Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene leaves the ground after a team training session at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on Saturday (AFP)

Younus fears Lankan backlash in Mahela’s farewell

LAHORE, (AFP) - Pakistan captain Younus Khan fears Sri Lanka will come out fighting to give their captain Mahela Jayawardene a winning farewell in the second Test which starts here on Sunday.
The 31-year-old touring captain steps down from captaincy after this match -- a factor Younus said would motivate the tourists to lift their game.

“We are aware of it and this being Mahela’s last Test, he and his team may come down hard on us. But we will focus on our strength and our planning,” said Younus on Saturday.

Jayawardene has so far led Sri Lanka in 27 Tests, winning 15 and losing seven. The remaining five Tests were drawn. He also led Sri Lanka in 94 limited over internationals with a win-loss record of 54-35 with five no results.
Jayawardene also led Sri Lanka to the final of the 2007 World Cup held in the West Indies where they lost to Australia.
Younus said his team respected the Sri Lankan captain but would not be overawed.

“He has had a good record and has earned more respect in the last couple of years. I asked him to give him a guard of honour but he politely turned it down. But the respect will not overawe us, we will try to win this match,” said Younus.
The newly-appointed Pakistan captain played down the hype around the pitch after the first Test ended in draw on a batsman-friendly strip.

“The pitch looks nice and bouncy,” said Younus of the Gaddafi Stadium pitch which has grass on top.
“It is necessary that we have result-oriented pitches, especially in Pakistan where there’s not much international cricket.”
The Karachi Test was Pakistan’s first in 14 months after foreign teams refused to tour the country over security fears.
Jayawardene dispelled the impression that the hype around his farewell would unsettle his team.

“I don’t think it would be a distraction,” said Jayawardene, who scored 240 and was involved in a world record stand of 437 with Thilan Samaraweera (231) in the first Test. “The focus is there and it would be great if we cap it with a win.
“When we played here last month we got a very lively track and it helped fast bowlers. We hope it has something for the bowlers like it had in the last one-day match,” said Jayawardene of the match Sri Lanka won to take the series 2-1.

Jayawardene said he hoped his team would take all their chances in the field.
“We must hold onto the catches, especially against Younus,” said Jayawardene of the Pakistan captain who hit an epic 313 to help Pakistan avoid follow-on in the first Test.

“We need to give credit to him for he batted for long period of time. Our bowlers also bowled well and if we keep that same discipline and can create more opportunities, then it’s fine.”


Draw 36 out of 46 for Isipathana and Thurstan

By M Naushad Amit
The 46th annual cricket encounter between Isipathana and Thurstan ended without a result for the tenth year as the match dragged on to a draw at the SSC grounds yesterday. Isipathana were given the task of chasing 203 runs for victory in 32 overs after Thurstan declared at 193-8 in their second innings.

Isipathana made a quick start when their openers Pranama Sri Vimukthi and Dimitri Perera, who were promoted in the batting order, put up a quick and strong partnership of 65 runs in 11 overs for the first wicket. After the fall of Perera for 40 in 28 balls, Isipathana’s progress slowed down and at close of play they were 121 for 4. Shehan Kamileen who bowled an expensive spell of 9 overs grabbed two quick scalps which helped to hold back the Isipathana batsmen who went through some anxious moments in their second innings.

Thurstan in their second innings struggled to make runs and lost wickets at regular intervals until middle-order batsman Nuwan Dharshana scored a memorable 95 which came off 88 balls inclusive of 13 boundaries. He was supported by Prabodha Arthavidu who scored 48. The duo partnered in a 107-run stand for the sixth wicket. Leg-spinner Anushka Samaratunga grabbed four wickets conceding 64 runs.

Earlier Isipathana resuming their first innings at 149-4 went on to score 240-9 before declaring. Overnight batsman Pranama Sri Vimukthi scored the only century (108) of the match. Leg-spinner Ravindu Wijeratne claimed 4 for 36 after bowling a tight and lengthy spell. Thurstan made 249 in their first innings.

Poor organization

Due to the inconsistency of the organisers in this year’s Isipathana-Thurstan annual encounter the media personnel who covered the match had to face difficulties in getting to the venue, especially on the first day. It was learnt that the organisers had not planned properly for the media who covered the encounter which is the first of the ‘Big Matches’ for the year. However, after the intervention of the coaches and team officials, who had more interest than the organisers in getting their match some publicity, the problems were eased to some extent.


ISIPATHANA 1ST INNINGS (overnight 149-9)
Nilusha Sasanka b I Perera 1
Pranama Sri Vimukthi lbw b S Kamileen 108
Dimuth Warapitiya c N Dharshana b J Javed 43
Thivanka Ranasinghe C N Dharshana b R Wijeratne 16
Anushka Samaratunga run out 1
Sakuntha Premaratne c J Javed b R Wijeratne 29
Anuk de Silva not out 7
Chamara Waduge lbw b R Wijeratne 1
Dinusha Fernando c I Massalage b R Wijeratne 2
Chanaka Jayanetti not out 2
Dimitri Perera c R Wijeratne b I Perera 5
Extras (15b, 8lb, 2nb) 25
Total (9 wkts decl., 75 overs) 240
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-94, 3-147, 4-149, 5-160, 6-219, 7-228, 8-229, 9-237.
Bowling: R Gamage 9-0-26-0, I Perera 7-1-36-2, P Arthavidu 7-1-21-0, S Kamileen 21-5-48-1, R Wijeratne 17-7-36-4, C Gamage 10-2-35-0, J Javed 4-0-12-1.
Indika Massalage lbw b D Fernando 16
Shehan Kamileen b A Samaratunga 4
Jehan Javed b A Samaratunga 13
Nuwan Dharshana c N Silva b C Waduge 95
Udara Munasinghe b D Fernando 9
Chamalka Gamage b D Fernando 5
Prabodha Arthavidu c C Jayanetti b A Samaratunga 48
Ishan Perera c C Waduge b A Samaratunga 1
Thisara Madurappruma not out 0
Extras (1nb, 1lb) 2
Total (8 wkts decl., 39.2 overs) 193
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-28, 3-36, 4-59, 5-69, 6-176, 7-182, 8-193
Bowling: D Fernando 12-2-57-3, A Samaratunga 15.2-0-64-4, C Jayanetti 1-0-2-0, S Premaratne 2-0-11-0, C Waduge 6-0-27-1, T Ranasinghe 2-0-14-0, N Sasanka 1-0-7-0

Pranama Sri Vimukthi c N Dharshana b R Wijeratne 36
Dimitri Perera c N Dharshana b S Kamileen 40
Thivanka Ranasinghe b C Gamage 4
S Premaratne c U Munasinghe b S Kamileen 32
Dimuth Warapitiya not out 0
Nilusha Sasanka not out 0
Extras (1nb, 2w, 5b, 1lb) 9
Total (4 wkts at close, 27 overs) 121
Fall of wickets: 1-65, 2-70, 3-119, 4-121
Bowling: I Perera 3-0-19-0, R Gamage 2-0-4-0, S Kamileen 9-0-52-2, R Wijeratne 3-1-10-1, C Gamage 8-1-16-1, P Arthavidu 2-0-14-0


Swann puts breaks on Windies

BRIDGETOWN, (AFP) - Two wickets - both to Graeme Swann - set England’s pulse racing before lunch in the fourth Test against West Indies on Saturday.

Swann removed Devon Smith for 55 and Ryan Hinds for 15 to leave West Indies 163 for three, replying to England’s first innings total of 600 for six declared, at lunch on the third day at Kensington Oval.

At the interval, Ramnaresh Sarwan was unbeaten on 81 - eyeing his third hundred of the series - and Shivnarine Chanderpaul was not out on four. Swann has been England’s most successful bowler with two wickets for 38 runs from 14 overs.
Earlier Ravi Bopara collected his maiden Test hundred to help bat England to a formidable first innings total on the second day.

Bopara followed up his blistering hundred in a two-day, warm-up match last weekend with an equally purposeful 104 which allowed England to declare their first innings on 600 for six, 45 minutes after tea on the second day at Kensington Oval.
England then enhanced their position when James Anderson claimed West Indies captain Chris Gayle for six before stumps were drawn as the home team reached 85 for one in reply.

Scores: England 301-3 contd 600-6 decl (153.2) (K Pietersen 41, P Collingwood 96, R Bopara 104, T Ambrose 76 n.o., F Edwards 3/151)
West Indies 163-3 (50) at lunch (D Smith 55, R Sarwan 81 n.o., G Swann 2/38).