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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Third Test: Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo, July 20-July 24, 2009

Colombo - Third Test, Day five: Sangakkara helps Sri Lanka to draw (SRL 2:0|3)

Skipper Sangakkara scored a defiant unbeaten century and kept the Pakistan bowlers at bay to deny them any chance of a consolation win in the third and final test. Chasing 492 for victory, Sri Lanka needed 101 more runs in 15 overs, when both captains decided to shake hands and call it off. Sangakkara hit 130 from 303 balls, including seven boundaries, and the superb century was his first as skipper and the 19th of his career. He shared a 122-run fourth-wicket stand with Samaraweera, Sri Lanka's highest partnership in the series.
Sri Lanka had put on 391/4 in 134 overs when the match ended.
Pakistan 299 and 425/9 decl drew with Sri Lanka 233 and 391/4 (Sangakkara 130*, Paranavitana 73, Samaraweera 73, Mathews 64*)

Colombo - Third Test, Day four: Sri Lanka chasing 492

Pakistan remained on course to win the third and final cricket Test after setting an improbable target of 492 for Sri Lanka. The hosts were 183-3 in their second knock at stumps. Pakistan will need seven wickets and Sri Lanka a further 309 runs in 90 overs when play starts on the final day. The visitors had earlier declared at 425-9 soon after lunch with Shoaib Malik making 134.
Sri Lanka 233 and 183/3 (Paranavitana 73, Sangakkara 50*) need 309 runs more to beat Pakistan 299 and 425/9 decl (Malik 134, Akmal 74, Herath 5-157)

Colombo - Third Test, Day three: Pakistan pull ahead and in control

A century from Shoaib Malik and his partnership with Misbah-ul-Haq helped put Pakistan on top at the end of the third day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.Malik struck an unbeaten 106 and put on 119 for the fifth wicket with Misbah, helping Pakistan recover from 67/4. At stumps, they were 300 for 5, a lead of 366.
Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss said he was confident his team can still win the third test against Pakistan to complete a series whitewash. Sri Lanka is the only team to have successfully chased a target in excess of 200 in the fourth innings at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground, making 326 against Zimbabwe in 1998.
Pakistan 299 and 300/5 (Misbah 65, Shoaib 106*, Akmal 60*) lead Sri Lanka 233 by 366 runs

Colombo - Third Test, Day two: Pakistan clinch 66-run lead as 14 wickets fall on day two

Legspinner Danish Kaneria claimed five wickets on Tuesday as Pakistan held Sri Lanka's first innings to 233 runs, handing his team a first-innings lead of 66 runs in the third and final Test match. Former captain Mahela Jayawardene top-scored for Sri Lanka with 79, while Tillakaratne Dilshan made 44.
Pakistan resumed the second day on 289/7, but lost its remaining wickets for just 10 runs in 22 balls as fast bowler Thilan Thushara completed his maiden five-wicket haul giving away 83 runs from 24.4 overs.Pakistan had lost one wicket in their second innings, and were 16/1 in 9 overs at stumps.
Pakistan 299 (Manzoor 93, Yousuf 90, Thushara 5-83) and 16/1 lead Sri Lanka 233 (Jayawardene 79, Dilshan 44, Kaneria 5-62, Ajmal 3-70) by 82 runs with 9 wickets remaining

Colombo - Third Test, Day one: Pakistan falter in Colombo after bright start

Pakistan, already 2-0 down in the three-match series, lost three wickets in eight balls just before the close and slumped from 203-2 to 289-7 in the final Test in Colombo. For Pakistan, opener Khurram Manzoor hit 93, Mohammad Yousuf 90 and Shoaib Malik 45. Yousuf, who added 167 valuable runs for the third wicket with Manzoor, became the third Pakistan batsman to aggregate 7000 test runs after Javed Miandad (8832) and Inzamam-ul-Huq (8829).

For Sri Lanka, Thilan Thushara took 3 wickets for 77 runs. Chaminda Vaas, who is playing his farewell test, captured one wicket conceding 43 runs in 20 overs.
Pakistan 289/7 (Manzoor 93, Yousuf 90, Thushara 3 for 77) v Sri Lanka

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Second Test: P. Sara Oval, Colombo, July 12-July 14, 2009

Colombo - Second Test, Day three: Sri Lanka claim historic series victory (SRL 2:0|3)

Sri Lanka clinched their first home series against Pakistan after the tourists suffered a spectacular collapse in the second innings. Pakistan, who were in a strong position with 294 runs on the board losing only two wickets as they went into lunch on the third day, crashed to 320 all out after the break to leave Sri Lanka a victory target of 171.
Debutant centurion Alam, who was unbeaten on 164 at lunch, could add just 4 more. Pakistan lost 8 wickets for 26 runs in a shade under 16 overs. Rangana Herath and Nuwan Kulasekara evenly shared the last 8 wickets. Opener Malinda Warnapura scored a brisk 54 from just 56 balls to help Sri Lanka reach its 171-run victory target with two days to spare. Sri Lanka had put on 41 for no loss in just 6 overs at tea. Captain Kumar Sangakkara fell for 46 with Sri Lanka just 11 runs short of victory. Of the previous five series between the two nations on Sri Lankan soil, Pakistan had won three and drawn two.
Sri Lanka 240 (Sangakkara 87, Gul 4-43, Ajmal 4-87) and 171/3 (Warnapura 54) beat Pakistan 90 (Kulasekara 4-21) and 320 (Fawad 168, Younis 82, Herath 5-99, Kulasekara 4-37) by seven wickets.

Colombo - Second Test, Day two: Pakistan bounce back strongly

23-year-old debutant Fawad Alam scored an unbeaten century as Pakistan produced a remarkable turnaround against the hosts. Pakistan, who were bowled out for 90 in their first innings, hit back to dismiss Sri Lanka for 240 and then cruised to 178-1 in their second knock by stumps on the second day.The dismissal of the Sri Lanka captain at 188-5 sparked a batting collapse as the home side lost their remaining five wickets for 52 runs. Umar Gul took 4-43, including the wicket of Kumar Sangakkara for 87, and Saeed Ajmal picked up 4-87.
Pakistan 90 and 178 for 1 (Fawad 102*) lead Sri Lanka 240 (Sangakkara 87, Gul 4-43) by 28 runs

Colombo - Second Test, Day one: Pakistan collapse yet again

Sri Lanka dominated the first day of the second Test in Colombo, reaching 164-3 at the close having earlier skittled Pakistan for a paltry 90. Sri Lanka's pace duo of Nuwan Kulasekera (4 for 21) and Thilan Thushara ripped through Pakistan's top order in the opening session reducing them to 19-4 within the first seven overs before going to lunch on the first day struggling at 74-6. Ajantha Mendis (3-20) polished off the tail in style. Pakistan's total is their lowest against Sri Lanka and their seventh-lowest in all. At stumps, Kumar Sangakkara was unbeaten on 81 as Sri Lanka earned a 74-run lead.
Sri Lanka are looking forward to the first series win over Pakistan in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka 164/3 (Sangakkara 81*) lead Pakistan 90 (Malik 39*, Kulasekara 4-21) by 74 runs

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Test Series First Test

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, First Test: Galle International Stadium, Galle, July 4-July 7, 2009

Galle - First Test, Day four: Herath stuns unpredictable Pakistan (SRL 1:0|3)

Pakistan needed just 97 runs to win, with still 8 wickets in hand, when the play began on the fourth day at Galle today. But the young team slumped to a 50-run defeat just before the scheduled lunch break as Sri Lankan bowler Herath, who was in for an injured Murali, claimed four wickets in his spell of 12 overs giving away just 15 runs.
Mendis finished with 2-27 from 10 overs and Thushara chipped in with 2-21 from 12 overs. It was Sangakkara's first Test win as captain. At the end of the match, Pakistan were also fined for a slow over rate as if the shock defeat was not enough. Rangana Herath was declared Man of the match for his outstanding contribution with the ball.
The second test begins in Colombo on Saturday.
Sri Lanka 292 (Paranavitana 72, Aamer 3-74, Younis 2-23) and 217 (Ajmal 3-34, Aamer 3-38, Younis 2-27) beat Pakistan 342 (Yousuf 112, Misbah 56, Kulasekara 4-71) and 117 (Herath 4-15, Thushara 2-21, Mendis 2-27) by 50 runs

Galle Blog - Herath and debutants put Mendis in the shade

Pakistan seem to have the measure of Ajantha Mendis. Sri Lanka’s new star has taken just three wickets from his three Tests against Pakistan (although he bowled only eight overs in the infamous Lahore match). Younis Khan’s men also found a way of coping with the mystery bowler in the ICC World Twenty20 final. If Pakistan were going to collapse in their pursuit of 168 on the fourth day, it still seemed likely that Mendis, in the absence of Muttiah Muralitharan, would be the man to do the damage. Instead it was slow left-armer Rangana Herath who ripped through the tourists’ batting line-up.
Herath was a late call-up for Murali and had to fly from England where he was playing club cricket. His fourth innings figures of 4-15 were his best of his 15-match career and helped decide a match that had been otherwise dominated by debutants.
Mohammad Aamer took six wickets in his first Test appearance and did enough to suggest his will be a long and fruitful Pakistan career. Too soon to call him the new Wasim Akram perhaps, but the left arm pace and swing already make him a dangerous bowler.
Abdur Rauf and Saeed Ajmal also showed plenty of promise, taking three and five wickets respectively. They should get a long run in the team, even taking the notoriously hard to please selectors into account.
Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews, an impressive performer at the World Twenty20, also prospered in his debut, hitting 69 runs and taking two wickets. He will need to do more than chip in with bat and ball to become a true allrounder, but the ability is undoubtedly there.
However, the outstanding player was Mohammad Yousuf. He was the only centurion in a match that contained only two half centuries and showed that none of his skill for run accumulation has diminished during his spell in the ICL wilderness. In other cricket news, the Ashes test cricket action starts shortly, so make sure you're keeping up to date with the Ashes odds. If you feel like getting in the mood for some good old-fashioned rivalry, head across to Betfair's new fanvfan site!- Philip Oliver.

Galle - First Test, Day three: Pakistan inching towards victory

Pakistan were 71 for two in their second innings at stumps chasing 168 after bowling out Sri Lanka for 217 in their second innings. They need a further 97 runs to win.
17-year-old Left-arm pace bowler Mohammad Aamer claimed three wickets in an outstanding post-lunch spell to trouble Lanka. He followed up on his impressive first innings performance (3-74) by capturing the key wickets of Tharanga Paranavitana (49), Mahela Jayawardene (0) and Kumar Sangakkara (14) as the tourists took control.
Pakistan 342 (Yousuf 114, Misbah 56, Kulasekara 4-70) and 71/2 (Butt 28*) need 97 to beat Sri Lanka 292 (Paranavitana 72, Mathews 42, Mohammad Aamer 3-74) and 217 (Paranavitana 49, Ajmal 3-34, Aamer 3-38)

Galle - First Test, Day two: Yousuf gives Pakistan upper hand

Mohammad Yousuf marked his return to international cricket with a 112 in 186 balls to help Pakistan take a 50-run lead on first innings over Sri Lanka on day two of the opening Test in Galle, recovering from an overnight 15-2. Yousuf was back for Pakistan after a spell in the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League.
Sri Lanka had one over to negotiate before the end of the day's play and did so without scoring or losing a wicket.
Sri Lanka 292 (Paranavitana 72, Mathews 42, Mohammad Aamer 3-74) and 0 for 0 trail Pakistan 342 (Yousuf 114, Misbah 56, Kulasekara 4-70) by 50 runs

Galle - First Test, Day one: Bowlers dominate first day

Bowlers dominated the opening day of the first test at Galle on Saturday, with Pakistan slumping to 15 for two after Sri Lanka were bowled out for 292.
In the morning, 17-year-old paceman Pakistani Mohammad Aamer struck twice on his debut to leave Sri Lanka reeling on 21 for two. Lankan opener Paranavitana's maiden test half-century rescued the hosts, while all-rounder Angelo Mathews hit a quickfire 42 off 57 deliveries.
Pakistan 15/2 trail Sri Lanka 292 (Paranavitana 72, Mathews 42, Mohammad Aamer 3-74) by 277 runs

Pakistan Tour of Sri Lanka, 2009

Pakistan Cricket Team will tour to Sri Lanka in June after the World Twenty20 2009 to play three match Test Series, five ODI (One Day Internationals) and one Twenty20 international.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.