Pakistan vs SriLanka: Pakistan won the 1st Test Match.
It was a good start by the Pakistan team against SriLanka. Pakistan performed well in batting, bowling and even in fielding.
This test was started on 17th of July,2015. Pakistan won the toss and decided to field first. SriLanka while batting in the 1st innings scored total of 300 runs. Silva made a marvelous century scored 125 runs, Sangakara also made half century. All the other players scored below 50. Zulifqar knocked down 3 players by giving 64 runs, Wahab Riaz also got 3 wickets in the first innings.
On the other side, Pakistan in return made 417 in the 1st innings. Asad Shafiq played very well. He scored 131 runs while Sarfaraz Ahmed, the talented guy, scored 96 runs. Perera sent 4 Pakistani players back to Pavilion while Prasad got 3 wickets by giving 91 runs.
In the second inning, SriLanka failed to give high target to Pakistan. All team could score only 206 runs. SriLankan seemed helpless in front of Yasir Shah spells. Yasir Shah got 7 wickets by giving 76 runs. Wahab Riaz knocked 2 SriLankans. Pakistan vs SriLanka: Pakistan won 1st Test Match.
Pakistan achieved the target without losing a single wicket. Pakistan won the 1st Test match.
Sarfraz being the Man of the Match.
I do lots of practice, lots of sweep shots with batting coach Grant Flower. I am disappointed (playing on off a paddle on 96), next time I will be careful when I am in the 90s.
It was very clear in our minds that the only one way of wining this Test is if we can get them early in the first innings. We just took that chance, there was a little bit of moisture, that helped our spinners, the ball was turning and bouncing even in the first innings, thereafter hats off to everyone. Fight back from Shafiq and Sarfraz. Wahab in the first innings, supported well by the three spinners. Really a big win for us, especially in Galle, We have been losing the last three series here, we were hoping we can get on top in this series, it is a confidence boost for us to go up 1-0. We were really practising last couple of series (for Herath), even in Bangladesh we played lot of left-armers. Tried to be positive against Herath, when you are playing him from the crease and letting him bowl, he could trouble you. Everybody applied themselves and we got good results. On these pitches when you have footmarks, legspinner plays a big role, that is what he (Yasir) has been doing in the UAE, he has really improved and is bowling really well, his performance was key for us winning this Test. We were positive right from the toss. We thought of winning even though it was three-and-a-half days.
Pretty bad loss. Pakistanis deserved to win. We have two more games to bounce back. We decided to bat through. First session was crucial. Unfortunately we kept losing wickets. We bowled well in patches but they bowled better than us. Our spinners were not that effective on this track. We don’t need to panic. Just a one-off game. Got to keep trust in the players. Pretty disappointed (with the umpiring decision) but that is how it goes, people do make mistakes, got to live with it.
Yasir Shah spelling bowling made possible for Pakistan to won this match.