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Prasad gives Sri Lanka 153-run target COLOMBO: Seamer Dhammika Prasad skittled Pakistan with a four-wicket haul to put Sri Lanka on top in the second Test in Colombo on Sunday despite a defiant century from Azhar Ali.Pakistan, who trailed by 177 runs in the first innings, were bowled out for 329 in their second knock by tea on the fourth day to leave the hosts a target of 153 runs to level the three-match series.Pakistan won the first Test in Galle by 10 wickets.Azhar anchored the Pakistan innings with a defiant 117, his ninth Test innings, but found little support at the other end as the last six wickets tumbled for 55 runs.Wicket-keeper Dinesh Chandimal pouched five catches and also effected a stumping, while debutant fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera claimed three wickets in an impressive Sri Lankan display at the P. Sara Oval.Azhar was reprieved twice during his marathon vigil that lasted eight hours and 33 ...

Azhar stands in way as Sri Lanka dent Pakistan COLOMBO: Azhar Ali kept Pakistan afloat with a fighting unbeaten 85 as Sri Lanka tightened their grip on the second Test at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo on Sunday.Pakistan, who trailed by 177 runs after the first innings, lost two important second innings wickets in the morning session as they took their overnight score of 171-2 to 244-4 by lunch on the fourth day.Azhar closed in on his ninth Test century, helping Pakistan to ...
Pakistan 67 runs ahead in Sri Lanka Test COLOMBO: Pakistan were 244 for 4 in their second innings at lunch on the fourth day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Sunday, a lead of 67 runs.Azhar Ali was unbeaten on 85 and Asad Shafiq was on 10 as Pakistan lost two wickets in the morning session after resuming the day at 171-2.Sri Lanka are seeking a series-levelling win after losing the first Test in Galle by 10 wickets. Copyright ...
Clarke opts for batting practice against Kent CANTERBURY: Australia captain Michael Clarke gave an entertaining batting 'clinic' after deciding against enforcing the follow-on in the Ashes tour opener against Kent at Canterbury on Saturday.At tea on the third day of four, Australia were 132 for two in their second innings -- a lead of 359 runs.Shane Watson was 27 not out and Mitchell Marsh eight not out.Earlier, Kent were dismissed for 280 in reply to Australia's first innings 507 for eight declared ...
Sangakkara to retire during India series in Augusts COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's batting great Kumar Sangakkara on Saturday ended speculation about his future, saying he will retire during the home series against India in August."This is my time to call it a day," Sangakkara, 37, told reporters on the sidelines of the second Test against Pakistan at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo.The left-hander said he will play two of the three Tests against India that will take place in Sri Lanka in August. ...
Australia 132-2 against Kent CANTERBURY: Australia were 132 for two in their second innings, a lead of 359 runs, at tea on the third day of four in their Ashes tour opener against Kent at Canterbury on Saturday.Shane Watson was 27 not out and Mitchell Marsh eight not out.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Afridi Praises Dhoni’s Contribution in Cricket MS Dhoni as he has faced criticism for his team's embarrassing ODI series defeat against Bangladesh but Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi is ‘not happy’ in the manner the Indian ODI skipper was being targeted. According to local media reports Afridi said, “I really felt bad in the way MS (Dhoni) has been treated after Bangladesh series defeat. I completely think it’s a sub-continental trend where our heroes are not spared after one bad defeat. ...


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