First Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test drawn
The first cricket Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka ended in a draw at Abu Dhabi stadium on Saturday after Kumar Sangakkara hit a match-saving 211 in his team’s total of 483.
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 a target of 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.
Together 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.
Sangakkara, 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.
“It was nice to bat under pressure and get us out of the hole,” said a delighted Sangakkara afterwards. “Prasanna batted equally well as he came out with the second new ball and batted brilliantly.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq praised Sri Lanka.
“They are a good team and showed that wonderfully by their effort and full marks to Sangakkara and Prasanna, but we let down quite a few chances which we needed to improve upon,” he said.
Score: Sri Lanka 197 & 483
Pakistan 511/6d & 21/1 (10.0 ov)
Source: Pakistan vs Srilanka