Ajmal takes five as Pakistan crush Sri Lanka

Courtesy: International Cricket Council

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal took five wickets to steer Pakistan to a nine wicket win in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Dubai Stadium here on Saturday, going 1-0 up in the three-match series.

The 34-year-old finished with 5-68 – his fourth five wicket haul in a Test – to help restrict Sri Lanka to 257 in their second innings before Pakistan went about reaching their modest 94-run target to seal victory with a day to spare.

Ajmal was ably supported by left-arm spin partner Abdul Rehman (2-65) and paceman Junaid Khan (2-38) as they exploited the spin and low bounce on a weary pitch to the best effect.

Pakistan lost opener Taufiq Umar, bowled for one by spinner Rangana Herath, but Mohammad Hafeez (59) and Azhar Ali (29) scored the required runs inside 24.1 overs soon after the lights went on in the stadium.

Ali took the winning single much to the delight of a 2,000 holiday crowd but it was Hafeez who hit five boundaries and two towering sixes to secure Pakistan’s win on the fourth day. In Sri Lankan’s second innings opener Tharanga Paranavitana (72) and vice-captain Angelo Mathews (52 not out) put up notable resistance against some penetrative pace-cum spin attack from Pakistan.

Pakistan had dismissed Sangakkara (30) in the fourth over of the fourth day before dismissing Mahela Jayawardene (five) and skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan (three) – three wickets within 18 runs – to put them on the victory path. The first Test ended in a draw at Abu Dhabi last week.

Sri Lanka, who resumed at 88-1, had been hoping for Sangakkara to stay longer and thus keep Pakistan at bay as he did in the second innings of the first Test when he scored an epic 211. But the experienced batsman was reduced to adding just a single to his overnight score of 29 when he didn’t offer a stroke to left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman’s incoming delivery and although he pushed too far New Zealand umpire Tony Hill adjudged him leg-before.

Sangakkara, who didn’t hit a single boundary, walked back in disgust. He added 73 for the second wicket with Tharanga. Mahela Jayawardene then missed a sweep off spinner Saeed Ajmal and was bowled and Dilshan’s horrible form in the series continued when was trapped leg-before by paceman Junaid Khan three runs later.

Paranavitana, though, remained composed and reached his ninth half-century with a square driven boundary off Umar Gul. He fell soon after lunch, caught off a sharp turning delivery from Ajmal in the slip. He hit four boundaries during his fighting knock.

Pakistan took the second new ball after 85 overs and were immediatley rewarded with the wicket of Kaushal Silva, caught off a miscued pull off Khan at mid-on by Ajmla for eight.

Dhammika Prasad (33) helped Mathews add an invaluable 56 for the eighth wicket to delay Pakistan’s victory before Rehman bowled him with a faster delivery.

Ajmal then wrapped up the tail, removing Herath (15) and Chanaka Welegedara (four) in one over and then three overs later ended the Sri Lankan innings by bowling Suranga Lakmal (eight), finishing with eight wickets in the match.

Mathews hit five boundaries and a six during his 143-ball resistance-filled knock – the fifth half-century in his last eight innings. The third and final Test starts in Sharjah from November 3.

  • RAVI

    may be 01 st we change the marvan. dullip. & dilsha,
    than every thing going good?

  • PremasiriS

    If S’kara is not in a position to keep he has to be dropped, as there are 10 times better schoolboy cricketers who’ve been maintaining consistency since their age of 15. S’kara as a schoolboy was a nothing player compared to talent of Cha’mal ,M’thews, Angelo Perera or Bhanuka for that matter. Selectors provide special privileges to these seniors to cover up their dubious selections of bringing in very ordinary players into the Team from time to time. The selectors have to field the best XI players in the country in that particular time but not the favorites. If we don’t provide opportunities to these present day promising youngsters who’ve maintained consistency at School & Domestic levels, the future of our cricket would be in a very sad state in the very near future. Parthiv & Tendulkar were 17+& 16+ when they 1st came to International scene, Baba Azam was just 15 when he becamethe best bat of the u19 youth WC in 2010. The selectors are the main culprits for our failures.

  • PremasiriS

    Poor thinking of Selectors and Greediness of seniors to continue with the Game, till they die on the field would ruin the future of Country’s Cricket. A youngster should be given his due place in the National Side when his confidence at its peak and performing well. The youngsters the class of Chandimal (the Best Sch’lboy Crickter 2009, Leading runs scorer in Pre.Div. Matches 2010/11, 1st Cl.Ba. Ave. 59),Angelo Perera (the Best Sch’lboy Batsman 2009,Leading runs scorer in U23 Matches 2010/11, 1st Cl.Ba. Ave.40 batting at very low down in the batting order for his Club)Bhanuka(the Best Sch’lboy Crickter 2010 & 2011, 1st Cl.Ba. Ave.52 , one of the top 5 batsmen in the Youth WC 2010)Umesh Karunarathne (the Best Sch’lboy Crickter 2008, a Leading Wicket Taker in Pre.Div.2009/10 & U23 Matches 2010&2011, 1st Cl.Ba. Ave. 34 &1st Cl.Bo. Ave. 17+ ) are born to play for the Country, but not to sit & watch risky stroke play of seniors.

  • PremasiriS

    Before trying to find faults with umpires, senior players should correct their own weakness. Spinners (of tiny fingers &short in stature) that can’t spin & extract bounce of the wicket have no use at any level of this game. Murali was a nothing bowler till he develop his away going delivery, therefore off-spinners that can’t produce an away going delivery is of no use. Similarly the pace bowlers should have control and a perfect body action to swing the ball both ways. The local selectors have no clue what to look for in a player as a result they’ve always picked batsmen that have no control over their stoke making. None of them can score a fifty runs without offering 2-3 straight forward chances because their strokes have always made the ball to travel some distance before touching the ground as they can’t middle & stroke the ball all along the ground and leave balls there to be left alone. They may score big centuries under favorable conditions combine with weak fielding of opponents but, the end results is the match is lost or drawn. We badly need batsmen the class of Jonathan Trott who has skills to bat under any conditions. There is nothing wrong with the two openers they are perfect as Test batsmen, problem lies with the three seniors.

  • PremasiriS

    Ajmal wasn’t brought into the P’tan side till he was 30 as he was suspected for throwing. It was only after the ICC has given freedom to bowlers, allowing them to bend their arms at 15 degrees or whatever that he became a dangerous bowler. There is no point in having Herath like very ordinary spinners (even at Domestic level) as a main spinner in a National Side when there are enough talented young spinners DulanjanaMendis the leading wicket taker in the last Premier Div. SachithraSwnanayake, MalindaPushpakumara,UmeshKarunarathna ( very consistent bowlers). Selectors’ve to look for talent in schools but not from Panadura & K’gala only. The talent of Present day sch’lboys like Chandimal,AngeloPerera,Bhanuka who’ve been showing their class since 15y’s are far better than the seniors. We need T’koone,Dias,M’galle,W’muny,M’nama,Hashan,A’patu&S’weera type b’men to survive under difficult conditions who were forced to retire early, due to the ignorance of S’tors of last3decades. Too many square-arm bowlers are a burden.

  • sahan

    That is the difference beween our batsman & others. Within last 2 years our cricketers have developed more muscles. In the match If the batsmen wants to react timely, their developed muscles deteriorate it. Therefore better to develop reaction time not muscles. Fitness instructor should know about it. Nowadays some cricketers try to become more handsome by building their body for their money making activities & popularity. It is not good for cricket.


    podi una wegane sallaim karanne? me month 1 salary nathi hinnda danna nehe?
    mehela. dilshan wedakma nehe melo rahak nehe. chanidimal bankuta dala
    puduma selection
    mehema giyth zinm walath paradiwi

  • Priyantha

    Nowadays “sport” is not real sport what we have known for many many years ago. Sportsmen are just like present day politicians. Doesn’t matter how many time they fail in a row, everyone wants to compete in the next time. Perfect example is SL cricketers. They do not mind how many time they have failed in a row they just want to play in the next time and unfortunately for the SL cricket lovers they fail in that time too!!!! Ask any SL cricketer today if he wants to be dropped for a while (at least until he gains his form again) most probably you may find no one saying “yes”

    Why can’t Mahela, Dilshan and other failing guys so far consecutively for last two or three matchs be given rests? why can’t they themselves to select to have some rest until they gain their composure? This is ridiculaous!! Not the good sportmanship. We all know these guys have talents but what matters in a game is if they can execute those talents. here may be times for any brilinat sportsman to have problems with these executions. then that sportsman fails at that particular instance.
    Tha is why we need to select people for the SL cricket team who perform well currently

    I think selection committee should think abaout that seriously. Include talented guys who perform well and exclude anyone who does not perform well, doesnot matter having huge talents.

    There are much better cricketers than Thirimanne to open SL ininngs. Get Upul Tharanga or someone like him. Paranavitana is little shaky too. Include Nuwan Kalasekara. He will surely get more wickets than the bowlers played so far. Rest Mahela and Dilshan. They really need rests to gain their composures. It is better if Sanga can keep wickets at least for the next match and play another batsman for the keeper’s slot. SL’s main worry is their weak batting. This is one obivous way to strengthen SL batting.

  • Chanaka

    We need to improve on our bowling, champake & team had done a commendable job for the team but we need to look for more back up bowlers who could bowle quick, just get somebody in place of ramanayake to develop our bowlers, wasime Akram or Denise Lille may stand out as some names to consider.

  • Sam

    Where F*** is Dinesh Chandimal? Please drop the slow scoring 2 openers from this Test side, they take the team performances backward. My god, the run rate they score runs is pathetic. Clearly they are handing over the match from the start. Are the 2 suckers fixing the match? Both, Thirimanna & Paranawithana are ruining the team momentum–these two negative spirits should be dropped immediately.

    Why can’t this Panditha Dilshan include Dinesh Chandimal as a opener or as number 3 batsman?

    & Dilshan you need go back to f***king opening position without humiliating yourself more. Idiot dropped Sri Lanka’s most successful Test batsman of the last 3 years, the one & only Thilan Samaraweera. Now look what has happened.

    Plus where the heck is Ajantha Mendis? Why he’s not there in the tour party?

    And lastly, Marvan Atapattu please resign as the batting coach. & I think we all know that we don’t need to mention Dilshan to resign as captain right. Also, this selection committee who dropped Samaraweera also should resign.

  • http://srilankacricket jayantha

    PAK..,bowlers are firing…..,without murali and chaminda vas….,how to playing SL, cricket.