Mahela Jayawardene is be playing the final Test of his career © AFP
Aug 14, 2014
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Sri Lanka 261/8 I Overs 85.1
D Prasad 4(4)
OUT! A Mathews c Sarfaraz b Riaz 39(86)
Stumps Day 1: They started poorly but Pakistan end right on top with key wickets. And it couldn’t have ended better with the wicket of their skipper Angelo Mathews.
Sri Lanka 249/7 I Overs 83
A Mathews 31(76), D Prasad 0(1)
OUT! N Dickwella lbw b Junaid 24(27)
Pakistan have struck back well. They take the new ball and Junaid Khan bags two wickets. He traps Niroshan Dickwella leg-before for 24 and then sends back Dilruwan Perera.
Sri Lanka 215/5 I Overs 75
A Mathews 21(56), N Dickwella 3(2)
OUT! L Thirimanne c Sarfaraz b Junaid 20(50)
Excellent bowling from Junaid Khan. He toiled hard and kept his patience. COmes over the wicket and Thirimanne was needlessly hanging his bat outside off. The ball straightened a bit and a simple caught behind chance for Sarfaraz.
Sri Lanka 200/4 I Overs 71
A Mathews 15(48), L Thirimanne 11(37)
200 up for Sri Lanka. A slow progress considering that the pitch is not offering much assistance. Ajmal though has continued to pose questions. Nine overs to go before the new ball is available. Lanka would be aiming for ending the day with six wickets in hand.
Sri Lanka 194/4 I Overs 66
A Mathews 11(32), L Thirimanne 9(23)
Mathews was on zero for a long time but that’s the mark of a batsman in form. He was happy to work the ball away and bide his time. The pitch still doesn’t have anything for the spinners except the odd ball turning. However, Lanka have not scored much.
Sri Lanka 177/4 I Overs 60
A Mathews 4(17), L Thirimanne 1(2)
OUT! U Tharanga c Azhar b Riaz 92(179)
One more down, Sri Lanka are losing their way. You can call it an unlucky dismissal for Tharanga but Pakistan have created their fortunes. Tharanga neatly flicked this right off the middle of his bat and Azhar Ali at shortleg caught it brilliantly. More than reflex the ball travelled straight in to him and he managed to hold on to it. Tharanga misses out on a well deserved ton.
Sri Lanka 162/3 I Overs 55
U Tharanga 81(163),
OUT! M Jayawradene lbw Ajmal 4(16)
No fairytale finish for the local hero Mahela Jayawardene. Ajmal has often created trouble for him and this time around he fails to read the of-spinner and is out. He choses not to review it. Standing ovation from the spectators. Ninth instance of Ajmal dismissing Jayawardene. Replays showed the ballwould have just kissed the top of the stump, clipping the bails.
Sri Lanka 162/2 I Overs 54
U Tharanga 81(163), M Jayawardene 4(14)
Tea: Mahela Jayawardene has been dropped by keeper Sarfaraz just before tea off Riaz’s bowling. The ball was angled across and he nicked it. Tough one but you are expected to catch those on these wickets.
Jayawardene given a Guard of honour by the Pakistan team
Sri Lanka 144/2 I Overs 46
U Tharanga 63(134), M Jayawardene 0(1)
OUT! K Sangakkara 22(45)
Wahab Riaz gets a full one and the stumps are in a disarray. Big wicket for Pakistan. But enter Mahela Jayawardene. Crackers burst around the ground and the spectators are giving a loud cheer to their legend.
Sri Lanka 135/1 I Overs 46
U Tharanga 63(134), K Sangakkara 22(40)
Lucky survival for Sabgakkara. Wahab Riaz has been off-colour in this innings but this time around he shoots a well-directed bouncer and Sangakkara tries to fend it off. The ball takes the edge off the face of the bat and Misbah at short fine-leg desperately tries to reach for it but it falls just short.
Sri Lanka 110/1 I Overs 40
U Tharanga 53(114), K Sangakkara 11(22)
He fought hard and got to a much-needed fifty. Upul Tharanga was under tremendous pressure coming in to this match and he looked extremely vulnerable at the start. But eventually he manages to stay patient on a good batting wicket and get to his half-century.
Sri Lanka 103/1 I Overs 39
U Tharanga 48(109), K Sangakkara 10(21)
Sangakkara is feeling at ease on this pitch. He has already hit some breezy cover drives off the middle of his bat. Meanwhile, Tharanga is inching closer to a hard fought half-century.
Sri Lanka 79/1 I Overs 33
U Tharanga 34(93), K Sangakkara 0(1)
OUT! K Silva c Sarfaraz b Junaid 41(106b)
Junaid Khan strikes and gets the breakthrough for Pakistan. Kaushal Silva tries to drive at a delivery pitched full and nicks to keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed. Played away from the body. Junaid was patient and trying to pitch it up close to the batsman.
Sri Lanka 73/0 I Overs 29
U Tharanga 30(82), K Silva 40(94)
Ajmal starts of after lunch from one end and Junaid from the other. The Lankan openers are happy to nudge around and take the singles. Junaid does get Tharanga in a spot of bother with change of pace but no harm done.
Sri Lanka 69/0 I Overs 27
U Tharanga 28(73), K Silva 38(91)
LUNCH: A dull session at Colombo. The Lankans have cruised to 69, the scoring rate might show a bit of caution but that was a result of spinners bowling continuously tying them down.
Sri Lanka 61/0 I Overs 23
U Tharanga 25(65), K Silva 33(81)
Skipper Misbah looks clueless how to attack on this pitch. He is continuing with his spinners who have done well in at least containing the openers. 15-20 minutes still to go for lunch. Silva and Tharanga look settled now. The ball is a bit old and reverse swing could be a little ray of hope for the pacers.
Sri Lanka 53/0 I Overs 19
U Tharanga 27(65), K Silva 23(51)
All eyes on Saeed Ajmal and he has looked good so far. The spinners are bowling from both ends and have managed to tie them down.
Sri Lanka 38/0 I Overs 13
U Tharanga 14(37), K Silva 21(43)
Drinks Break: Abdur Rehman starts off with two maiden overs. But it’s not the dot balls but breakthroughs which are crucial. Silva has been solid with his technique. Cnange of ends for Riaz and he prefers to come round the wicket to a right-hander, starts with off wayward deliveries and the third ball is cut away for four. The pacers haven’t pitched the ball up often.
Sri Lanka 28/0 I Overs 10
U Tharanga 13(27), K Silva 12(35)
Evident signs of the pitch being a dead track. With pacers struggling to find any purchase, Misbah brought in spinner Abdur Rehman as early as in the 10th over of the innings. Will be a test of stamina for Pakistan’s bowling resources.
Sri Lanka 13/0 I Overs 5
U Tharanga 8(18), K Silva 4(13)
Wahab Riaz and Junaid have started off well. Tharanga has looked tentative and vulnerable outside the off-stump. Perhaps the first hour is going to be a tricky one for the batsmen. However there isn’t any swing or movement of the pitch. The outfield looks a touch slow. Tharanga once again pushes through covers and has to settle with a couple.
Sri Lanka 6/0 I Overs 1
U Tharanga 6(6), K Silva 0(0)
Lovely start from Tharanga. Pitched up from Junaid and he drives it through the covers for a couple. Junaid comes back well to go past his outside edge but Tharanga wins the battle of the over and hits through covers on the last ball for four.
Toss: Sri Lanka win the toss and elect to bat first
Flat deck, no surprise that it’s ‘win toss, bat first’ pitch.
Sri Lanka: U Tharanga, K Silva, K Sangakkara, M Jayawardene, A Mathews (C), L Thirimanne, N Dickwella (wk), D Perera, R Herath, C Welegedara, D Prasad.
Pakistan: K Manzoor, A Shehzad, A Ali, Younis, Misbah (c), A Shafiq, S Ahmed (wk), A Rehman, S Ajmal, W Riaz, Junaid
Sri Lanka are determined to send former captain Mahela Jayawardene into retirement with a victory in the second and final Test starting Thursday against a fragile Pakistan and a 2-0 series sweep. Captain Angelo Mathews said emotions were running high in the home team’s dressing room before the match at Jayawardene’s home ground at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) in Colombo, reports AFP.
“It is an emotional moment for everyone,” Mathews said. “We want to win it for him. He has been the pillar of strength for us for so many years. We will miss him a lot. The best thing we can do is try and win the game and give him the best farewell that we could possibly give him.”
Jayawardene, 37, who has already retired from Twenty20 internationals, will quit the longer format after the Test, even though he will continue playing in one-day matches till next year’s World Cup Down Under. The elegant right-hander is one of only five batsmen to score more than 11,000 runs in both Test and one-day cricket — the others being Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and team-mate Kumar Sangakkara. Sri Lanka won the first Test in Galle on Sunday by seven wickets after a nail-biting chase when they beat fading light to surpass the target of 99 in the final session just before heavy rain drenched the ground. Hi I am Abhijit Banare and I will be bringing you live updates of the 2nd Test in Colombo.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Shaminda Eranga, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Gamage, Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardene, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dilruwan Perera, Dhammika Prasad, Kumar Sangakkara, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Chanaka Welegedara
Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Abdur Rehman, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Junaid Khan, Khurram Manzoor, Mohammad Talha, Rahat Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shan Masood, Umar Akmal, Younis Khan, Wahab Riaz