Can Pakistan make a comeback to level this series with a win in the third Test? Let's see. That's it from all of us here, do join us for the final Test of this series, which starts from 16th January, 2014. Until then, it's good bye and take care.
Angelo Mathews - Begins saying that the toss was crucial, their bowlers set it up for them, batsmen also performed. Admits, the younger guys are working hard and are trying to stand up to the expectations. Credits Mahela Jayawardene for batting brilliantly. Says he is still learning every day with the help of management which helps him perform well. Calls it a collective effort, everyone chipped in, ends up saying it was a great performance from the team.
Misbah-ul-Haq - Starts off saying their first innings cost them, admits Sri Lanka were brilliant. Says the bowlers tried hard, but they faltered as they did not do the basics right like Sri Lanka. Credits them for playing better cricket. Says it is difficult to get wickets with no help from the pitch. Admits, it will take time for youngsters to learn to bat like him and Younus. Hopes the youngsters will learn as they play more. Says he is happy with the way Bhatti and Sarfraz played, adds Pakistan could have saved the game but failed. Hopes for a better performance in the final Test.
Mahela Jayawardene was adjudged the Man of the Match for his brilliant knock in the first innings that set up the huge lead for Sri Lanka. Remember he was injured while trying to take that catch. Boy, how well has he come off it. Says he was worried about the hand, hoped that it was not serious, so he is happy that he did well. Admits the team played really well, thanking the bowlers as well. Says, the injury hampered him, but thanks Silva for helping him settle down. States, playing for the country is always special, admits he has good company in the dressing room. Says they have a few days off but they know an important match is coming up.
Pakistan, trailing by 223 runs, started horribly losing three quick wickets. Misbah and Younus then played well scoring fifties to get Pakistan closer to the total. Misbah was unfortunate enough to miss out on his century. Shafiq and Bhatti played useful knocks. Sarfraz Ahmed scored a fifty to help Pakistan set a target of 137 runs. Sri Lanka got off to an ideal start with their openers adding 124 runs, with both of them scoring fifties. Sangakkara then came and finished the match for them after Silva was dismissed by Ajmal. Stay tuned for the details from the presentation ceremony.
Sri Lanka started the Test dominating from the first day itself when they bowled out Pakistan for 165. Khurram Manzoor was the only star for Pakistan, top scoring with 73. Sri Lanka then piled on 388 runs, thanks to a brilliant hundred from Mahela Jayawardene and a valiant knock from Kaushal Silva who missed out on his century again.
A comprehensive victory for Sri Lanka. They lead the series 1-0. They bowled brilliantly in the morning taking the remaining wickets and then thanks to their openers, they strolled to a much deserved victory. Karunaratne takes a stump for himself and takes one for his opening partner as well. It's been a good comeback from Sri Lanka after the first two days of this series.
Saeed Ajmal to Kumar Sangakkara
Flatter on middle, Sangakkara nudges it to the leg side and takes the winning single. SRI LANKA WIN BY 9 WICKETS!
FOUR! Finally a FOUR! Shorter outside off, Sangakkara pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Target is just one now.
Rahat Ali to Dimuth Karunaratne
Karunaratne has driven it straight down the ground.
Pushed to the off side off the crease.
Rahat Ali to Kumar Sangakkara
Good length outside off, played to point for a single.
Played to the point region by Sangakkara.
NOT OUT! Sangakkara stays! Good length outside off, comes in, Sangakkara misses his flick. He is struck on his pads. The players appeal but the umpire is unmoved. Pakistan review but the replay shows that it was too high. Pakistan lose all their reviews.
Sangakkara given not out for an LBW appeal. Pakistan review.
Yorker on middle, Sangakkara keeps it out.
On leg, Sangakkara goes for the sweep but misses. They take a bye.
Floated on middle, Sangakkara defends it back.
Saeed Ajmal to Dimuth Karunaratne
Driven to mid off for a run.
Flatter on middle, Karunaratne defends it.