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Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 1st Test, Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

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Cheers for your warm company. Do join us back for Mahela's final Test at Colombo, starting on 14th. He has racked up 2863 runs at an average of over 75 at the SSC. Can he sign off with a big one in his farewell Test? Until then, take care and adios!
Mathews: 'It was one of the best games that I have taken part. Kumar was brilliant and Rangana got us back into the game. We have been playing pretty good cricket, we never gave up till the last ball was bowled. Mahela is an unbelievable player, thanks to Mahela on the bahalf of the team. Hopefully we send him off in the right way with a win. I was praying. We will try to enjoy the victory and try to win the next game.'
Misbah: 'The dropped catches were vital. We dropped Sanga, that really hurt us and we could have improved our batting in the second innings. We were just trying to take the game till the end, the weather was like that. Sri Lanka deserved to win. They were right on top of their game. We posted a good first innings total. Ajmal was a big positive for us, Younis is in good form, Junaid bowled well. We need to forget these sort of games but you need to give credit to the opposition. Sanga's innings put us back under pressure and Rangana bowled a superb spell.'
Herath: 'We have stayed together and worked as a unit. If you take this match and last 2-3 games, we have done well. There is usually something in the pitch on the fourth and fifth days. This is our gift to Mahela. Congrats to Sanga, he set up the game for us.'
Rangana Herath is the Man of the Match
Mahela: 'It is very special (the firecrackers go boom again). The best thing is the team. We have been playing well in the last 12 months. Emotions aside, we will enjoy this win. Sanga was brilliant and so was Angie. I will try to enjoy the final game as much as I can and try to win it.'
Jayananda Warnaweera presents a special award to Mahela for his outstanding contribution to cricket.
As I type rain continues to lash Galle. Do stick around for the presentation and quotes from both the captains.
Early on, Rangana Herath with his straighter ones, turners and carrom balls, spun a web around the visitors, bowling them out for 180 with a 6-fer. He was ably backed up by Dilruwan. The story could have been uglier for Pakistan if not for Sarfraz's fighting fifty. What a thrilling finish amid near pitch darkness with Sri Lanka exacting revenge for their loss in Sharjah in January in similar conditions!
So, Sri Lanka have braved rain and the Pakistani challenge to go 1-0 up in Mahela's farewell series. There was an enormous buzz around Galle when their hero walked out to open the batting alongside Tharanga. Mahela though flattered to deceive and so did his old bro, Sanga. Mathews then sealed the 99-run chase inside the stipulated 21 overs with an assortment of meaty pulls before the rain came down.
16.2 Mohammad Talha to Angelo Mathews 1
1 run, SL win. Ironically, the heavens have opened up after Mathews rushes across for the single. And it's time to unleash the fire crackers. Mathews had his arms aloft and let out a primeval roar before exchanging a high five with Vithanage, who plucked out a stump as a souvenir. Sanga and Mahela jump out of their seats in the change room. Coming to the ball, this was speared in straight, Mathews whipped it to mid-wicket
Drama here at Galle. Talha pulls out just before delivering the ball.
Misbah brings his field in.
16.1 Mohammad Talha to Angelo Mathews 6
SIX, cracker of a hit. Talha digs it short and just outside off, Mathews murders the pull and sends it over deep backward square leg. SL just need 1 run to romp home
Junaid leaked 17 runs from that over. SL need 7 runs to win from 30 balls.

Match details

Toss : Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first

Umpires : Ian Gould (England) and Bruce Oxenford (Australia)

TV umpire : Richard Illingworth (England)

Match referee : Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)

Teams

Sri Lanka : Kaushal Silva, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Angelo Mathews(c), Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Dhammika Prasad, Shaminda Eranga.

Pakistan : Ahmed Shehzad, Khurram Manzoor, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed(wk), Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Talha, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan.

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