Dinesh Chandimal hit an unbeaten hundred to help Sri Lanka post a big 419-run total on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
The Sri Lankan skipper remained undefeated on a punishing 155 to lift Sri Lanka from positions of 61-3 and an overnight 227-4 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
He batted for a mammoth 546 minutes, faced 372 balls and smashed 14 boundaries to leave Pakistan’s pace-cum-spin attack frustrated on an unresponsive pitch.
Chandimal added 134 for the fifth wicket with Niroshan Dickwella, who made a career-best 83, before frustrating Pakistan further with a 92-run stand for the sixth wicket with Dilruwan Perera, who made 33.
The Chandimal-Dickwella stand was only broken in the 22nd over of the day when Dickwella played on to fast bowler Hasan Ali, spurning a good chance to post his maiden hundred.
Dickwella hit nine boundaries and a six during his rapid, 117-ball knock.
Chandimal reached his ninth Test century — his first in four Tests as captain, and first against Pakistan — by driving fast bowler Mohammad Amir through the covers for his 11th boundary.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah posted 3-120 and fast bowler Mohammad Abbas fetched 3-75.
David Warner hit a century as Australia beat India by 21 runs in Bangalore to avoided facing a whitewash in their one-day international series.
India had already taken the five-match series with victory in each of the first three encounters.
However, Warner’s well-crafted 124 – in what was his 100th one-day international – helped the tourists set a victory target of 335, which India looked capable of reaching after Rohit Sharma hit a rapid 65 of just 55 balls before Australia picked up late key wickets.
Australia, who won the toss and elected to bat, put on a 231-run stand before Warner was eventually caught by Hardik Pandya off Umesh Yadav.
India, chasing a record 10th successive ODI win, then had Aaron Finch out for 94 and soon sent Australia captain Steve Smith back to the pavilion for three after lasting just five balls.
India finished at 313 for eight, with Kane Richardson returning three wickets for 58 runs.
In a match which went right down to the wire, we look at the key talking points.
The Australian opening batsman was completing a century of ODIs for his country in Bengaluru and he made it an occasion to remember as he notched up his 14th one-day century in style off just 103 deliveries.
The left-hander became the first Australian to score a century on that important milestone and only the ninth in world cricket.
The 30-year-old tonked four sixes and 12 boundaries on the way to a 119-ball 124 as he, along with Finch, fired his side into a commanding position at the interval.
He would eventually depart when he miscued a skidder from Kedar Jadhav to long-on but not after playing one of the most fluent innings of the series.
— Candice Warner (@CandyFalzon) September 28, 2017
The visitors have been on a horrendous run away from home in the 50-over format. Smith’s men last won an ODI away from home against Ireland in September 2016.
Since then they have been blanked 5-0 at South Africa and 2-0 by New Zealand before coming to India.
They were also winless in the ICC Champions Trophy earlier this summer and have been comprehensively beaten by India in the first three matches.
With questions arising over Smith’s captaincy in the limited-overs format, the visitors were under some pressure to get their act right at Bengaluru and duly delivered as they held their nerve in a tense finish to break their duck of 11 consecutive away losses.
The 26-year-old pacer has been tight with his lines and variations in the series so far despite Australia’s losses and he showed what he brings to the table in the visitor’s pace attack on Thursday.
The right-arm fast-bowler picked up three very crucial Indian wickets to dent India’s chase of a mammoth score.
Rahane and Sharma had given the hosts a flying start in their reply as they both brought up their half-centuries in a 100 plus opening stand.
Richardson provided Australia the vital breakthrough when Rahane charged down the wicket to his good length delivery only to skew a sitter to Finch at long-on.
After an initial wobble when India lost three wickets in quick succession, Jadhav and Pandya had stabilized the innings. The former was well set on 67 when Richardson returned at the death to once again provide the breakthrough.
The pacer had Jadhav deceived with a slower ball which the Indian batsman could only miscue to long-off. Richardson then all but ended India’s resistance when he had MS Dhoni chopping on another slower-delivery on to this stumps.
Kane Richardson 7 wkts @ 22.57 in this so far…#INDvAUS
— Jasveer Singh Kharra (@imjsk27) September 28, 2017
Opener David Warner hit a sparkling century in his 100th one-day international to help Australia down India by 21 runs and pull off a consolation win on Thursday.
Warner’s blazing 124 and his 231-run opening stand with Aaron Finch, who made 94, guided the visitors to 334-5 in the fourth game of the five-match series in Bangalore.
The hosts, who lead the series 3-1, faltered in their chase to end on 313-8 despite three half-centuries including a gritty 67 off 69 balls from Kedar Jadhav.
Fast bowlers Kane Richardson and Nathan Coulter-Nile shared five wickets between them to snap India’s winning streak of nine ODI games.
“I thought we were a little bit too wide with the new ball, could have been straighter, but the bowlers pulled it back nicely towards the back end,” said skipper Steve Smith.
“Nice to sit up there and watch Warner do his thing. His ODI form in the last two years has been unbelievable. He continues to grow and get better as a player which is what we’re after,” Smith said of his star opener.
Virat Kohli’s India began its reply on a positive note as openers Rohit Sharma, who hit 65, and Ajinkya Rahane, who made 53, put together a 106-run stand.
Rahane registered a hat-trick of half-centuries and in the next over Sharma hit two big sixes off leg-spinner Adam Zampa to bring up his fifty in style.
Richardson broke the century stand after sending Rahane trudging back to the pavilion.
Sharma tried to keep the momentum going with Kohli for company but a big mix-up between the two batsmen got him run out.
It was Smith’s spectacular stop at backward point that got Sharma stranded with Kohli at the striker’s end. Kohli was soon bowled by Coulter-Nile for 21.
Hardik Pandya, who scored 41, put on a determined 78-run partnership with Jadhav to keep the chase afloat but it became difficult to keep pace with the mounting run-rate.
Jadhav, smashing 7 fours and a six, also got going with Manish Pandey, who scored 33, to put on 61 runs for the fifth wicket, but his wicket took the wheels off the chase.
Earlier electing to bat, the left-right batting pair of Warner and Finch pulverised the Indian bowlers attack in the first 35 overs.
Warner, who received the man of the match award, hit 12 fours and four sixes. It was his 14th ODI century since making his debut at Hobart in 2009.
The batsman got to his milestone with a boundary off part-time spinner Jadhav, jumping for joy as the runs were marked up. He later fell to Jadhav’s off-spin and walked off to a standing ovation.
Finch, who missed out on his second successive century, soon followed his partner after getting caught at mid-on off paceman Umesh Yadav.
“Warner and Finch were spectacular. Really paced the innings nicely. Set us up to get 330. 300 wouldn’t have been enough. Nice to defend and get a win,” said Smith.
Yadav, who returned figures of 4-71, got the prized scalp of Smith to bag his 100th ODI wicket. The visitors lost three wickets in just 15 deliveries.
But Travis Head and Peter Handscomb forged a 63-run fourth-wicket partnership to halt the Indian fightback with some intelligent batting.
Handscomb made a 30-ball 43, laced with three fours and a six, before being bowled by Yadav. Head made an effective 29.
“Australia were really good today. With the bat, their intent was really good. They pulled things back nicely in the field. We didn’t play so bad, but they were better on the day,” said Kohli.
The final match is scheduled for Sunday in Nagpur before the action shifts to the three-match twenty20 series starting October 7.