Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq rued a late sequence fall in a initial innings as Sri Lanka came from behind on a final dual days to force Pakistan to settle for a pull in a initial Test today.
Pakistan were motoring along good during 327-4 after dismissing Sri Lanka for 204 before losing their final 6 wickets for only 56 runs on a third day to be bowled out for 383.
“We should have got 450 runs on house to put vigour on a opposition,” Misbah said. “We were batting good during one theatre and now got all out, so this is one area that is not justified.”
Angelo Mathews led Sri Lanka’s clever fightback with a career-best 157 not out in 7 1/2 hours before dogmatic during 480-5 to set Pakistan a aim of 302 in 67 overs.
Pakistan staid for a pull and finished adult during 158-2 as Ahmed Shehzad (55) was trapped leg before wicket by Rangana Herath shortly after tea.
Misbah pronounced Pakistan had suspicion about going for a feat if Shehzad had pushed a scoring rate with Mohammad Hafeez, who remained dominant on 80 – his initial half century after 11 Test innings.
“If we had reached around of 170-180, afterwards we could have pushed onward, though when Ahmed Shehzad got out afterwards we suspicion we should go for a draw,” he said.
Pakistan was also one beat brief in a second innings after wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal fractured his left index finger on a third day and was ruled out for a remaining dual Test matches of a series.
Misbah (135) and Younis Khan (136) featured in a double century mount by scoring large hundreds in Pakistan’s initial innings that warranted them a lead of 179 runs.
And Sri Lanka had their backs opposite a wall on a third day when they were only 7 runs forward and mislaid their batting buttress of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene to finish during 186-4.
But Mathews and his emissary Dinesh Chandimal (89) defied Pakistan for scarcely one and a half sessions on a fourth day to stifle Pakistan hopes of forcing a outcome in their favor.
Mathews featured in another century mount with wicketkeeper-batsman Prasanna Jayawardene (63 not out) to widen their lead on a final day before a stipulation came half an hour before lunch.
“This is how group fights back,” Misbah pronounced of Mathews and Chandimal’s match-saving century mount on a fourth day. “They fought tough and batted good and we consider this Test compare ends adult even-steven.”
Pakistan’s ace offspinner Saeed Ajmal had a inattentive Test compare as he conceded 115 runs in his wicket-less 49 overs in a second innings.
“Spinners didn’t play their partial on a arrange of representation we had here and that’s a reversal for both teams,” Misbah said.
Scoreboard during a finish of a initial Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka today.
Sri Lanka initial innings
D KARUNARATNE c Shafiq b J Khan 38
K SILVA c Hafeez b Bhatti 20
K SANGAKKARA c Shehzad b J Khan 16
M JAYAWARDENE c Akmal b Bhatti 5
D CHANDIMAL c Hafeez b Bhatti 0
A MATHEWS st Akmal b Ajmal 91
P JAYAWARDENE c Akmal b J Khan 5
S SENANAYAKE c Akmal b J Khan 5
R HERATH b J Khan 0
S ERANGA c Akmal b Ajmal 14
S LAKMAL not out 1
Extras (4b 4lb 1nb) 9
Total: All out for 204
Fall: 57 (Karunaratne), 67 (Silva), 76 (M Jayawardene), 76 (Chandimal), 82 (Sangakkara), 104 (P Jayawardene), 124 (Senanayake), 124 (Herath), 185 (Eranga), 204 (Mathews).
Bowling: J Khan 20-4-58-5, R Ali 16-3-41-0, B Bhatti 15-1-65-3 (1nb), S Ajmal 14-3-32-2.
Pakistan initial innings
K MANZOOR run out (Mathews) 21
A SHEHZAD c Karunaratne b Eranga 38
M HAFEEZ c Silva b Lakmal 11
Y KHAN b Eranga 136
M ul HAQ c Sangakkara b Herath 135
A SHAFIQ c Silva b Lakmal 13
A AKMAL c Senanayake b Eranga 6
B BHATTI c M Jayawardene b Mathews 14
S AJMAL lbw Herath 0
R ALI b Herath 0
J KHAN not out 4
Extras (2lb 2nb 1w) 5
Total: All out for 383
Fall: 46 (Manzoor), 59 (Hafeez), 83 (Shehzad), 301 (Y Khan), 329 (Shafiq), 342 (Akmal), 369 (Bhatti), 378 (Ajmal), 378 (Ali), 383 (ul Haq).
Bowling: S Lakmal 33-9-99-2 (1w 2nb), A Mathews 13-1-43-1, S Eranga 30-6-80-3, R Herath 35.1-9-93-3, S Senanayake 18-2-66-0.
Sri Lanka second innings
D KARUNARATNE b J Khan 24
K SILVA c Akmal b J Khan 81
K SANGAKKARA c Y Khan b Bhatti 55
M JAYAWARDENE c Shafiq b Bhatti 0
D CHANDIMAL c Ali b J Khan 89
A MATHEWS not out 157
P JAYAWARDENE not out 63
Extras (4b 7lb) 11
Total: Five wickets (dec) for 480
Fall: 47 (Karunaratne), 146 (Sangakkara), 150 (M Jayawardene), 186 (Silva), 324 (Chandimal).
Bowling: J Khan 36-3-93-3, R Ali 38.3-9-92-0, B Bhatti 36-8-146-2, S Ajmal 49-10-115-0, M Hafeez 9-1-23-0.
Pakistan second innings
K MANZOOR c P Jayawardene b Lakmal 8
A SHEHZAD lbw Herath 55
M HAFEEZ not out 80
Y KHAN not out 13
Extras (1lb 1nb) 2
Total: Two wickets for 158
Fall: 24 (Manzoor), 125 (Shehzad).Bowling: S Lakmal 13-1-43-1, S Eranga 11-0-38-0 (1nb), R Herath 21-8-37-1, A Mathews 2-0-9-0, S Senanayake 5-0-30-0.
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford, Richard Kettleborough
TV umpire: Sundaram Ravi
Match referee: Javagal Srinath
Series: The array is even during 0 all.