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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, July 4, 2015
ISLAMABAD---Fast bowler Moham-
mad Irfan was recalled by Pakistan
yesterday for the five-match one-day
international series in Sri Lanka next
week after recovering from a stress
fracture in his pelvis.
Irfan was injured during the Cricket
World Cup and missed the quarterfinal
against Australia. He also missed the
historic home series against Zimbabwe,
and the 3-0 whitewash at the hands
Wahab Riaz was not included in
the 16-man squad for the series
beginning on July 11, but chief selector
Haroon Rashid said if the left-arm
fast bowler recovered from a hand
injury, he could be flown in for the
last two ODIs.
The selectors also included rookie
Bilal Asif as cover for offspinner
Mohammad Hafeez, whose bowling
action will be retested in Chennai,
Hafeez was again reported for a sus-
pect bowling action during the first
test victory against Sri Lanka last
month, and faces a one-year ban if his
bowling action is not cleared in Chen-
"Bilal Asif has also shown that he is
a powerful hitter in the lower order,
and a handy offspinner who could fill
the gap in case Mohammad Hafeez s
action is not cleared," Rashid said.
The series begins at Dambulla, fol-
lowed by matches at Pallekele, Colombo
(twice), and Hambantota. (AP)
Irfan returns for
Pakistan ODI series
against Sri Lanka
James Faulkner, the World Cup-
winning Australia allrounder, may be
left out of the ODI squad for the series
following the Ashes after he spent
Thursday night in a prison cell in
Manchester on a drink driving charge.
Greater Manchester Police charged
Faulkner and he is due to appear in
court in Manchester on July 21 to
answer for himself after recording a
blood alcohol reading of around twice
the legal limit in England. He had been
out on Thursday night spending time
with his Tasmania team-mate Tim
CA has also charged Faulkner with
"conduct that is unbecoming of a rep-
resentative or official and harmful to
the interests of cricket" under its code
of conduct, meaning he can be sus-
pended for anywhere up to eight
Pat Howard, the team performance
manager, met with Faulkner in Man-
chester yesterday morning and said if
the code of conduct penalty was more
than two matches there was a strong
chance that Faulkner would be left out
of the squad entirely --- a heavy price
for his poor decision making.
"It s anywhere between two and eight
points, which is two or eight games,"
Howard said. "We ll take that infor-
mation on board as well in terms of
dealing with the selectors, and if he s
only available for part of the tour we
might just say sorry, you re off the
Lancashire determined that Faulkner
would be stood down from their Friday
night Twenty20 fixture against York-
shire at Old Trafford and will speak
further with CA about what other
action may yet be taken.
A contrite Faulkner said he would
accept whatever penalties were handed
down to him. "I can t excuse my actions
and understand that I have let people
down," he said. "My decision to drive
was an error in judgement. I apologise
unreservedly and accept any penalty
handed to me by Cricket Australia and
the relevant authorities."
Howard said Faulkner s transgression
had set a poor example for others and
would be treated as such by CA. "I
have made contact with James to
understand the facts of the matter," he
said. "It is clear that he made a very
poor decision to get behind the wheel
of a car after drinking and that decision
had clear potential to cause serious
harm to him and others.
Faulkner played one Test on the 2013
Ashes tour and has been a pivotal mem-
ber of the Australia ODI team. He
shrugged off a side strain leading into
the World Cup to put in several key
performances, not least a bowling spell
that won him the Man of the Match
award in the final against New Zealand.
Under the national coach Darren
Lehmann, Australia s players have
embraced a culture of raucous cele-
bration when victorious, and players
are not handled as strictly as they once
were. Howard said that a balance had
to be found and Faulkner had over-
stepped the mark.
Faulkner to face
Dimuth Karunarane was
the only batsman to
handle Pakistan legspin-
ner Yasir Shah as he
notched his second cen-
tury in leading Sri Lanka
to 272--8 at stumps on
the first day of the third
Karunaratne saw off a
difficult period in the
morning when Pakistan s
seamers had lot of help
from the pitch. After
opener Kaushal Silva fell
with the total on 15, he
added 91 runs for the
second wicket with Upul
Tharanga. The left-han-
der met Yasir confidently,
but he was the only one
on his team.
three figures off 188
deliveries when he
pushed a full delivery
from Azhar Ali to mid-
wicket for two runs, and
became the first Sri
Lankan to score a century
He was eventually
stumped for 130, having
batted for nearly six
hours. He faced 230
deliveries, and hit 14
"When the series
stared, I wanted to be the
highest run-scorer in the
series," Karunaratne said.
"I have got lot of confi-
dence after the New
Zealand tour (at the start
of the year). I was strug-
gling to get past 30 and
40, but now I know how
to build up an innings,
and since the seniors are
also not there, I need to
show more responsibil-
"I saw the wicket and
told myself to bat
through the first session.
I was very choosy about
which ball to put away.
That was the key for me."
Yasir continued his
torment of the Sri
Lankan batsmen. The
hosts were well placed at
85--1 when they resumed
after lunch, but the bats-
men were overcautious
against Yasir and, as the
pressure started building,
they attempted a few
ambitious strokes and
lost the plot.
Yasir has 21 wickets so
far in the series, the most
by a Pakistani against Sri
Lanka in a series. Off-
spinner Saeed Ajmal set
the previous mark of 18
in 2011 in the United Arab
"He doesn t give too
many loose balls,"
Karunaratne said of Yasir.
"He has got a flipper, a
googly, and the legspin.
That s why he has taken
so many wickets.
"I just wanted to be
positive against him. The
key is to use the feet.
When you do that, you
can rotate the strike."
Karunaratne s and
Tharanga s long partner-
ship for the second wick-
et was ended when Tha-
ranga, on 46, tried to
drive Yasir and edged to
Younis Khan at first slip.
The slide accelerated
when Yasir dismissed
Lahiru Thirimanne for 11
and Angelo Mathews for
three in successive overs
in identical fashion.
Both batsmen charged
down the wicket to the
spinner, but got the
placement wrong as sub-
stitute fielder Babar
Azam took catches at
mid-off and mid-on
Jehan Mubarak, play-
ing his first test after
eight years, added 67
runs with Karunaratne
before being stumped for
25 off Yasir.
Part-timer Azhar dis-
missed Karunaratne and
Dhammika Prasad in
successive deliveries, and
the second new ball
accounted for Dinesh
Chandimal on 24.
Yasir finished the day
with 4--77 from 31 overs.
He earned nine wickets
in the first test, and eight
in the second, and made
Pakistan s decision at the
toss to have Sri Lanka
bat, work out well.
Karunaratne defies Yasir
as Sri Lanka reach 272--8
Sri Lankan batsman Dimuth Karunaratne...scored a century (130) to lead his team to 272--8.
Pakistan: Azhar Ali (captain),
Ahmed Shezad, Mohammad
Hafeez, Mukhtar Ahmed, Asad
Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad
Rizwan, Babar Azam, Sarfraz
Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif,
Immad Wasim, Anwar Ali,
Mohammad Irfan, Ehsan Adil,
Sri Lanka 1st Innings
D Karunaratne st Sarfraz b Azhar .......................130
K Silva c Sarfraz b Rahat ............................................9
U Tharanga c Younis b Yasir ....................................46
L Thirimanne c sub (Babar Azam) b Yasir .....11
A Mathews c sub (Babar Azam) b Yasir ........3
J Mubarak st Sarfraz b Yasir ...................................25
D Chandimal lbw b Rahat ..........................................24
D Prasad c Yasir b Azhar ............................................0
T Kaushal not out ............................................................17
S Lakmal not out ..............................................................1
Extras: (3lb, 3w) ..............................................................6
TOTAL: (for 8 wickets) .....................................272
To bat: Nuwan Pradeep.
Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-106, 3-133, 4-137, 5-204,
6-248, 7-248, 8-264.
Bowling: Rahat Ali 19-2-74-2 (w 1), Eshan Adil
14-3-37-0 (w 1), Imran Khan 15-3-46-0 (w 1),
Yasir Shah 31-4-77-4, Azhar Ali 7-0-35-2.
Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Shan Masood, Azhar
Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq,
Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Imran Khan, Eshan
Adil, Rahat Ali.
To ss : Pakistan
Umpires: Ian Gould, England, and Paul Reiffel,
TV umpire: Sundaram Ravi, India.
Match referee: Chris Broad, England.
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