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Aug 7, 2014
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Sanga and Silva are looking rock solid and if they can continue in the same vein, can go on to post big scores tomorrow. Pakistan bowling attack has been good but luck has deserted them somehow throughout the day.
Kaushal Silva and Sangakkara have dropped anchor and are frustrating the Pakistan bowlers. There have been a lot of edges but the ball has not carried to the fielders. Abdur Rehman is performing well with the ball too and a wicket looks inevitable.
Sangakkara and Silva have dropped anchor and are looking to see out this early session. Junaid Khan was simply magnificent during this passage of play and Silva and Sanga are caution personified.
Upul Tharanga started things off in style. He spanked plenty of good drives and was then trapped in front with a slight inward movement. Tharanga was beaten by the movement and was caught plumb in front. The batsman refers but the result is the same. Junaid Khan, that was superb!
OUT! U Tharanga lbw b Junaid Khan
Thats the end of the Pakistan’s innings. They can be proud of the way they have applied themselves here. Abdur Rehman scored a stylish fifty and was out, trying to clear the fence. Kumar Sangakkara took a safe catch, just an inch away from the boundary ropes and Mahela takes a smart catch at backward short-leg off Junaid Khan to bring down curtains. Perera scalps a five-for.
OUT! A Rehman c Sangakkara b Perera 50(59), J Khan c Jayawardene b Perera 0(3)
Abdur Rehman scores his second half-century and its been a superb half-century. This is piling on Sri Lanka’s misery and Mohammad Talha just cracked a massive six.
Dilriuwan Perera takes another wicket and Saeed Ajmal’s stubborn stay at the crease comes to an end. When there is Mahela Jayawardene on the field, there is no need to worry about catches, right? The batting legend takes another catch and Pakistan lose their eight wicket.
OUT! S Ajmal c Jayawardene b Perera 12(23)
Sarfraz Ahmed departs and its rather comical. Angelo Mathews stations himself at short mid-on. Perera’s flighted delivery is met by the batsman and he slams it straight to Mathews. The tail is exposed now
OUT! S Ahmed c Mathews b Perera 55(71)
Sarfraz Ahmed blazes to a half-century. Its been a rather entertaining knock from the Pakistan wicketkeeper and has found boundaries at will. He has to rally with the tail but can he get to a century?
Dilruwan Perera gets the important breakthrough of Younis Khan! Younis has been trying to accelerate after Lunch and has failed to connect to the spinners. Younis gets down the track and chips to short-mid wicket. Substitute Thirmanne leans forward and takes a superb diving catch to bring down curtains to marathon knock.
OUT! Y Khan c Sub b Perera 177(315)
Sarfaraz Ahmed is looking good and Younis Khan has been going strong and is on his way to a double hundred. Pakistan are in complete control of proceedings and the Sri Lankan bowlers are wilting under the Galle heat.
Boundaries have been flying of Sarfaraz Ahmed’s blade too. The new batsman is looking aggressive and is looking for quick runs. Meanwhile, veteran Younis Khan has brought up his 150 and he simply loves this opposition. It would be no surprise if he brings up his double century too.
Rangana Herath’s skids the ball off the surface and Asad Shafiq is outfoxed by the Sri Lankan spin wizard. The batsman reviews it but he is tapped plumb in front. It was a wonderful,breezy knock by the Pakistan middle-order batsman.
OUT! A Shafiq lbw b Herath 75(136)
Boundaries are flowing everywhere and partnership is flying towards 150. Dhammika Prasad and Shaminda Eranga have been taking to the cleaners. Rangana Herath was smacked for a huge six down the ground.
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the first day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Galle. I am R Vishal and I’ll be bringing the live updates of the match. After a defeat to South Africa for the first time on their home soil in 21 years, the Lankan side will be eager to fight back and restore their pride. Meanwhile, the Pakistan side is a new one with Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan being the senior pros in an otherwise young batting line-up.
Younis Khan slammed his 24th century in Test cricket as Pakistan recovered from a shaky start to post a total of at stumps, against Sri Lanka in the opening Test match of their two-match series at Galle on Wednesday.
Younis faced balls and cracked boundaries as well as fours to score not out, which came off balls. He held together the Pakistani innings, especially at a time when they lost the top order early on in the first day. The top-order looked rusty with Ahmed Shehzad playing a lose stroke to get out in the second over of the match.
Pakistan started off really slowly as the hosts were right on the money from the very beginning. Pakistan lost their openers Khurram Manzoor (3 from 19 balls) and Ahmed Shezad (4 from 3 balls). Ahmed Shezad, much was expected from him but he ended playing a wide delivery and played it on to the stumps. Azhar Ali looked (30 from 69 balls) promising but he too fell for a brilliant delivery from Rangana Herath. It was indeed a typical Rangana Herath delivery which drifts and then spins ominously away from the batsman.
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