Lanka have a tough task now. They don't have many runs to defend now and the wicket isn't the best to bowl. Apart from the wicket, they are giving too many freebies to score.
End Of The Over 100 : 270/3
2 Runs
  • 099.1
  • 299.2
  • 099.3
  • 099.4
  • 099.5
  • 099.6
M. Rizwan
37 (67)
A. Shafique
126 (324)
P. Jayasuriya
43-7-105-2
99.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Goes quicker now, full and on middle. Rizwan prods and defends.
99.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Tossed up, slower and on off. Mohammad Rizwan solidly blocks it out.
99.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Around off, pushed to covers.
99.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
On middle, played back to the bowler.
99.2
2
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
A loopy ball, down the leg side. Rizwan looks to sweep but bottom edges it to fine leg for a couple of runs.
99.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Tossed up, outside off. Rizwan looks to drive but plays off the inner half back to the bowler.
End Of The Over 99 : 268/3
3 Runs
  • 198.1
  • 098.2
  • 198.3
  • 098.4
  • 198.5
  • 098.6
A. Shafique
126 (324)
M. Rizwan
35 (61)
de Silva
5-1-6-0
98.6
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
This one spins onto the pads. Shafique waits and fends it softly to leg slip.
98.5
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Rizwan
Quicker, fuller and on middle, it is hit to deep square leg for one.
98.4
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Rizwan
Tossed up on middle. Rizwan prods and blocks it.
98.3
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Flighted full outside off, Abdullah Shafique strokes this to deep cover for a single.
98.2
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Abdullah Shafique
Full delivery on off, Abdullah Shafique clips the ball to short leg.
98.1
1
Dhananjaya de Silva To Mohammad Rizwan
Short on middle, Mohammad Rizwan works this to deep square leg for a single.
Maheesh Theekshana was seen going off the field. It looks like his finger injury is troubling him again. Dhananjaya de Silva to replace him.
End Of The Over 98 : 265/3
1 Runs
  • 097.1
  • 097.2
  • 097.3
  • 097.4
  • 197.5
  • 097.6
A. Shafique
125 (321)
M. Rizwan
33 (58)
P. Jayasuriya
42-7-103-2
97.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Beaten! Some extra bounce as the ball is served full outside off. Abdullah Shafique looks to fend but beats his outside edge.
97.5
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Short delivery well outside off. Mohammad Rizwan cuts this towards cover-point.
97.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Prabath Jayasuriya goes well outside off and full. Mohammad Rizwan taps this towards cover for a single that is not there.
97.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Flights this one full outside off, and gets the ball to turn sharply and bounce. Mohammad Rizwan pushes at it and gets beaten.
97.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
This is full outside off as well. Mohammad Rizwan fends this back towards Prabath Jayasuriya.
97.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Prabath Jayasuriya serves this full outside off, Mohammad Rizwan defends this back to the bolwer.
End Of The Over 97 : 264/3
8 Runs
  • 196.1
  • 196.2
  • 096.3
  • 496.4
  • 196.5
  • 196.6
M. Rizwan
32 (53)
A. Shafique
125 (320)
M. Theekshana
13-2-38-0
96.6
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Mohammad Rizwan
Short and angling down leg, Mohammad Rizwan goes back in the crease and pulls this towards deep backward square leg for a single.
96.5
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Full on the pads, Abdullah Shafique tucks this towards backward square leg for a single.
96.4
4
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
FOUR! Another full toss and this gets put away for a boundary with a bit of help from some clumsy fielding in the deep. Abdullah Shafique strokes this from outside off towards deep cover. Dinesh Chandimal looks to dive and save the boundary but the ball rolls under him to give Abdullah Shafique four more runs!
96.3
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Full delivery on middle and off, Abdullah Shafique stands tall and fends it to the off side.
96.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Mohammad Rizwan
Goes full on middle and off, Mohammad Rizwan knocks this down to long on for a single.
96.1
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Maheesh Theekshana serves a full toss in line with the stumps, Abdullah Shafique can not utilize it to the fullest as he hits this hard towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
End Of The Over 96 : 256/3
4 Runs
  • 095.1
  • 195.2
  • 095.3
  • 295.4
  • 195.5
  • 095.6
M. Rizwan
30 (51)
A. Shafique
119 (316)
P. Jayasuriya
41-7-102-2
95.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Prabath Jayasuriya continues bowling full outside off, Mohammad Rizwan guides this to the point fielder.
95.5
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
This is flighted full outside off, Abdullah Shafique knocks this down to long off for a single.
95.4
2
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Prabath Jayasuriya serves this full outside off, Abdullah Shafique uses the paddle sweep towards fine leg to pick up a couple of runs. Brings up the 50 run partnership between Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan. They have done well this morning to take Pakistan closer to this record chase.
95.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Slower through the air, flighted full on middle. Abdullah Shafique is much more solid in defense as he knocks it back to the bowler.
95.2
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Flights this one full outside off, Mohammad Rizwan pushes at the ball and gets a thick outside edge through point for a single.
95.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Prabath Jayasuriya goes full outside off, Mohammad Rizwan reaches for it and taps it towards cover-point.
Some dark clouds lurking around the corner. The groundstaff are standing near the boundary. Let us hope it is a false alarm.
End Of The Over 95 : 252/3
1 Runs
  • 094.1
  • 194.2
  • 094.3
  • 094.4
  • 094.5
  • 094.6
A. Shafique
116 (313)
M. Rizwan
29 (48)
M. Theekshana
12-2-30-0
94.6
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Shorter and outside off. Blocked solidly.
94.5
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Flatter and around off, turning in. Shafique rocks back to block it.
94.4
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Serves it slow and around middle. Shafique hangs back to keep it out.
94.3
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Full and outside off. Shafique plays a confident front foot defense.
94.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Mohammad Rizwan
A slider, around middle and leg. Rizwan whips it to deep square leg for a single.
94.1
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Mohammad Rizwan
Starts with a fuller ball, outside off. Rizwan gets on the front foot to defend.
Maheesh Theekshana (11-2-29-0) comes into the attack.
End Of The Over 94 : 251/3
3 Runs
  • 093.1
  • 193.2
  • 193.3
  • 093.4
  • 093.5
  • 193.6
M. Rizwan
28 (46)
A. Shafique
116 (309)
P. Jayasuriya
40-7-98-2
93.6
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Too much width, full and outside off. Rizwan drives it to deep point for one.
93.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
An arm ball, outside off. Mohammad Rizwan hits it straight to the cover fielder.
93.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Bowls a fuller ball again, around off. Rizwan drills it to mid off.
93.3
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Too full this time on off. Shafique uses his feet and pushes it to long off for a single.
93.2
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Slower through the air, full and on middle. Rizwan sweeps it a bit uppishly and to deep square leg for one.
93.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Tossed up, around off, spinning a bit away. Rizwan prods and makes a solid block.
End Of The Over 93 : 248/3
5 Runs
  • 092.1
  • 492.2
  • 192.3
  • 092.4
  • 092.5
  • 092.6
A. Shafique
115 (308)
M. Rizwan
26 (41)
R. Mendis
30-0-92-1
92.6
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Slows it up, full and on middle. Shafique presses forward and defends it.
92.5
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Full again, angling around off. Shafique skips down and mistimes his heave to short mid-wicket.
92.4
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Drifts a full ball from 'round the wicket and on middle. Shafique lunges and blocks it out.
92.3
1
Ramesh Mendis To Mohammad Rizwan
Darted on the pads, swept to deep square leg for a single.
92.2
4
Ramesh Mendis To Mohammad Rizwan
FOUR! Loosener from Mendis and Pakistan are making sure runs are coming regularly and not succumbing under pressure! This is full and way outside off. Rizwan drives it to covers for a boundary.
92.1
0
Ramesh Mendis To Mohammad Rizwan
Tossed up, around middle and off. Rizwan dead bats it.
End Of The Over 92 : 243/3
1 Runs
  • 091.1
  • 091.2
  • 091.3
  • 091.4
  • 191.5
  • 091.6
A. Shafique
115 (305)
M. Rizwan
21 (38)
P. Jayasuriya
39-7-95-2
91.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Flighted, full and outside off. Shafique steps across to keep it out.
91.5
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Quick single! A low full toss on middle. Rizwan eases it to mid on and reaches to the other end quickly. Pakistan need 99 now.
91.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Angles a full ball on middle. Defended out.
91.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Full and on middle. Blocked out.
91.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Rizwan survives! Jayasuriya angles a length ball, around off and there is a hint of spin away. Mohammad Rizwan prods to defend but does so inside the line and gets beaten on the outside edge. A huge appeal for caught behind and the umpire shakes his head. This time Sri Lanka do take the review. Niroshan Dickwella looks confident. Ultra Edge shows a flat line as the ball passes the bat. They check if it has clipped the pads and there is no spike as the ball passes the batter. The on-field decision stays. Sri Lanka have now burnt all their reviews. Unfortunate for Sri Lanka as this was a beauty of a delivery that did not manage to get an edge, hit the pads, or go onto shatter the stumps.
91.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
On middle, kept out.
End Of The Over 91 : 242/3
1 Runs
  • 090.1
  • 190.2
  • 090.3
  • 090.4
  • 090.5
  • 090.6
A. Shafique
115 (304)
M. Rizwan
20 (33)
R. Mendis
29-0-87-1
90.6
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
A huge appeal for a catch but not given. Sri Lanka think of a review but they opt not to take it. This is on a length and spinning around middle and leg. Shafique leans and looks to defend but seems to miss it and it lobs off the pads to leg slip who collects but the umpire is not interested in it.
90.5
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Angling on the pads, Shafique tucks it softly to short leg.
90.4
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
On middle, pushed back to the bowler.
90.3
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
This one doesn't spin much! Flatter and around off, skids on. Shafique looks to defend but it goes off the thickish outside edge in front of slip.
90.2
1
Ramesh Mendis To Mohammad Rizwan
Makes it to spin across from around off. Rizwan plays it late and firmly past short leg for a single.
90.1
0
Ramesh Mendis To Mohammad Rizwan
Tossed up, full and outside off. Rizwan leans across and blocks it.
End Of The Over 90 : 241/3
1 Runs
  • 089.1
  • 089.2
  • 089.3
  • 089.4
  • 089.5
  • 189.6
M. Rizwan
19 (31)
A. Shafique
115 (300)
P. Jayasuriya
38-7-94-2
89.6
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
This is full and angled into the pads. Mohammad Rizwan looks to work this leg side but gets a leading edge as the ball turn sharply. Flies uppishly through the gap at cover-point as the batters take a single.
89.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Prabath Jayasuriya flights this full outside off. Mohammad Rizwan finds the cover fielder for the third time this over.
89.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
This is full on middle, Mohammad Rizwan taps this back to the bowler.
89.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Beaten! Prabath Jayasuriya gets a good rip off the wicket as he flights this full on off, Mohammad Rizwan pushes at it and goes past his outside edge.
89.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Flighted full outside off. Mohammad Rizwan find the cover fielder once again.
89.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Prabath Jayasuriya serves this full outside off, Mohammad Rizwan knocks this straight to the cover fielder.
Dimuth Karunaratne and Prabath Jayasuriya in a brief conversation. A slip and a leg slip in place.
End Of The Over 89 : 240/3
4 Runs
  • 188.1
  • 188.2
  • 088.3
  • 088.4
  • 188.5
  • 188.6
M. Rizwan
18 (25)
A. Shafique
115 (300)
R. Mendis
28-0-86-1
88.6
1
Ramesh Mendis To Mohammad Rizwan
This is full and on the pads, Mohammad Rizwan clips it to short leg who throws the ball at the stumps and misses. Gives an easy single to deep backward point on the overthrow.
88.5
1
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Abdullah Shafique shimmies down the wicket and catches the ball on the full to work it towards long on for a single.
88.4
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Ramesh Mendis goes short once again on middle, Abdullah Shafique taps it down to short leg.
88.3
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Serves this full on off, Abdullah Shafique fends this to the right of the bowler.
88.2
1
Ramesh Mendis To Mohammad Rizwan
Ramesh Mendis is a fraction too short as he turns this into the legs. Mohammad Rizwan guides this through square leg for a single.
88.1
1
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
This is short and spinning into the pads, Abdullah Shafique clips this to deep backward sqaure leg for a single.
End Of The Over 88 : 236/3
7 Runs
  • 3 LB 87.1
  • 287.2
  • 287.3
  • 087.4
  • 087.5
  • 087.6
M. Rizwan
16 (23)
A. Shafique
113 (296)
P. Jayasuriya
37-7-93-2
87.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
This one is full as well outside off, Mohammad Rizwan fends this down the pitch.
87.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Prabath Jayasuriya serves this full on middle and leg, Mohammad Rizwan clears his front foot and defends the ball solidly.
87.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Goes wider outside off and full. Mohammad Rizwan fends this back to the bowler.
87.3
2
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan uses these paddle sweeps to good effect. Prabath Jayasuriya serves this one full on off, Mohammad Rizwan sweeps this towards fine leg and gets another brace.
87.2
2
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
This is full outside off, Mohammad Rizwan paddles this towards fine leg for a couple of runs.
87.1
lb
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Huge appeal! Prabath Jayasuriya serves this shorter and angling into the pads from outside off. Abdullah Shafique looks to push at the ball and misses the line as the ball goes on straight to hit the back leg. Prabath Jayasuriya is on one knee and pleading for this wicket but Kumar Dharmasena indicates that it is going over the top. Sri Lanka take a review after much consideration. No bat clearly and Ball Tracking shows the ball has lobbed over the middle and off pole. So two reds and one green and the umpire was spot on! Not out it is! Sri Lanka have just one review left and need to use it wisely. Abdullah Shafique survives and Sri Lanka desperately need one decision to go their way.
End Of The Over 87 : 229/3
6 Runs
  • 486.1
  • 086.2
  • 186.3
  • 186.4
  • 086.5
  • 086.6
M. Rizwan
12 (18)
A. Shafique
113 (295)
R. Mendis
27-0-82-1
86.6
0
Ramesh Mendis To Mohammad Rizwan
A fraction short outside off, Mohammad Rizwan uses his wrists and turns the ball towards mid-wicket.
86.5
0
Ramesh Mendis To Mohammad Rizwan
Flights this one full on middle and leg, Mohammad Rizwan knocks this towards short mid-wicket.
86.4
1
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Angling into the pads from outside off, Abdullah Shafique clips this through mid-wicket for a single.
86.3
1
Ramesh Mendis To Mohammad Rizwan
This is slightly short on middle and leg, Mohammad Rizwan clips this towards deep square leg for a single.
86.2
0
Ramesh Mendis To Mohammad Rizwan
This is turning sharply down leg from a full length. Mohammad Rizwan leaves it alone.
86.1
4
Ramesh Mendis To Mohammad Rizwan
FOUR! First boundary of the day! Ramesh Mendis goes full outside off, Mohammad Rizwan takes a stride forward to the pitch of the delivery and clobbers it through cover for a boundary towards deep cover!
Ramesh Mendis (26-0-76-1) to bowl from the other end.
End Of The Over 86 : 223/3
1 Runs
  • 1 B 85.1
  • 085.2
  • 085.3
  • 085.4
  • 085.5
  • 085.6
A. Shafique
112 (294)
M. Rizwan
7 (13)
P. Jayasuriya
36-7-89-2
85.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Full once again outside off, Abdullah Shafique is well behind this one to fend it towards short cover.
85.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Prabath Jayasuriya flights this full outside off, Abdullah Shafique hits this firmly towards cover.
85.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
This is full outside off, Abdullah Shafique fends this solidly.
85.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
This one is turning into the pads from outside off, Abdullah Shafique tucks this towards square leg.
85.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Full delivery tossed up on off, Abdullah Shafique fends this to the left of the bowler.
85.1
b
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
What a delivery to start off! Prabath Jayasuriya goes full outside off, gets the ball to go straight and beats the inside edge. This was a whisker away from the off pole! Close!
We are all set for Day 5. The players are already out in the middle. Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan to resume the innings. Prabath Jayasuriya to start with the ball. Let's play...
PITCH REPORT - Russel Arnold is pitchside. He says the pitch is slowed down a bit. The ball will turn and bounce but the batters did well to defend in front of the pads. Shares that Sri Lanka need to bowl with energy and create chances. Also, Azhar Ali is up for a chat. He says they were always behind in the game since they had to bat fourth. Credits Babar Azam for playing well in the first innings and keeping them in the game. Admits that 342 was always going to be tough to chase and says they decided to focus on the present moment rather than worry about the target. Says it's always tougher with the new ball because there is more skid on the ball, and they need to trust their defense. Praises Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq played well to set a platform and make the chase easier. On Abdullah Shafique, he is a great player and has looked good in this game and is young and has shown why he is rated so highly.
Sri Lanka struggled to create chances as the pitch seemed to have eased up and it was hard for the bowlers to create many chances. The turn and bounce that was seen on offer earlier in this match made everyone think that it will be hard for the Pakistani batters to survive but it has been a complete turnaround. Now, the hosts have to be a bit more disciplined to get a couple of breakthroughs. They need to attack the rough and try to get the most out of this pitch as they did for the dismissal of Babar Azam. The first session will give us a glimpse of who’s side the game is tilting. Will the hosts make early inroads with the new ball? Will the visitors achieve the target on a canter? We will find out soon. Stay tuned for further updates.
The equation is very clear - Pakistan need 120 runs to win while Sri Lanka need 7 wickets. This game has phased like a see-saw and it is still anyone's game. Pakistan do have an upper hand as the centurion, Abdullah Shafique is still out there looking very comfortable at the crease. Sri Lanka on the other hand, know that they are a couple of wickets away from initiating a batting collapse and will look to do so within the first hour itself. On that note, hello and welcome to the coverage of the most exciting day in Test cricket - Day 5.
... Day 5, Session 1 ...
We have a thriller in our hands. Day 5 couldn't get better with still both the results open. Pakistan do have the upper hand right now but if Sri Lanka get a wicket early on Day 5, there is a real chance of a batting collapse. Pakistan have Abdullah Shafique unbeaten on 112 and a bit of batting left as well. While Sri Lanka will take this break to refresh themselves and come up with a better way to execute their plans. Day 5 will start at 10 am IST (4.30 am GMT). Join us for the build up as well. Cheers!
When it was time for Sri Lanka to defend the total, everyone expected the spinners to make inroads and keep things tight. However, Pakistan had other ideas. They were off to a positive start and did not let the spinners settle in. The visitors did well to not let the opposition's best bowler, Prabath Jayasuriya, find his form. Imam-ul-Haq fell after giving a good start but Babar Azam joined hands with Abdullah Shafique and built a partnership of more than 100 to get the game in their control. Sri Lanka will be disappointed with their bowling performance as they would have expected to get through this Pakistan batting line up quickly. Their spinners did not hit the right lengths and gave away far too many runs.
Pakistan have turned the tide in their favor. What a day it was for the touring side! They have a big chance to seal this game after the position they are in right now. The young Abdullah Shafique, who is playing his sixth Test match, scored an exceptional hundred and gave a perfect start to his team. He is still unbeaten and is batting beautifully. They did lose Babar Azam but Mohammad Rizwan survived the small period in the last hour. Pakistan clearly will be the happier side going into Day 5. Pakistan need 120 runs to win and have 7 wickets in hand.
End Of The Over 85 : 222/3
3 Runs
  • 084.1
  • 084.2
  • 184.3
  • 084.4
  • 184.5
  • 184.6
M. Rizwan
7 (12)
A. Shafique
112 (289)
R. Mendis
26-0-76-1
84.6
1
Ramesh Mendis To Mohammad Rizwan
A fraction short and spinning into the pads, Mohammad Rizwan goes back in the crease and flicks this through square leg for a single. That will be Stumps on DAY 4.
84.5
1
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Ramesh Mendis goes a bit short into the pads, Abdullah Shafique guides this to deep square leg for a single.
84.4
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
This is full and turning down leg, Abdullah Shafique leaves this one alone.
84.3
1
Ramesh Mendis To Mohammad Rizwan
This is full and turning into the pads, Mohammad Rizwan works this to long on for a single.
84.2
0
Ramesh Mendis To Mohammad Rizwan
This one is full and in line with the stumps, Mohammad Rizwan defends this into the pitch.
84.1
0
Ramesh Mendis To Mohammad Rizwan
Ramesh Mendis begins with a full delivery angled into the pads, Mohammad Rizwan clips this to square leg.
End Of The Over 84 : 219/3
2 Runs
  • 083.1
  • 083.2
  • 083.3
  • 083.4
  • 083.5
  • 283.6
A. Shafique
111 (287)
M. Rizwan
5 (8)
P. Jayasuriya
35-6-89-2
83.6
2
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Flights this one full outside off, Abdullah Shafique pushes at the ball and gets an inside edge towards deep backward square leg for a couple of runs.
83.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Prabath Jayasuriya continues bowling full on middle, Abdullah Shafique happy to play this back down the pitch.
83.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
This is straight and full, Abdullah Shafique defends this solidly back to the bowler.
83.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Serves this on middle and off on a fuller length. Abdullah Shafique clips this towards mid-wicket and looks for a single. Mohammad Rizwan refuses and sends him back.
83.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Goes full once again outside off, Abdullah Shafique gets a stride forward and defends this towards cover.
83.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Prabath Jayasuriya serves this full outside off, Abdullah Shafique guides this towards backward point
End Of The Over 83 : 217/3
1 Runs
  • 082.1
  • 082.2
  • 082.3
  • 082.4
  • 082.5
  • 182.6
A. Shafique
109 (281)
M. Rizwan
5 (8)
R. Mendis
25-0-73-1
82.6
1
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Goes 'round the wicket and serves this full on the pads, Abdullah Shafique clips this through mid-wicket for a single.
82.5
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
A fraction short and in line with the stumps, Abdullah Shafique stands tall and knocks this towards mid-wicket.
82.4
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Served full outside off, Abdullah Shafique smothers this into the pitch.
82.3
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Flighted full outside off, Abdullah Shafique stays back to fend this down the pitch.
82.2
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
This is full outside off, Abdullah Shafique looks to fend and gets beaten by the turn. Hits the pads and goes through to first slip.
82.1
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Ramesh Mendis serves this full and angling into the pads, Abdullah Shafique works this with the spin towards leg gully.
End Of The Over 82 : 216/3
5 Runs
  • 081.1
  • 181.2
  • 281.3
  • 081.4
  • 281.5
  • 081.6
M. Rizwan
5 (8)
A. Shafique
108 (275)
M. Theekshana
11-2-29-0
81.6
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Mohammad Rizwan
This is full outside off, Mohammad Rizwan leaves this alone but with some uncertainity.
81.5
2
Maheesh Theekshana To Mohammad Rizwan
This one is short outside off, Mohammad Rizwan goes on his back foot and pulls it into the mid-wicket region. Some really good running to pick up a brace.
81.4
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Mohammad Rizwan
Full and outside off, Mohammad Rizwan gets across the stumps and works this towards mid-wicket.
81.3
2
Maheesh Theekshana To Mohammad Rizwan
Bowls this a fraction short outside off, Mohammad Rizwan cuts this late towards third man for a couple of runs.
81.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Tries to go full but ends up as a full toss drifting into the pads. Abdullah Shafique knocks this down to long on for a single.
81.1
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Maheesh Theekshana flights this full outside off, Abdullah Shafique looks to push at this and gets an inside edge onto his pads.
End Of The Over 81 : 211/3
6 Runs
  • 180.1
  • 080.2
  • 4 B 80.3
  • 180.4
  • 080.5
  • 080.6
M. Rizwan
1 (4)
A. Shafique
107 (273)
P. Jayasuriya
34-6-87-2
80.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Goes over the wicket with the new ball and serves it full on middle. Mohammad Rizwan shapes up for a sweep and in the end, fends it back to the bowler.
The new ball is taken now.
80.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
This is full outside leg, Mohammad Rizwan stretches his front foot towards the ball and pads it away.
80.4
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
This one is pitching outside leg and turning into the pads, Abdullah Shafique clips this to backward square leg for a single.
80.3
b
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Four Byes! Prabath Jayasuriya gets this to turn sharply from middle, Beats the bat and the keeper goes to collect. Turning away from him as he fails to collect and blocks the slip fielder's view. He can not get to it either and goes to the third man fence for four extra runs.
80.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
This is full on middle and leg, Abdullah Shafique fends this back to the bowler.
80.1
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Prabath Jayasuriya serves this full on the pads, Mohammad Rizwan sweeps this towards backward square leg for a single. Mohammad Rizwan is off the mark.
The second new ball is available now. Sri Lanka have not taken it yet.
End Of The Over 80 : 205/3
0 Runs
  • 079.1
  • 079.2
  • 079.3
  • 079.4
  • 079.5
  • 079.6
A. Shafique
106 (270)
M. Rizwan
0 (1)
M. Theekshana
10-2-24-0
79.6
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
A fraction short outside off, Abdullah Shafique goes back in the crease and punches it to the cover fielder.
79.5
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Flights this one full outside off, Abdullah Shafique goes back and fends towards cover.
79.4
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
This is full outside off, Abdullah Shafique taps this towards the off side.
79.3
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
This one is a fraction short and in line with the stumps, Abdullah Shafique taps this towards short leg.
79.2
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Flights this full outside off, Abdullah Shafique drives this uppishly towards cover. Oshada Fernando dives forward and the ball falls just short.
79.1
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Maheesh Theekshana serves this full on the pads, Abdullah Shafique fends this towards mid-wicket.
End Of The Over 79 : 205/3
1 Runs
  • 078.1
  • 078.2
  • 178.3
  • 078.4
  • W 78.5
  • 078.6
M. Rizwan
0 (1)
A. Shafique
106 (264)
P. Jayasuriya
33-6-85-2
78.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Mohammad Rizwan
Almost two in two for Sri Lanka. This is floated outside leg, Mohammad Rizwan goes for the sweep but only manages to glove it. The ball goes up in the air but falls safely near the leg slip region. Niroshan Dickwella had no clue where the ball was and it drops safely. Actually, it came off the forearm.
Mohammad Rizwan is the new man in. The 100-run stand is broken and finally, Sri Lanka have an opening. How badly were they looking for it! Pakistan still need 137 runs. But this wicket surely brings back the Lankans into the game.
78.5
W
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam OUT!
OUT! BOWLED! Prabath Jayasuriya gets the big fish. This is tossed up outside leg, turning into the batter sharply. Babar Azam again looks to pad it out but could not get his pad in line with ball. The turn takes the ball past his leg and smashes into the stumps. An error in judgement from him and Sri lanka have the breakthrough. Babar Azam stands there and just stares on the surface. All of a sudden, Sri Lanka are feeling pumped up.
78.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Full again on leg, Babar Azam pads it away.
78.3
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Full and on leg, Abdullah Shafique flicks it through square leg for one.
78.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
CLOSE! This is tossed up on leg, turning away sharply, Abdullah Shafique looks to pad it away and manages to get some pad on it. The ball could have easily got into the stumps if he missed that.
78.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Full and down the leg, Abdullah Shafique blocks it to the leg side.
End Of The Over 78 : 204/2
1 Runs
  • 077.1
  • 077.2
  • 077.3
  • 177.4
  • 077.5
  • 077.6
B. Azam
55 (102)
A. Shafique
105 (261)
M. Theekshana
9-1-24-0
77.6
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Babar Azam
On off, kept out.
77.5
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Babar Azam
This is slower through the air on off, turning away, Babar Azam leaves it alone.
77.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Tossed up full outside off, Abdullah Shafique paddle sweeps it towards fine leg for one. 100 run partnership for these two. Both have batted together only twice in Test cricket so far.
77.3
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Flatter delivery on off, Abdullah Shafique defends it well.
77.2
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Tossed up on off, Abdullah Shafique comes forward and blocks it.
77.1
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Full toss on off, Abdullah Shafique drives it staright to mid off.
End Of The Over 77 : 203/2
4 Runs
  • 276.1
  • 176.2
  • 076.3
  • 076.4
  • 076.5
  • 176.6
A. Shafique
104 (257)
B. Azam
55 (100)
P. Jayasuriya
32-6-84-1
76.6
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Flatter delivery on the leg, Abdullah Shafique tucks it away through square leg for one.
76.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Just short! This is slower through the air on middle, turning away sharply, Abdullah Shafique tries to defend it but gets a thick outside edge. Luckily for him it did not carry to the first slip fielder.
76.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Floated on leg, Abdullah Shafique pushes it back to the bowler of his outer half.
76.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Tossed up on off, Abdullah Shafique blocks it to the off side.
76.2
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Slightly short on leg, turning in. Babar Azam works it of his back foot towards deep square leg for one.
76.1
2
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Full and on the pads, Babar Azam flicks it fine wide of deep square leg for a brace.
Halt in play! Theekshana has some issues with his finger. His bowling arm! Actually, the umpire called Dimuth Karunaratne and had a chat regarding the strapping Maheesh Theekshana is having on his finger. he was asked to remove it and Theekshana is feeling the pain there.
End Of The Over 76 : 199/2
0 Runs
  • 075.1
  • 075.2
  • 075.3
  • 075.4
  • 075.5
  • 075.6
A. Shafique
103 (253)
B. Azam
52 (98)
M. Theekshana
8-1-23-0
75.6
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Floated on middle and leg, Abdullah Shafique knocks it to the leg side.
75.5
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
On middle, blocked out.
75.4
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
An appeal for catch but turned down. This is floated on off, turning in sharply, Abdullah Shafique leans on to block but gets beaten by the turn. The ball hits his pads and goes into the hands of silly point. The Sri Lankans appeal but the umpire is not interested. Dimuth Karunaratne thinks about the review but decides against it.
75.3
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Tossed up again on off, turning in, Abdullah Shafique again plays a solid front foot defense.
75.2
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Tossed up on off, Abdullah Shafique get across and knocks it back to the bowler.
75.1
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Flatter and quicker on middle, Abdullah Shafique blocks it down the pitch. A bit of frustration on the faces of Lankans.
End Of The Over 75 : 199/2
0 Runs
  • 074.1
  • 074.2
  • 074.3
  • 074.4
  • 074.5
  • 074.6
B. Azam
52 (98)
A. Shafique
103 (247)
P. Jayasuriya
31-6-80-1
74.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Floated again but this time down the leg side. Azam tries to sweep but misses it completely.
74.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Floated ball on middle. Babar turns it to mid-wicket.
74.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
On middle. Blocked out.
74.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Sri Lanka are appealing as Dhananjaya de Silva thinks there was some gloves on it!  Flatter ball, pitching outside leg and spinning away. Azam tries to pad it away but the ball bounces and goes close to the bat and to first slip. The replay shows there was no bat.
74.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Fuller and around off, angling away. Azam defends on the back foot.
74.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Tossed up, pitching outside leg and spinning away. Azam leaves it alone.
End Of The Over 74 : 199/2
2 Runs
  • 073.1
  • 173.2
  • 173.3
  • 073.4
  • 073.5
  • 073.6
A. Shafique
103 (247)
B. Azam
52 (92)
M. Theekshana
7-0-23-0
73.6
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Tries the carrom ball but the length is full. Easily blocked out.
73.5
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Floats one full and on middle. Blocked out.
73.4
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Pushes it around off, turning in. Shafique plays with the spin to mid-wicket.
73.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Babar Azam
Drops it short and outside off. Azam pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
73.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Flatter, quicker and outside off. Shafique dabs it through point for a single.
73.1
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Fuller and on off. Shafique presses to defend.
End Of The Over 73 : 197/2
3 Runs
  • 072.1
  • 172.2
  • 072.3
  • 172.4
  • 072.5
  • 172.6
A. Shafique
102 (242)
B. Azam
51 (91)
P. Jayasuriya
30-5-80-1
72.6
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Slides a full ball on leg. Shafique flicks in front of his pads and to deep mid-wicket for a single.
72.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Slower and outside off. Shafique thinks to push at it but lets it through.
72.4
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Around off, pushed through covers for a single.
72.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Full and on middle. Azam prods and defends it out.
72.2
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Too full and on off. Shafique pushes through silly mid off and to long off for a single.
72.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
On middle, blocked out.
Change of ends for Prabath Jayasuriya.
End Of The Over 72 : 194/2
3 Runs
  • 071.1
  • 171.2
  • 071.3
  • 171.4
  • 071.5
  • 171.6
A. Shafique
100 (238)
B. Azam
50 (89)
M. Theekshana
6-0-21-0
71.6
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Hundred for Abdullah Shafique! He will be really proud of this knock! He gave the perfect start to his team and kept his composure throughout the innings! On middle, nudged through square leg for a single. An eventful over! His 2nd test century!
71.5
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
BEAUTY! A carrom ball, this one lands on off and spins away and at a good speed. Shafique is tempted as he tries to defend on the front foot but misses. Need more of this to create pressure.
71.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Babar Azam
Fifty for Babar Azam! Hundred in the first innings and fifty now! What a player he is! This is on the pads, flicked to square leg for a single. He knows the job is still not done.
71.3
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Babar Azam
Tossed up, around off, pushed to mid on.
71.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
Flatter ball, around middle. Shafique waits and clips it to square leg for a single.
71.1
0
Maheesh Theekshana To Abdullah Shafique
On a length and on off. Blocked out.
Maheesh Theekshana (5-0-18-0) comes into the attack in place of Prabath Jayasuriya.
End Of The Over 71 : 191/2
2 Runs
  • 070.1
  • 070.2
  • 170.3
  • 070.4
  • 070.5
  • 170.6
A. Shafique
98 (234)