Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Fatullah February 25, 2014

Lakmal versus Akmal

Karthik Krishnaswamy in Fatullah
ESPNcricinfo presents plays of the day from the first Asia Cup match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Lakmal v Akmal

Suranga Lakmal had been convinced he'd had Misbah-ul-Haq caught behind, third ball of Pakistan's 35th over. The umpire had been unmoved. Last ball of that over, Umar Akmal defended back to Lakmal, who threw the ball angrily at the stumps. A presumably pleasant exchange ensued.

When Lakmal came back into the attack, Akmal spanked him for two fours and a baseball-style six over deep midwicket. Possibly sensing a rash shot, Angelo Mathews kept Lakmal on, and Akmal obliged, edging a wild, on-the-up slash to the keeper.

The straight ball

On a pitch that offered the spinners barely any purchase, the ball that was meant to turn but did not became a particularly dangerous weapon. A legbreak that wasn't, from Shahid Afridi, cramped Mahela Jayawardene for room and bowled him off the inside edge. During Pakistan's innings, debutant left-arm spinner Chaturanga de Silva sneaked a probably unintentional arm-ball through the gap between Ahmed Shehzad's bat and front pad.

The long-hop

After dismissing Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez in successive overs, Sri Lanka were putting the brakes on Pakistan. Sohaib Maqsood had put on 38 runs in 59 balls with Misbah-ul-Haq when Sachitra Senanayake bowled the worst ball of the innings, the match and probably his career. Looking to pummel the long-hop as far as he could, Maqsood picked out the only fielder in front of square on the leg-side boundary.

The cover drive

Thirimanne is often seen as Kumar Sangakkara's long-term replacement at No. 3, and there is a certain resemblance in some of the strokes he plays, particularly the cover drive. Thirimanne's first three boundaries were drives through cover, and appropriately enough, the same stroke, a single off Umar Gul, took him to his second ODI hundred.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ranjana on February 26, 2014, 5:33 GMT


    All I can tell you is 'GROW UP' before make comments. I am not a Sri Lankan supporter at all but I am a person who respect the sheer talent, ability and the temperament a cricketer can possess. The bowlers like Kapil Dev, Chandrsekar, Kumble, from India, Bothem, Underwood from England, Magrath, Shane Wanrne, from Australia, Polock, Dale Styen, from SA, Garner, Holding, from WI, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram from Pakistan, Hadley, from NZ are always remembered. Similarly Murali is highly remembered above all these because he made the history. People like you are not prepared to give the right place to the right person. You will also go to History like Emmerson and Daryl Hair.

  • m on February 25, 2014, 23:12 GMT

    its not the spped or swing .... its his arm that difficult to handle otherwise he is just a average bowler ask him to bowl round you will ave answer ...SL alway have tgis kind if bowler thats why Murli is never really make space in peoples heart as great bowler as well ....... only reall bowlwer SL had was Vass rest is just taking advantage of accidents .....

  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    So, now both SL openers have got hundreds within the last two games. Good signs for SL...

  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Malinga turns up as often at the end , possibly using reverse swing. Dont write him off yet.

  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Pakistan team as usual did not excel to occasion as usual. The match was in their grip when Misbah and U Akmal was playing. There were at least 4 to 5 mistake that cost pakistan match. First U Akmal played a terrible shot even though he already took maximum runs from the Lakhmal. if pakistan would have played little defense to Malinga they could have easily won the match. Afridi as usual come and go. Misbah played very terrible shot. Bilawal also did not waited for the last over and tried to play big shot against Malinga. Over all its a bad loss .

  • John on February 25, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs ; Lakmal won the battle by taking his wicket. Akmal failed to win the game for his country and lost the battle. Open 'n shut case.

  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    akmal is a hothead..just as many other young pak players..they haven't got the skill though they have aggression..necessary weakness to exploit..

  • Johnathon on February 25, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Lakmal didn't actually throw the ball, but pretended to do so. He was pretty angry that Misbah wasn't given out (there was a nick on replays) and showed it. Akmal got angry and there was a staredown between the 2 with some words being spoken. Not sure who won the battle because Akmal took 14 off the next Lakmal over, but the over after that Akmal got out to Lakmal

  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    feel sorry for Indian team..they got to face junaid khan...

  • Janaka on February 25, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Suranga didn't throw at the stumps angrily. That's wrong information. He was to hit the stumps, and that was because Akmal was moving around. Of course Suranga was angry, but all pacemen are like that. When Akmal was talking, Suranga threw the ball at the stumps, implying that I wanted to hit the stumps and not you. I don't want to talk on behalf of Suranga, but that's what I perceived. It's just that Akmal thought Suranga will try to throw at him, which was not the case. Akmal ust threw away his wicket because of anger. If it didn't happen, Pakistan could have been the winners. But you never know. You need that aggression to push the opposition back. Anyway, the article is misleading at least according to what I perceived. He didn't throw the ball angrily. That's wrong. He did that at the end. Anyway no harm done, between to brotherly countries :)

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