Dimuth Karunaratne: Someone has to put their hands up. It was my time to build partnerships so I did that. I think as a team we are playing really well. As a team we came back strongly, much like in the Australia series. I think before we called up Prabath (Jayasuriya) we played the NSL series and I saw his potential and that’s why we brought him. Angie (Angelo Mathews) and myself are playing from under-15 school days. He has matured, he always supports me. It’s a real good achievement to play 100 Tests, specially since he started as an allrounder and now plays as a batsman.
Babar Azam: Definitely tough game for us. Batting wasn’t up to the mark. We were definitely in the game but Dhanajaya’s (de Silva) innings changed the game.
Prabath Jayasuriya is the player of the series: I worked hard and I was patient. It wasn’t an easy pitch to bowl but we did well to bowl in partnerships and that led to wickets.
Dhananjaya de Silva is the player of the match: I got a hundred after 13 odd innings, very happy with that. Had good support from my bowlers and Dimuth (Karunaratne) from the dressing room. It’s hard work (captaincy), you have to manage the bowlers and keep people motivated.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Highlights today, Thursday 28-7-2022. 2nd Test, Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka from Galle International Stadium.
Toss: Sri Lanka, elected to bat first.
Pakistan team: Imam ul Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Fawad Alam, Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz, Nauman Ali, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Naseem Shah.
Sri Lanka team: Dimuth Karunaratne, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Ramesh Mendis, Asitha Fernando, Prabath Jayasuriya, Dunith Wellalage.
(Last five completed matches; most recent first)
Sri Lanka LWLWD
Match Timings: 04:30 GMT | 10:00 Local | 09:30 PKT
Umpires – Kumar Dharmasena, Rod Tucker
TV Umpires – Marais Erasmus
Match Referee – Jeff Crowe
Reserve Umpire – Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Match number – Test no. 2473