Pak v SL – 1st Test – Abu Dhabi


Sri Lanka’s batsman Angelo Mathews he raises his bat to the crowd after scoring a half-century (50 runs) on the opening day of the first cricket Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 18, 2011. Sri Lanka slumped against some spirited Pakistan bowling to struggle at 115-7 at tea on the opening day of the first cricket Test at Abu Dhabi stadium.












Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath (C) celebrates with his teammates after he dismissed Pakistan’s cricketer Mohammad Hafeez (R) on the second day of the opening cricket Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 19, 2011.









Sri Lankan cricketrs celebrates after dismissing Pakistan’s cricketer  Azhar Ali (R) on the third day of the opening cricket Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 20, 2011.

Sri Lanka’s batsman Kumar Sanngakkara raises his bat in celebration after scoring a 150 runs during the fourth day of the opening cricket Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 21, 2011. Sangakkara hit a fighting hundred but Pakistan still captured three key wickets in the second session to press for victory in the event.












Sri Lanka’s cricket captain Tillakaratne Dilshan (L) shake hands Pakistan’s cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq (R) end of the opening cricket Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 22, 2011.

  • Sam

    My suggestions for the current debacle>>
    Dilshan should resign as the cricket captain and should get back to the team as an opening batsman. Thilan Samaraweera should be a member of the Test side. Marvan Atapattu the batting coach should resign. The selection committee should be sacked. SLC should hold democratic elections and appoint members to SLC accordingly. Highly talented cricketers such as Dinesh Chandimal should be a permanent team member. I believe Chandimal likes to bat at number 3 so he should be given the opportunity to bat at number three and move Sangakkara (number 4 bat) and the rest of the batting order down. Upul Tharanga who bats like a Test batsman in ODIs should be Dilshan’s opening partner in Tests. The pathetic Thirimanna & Paranawithana who are club standard players that score runs slowly with very slow Run-Rate with no rhythm should be dropped from the Test team. Ajantha Mendis, where is he? Mendis should be the number one spinner of the side not, Rangana Herath. Lastly, Mahela or Sangakkara should be asked to captain the side once more. If either of those two don’t wants to captain the national team then appoint Anjelo Mathews. My question is if South Africa appointed Graeme Smith when he was 22 years with NO Test match experience why can’t Sri Lanka appoint Mathews to the captaincy. After all, the way Dilshan has captained the side it can’t go any worse right?