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Australia's Ryan Harris, right, who yesterday, retired from all forms of cricket
because of injury, speaks with the media alongside captain Michael Clarke after
the tour match at the Essex County Ground, Chelmsford, eastern England.
Sri Lanka 1st Innings
D Karunaratne st Sarfraz b Azhar 130
K Silva c Sarfraz b Rahat
U Tharanga c Younis b Yasir
L Thirimanne c sub (Babar Azam) b
A Mathews c sub (Babar Azam) b
J Mubarak st Sarfraz b Yasir 25
D Chandimal lbw b Rahat
D Prasad c Yasir b Azhar
T Kaushal lbw b Rahat
S Lakmal not out
N Pradeep lbw b Yasir
Extras: (3lb, 3w)
TOTAL: (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-106, 3-133,
4-137, 5-204, 6-248, 7-248, 8-264, 9-
Bowling: Rahat Ali 21-4-74-3 (1w),
Eshan Adil 14-3-37-0 (1w), Imran Khan
16-3-51-0 (1w), Yasir Shah 31.5-4-78-5,
Azhar Ali 7-0-35-2.
Pakistan 1st Innings
S Masood lbw b Prasad
A Shehzad c Chandimal b Pradeep 21
A Ali c Karunaratne b Pradeep 52
Y Khan run out ( Kaushal Silva) 3
A Shafiq lbw b Prasad
S Ahmed not out
M-ul-Haq lbw b Pradeep
E Adil lbw b Kaushal
Y Shah c Chandimal b Prasad 18
R Ali lbw b Kaushal
I Khan not out
Extras: (4lb, 1w, 2nb)
TOTAL: (for nine wickets) 209
Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-40, 3-45, 4-
91, 5-135, 6-151, 7-152, 8-197, 9-202.
Bowling: Dhammika Prasad 19-1-78-3
(1w), Suranga Lakmal 14-1-64-0 (2nb),
Nuwan Pradeep 14-5-26-3, Angelo
Mathews 4-1-3-0, Tharindu Kaushal
To s s : Pakistan.
Umpires: Ian Gould, England, and
Paul Reiffel, Australia.
TV umpire: Sundaram Ravi, India.
Match referee: Chris Broad,
PALLEKELE---A fighting half-
century by wicketkeeper Sarfraz
Ahmed helped Pakistan to 209-
9 in their first innings at stumps
on day two of the third Test
against Sri Lanka yesterday.
Pakistan still trails by 69 runs
in reply to Sri Lanka s first-innings
278 after the hosts resumed the
day on 272-8.
It was Azhar Ali s half-century
that held Pakistan s innings togeth-
er earlier on and, after his dismissal
for 52, Sarfraz fought back with
Pakistan was 152-7 at one stage
but Sarfraz, with an unbeaten 72,
ensured Sri Lanka didn t end up
with a significant lead.
Sarfraz reached his half-century
off just 57 balls. He has made big
runs against Sri Lanka, including
six of his seven Test half-centuries.
After quickly dismissing Sri
Lanka, Pakistan lost their openers
with the total on 40 and then You-
nis Khan (3) was run out in the
last ball before lunch.
Asad Shafiq batted ahead of
captain Misbah-ul-Haq---who was
nursing a groin strain---and added
46 runs for the fourth wicket with
Azhar. Dhammika Prasad provided
the breakthrough when he trapped
Shafiq leg before wicket for 15.
Sarfraz too was moved ahead of
Misbah and added 44 runs for the
fifth wicket with Azhar. Nuwan
Pradeep, who showed excellent
control, broke the stand when he
got Azhar to nick a delivery to
Dimuth Karunaratne at slip.
Misbah, batting at No 7, was
also dismissed by Pradeep and
when Eshan Adil fell for a first ball
duck, Pakistan was in trouble at
Sarfraz then added 45 runs for
the eighth wicket with Yasir Shah.
Dhammika Prasad dismissed Yasir
for 18 to claim his 50th Test wick-
et.Yasir s biggest impact came at
the start of the day when Sri Lanka
were batting. Pakistan s legspinner
finished with 5-78, becoming the
second overseas bowler after Shane
Warne to pick up three five-wicket
hauls in Sri Lanka.
Yasir now has 22 wickets in the
series, the most by a Pakistan
bowler in a series against Sri Lanka.
The day s play was interrupted
three times due to rain and bad
light and altogether 21 overs were
Pakistan won the first Test in
Galle by 10 wickets before Sri
Lanka leveled the three-match
series with a seven-wicket victory
in Colombo. Sri Lanka have won
their last three home Test series
against Pakistan. (AP)
Pakistan 209-9 against
Sri Lanka in 3rd Test
LONDON---Australia fast bowler
Ryan Harris has retired from all
forms of cricket after being ruled
out of the Ashes series against Eng-
land with a knee injury.
The 35-year-old Harris, who
underwent surgery on his right knee
last year, made the retirement
It came after he continued to
experience knee soreness following
the first tour match in Kent last
week and after receiving the results
of medical scans.
Harris said: "Given the news I
received yesterday, and after talking
it over with my family, I know now
is the right time to step away from
His retirement is a blow to Aus-
tralia with the first Ashes Test start-
ing Wednesday in Cardiff.
Australia coach Darren Lehmann
said: "I was lucky enough to captain
Ryan as a grade cricketer, a rookie
player and as a state cricketer. He
was one of the most talented players
I had ever seen."
Harris was a late starter for his
country, making his Test debut for
Australia at age 30 in 2010 against
New Zealand. He played 27 tests and
took 113 wickets at an average of
23.52 with best bowling of 7-117
against England in 2013. He also
played 21 one-day internationals,
claiming 44 wickets at an average
He began as an all-rounder in
South Australia before moving to
Queensland in 2008 to focus on pace
"I m pretty lucky, I have had a
wonderful career and nothing made
me prouder than pulling on the
Baggy Green," Harris said. "I played
27 more tests than I ever thought I
would and I have relished every sin-
gle moment of them."
He added: "Whatever is next for
me, and I don t know what that is
right now, I know it will still involve
cricket as that is what I love."
Harris last Test appearance was
against India in January.
The 22-year-old Pat Cummins
was named by Cricket Australia as
Harris replacement. The right-arm
fast bowler has played only one Test
for Australia, taking 6-79 in the sec-
ond innings against South Africa in
Australia fast bowler
Ryan Harris retires
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza says his
team will play "fearless" cricket
against South Africa today in the
first of two Twenty20 matches.
Despite winning its last T20
against Pakistan, Bangladesh is yet
to specialise in this format with
only Shakib Al Hasan regularly
playing T20 cricket.
"We don t have too many T20
specialists," Mortaza said ahead of
the match at Sher-e-Bangla
National Cricket Stadium. "T20
cricket is about guts, freedom and
how you use your head ... There
is pressure but the only way out
is to think about doing well, stay
positive and fearless. And that s
all we are trying to do. Obviously
they have a couple of batsmen like
AB de Villiers who can change the
game but they are also human
The two teams last played each
other four years ago at the 2011
World Cup in Bangladesh with the
hosts being dismissed for just 78
runs. Bangladesh have won only
12 out of 42 matches in this format
with just three wins against top-
"In the last T20 match we
played against Pakistan, we did
well," Mortaza said. "If we feel
scared then it s good to sit at
South Africa captain Faf du
Plessis warned his side against
taking Bangladesh for granted.
"The nice thing about the
Bangladeshi team at the moment
is the new guys coming through
... T20 cricket can be dangerous,
because it s guys you haven t seen
or played against," Du Plessis said.
The match will be the first one
after governing body ICC brought
in some changes, including all no
balls to result in a free hit.
Du Plessis said he was "looking
forward" to trying the changes
out. South Africa s T20 side is a
far cry from the experience of their
Test team. While the batting lineup
is packed with big names like AB
de Villiers, Du Plessis and JP
Duminy, the bowling attack is quite
But it did an impressive job in
the warmup game on Friday, bowl-
ing out BCB XI for just 99 runs
in an eight-wicket victory.
Bangladesh unfazed by
S Africa ahead of first T20
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