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

SL vs PAK, 2023 - Test Live Commentary

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Match Ended   
312&279
461&133/6 (32.5)
Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 4 wickets
  • Player of the Match
    Saud Shakeel
Right then. That's it from the coverage of this game. These two sides will meet again on 24th July for the second and the final Test match of the series. The first ball will be at 10 am IST (4.30 am GMT). But as you all know you can join us early for the build-up. Until then, take care and goodbye!
Babar Azam, the skipper of Pakistan is in for a quick word as well. He says that when you win it gives you a lot of confidence. Credits the team especially the youngsters. Adds that they lost early wickets but the partnership between Agha and Shakeel completely changed the game. Mentions that Agha showed his skills with both bat and ball while Shakeel was outstanding. Ends by saying as a skipper, he is very happy and impressed with the performance.
Dimuth Karunaratne, the captain of Sri Lanka is in for a chat. He says that they needed to see off that opening spell but lost early wickets and that hurt them a lot. Says that they bowled well in patches, but started leaking runs. Informs that their bowlers have done really well but need to step their game up as a fielding unit. States that he really enjoyed the way Dhananjaya de Silva batted and hopes the other batters could learn from this knock as well.
Saud Shakeel wins the Player of the Match award for his exceptional double-century. He thanks almighty for giving him this opportunity to score a double hundred. He says that the plan was simple and he was looking to build up a partnership at that moment. Adds that he wanted to be positive and play his sweeps and reverse-sweeps to not let the bowlers get control. Mentions that he is from Karachi so he has come across a lot of spinners but he likes to face the fast bowlers as well and he has worked hard to better his skills.
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It was a much better outing for Sri Lanka with the bat on the second go. One could say that it was a much more collective effort than the first one, where only two players stood out. Although, this time there was not a single player who could get into the three-digit score, but they did manage to extend their lead to over 100-runs which did not prove to be too much for Pakistan to chase down.
For Sri Lanka, it was Prabath Jayasuriya who picked three quick wickets early but they just couldn't build on that and lacked the sharpness in the filed as well dropping a few chances. However, once again it was their inability to get through the tail-enders cost them. Ramesh Mendis did pick up a five-wicket haul while Vishwa Fernando and Kasun Rajitha chipped in with one each, but the damage was already done by then.
In reply, Pakistan managed to get 461 runs, but were in early trouble as their top order didn't contribute much except for Shan Masood. However, it was the huge 177-run stand between Agha Salman and Saud Shakeel that took them out of a difficult situation as they were struggling at 101-5 at one point. The former missed out on his century but Shakeel was solid as ever and registered a magnificent maiden double hundred. Their lower order contributed well to as they ended up with a lead of 149 runs.
Earlier in the match, Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first. Although, it was not really a solid outing for them with the blade. It was Dhananjaya de Silva's ton and Angelo Mathews' half-century that helped the hosts to post a decent total on the board. For Pakistan it was a complete team performance. Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah and Abrar Ahmed took three wickets each and did most of the damage in the first inning.
All that Sri Lanka required coming into Day 5, was some luck and inspiration. Well, they found an inspiration in Prabath Jayasuriya, although the rub of the green wasn't really on their side. Prabath Jayasuriya picked up four wickets in total, but apart from him it was only Ramesh Mendis who got into the wicket's column. There was not mcuh to fight for, on the morning of Day 5, but Sri Lanka did give their best when they were out on the field.
Pakistan needed only 83 runs to get over the line at the start of Day 5, and they surely did not waste any time this morning. We all thought that the ball would do most of the talking on the final day, but the Pakistan batters came prepared, used their feet a lot so that they can deal with the deadly spin. Eventually, it was just a walk in the park for the visitors. Imam-ul-Haq made his half-century, with some ease and helped his side get over the line. Saud Shakeel's cameo really helped them to end things quickly here.
Pakistan have taken a 1-0 lead in this two Test series down in Sri Lanka. They came, they saw and they conquered. A well-fought victory by the visiting side under tough coditions. Staffs and players are exchanging hugs in the Pakistan dressing room.
End Of The Over 32.5 : 133/6
6 Runs
  • 032.1
  • 032.2
  • 032.3
  • W 32.4
  • 632.5
A. Salman
6 (1)
Imam
50 (84)
P. Jayasuriya
14.5-0-56-4
32.5
6
Prabath Jayasuriya To Agha Salman
SIX! BANG! Agha Salman seals the game for the visitors. It is tossed up, full and on off. Agha Salman gets under it and smokes it over the bolwer's head for a maximum.
Agha Salman comes out to the middle now.
32.4
W
Prabath Jayasuriya To Sarfaraz Ahmed OUT!
OUT! CAUGHT! Prabath Jayasuriya picks his fourth wicket. He has certainly made the most of the bowling conditions here. It is tossed up, on off. Sarfaraz Ahmed goes for the sweep shot to find the boundary, but only manages to find the fielder in the deep, as he miscues his slog sweep. Kusal Mendis takes a sharp catch diving forward.
32.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Sarfaraz Ahmed
Around off, on a fuller length. Ahmed blocks it out.
32.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Sarfaraz Ahmed
On off, driven back to the bowler.
32.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Sarfaraz Ahmed
Fuller, on middle and leg. Ahmed goes for the sweep, but the short leg does well to make a sharp stop.
End Of The Over 32 : 127/5
2 Runs
  • 031.1
  • 031.2
  • 031.3
  • 031.4
  • 131.5
  • 1 LB 31.6
S. Ahmed
1 (6)
Imam
50 (84)
R. Mendis
14-1-62-1
31.6
lb
Ramesh Mendis To Sarfaraz Ahmed
LEG BYE! Tossed up, outside off. It grips and turns in. Sarfaraz Ahmed comes down the track as he looks to flick it away but takes a blow on his pads. There is an appeal for lbw, which is turned down by the umpire. Sri Lanka take the review but the Ball Tracking confirms that the impact is outside.
31.5
1
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Imam-ul-Haq now rotates the strike as he drives this full ball to mid off. He also gets to his half-century. A well-deserved knock on a tough track. He certainly stepped up for his side here.
31.4
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Imam-ul-Haq uses his feet and blocks this full one.
31.3
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Quicker one, attacking the stumps. Imam-ul-Haq prods and defends it out.
31.2
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Around off, Imam-ul-Haq blocks it watchfully.
31.1
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
A bit short, turning away as well. Imam-ul-Haq defends it out solidly.
End Of The Over 31 : 125/5
3 Runs
  • 130.1
  • 130.2
  • 030.3
  • 130.4
  • 030.5
  • 030.6
S. Ahmed
1 (5)
Imam
49 (79)
P. Jayasuriya
14-0-50-3
30.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Sarfaraz Ahmed
On off, Sarfaraz Ahmed gets back on defensive duties.
30.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Sarfaraz Ahmed
Looped up, on off. Ahmed is unable to time it well, but is fortunate enough to see the ball land before the fielder at mid on.
30.4
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Shorter, on the pads, Imam-ul-Haq tucks it to square leg for a single.
30.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Around off, defended watchfully.
30.2
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Sarfaraz Ahmed
Tossed up, around off. Ahmed uses his feet now and drives it to the left of mid off. One taken.
30.1
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
This is full, outside off. Imam-ul-Haq uses his feet, gets behind the line and slogs it through mid-wicket only for one.
End Of The Over 30 : 122/5
5 Runs
  • 129.1
  • 029.2
  • 429.3
  • W 29.4
  • 029.5
  • 029.6
S. Ahmed
0 (2)
Imam
47 (76)
R. Mendis
13-1-61-1
29.6
0
Ramesh Mendis To Sarfaraz Ahmed
Two dots in a row to end a wicket-taking over. Very full, outside off. Ahmed prods and blocks it to short leg off the inner half.
29.5
0
Ramesh Mendis To Sarfaraz Ahmed
A low full toss, on leg. Ahmed comes down the track and flicks it into mid-wicket, only to find the fielder.
Drinks! Pakistan are on the verge of victory now as they have managed this chase really well on this difficult surface. Sri Lanka got the breakthrough but it is too little too late for them. Also, Sarfaraz Ahmed is the next man in.
29.4
W
Ramesh Mendis To Saud Shakeel OUT!
OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Ramesh Mendis with a peach of a delivery to get rid of Saud Shakeel who was certainly taking on the Sri Lanka bowling attack. Ramesh Mendis serves a full one, around off, that comes in with the arm. The ball though turns away sharply from the bat of Saud Shakeel, only to get nicked. Sadeera Samarawickrama takes a sharp catch.
29.3
4
Ramesh Mendis To Saud Shakeel
FOUR! Beautiful shot. Ramesh Mendis goes full, around off. Saud Shakeel uses his feet this, gets to the pitch of it, opens the face of the bat and drives it uppishly over covers for a cracking boundary,
29.2
0
Ramesh Mendis To Saud Shakeel
Saud Shakeel prods to this full one and defends it.
29.1
1
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Quicker one, darted on the pads. Imam-ul-Haq clips it to mid on for one.
End Of The Over 29 : 117/4
9 Runs
  • 128.1
  • 028.2
  • 028.3
  • 428.4
  • 028.5
  • 428.6
S. Shakeel
26 (35)
Imam
46 (75)
P. Jayasuriya
13-0-47-3
28.6
4
Prabath Jayasuriya To Saud Shakeel
FOUR! Saud Shakeel seems to be in a hurry to end things here. It is fuller, on off. Saud Shakeel goes down on one knee and sweeps it along the ground through mid-wicket for four runs.
28.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Saud Shakeel
Around off, blocked out.
28.4
4
Prabath Jayasuriya To Saud Shakeel
FOUR! Amazing shot. Prabath Jayasuriya goes full, outside off. Saud Shakeel covers his stumps and reverse-sweeps it through backward point, the ball races away.
28.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Saud Shakeel
On off, blocked away watchfully.
28.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Saud Shakeel
Flatter one, outside off. It comes in with the arm, but chnages its trajectory as soon as it grips. Saud Shakeel finds it difficult to deal with it.
28.1
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Imam-ul-Haq knocks this full ball to mid off and hares across to the other end for a quick single.
End Of The Over 28 : 108/4
4 Runs
  • 427.1
  • 027.2
  • 027.3
  • 027.4
  • 027.5
  • 027.6
S. Shakeel
18 (30)
Imam
45 (74)
R. Mendis
12-1-56-0
27.6
0
Ramesh Mendis To Saud Shakeel
Flights this one up, around off. The ball grips and turns away sharply. Saud Shakeel tries to block it away but gets beaten on the outside edge.
27.5
0
Ramesh Mendis To Saud Shakeel
Much fuller, on off stump. Shakeel gets it behind point on the off side off the outer half.
27.4
0
Ramesh Mendis To Saud Shakeel
Tossed up, on off, blocked away from inside the crease.
27.3
0
Ramesh Mendis To Saud Shakeel
A bit short, on top of off. Shakeel stays back and knocks it into covers. Could not find the gap though.
27.2
0
Ramesh Mendis To Saud Shakeel
On off, blocked.
27.1
4
Ramesh Mendis To Saud Shakeel
FOUR! Beautiful shot! Saud Shakeel making it look so easy. It is a flighted one, on leg stump. Saud Shakeel shuffles, gets down on one knee and scoops it towards fine leg. The fielder gives it a chase but loses the race with the ball.
End Of The Over 27 : 104/4
2 Runs
  • 026.1
  • 026.2
  • 026.3
  • 026.4
  • 126.5
  • 126.6
S. Shakeel
14 (24)
Imam
45 (74)
P. Jayasuriya
12-0-38-3
26.6
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Saud Shakeel
Saud Shakeel now crosses for a single, as Saud Shakeel drives it down the park.
26.5
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
A single now as this is pushed into covers.
26.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Imam-ul-Haq uses his feet this time on the full one. He almost yorks himself, but does well to see it out with the bat.
26.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Imam-ul-Haq now defends this full one off the front foot. The spinners cutting down the run flow here.
26.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Around off, on a fuller length. Imam-ul-Haq defends it out with ease.
26.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Looped up, around off, blocked.
End Of The Over 26 : 102/4
2 Runs
  • 025.1
  • 025.2
  • 225.3
  • 025.4
  • 025.5
  • 025.6
S. Shakeel
13 (23)
Imam
44 (69)
de Silva
2-1-2-0
25.6
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Saud Shakeel
Three dots in a row to end the over. Much fuller, around off. Saud Shakeel remains solid in his defense.
25.5
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Saud Shakeel
Attcking the sticks, blocked out watchfully.
25.4
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Saud Shakeel
A dot now! Pushed through quicker, on off. Saud Shakeel blocks it out solidly.
25.3
2
Dhananjaya de Silva To Saud Shakeel
Saud Shakeel now drives this full ball through covers for a brace.
25.2
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Saud Shakeel
Floated and full, around off. Shakeel prods and blocks it out watchfully.
25.1
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Saud Shakeel
Coming in with the arm, flighted, on leg. Shakeel nudges it into mid-wicket. Saud Shakeel looks for a single here but Imam-ul-Haq was busy ball-watching this time.
End Of The Over 25 : 100/4
8 Runs
  • 024.1
  • 124.2
  • 124.3
  • 124.4
  • 424.5
  • 124.6
S. Shakeel
11 (17)
Imam
44 (69)
P. Jayasuriya
11-0-36-3
24.6
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Saud Shakeel
In the air...safe! A floated delivery, full and on off, Saud Shakeel goes for the sweep but gets a top edge as the ball lands safely in the backward square leg area. They cross.
24.5
4
Prabath Jayasuriya To Saud Shakeel
FOUR! Fine shot! This is flighted and around off, Saud Shakeel dances down the track and smacks it over the bowler's head for a boundary.
24.4
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Looped up, full and on off, Imam-ul-Haq jams it out towards mid off for another run.
24.3
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Saud Shakeel
Floated, full and on off, Saud Shakeel clips it wide of mid on for a run.
24.2
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Tossed up, on middle, Imam-ul-Haq comes forward and takes it on the full to drill it wide of long on for a single.
24.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Flatter, short and on middle, Imam-ul-Haq uses his feet but only manages to block it back to the bowler.
End Of The Over 24 : 92/4
0 Runs
  • 023.1
  • 023.2
  • 023.3
  • 023.4
  • 023.5
  • 023.6
S. Shakeel
5 (14)
Imam
42 (66)
de Silva
1-1-0-0
23.6
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Saud Shakeel
A maiden over then! This is looped up, full and on middle, Saud Shakeel leans forward and dead-bats it.
23.5
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Saud Shakeel
Quicker, short and on middle, Saud Shakeel negotiates it well again.
23.4
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Saud Shakeel
Flighted, full and on off, Saud Shakeel prods forward to defend it.
23.3
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Saud Shakeel
A bit short and on off, Saud Shakeel stays back and taps it to short covers.
23.2
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Saud Shakeel
Tossed up, full and on off, Saud Shakeel pushes it back to the bowler.
23.1
0
Dhananjaya de Silva To Saud Shakeel
Dhananjaya de Silva starts with a floated delivery, full and on off, Saud Shakeel knocks it towards short covers.
End Of The Over 23 : 92/4
2 Runs
  • 022.1
  • 122.2
  • 122.3
  • 022.4
  • 022.5
  • 022.6
Imam
42 (66)
S. Shakeel
5 (8)
P. Jayasuriya
10-0-28-3
22.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Gives this one some more air, on off, turns in sharply, Imam-ul-Haq looks to drive but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
22.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Looped up, full and on middle, Imam-ul-Haq defends it on the front foot.
22.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Flighted, full and on middle, Imam-ul-Haq blocks it out well.
22.3
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Saud Shakeel
Flatter, full and on off, Saud Shakeel eases it towards long on for a run.
22.2
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Floated, full and on off, Imam-ul-Haq comes forward and pushes it through covers for a single.
22.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Tossed up, full and on middle, Imam-ul-Haq uses his feet to work it away, but yorks himself and digs it out.
End Of The Over 22 : 90/4
11 Runs
  • 621.1
  • 121.2
  • 021.3
  • 421.4
  • 021.5
  • 021.6
S. Shakeel
4 (7)
Imam
41 (61)
R. Mendis
11-1-52-0
21.6
0
Ramesh Mendis To Saud Shakeel
Another short delivery, on middle, Saud Shakeel moves back and keeps it out to the off side.
21.5
0
Ramesh Mendis To Saud Shakeel
Short again, on off, Saud Shakeel dabs it towards point.
21.4
4
Ramesh Mendis To Saud Shakeel
FOUR! Easy pickings! Ramesh Mendis drags his length, outside off, Saud Shakeel moves back and cuts it late past backward point for a boundary.
21.3
0
Ramesh Mendis To Saud Shakeel
Flighted, full and on middle, Saud Shakeel blocks it back to the bowler.
21.2
1
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Floated, full and on middle, Imam-ul-Haq clips it towards mid on for a single.
21.1
6
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
BANG! Imam-ul-Haq goes big! This is tossed up, on off, Imam-ul-Haq dances down the track and launches it against the turn over the long off fence for a biggie.
End Of The Over 21 : 79/4
1 Runs
  • 120.1
  • 020.2
  • W 20.3
  • 020.4
  • 020.5
  • 020.6
S. Shakeel
0 (3)
Imam
34 (59)
P. Jayasuriya
9-0-26-3
20.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Saud Shakeel
Lovely delivery! This is flatter, short and on off, skids through and angles away, Saud Shakeel stays back to keep it out but gets beaten on the outside edge.
20.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Saud Shakeel
Looped up, full and on off, Saud Shakeel works it wide of the bowler where Prabath Jayasuriya runs to his left to stop it with his foot.
20.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Saud Shakeel
Slower through the air, short and on off, turns in, Saud Shakeel moves across to play but misses and gets hit around his thigh pads.
Who walks in now? It will be Saud Shakeel.
20.3
W
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam OUT!
OUT! LBW! Prabath Jayasuriya strikes! Just what Sri Lanka needed as they are delighted to see the back of Babar Azam. This is nicely tossed up, full and on middle, angles in without any turn, Babar Azam prods forward to block as he expects the turn away, but plays completely down the wrong line to get hit on the pads in front of the stumps. There is a huge appeal for LBW, and up goes the finger. Babar Azam takes the review, but UltraEdge shows no bat involved and Ball Tracking indicates three reds. Pakistan four down now!
20.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Is that a catch? No, it is not. This is floated, full and on middle, Babar Azam sweeps it hard as the ball hits short leg around his shin before looping to short mid-wicket.
20.1
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Tossed up, full and on middle, Imam-ul-Haq comes forward and drills it wide of long on for a single.
End Of The Over 20 : 78/3
5 Runs
  • 019.1
  • 019.2
  • 019.3
  • 119.4
  • 419.5
  • 019.6
B. Azam
24 (26)
Imam
33 (58)
R. Mendis
10-1-41-0
19.6
0
Ramesh Mendis To Babar Azam
Slower through the air, on middle, Babar Azam turns it to short leg.
19.5
4
Ramesh Mendis To Babar Azam
FOUR! Babar Azam finds the fence again! This is flatter, full and around leg, Babar Azam goes down for the sweep but gets a bottom edge as the ball runs away to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
19.4
1
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Looped up, full and on off, Imam-ul-Haq pushes it towards covers for a single.
19.3
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Flighted, full and on off, Imam-ul-Haq guides it wit the outer half towards point.
19.2
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
BEAUTY! Floated, short and on off, grips and tuns away sharply, Imam-ul-Haq is stuck on his crease and has a poke but gets beaten on the outside edge.
19.1
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Tossed up, full and on middle, Imam-ul-Haq blocks it down the pitch.
End Of The Over 19 : 73/3
5 Runs
  • 018.1
  • 4 B 18.2
  • 018.3
  • 118.4
  • 018.5
  • 018.6
B. Azam
20 (24)
Imam
32 (54)
P. Jayasuriya
8-0-25-2
18.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Looped up, full and on middle, Babar Azam is solid in his defense.
18.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Flighted, full and on middle, Babar Azam prods forward to keep it out.
18.4
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Flatter, full and on middle, Imam-ul-Haq drills it towards long on for a single.
18.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Tossed up, full and on middle, Imam-ul-Haq defends it on the front foot.
18.2
b
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
FOUR BYES! Beats everyone! Prabath Jayasuriya floats this up, full and around off, lands in the rough and turns in sharply and a long way, Imam-ul-Haq looks to drive but misses and Sadeera Samarawickrama fails to stop it as well as the ball races to the fence for a boundary.
18.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
A bit short and on off, Imam-ul-Haq stays back and blocks it out.
End Of The Over 18 : 68/3
5 Runs
  • 217.1
  • 117.2
  • 117.3
  • 117.4
  • 017.5
  • 017.6
B. Azam
20 (22)
Imam
31 (50)
R. Mendis
9-1-36-0
17.6
0
Ramesh Mendis To Babar Azam
Gives this one some air as well, on off, Babar Azam defends it on the front foot.
17.5
0
Ramesh Mendis To Babar Azam
Looped up, full and on off, turns in, Babar Azam goes for the drive but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
17.4
1
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Flighted, full and on middle, Imam-ul-Haq uses his feet and tucks it towards mid on for another run.
17.3
1
Ramesh Mendis To Babar Azam
Floated, full and on off, Babar Azam taps it to the off side for a quick run.
17.2
1
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Tossed up, full and on middle, turns away, Imam-ul-Haq tries to flick but gets a leading edge in front of covers for a single.
17.1
2
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Short and outside off Imam-ul-Haq cuts it towards deep point for a couple of runs.
End Of The Over 17 : 63/3
7 Runs
  • 116.1
  • 116.2
  • 116.3
  • 016.4
  • 416.5
  • 016.6
B. Azam
19 (19)
Imam
27 (47)
P. Jayasuriya
7-0-24-2
16.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Slightly shorter and on middle, Babar Azam works it towards short mid-wicket.
16.5
4
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
FOUR! Nice use of the feet! This is looped up, on middle, Babar Azam skips down the track, takes it on the full and whips it past mid on for a boundary.
16.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Flighted, full and on middle, Babar Azam tucks it to short leg.
16.3
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Short and on middle, Imam-ul-Haq moves back and clips it through mid-wicket for another run.
16.2
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Tossed up, shortish and on middle, turns in, Babar Azam defends it off the inner half past short leg for a run.
16.1
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Prabath Jayasuriya begins with a floated delivery, full and on off, Imam-ul-Haq steers it towards point for a single.
Prabath Jayasuriya to share the attack.
End Of The Over 16 : 56/3
8 Runs
  • 415.1
  • 015.2
  • 015.3
  • 015.4
  • 415.5
  • 015.6
B. Azam
14 (15)
Imam
25 (45)
R. Mendis
8-1-31-0
15.6
0
Ramesh Mendis To Babar Azam
Looped up, full and on middle, turns in, Babar Azam prods forward to block but misses and gets hit on the pads. There is a stifled appeal, but turned down.
15.5
4
Ramesh Mendis To Babar Azam
FOUR! Another boundary! This is short again, on middle, turning in, Babar Azam once again moves back and nudges it well past leg slip and short fine leg for four more runs.
15.4
0
Ramesh Mendis To Babar Azam
Flighted, full and on middle, Babar Azam turns it past short leg.
15.3
0
Ramesh Mendis To Babar Azam
Tossed up, full and on middle, turns sharply to the leg side, Babar Azam misses his flick.
15.2
0
Ramesh Mendis To Babar Azam
Floated, full and on middle, turns into the leg side, Babar Azam leaves it alone.
15.1
4
Ramesh Mendis To Babar Azam
FOUR! A poor delivery and rightly punished! Ramesh Mendis lands this short and around leg, turns in, Babar Azam moves back and drags it towards the deep square leg fence for a boundary.
Day 5 all set to begin! The players are making their way out to the middle now. Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq stride out to bat for Pakistan. Ramesh Mendis to start proceedings with the ball. Here we go...
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have mostly played catch-up to the visitors and it is their batting and catching that has let them down massively. Dhananjaya de Silva once again fought bravely without much support from the other end except for a half-century from Nishan Madushka and good contribution from Ramesh Mendis, but they knew that their bowlers didn't have plenty to play with. However, Prabath Jayasuriya and Mendis were excellent and made things somewhat interesting as the former picked up a couple of wickets while they also forced a run out before stumps on Day 4. Still they need something really special from someone to get the win here. Will the be able to pull off the unthinkable? Or will Pakistan take a 1-0 lead? We will find out soon.
Pakistan have been better than the hosts in most of the sessions and that is why they are ahead in the game. On Day 4, Nauman Ali, Abrar Ahmed and Agha Salman took full advantage of the spinning conditions while Shaheen Afridi used the second new ball effectively to bowl the Lankans out and stopped them from setting a big target. However, they knew that chasing 131 runs also wasn't going to be easy on this track and lost three wickets including Ali who came out as the night watchman, but they do have Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq at the middle who could use their experience to get them over the line.
Hello and a warm welcome folks! The fifth and final Day of this gripping first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan is not too far away and we are guaranteed to get a result either way. Even though rain played a huge part, this game moved at a good pace and the equation is simple now as Pakistan need 83 runs while Sri Lanka require the remaining 7 wickets to win the Test.
... DAY 5, SESSION 1 ...
Right then, that is it from an exciting Day 4 where the hosts tried their level best to make a match out of this but Pakistan still has the resources to finish this off. The fifth and final Day will start at 9.45 am IST (4.15 am GMT), but you can join us early for the build-up. Cheers.
Pakistan, on the other hand, will be happy with how things went. Their spin duo of Nauman Ali and Abrar Ahmed shared six wickets between them while Agha Salman got two as well with Shaheen Afridi providing good support. However, they struggled to get rid of Dhananjaya de Silva or else they would have been chasing something under a 100. Once they got him out, it took them less than 6 overs to bowl the hosts out. While chasing, Pakistan scored the runs but lost three wickets as well but they are still the favorite to win this game with Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq at the crease.
Sri Lanka started with both their openers finding the boundaries at a good rate but once their skipper Dimuth Karunaratne got dismissed, they weren't able to build up partnerships and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. However, it was Dhananjaya de Silva once again for them who stood out with a brilliant 82 while good contributions from Ramesh Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal helped them give their bowlers something to have a go at. Their bowlers were on point right from the start and with the pitch turning a lot, spinners were always going to be crucial. Prabath Jayasuriya led from the front with two wickets while another one fell to run out. The hosts know that they don't have many runs to play with and will need to make early inroads on Day 5.
A riveting Day of Test cricket comes to an end! Sri Lanka showed good fight and resilience but it is the visitors who have a firm grip on this game. The equation is simple as Pakistan need 83 runs to win while the hosts need something extraordinary to happen to turn this game in their favor.
End Of The Over 15 : 48/3
5 Runs
  • 014.1
  • 014.2
  • 014.3
  • 414.4
  • 114.5
  • 014.6
Imam
25 (45)
B. Azam
6 (9)
P. Jayasuriya
6-0-17-2
14.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Flighted delivery outside off, Imam-ul-Haq advances down the ground and pushes this back to the bowler. This would the end of this day's play.
14.5
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Tossed up on off, Babar Azam pushes this to mid on and takes a single.
14.4
4
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
FOUR! Tossed up around pads, Babar Azam stands tall and tucks this to the vacant fine leg region and earns himself and his side four runs here.
14.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Fuller one in middle, Babar Azam pushes this to the mid on fielder for no run.
14.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Tossed up no off, Babar Azam defends this off the front foot.
14.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Babar Azam
Fuller delivery sliding down leg, Babar Azam looks to defend but gets hit on his pads. Loud appeal by the fielding side but the umpire has turned this down. Sri Lanka has opted for a review here and the ball tracker shows that the ball would have missed the leg pole.
End Of The Over 14 : 43/3
5 Runs
  • 013.1
  • 013.2
  • 013.3
  • 113.4
  • 413.5
  • 013.6
Imam
25 (44)
B. Azam
1 (4)
R. Mendis
7-1-23-0
13.6
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Tossed up on off, Imam-ul-Haq drives this to cover for no run.
13.5
4
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
FOUR! Short-pitched delivery outside off, Imam-ul-Haq hops back and pulls this through the mid-wicket region for a boundary.
13.4
1
Ramesh Mendis To Babar Azam
Tossed up on off, Babar Azam flicks this towards the long on region for a single.
13.3
0
Ramesh Mendis To Babar Azam
Tossed up outside off, Babar Azam defends this for no run.
13.2
0
Ramesh Mendis To Babar Azam
Fuller one around off, Babar Azam defends this off the front foot back towards the bowler.
13.1
0
Ramesh Mendis To Babar Azam
Tossed up in middle, Babar Azam defends this solidly.
Babar Azam comes out to the middle now.
End Of The Over 13 : 38/3
1 Runs
  • 012.1
  • 012.2
  • 012.3
  • 012.4
  • 012.5
  • W 12.6
Imam
21 (42)
N. Ali
0 (7)
P. Jayasuriya
5-0-12-2
12.6
W
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq OUT!
OUT! RUN-OUT! OH DEAR ME, What have they done in the middle. The night watchman has to walk back as he has been run out at the non-striking end looking to take an extra run. Tossed up around middle, Imam-ul-Haq flicks this towards the deep square leg region and runs a single but Imam-ul-Haq calls for the second and Nauman Ali just ran to sacrifice his wicket here. A brain-fade moment dismisses Nauman Ali from the middle. Ramesh Mendis chose the correct end to throw as Nauman Ali was no where near the crease.
12.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Fuller one around the off-stump line, Imam-ul-Haq pushes this to cover for no run.
12.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Arm delivery outside off, Imam-ul-Haq defends this off his back foot for no run.
12.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Tossed up in middle, Imam-ul-Haq pushes this towards the mid-wicket region for no run.
12.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Fuller one on off, Imam-ul-Haq defends this right underneath his eyeline.
12.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Fuller one just outside off, Imam-ul-Haq looks to defend but the ball clips his pads first.
End Of The Over 12 : 37/2
1 Runs
  • 111.1
  • 011.2
  • 011.3
  • 011.4
  • 011.5
  • 011.6
N. Ali
0 (7)
Imam
20 (36)
R. Mendis
6-1-18-0
11.6
0
Ramesh Mendis To Nauman Ali
Tossed up in middle, Nauman Ali tucks this to the on side for no run.
11.5
0
Ramesh Mendis To Nauman Ali
Quicker and flatter in middle, Nauman Ali strides out and block this.
11.4
0
Ramesh Mendis To Nauman Ali
Fuller one around off, Nauman Ali defends this well.
11.3
0
Ramesh Mendis To Nauman Ali
Fuller one around the middle, Nauman Ali solidly blocks this out.
11.2
0
Ramesh Mendis To Nauman Ali
Tossed up just outside off, Nauman Ali looks to play the drive but gets beaten.
11.1
1
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Tossed up on off, Imam-ul-Haq pushes this to the off side for a single.
End Of The Over 11 : 36/2
1 Runs
  • 110.1
  • 010.2
  • 010.3
  • W 10.4
  • 010.5
  • 010.6
N. Ali
0 (2)
Imam
19 (35)
P. Jayasuriya
4-0-11-2
10.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Nauman Ali
Tossed up on off, Nauman Ali flicks this to short fine leg for no run.
10.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Nauman Ali
Fuller one on off, Nauman Ali defends this right underneath his eye line.
Nauman Ali comes out as the nighwatchman.
10.4
W
Prabath Jayasuriya To Shan Masood OUT!
OUT! DEFLECTION OF HIS BAT ONTO THE PADS AND GONE! Tossed up around middle, Shan Masood advances down the ground as he looks to block this but gets an edge onto his pads and straight in the hands of Nishan Madushka at short fine leg for his dismissal.
10.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Shan Masood
Fuller one around off, Shan Masood strides forward and defends this off his pads.
10.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Shan Masood
Tossed up on off, Shan Masood defends this off the front foot.
10.1
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Short of a length in middle, Imam-ul-Haq tucks this towards the on side for a single.
End Of The Over 10 : 35/1
7 Runs
  • 49.1
  • 09.2
  • 19.3
  • 09.4
  • 19.5
  • 19.6
Imam
18 (34)
S. Masood
7 (8)
R. Mendis
5-1-17-0
9.6
1
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Tossed up on off,  Imam-ul-Haq drives this through mid on for a single.
9.5
1
Ramesh Mendis To Shan Masood
Full and wide outside off, Shan Masood drives this towards mid off for a single.
9.4
0
Ramesh Mendis To Shan Masood
Tossed up on off, Shan Masood defends this of his front foot.
9.3
1
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Fuller one around middle, Imam-ul-Haq tucks this towards mid on for a single.
9.2
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Tossed up in middle, Imam-ul-Haq defends this off the front foot.
9.1
4
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
FOUR! Short and wide outside off, Imam-ul-Haq hops back and cuts this towards point for a boundary.
End Of The Over 9 : 28/1
8 Runs
  • 18.1
  • 1 LB 8.2
  • 08.3
  • 48.4
  • 18.5
  • 18.6
Imam
12 (30)
S. Masood
6 (6)
P. Jayasuriya
3-0-10-1
8.6
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Looped up, full and on middle, Imam-ul-Haq uses his feet and eases it to long on for one.
8.5
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Shan Masood
Short and on middle, Shan Masood nudges it on the ground as the it bounces over short leg. They cross.
8.4
4
Prabath Jayasuriya To Shan Masood
FOUR! Glorious shot! Prabath Jayasuriya lands this a bit short and outside off, Shan Masood moves back and punches it through covers for a lovely boundary.
8.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Shan Masood
Flighted, full and on middle, Shan Masood uses his feet to turn it to the leg side.
8.2
lb
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Floated, full and on leg, Imam-ul-Haq misses his flick as the ball goes off his pads towards fine leg. A leg bye is taken.
8.1
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Shan Masood
Tossed up, full and on leg, Shan Masood uses his feet and tucks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
End Of The Over 8 : 20/1
4 Runs
  • 07.1
  • 07.2
  • 07.3
  • 07.4
  • 47.5
  • 07.6
Imam
11 (28)
S. Masood
0 (2)
R. Mendis
4-1-10-0
7.6
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Looped up, full and on middle, Imam-ul-Haq keeps it out to the off side.
7.5
4
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
FOUR! Good shot! Ramesh Mendis lands this short and around off, Imam-ul-Haq moves back and whips it towards the deep mid-wicket fence for a boundary.
7.4
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Flighted, full and on middle, Imam-ul-Haq defends it on the front foot.
7.3
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Short and on off, Imam-ul-Haq slaps it towards short covers.
7.2
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Floated, full and on off, turns away, Imam-ul-Haq leaves it alone.
7.1
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Tossed up, full and on middle, Imam-ul-Haq drills it back to the bowler.
End Of The Over 7 : 16/1
1 Runs
  • 16.1
  • 06.2
  • 06.3
  • W 6.4
  • 06.5
  • 06.6
S. Masood
0 (2)
Imam
7 (22)
P. Jayasuriya
2-0-3-1
6.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Shan Masood
A bit short and on middle, Shan Masood keeps it out to the leg side.
6.5
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Shan Masood
Tossed up, full and on middle, Shan Masood turns it to short leg.
Shan Masood walks out to bat at number 3.
6.4
W
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique OUT!
OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Prabath Jayasuriya draws first blood! Sri Lanka have an early breakthrough! This is flatter, full and on off, turns away sharply, Abdullah Shafique prods forward to defend but only manages to get a very thin edge behind where Sadeera Samarawickrama lets it through his gloves but the ball gets stuck between his thighs. The umpire gives out after some time but Shafique takes the review. However, UltraEdge confirms the edge and Pakistan lose their first wicket and the review as well.
6.3
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Floated, full and no off, Abdullah Shafique defends it on the front foot.
6.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Tossed up, full and on middle, Abdullah Shafique blocks it out.
6.1
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Short and on leg, Imam-ul-Haq pats it past short leg for a single.
End Of The Over 6 : 15/0
5 Runs
  • 05.1
  • 05.2
  • 45.3
  • 15.4
  • 05.5
  • 05.6
A. Shafique
8 (15)
Imam
6 (21)
R. Mendis
3-1-6-0
5.6
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Flighted, full and on middle, turns in again, Abdullah Shafique looks to defend but misses and gets hit high on the pads.
5.5
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Oh..some turn! Ramesh Mendis lands this short on off, lands on the dust and turns in a long way, Abdullah Shafique looks to cut but gets squared up and the ball hits him high on the body.
5.4
1
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Flatter, full and on middle, Imam-ul-Haq tucks it wide of mid-wicket for a single.
5.3
4
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
FOUR! Positive intent! This is flighted, full and on middle, Imam-ul-Haq skips down the track and lofts it towards the long on fence for a one-bounce four.
5.2
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Floated, full and on middle, Imam-ul-Haq blocks it out.
5.1
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Tossed up, short and on off, turns away, Imam-ul-Haq looks to pull but gets a bottom edge on the bounce to first slip.
End Of The Over 5 : 10/0
2 Runs
  • 04.1
  • 04.2
  • 14.3
  • 04.4
  • 14.5
  • 04.6
A. Shafique
8 (13)
Imam
1 (17)
P. Jayasuriya
1-0-2-0
4.6
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Short again, on off, Abdullah Shafique punches it towards covers.
4.5
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Short and around leg, Imam-ul-Haq nudges it through backward square leg for a run.
4.4
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Imam-ul-Haq
Slower through the air, on off, Imam-ul-Haq comes forward and taps it towards short covers and calls for the run but is sent back.
4.3
1
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Flighted, full and on off, Abdullah Shafique uses his feet and drives towards mid off for a quick single.
4.2
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Floated, full and on middle, Abdullah Shafique keeps it out to the leg side.
4.1
0
Prabath Jayasuriya To Abdullah Shafique
Tossed up, full and on off, Abdullah Shafique blocks it out.
End Of The Over 4 : 8/0
1 Runs
  • 03.1
  • 13.2
  • 03.3
  • 03.4
  • 03.5
  • 03.6
Imam
0 (15)
A. Shafique
7 (9)
R. Mendis
2-1-1-0
3.6
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
TURN AND BOUNCE! Tossed up outside off, Imam-ul-Haq looks to block it out but gets beaten by the spin away with extra bounce.
3.5
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Fuller one on off, Imam-ul-Haq defends this off his front foot.
3.4
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Short and wide of off, Imam-ul-Haq cuts this towards point for no run.
3.3
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Tossed up outside off, Imam-ul-Haq defends this off his front foot.
3.2
1
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Tossed up around off, Abdullah Shafique tucks this towards fine leg for a single.
3.1
0
Ramesh Mendis To Abdullah Shafique
Tossed up sliding down leg, Abdullah Shafique looks to defend but it turns down leg.
End Of The Over 3 : 7/0
1 Runs
  • 1 LB 2.1
  • 02.2
  • 02.3
  • 02.4
  • 02.5
  • 02.6
Imam
0 (11)
A. Shafique
6 (7)
V. Fernando
2-1-6-0
2.6
0
Vishwa Fernando To Imam-ul-Haq
Good length delivery on off, Imam-ul-Haq pushes this towards the off side for no run.
2.5
0
Vishwa Fernando To Imam-ul-Haq
Fuller one around pads, Imam-ul-Haq blocks it out towards the bowler.
2.4
0
Vishwa Fernando To Imam-ul-Haq
On a length around off, Imam-ul-Haq pushes this towards the off side for no run.
2.3
0
Vishwa Fernando To Imam-ul-Haq
On a length around off, Imam-ul-Haq defends this off his front foot.
2.2
0
Vishwa Fernando To Imam-ul-Haq
On a length around off, Imam-ul-Haq gets late to the stroke as the ball has bumped into his front pad. Lous appeal but the umpire turns this down and the fielding side has opted for a reviver. The ball tracker shows that the impact was outside off and it saves Imam-ul-Haq.
2.1
lb
Vishwa Fernando To Abdullah Shafique
Leg bye. On a length around the pads, Abdullah Shafique tucks this off his pads towards short fine leg for a single.
End Of The Over 2 : 6/0
0 Runs
  • 01.1
  • 01.2
  • 01.3
  • 01.4
  • 01.5
  • 01.6
Imam
0 (6)
A. Shafique
6 (6)
R. Mendis
1-1-0-0
1.6
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Fuller one around the pads, Imam-ul-Haq flicks this to short mid-wicket for no run.
1.5
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Tossed up on off, Imam-ul-Haq keeps it out.
1.4
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Off-break pitching on off and turning away from the left hander, Imam-ul-Haq defends this off his front foot.
1.3
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Fuller one outside off, Imam-ul-Haq defends this right underneath his eyeline.
1.2
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Short of a length around middle, Imam-ul-Haq tucks this towards the on side for no run.
1.1
0
Ramesh Mendis To Imam-ul-Haq
Tossed up around off, Imam-ul-Haq defends this off the front foot for no run.
Ramesh Mendis to share the attack.
End Of The Over 1 : 6/0
6 Runs
  • 20.1
  • 00.2
  • 40.3
  • 00.4
  • 00.5
  • 00.6
A. Shafique
6 (6)
Imam
0 (0)
V. Fernando
1-0-6-0
0.6
0
Vishwa Fernando To Abdullah Shafique
Good length delivery on off, Abdullah Shafique defends this of the front foot for no run.
0.5
0
Vishwa Fernando To Abdullah Shafique
Fuller one around pads, sliding down leg, Abdullah Shafique looks to flick but misses out.
0.4
0
Vishwa Fernando To Abdullah Shafique
Fuller one around off, Abdullah Shafique defends this off his front foot for no run.
0.3
4
Vishwa Fernando To Abdullah Shafique
FOUR! On a length around the pads again, Abdullah Shafique flicks this and runs this down towards the fine leg region for a boundary.
0.2
0
Vishwa Fernando To Abdullah Shafique
Wide yorker, Abdullah Shafique leans low and defends this well towards the off side.
0.1
2
Vishwa Fernando To Abdullah Shafique
On a length around the pads, Abdullah Shafique tucks this towards deep square leg for a couple of runs.