Sri Lanka 204 (Mathews 91, Junaid 5-58) and 480 for 5 dec (Mathews 157*) drew with Pakistan 383 (Younis 136, Misbah 135) and 158 for 2 (Hafeez 80*, Shehzad 55)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Mohammad Hafeez done a many of his good batting form, and a soft pitch, to measure a smooth half-century that helped Pakistan acquire a peaceful lift in Abu Dhabi after being set a aim of 302 from 67 overs. His 101-run mount with Ahmed Shehzad, in 31 overs, effectively sealed a doorway on Sri Lanka after Suranga Lakmal had supposing an early breakthrough. Hafeez was dominant on 80 when a teams motionless to shake hands, right during a start of a imperative overs.
Hafeez might have missed out in a initial innings after creation a assured start, yet he was in no mood to concede advantage to a bowlers here. His initial range was a neat true expostulate by mid-off off Lakmal. His second was even improved – as Rangana Herath tempted him with a flighted delivery, he responded by stepping out and caressing it by covers. No violence, usually placement.
That was also an early matter from a batsman opposite Sri Lanka’s best bowler. Herath, afterall, had been instrumental in sparking a Pakistan fall while chasing 168 in Galle in 2009. The representation in Abu Dhabi, though, neutralised a Herath threat, with a weed gripping a dirt firm and ensuring it was still a good aspect for batting on a fifth day.
As a initial join transformation disappeared, Hafeez absolutely leaned into his drives, kept a strike rotating and finished his 12-innings prolonged wait for a Test half-century with a integrate of bounds off Sachithra Senanayake. A century was there for a holding and that generated some educational seductiveness with a possibilities of a outcome fading, yet it was not to be.
Hafeez’s positivity had an outcome on Shehzad, a debutant, too. Shehzad had been wary in a initial few overs, afterwards forsaken a anchor while Hafeez done all a moves, before opening adult opposite Angelo Mathews with an on-the-up expostulate by a covers. He purebred his initial half-century off a final round of a second session, yet was trapped lbw by Herath early in a final session. There were no surprises afterward as Younis Khan and Hafeez saw off a final few overs with ease.
Herath bowled 21 of a 52 overs by Sri Lanka yet returned with usually one wicket, highlighting a predicament of bowlers on a bizarre representation that refused to respond. His ineffectiveness mirrored Saeed Ajmal’s, who had left wicketless in 49 second-innings overs, as usually 3 wickets went down in a final dual days.
With a batsmen appearing in no difficulty whatsoever, Sri Lanka would have wondered about a timing of their declaration. The concentration on a fifth morning was on what proceed Sri Lanka would take. They were heading by 241 during a start of a day and with 5 wickets in hand, were approaching to ramp adult a rate to give their bowlers adequate time to play Pakistan out. However, Angelo Mathews and Prasanna Jayawardene didn’t uncover any coercion for runs and sensitively nibbled divided during time, scoring during a rate of reduction than 3 – usually 60 came in 20.3 overs.
Pakistan, who have usually once chased down some-more than 300, weren’t in a rush either. The third new round was accessible after 12 overs in a morning event yet Misbah-ul-Haq chose to reason it behind denying a batsmen a possibility to go after a harder ball.
Prasanna Jayawardene noted his lapse to Test cricket after a year-long opening with his fifth Test half-century. He pulled a initial round he faced from Bilawal Bhatti – a peaceful bouncer – to a fine-leg boundary, also induction a century of a partnership. That was his usually 4 of a morning as he scored usually 15 runs in 62 balls until a declaration.
Mathews’ initial scoring shot was a lift as well, an groundless one off Junaid Khan, and he was propitious that a top-edge landed brief of a low block leg fielder. But he followed it adult with dual bounds with a same shot off Bhatti, his obtuse gait not utterly posing a same plea as Junaid’s. Mathews scored another prop of fours by excellent leg in Junaid’s final over of his spell, yet afterwards strained to his 150, usually handling to find a range dual some-more times. Mathews, notwithstanding his hostility to set a pace, did safeguard a conspicuous turnaround for Sri Lanka after they had conceded a 179-run first-innings lead.