First Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test ends in draw

KARACHI, February 25, 2009 (AFP) – The first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka ended in a draw after some late excitement when the tourists lost quick wickets briefly raising hopes of an unlikely result here on Wednesday. The tourists averted defeat after losing five wickets for just 120 runs, finishing the match with the score of 144-5 in their second innings.

Pakistan captain Younus Khan failed to create history as he fell for 313, 24 runs short of Pakistan’s highest Test score of 334 held by Hanif Mohammad, made against the West Indies at Barbados in 1958.

Younus had also set his sights on West Indian Brian Lara’s highest Test score of 400. Lara achieved the record against England in Antigua in 2004.

Pakistan achieved their higest Test total of 765-6 declared in reply to Sri Lanak’s first innings score of 644-7 declared.

The second and final Test starts in Lahore on March 1.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 644-7 decl and 144-5 ; Pakistan 765-6 decl