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Sri Lanka begin well in Jayawardene's final Test COLOMBO: Sri Lanka made a solid start in the second and final Test against Pakistan in Colombo on Thursday, reaching 69 for no loss by lunch on the opening day.Upul Tharanga was unbeaten on 28 and his opening partner Kaushal Silva was on 38, as Pakistan's bowlers toiled in vain on a good batting pitch at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC).Left-handed Tharanga survived a difficult stumping chance when he was on 24 as a ball from spinner Saeed Ajmal rose alarmingly and struck wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed on the left ear.Sri Lanka made two changes from the side that won the first Test in Galle by seven wickets to take the lead in the two-match series.Left-arm seamer Chanaka Welegedara and batsman Lahiru Thirimanne replaced injured duo Shaminda Eranga and Kithuruwan Vithanage.Pakistan left out lanky fast bowler Mohammad Talha to play left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz.The match is the last one for Sri ...

Sri Lanka 69-0 in second Pakistan Test COLOMBO: Sri Lanka were 69 for no loss at lunch after electing to bat in the second and final Test against Pakistan at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Thursday.Upul Tharanga was unbeaten on 28 and Kaushal Silva was on 38, the pair emerging unscathed from the morning session on a good batting wicket.Sri Lanka had won the first Test in Galle by seven wickets.The match is the last one for former Sri Lankan ...
Sri Lanka bat against Pakistan in second Test COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to bat in the second Test against Pakistan in Colombo on Thursday, the final one for the home team's retiring Mahela Jayawardene.Sri Lanka made two changes from the side that won the first Test in Galle by seven wickets to take the lead in the two-match series.Left-arm seamer Chanaka Welegedara and batsman Lahiru Thirimanne replaced the injured duo of Shaminda Eranga and Kithuruwan Vithanage.Pakistan ...
Captain Misbah backs Ajmal to come clean on suspect action COLOMBO: Pakistan are not worried about Saeed Ajmal's reporting for a suspect bowling action and are confident that the ace off-spinner will be cleared, captain Misbah-ul-Haq said.Match officials reported Ajmal to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a suspect bowling action following the first test defeat by Sri Lanka in Galle but is permitted to bowl until his bowling is scrutinized further.The 36-year-old, who has taken 174 wickets in 34 tests at an average of ...
Emotional Sri Lanka eye winning farewell for Jayawardene GALLE: Sri Lanka are determined to send former captain Mahela Jayawardene into retirement with a victory in the second and final Test starting Thursday against a fragile Pakistan and a 2-0 series sweep.Captain Angelo Mathews said emotions were running high in the home team's dressing room before the match at Jayawardene's home ground at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) in Colombo."It is an emotional moment for everyone," Mathews said. "We want to win it for ...
Jayawardene a rare brand of cricketer, says Mathews COLOMBO: Cricketers like Mahela Jayawardene come around very rarely and younger players in the team have a lot to learn from his fighting attitude, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said on the eve of the veteran batsman's last test match. The second test against Pakistan starting on Thursday will be an emotional one for Sri Lanka and Jayawardene as the 37-year-old bids farewell to test cricket as one of its prolific run-scorers. ...
Akhtar wants players to show more courage in the second test ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar feels the national players need to show more courage and spirit if they want to win the Second Test against Sri Lanka at Colombo.Pakistan will play its second test against Srli Lanka on August 14 (Thursday). Shoaib Akhtar said the team's performance was below par in the first Test which Pakistan lost at Galle. "Our players showed neither heart nor courage in the first Test," Pakpassion.net quoted him ...

 



 
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