Nuwan Kulasekara and Suraj Randiv combined to vanquish Pakistan as Sri Lanka won the first Test by a massive 209 runs on Monday, their biggest win over their Asian rivals. The tourists, set a near impossible victory target of 510, were bowled out for 300 just before stumps on the fourth day despite defiant batting from Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq. The pair kept the Sri Lankan attack at bay for three hours to add 151 for the fifth wicket, Younis making 87 and Shafiq 80, before both fell on either side of the tea interval. Off-spinner Randiv and seamer Kulasekara grabbed three wickets each to ensure Sri Lanka ended the match with a day to spare after Pakistan appeared to be taking the fight into the final day.

Younis Khan improvises during his patient knock that gave Pakistan some hope in an otherwise forgettable Test. -Photo by Reuters
Younis Khan improvises during his patient knock that gave Pakistan some hope in an otherwise forgettable Test. -Photo by Reuters
Sri Lanka's Suraj Randiv, left celebrates the dismissal of Pakistan's batsman Saeed Ajmal, second right with Nuwan Kulasekara, second left. -Photo by AP
Sri Lanka's Suraj Randiv, left celebrates the dismissal of Pakistan's batsman Saeed Ajmal, second right with Nuwan Kulasekara, second left. -Photo by AP
Pakistan's wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal offered resistance lower down the order and was unbeaten on 40 when his side were bowled out for 300. -Photo by Reuters
Pakistan's wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal offered resistance lower down the order and was unbeaten on 40 when his side were bowled out for 300. -Photo by Reuters
Dilshan, right, kept himself busy with some football as Younis continued to grind the Sri Lankan bowlers down. -Photo by AP
Dilshan, right, kept himself busy with some football as Younis continued to grind the Sri Lankan bowlers down. -Photo by AP
Rangana Herath (L) celebrates with teammate Tharanga Paranavitana after taking the wicket of Shafiq. -Photo by Reuters
Rangana Herath (L) celebrates with teammate Tharanga Paranavitana after taking the wicket of Shafiq. -Photo by Reuters
Asad Shafiq drives. Shafiq combined with Younis in a 155-run stand. -Photo by AP
Asad Shafiq drives. Shafiq combined with Younis in a 155-run stand. -Photo by AP
Shafiq hit 13 boundaries in his knock of 80 runs. -Photo by Reuters
Shafiq hit 13 boundaries in his knock of 80 runs. -Photo by Reuters
Sri Lankan cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene (2nd L), with teammates  Tillakaratne Dilshan (2nd R) and Prasanna Jayawardene (R), celebrate their victory. -Photo by AFP
Sri Lankan cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene (2nd L), with teammates Tillakaratne Dilshan (2nd R) and Prasanna Jayawardene (R), celebrate their victory. -Photo by AFP
Younis (L) reacts as he watches his dismissal in the dressing room. -Photo by Reuters
Younis (L) reacts as he watches his dismissal in the dressing room. -Photo by Reuters
Younis wasn't convinced when he was adjudged caught behind off the bowling of Nuwan Kulasekara. -Photo by AFP
Younis wasn't convinced when he was adjudged caught behind off the bowling of Nuwan Kulasekara. -Photo by AFP
Sri Lanka's captain Mahela Jayawardene (R), vice-captain Angelo Mathews (L) and Tillakaratne Dilshan look at the third umpire box while they react after Pakistan's batsman Younis Khan was adjudged not out to a catch by Dilshan. -Photo by Reuters
Sri Lanka's captain Mahela Jayawardene (R), vice-captain Angelo Mathews (L) and Tillakaratne Dilshan look at the third umpire box while they react after Pakistan's batsman Younis Khan was adjudged not out to a catch by Dilshan. -Photo by Reuters
Younis scored his 87 off 213 balls and scored 7 boundaries. -Photo by AP
Younis scored his 87 off 213 balls and scored 7 boundaries. -Photo by AP

Comments (2) (Closed)


Fen Tian
Jun 25, 2012 05:44pm
Nobody can win test if they have 10 umpiring decision goes against them.I don't understand the logic of not having Umar Akmal not in team when Ayub cannot score more than 20 in each inning.Hafeez and Taufiq Umar need to justify their places at Number 1 and 2.Both players seemed have no idea what they were doing during the Test match.Without Misbah,Younis,Asad Shafiq Pakistan batting looks falling apart.
Muhammad
Jun 25, 2012 05:24pm
Pakistan team in mentally not strong enough to chase the score of 300+. Be it ODI, T20 or test. People might try to pull events from archives to prove Pakistani talent but the thing there is no nurture of talent. Down the line all you end up with are few players with very few sporadic best performances and then total chaos