Sri Lanka bat out safe draw to win Pakistan series

Sri Lanka batted out for a draw against Pakistan in the third and final test at the Pallekele Stadium on Thursday to win their first series in nine attempts since August 2009.

Dinesh Chandimal (65) and Kumar Sangakkara (74 not out) shared an 88-run second wicket partnership as Sri Lanka finished on 195-4 having been set a 270-run victory target earlier in the day by Pakistan, seeking a draw to level the three-match series.

It was Sri Lanka’s first series victory for almost three years when they beat New Zealand. Since then they have drawn three series and lost five.

The defeat was Pakistan’s first since England beat them 3-1 in August 2010 and captain Misbah-ul-Haq’s first series loss since his appointment two months later.

Earlier, Asad Shafiq (100 not out) hit his second test hundred before Pakistan declared their second innings at 380 for eight wickets.

The visitors batted for 100 minutes on the fifth and final day, allowing Shafiq to get his century before their attempt to salvage something from the series.

Sri Lanka won the first test in Galle by 209 runs while the second test in Colombo was drawn.

  • http://SrilankaCricket Mike

    Should be Sri Lanka 30 mans provisional squad for World Twenty twenty:
    Mahela Jayawardena
    Kumar Sangakkara
    T.M. Dilshan
    Dinesh Chandimal
    Lahiru Thirimanna
    Bhanuka Rajapaksha
    Ashen Silva
    Roshen Silva
    Upul Tharanga
    Anjelo Mathews
    Anjelo Perera
    Ferveez Mahroof
    Thisara Perera
    Chinthaka Jayasinghe
    Dhanuska Chathuranga
    Isuru Udana
    Kaushal Lokuarachchi
    Jeevan Mendis
    Sachithra Senanayake
    Dilruwan Perera
    Ajantha Mendis
    Rangan Herath Suraj Randiv
    Malinga Bandara
    Lasith Malinga
    Nuwan Pradeep
    Shaminda Eranga
    Kanishka Alvitigala
    Nuwan Kulasekara
    Dhammika Prasad

  • http://SrilankaCricket Mike

    Should be Sri lanka T20 squad for Indian Series
    T.M. Dilshan
    Mahela Jayawardena (C)
    Kumar Sangakkara (WK)
    Dinesh Chandimal
    Lahiru Thirimanna
    Anjelo Mathews
    Thisara Perera
    Kaushal Lokuarachchi
    Jeevan Mendis
    Lasith Malinga
    Shaminda Eranga

    Sub:
    Nuwan Pradeep
    Nuwan Kulasekara
    Roshen Silva
    Anjelo Perera

  • http://SrilankaCricket Mike

    Should be Sri lanka Odi squad for Indian Series
    T.M. Dilshan
    Mahela Jayawardena (C)
    Kumar Sangakkara (WK)
    Dinesh Chandimal
    Lahiru Thirimanna
    Anjelo Mathews
    Thisara Perera
    Jeevan Mendis
    Nuwan Kulasekara
    Lasith Malinga
    Shaminda Eranga

    Sub:
    Nuwan Pradeep
    Sachithra Senanayake
    Anjelo Perera
    Bhanuka Rajapaksha