Pakistan 291 for 6 (Shehzad 147, Manzoor 52, Herath 3-88) route Sri Lanka 428 for 9 dec (Perera 95, Mathews 91, Sangakkara 52) by 137 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Ahmed Shehzad scored his lass Test hundred yet Pakistan’s swell on a third day in Sharjah, notwithstanding a century opening partnership and 122 runs in a final session, was not quick adequate to mangle Sri Lanka’s hold on their 1-0 lead in a series. At their stream gait a best Pakistan can wish for is to pull a Test they need to win, yet with their center sequence descending divided alarmingly, they were distant from certain of avoiding a first-innings deficit.
Pakistan’s proceed was curious. The surface, notwithstanding a exploding appearance, had small seam, representation or spin for a bowlers yet a batsmen did not try to force a gait for many of a day. Pakistan mislaid no wickets in a initial event yet their openers combined usually 66 runs in 29 overs. They afterwards mislaid dual in a second while scoring usually 84 in 29 overs. Shehzad led a acceleration after tea, forcing Angelo Mathews on a defensive, yet he was one of 4 wickets to tumble in a session, that meant it was Sri Lanka who won a day.
The go-slow had begun after Pakistan got to 30 for 0 after 9 overs; they scored usually 12 runs off a subsequent 13. The miss of gait off a representation and a behind outfield hindered shot creation and many of a early bounds came around glances from Shehzad when a quick bowlers strayed on to a pads.
To try and make something occur for Sri Lanka, Shaminda Eranga bowled cranky join to severe adult one side of a ball, and a few deliveries did tail in to a right-hand batsmen by a day. Herath operated from over a wicket, pitching outward leg stump, a line of conflict he used for many of a day. Towards a finish of a initial session, Mathews placed 6 fielders on a leg side and Suranga Lakmal bowled really straight, creation a batsmen play, mostly opposite a line.
Manzoor and Shehzad picked adult a gait shortly before lunch yet slowed down again after a break, when they played 4 maidens in a initial 5 overs. Mathews brought himself on and conceded his initial run usually off a final smoothness of his fourth over.
Things began to occur in a 42nd over, with Manzoor and Shehzad unconditional Herath for a 3 and a four, and Shehzad being forsaken on 43 by Dimuth Karunaratne during midwicket. That over of excitement, however, was not a pointer of things to come. Pakistan’s century opening mount came adult in 43.3 overs, and Shehzad got to his fifty off 150 balls, and Manzoor reached his off 120.
Eranga’s reintroduction 12 overs into a second event brought Sri Lanka a breakthrough. He began to reverse-swing deliveries into a right-hander and Manzoor edged one that strayed down leg side to a keeper. He reviewed a umpire’s preference in vain and a opening mount finished on 114.
Pakistan have done some terrible reviews in this array yet nothing was worse than Azhar Ali’s preference to plea his corner to slip. It merely behind a acknowledgment of Dilruwan Perera’s lass Test wicket, after a offspinner had to wait 42 overs on a second day to get a bowl.
Eranga and Lakmal afterwards began to retreat a round significantly – they had a 7-2 leg side margin during times – yet a transformation was discernible usually in a air. The balls that strike a representation were not as potent.
Shehzad brought adult his century shortly after tea – his second 50 had taken usually 80 balls – and accelerated after a landmark. He block gathering Perera for four, gathering Eranga on a adult by cover, lofted a quick bowler over long-on for six, and carted a offspinner over his conduct to a true boundary. During Shehzad’s acceleration, however, Younis Khan, who had been rotating strike busily, was held well down a leg side by Prasanna Jayawardene off Herath. He walked, withdrawal Pakistan 189 for 3.
In a association of Misbah-ul-Haq, Shehzad continued to lift his strike-rate, unconditional Herath and slog-sweeping Perera. The 50-run mount for a fourth wicket took 63 balls. Misbah’s grant was 11. And afterwards Shehzad chose wrong, attempting to reverse-sweep a Herath smoothness from a few feet outward leg stump. He was so repelled that a round had left on to play him off a bottom corner that he took ages to leave a pitch. Shehzad’s final 47 runs had come off usually 45 balls.
There was some-more pain for Pakistan, though. Having been denied countless extrinsic decisions while bowling, Pakistan mislaid Asad Shafiq to an lbw interest that referee Richard Kettleborough upheld, yet replays indicated a round from Eranga would have usually clipped leg stump. Shafiq reviewed and mislaid out to a umpire’s call, that is quick apropos Pakistan’s scandal in this series.
And in a final over of a day, Herath got one to spin and rebound divided from Sarfraz Ahmed, and Prasanna changed quickly to his right to locate a thick edge. Misbah, dominant on 36 during a other end, was left with usually a tail.