Azhar, Misbah clinch thriller in Sharjah

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Azhar Ali’s match-winning century helped Pakistan pull off a thrilling win in the third Test against Sri Lanka in Sharjah, levelling the series 1-1, after the visitors set Pakistan a target of 302 in a possible 59 overs. Ali’s 109-run partnership with Misbah-ul-Haq for the fifth wicket was pivotal in Pakistan’s chase. Ali was dismissed for a 137-ball 103, with Pakistan needing just seven more to win in the fading Sharjah light. Misbah, who remained unbeaten on 68, hit the winning runs with nine balls to spare. Pakistan’s chances seemed bleak when it reached 107 for 3 at tea, still requiring 195 in the last 35 overs. But Ali stitched a quick-fire 89-run stand in 14.5 overs with Sarfraz Ahmed… Read More →

Mahela Jayawardene completes 11,000 runs in Tests

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Mahela Jayawardene joined the 11,000 Test runs club during the fourth day of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah on Sunday. The 36-year-old, when on eight, swept off-spinner Saeed Ajmal for a six to complete 11,000 runs in his 141st Test, becoming the eighth batsman but first Sri Lankan to achieve the milestone. Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Allan Border, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jacques Kallis are the others who crossed the 11,000 Test run mark.  

Sri Lanka on top despite Shehzad ton

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Pakistan was made to work hard for runs on the third day of the final Test against Sri Lanka despite a maiden Test century by opener Ahmed Shehzad. Shehzad, in only his second Test, scored a gritty 147 as Pakistan ended the day at 291 for 6, trailing Sri Lanka’s first innings total by 137 runs. Sri Lanka earlier had declared late on day two at 428 for 9. Sarfraz Ahmed was caught behind off Rangana Herath for 5 in the last over of the day, while captain Misbah-ul Haq remained unbeaten on 36 at stumps. Resuming at 19 for 0 on day three, Pakistan scored only 150 runs in the first two sessions with the loss of Khurram Khan… Read More →

Mathews and Perera hurt Pakistan

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Dilruwan Perera made a patient 95, while Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lankan captain, fell nine short of his second century in the series, as Sri Lanka reached 428 for 9 on the second day of the third and final Test in Sharjah on Friday (January 17). In reply, Ahmed Shehzad and Khurram Manzoor, the Pakistan openers, survived a tricky phase of play to help Pakistan reach 19 for no loss in six overs before stumps were drawn. Perera, who is playing in his debut Test for Sri Lanka, came in at No. 8 and shared a 112-run stand with Mathews, as Pakistan’s bowlers toiled hard, before Mathews decided to declare Sri Lanka’s innings on 428 for 9. Pakistan’s bowlers once… Read More →

Mathews, Prasanna keep Pakistan at bay

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Angelo Mathews and Prasanna Jayawardena put up a spirited fight against Pakistan’s spinners led by Saeed Ajmal to reach 220 for 5 at close on day one of the third Test in Sharjah on Thursday (January 16). Sri Lanka was left reeling at 166 for 5 after Ajmal struck twice, returning figures of 2 for 62. Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, remained unbeaten on 24 and was well supported by Prasanna Jayawardena (28). The duo saw off the day with an unbeaten 54-run stand on a spin-friendly Sharjah pitch. Pakistan could have been in a better position had Mohammad Talha, the right-arm pacer, held on to a difficult catch off his own bowling to dismiss Mathews, when he was yet… Read More →

Sri Lanka goes 1-0 up with comprehensive win

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Pakistan all out for 359 after Lakmal’s 4 for 78; batsmen then achieve 137-run target for nine-wicket win. Suranga Lakmal returned career-best figures of 4 for 78 before half-centuries from Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva helped Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by nine wickets in Dubai to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series on Sunday(January 12). Lakmal claimed all three wickets to fall on the fifth morning as Pakistan was bowled out for 359 in the second innings, setting Sri Lanka a target of 137 runs to win. Karunaratne and Silva put on 124 for the opening wicket, and though Silva was dismissed for 58, trapped in front by Saeed Ajmal, Kumar Sangakarra (9 not out) accompanied Karunaratne to… Read More →

Sarfaraz keeps Pakistan ahead

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Wicketkeeper-batsman scores an unbeaten 70 to put Pakistan ahead by 107 with three wickets in hand going into final day. Misbah-ul-Haq led Pakistan’s resistance with a gritty 97 to frustrate Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the second Test in Dubai on Saturday(January 11). Misbah missed his sixth Test hundred by three runs, but a career-best unbeaten 70 by Sarfaraz Ahmed and a defiant 32 by Bilawal Bhatti kept Pakistan’s fight intact to take it to 330 for 7 at close on a cloudy day. When bad light and a drizzle ended play 15 overs before schedule, Saeed Ajmal was batting alongside Sarfaraz on 7 and Pakistan were leading by 107 runs with a full day’s play remaining. Sarfaraz… Read More →

Bowlers put Sri Lanka on top

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Sri Lanka owed it to its bowlers for taking the opening day honours against Pakistan in the second Test in Dubai on Wednesday (January 8). By the close, Sri Lanka had knocked off 57 runs for the loss of the opener Dimuth Karunaratne, trapped leg-before to Junaid Khan for 32. A three-pronged pace and one-man spin attack helped Sri Lanka bowl out Pakistan for just 165 after Angelo Mathews won the toss and opted to bowl. The right-arm pacer Nuwan Pradeep finished with a career-best 3 for 62 while Shaminda Eranga (2 for 25), Suranga Lakmal (2 for 45) and Rangana Herath (3 for 26) were also useful in the second session. Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara were each on… Read More →

Mathews stars in drawn Test

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Unbeaten half-centuries by Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad helped Pakistan draw the first Test with Sri Lanka on the fifth and final day in Abu Dhabi on Saturday(January 4). Sri Lanka made a remarkable comeback after conceding a 179-run first innings. With Pakistan firmly in control of the match at the end of third day, and Sri Lanka finishing on 186 for 4, leading by just seven runs, Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, hit his career-best 157 not out, his second Test ton, to bail Sri Lanka out of a tricky situation. Sri Lanka lost just one wicket after adding 234 runs to its overnight score, leading Pakistan by 241 runs, on the fourth day. Chasing an improbable target of 302,… Read More →

Mathews’ ton puts Sri Lanka on top

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Match Report Angelo Mathews scored his first Test century as a captain as Sri Lanka made a strong comeback in the first Test match against Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday (January 3). It lost only one wicket on the fourth day and by stumps was on 420 for 5, extending the overall lead to 241 runs. Mathews was unbeaten on 116 and giving him company was Prasanna Jayawardene (48*). The pair had put an unconquered  99-run stand to follow up on the good work done by Dinesh Chandimal and Mathews before that. Resuming the day at 186 for 4, Chandimal and Mathews displayed solid technique to negate the Pakistan attack and put Sri Lanka… Read More →

Younus, Misbah tons peg Sri Lanka back

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Pakistan takes 123-run lead by close of second day’s play with six first-innings wickets still in hand. Pakistan seems to be identifying a set pattern for success at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. It is early days yet in its tenancy at the venue, but in five Tests, including the ongoing one, it is hard not to see it. Bowl first if the chance presents itself. Surprise the opponents by making use of a pitch that is kind to bowlers who know how it works early in a Test (though not as much as the plentiful grass on it suggests). Bowl them out cheaply. Bat patiently and sensibly, bat big. Then bowl them out cheaply under pressure of… Read More →

Chandimal bags consolation victory

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Dinesh Chandimal pulled off a breathtaking heist in Abu Dhabi on Friday (Dec 27) night, an unbeaten 64 from Sri Lanka’s Twenty20 captain sealing a futile but exciting consolation win. His innings pulled Sri Lanka out of jail and led it to a two-wicket win with just two balls to spare. Chandimal snuck up on Pakistan almost unnoticed. Having arrived in the 25th over, he only reached his fifty in the 47th, with what was, until then, his first boundary. At that stage Sri Lanka was out of the match, eight down and with 28 runs still to get. But in the next over, Ajantha Mendis was dropped by Sohaib Maqsood at cover and it was a vital drop. He… Read More →

Pakistan takes series after Hafeez century

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Pakistan wrapped up a One-Day International series win against Sri Lanka on Wednesday (December 25) night in Abu Dhabi, its seventh bilateral ODI series triumph of the year, a record for it. By most standards, that is a good haul, even if it includes wins against Scotland, Ireland and Zimbabwe. More than any other player, Mohammad Hafeez has embodied the performance swings of the side. Last night he was the exceptional Hafeez. His unbeaten 113 was the base with which Pakistan sauntered home to an inadequate target of 226 at the Shaikh Zayed stadium with eight wickets and 53 balls to spare. It was an impeccable innings, full of exactly the kind of flawless stroke making that can, on occasion, make him look like… Read More →

Sri Lanka Test Squad for Pakistan in UAE 13/14

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Media Release The following Squad was selected by the National Selectors for the Test Series against Pakistan 13/14. 1.      Angelo Mathews (Capt) 2.      Dinesh Chandimal (V.Capt ) 3.      Dimuth Karunaratne 4.      Kaushal Silva 5.      Kumar Sangakkara 6.      Lahiru Thirimanne 7.      Mahela Jayawardane 8.      Prasanna Jayawardane 9.      Nuwan Kulasekara 10.  Suranga Lakmal 11.  Shaminda Eranga 12.  Vishwa Fernando 13.  Sachithra Senananyake 14.  Nuwan Pradeep 15.  Rangana Herath 16.  Dilruwan Perera

Ahmed Shehzad fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

The incident happened at the end of the 19th over when Ahmed got involved in a debate with Tillakaratne Dilshan, which ended with the former pushing Dilshan's shoulder

ICC Media Release Ahmed Shehzad has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee after pleading guilty to a Level 2 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during Pakistan’s 113 run victory over Sri Lanka in the third One-Day International (ODI) in Sharjah on Sunday. The opener was found to have breached Article 2.2.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between Players in the course of play during an International Match”. The charge had been laid by the on-field umpires Johan Cloete and Shozab Raza, as well as third umpire Richard Illingworth and fourth umpire Ahsan Raza. The incident happened at the end of the… Read More →