|Kumar passed 200|
The pitch proved too good and the Pakistani fielding too bad for a positive result to be obtained in Abu Dhabi. The last day was dominated by Sri Lanka - principally by Kumar Sangakkara and Prasanna Jayawardene - and was the only day of five that they clearly held control. The sixth wicket pair grew their partnership to 201, staying in union until just before tea and snuffing out any hope of a Pakistani victory. Sangakkara raised his eighth double hundred in an innings divorced from many of the doubles he has previously scored. He survived chances on the 4th day but was careful and resolute on the 5th, providing no further hope for Pakistan until Azhar Ali trapped him in front with a leg break and claimed his first Test wicket. Mishbar-ul-Haq's act of desperation and exasperation paid an immediate divided.
|201 runs for the 6th wicket|
Umar Gul benefited from bowling at the tail before the Pakistan top three showed no interest in an improbable target and limped through until stumps to complete the draw.
The key issues which determined the outcome in Abu Dhabi were the docile nature of the pitch which became flatter and deader each day, the inept catching of Pakistan and a poor umpiring performance by Tony Hill. Test matches need higher standards than these.
Bangladesh v West Indies
No play on day two owing to rain. Unfortunately, tomorrow looks likely to suffer a similar fate.