Most awaited Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan test series started today. The series has also a huge significance for both teams and some individuals. Pakistan didn’t win a Test on their last two Test tours here, Sri Lanka lost a series to South Africa recently, Mahela Jayawardene is playing his last two Tests and would want to finish on a high. There is also the contest between the two captains, who, as Andrew Fernando writes, have a lot in common. t’s a dry Galle pitch, but there was some brown grass on it too. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first.
Khurram Manzoor and Ahmed Shehzad opened the innings for Pakistan. Shaminda Eranga and Dhammika Prasad started the bowling attack for and succeeded in very first spell of the innings. Prasad came up very handy with the ball and broke the opening partnership by taking Ahmed Shehzad’s wicket in the 2nd over and Khurram Manzoor’s wicket in 6th over. Manzoor contributed only 3 runs and Shehzad contributed only 4 runs on the board. After the end of 6th over the score was 19/2. After this effective bowling attack Herath and Mathews started bowling two take some more wickets before lunch. As they lost two early wickets Azhar Ali and Younis Khan were playing patiently to build a big partnership. Azhar Ali’s temperament was nice but he did not hold his temperament for long and trapped in Herath’s snare. Herath Bowled Ali in 22nd over. Ali contributed 30 runs. Misbah–Ul-Haq joined the action in the field. Misbah Was looking iron determined to build a big partnership. At lunch Pakistan was at 59runs losing 3wickets.
After lunch second session started by Mathews with the ball. Misbah was facing him. Misbah was playing very cautiously. Eranga and Mathews was putting pressure on Pakistan. Pakistan did not get any chance to get momentum on the board. Younis Khan gradually coming out of the box and started playing aggressively. Younis was giving the momentum, Misbah was holding the other side and giving him full support. After 52 over Pakistan was managed to score 130/3. Misbah and Younis came up very handy in the second session. They made a strongly needed partnership. At tea Pakistan was at 140runs losing 3wickets.
The matchturner, the superhero of Pakistan team Younis Khan and Misbah started the third session. After the break Misbah lost his concentration and Herath took his wicket. Herath pitched the ball on the middle and Misbah was looking to drive it to off, but it turns sharply to catch the outside edge en route to the wicket keeper. Asad Shafiq came to the field replacing Misbah. Shafiq was playing aggressively from the starting. Ypunis and Shafiq was rotating the scoreboard pretty fast. After the 70th over they scored 193 runs losing 4 wickets. Perera and Vithanage was trying to get more wickets before the stumps. At the end of the day Pakistan is standing at a healthy position with 261 runs on the board loosing 4 wickets.
Younis played a magnificent innings today and hit a ton and contributed 133 runs. Shafiq played a hurricane innings and contributed 55 runs today. Let’s see how they perform tomorrow.