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Sri Lanka wrapped up their first Test series win since August 2009 by batting out the final afternoon to earn a draw at Pallekele.The home side were set 270 in what turned out to be 62 overs by Pakistani captain Misbah-ul-Haq, and had progressed serenely to 132 for two in the 38th over thanks to an entertaining half-century from opener Dinesh Chandimal. However, he fell for 65 as the first of Saeed Ajmal's three victims on the stroke of tea and the home side altered their approach after the break.
Azhar Ali stroked a century and Asad Shafiq an unbeaten half-century as Pakistan closed day four of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Pallekele 190 runs ahead.Azhar's 136 in 283 balls gave them the platform to close on 299 for eight, Sri Lanka having been bowled out on day three for 335 in reply to 226.
Sri Lanka established a 109-run first-innings lead over Pakistan on day three of the third and final Test in Pallekele before the tourists closed on 27 for one in their second innings.After played was washed out on day two, Sri Lanka replied to Pakistan's 226 all out with 335, recovering well having been reduced to 44 for three late on day one.
Since coming back from his international exile following his falling-out with the WICB, he has torn the New Zealand bowlers to shreds in all four matches played so far on their tour of Florida and the Caribbean. His comeback began with a 51-ball 53 in England last month, but really ignited with back-to-back half centuries against the hapless Kiwis at Lauderdale last weekend, before reaching a climax with his 20th ODI century in the second ODI on Saturday.
No play was possible on day two of the third and final Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Pallekele due to persistent and heavy rain.Thunderstorms were forecast to interrupt the match and although it stopped on a number of occasions, there was insufficient time for the ground to dry before it started again.
Following the high-scoring drawn second Test at Colombo when only 20 wickets fell over the course of the entire five days, the third Test at Pallekele could not have been much different. 13 wickets fell on the opening day alone as Sri Lanka's captain Mahela Jayawardene stuck to his guns and again inserted Pakistan upon winning the toss. This time, though, it wasn't so much of a gamble as his bowlers were greeted by a green-tinged pitch which had spent much of the previous 24 hours covered due to rain.
The second Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan petered out into a draw in Colombo on the final day despite Pakistan's late declaration.They closed their second innings on 100 for two, setting Sri Lanka a nominal target of 261 and they ended the game on 86 for two, taking their 1-0 series lead to the final match.
When picking this week's award winner, it is hard to look beyond the Tri-Nations tournament in Zimbabwe and that competition's man of the series, Hamilton Masakadza, who struck 205 runs from his four matches last week - including three half centuries - to lead the hosts to what was an unexpected, albeit very popular, triumph.
A cricket betting video for Cricket World TV about the latest cricket betting odds as John Pennington and Alastair Symondson look ahead to international cricket matches coming up in the next week.They hope for better weather when Sri Lanka take on Pakistan in the fourth One-Day International in Colombo. Sri Lanka will look to build on the second game, which they won comfortably after Tillakaratne Dilshan scored a century and Thisara Perera took six wickets.
A cricket betting video for Cricket World TV about the latest cricket betting odds as John Pennington and Alastair Symondson look ahead to international cricket matches coming up in the next week.With Kevin Pietersen retiring from ODI and T20 cricket they look ahead to the ODI series between England and the West Indies which gets underway, as well as the second ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Pakistan have now scored nine wins in 11 matches between the two sides but can that run continue.
A cricket betting video for Cricket World TV about the latest cricket betting odds as John Pennington and Alastair Symondson look ahead to international cricket matches coming up in the next week.With Kevin Pietersen retiring from ODI and T20 cricket taking the headlines, they consider the impact on England's ICC World Twenty20 chances as well as looking ahead to the third Test between England and the West Indies at Edgbaston.
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