About the Match
It was a breathtaking and an inspiring chase that lead to a Sri Lanka win in the 1st test against Pakistan on 10th August and they now meet each other for the 2nd Test match starting on 14th Aug at Colombo. It was almost a low scoring T20 tussle that was witnessed on the 5th day of the first test match; the courageous and determined Lankans prevailed and they did it in style with nearly 5 overs to spare. 1-0 down, Pakistan will try to level the series with all it’s might at the SSC, Colombo but will the home team give any elbow space for the visitors to make a turnaround, is something that the fans are waiting to see.
Sangakkara is growing from strength to strength, rightfully going to the top spot in test ranking, coming in at No.3 and scoring a well-timed double century in the 1st innings and three century+ partnerships for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th wickets carrying the responsibility of building the innings and rotating strikes with other batsmen down the order to take the team safely to a win. Herath’s 3 important top order wickets of Pakistan’s 1st innings, and a well-made 38 runs in the Sri Lankan response to a mammoth total of 451, followed by a 6 wicket match winning haul in Pakistan’s 2nd innings, earned him the man of the match award. Perera played a lead role by claiming 5 wickets in 31.5 overs to restrict the lower order of Pakistani batsmen in the 1st innings; Mathews made 91 in the 1st innings and held his nerve in the chase of 99 in 21 overs to win the match in a rain threatening situation. There could be some changes in the home side due to injuries and below par performance to counter the assault by Pakistanis but the home side is well balanced and is determined to maintain the winning tempo.
It is a difficult task to beat the Lankans on their home soil and Pakistan is well aware of this fact and has made good preparation for the series by picking experienced old guards and spirited youngsters. Younis Khan lived up to expectations, after he came at No. 4 when both openers were packed off by Prasad with just 19 runs on board and built the innings patiently stabilizing the innings with two century+ partnerships for the 4th and 5th wickets and in the process achieving a personal milestone of the 24th test century. Sarfraz Ahmed made 2 half-centuries and remained unbeaten in the 2nd innings holding one end in their effort to save the match; Asad Shafiq and Abdur Rehman played well to give company to Younis Khan in the fort to build a good total in the 1st innings. Saeed Ajmal claimed 5 wickets with his skillfully disguised off-breaks and Junaid Khan and Talha are effective in opening the attack. Pakistan will do everything to make a comeback to level the 2-match test series.
While Pakistan will come back stronger with all its weaponry, the Lankans are looking too good at the moment to disappoint the home crowd and will be determined to win the series 2-0.
Sri Lanka, 3.50 @ Bet365