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Sri Lanka vs Pakistan: Sri Lanka Wins 2nd Pakistan Test By 7 Wickets

By on July 14, 2009

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan test series

Sri Lanka 240 (Sangakkara 87, Gul 4-43, Ajmal 4-87) and 171 for 3 (Warnapura 54) beat Pakistan 90 (Kulasekara 4-21) and 320 (Fawad 168, Younis 82, Herath 5-99, Kulasekara 4-37) by seven wickets…

Seamer Nuwan Kulasekera’s eight wickets in the match and spinner Rangana Herath’s maiden five-wicket haul helped Sri Lanka to its first home test series victory against Pakistan as the hosts won the second test by seven wickets with two days to spare on Tuesday.

Needing 171 runs to win, Sri Lanka reached the target for the loss of just three wickets to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Sri Lanka won the first match by 50 runs in Galle last week.

Sri Lanka hadn’t won a test series against Pakistan at home in five previous attempts.

Opener Malinda Warnapura set up the win for the hosts with a brisk 54 off 56 balls, his seventh test half-century. He was caught behind by wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal off seam bowler Abdur Rauf after hitting seven fours and a six.

His partner Tharanga Paranavitana departed earlier for 17 bowled by spin bowler Saeed Ajmal.

Captain Kumar Sangakkara was caught by Misbah-ul-Haq at slip off spin bowler Shoaib Malik for 46.

Earlier Herath bowled a mesmerizing spell in the post-lunch session to steal the momentum as Pakistan lost its last eight second innings wickets for just 26 runs, squandering the contribution of Fawad Alam who struck 168.

The visitors were well placed on 294-2 at lunch on the third day but crumbled to 320 all out in their second innings.

“It was interesting to think of the test match when they were in such a position, they could have gone on to dominate. A false stroke let us into the middle order with two bowlers doing a fantastic job,” Sangakkara said.
“Today it was a case where everything went our way.”

Kulasekera complimented Herath with four wickets and finished with a match haul of 8-58 to share the player of the match title with Pakistan’s Alam.

Sangakkara’s decision to hand Herath the second new ball soon after lunch produced immediate results when Mohammad Yousuf was trapped lbw for six.

Misbah made just three before he was out lbw to Kulasekera.

Alam was caught by Warnapura off Herath after spending more than six hours at the crease. He faced 259 balls and hit 15 boundaries and a six.

Malik, Pakistan’s top-scorer in the first innings, was bowled for six by Herath, who returned 5-99.

Earlier, Alam had joined captain Younis Khan in a 200-run stand for the second wicket to resurrect Pakistan’s chances.

Khan was out shortly before lunch for 82, his 21st test half century, when he attempted a reckless reverse-sweep off a full-toss from part-time offspinner Paranavitana and was caught by wicketkeeper Tillakaratne Dilshan.

His runs came off 152 balls and included seven boundaries. The Pakistani captain’s dismissal broke his team’s momentum and triggered the collapse.

“It’s not the first time it’s the third time in this series,” Khan told reporters of the collapse.

“It’s shocking for me as well that suddenly something happened and we lost. So we must work on that.”
However Khan refused to blame his reckless play for the loss but said it was his team’s lack of test match experience in recent years which caused the downfall.

“There was no test cricket for us for the past couple of years. That’s why when the pressure situations come we collapse,” Khan said.

Pakistan was bundled out for 90 on the first day, their worst test innings against Sri Lanka. Pakistan seamer Umar Gul and spinner Ajmal each claimed four wickets to restrict Sri Lanka’s first innings to 240, removing the last seven wickets for 76 runs.

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