Pakistan vaults into third place in ICC Test Championship table

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Pakistan has jumped three places to third in the ICC Test Championship table following a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the third and final cricket Test in Pallekele on Tuesday. Pakistan had entered the series in sixth position on 97 points, one ahead of Sri Lanka. The 2-1 series win has earned it four ratings points and because the middle of the table is so tightly-packed, a leap of three places. Pakistan now trails second-ranked Australia by 10 points and leads fourth-ranked New Zealand by two points. Sri Lanka, in contrast, has dropped four points and has slipped to 92 points, while retaining its seventh position overall. The Ashes begins on Wednesday and England will not only be aiming to reclaim the Urn… Read More →

Sri Lanka ODI Squad for the Pakistan Tour 2015

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The National Selectors at a meeting held selected the following players for the ODI series against Pakistan. The ODI series commences on July 11, with the remaining four games scheduled for July15, July 19, July 22 and July 26. 1. Angelo Mathews 2. TM Dilshan 3. Kusal Janith Perera 4. Upul Tharanga 5. Lahiru Thirimanne 6. Dinesh Chandimal 7. Milinda Siriwardene 8. Ashan Priyanjan 9. Nuwan Pradeep 10. Thisara Perera 11. Suranga Lakmal 12. Lasith Malinga 13. Sachithra Senanayake 14. Seekkuge Prasanna 15. Sachith Pathirana

Masood, Younis put Pakistan on top

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Pakistan wrestled the momentum from Sri Lanka on a scintillating fourth day of the series-deciding third Test after centuries from Shan Masood and Younis Khan put the visiting side firmly in the driver’s seat at the Pallekele International Stadium on Monday (July 6). At stumps, Pakistan was 230 for 2, needing 147 more to secure the series currently levelled at 1-1. At one point, Pakistan was 13 for 2, but an unbroken 217-run stand between Masood and Younis for the third wicket nullified Sri Lanka’s advantage after it had set Pakistan a mammoth 377, thanks largely to Angelo Mathews’s fifth Test century in the morning session, which also saw Imran Khan bag his maiden five-for. Pakistan lost two wickets shortly… Read More →

Skilful Mathews puts Sri Lanka ahead

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For an hour after conceding a 63-run lead, Pakistan was in business. Sri Lanka’s top order wobbled, and the pacers had most things going their way – consistency, overhead conditions and fielders who were alert to pounce on half chances. Then came a rain break shortly before tea on day three of the final Test in Pallekele on Sunday (July 5). As the evening unfolded, it became clear that it brought about a change of luck. Edges eluded the fielders and bowlers lost zip as the home side, with the sun on its backs, raced ahead courtesy Angelo Mathews, who made a fine unbeaten 77. Sri Lanka went into stumps at 228 for 5, an overall lead of 291. Aiding… Read More →

Sarfraz defiant as bowlers put Sri Lanka on top

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Nuwan Pradeep (3 for 26) and Dhammika Prasad (3 for 78) helped Sri Lanka take the upper hand as Pakistan ended the second day of the third and final Test at 209 for 9, trailing by 69 runs. After being bowled out for 278, Sri Lanka’s pacers maintained immaculate control on Saturday (July 4), with the fielders also playing their part effectively. Moments of indecision hurt Pakistan. Shan Masood, playing his first Test in the series, was set up superbly by Prasad, who got him lbw with a sucker-punch yorker. Then, Ahmed Shehzad, who looked good in patches, nicked an awayswinger from Pradeep to Dinesh Chandimal. Pakistan’s hopes of steadying the innings fell on Younis Khan (3), who looked solid… Read More →

PCB names 16-member squad for five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka

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Chairman PCB Shaharyar Mohammad Khan has approved Pakistan’s ODI squad for the forthcoming five-match series against Sri Lanka after the recommendation of the four-member selection committee headed by Haroon Rashid. In naming the ODI squad, the selection committee had also consulted with the Pakistan team management including Head Coach Waqar Younis and skipper Azhar Ali. The ODI series commences on July 11, with the remaining four games scheduled for July15, July 19, July 22 and July 26. The 16-member ODI squad: 1. Ahmed Shezad 2. Azhar Ali (Captain) 3. Mohammad Hafeez 4. Mukhtar Ahmed 5. Asad Shafiq 6. Shoaib Malik 7. Mohammad Rizwan 8. Babar Azam 9. Sarfraz Ahmed (Vice-captain) 10. Yasir Shah 11. Bilal Asif 12. Immad Wasim 13…. Read More →

Karunaratne stands tall as Yasir rocks Sri Lanka

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Dimuth Karunaratne made a fighting century but it was Yasir Shah’s wily leg-spin that gave Pakistan the advantage on the opening day of the third Test in Pallekele on Friday (July 3). Karunaratne made a patient 230-ball 130 but that couldn’t prevent Sri Lanka from being reduced to 272 for 8 at stumps, with Yasir starring for Pakistan once again with 4 for 77. Azhar Ali, with his part-time leg-spin, and Rahat Ali split the remaining four wickets. Sri Lanka, asked to bat, got a few mini-partnerships going but struggled to convert them into anything substantial. Its innings got off on a poor note when Rahat Ali forced Kaushal Silva to nick a sharply rising delivery through to Sarfraz Ahmed… Read More →