Pakistan slump to 289 for 7
Mansoor and Younus unlucky to miss centuries:
Three quick wickets in the closing stages saw Pakistan slump to 289
for seven in 86 overs at the end of day one in the Third and final Test
against Sri Lanka at the SSC ground,yesterday.
The visitors owe this score to a solid third wicket partnership of
187 runs by opener Khuram Mansoor (93) and second drop Mohammed Yousuf
The three batsmen out were Sohaib Malik for 45, Misbah Ul Haq 27 and
Umar Gul 0.The wicket takers were Nuwan Kulasekera 2 for 43 and Thusara
Mirando 3 for 77.
Mansoor and Yousuf were unfortunate to miss hundreds,the longing of
every batsman. Both stroked the ball with great fluency and it required
the experienced Chainda Vaas to break this threatening stand.
When play begins today, the Lankans must make early inroads into the
rest of the Pakistan batting and not let them mount a big total
considering that the Lankans will have to bat last and having to contend
with the vicious spinners of Danesh Kaneira.
The wicket was neither pace or spin friendly. Sangakkara gave his
match winning bowler spinner Rangana Herath an attacking field at all
times posting a short leg, a slip and a gully. But with the wicket not
taking spin, Herath was struggling.
The teams made one change each with Sri Lanka recalling Chaminda Vaas
for his final Test appearance and kept out spinner Ajantha Mendis and
Pakistan dropped Abdur Rauff and finally gave leg spinner Daneh Kaneira
The conditions were overcast and humid and Kumar Sangakkara who won
the toss asked Pakistan to bat Sangakkara had no option but had to field
because he was playing four pacies Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Kulasekera,
Thusara Mirando and Angelo Matthews and would have expected the wicket
to have that extra moisture with the wicket kept covered because of the
rain and the overcast conditions would give his pacies some help. But
that expectation did not materialize because from the first overs bowled
by Vass and Nuwan Kulasekera it was apparent that the wicket would play
easy, but would be on the slow side.
Vaas was given a cheer by the handful of spectators present and
acknowledged the cheers, made the sign of the cross as he usually does
when beginning to bowl and bowled a maiden over which did not trouble
opener Khurram Mansoor. From ball one it was apparent that the wicket
was going to heartbreaking to the bowlers. Openers Mansoor and Second
Test century maker Fawd Alam put on 34 for the first wicket when Mirando
coming in first change got one to move and touch Alam’s bat for wicket
keeper Tillakaratne Dilshan to gobble the catch.
Then Younus Khan after driving on the off for two runs dragged a ball
from Mirando on to his stumps in the same over. Pakistan 36 for two and
were we going to see another batting collapse that the Pakistanis are
But Mansoor and Younus Khan settled down to concentrate and play
carefully, pushing the loose balls for runs and took then to lunch at
103 for two with Mansoor on 42 and Younus on 36.
They continued the good work after lunch and took tea at 187 with
Mansoor on 86 and Younus on 76. Mansoor was scoring his runs with some
lovely square cuts and flicks off his toes, while Younus obtained his
runs with square and drives on the V.
With the addition of 16 runs after tea, With Mansoor seemingly well
set for three figures, the hardworking Vass slanted one across Mansoor’s
bat and Mahela Jayawardena clung onto the catch at slip.203 for three –
partnership a huge 167. Mansoor made 93 with 10 fours.
Then seven runs later Yousuf was run out for 90 after completing 7000
Test runs. It was a silly run out with the batsman well set for a
hundred. The fault was his. He had a six and 7 fours.
PAKISTAN 1ST INNINGS
Khurram Manzoor c Jayawardene b Vaas 93
Fawad Alam c Dilshan b Thushara 16
Younus Khan b Thushara 2
Mohammad Yousuf not out 90
Misbah-ul Haq c Dilshan b Kulasekera 27
Shoaib Malik lbw b Thushara 45
Kamran Akmal not out 1
Umar Gul b Kulasekera 2
Danish Kaneria not out 1
Extras: (b10, nb2) 12
Total (for 7 wkts, 86 overs) 289
To bat: Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Aamer.
Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Alam), 2-36 (Younus), 3-203 (Manzoor), 4-210 (Yousuf),
5-285 (Malik), 6-285 (Misbah), 7-287 (Gul).
Bowling: Vaas 20-6-43-1, Kulasekera 14-1-43-2, Thushara 19-2-77-3 (nb2), Herath 23-4-76-0,
Mathews 8-2-31-0, Jayawardene 2-0-9-0.