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Sri Lanka claim three wickets after setting Pakistan a target of 131

Pakistan Tour of Sri Lanka 2023

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Sri Lanka managed to reduce Pakistan to 48/3 in a nervy hour of play to end day 4 of the 1st Test, after setting the visitors a target of 131 to win.

The Pakistan chase started off in brisk fashion, with 6 coming off the first over by Vishwa Fernando, but the introduction of spin in the form of Ramesh Mendis from the other end saw Sri Lanka exert some pressure on the visitors.

Prabath Jayasuriya’s introduction into the attack came in 5th over and he struck in his 2nd, getting Abdullah Shafique caught behind to claim his 50th Test wicket in Galle. The dismissal itself was somewhat comical, with the ball lodging itself between Sadeera Samarawickrama’s legs and the keeper taking more than a few seconds to secure it in his gloves. Shafique reviewed unsuccessfully.

Imam Ul-Haq and Shan Masood looked to attack, sticking with their positive intent from the 1st innings, but Masood didn’t last long, Jayasuriya getting him too, caught well at short leg by Nishan Madushka.

The last wicket of the day came in the form of a run-out, with nightwatchman Nauman Ali the victim.

Sri Lanka used up two of their reviews, the first one on Imam and the second on Babar Azam – their poor use of DRS continued.

Sri Lanka came into day 4 on an overnight score of 14/0, having conceded a lead of 149 to Pakistan. Dimuth Karunaratne and his opening partner Nishan Madushka kept the scoreboard ticking along at around the 4 runs per over mark, barely troubled, barring a couple of edges flying through the slip region. 

The breakthrough came once spin was introduced, with Karunaratne well caught by Agha Salman at short mid-wicket. The Sri Lankan skipper clipped a Abrah Ahmed delivery in the air on the leg side, to give the leg-spinner his 1st wicket of the day. 

Nauman Ali accounted for the next two wickets to fall, trapping Mendis in front (decision upheld on review), before he managed to find the outside edge of Sri Lanka’s most experienced batter Angelo Mathews – another good catch by Babar Azam seeing to Mathews’ end.  

Nishan Madushka fell right after lunch having reached a half century before Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva put on a 60-run partnership for the 5th wicket. The pair was looking comfortable in the middle, with de Silva in particular looking to take on the bowling.

However, Chandimal fell hitting in the air on the leg – a dismissal very similar to Dimuth Karunaratne’s – and Samarawickrama was caught brilliantly at short leg as Pakistan reduced the hosts to 175/6, with a lead of merely 26 runs to their name.

Midway through the day, it looked like a day 4 finish was a definite possibility but a 76-run partnership between De Silva and Ramesh Mendis saw the lead cross 100.

Unfortunately just when it looked like Sri Lanka might even bat out the day, Mendis fell nearing his maiden half century and Shaheen Afridi claimed the big wicket of DDS with the lead on 120. The last 2 pairs could only add 10 more runs to the total as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 279.

Result


Sri Lanka
312/10 (95.2) & 279/10 (83.1)

Pakistan
461/10 (121.2) & 133/6 (32.5)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Nishan Madushka c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Shaheen Shah Afridi 4 9 0 0 44.44
Dimuth Karunaratne c Safraz Ahmed b Shaheen Shah Afridi 29 43 6 0 67.44
Kusal Mendis c Agha Salman b Shaheen Shah Afridi 12 14 3 0 85.71
Angelo Mathews c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Abrar Ahmed 64 109 9 0 58.72
Dinesh Chandimal c Babar Azam b Naseem Shah 1 6 0 0 16.67
Dhananjaya de Silva c Shan Masood b Naseem Shah 122 214 12 3 57.01
Sadeera Samarawickrama c Imam-ul-Haq b Agha Salman 36 57 5 0 63.16
Ramesh Mendis c Babar Azam b Abrar Ahmed 5 40 1 0 12.50
Prabath Jayasuriya c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Naseem Shah 4 29 0 0 13.79
Kasun Rajitha c Abdullah Shafique b Abrar Ahmed 8 24 1 0 33.33
Vishwa Fernando not out 21 28 2 1 75.00


Extras 6 (b 4 , lb 1 , nb 1, w 0, pen 0)
Total 312/10 (95.2 Overs, RR: 3.27)
Fall of Wickets 1-6 (2.2) Nishan Madushka, 2-22 (6.4) Kusal Mendis, 3-53 (14.2) Dimuth Karunaratne, 4-54 (15.2) Dinesh Chandimal, 5-185 (48.1) Angelo Mathews, 6-242 (65.4) Sadeera Samarawickrama, 7-257 (76.6) Ramesh Mendis, 8-282 (85.6) Prabath Jayasuriya, 9-283 (87.1) Dhananjaya de Silva, 10-312 (95.2) Kasun Rajitha,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Shaheen Shah Afridi 24 3 86 3 3.58
Naseem Shah 22 2 90 3 4.09
Abrar Ahmed 31.2 9 68 3 2.18
Agha Salman 5 1 18 1 3.60
Nauman Ali 13 2 45 0 3.46
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Abdullah Shafique c Dhananjaya de Silva b Prabath Jayasuriya 19 28 3 0 67.86
Imam-ul-Haq c Kamil Mishara  b Kasun Rajitha 1 10 0 0 10.00
Shan Masood lbw b Ramesh Mendis 39 30 5 1 130.00
Babar Azam c Sadeera Samarawickrama b Prabath Jayasuriya 13 16 2 0 81.25
Saud Shakeel not out 208 361 19 0 57.62
Sarfaraz Ahmed lbw b Prabath Jayasuriya 17 15 3 0 113.33
Agha Salman st Sadeera Samarawickrama b Ramesh Mendis 83 113 9 1 73.45
Nauman Ali lbw b Ramesh Mendis 25 57 4 0 43.86
Shaheen Shah Afridi lbw b Vishwa Fernando 9 14 2 0 64.29
Naseem Shah b Ramesh Mendis 6 78 1 0 7.69
Abrar Ahmed c Angelo Mathews b Ramesh Mendis 10 12 1 1 83.33


Extras 31 (b 9 , lb 8 , nb 6, w 8, pen 0)
Total 461/10 (121.2 Overs, RR: 3.8)
Fall of Wickets 1-3 (1.6) Imam-ul-Haq, 2-47 (10.2) Abdullah Shafique, 3-67 (11.6) Shan Masood, 4-73 (14.4) Babar Azam, 5-101 (20.2) Sarfaraz Ahmed, 6-278 (55.6) Agha Salman, 7-330 (73.2) Nauman Ali, 8-346 (76.3) Shaheen Shah Afridi, 9-440 (116.5) Naseem Shah, 10-461 (121.2) Abrar Ahmed,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Vishwa Fernando 18 1 69 1 3.83
Kasun Rajitha 19 1 77 1 4.05
Prabath Jayasuriya 35 3 145 3 4.14
Ramesh Mendis 42.2 2 136 5 3.22
Dhananjaya de Silva 7 1 17 0 2.43
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Nishan Madushka c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Nauman Ali 52 115 7 1 45.22
Dimuth Karunaratne c Agha Salman b Abrar Ahmed 20 27 4 0 74.07
Kusal Mendis lbw b Nauman Ali 18 45 2 0 40.00
Angelo Mathews c Babar Azam b Nauman Ali 7 21 1 0 33.33
Dinesh Chandimal c Imam-ul-Haq b Agha Salman 28 64 3 0 43.75
Dhananjaya de Silva c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Shaheen Shah Afridi 82 118 10 2 69.49
Sadeera Samarawickrama c Abdullah Shafique b Agha Salman 11 11 2 0 100.00
Ramesh Mendis lbw b Abrar Ahmed 42 79 3 1 53.16
Prabath Jayasuriya c Shan Masood b Shaheen Shah Afridi 10 11 2 0 90.91
Vishwa Fernando not out 0 6 0 0 0.00
Kasun Rajitha c Shan Masood b Abrar Ahmed 5 3 0 0 166.67


Extras 4 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 1, w 2, pen 0)
Total 279/10 (83.1 Overs, RR: 3.35)
Fall of Wickets 1-42 (11.1) Dimuth Karunaratne, 2-79 (24.6) Kusal Mendis, 3-91 (32.1) Angelo Mathews, 4-99 (36.6) Nishan Madushka, 5-159 (53.1) Dinesh Chandimal, 6-175 (55.5) Sadeera Samarawickrama, 7-251 (78.1) Ramesh Mendis, 8-269 (80.6) Dhananjaya de Silva, 9-274 (82.3) Prabath Jayasuriya, 10-279 (83.1) Kasun Rajitha,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Shaheen Shah Afridi 13 0 64 2 4.92
Naseem Shah 12 2 32 0 2.67
Agha Salman 9 0 39 2 4.33
Abrar Ahmed 24.1 5 68 3 2.82
Nauman Ali 25 5 75 3 3.00


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Abdullah Shafique c Sadeera Samarawickrama b Prabath Jayasuriya 8 18 1 0 44.44
Imam-ul-Haq not out 50 84 4 0 59.52
Shan Masood c Nishan Madushka b Prabath Jayasuriya 7 11 1 0 63.64
Nauman Ali run out (Ramesh Mendis) 0 7 0 0 0.00
Babar Azam lbw b Prabath Jayasuriya 24 28 5 0 85.71
Saud Shakeel c Sadeera Samarawickrama b Ramesh Mendis 30 38 6 0 78.95
Sarfaraz Ahmed c Kusal Mendis b Prabath Jayasuriya 1 10 0 0 10.00
Agha Salman not out 6 1 0 1 600.00


Extras 7 (b 4 , lb 3 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total 133/6 (32.5 Overs, RR: 4.05)
Fall of Wickets 1-16 (6.4) Abdullah Shafique, 2-36 (10.4) Shan Masood, 3-38 (12.6) Nauman Ali, 4-79 (20.3) Babar Azam, 5-122 (29.4) Saud Shakeel, 6-127 (32.4) Sarfaraz Ahmed,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Vishwa Fernando 2 1 6 0 3.00
Ramesh Mendis 14 1 62 1 4.43
Prabath Jayasuriya 14.5 0 56 4 3.86
Dhananjaya de Silva 2 1 2 0 1.00