That is all we have from this series which swung from rather monotonous days of cricket to some exciting ones as always expected from the Pakistani cricket team. The best was probably saved for the final day and the four attritional days of cricket before today, has probably been worth it, considering what today had to offer to spectators and fans. The next international game is an ODI between New Zealand and India in Hamilton on 22nd January. Do join us for the coverage. Till then, cheers and goodbye!
Pakistani skipper, Misbah-ul-Haq feels that it was a much wanted win. He really wanted the win for Pakistan and especially for Dave Whatmore. He wishes all the best to Whatmore and appreciates his tenure with the team for the last two-odd years. He adds that the team wanted to go for it and not look at anything else. He finishes off saying that this win will give the team a lot of confidence.
Sri Lankan skipper, Anglo Mathews receives the Man of the Series award. Mathews feels that it was the batting in the second innings which collapsed and contributed to their loss heavily as they were pretty good in the first three and a half days. The Lankan team had thought that Pakistan were desperate to win and would commit mistakes during the chase. The spinners can't be blamed, he feels and having tried a few different things that didn't turn out right, caused this fate to fall upon them.
The Man of the Match award goes to Azhar Ali for helping Pakistan win the game. He says that the message was clear from the team management and his skipper that they had to go for the win. He had a word with Younus Khan on not having made much contribution in the last one year. This innings is of high value for him, rating it as one of his best.
Awards being given to Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad for their centuries. The latter also gets an award for the highest score. Misbah receives the award for Outstanding Performer.
The Pakistan middle order played a great supporting role to Azhar Ali who played an innings of a lifetime. The Sri Lankan bowlers looked listless and couldn't do much as the Pakistan batsmen stamped their authority. Sri Lanka dominated most of the series but the last day of the series changed the whole scenario for Pakistan as they managed to save the series.
What a chase! What a splendid chase by Pakistan. Chasing down 300 in two sessions is a humongous task and they have achieved something special here. This will go down in history as one of the best chases in Tests. Until this morning it seemed as if the match will head towards a draw but Pakistan did well to wrap the Sri Lankan innings up and then lead by Azhar Ali chased down 300 to save the Test series and draw level 1-1.
Shaminda Eranga to Misbah ul Haq
PAKISTAN HAVE WON BY FIVE WICKETS! Back of a length around off, pushed away to the left of point and a quick single is taken with ease to end Pakistan's rout of Sri Lanka on this final day. Misbah completes the run, looks towards the dressing room and does the following - uses his right glove, point towards the right side of his face, twirls his fingers, then moves to the other side of his cheek and twirls his fingers again. If you still haven't got it, he was signalling to their coach Dave Whatmore for who this is the last game as Pakistan's coach. Very good gesture, dedicating the win to him.
Shaminda Eranga to Asad Shafiq
BYE! Pakistan have stolen a bye! Short on middle, Shafiq allows the ball through while Jayawardene fumbles with the gloves and a bye is taken pretty easily.
Short delivery around Misbah's head, he pulls it away to deep square leg for a single.
Suranga Lakmal to Misbah ul Haq
Length on middle, nudged away through square leg for a single.
Full outside off, squeezed away through the covers. The long off fielder was late off the blocks and Misbah gets another couple as Shafiq dives in safely at the bowler's end.
Rehman is ready, all padded and 'helmeted' up. He is standing on the steps waiting to run in, in case a wicket falls.
Suranga Lakmal to Asad Shafiq
Fullish on middle, pushed down to long on for a single.
Asad Shafiq strides out to the crease.
Suranga Lakmal to Azhar Ali
OUT! A late wicket here for Sri Lanka! Fullish on middle, Ali backs away and looks to loft the ball down the ground but gets a thick edge that goes over the stumps and through to Prasanna Jayawardene. Is there going to be an unexpected, miraculous twist in the tale? The ball apparently hit the stumps too as it went to the keeper.
Full on middle, Misbah looks to smash but mistimes the ball down to long on for a single.
FOUR! Beautifully hit! Full on middle and leg, Misbah shuffles across and hoicks the ball Inzy-style to the long leg fence for a boundary.
The umpires have warned the Lankans that they will award Pakistan five penalty runs if they keep wasting time.
Shaminda Eranga to Azhar Ali
Excellent yorker on middle, 135 kph, Ali digs it out back to the bowler!