Pakistan v SL 1st Test drawn
Abu Dhabi - Kumar Sangakkara hit his eighth
double hundred and Prasanna Jayawardene notched up a fighting century to
thwart Pakistan's hopes of victory to salvage a draw for Sri Lanka in
the first Test on Saturday.
Sangakkara scored 211 during a
marathon near eleven-hour stay while Prasanna made 120, for his fourth
century, as Sri Lanka piled on 483 to frustrate Pakistan on the fifth
and final day at Abu Dhabi stadium.
A cluster of wickets in the
final session with Umar Gul taking 4-64 left Pakistan with an improbable
target of making 170 in a maximum 20 overs, but they called it quits on
21-1 after 10 overs.
Sangakkara finally fell in the last over
before tea, when he was trapped leg-before by the part-time leg-spinner
Azhar Ali for his first wicket in Test cricket but not before he had
frustrated Pakistan for almost two sessions.
Sangakkara batted for 651 minutes, faced 431 deliveries and hit 18 boundaries during an epic knock.
just 25 overs remaining and the match heading towards a draw, Prasanna
fell caught behind off paceman Aizaz Cheema but by that time he and
Sangakkara had changed the course of the match.
Cheema to fine-leg for his 18th boundary to reach his double hundred
after 604-minutes of defiant batting, punching the air in delight.
with Prasanna, Sangakkara added 201 for the sixth wicket stand, erasing
the previous best of 169 in Pakistan-Sri Lanka Tests for this wicket
between Kamran Akmal and Yasir Arafat at Karachi two years ago.
33, has also achieved a personal landmark by scoring a double hundred
as he is now third behind Sir Donald Bradman (12) and West Indian Brian
Lara (nine) in terms of scoring Test double hundreds.
captain Misbah-ul Haq employed all possible means but the
Sangakkara-Prasanna pair did not served up any chances in the first
three hours. Prasanna reached his hundred with his 11th boundary, an
uppish drive off spinner Saeed Ajmal.
In all Prasanna hit 12 boundaries during his 273-ball knock.
at 298-5 Sri Lanka survived the morning session unscathed as the
overnight pair of Sangakkara and Prasanna kept Pakistan's three-pronged
pace attack at bay to take their team to 364-5 at lunch.
dropped by substitute Wahab Riaz off Gul on 11 - one of six catches
Pakistani fielders dropped on Friday - hit Aizaz Cheema and off-spinner
Saeed Ajmal for consecutive boundaries to help Sri Lanka erase the
Sangakkara, whose wicket was crucial for both Pakistan
and Sri Lanka, then came into his own hitting Ajmal for an exquisite
cover drive to the ropes and gave no chance to bowlers.
used all five bowlers but were left to rue the missed chances of Friday
which spoiled their chances of taking the lead in the three-Test series.
The second Test starts in Dubai on October 26, while the third will be played in Sharjah from November 3.