Sri Lanka seal big victory over Pakistan in the 1st Test at Galle
Zeenews Sports Bureau
Galle: This match will probably be remembered for the poor umpiring and Sangakkara's magnifient 199 might be forgoten among the talks of DRS as Sri Lanka registered a massive 209 runs victory over Pakistan in the 1st Test math at Galle.
Starting the day at 36 for 3 and needing 474 more run to win, Pakistan lost nightwatchman Saeed Ajmal in the second over of the day courtesy a run-out.
By lunch time, Pakistan reached 108 for 4 with Younis Khan on 34 and Asad Shafiq on 36. Younis stuck it out in the middle and Asad Shafiq upped the tempo in the middle.
Rangana Herath broke the partnership eventually with the wicket of Asad Shafiq on 80 (165) just after the duo had notched up 150-run partnership.
Younis Khan followed soon after when he was out on 87(213). Nuwan Kulasekara picked up his third wicket just after tea break with Pakistan on 212/6.
With more than a day to negotiate and just 4 wickets In hand, Pakistan further slumped as Mohammad Ayub went for 22 runs. From there on, it was a mere formality as Adnan Akmal remained unbeaten of 40 with Pakistan bundled out for 300 in chase of 509 after they had scored just 100 in the first innings .
Update 6: What a massive victory for Sri Lanka as Paksitan are bundled out for 300 in their second innings. Sri Lanka win the first Test at Galle with a huge margin of 209 runs.
Update 5: Sri Lankan team is just three wickets away from pocketing the first Test against Pakistan at Galle as the hosts had reduced the visiting side to 252/7 after 100 overs. Mohammad Ayub was the seventh wicket to fall as Nuwan Pradeep trapped him in front of the wickets and thus picking his first ever Test wicket.
Update 4: Rangana Herath provided Sri Lanka the breakthrough they were looking for when he removed Asad Shafiq (80, 4X13) who was caught at slip by Mahela Jayawardene. Younis Khan was the next to depart after scoring 87 edging one from Kulasekara to the keeper.
Pakistan were 220/6 at the end of 85 overs still needing 290 runs to win the Test.
Update 3: At the end of 67th over, Pakistan were 161/4. Both Younis Khan (59*) and Asad Shafiq (63*) completed their fifties. They need another 349 runs to win the Test.
Lunch Update: By the time lunch break was taken, Pakistan were 108/4 with Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq still battling against Sri Lankan attack. Ajaml was run out early in the morning while Younis was given a life after third umpire gave him the benefit of doubt after Dilshan had caught him at mid off.
Update 2: By the end of 40th over, Younis Khan (30*) and Asad Shafiq (28*) were still holding fort for Pakistan as they were 95/4 still needing 415 runs to win the first Test.
Update 1: Pakistan lost the wicket of Saeed Ajmal who was run out attempting a non-existent single after Younis Khan had played one towards cover. He left after scoring 12 runs. By the end of 26 overs Pakistan were 57/4.