Ajmal takes five as Pakistan crush Sri Lanka

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Published: October 29, 2011

Ajmal takes five, Hafeez hits 59 as Pakistan thrash Sri Lanka by 9 wickets in 2nd Test. PHOTO: AFP

Ajmal takes five, Hafeez hits 59 as Pakistan thrash Sri Lanka by 9 wickets in 2nd Test. PHOTO: AFP Pakistan's Azhar Ali celebrates after scoring the winning runs against Sri Lanka during the fourth day of their second test match in Dubai October 29, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS Pakistan take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. PHOTO: AFP

DUBAI: Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal took five wickets to steer Pakistan to a nine-wicket win in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Dubai Stadium, going 1-0 up in the three-match series.

The 34-year-old finished with five for 68 to help restrict Sri Lanka to 257 in their second-innings before Pakistan went about reaching their modest 94-run target to seal victory with a day to spare. Ajmal was ably supported by left-arm spin partner Abdur Rehman (two for 65) and paceman Junaid Khan (two for 38) as they exploited the spin and low bounce on a weary pitch to the best effect.

Pakistan lost Taufeeq Umar but Mohammad Hafeez (59) and Azhar Ali (29) scored the required runs inside 24.1 overs soon after the lights went on in the stadium. Ali took the winning single much to the delight of a 2,000 holiday crowd but it was Hafeez who hit five boundaries and two towering sixes to secure Pakistan’s win on the fourth day.

Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq praised the team effort.

“It was a thorough professional performance,” said Misbah, who has now won four of his nine Tests as captain, losing one and drawing the other four. “Our pacemen gave us the edge on the first day and we kept that pressure well.”

Misbah’s counterpart Tillakaratne Dilshan said his team needs to bat well.

“We batted poorly after winning the toss,” said Dilshan, yet to win a Test as captain in eight attempts. “Sangakkara’s wicket was the key and then Pakistan bowled well.”

Sri Lanka, who resumed at 88 for one, had been hoping for Sangakkara to stay longer and keep Pakistan at bay as he did in the second innings of the first Test when he scored an epic 211. But the batsman was reduced to adding just a single to his overnight score when he did not offer a stroke to Rehman’s incoming delivery and was adjudged leg-before. Mahela Jayawardene missed a sweep off Ajmal and was bowled and Dilshan’s horrible form in the series continued when he was trapped leg-before by Junaid three runs later.

Man of the Match Ajmal applauded a helping pitch.

“We thought of stopping the flow of runs, and then getting the wickets,” he said. “The captain told me to stay at the pitch when I was batting. The pitch was very good. For the first three days it was good for batting and after that we got bounce from it.”

The third and final Test starts in Sharjah from November 3.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 30th, 2011. 

You can watch a slideshow of pictures from day four here.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Oct 29, 2011 - 6:45PM

    This is something to cheer about Pakistan Test Cricket. Well done Hafeez & Saeed :)

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  • Enlightened
    Oct 29, 2011 - 6:58PM

    Overall, Pakistan has a better team than Sri Lanka right now and Pakistan should have a better ICC ranking than Sri Lanka.

    Congratulations Team Pakistan!

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  • my
    Oct 29, 2011 - 7:17PM

    Pakistan has a better team than India. India is ranked higher because of the dubious statistical methods.Recommend

  • Salman
    Oct 29, 2011 - 7:22PM

    We should had won the first test as well anyways well played Pakistan. SL looked so thin and ordinary test team without Murli now.

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  • Bangladeshi
    Oct 29, 2011 - 7:36PM

    Great victory for PAK & I am really happy as I am a big PAK fan. They played brilliantly and could have won the first test had sanga wasn’t in the way. SL really looks a ordinary test team without murali , hope the lankans get some good players soon.

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  • khalilbutt
    Oct 29, 2011 - 7:43PM

    well played pakistan

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  • Only Sane
    Oct 29, 2011 - 7:43PM

    Finally something to cheer for Pakistan.

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  • AN
    Oct 29, 2011 - 8:24PM

    Good to see Pakistan improving their test stats. Work more hard Boys and thanks for giving this good news.

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  • Hasan Siftain Cheema
    Oct 29, 2011 - 8:33PM

    Thank God, We win, We hold our catches, That’s all

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  • Analytical Engine
    Oct 29, 2011 - 8:39PM

    Where does India come in the picture, “my”.Concentrate on the series aginst Sri Lanka.we Indians will concentrate on the series against West Indies.Ok?

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  • Khuldun
    Oct 29, 2011 - 9:00PM

    It was a treat to watch the match in the stadium :)

    Too bad, my FB wall isnt filled up as it does after a Man-Utd win :s Shameless followers of football clubs cant celebrate their countries success!

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  • antanu
    Oct 29, 2011 - 9:01PM

    @my:
    You are wrong friend…Pak scores in one department and that is BOWLING.Be realistic and it will be good for your team.There will be no undue pressure on them and as such may make them able to play freely and reach the top. GOOD LUCK

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  • Plal
    Oct 29, 2011 - 9:26PM

    @my:
    what is rationale of comparing Indian cricket team with Pakistan ,when the match is going on between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.For the record India is present World Champion and in the last encounter with Pakistan-India defeated Pakistan in Mohali.

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  • Fareedi
    Oct 29, 2011 - 10:00PM

    Way to Go… Bask in Glory and let go of Disputes… AT LEAST FOR THE MOMENT.

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Oct 29, 2011 - 11:09PM

    Congrats. Well done boys. Keep it up.

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  • antanu g
    Oct 30, 2011 - 2:17AM

    @Plal:
    discussion topic is test cricket ant ODIs.Stick to the topic man..

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  • imtiaz
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:37AM

    Geet k Geo. Love for all Pakistani.

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  • Oct 30, 2011 - 9:41AM

    Excellent victory! But remember Sri Lanka is suffering from ‘cricket fatigue.’ Too much cricket in two years is the real reason for their defeat. They should call on a three month period of rest and recreation. Salams

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  • hafeez.indian
    Oct 30, 2011 - 9:50AM

    Match Fixing?????

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  • TAYYABA ALI
    Oct 30, 2011 - 11:01AM

    yeah !!! I think pak test team is too much strong :)

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  • THE
    Oct 30, 2011 - 11:58AM

    Congrats! Lots of love to Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan :)

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  • Eymaad
    Oct 30, 2011 - 12:36PM

    Finally:) wondering if Amir and Afridi wud be there in the team :( …

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  • Abba Jee
    Oct 30, 2011 - 6:14PM

    Do not forget this match was played before empty stadium.

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  • sara
    Oct 31, 2011 - 2:58PM

    @antanu and bowling is the department that ultimately wins matches, remember? otherwise even targets of 330+ plus are undefendable, and bangladesh can make over 283 runs right? ;) and strong bowling helps you skittle teams like england and australia for 88 and 176 and help you defend 184 :) and besides im sure pakistan can allow india to win a couple matches when we defeated india in almost 70 of them, which is i think what 20? more than what india beat us in? thats only fair :) after all india still has almost 20 matches left to get to 400 too….hmmm

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