Latest Cricket News Updates Latest news from (c) en-gb Tue 26 Sep 2023 Sri Lanka-Pakistan Series Review: The men who made the difference Sri Lanka won their first Test series since 2009, and also their first since the retirement of the legendary Muttiah Muralitharan following the much expected draw at Pallekele, with rain playing spoilsport again. Lanka clinch first Test Series win since 2009 with Pallekele draw The Third and Final Test at Pallekele ended in a draw as Sri Lanka despite getting to a strong position at the start of the final session dropping its plans of pushing for a victory. Sri Lanka on top despite Azhar Ali century Rangana Herath’s late blows brought Sri Lanka strongly back in the Pallakele Test as Pakistan ended Day 4 on a disappointing note with a lead of 188 runs with just two wickets in hand. This was despite a century from Azhar Ali and half centuries from Hafeez and Asad Shafiq. Perera, Kulasekara put Sri Lanka in driver's seat Sri Lanka are in the driver’s seat in the Pallekele Test thanks to a heroic knock from Thisara Perera followed up by an early Pakistani wicket. By the close of play on Day 3, Pakistan are 27 for 1 in 6 overs having conceded a first innings lead of 111 runs. Day 2 play at Pallekele washed out due to rain Rain played spoilsport in the Pallekele Test by ruining the entire second day’s play. First session on day two crucial for Pakistan The first day of the Pallekele Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan produced a wonderful contest, with the ball dominating the bat right from the word go. If at the SSC batsmen made merry, things were exactly the opposite at Pallekele. Adnan Akmal suffers hairline fracture Pakistan’s diminutive Wicket Keeper Adnan Akmal suffered a hairline fracture yesterday while handling a nasty rising delivery from Dilhara Fernando. Pakistan makes serious inroads after getting bowled out for 226 Pakistan hold a definite advantage in the Pallekele Test after reducing Sri Lanka to 44 for 3 by the close of Day 1. It was a strong fightback from the Pakistanis led by left arm quick Junaid Khan after the visitors were bundled out for 226.