Pakistan skipper Imran Khan disappointed with shoddy display
FLASHBACK: "I was ashamed to be part of the team," said Pakistan
skipper Imran Khan on the final day of the third Cricket Test against
Sri Lanka at the Saravanamuttu Stadium. The Test ended in a draw and
Imran was referring to Pakistan's bad fielding in the match.
Asanka Gurusinha – scored 116 not out in Sri Lanka’s second
innings of 323 for 3 wickets and with Arjuna Ranatunga (135
not out) had a mammoth partnership of 240 runs for the
unbeaten fourth wicket stand in the second innings.
Rameez Raja – scored elegant 122 in Pakistan first innings
total of 318.
Arjuna Ranatunga – scored 135 not out in Sri Lanka’s second
innings score of 323 for 3 wickets. He also batted well in
the first innings to score 53 in total of 281 runs.
Pakistan fielded like a pak of novices on the final day of the match.
The Pakistanis dropped many catches. Arjuna Ranatunga enjoyed most of
them. He made 135 not out in the second innings and with youngster
Asanka Gurusinha (116 not out) the pair set a record unbeaten
fourth-wicket stand of 240. Ranatunga batted the whole of the fifth day
until the match was called off after the 10th mandatory over.
Arjuna Ranatunga was dropped five times at 10, 12, 25, 26, and 94 and
those catches were not difficult ones either. Pakistan who were on the
fringe of victory on the fourth day when Sri Lanka was three down for
83, let slip the chances go.
Ranatunga and Gurusinha - unbeaten 'tons'
On the fifth day Pakistan toiled hard without any rewards, as
Ranatunga and Gurusinha batted through the final day to raise the Sri
Lanka total to 323 for 3 wickets.
Sri Lanka made 281 in the first innings to Pakistan's 318. Three
youngsters took the honours in this Test.
Ravi Ratnayake had a haul of 4 for 116 in Pakistan first
innings total of 318.
Imran Khan – A versatile paceman bagged 4 for 69 in Sri
Lanka’s first innings total of 281 and took 2 for 56 in Sri
Lanka’s 2nd innings score of 323 for 3 wickets. He scored 33
in Pakistan total of 318.
One was Rameez Raja who made 122 when Pakistan batted and the other
two were Sri Lanka's Asanka Gurusinha who made 116 not out and third was
Arjuna Ranatunga who made 135 not out. Gurusinha and Ranatunga were
involved in an unbeaten fourth-wicket partnership of 240 runs in the
Rameez Raja marvellous
Rameez Raja played a marvellous knock of 122 (6 hours 20 minutes).
The Pakistan batsmen threw away their wickets until Imran Khan joined
Rameez Raja. Pakistan were 87 for 4 wickets, but they recovered to 158
for 5 wickets with Salim Malik (29) and Rameez Raja involved in a
fifth-wicket partnership of 71 runs. However, it was the partnership
between Rameez Raja and Imran Khan (33) which realised 76 runs for the
sixth wicket that finally helped Pakistan to squeeze out a first innings
lead of 37 runs.
Rameez's show here certainly made Pakistan happy. They found a
suitable replacement for Zaheer Abbas, who announced his retirement in
Imran Khan sound knock
Imran Khan too batted well and it was a refreshing feature to see the
Pakistan skipper setting down for a long innings.
When Sri Lanka batted first, Skipper Duleep Mendis made a
half-century. Arjuna Contributed 53 runs and Sri Lanka made 281 runs. Of
the Pakistan bowlers Imran Khan had 4 for 69 and Zakir khan 3 for 80 and
Abdul Qadir 2 for 56.
Though Ranatunga made the top score of 135 not out, it was Asanka
Gurusinha who was technically the better of the two. This was
Gurusinha's third Test for Sri Lanka and he batted with full authority.
SRI LANKA - 1ST INNINGS
S. Wettimuny c Raja b Akram 00
R. Mahanama c Zulqarnain b Qadir 41
A. Gurusinha c Zulqarnain b Imran 39
A. Ranatunga c Imran b Zakir 53
A. De Silva c Mohsin b Zakir 16
L.R.D. Mendis c Zulqarnain b Imran 58
J.R. Ratnayake c Miandad b Zakir 07
R.G. De Alwis b Imran 18
A.L.F. De Mel not out 14
D. Anurasiri b Imran 08
K. Amalean lbw b Qadir 02
Extras (b-7,lb-9, nb-3,w-6) 25
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-79, 3-109, 4-149, 5-202, 6-218
7-251, 8-260, 9-272
Bowling: Imran Khan 32-11-69-4
Wasim Akram 22-8-41-1
Zakir Khan 24-6-80-3
Mudassar Nazar 7-2-19-0
Abdul Qadir 23.5-3-56-2
PAKISTAN - 1ST INNINGS
Mudassar Nazar c De Alwis b De Mel 08
Mohsin Khan lbw b Amalean 12
Qasim Omar c De Alwis b Ravi Ratnayake 19
Javed Miandad lbw b Amalean 23
Rameez Raja lbw b Ravi Ratnayake 122
Salim Malik c Sub b Ravi Ratnayake 29
Imran Khan c De Alwis b Ranatunga 33
Abdul Qadir b Amalean 20
Zulqarnain c De Alwis b Ravi Ratnayake 13
Wasim Akram run out 11
Zakir Khan not out 00
Extras (b10,lb8,nb9,w1) 28
Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-32, 3-49, 4-87, 5-158, 6-234, 7-279
Bowling: A. de Mel 27-3-90-1
K. Amalean 18.1-1-59-3
Ravi Ratnayake 30-4-116-4
Don Anurasiri 15-11-9-0
A. Ranatunga 11-5-26-1
SRI LANKA - 2ND INNINGS
S. Wettimuny C. Raja b Akram 14
R. Mahanama b Imran 04
A. Gurusinha not out 116
A de Silva c Miandad b Imran 25
A. Ranatunga not out 135
Extras: (b19,lb7,nb2,w1) 29
Total (for 3 wkts) 323
Fall of Wickets; 1-18,2-18, 3-83
Bowling: Imran khan 25-4-56-2
Wasim Akram 29-11-72-1
Zakir Khan 21-4-70-0
Mudassar Nazar 10-2-29-0
Abdul Qadir 22-5-70-0
Salim Malik 1-1-0-0