Sri Lanka has defeated South Africa 2-0 in the series just completed in South Africa. Sri Lanka clinched the series with an exciting one wicket win overnight. Sri Lanka was set a huge target of 352 and got there largely thanks to Mahela Jayawardene (more on him later). Sri Lanka looked to have the match comfortably in hand, requiring 11 runs with four wickets in hand. But in the twinkling of an eye, they still required two runs with just one wicket remaining. Over in England, the home side had given Pakistan a thumping. In a match that was competitive up until the last day, Pakistan failed by 168 runs to reach the target of 323.
There are some interesting hot streaks happening at the moment.
1. Inzi’s duck in the first innings of the 2nd Test ended a run of ten consecutive scores greater than 50 against England. His first innings demise also added to his portfolio of comical and ridiculous dismissals. He was out hit wicket as he stumbled over his stumps, removing the bails with his box, or arm. It’s hard to say.
2. Murali has for the second time, taken at least 10 wickets in a match for four matches running. He continues to bowl almost half of Sri Lanka’s overs, so it’s not that surprising.
3. Mahela Jayawardene sealed yesterdays win with a brilliant second innings 123. This follows his epic 374 in the first Test. That’s 510 runs @ 170.00 for the series. He was man of the match in both Tests but was not man of the series! Go figure. (See point 2 above.)
4. Although in the beaten side, Mohammad Yousuf has been enjoying a great batting streak. His 192 in the first innings of this Test added to his 202 in the first Test. In the five Tests prior his scores include: 97, 126, 65, 173 and 223 (also against England). He has stormed up the batting rankings to number 4, just behind countryman, Younis Khan, and should improve when the ratings are next updated.
5. Ian Bell has scored a century in each of the three Tests against Pakistan. Scores of 100*, 106* and 119 have seen average nudge over the 50 mark again. This is not a joke.