Asia Cup - 3rd match

Pakistan v Sri Lanka

Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 61 balls remaining)

All set for the start, Jayawardene and Dilshan walk out to open, Umar Gul has the first new ball, two slips in place

Umar Gul is confident that he will get some reverse swing despite the lush green outfield because he feels the square is dry.

Hamza: "Baffling that Shafiq is dropped. He top scored with 65 against England just one ODI ago. Its time for Younis to be dropped from the ODI side. He is averaging 28 since Jan 2009 with a strike rate under 70."

Gareth: "Junaid has a point. Whilst he's still a Test powerhouse, Younis hasn't notched up an ODI ton since 2008. Babar Azam perhaps?"

Shafaqat: "Finally a sane move, Hammad should be straight in for all games. He shows a lot of maturity. Am little saddened by Asad's exclusion but he was most likely to make way. Akmal needs to be promoted up the order though. He should be regular 1 down and be told to score big or make way for others. Only talent is nothing unless it fires. Till now its another Imran Nazir in making, sad!"

hassan: "Pakistan should find a good keeper who can bat just like other cricket playing nations of the world..thats the only way to have a good stable team for ODIs and T20s.."

Junaid: "Much more balanced side for Pakistan. I would still like to see Azhar Ali instead of Younus Khan. I think Younus is done with the shorter format now he needs to vacant this position for up coming players like Azhar or Asad..."

1.30 pm Jayawardene wins the toss again and Sri Lanka will have a bat today

Mahela Jayawardene: "Runs on the board will be a good thing. It is still an open tournament. We have got to win. We need to tighten up in a few areas. Lasith comes back, Kapugedera is left out. We are going in with five bowlers." So Sri Lanka playing with a longer tail today. Missing Angelo Mathews big time

Misbah-ul-Haq: "We have added Hammad Azam who will give us more options with medium pace, he is basically a batsman. We have to pick ourselves as a batting unit." Azam is in for Asad Shafiq

1.25 pm Welcome to the third game of the Asia Cup, a must-win one for Sri Lanka. Sunil Gavaskar says on air that it is a pitch full of runs, nothing on it to worry the batsmen. I wish I was still playing, says Gavaskar.

Have a look at the preview

0.1

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, 3 runs, gets it to move away from a good length, but Mahela walks towards the line and is away with a pleasing drive past point, Umar Akmal does really well to charge after the ball as it speeds away on this fast outfield, pulls it back with a slide

0.2

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, lots of width from back of a length, that should have gone, but Dilshan went at it too eagerly and slapped it off the toe end of the bat to cover

0.3

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, and again, wants to hammer this pitched up ball through extra cover, mistimes it

0.4

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, tighter line, just on off from a length, pushed towards point

Vansh: "since SL are going in with so many bowlers, they need the first 3 to do well otherwise they will end up in a hole."

0.5

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, thought about it for an instant but then let this good length ball go past him outside off, some bounce for Gul

0.6

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, Gul was absolutely convinced Dilshan had edged this widish delivery on its way to the keeper, it was short and far away from Dilshan who thew his bat at it and seemed to have missed it

End of over 1 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
TM Dilshan    0* (5b)      Umar Gul    1-0-3-0
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (1b)     

Cheema with the second new ball

1.1

Aizaz Cheema to Jayawardene, FOUR, crack! too short, too wide, Jayawardene does not go hard at it, like Dilshan would have, he waits on it and times the cut past cover

1.2

Aizaz Cheema to Jayawardene, no run

1.3

Aizaz Cheema to Jayawardene, 4 leg byes, wrong line, down the pads, and Mahela does not have work too hard to tickle it fine on its way to the boundary

1.4

Aizaz Cheema to Jayawardene, 1 run, looks to be in superb touch, rides the bounce in this shortish one and guides it down to third man

1.5

Aizaz Cheema to Dilshan, FOUR, phew, that has disappeared almost as soon as it was hammered by Dilshan, that was in his slot, length outside off, he can get front foot out and dismiss it with quick wrists past short extra cover

1.6

Aizaz Cheema to Dilshan, FOUR, and again, horror start for Cheema, nothing for the fast bowler in this pitch, Dilshan sees another length ball with some width outside off and carves it through cover with contempt

End of over 2 (17 runs) Sri Lanka 20/0 (RR: 10.00)
TM Dilshan    8* (7b 2x4)      Aizaz Cheema    1-0-13-0
DPMD Jayawardene    8* (5b 1x4)      Umar Gul    1-0-3-0

2.1

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run, bounce into Mahela from back of a length, he drops it onto the pitch, close to the crease

2.2

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, 2 runs, lovely touch from Mahela, he eases forward and times this one into the gap between extra cover and mid off, and lets the outfield take over after that

2.3

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run, defends a length ball coming into him back to Gul

2.4

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run, drops this bouncing length ball towards point

Farrukh: "I feel Younis is the only one who can keep rotating the strike and sometimes that is important more than a 'ton'. If anything, Umar Akmal should be dropped since he hasn't done anything at all lately and Asad should be In."

2.5

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run, there was some width but Mahela guided this back of a length ball straight to point

Just one wide slip now

2.6

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run, Gul brings some sort of control back to the innings after that expensive Cheema over, Mahela finds point again with his push

End of over 3 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 22/0 (RR: 7.33)
DPMD Jayawardene    10* (11b 1x4)      Umar Gul    2-0-5-0
TM Dilshan    8* (7b 2x4)      Aizaz Cheema    1-0-13-0

No slip in sight

3.1

Aizaz Cheema to Dilshan, no run, better start from Cheema, angles this nippy delivery in from a good length, Dilshan is completely at ease as he pushes to covers

3.2

Aizaz Cheema to Dilshan, FOUR, another one, Cheema is leaking runs, Dilshan is enjoying his length balls outside off stump, bit of width, he stands in the crease, rides the slight bounce and cracks it past point

Fine leg up, deep point comes in

3.3

Aizaz Cheema to Dilshan, FOUR, it makes no difference, he goes past extra cover now, Cheema angles it in, just around off stump, fuller in length, Dilshan waits for it to arrive and thumps it between extra cover and mid off

Now midwicket has disappeared, packing the off side field is Misbah

3.4

Aizaz Cheema to Dilshan, no run, a breather for Cheema as he bangs this one in short, Dilshan unsure what to do with it, whether to pull or leave, is beaten in the end as the ball jags past his angled bat which has still not made up its mind

3.5

Aizaz Cheema to Dilshan, no run, another short ball, better one, Dilshan is hurried as it screams in at his head, he opened up thinking to pull it initially but then decided that it was better to get his head out of the way

3.6

Aizaz Cheema to Dilshan, no run, such quick hands he has, Cheema hits a good length again, and Dilshan explodes in a flurry of wrists to punch the ball to extra cover

End of over 4 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 30/0 (RR: 7.50)
TM Dilshan    16* (13b 4x4)      Aizaz Cheema    2-0-21-0
DPMD Jayawardene    10* (11b 1x4)      Umar Gul    2-0-5-0

4.1

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run, Gul escapes some punishment, wide delivery, Mahela times the cut superbly, it flies to point's left, the fielder manages to stop the boundary

4.2

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, 1 run, does the right thing, drops this back of a length ball in front of midwicket to get Dilshan back on strike

4.3

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, a hint of straightening from short of a length, lots of bounce too, Dilshan did what he does, he stood in the crease and looked to force it through the off side, beaten

4.4

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, no change in his approach, wants to belt this length ball through extra cover, mistimes it

4.5

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 run, the short ball got onto him quickly, it did not get up all that much, though, and Dilshan swivels to pull it to deep square

Widish slip, short extra cover

4.6

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, 1 run, he has fallen so many times to this shot, but it gets him a lot of runs, rides the bounce to turn this one past slip to third man

End of over 5 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 33/0 (RR: 6.60)
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (14b 1x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-8-0
TM Dilshan    17* (16b 4x4)      Aizaz Cheema    2-0-21-0

Omair: "Pakistan simply need double wicket maiden."

5.1

Aizaz Cheema to Jayawardene, OUT, well, Cheema has a wicket after all those boundaries, can't say he deserved this one, Jayawardene came charging out and absolutely middled this pitched up delivery, he just did not get enough elevation as he looked to go over the off-side infield, and found extra cover, where Hafeez held onto a sharp high take

DPMD Jayawardene c Mohammad Hafeez b Aizaz Cheema 12 (26m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Sangakkara in at No 3, makes the middle order look thinner now

5.2

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, FOUR, and Cheema concedes another four, Sanga away first ball with a gift on the pads, clips the length ball through midwicket confidently

5.3

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, motions forward and across and defends the angled ball to short extra cover

5.4

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, moves across and defends this length ball down the pitch

5.5

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, another confident shuffle across and dead-bats this one back to the bowler

5.6

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, good line, sharp delivery, jagging across Sanga on a length, he lets it go immediately

End of over 6 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 37/1 (RR: 6.16)
KC Sangakkara    4* (5b 1x4)      Aizaz Cheema    3-0-25-1
TM Dilshan    17* (16b 4x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-8-0

Farns: "From the comments so far from fans, every player in the Pak team must be dropped?" No one drops Boom Boom

6.1

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, tries to get on top of this back of a length ball but hits it straight to cover

6.2

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, off the pads behind square leg as Gul angles it in too much

6.3

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, punched wide of extra cover for a comfortable single

Sahas: "Gul's controllled bowling resulted in a wicket for Cheema."

6.4

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 wide, tries the bouncer, Dilshan moves across early, and the ball carries well down the leg side

Ali: "kinda sad to see so many Pakistan supporters asking for players to be dropped. Where's the faith guys?"

6.4

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 3 runs, oops, that could have been close, Dilshan checked his push as this length ball seemed to bounce more than he anticipated, it went in the air but in the gap past cover

6.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, excellent work from the Pakistan captain at short extra cover, Sanga had got low on his knee and absolutely creamed this overpitched delivery, but Misbah saved four with a lunge to is right, stretched out his right hand and pouched the ball, Misbah smiles

6.6

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, pushed to short extra cover

End of over 7 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 43/1 (RR: 6.14)
KC Sangakkara    5* (8b 1x4)      Umar Gul    4-0-13-0
TM Dilshan    20* (19b 4x4)      Aizaz Cheema    3-0-25-1

7.1

Aizaz Cheema to Dilshan, OUT, Cheema has his revenge, he has bounced Dilshan out, Dilshan went for the pull even as the ball reared at him very quickly from back of a length, in no position at all for the shot, still plays it, a top-edge results, Ajmal manages to hold on somehow as he tumbles forward around midwicket, seems to have hurt his leg a bit

TM Dilshan c Saeed Ajmal b Aizaz Cheema 20 (39m 20b 4x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

7.2

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sanga hits another boundary after a wicket has fallen, not exactly a bad ball, ending around off with the angle, Sanga closes the face as he gets across and clips it through midwicket

7.3

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, pushed back to the bowler

7.4

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, more nip from Cheema now, left alone with the angle outside off

7.5

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length ball defended tightly to short midwicket

Shan: "They are pouching every chance & working hard this time....go Pakistan go."

7.6

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, shuffles across, opens up and eases this one angled across him to point

End of over 8 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 47/2 (RR: 5.87)
KC Sangakkara    9* (13b 2x4)      Aizaz Cheema    4-0-29-2
LD Chandimal    0* (0b)      Umar Gul    4-0-13-0

8.1

Umar Gul to Chandimal, no run, appeal for lbw as Gul zooms one in full to the new batsman, easily going down the leg side as Chandimal gets into a tangle

8.2

Umar Gul to Chandimal, no run, more effort from Gul, he is charging in, bounces from back of a length, not far from off, Chandimal leaves

8.3

Umar Gul to Chandimal, no run, pitched up ball driven neatly off the front foot to mid off

Ghinva: "we dont feel like dropping Afridi, coz we are so obsessed with him, he is like a magic tonic."

8.4

Umar Gul to Chandimal, OUT, Younis Khan the outstanding slip catcher pouches a stunner, Chandimal ended up guiding the sharp straightening length delivery between the keeper and Younis at wide slip, nothing shot, Younis quickly goes low to his left and snaps it up cleanly, how many batsmen does this shot consume in limited-overs cricket, they check for the no-ball, it was close, but Gul had some part of his foot behind the crease

LD Chandimal c Younis Khan b Umar Gul 0 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Trouble, lots of it, for Sri Lanka, they are already a batsmen short today

8.5

Umar Gul to Thirimanne, no run, pushed to mid off

8.6

Umar Gul to Thirimanne, no run, right on the stumps from a good length, defended tightly

End of over 9 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 47/3 (RR: 5.22)
HDRL Thirimanne    0* (2b)      Umar Gul    5-1-13-1
KC Sangakkara    9* (13b 2x4)      Aizaz Cheema    4-0-29-2

Two left-handers in, here come the Prof, one slip, one leg gully

9.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, pushed back in the air to the bowler

9.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, straightens from a length, left alone outside off stump

9.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, straightening on middle now, pushed back to Hafeez, 'yourself' goes Sarfraz

9.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, FOUR, that wlll go, just some width, and Sanga slashes it behind point

9.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, driven to mid on for one

9.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, no run, pushes a flighted ball to Hafeez

End of over 10 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 52/3 (RR: 5.20)
HDRL Thirimanne    0* (3b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-5-0
KC Sangakkara    14* (18b 3x4)      Umar Gul    5-1-13-1

gugu: "Poor performance on such a nice batting pitch.... "

Cheema to bowl now in place of Gul

10.1

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, pushes this length ball away with the angle to extra cover

10.2

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, angled across sharply, left alone immediately

Gary: "Shahid Afridi could get away with murder with a bat in hand.......this is ofcourse in reference to the atrocious shots he plays to get himself out."

10.3

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, meets the fuller one with a good stride forward but finds mid off with the push

10.4

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, bounce from a good length, closer to off stump, not close enough, Sanga leaves again

10.5

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, 1 run, shuffles across and opens up to counter the angle across him and drops it in front of midwicket for one

Asim: "Afridi as a package is too valuable to be ignored. He bowls well, fields well and recently it seems he has seriously worked on his batting in terms of taking singles... "

10.6

Aizaz Cheema to Thirimanne, no run, firm push past the non-striker but Afridi does well to get to his left at mid off and stops it with a slide

End of over 11 (1 run) Sri Lanka 53/3 (RR: 4.81)
HDRL Thirimanne    0* (4b)      Aizaz Cheema    5-0-30-2
KC Sangakkara    15* (23b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-5-0

himanshu: "Mahela should look to bat through. He is in form and there was no need to play such a shot; especially when Dilshan was going after the bowling. They lost to India due to the same reason and now again..."

11.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, innocuous offbreak, punched to sweeper cover

saad: "nobody was hoping for unpredictability of srilankan top-order"

11.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, no run, wanted to force this length ball through point, it turned away and bounced, Thirimanne is beaten

11.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, no run, turned towards midwicket

11.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, no run, defended safely off the front foot to extra cover

11.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, 1 run, neatly done, gets a shade inside the line and drives the flighted one along the ground to sweeper cover

11.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 12 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 55/3 (RR: 4.58)
KC Sangakkara    16* (25b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-7-0
HDRL Thirimanne    1* (8b)      Aizaz Cheema    5-0-30-2

Hammad Azam to bowl

12.1

Hammad Azam to Thirimanne, no run, gentle length delivery on the stumps, pushed away on the off side

12.2

Hammad Azam to Thirimanne, no run, diving stop at point by Umar Akmal saves some runs as Thirimanne leans out to drive a wide one

12.3

Hammad Azam to Thirimanne, 1 run, on the pads, worked square

12.4

Hammad Azam to Sangakkara, no run, waits for the length ball to arrive and punches to extra cover, Sanga looking in great touch, so did Dilshan and Mahela, he needs to bat through

12.5

Hammad Azam to Sangakkara, 1 run, guided past point for a single

12.6

Hammad Azam to Thirimanne, 1 run, whoa, shuffles across and ends up well outside off to turn this length ball square on the leg side

End of over 13 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 58/3 (RR: 4.46)
HDRL Thirimanne    3* (12b)      Hammad Azam    1-0-3-0
KC Sangakkara    17* (27b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-7-0

Manoj: "@Saad: It's all down to Mahela. He was cautious when he started opening in Aus, and it paid dividends. Then he started getting "too" confident, which has been his downfall throughout his career! sigh!"

13.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, no run, drives a tossed up ball to the bowler

13.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, no run

13.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, 1 run, gets bat in front of pad to nudge from around off to short fine

13.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, they go for the single, direct hit needed, Umar Akmal's throw from point misses, even the dive wouldn't have saved Sanga, his bat was in the air as the ball passed the stumps

Drinks taken as Sanga seems to have injured his hand while diving

Nitin: "Mahela's batting is like watching Zidane play..deft touches, nudges here and there.."

Mausifan: "Tharanga, should come at No 3, as he is proven opening batsmen, and with 2 new balls, Tharanga's ability to hit the ball into gaps can be maximized. Further Sanga moving to No 4 will stabilize the batting order, especially with the absence of Mathews."

13.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, 1 run, slapped wide of sweeper cover but they'll get only the single

13.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, eased off the front foot to long off

End of over 14 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 62/3 (RR: 4.42)
KC Sangakkara    19* (29b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-11-0
HDRL Thirimanne    5* (16b)      Hammad Azam    1-0-3-0

14.1

Hammad Azam to Sangakkara, 1 run, reaches out to a wide and full delivery to drive to sweeper cover

14.2

Hammad Azam to Thirimanne, 2 runs, pushed wide of extra cover for one, Afridi lets rip, misses, and concedes another run

14.3

Hammad Azam to Thirimanne, OUT, gone, Pakistan's catching has been high quality today, Umar Akmal latches on now at point, it was a very wide delivery, Thirimanne went down on his knee to try and guide it past Akmal, but ended up hitting it close to his right, Akmal moved quickly, got his body behind the line of the ball and took it safely

HDRL Thirimanne c Umar Akmal b Hammad Azam 7 (27m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 38.88

14.4

Hammad Azam to Tharanga, no run, defended to extra cover calmly

14.5

Hammad Azam to Tharanga, 1 run, opens the face and gets it past cover to get off the mark

14.6

Hammad Azam to Sangakkara, no run, leaves one angled across him alone

End of over 15 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 66/4 (RR: 4.40)
KC Sangakkara    20* (31b 3x4)      Hammad Azam    2-0-7-1
WU Tharanga    1* (2b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-11-0

bowling Powerplay has been taken

15.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, straightening on a length, punched to extra cover

15.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, defended back to the bowler

15.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 1 run, quicker and fuller on the pads, worked behind square

15.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, gets bat beside pad to defend down the track

15.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, full ball clipped straight to midwicket

15.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, outside off now, pushed to extra cover

End of over 16 (1 run) Sri Lanka 67/4 (RR: 4.18)
KC Sangakkara    20* (34b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-12-0
WU Tharanga    2* (5b)      Hammad Azam    2-0-7-1

Ajmal comes on, slip in place

16.1

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, no run, mistimed to point as he looks to force a full delivery off the front foot

16.2

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, no run, connects with the drive now but finds point

16.3

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, no run, short, wide, Tharanga gets across and cuts hard, but cannot get it past point again

16.4

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, no run, short and wide again, more bounce this time, Tharanga mistimes the cut, and Umar Akmal is in business again at point

16.5

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, 1 run, this time he goes down the ground, to long off, and gets the single

16.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, quicker one, he bends his knee and cuts it with fast hands behind point

End of over 17 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 69/4 (RR: 4.05)
KC Sangakkara    21* (35b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-2-0
WU Tharanga    3* (10b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-12-0

17.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, played out to midwicket

17.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, defended off the front foot

17.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, down the track, but Hafeez shortens the length and Sanga has to defend

17.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, well done by Hafeez, moves rapidly to his left and fields the push from Sanga

17.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets the run finally, with a push down to long off

17.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 1 run, some bounce outside off stump, guided to deep backward point

End of over 18 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 71/4 (RR: 3.94)
WU Tharanga    4* (11b)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-14-0
KC Sangakkara    22* (40b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-2-0

18.1

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, no run, beaten on the drive by turn and bounce as he moves forward and has a go at this tossed up delivery

18.2

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, no run, leaves this one alone now outside off

18.3

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, 1 run, turning away from a full length, dabbed wide of short third man

18.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets bat around pad to nudge behind square leg

18.5

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, 1 run, drops a quickish one in front of cover for a single

18.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, pushes back a length ball to the bowler

End of over 19 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 74/4 (RR: 3.89)
KC Sangakkara    23* (42b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-5-0
WU Tharanga    6* (15b)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-14-0

19.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, pushes to extra cover off the front foot

19.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 1 run, down the track, cannot get close to the pitch, pushes towards midwicket

19.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, now Sanga leaves the crease and earns a single through midwicket

19.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, chops the cut close to the stumps, Younis fields on the bounce

19.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, defended back to the bowler

Slip and short leg in place

19.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 1 run, pushed away to long off

End of over 20 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 77/4 (RR: 3.85)
WU Tharanga    8* (20b)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-17-0
KC Sangakkara    24* (43b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-5-0

Just 11 runs off the bowling Powerplay

20.1

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, 1 run, gets on top of the bounce and punches wide of cover

20.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, pushed back to the bowler

20.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, plays a touch late, pushes a tossed up ball to extra cover

20.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets it past extra cover now to long off

20.5

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, no run, turns on middle and leg, he adjusts to defend

20.6

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, 1 run, nudged behind square leg for a single

End of over 21 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 80/4 (RR: 3.80)
WU Tharanga    10* (23b)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-8-0
KC Sangakkara    25* (46b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-17-0

Ashfaq: "SL fans don't need to get frustrated so early, Pakistan's unpredictability over recent years has shown that It can make a chase of even 150 very very interesting and close."

21.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 1 run, eased past covers for one

21.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, punched down to long off

21.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, inside edge towards midwicket as this one comes in with the angle

21.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 1 run, too wide, easily cut away to deep point

21.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, punched from the crease to long off

21.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 2 runs, drives a flighted ball wide of long off for a rare couple

End of over 22 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 86/4 (RR: 3.90)
WU Tharanga    14* (27b)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-23-0
KC Sangakkara    27* (48b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-8-0

Afridi to have a bowl

22.1

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, angles it across the left-hander who opens up and punches to long off

22.2

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, 1 run, full ball driven to long off

22.3

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, cannot get a widish one outside off past backward point

22.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, full delivery pushed in the air but well to the right of the bowler and past the non-striker to long off

22.5

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, 1 run, skids across the left-hander who cuts hard past point, sweeper cover tidies up

22.6

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, turning in from off and middle, punched to long on

End of over 23 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 91/4 (RR: 3.95)
KC Sangakkara    30* (52b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-5-0
WU Tharanga    16* (29b)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-23-0

23.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, driven off the front foot to long off, accumulation mode on for Sri Lanka

23.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, pushed to extra cover

23.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, flatter one guided to extra cover

23.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 1 run, couple of dot balls makes him leave the crease, Hafeez shortens the length, and tharanga adjusts to drive to long off

23.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, easy single down to long off

23.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 1 run, eases a fliighted ball to long on

End of over 24 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 95/4 (RR: 3.95)
WU Tharanga    18* (33b)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-0-27-0
KC Sangakkara    32* (54b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-5-0

24.1

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, FOUR, that will go, Tharanga drills a flighted ball through extra cover, sweeper cover is nowhere close to it

24.2

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, pushed to extra cover

24.3

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, turning into him, worked to midwicket

24.4

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, cannot beat midwicket with the nudge

24.5

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, flight and turn induces an inside edge square on the leg side as Tharanga pushes forward

24.6

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, defends a tossed up ball to Afridi

End of over 25 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 99/4 (RR: 3.96)
WU Tharanga    22* (39b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-9-0
KC Sangakkara    32* (54b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-0-27-0

25.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, reaches forward and pushes to extra cover

25.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, goes back and punches a turning ball to long on

25.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 1 run

25.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangas chance to go down the ground, and he picks up one to long on

25.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 1 run, driven wide of long off now

25.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, almost spooned it back to the bowler, was initially looking to push it towards long on, it turned and he ended up getting it to the right of Hafeez, fell well short

End of over 26 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 103/4 (RR: 3.96)
KC Sangakkara    34* (58b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    9-0-31-0
WU Tharanga    24* (41b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-9-0

26.1

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, driven hard but straight to extra cover

26.2

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, 1 run, whips a tossed up ball with the turn to long on

26.3

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, walks across, waits for it to spin in, and punches to long on

26.4

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, 1 run, fuller one driven to long on, Afridi cannot stop it with a dive

26.5

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, they are using Afridi's pace well, this one is guided wide of short third man

26.6

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, 1 run, another single to long off,

End of over 27 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 108/4 (RR: 4.00)
WU Tharanga    27* (45b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-14-0
KC Sangakkara    36* (60b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    9-0-31-0

27.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 2 runs, slapped wide of sweeper cover for two

27.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 1 run, well done, dropped off the front foot on the off side and Sanga is quick to get across

27.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sanga sees the short ball, swivels and thumps the pull past midwicket, in the air for a while, but it brings up the 50 of the stand

27.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, defended off the front foot

27.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, confident drive to sweeper cover, this stand is grows all the time

27.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 1 run, guided through point, and the Prof is done with his bowling stint for the day

End of over 28 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 117/4 (RR: 4.17)
WU Tharanga    31* (48b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    10-0-40-0
KC Sangakkara    41* (63b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-14-0

Usman: "I dont understand what Misbah is doing by setting a defensive field and letting them score singles and get settled."

Azam is back

28.1

Hammad Azam to Tharanga, 1 run, steered wide of third man who does well to keep them to one

28.2

Hammad Azam to Sangakkara, 2 runs, wide and full, slapped wide of sweeper cover

28.3

Hammad Azam to Sangakkara, no run, dabs this length ball and trots out but returns as he sees the point fielder get to the ball

28.4

Hammad Azam to Sangakkara, 1 run, chopped hard into the ground and over the keeper's head, third man gets around to it

28.5

Hammad Azam to Tharanga, 2 runs, that could have been played on, tharanga looks to bend his knee and flay one going across him, inside edge flies past the stumps to fine leg

28.6

Hammad Azam to Tharanga, no run, he gets away with another widish one, Tharanga tries to slash it but misses

End of over 29 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 123/4 (RR: 4.24)
WU Tharanga    34* (51b 1x4)      Hammad Azam    3-0-13-1
KC Sangakkara    44* (66b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    10-0-40-0

29.1

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, drives a loopy tossed up full ball to sweeper cover

29.2

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, FOUR, well done, Tharanga earns a boundary, gets forward and across, opens the face and beats short third man's dive

29.3

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, 2 runs, swerving away in the air as it is bowled full and quick, squeezed behind point for more runs

29.4

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, worked to square leg with the spin

29.5

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, fuller, he nudges it to square leg again

29.6

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, 1 run, diving near-stop from Misbah at extra cover but he cannot prevent the single

End of over 30 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 131/4 (RR: 4.36)
WU Tharanga    41* (56b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-22-0
KC Sangakkara    45* (67b 4x4)      Hammad Azam    3-0-13-1

30.1

Hammad Azam to Tharanga, 1 run, slapped away through point

30.2

Hammad Azam to Sangakkara, 1 run, looks to run it down to third man, succeeds, the ball was in the air for some time

30.3

Hammad Azam to Tharanga, no run, flashes and misses at one leaving him with the angle on a length, kept a shade low, was quicker too

30.4

Hammad Azam to Tharanga, FOUR, this is what he does when he opens the innings, any width outside off, and he cracks it between point and third man, both have zero chance of stopping it

30.5

Hammad Azam to Tharanga, 1 run, and again, this time he gets it down to sweeper cover

30.6

Hammad Azam to Sangakkara, 1 run, hardly a dot ball around, another single with a punch to sweeper cover

End of over 31 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 139/4 (RR: 4.48)
KC Sangakkara    47* (69b 4x4)      Hammad Azam    4-0-21-1
WU Tharanga    47* (60b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-22-0

Cheema replaces Afridi

31.1

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, 1 wide, starts off with a wide down the leg side, slower ball that too

31.1

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, angles across him and he softly pushes it to the covers

31.2

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, 1 run, fullish in length and he drives firmly down to long-off

31.3

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, no run, pacier delivery honing in on the off stump and he dabs it down to point

31.4

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, no run, tucks it away down to midwicket, he ambles back to his crease

31.5

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, 1 run, taps it to the off side for a single

31.6

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, no run, angles across him and he pushes it back to the bowler

Madhu: 'The team that has had the most centuries scored by left-handers is Sri Lanka (63 centuries) followed by West Indies (59). The team against whom the most centuries have been scored by left-handers is India (52 hundreds) followed by New Zealand (47)."

End of over 32 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 142/4 (RR: 4.43)
KC Sangakkara    48* (72b 4x4)      Aizaz Cheema    6-0-33-2
WU Tharanga    48* (63b 3x4)      Hammad Azam    4-0-21-1

Afridi switches ends

32.1

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, this one keeps low as he tries to cut, nearly takes the under edge to the keeper

32.2

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, 1 run, stays back and taps it to the on side

32.3

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, clipped to midwicket, Sangakkara wanted the run but his partner wisely sent him back

32.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, chips down the track and works it to the on side

32.5

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, 1 run, punches it to long-on and he reaches his fifty!

32.6

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, now Sangakkara reaches his fifty with a push to long-on

Tharanga seems to be settling in well at No.6

End of over 33 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 146/4 (RR: 4.42)
KC Sangakkara    50* (75b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-26-0
WU Tharanga    50* (66b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    6-0-33-2

33.1

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed down to long off

33.2

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, 1 run, worked to midwicket, who has a go at the non-striker's end, misses and they run for the overthrow

33.3

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, 2 runs, slower one down the pads, Sanga nudges it through square leg, and charges back for the second, makes it safely as the throw comes in

33.4

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed wide of mid off

33.5

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, no run, sharp short ball from Cheema, Tharanga is surprised as it whizzes past his head

33.6

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, 1 run, worked square on the leg side

End of over 34 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 152/4 (RR: 4.47)
WU Tharanga    52* (69b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    7-0-39-2
KC Sangakkara    54* (78b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-26-0

34.1

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, defends a turning delivery to extra cover

34.2

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, pushed to extra cover again

34.3

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, 1 run, whips a flighted ball down to long on

34.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, pushes a tossed up ball to extra cover

34.5

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, whip-drives to sweeper cover for one

34.6

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, FOUR, superb stroke from Tharanga, he is so strong in that region, it was quick, flat and skiddy outside off, he waited on it, made some room and used the pace to run it past short third man

End of over 35 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 158/4 (RR: 4.51)
WU Tharanga    57* (73b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-32-0
KC Sangakkara    55* (80b 4x4)      Aizaz Cheema    7-0-39-2

Irfan: "this is the last recognized batting pair , and during the last 15 overs we havent seen ajmal bowl to them . Pathetic captaincy from misbah , just sitting back and letting these guys take 5 an over."

Ajmal is back finally, at the start of the batting Powerplay

35.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 2 runs, superb running, a firm push placed wide of long off, and Tharanga scrambles back and makes it in the end

35.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, Ajmal races to his right but cannot cut off the push from Sanga, single to long off

35.3

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, OUT, Ajmal has gone through Tharanga, and then taken off on a run, the doosra, bowled with superb control, tossed up around off, draws Tharanga forward, he leaves a gap between bat and pad as he plays down the original line, the ball turns in a tad to go through the gate and rattle the stumps

WU Tharanga b Saeed Ajmal 57 (72m 74b 4x4 0x6) SR: 77.02

Slip in place

35.4

Saeed Ajmal to Maharoof, no run, length ball pushed back to the bowler

35.5

Saeed Ajmal to Maharoof, no run, looked to be another doosra, straightened, drew Maharoof forward, and beat him as he pushed inside the line

35.6

Saeed Ajmal to Maharoof, no run, played to midwicket

End of over 36 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 161/5 (RR: 4.47)
MF Maharoof    0* (3b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-11-1
KC Sangakkara    58* (82b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-32-0

Gul returns as well

36.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, some width outside off, cut away to sweeper cover

36.2

Umar Gul to Maharoof, no run, back of a length ball punched to mid off

36.3

Umar Gul to Maharoof, no run, moves across looking to work on the leg side but cannot beat midwicket

36.4

Umar Gul to Maharoof, 1 run, turned square on the leg side

36.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, flicked down to fine leg

36.6

Umar Gul to Maharoof, 1 run, swings at a pitched up ball wide outside off, mistimes it to long on

End of over 37 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 165/5 (RR: 4.45)
MF Maharoof    2* (7b)      Umar Gul    6-1-17-1
KC Sangakkara    60* (84b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-11-1

37.1

Saeed Ajmal to Maharoof, OUT, Ajmal strikes again, what is it with Sri Lanka and Powerplays, Maharoof goes for the sweep, it is the doosra, turns away from his swing, he can only spoon it off the toe end of the bat to square leg

MF Maharoof c Misbah-ul-Haq b Saeed Ajmal 2 (8m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

37.2

Saeed Ajmal to Kulasekara, no run, another doosra, spits away from the right-hander, let alone outside off

37.3

Saeed Ajmal to Kulasekara, no run, now he draws him forward outside off and beats him with away turn

37.4

Saeed Ajmal to Kulasekara, no run, defends the offbreak safely

37.5

Saeed Ajmal to Kulasekara, no run, another sharp offbreak, he defends it tightly

37.6

Saeed Ajmal to Kulasekara, no run, doosra now, Kula calmly keeps it out

End of over 38 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 165/6 (RR: 4.34)
KMDN Kulasekara    0* (5b)      Saeed Ajmal    5-1-11-2
KC Sangakkara    60* (84b 4x4)      Umar Gul    6-1-17-1

38.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, widish one cut away to sweeper cover

38.2

Umar Gul to Kulasekara, no run, Gul goes for the yorker, it arrives on the stumps, Kula digs it out

38.3

Umar Gul to Kulasekara, no run, some width outside off, he tries to force it away but mistimes it to point

38.4

Umar Gul to Kulasekara, no run, another one zooms into the blockhole, Kula keeps it out towards midwicket

38.5

Umar Gul to Kulasekara, no run, hint of inswing as Gul targets the yorker length again, Kula pushes the full delivery to mid off

38.6

Umar Gul to Kulasekara, no run, pushes from the crease, gets an inside edge on the leg side

End of over 39 (1 run) Sri Lanka 166/6 (RR: 4.25)
KMDN Kulasekara    0* (10b)      Umar Gul    7-1-18-1
KC Sangakkara    61* (85b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-1-11-2

Anees: "Omair, you wanted a double wicket-maiden at the start of the innings. Ajmal has bowled a wicket maiden- half the demand fulfilled."

39.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, flicked off the pads through square leg

39.2

Saeed Ajmal to Kulasekara, no run, loops in the air and falls short of midwicket as he tries to push towards long on

39.3

Saeed Ajmal to Kulasekara, no run, clueless against the doosra, banged in on a good length, Kula hangs his bat at it as it spins away and is beaten

39.4

Saeed Ajmal to Kulasekara, FOUR, pushes at this offbreak now, opens the face, gets it past short third man who has no chance to stop it on this fast outfield,

39.5

Saeed Ajmal to Kulasekara, no run, played out on the leg side

around the stumps

39.6

Saeed Ajmal to Kulasekara, no run, hurries with the angle across Kula and beats him

End of over 40 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 171/6 (RR: 4.27)
KMDN Kulasekara    4* (15b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-1-16-2
KC Sangakkara    62* (86b 4x4)      Umar Gul    7-1-18-1

40.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, now Sanga is beaten as he looks to cut a widish one leaving him, kept a bit low

40.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, full delivery hit hard down the ground to long off

40.3

Umar Gul to Kulasekara, OUT, he's been given, Kula looks surprised as he walks back, 150th ODI wicket for Gul, who dug in the angled bouncer to Kula, it reared up around head height, he looked to pull it but could only edge it down the leg side to the keeper

KMDN Kulasekara c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Umar Gul 4 (12m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

40.4

Umar Gul to Prasanna, no run, drives a full delivery to point

40.5

Umar Gul to Prasanna, no run, goes for the yorker, ends up as a low swinging full toss, pushed to mid off

40.6

Umar Gul to Prasanna, 1 wide, angles it well down the leg side on a length, and kicks the air in disappointment

40.6

Umar Gul to Prasanna, no run, driven hard into the ground and to extra cover

End of over 41 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 173/7 (RR: 4.21)
S Prasanna    0* (3b)      Umar Gul    8-1-20-2
KC Sangakkara    63* (88b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-1-16-2

41.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, worked to deep midwicket for one

41.2

Saeed Ajmal to Prasanna, no run, goes straight, he plays for the turn, about a mile inside the line

41.3

Saeed Ajmal to Prasanna, no run, defends the offbreak solidly now

41.4

Saeed Ajmal to Prasanna, 1 run, into the pads and nudged with the spin to fine leg

41.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, SIX, Sanga takes his chance, picks up this fullish one from outside off, and slog-sweeps cleanly over deep midwicket

41.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, keeps strike with a pushed single to long off

End of over 42 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 182/7 (RR: 4.33)
KC Sangakkara    71* (91b 4x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    7-1-25-2
S Prasanna    1* (6b)      Umar Gul    8-1-20-2

Cheema returns

42.1

Aizaz Cheema to Sangakkara, OUT, and he's struck first ball, a furious Sanga trudges off, he gave Cheema the charge immediately, looked to swing a length ball from outside off through midwicket, but the massive inside edge disturbed his stumps, Sanga swishes his bat angrily in the air as he looks at the damage behind him

KC Sangakkara b Aizaz Cheema 71 (150m 92b 4x4 1x6) SR: 77.17

42.2

Aizaz Cheema to Malinga, 1 run, goes for the yorker, tucked off the pads square on the leg side

42.3

Aizaz Cheema to Prasanna, no run, played out with the angle to midwicket

42.4

Aizaz Cheema to Prasanna, no run, mistimes the pull to midwicket

42.5

Aizaz Cheema to Prasanna, no run, hits him on the helmet grille with a short ball angled in, Prasanna ducking right into that one, in another era, he would have had to leave the field

42.6

Aizaz Cheema to Prasanna, 1 wide, slower one goes wrong down the leg side

42.6

Aizaz Cheema to Prasanna, 1 run, slips through Umar Akmal at point as Prasanna reaches out to drive a full one

End of over 43 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 185/8 (RR: 4.30)
S Prasanna    2* (10b)      Aizaz Cheema    8-0-42-3
SL Malinga    1* (1b)      Saeed Ajmal    7-1-25-2

Khurram: "Top 3 big wickets and each of them on the first balls of his overs. Can he deliver only the first balls?"

43.1

Saeed Ajmal to Prasanna, no run, offbreak defended off the front foot

43.2

Saeed Ajmal to Prasanna, no run, and here arrives a looopy doosra, has the batsman pushing forward and beats him completely

43.3

Saeed Ajmal to Prasanna, 1 run, chance for a run out as they go for the single in front of point, direct hit and he was gone but Younis misses at the non-striker's

43.4

Saeed Ajmal to Malinga, no run, dropped softly, too softly on the leg side, keeper gets to it

43.5

Saeed Ajmal to Malinga, no run, huge offbreak spins in sharply, and bounces to beat his cut

43.6

Saeed Ajmal to Malinga, no run, Ajmal loves this, he smiles after beating the batsman with yet another doosra outside off

End of over 44 (1 run) Sri Lanka 186/8 (RR: 4.22)
SL Malinga    1* (4b)      Saeed Ajmal    8-1-26-2
S Prasanna    3* (13b)      Aizaz Cheema    8-0-42-3

44.1

Aizaz Cheema to Prasanna, no run, has him ducking to a sharp bouncer on the stumps

44.2

Aizaz Cheema to Prasanna, 1 run, punches a back of a length ball to sweeper cover

44.3

Aizaz Cheema to Malinga, no run, very slow and full on the stumps, Malinga does well to play it out to midwicket, was in the air for some time

44.4

Aizaz Cheema to Malinga, OUT, a miss and a hit, Malinga departs, he backs away and has a heave, looking to go over midwicket, is nowhere near the line of the length ball which crashes into the stumps

SL Malinga b Aizaz Cheema 1 (10m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

Naveed: "@Khurram. Unfortunately, to be categorized as the first ball, there has to be more than one ball to be delivered."

44.5

Aizaz Cheema to Lakmal, no run, lets a widish one go outside off with a top-orderesque shouldering of the arms

44.6

Aizaz Cheema to Lakmal, no run, pitched up ball hit straight to point off the front foot

End of over 45 (1 run) Sri Lanka 187/9 (RR: 4.15)
RAS Lakmal    0* (2b)      Aizaz Cheema    9-0-43-4
S Prasanna    4* (15b)      Saeed Ajmal    8-1-26-2

Ajmal around the stumps

45.1

Saeed Ajmal to Prasanna, no run, doosra again, pitched middle and zips across away from the right-hander's push

45.2

Saeed Ajmal to Prasanna, 1 run, top-edged sweep, Boom Boom under it, but it loops over him and is just out of his reach at short fine leg

45.3

Saeed Ajmal to Lakmal, no run, lovely control, top stuff, tossed up around off, draws him forward and beats him with bounce and the angle

45.4

Saeed Ajmal to Lakmal, OUT, that is it for Sri Lanka, down the wicket, tries to hit his way out of confusion, not a bad approach, but he gets too much under this tossed up ball as he charges at it, and scoops it up for long off to run in and slide forward to complete the catch

RAS Lakmal c Nasir Jamshed b Saeed Ajmal 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Wonder how many Sri Lanka would have managed had Ajmal not been taken off earlier against Tharanga and Sangakkara. He bowled Tharanga as soon as he came on in the batting Powerplay. Once again, the batting Powerplay causing Sri Lanka's middle order to collapse. There was hardly anything in the pitch for the bowlers, but Sri Lanka giving it away after some impatient batting from the top order. Cheema running away with his best ODI figures after Dilshan clobbered him at the start. Join us at 6 pm local time

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Mar 15, 2012

Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal put on 152 for the fourth wicket, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 15, 2012

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Misbah-ul-Haq plays one square on the off side

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