Thursday, June 18, 2015

Highlights: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 1st Test - Day 2

After losing the first day to rain and a chunk of the second to a wet outfield, Pakistan chose to bowl in Galle, a decision their vice-captain Azhar Ali said was “situational” because the pitch had been under covers for so long.

 The surface did not turn out to be responsive to pace, but Pakistan could have had better returns than three wickets, had they been disciplined in the field. Negligence in the field is a constant problem for Pakistan and they suffered as early as the second over in Galle, when Wahab Riaz had Dimuth Karunaratne caught at slip off a no-ball. Yasir Shah, who isn’t a specialist fielder at point, dropped Kaushal Silva on 6, while Azhar grassed a tough chance off Kumar Sangakkara on 24 and also missed a run-out. Both batsmen made half-centuries, and Silva was unbeaten on 80 at stumps.

 Despite the hours spent on drills, the on-field results have not improved significantly, but Azhar played down critical questions of Pakistan’s fielding. “I think we just gave away one chance, which should have been taken but all the guys were giving their full effort,” he said. “I think we bowled very well despite (the batting track) and created chances.”