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Sri Lanka-Pakistan second test ends in a draw

Colombo, Jul 4: Sri Lanka took no risks with a winning target of 261 against Pakistan by settling for a draw in the second test at Sinhalese Sports Club on Wednesday.Sri Lanka held onto its

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk Updated on: July 04, 2012 18:00 IST
sri lanka pakistan second test ends in a draw
sri lanka pakistan second test ends in a draw

Colombo, Jul 4: Sri Lanka took no risks with a winning target of 261 against Pakistan by settling for a draw in the second test at Sinhalese Sports Club on Wednesday.






Sri Lanka held onto its 1-0 series lead, with the third test starting on Sunday in Pallekele.

Pakistan declared its second innings an over after tea on 100-2, offering Sri Lanka just 37 overs to win. The home side took its time and reached 88-2 when the captains decided to call off the match with 15 overs remaining.

The test was heavily affected by rain with four sessions lost.

The fifth and final day began with Sri Lanka resuming its first innings on 278-5, still requiring 74 to avoid the follow on.

Vice-captain Angelo Mathews and overnight batsman Kumar Sangakkara batted through the morning session adding 92 for the sixth wicket and reaching lunch on 367-5. Then Junaid Khan and Abdur Rehman teamed to pick up five wickets for 21 runs as Sri Lanka slumped to 391 all out.

Sangakkara missed out on a double hundred for a second successive game when he fell to the left-arm spin of Rehman shortly after lunch.

Sangakkara batted serenely and on 192 attempted to work the ball on the leg side but got a leading edge and was caught at short square leg.

Sangakkara faced 351 deliveries and hit 15 fours and a six for his 192.

The left-hander also missed out on a double hundred in the first test in Galle when he was left stranded on 199 as he ran out of partners.

Pakistan went for quick runs in its 18-over second innings but the target it left for Sri Lanka was improbable.

Sri Lanka lost openers Tillakaratne Dilshan (28) and Tharanga Paranavitana (32) in its second innings and was 88-2 when the captains shook hands. Sangakkara was unbeaten on 24 and Mahela Jayawardene was 1 not out.
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