Asia Cup - 1st match

Sri Lanka v Pakistan

Sri Lanka won by 16 runs

Welcome to the first game of the Asia Cup: Sri Lanka v Pakistan

Toss Sangakkara has won the toss and has chosen to bat. "We are going to bat first. It's a new pitch. It's a prestigious cup for us Asians. The confidence is there, the young boys won a tournament in Zimbabwe. Everyone is pushing for places. Maharoof is back, Malinga too is back. Pakistan are an awesome side.:

Afridi: "Toss is 50-50. Never mind that. If you are strong enough toss won't matter. The guys are united and confident. I am enjoying as a captain. More responsibility, more pressure. "

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G Unnikrishnan, Deccan Herald's cricket writer, is at the ground and says, "It's mildly hot. Nothing to sweat about. No actually there is something to sweat about and strong winds abound. Very sparse crowd as of now, though."

The players are out there. Shoaib Akthar marking his run-up. The man is back . And he is looking pretty fit. He has placed two slips for the left-handed Tharanga

0.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, Good first ball from Shoaib. It landed back of length and straightened on the middle and off stump line. Tharanga is beaten by that straightening and pushes outside the line. The ball bounds of his thigh pad

0.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Dilshan, 1 run, A very slow run-up. He was almost jogging in. And hits the right line. Around the off stump line, squeeze of the inner edge to square-leg

0.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Dilshan, 1 run, short in length, just outside off stump, defended to the off side

0.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Tharanga, no run, on the middle stump line, Tharanga stays back to defend to the on side. Three good deliveries so far from Shoaib. Three on target.

0.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Tharanga, 1 run, hits the deck short of length, bounces towards rib-cage, tucked behind square-leg

0.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Dilshan, 2 runs, back of length and outside off stump, Dilshan stays back to cut it hard to third man

0.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Dilshan, no run, around the off stump line, around 144 kph, length delivery around off stump line, pushed out to the off side

Pretty tight first over. He ran in slower than what one remembered. The pace seemed to be pretty good- he hit around 145 kmph in his last delivery

End of over 1 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
TM Dilshan    3* (3b)      Shoaib Akhtar    1-0-4-0
WU Tharanga    1* (3b)     

1.1

Mohammad Asif to Tharanga, 1 run, Edged to third man. Full and on the middle, Tharanga was shaping to work it to the on side and edges it past the slip cordon

1.2

Mohammad Asif to Dilshan, no run, leg cutter that moves away from the off stump and Dilshan is beaten, driving inside the line

1.3

Mohammad Asif to Dilshan, FOUR, Carved away! fuller and a touch wider outside off and Dilshan flays it through covers. He is looking to be very aggressive here

1.4

Mohammad Asif to Dilshan, no run, goes hard again .. but mistimes the off drive and the ball rolls out to the off side

1.5

Mohammad Asif to Dilshan, 1 wide, around 127 kmph and a wide delivery outside off stump

1.5

Mohammad Asif to Dilshan, FOUR, Whack! short in length and outside off stump, not much pace on it, and Dilshan plays the horizontal shot. A cut to point boundary. Kamran Akmal runs across to have a chat with the bowler

1.6

Mohammad Asif to Dilshan, no run, fuller and Dilshan goes hard with his off drive. Too hard and ends up mistiming the ball to covers. Boy, is he looking to get after Asif or what..

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End of over 2 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 15/0 (RR: 7.50)
TM Dilshan    11* (8b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-10-0
WU Tharanga    2* (4b)      Shoaib Akhtar    1-0-4-0

Ahswani Sharma: "i want to say that Shoib Akhtar back on international cricket this outstanding news for all cricket fans because he is a unbelievable bowler...when he plays, excitement run high."

2.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Tharanga, 1 run, short and into the rib cage, tucked to square-leg

2.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Dilshan, no run, around 144 kmph, pacy bouncy delivery from short of length and outside off. Dilshan goes for a cut but is too close to the ball and is beaten

2.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Dilshan, 1 run, 145.4 kmph, back of length delivery outside off, cut down to third man

2.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, fuller but on the legs, 148.1 kmph delivery, Tharanga pokes at it and the ball rolls behind square-leg. That was 148 k pacy delivery. Here we go. Shoaib to Dilshan

2.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Dilshan, FOUR, Edged between the keeper and the first slip. It pitched well ahead of the cordon and rolled away. It was around 145 kmph back-of-length delivery and Dilshan went for the cut and edged. Kamran dived but couldn't reach in time

2.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Dilshan, no run, 146 kmph length delivery on the middle stump. A heavy ball as they say. Dilshan was looking to defend and the ball back spun past him and bounced past the stumps

End of over 3 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 22/0 (RR: 7.33)
TM Dilshan    16* (12b 3x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    2-0-10-0
WU Tharanga    3* (6b)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-10-0

Robbie: "Just wanted to say I like the way SL are lined up, long and strong batting line up and as good a bowling line up that we can muster, especially in the pace dept. "

3.1

Mohammad Asif to Tharanga, no run, full in length around off stump, pushed to the off side

3.2

Mohammad Asif to Tharanga, no run, around the off stump line, full in length, 129 kmph, pushed out to the off side

3.3

Mohammad Asif to Tharanga, FOUR, on the off stump line, fullish, Tharanga doesn't a take a step forward, just leans forward and punches it .. He almost checks the shot as he hadn't moved forward and was playing way ahead of the body. But the timing was superb and the ball kept racing away past the bowler and past mid-off

3.4

Mohammad Asif to Tharanga, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

3.5

Mohammad Asif to Tharanga, no run, goes down the track, Asif shortens the length and angles it away .. left alone

3.6

Mohammad Asif to Tharanga, FOUR, Loverly off drive. Tharanga leaned forward to caress the full delivery to the right of mid-off. Superbly timed.

End of over 4 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 30/0 (RR: 7.50)
WU Tharanga    11* (12b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-18-0
TM Dilshan    16* (12b 3x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    2-0-10-0

4.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Dilshan, no run, length delivery arhttp://cms.hq.cricinfo.org/cms/match/comms.tt2?selected=455231ound off stump, Dilshan moves forward to push it to covers

4.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Dilshan, no run, on the off stump line, 146.3 kmph, full in length, driven to covers

4.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Dilshan, no run, short in length, tilting in towards the middle and leg, Dilshan goes for the pull but jabs it to his pad. Cramped for room. He could have chosen to clip it past square-leg instead of opting for a pull shot there

He jogs to the stumps from the top of his mark - he is that slow- but he letting the ball rip and has been on target from the ball one.

4.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Dilshan, no run, 146.1 kmph delivery bouncing past the off stump, Dilshan goes for the on-the-up drive but can't get bat to ball

4.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Dilshan, 1 run, cuts this one wide of point for a single

4.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Tharanga, no run, fiery bouncer on the off stump line, Tharanga drops his wrists, gets the bat out of the way and sways away

End of over 5 (1 run) Sri Lanka 31/0 (RR: 6.20)
WU Tharanga    11* (13b 2x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    3-0-11-0
TM Dilshan    17* (17b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-18-0

5.1

Mohammad Amir to Dilshan, no run, length delivery on the middle stump line, moving in from around the leg stump, Dilshan just had a jab at it and it goes of the inner edge to the leg side

5.2

Mohammad Amir to Dilshan, no run, goes for the pull, not all that short and edges it to his pad

5.3

Mohammad Amir to Dilshan, no run, Another inside edge. It was a length delivery slanted across Dilshan who tries to punch it through covers and edges it past the stumps

5.4

Mohammad Amir to Dilshan, no run, a bouncer this time and it flies over Dilshan

5.5

Mohammad Amir to Dilshan, no run, short of length outside off, cut to backward point

Yasser Ahsan: "Shoaib Akhtar is looking very good today....But the thing is he has already bowled 3 overs...Lets see how many more he can do?"

5.6

Mohammad Amir to Dilshan, no run, finishes the over with yet another dot ball. Maiden. Full in length and moving towards off stump, pushed out to covers

End of over 6 (maiden) Sri Lanka 31/0 (RR: 5.16)
TM Dilshan    17* (23b 3x4)      Mohammad Amir    1-1-0-0
WU Tharanga    11* (13b 2x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    3-0-11-0

6.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Tharanga, no run, Lovely slower one, around 113 kmph, on the middle, it dipped on Tharanga who pushes it to the on side

6.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Tharanga, no run, 140.9 kmph, length delivery on the off and middle stump line, pushed out to mid-off

6.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Tharanga, OUT, Shoaib smiles. He spreads his arms. He doesn't run to nowhere like he used to do. Just stands there and walks towards his team-mates. Times they are changing. It was a short delivery outside off and Tharanga went for the cut but edged it to first slip.

WU Tharanga c Salman Butt b Shoaib Akhtar 11 (32m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 68.75

Najam Usman: "This is a brilliant come back by Shoaib he is an asset a great bowler, this is a best combination of fast bowlers to have Shoaib's pace, nippy quick Aamir and Asif consistent moving length, both Asif and Shoaib will take atleast 2/3 matches to settle back in international arena."

6.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Sangakkara, no run, around 145 kmph, full in length and moving through the corridor to the keeper

6.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Sangakkara, no run, around the off stump, pushed towards mid-off. Sanga wants a single but Dilshan doesn't.

6.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Sangakkara, no run, around 142 kmph bouncer and Sanga sways out of the line of fire. Kamran collects and smiles.

End of over 7 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 31/1 (RR: 4.42)
KC Sangakkara    0* (3b)      Shoaib Akhtar    4-1-11-1
TM Dilshan    17* (23b 3x4)      Mohammad Amir    1-1-0-0

7.1

Mohammad Amir to Dilshan, 1 run, worked past square-leg for a single

7.2

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, FOUR, Stylish. Flamboyant. It was a slightly short delivery outside off and Sanga launched himself into it. He bent his knee, held his balance and cut it hard through point.

7.3

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, no run, Aamer responds with a bouncer and Sanga ducks

7.4

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, no run, tries to rotate the strike with a tip and run but decides against the risky single

7.5

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, no run, That bent knee again. That cut again. But a short square cover point is in place and it goes to him

7.6

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, no run, around the off stump line, pushed out to the off side

End of over 8 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 36/1 (RR: 4.50)
KC Sangakkara    4* (8b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    2-1-5-0
TM Dilshan    18* (24b 3x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    4-1-11-1

Sudantha indulges in nostalgia: "Although a Sri Lankan, am So happy to see old shoaib akthar back in form. From the day he delivered that yorker to Sachin, he was my favorite pacey after Akram. "

8.1

Mohammad Asif to Dilshan, OUT, Now it's the turn of Asif to smile. Courtesy a fab catch from Umar Amin. It was a gentle length delivery outside off and Dilshan goes for the on-the-up square drive. The ball flies and dips to the left of cover point where Amin dives to take it inches of the turf. It was dying on him and well to the left but he flung himself and got his palms under the ball. The Sri Lankan openers are back in the hut. The old firm of Sanga and Mahela are in.

TM Dilshan c Umar Amin b Mohammad Asif 18 (42m 25b 3x4 0x6) SR: 72.00

8.2

Mohammad Asif to Jayawardene, no run, fuller, outside off, driven to mid-off

8.3

Mohammad Asif to Jayawardene, no run, shorter in length and outside off, Mahela thinks about cutting but lets it go

8.4

Mohammad Asif to Jayawardene, FOUR, Edged but Kamran couldn't get to it. It was a lovely leg cutter around off - a classic Asif delivery - and Mahela had a lame poke at it,. Almost fatal. The gap between the keeper and slip was wide and Kamran dived but couldn't reach.

8.5

Mohammad Asif to Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to defend the length delivery

8.6

Mohammad Asif to Jayawardene, no run, pushes this outside off and Mahela leans across to push to covers

End of over 9 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 40/2 (RR: 4.44)
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (5b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-22-1
KC Sangakkara    4* (8b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    2-1-5-0

9.1

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, 3 runs, stays back to clip the full length delivery past square-leg. And he gets three for the effort.

9.2

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, 1 run, A bouncer arrives and Mahela decides late to go for the pull shot. And so he couldn't pack any power behind it and the ball lobs over square-leg

9.3

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, 2 runs, back of length on the middle stump line, clipped to deep backward square-leg

9.4

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, no run, around the off stump line, pushed out to the off side

9.5

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, no run, just outside off, moving in, pushed out to point

9.6

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, FOUR, Neatly done. Lots of skill behind it. He shuffled across, got in to a good position to on drive a full length delivery on the middle stump line wide of mid-on. It's a shot he plays well. He rarely goes hard on such occasions: just a firm punch at the point of impact.

End of over 10 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 50/2 (RR: 5.00)
KC Sangakkara    13* (13b 2x4)      Mohammad Amir    3-1-15-0
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (6b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-22-1

10.1

Mohammad Asif to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela dips back into Twenty20 mood and goes for a big hit over mid-on but misses it completely. He took a step out and tried to heave the leg cutter but ..

10.2

Mohammad Asif to Jayawardene, no run, 130.5 kmph back-of-length delivery outside off and Mahela punches it sweetly but straight to point

10.3

Mohammad Asif to Jayawardene, 1 run, opens the bat-face to adjust to the straightening and runs it down to third man

10.4

Mohammad Asif to Sangakkara, no run, on the off stump line, pushed to the on side of the pitch and Asif stops on his follow-through

10.5

Mohammad Asif to Sangakkara, 1 run, Tip and run: He tapped close on the off side and the old pair finish the single very comfortably

10.6

Mohammad Asif to Jayawardene, 3 runs, Nicely timed. And wristy. Mahela got behind the line of the delivery tilting in towards middle and clipped it past square-leg

End of over 11 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 55/2 (RR: 5.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    9* (10b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    4-0-27-1
KC Sangakkara    14* (15b 2x4)      Mohammad Amir    3-1-15-0

11.1

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, no run, Shout for lbw Was there an inside edge on it? There was a noise. Fullish delivery on the off and middle line and Mahela shapes for the on drive and gets an inside-edge (probably!) on to his pad in front of middle. He should have gone straight. He chose to play to the on side and almost played all around it. I wish they would show a second replay. Not sure whether was an inside edge on it.

11.2

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, no run, jabs this one also to his pad

11.3

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, 1 wide, well outside off stump and Mahela lets it go

11.3

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, 1 run, clips this behind square-leg for a single

11.4

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, no run, on the middle stump line, turned to the leg side

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11.5

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, 1 run, just outside off stump, run down to third man

11.6

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, no run, straightens just outside off stump, defended on the front foot

End of over 12 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 58/2 (RR: 4.83)
DPMD Jayawardene    10* (14b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    1-0-3-0
KC Sangakkara    15* (17b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    4-0-27-1

12.1

Mohammad Asif to Sangakkara, no run, around the off stump, defended to the off side

12.2

Mohammad Asif to Sangakkara, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

12.3

Mohammad Asif to Sangakkara, no run, fuller, wider, drawing Sanga out and he obliges but ends up mistiming the cover drive. The ball rolls out to the off side

12.4

Mohammad Asif to Sangakkara, no run, in the channel outside off and Kamran collects

12.5

Mohammad Asif to Sangakkara, 1 run, fullish, on the middle and leg, turned past square-leg

12.6

Mohammad Asif to Jayawardene, no run, Leans forward to defend to the off side

Oops I forgot to mention. The Bowling Powerplay was indeed taken at the end of the 10th over.

End of over 13 (1 run) Sri Lanka 59/2 (RR: 4.53)
DPMD Jayawardene    10* (15b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    5-0-28-1
KC Sangakkara    16* (22b 2x4)      Abdul Razzaq    1-0-3-0

13.1

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, 1 run, around the off stump line, pushed towards mid-off and Sanga calls Mahela for a quick single

13.2

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, no run, on the off stump line, tapped to the off side

13.3

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Very wristy. He leaned forward, picked the length delivery from the off and middle line and turned it wide of short fine-leg.

13.4

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, 1 run, this time he works it from the middle to deep square-leg region

13.5

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, no run, fullish on the middle and leg, pushed out to the on side

13.6

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, no run, leans forward to defend the length delivery

End of over 14 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 63/2 (RR: 4.50)
KC Sangakkara    17* (25b 2x4)      Abdul Razzaq    2-0-7-0
DPMD Jayawardene    13* (18b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    5-0-28-1

14.1

Mohammad Asif to Jayawardene, 1 run, works this away for a single

14.2

Mohammad Asif to Sangakkara, no run, around the off stump line, jabbed out to covers

14.3

Mohammad Asif to Sangakkara, no run, moving away from Sanga who taps it to point. Asif moves the ball both ways.

14.4

Mohammad Asif to Sangakkara, no run, leans across to defend to the off side

Paul sends us this chuckle: "Oops! You forgot to mention the bowling powerplay was taken after the 10th over! Who's commentating? Is it Suresh Raina?" ha!

14.5

Mohammad Asif to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Nice half-stop from Afridi. It was punched to left of mid-off , Afridi rushed across and dived to stop it .. Akhtar mopped up from mid-on

14.6

Mohammad Asif to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward to defend. Tight over from Asif.

End of over 15 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 66/2 (RR: 4.40)
KC Sangakkara    19* (30b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    6-0-31-1
DPMD Jayawardene    14* (19b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    2-0-7-0

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15.1

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, no run, takes a step out and goes for the big shot over wide mid-on but edges it to his pad. Had he tried to go straighter, he might have got his boundary. Mahela looking to press on here

15.2

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, no run, fuller and outside off, square driven to backward point

15.3

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, no run, on the off stump line, worked to short midwicket.

15.4

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, 1 run, taps this towards short cover point and off they rush across

15.5

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, 1 run, around the off stump line, steered to cover point for a single

15.6

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, 1 run, back of length on the middle and leg, clipped past square-leg

End of over 16 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 69/2 (RR: 4.31)
DPMD Jayawardene    16* (24b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    3-0-10-0
KC Sangakkara    20* (31b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    6-0-31-1

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16.1

Mohammad Asif to Jayawardene, no run, straightens around off, pushed out to the off side

16.2

Mohammad Asif to Jayawardene, 1 run, nice slower one, full outside off, Mahela wanted to lift it over point and it runs down to third man. Asif smiles

16.3

Mohammad Asif to Sangakkara, no run, short in length, cuts across Sanga who defends to the off side

16.4

Mohammad Asif to Sangakkara, FOUR, another one cutting away from Sanga who this time opens the bat-face and guided it deliberately through the vacant slip cordon. Not quite having the panache and the class of a Ranatunga late cut but pretty effective

16.5

Mohammad Asif to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward to defend to the off side

16.6

Mohammad Asif to Sangakkara, 1 run, fuller outside off and Sanga pushes outside the line and edges it to fine-leg

End of over 17 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 75/2 (RR: 4.41)
KC Sangakkara    25* (35b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    7-0-37-1
DPMD Jayawardene    17* (26b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    3-0-10-0

17.1

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, 1 run

17.2

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, no run, full in length and outside off, Mahela stretched out and wanted to off drive but the bat-face shut at point of impact and the ball rolled away to the on side. Mahela winces.

17.3

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, 1 wide, pushes this down the leg side and it goes past the attempted pull shot

17.3

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, 1 run, on the middle, slower, worked wide of midwicket for a single

17.4

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, no run, almost goes back to the bowler! It seemed a harmless length delivery just outside leg and Sanga shaped to clip it to square-leg but edged it to his pad and the ball lobbed in front of him. The bowler ran towards it but it died on him very quickly

17.5

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, no run, leans forward to push it to the point region

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17.6

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, no run, length delivery on the off stump line, pushed to the on side of the pitch

End of over 18 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 78/2 (RR: 4.33)
KC Sangakkara    26* (39b 3x4)      Abdul Razzaq    4-0-13-0
DPMD Jayawardene    18* (28b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    7-0-37-1

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18.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Jayawardene, no run, length delivery outside off stump, pushed out to backward point

18.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Jayawardene, 1 run, short of length delivery that straightens on the off and middle line, turned to square-leg

18.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Sangakkara, 1 run, drifts to the pads, turned down to fine-leg for a single

18.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Jayawardene, 1 run, 143.8 kmph full-length delivery outside off and Mahela drives to left of mid-off for a single

18.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Sangakkara, 1 run, length delivery around off stump pushed out to mid-off

18.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Jayawardene, no run, drops short of first slip: It was a back-of-length delivery outside off and Mahela actually went for the late cut and edged it short of the slip fielder

End of over 19 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 82/2 (RR: 4.31)
DPMD Jayawardene    20* (32b 1x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    5-1-15-1
KC Sangakkara    28* (41b 3x4)      Abdul Razzaq    4-0-13-0

19.1

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, First signs of spin. Full on the middle and off line, pushed back to the bowler

19.2

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, leans forward to defend

19.3

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, just outside off, defended to the off side

19.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, slightly short in length, Sanga goes back to chop it through backward point

19.5

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower, fuller but on the legs, turned wide of midwicket

19.6

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, almost dragged on It was the slider going away from Sanga who shaped for a little cut shot and edged it past the off stump

End of over 20 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 84/2 (RR: 4.20)
KC Sangakkara    29* (46b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-2-0
DPMD Jayawardene    21* (33b 1x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    5-1-15-1

20.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Jayawardene, no run, full and well outside off stump, Mahela goes for the big shot and misses it.

20.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Jayawardene, 1 run, drags it short and Mahela cuts to deep-point region

20.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Sangakkara, 1 run, banged in short around off, Sanga stays beside the line to dab it just wide of backward point

20.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Jayawardene, 1 run, works this one past square-leg for a single

20.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Sangakkara, no run, from round the stumps, defended to the off side

20.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Sangakkara, 3 runs, nice shot. Another one coming in from round the stumps, Sanga got behind the line and just punched it .. through midwicket .. No violence. Just timing.

End of over 21 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 90/2 (RR: 4.28)
KC Sangakkara    33* (49b 3x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    6-1-21-1
DPMD Jayawardene    23* (36b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-2-0

21.1

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, slider outside off, pushed out to point

21.2

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, loopy delivery, almost drops on the block hole, dug out by Mahela

21.3

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower, on the off stump line, eased down to long-on

21.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, goes back to work it towards deep midwicket

21.5

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, straightens on the leg and middle line, wristed to short fine-leg

21.6

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward to push it to the off side

End of over 22 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 94/2 (RR: 4.27)
KC Sangakkara    35* (52b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-6-0
DPMD Jayawardene    25* (39b 1x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    6-1-21-1

22.1

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, no run, short delivery outside off, Mahela cuts to Umar at backward point

22.2

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, 3 runs, full delivery outside off stump and Mahela drives well to the right of sweeper cover

22.3

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, 2 leg byes, fullish, on the leg stump line, shapes to flick, misses but will pick up two leg byes

22.4

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward to defend to the off side

22.5

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, no run, short in length, around that off stump, jabbed of the edge and the ball drops in front of Sanga

22.6

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, FOUR, brings up the hundred in style. It was the bouncer outside off and Sanga adjusts by upper cutting it wide of third man. Neatly done. Almost very calmly. No fuss.

End of over 23 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 103/2 (RR: 4.47)
KC Sangakkara    39* (56b 4x4)      Mohammad Amir    4-1-22-0
DPMD Jayawardene    28* (41b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-6-0

Current partnership 67 runs, 14.5 overs, RR: 4.51

23.1

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, leans forward to play a square drive to deep point

23.2

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward to ping long-on

23.3

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets back to clip it past square-leg

23.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, leans forward to drive to covers

23.5

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, works this to the right of the fielder at covers for a single

23.6

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, FOUR, Delicious hit over covers. He leaned forward and lifted it inside-out over extra cover

End of over 24 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 111/2 (RR: 4.62)
DPMD Jayawardene    34* (44b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-14-0
KC Sangakkara    41* (59b 4x4)      Mohammad Amir    4-1-22-0

Shoaib Malik to bowl

24.1

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, floats it slowly on the off and middle line, pushed to point

24.2

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 1 wide, slips it down the leg side. Wide

24.2

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, slow again, on the off stump line, tapped to covers

24.3

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 1 run, around the off stump line, driven to sweeper cover

24.4

Shoaib Malik to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Nice shot. he leaned forward, realised there was no pace in it, waited and chipped it over wide mid-on region..

24.5

Shoaib Malik to Jayawardene, FOUR, Ah now the late cut. Fabulicious. He leaned back, opened the bat-face and late-cut it to thirdman boundary. Yummy!

24.6

Shoaib Malik to Jayawardene, no run, turns in slowly from outside off, dabbed to midwicket

End of over 25 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 119/2 (RR: 4.76)
DPMD Jayawardene    40* (47b 3x4)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-8-0
KC Sangakkara    42* (62b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-14-0

25.1

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, OUT, Sanga falls. No it's not a tourist sight and the sparse crowd is stunned. It was floated outside off, Sanga fetched it from there and whipped it left of short midwicket. Sharp catch. The 83-run partnership is over now.

KC Sangakkara c Umar Akmal b Shahid Afridi 42 (85m 63b 4x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

25.2

Shahid Afridi to Samaraweera, 1 run, quicker, the quickest he has bowled today or so it seems, full and on the off and middle line, pushed down to long-off

25.3

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run

25.4

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, slower this time, much slower, on the leg and middle line, Mahela tries to dab it to the on side and checks the shot. The ball lobs down the wicket but doesn't reach the bowler

25.5

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, stays back to defend to the off side

25.6

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 2 runs, drags it shorter and Mahela cuts to deep point

End of over 26 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 122/3 (RR: 4.69)
DPMD Jayawardene    42* (51b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-17-1
TT Samaraweera    1* (1b)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-8-0

26.1

Mohammad Amir to Samaraweera, 1 run, short in length and outside off stump, run down past the first slip to third man

RAvi Shastri on air: "Clear signs that the pitch is slowing up. Not easy to time your shots now. Anything around 260 will be a very good score"

26.2

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, 1 run, stays back to dab it to the off side

26.3

Mohammad Amir to Samaraweera, no run, from round the stumps, a length delivery that straightens outside off and Samaraweera is caught at the crease. He is squared-up and has a poke at it and is beaten

26.4

Mohammad Amir to Samaraweera, no run, And again. This time Samaraweera took a small step out and tried to run it down to third man and is beaten again.

26.5

Mohammad Amir to Samaraweera, 1 run, slower, shorter in length around off, Samaraweera shuffles across and clips it past midwicket

26.6

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, 1 run, walks forward and across the off stump line, and pushes the length delivery from outside off to mid-on

End of over 27 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 126/3 (RR: 4.66)
DPMD Jayawardene    44* (53b 3x4)      Mohammad Amir    5-1-26-0
TT Samaraweera    3* (5b)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-17-1

27.1

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run

27.2

Shahid Afridi to Samaraweera, no run, just outside off stump, skids on, mistimes the cut shot

27.3

Shahid Afridi to Samaraweera, 1 run, full delivery, on driven for a single

27.4

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, on the off and middle line, paddled away for a single

27.5

Shahid Afridi to Samaraweera, 1 run, same delivery and Samarweera plays the off drive and picks up a single to long-off

27.6

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, slightly short in length and outside off, cut to deep point

End of over 28 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 131/3 (RR: 4.67)
DPMD Jayawardene    47* (56b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-22-1
TT Samaraweera    5* (8b)      Mohammad Amir    5-1-26-0

28.1

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, 1 run, walks right across the stumps, gets to outside off and flicks it from there to deep square-leg

28.2

Mohammad Amir to Samaraweera, 1 run, length delivery from round the stumps, pushed out to cover point

28.3

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, 1 run, short in length, Mahela checks his pull shot and ends up swatting it to wide midwicket region

28.4

Mohammad Amir to Samaraweera, 2 runs, chest-high bouncer outside off and Samaraweera doesn't complete the pull shot, just gets into a horizontal position and flat-bats it towards deep midwicket

28.5

Mohammad Amir to Samaraweera, no run, outside off stump, pushed out to point

28.6

Mohammad Amir to Samaraweera, 1 run, length delivery outside off stump, hit on the up to the right of mid-off where Afridi makes a fine diving stop.

End of over 29 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 137/3 (RR: 4.72)
TT Samaraweera    9* (12b)      Mohammad Amir    6-1-32-0
DPMD Jayawardene    49* (58b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-22-1

29.1

Shahid Afridi to Samaraweera, no run, leans forward to drive back to Afridi

29.2

Shahid Afridi to Samaraweera, 1 run, googly on the middle and leg line, clipped through midwicket ..

29.3

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, fuller, around off stump line, wristed to square-leg for a single and that's his 50. 53rd ODI Fifty. As ever a stylish innings.

29.4

Shahid Afridi to Samaraweera, 1 run, slower, loopier, on the middle and leg, eased to long-on

29.5

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, the quickish skidder just outside off, Mahela plays the little cut but can't beat backward point

29.6

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 2 runs, drops it slightly short and drifts to the leg and middle line, Mahela works it away to fine-leg region

End of over 30 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 142/3 (RR: 4.73)
DPMD Jayawardene    52* (61b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-27-1
TT Samaraweera    11* (15b)      Mohammad Amir    6-1-32-0

Razzaq to bowl now

30.1

Abdul Razzaq to Samaraweera, no run, short in length outside off, Samaraweera shuffled across and chopped it to backward point

30.2

Abdul Razzaq to Samaraweera, 1 run, gets forward this time to drive the length delivery to sweeper cover

30.3

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, 1 run, short in length outside off, Mahela uses his wrists to send the ball to square-leg

30.4

Abdul Razzaq to Samaraweera, 1 run, on the good length, just outside off, eased towards mid-off for a single

30.5

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, 1 run, walks right across, ends up outside off and Razzaq bangs it in short further outside off .. Mahela works it from there to square-leg!

30.6

Abdul Razzaq to Samaraweera, 1 run, Samaraweera too shuffles to the off and punches the delivery down to long-on

Drinks break

End of over 31 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 147/3 (RR: 4.74)
TT Samaraweera    14* (19b)      Abdul Razzaq    5-0-18-0
DPMD Jayawardene    54* (63b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-27-1

31.1

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, 2 runs, slow outside off stump, Samaraweera reaches across to play the paddle-sweep

31.2

Shoaib Malik to Samaraweera, 1 run, leans across to dab the ball to square-leg. 150 for 3

31.3

Shoaib Malik to Jayawardene, OUT, Mahela has been given out lbw and he doesn't seem to be too happy with the decision. Reason? There was a bottom edge there. Hence the reaction from Mahela. It was a flighted off break around off stump and Mahela went for the reverse sweep and edged it to his pad. A fine innings but it's over now. Vital moment this. 150 for 4. The game could tilt either way now. Will Pakistan get ahead or will Sri Lanka move on?

DPMD Jayawardene lbw b Shoaib Malik 54 (101m 64b 3x4 0x6) SR: 84.37

31.4

Shoaib Malik to Mathews, no run, turns forward to dab it to square-leg

31.5

Shoaib Malik to Mathews, no run, spins in from outside off, pushed back to the bowler

31.6

Shoaib Malik to Mathews, no run, goes right back to dab to the on side

End of over 32 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 150/4 (RR: 4.68)
AD Mathews    0* (3b)      Shoaib Malik    2-0-11-1
TT Samaraweera    17* (21b)      Abdul Razzaq    5-0-18-0

32.1

Abdul Razzaq to Samaraweera, OUT, And Pakistan get ahead with another strike. Soft dismissal. Samaraweera is angry with himself and crashes his bat on his pad as he walks off. It was a full delivery well outside off and Samaraweera square drove it straight to backward point. The bottom-hand came of the handle on point of impact and he couldn't control the shot. He ended up slicing it

TT Samaraweera c Umar Akmal b Abdul Razzaq 17 (29m 22b 0x4 0x6) SR: 77.27

32.2

Abdul Razzaq to Kapugedera, 1 run, kicks up from short of length outside off, punched through covers

32.3

Abdul Razzaq to Mathews, no run, gets behind the line to defend

32.4

Abdul Razzaq to Mathews, no run, short in length, punched to point

32.5

Abdul Razzaq to Mathews, no run, short in length again, just outside off, pushed back to the bowler

32.6

Abdul Razzaq to Mathews, 1 run, fuller in length, straightens and also keeps a touch low, runs of the outer edge to third man

End of over 33 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 152/5 (RR: 4.60)
AD Mathews    1* (7b)      Abdul Razzaq    6-0-20-1
CK Kapugedera    1* (1b)      Shoaib Malik    2-0-11-1

33.1

Shoaib Malik to Mathews, no run, just outside off stump, Angelo wants to dab it to the on side and edges it back down the track

33.2

Shoaib Malik to Mathews, no run, even slower, no pace on it and the dab shot finds the ball rolling to short midwicket

33.3

Shoaib Malik to Mathews, 1 run, he moves down the track to drive to long-on

33.4

Shoaib Malik to Kapugedera, 1 run, turns to the middle, worked behind square-leg

33.5

Shoaib Malik to Mathews, no run, flighted outside off, tapped to short midwicket

33.6

Shoaib Malik to Mathews, 1 run, full and just outside off, driven to long-on

End of over 34 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 155/5 (RR: 4.55)
AD Mathews    3* (12b)      Shoaib Malik    3-0-14-1
CK Kapugedera    2* (2b)      Abdul Razzaq    6-0-20-1

Shoaib Akhtar to bowl. 6--1-21-1. Afridi runs to him and gives him an encouraging tap on the back

34.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Mathews, 3 runs, short in length and just outside off and Angelo plays a very fine on-the-up hit over mid-off. The pitch has slowed down and it's not an easy shot to play but he has pulled it off. Afridi rushes back from mid-off and makes a fine sliding stop near the boundary

34.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Kapugedera, no run, sharp pacy lifter outside off stump and it flies past the waft ...

34.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Kapugedera, no run, lands back of length, comes in from outside off, defended to the off side

34.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Kapugedera, 1 leg bye, fuller, on the leg and middle line, moves past the attempted flick and hits the pad. Shoaib shouts for lbw but perhaps missing the leg stump. The replays suggest that the ball would have just kissed the outer half of the leg stump

34.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Mathews, 1 run, shorter, bounces into the rib cage, pushed to the on side

34.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Kapugedera, OUT, Again Shoaib smiles gently. He spreads his arms and walks slowly towards his team-mates. It was delivered from a short run-up, a short delivery outside off and the batsman went for the cut shot. The ball flew quickly and slightly low to backward point where it was swallowed on the rebound. The ball popped out but the fielder dived forward to secure it. The catching has been pretty good today. Sri Lanka slid further. That Mahela wicket was indeed the turning point

CK Kapugedera c Umar Akmal b Shoaib Akhtar 2 (12m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 35 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 160/6 (RR: 4.57)
     Shoaib Akhtar    7-1-25-2
AD Mathews    7* (14b)      Shoaib Malik    3-0-14-1

35.1

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, no run, outside off stump, punched to point

35.2

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, 1 run, full and outside off stump, pushed through covers

35.3

Shahid Afridi to Maharoof, 1 run, floated full outside off stump, shapes to defend and the ball rolls to short third man

35.4

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, no run, in the channel outside off, quicker and goes past the cut

35.5

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, no run, skids outside off again, left alone

35.6

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, 1 run, on the middle, straightens and Afridi thought he had his man trapped but the bat comes around at the last minute to turn the ball to square-leg

End of over 36 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 163/6 (RR: 4.52)
AD Mathews    9* (19b)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-30-1
MF Maharoof    1* (1b)      Shoaib Akhtar    7-1-25-2

36.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Mathews, FOUR, banged in short outside off stump and Angelo pulls it between deep midwicket and long-on. It seemed he hadn't connected as well he would have liked but the fielders couldn't get to it in time

36.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Mathews, no run, full in length on the off and middle, pushed to the on side

36.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Mathews, 1 run, short in length on the off and middle, punched past the non-striker

Moha: "Kapu poor for continues, selectors please keep an eye on him"

36.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Maharoof, no run, in the zone outside off stump and Maharoof shoulders arms

36.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Maharoof, OUT, That smile again. That gentle jog again. No wild celebrations. The left hand slowly goes up and a smile creases his face. It was a length delivery that straightened outside off stump, Maharoof, who had left the previous delivery alone, had a poke at this one. Mistake. Gone!

MF Maharoof c †Kamran Akmal b Shoaib Akhtar 1 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

36.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Kulasekara, no run, hurls this one fuller outside off, left alone

End of over 37 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 168/7 (RR: 4.54)
KMDN Kulasekara    0* (1b)      Shoaib Akhtar    8-1-30-3
AD Mathews    14* (22b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-30-1

37.1

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, no run, sharp legbreak Whoa! It landed on the middle and spun past the defensive prod

37.2

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, no run, fuller, around off, pushed back to the bowler

37.3

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, 1 run, lands on the off and middle and slides in. worked behind square-leg

37.4

Shahid Afridi to Kulasekara, 2 runs, around the off and middle, turned through the vacant spaces at midwicket .. and they come back for the second run.. Afridi is not happy with his fielders and says, "Kya ho raha hai yeh?!" (What's happening out there?)

37.5

Shahid Afridi to Kulasekara, 1 run, gets forward to dab it away for a single

37.6

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, 1 run, Another little dab to midwicket and Kamran runs after the ball

End of over 38 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 173/7 (RR: 4.55)
AD Mathews    16* (26b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-35-1
KMDN Kulasekara    3* (3b)      Shoaib Akhtar    8-1-30-3

38.1

Mohammad Amir to Mathews, no run, takes a step forward, receives a delivery that kicks up from short of length and he pushes it to covers

38.2

Mohammad Amir to Mathews, no run, short in length again , worked to midwicket

38.3

Mohammad Amir to Mathews, 1 run, outside off stump line, run down to third man

Short of length is where all the Pakistan seamers have bowled today, Asif started with a fuller length, was punished, and switched to back of length-

38.4

Mohammad Amir to Kulasekara, no run, in the zone outside off, left alone

38.5

Mohammad Amir to Kulasekara, no run, gets forward to drive to the off side

38.6

Mohammad Amir to Kulasekara, no run, gets forward to defend to the off side

Bill : "I think kapu got a problem, I remember when he first came to scene, I think as 18 yr old, he hit sixes against brett lee, gave so much bright signs. but since then no consistency, and very low in confidence. how sl expect him to strengthen middle order? he must learn from mathews. "

End of over 39 (1 run) Sri Lanka 174/7 (RR: 4.46)
KMDN Kulasekara    3* (6b)      Mohammad Amir    7-1-33-0
AD Mathews    17* (29b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-35-1

39.1

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, 1 run, reaches forward and works the ball from the off stump to backward square-leg

39.2

Shahid Afridi to Kulasekara, no run, just outside off, dabbed to backward point

39.3

Shahid Afridi to Kulasekara, 1 run, floated fuller, on the middle, eased to long-on

39.4

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, 1 run, quicker, skids to the middle and leg line, dabbed past square-leg

39.5

Shahid Afridi to Kulasekara, no run, gets forward to jab it to the on side

39.6

Shahid Afridi to Kulasekara, no run, Big turn For the second time today. He had slowed it up on that occasion and gave it some air and rip, and the ball gripped and turned past the defensive poke

End of over 40 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 177/7 (RR: 4.42)
KMDN Kulasekara    4* (10b)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-38-1
AD Mathews    19* (31b 1x4)      Mohammad Amir    7-1-33-0

40.1

Mohammad Amir to Mathews, FOUR, The lemon cut. The inside-edge to fine-leg boundary. A regular feature in the end overs in 80s, Full in length ,from round the stumps, Angelo goes for the big off drive and edges it past the leg stump

40.2

Mohammad Amir to Mathews, FOUR, Ah neatly done this time. It was a slower one on the hips, he waited and played a nice little leg glance

40.3

Mohammad Amir to Mathews, no run, Aamer switches back to the over the wicket. On the middle stump line, turned to the on side

40.4

Mohammad Amir to Mathews, 2 runs, kicks up towards the rib cage, tucked through midwicket for couple of runs

40.5

Mohammad Amir to Mathews, 1 run, short in length outside off, pushed to cover point for a single

40.6

Mohammad Amir to Kulasekara, 1 run, short in length and outside off, from over the wicket, punched to deep point

Thilan: "Once again Mathews to rescue the middle order. I think the best option is Thissara & Chandimal to fill the gap Of Samaraweera & Kapu in the world cup"

End of over 41 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 189/7 (RR: 4.60)
KMDN Kulasekara    5* (11b)      Mohammad Amir    8-1-45-0
AD Mathews    30* (36b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-38-1

41.1

Shahid Afridi to Kulasekara, no run, leans forward to tap it wide of the non striker

41.2

Shahid Afridi to Kulasekara, 1 wide, Stumping chance missed. Not a surprise if you have followed Kamran's career. It was down the leg side and Kula had leaned forward to flick and lost balance and had stepped well out of the crease. But Kamran doesn't collect it cleanly. Oh well

41.2

Shahid Afridi to Kulasekara, no run, leans forward to defend

41.3

Shahid Afridi to Kulasekara, 1 run, works this through the on side for a single

41.4

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, no run, around the off stump lune, gets forward to defend

41.5

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, 2 runs, works it through the vacant on side- (in the circle ie) and will come back for the second run before the fielder could come in from the deep

41.6

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, 1 run, tip and run. It was pushed to short cover and away they run. The throw come to Kamran who breaks the stumps but Kula dives to get back in the crease

End of over 42 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 194/7 (RR: 4.61)
AD Mathews    33* (39b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-43-1
KMDN Kulasekara    6* (14b)      Mohammad Amir    8-1-45-0

42.1

Abdul Razzaq to Mathews, no run, just outside off stump, punched back to the bowler

42.2

Abdul Razzaq to Mathews, no run, shufles across and tries to play the paddle scoop from outside off and jabs it to his body

42.3

Abdul Razzaq to Mathews, 1 run, fuller, on the off stump line, pushed to midwicket for a single

42.4

Abdul Razzaq to Kulasekara, no run, around the off stump line, defended to the off side

42.5

Abdul Razzaq to Kulasekara, 1 run, short in length and outside off, Kula goes back and across and slashes it uppishly but short of the thirdman fielder

42.6

Abdul Razzaq to Mathews, 1 run, tapped close on the off side and they take the single

End of over 43 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 197/7 (RR: 4.58)
AD Mathews    35* (43b 3x4)      Abdul Razzaq    7-0-23-1
KMDN Kulasekara    7* (16b)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-43-1

43.1

Mohammad Asif to Mathews, 1 run, short in length outside off, punched to long-off

The over rate has been pretty slow today.

43.2

Mohammad Asif to Kulasekara, 1 run, fullish, on the off and middle, driven to left of long-on

43.3

Mohammad Asif to Mathews, no run, in the channel outside off, straightens after landing (as if it can do it before landing but hey ..) and Angelo is beaten, pushing inside the line

43.4

Mohammad Asif to Mathews, 1 run, stays back to clip this past square-leg. 200 up

43.5

Mohammad Asif to Kulasekara, no run, short in length, around the off stump, cut to backward point.

43.6

Mohammad Asif to Kulasekara, 1 run, gets forward to stab a back-of-length delivery to short cover for a quick single

End of over 44 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 201/7 (RR: 4.56)
KMDN Kulasekara    9* (19b)      Mohammad Asif    8-0-41-1
AD Mathews    37* (46b 3x4)      Abdul Razzaq    7-0-23-1

Batting Powerplay has been taken Angelo changes his bat. Afridi brings on Shoaib.

The knives are out. Dan: "Kapu averages a paltry 22 with six 50's in 73 games, whereas the Kandyman averages 32, with five 50's after only 31 games! How long will it be till the penny drops? "

44.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Kulasekara, 1 run, fullish, hint of inswing, driven to mid-off for a single

44.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Mathews, 1 run, full again, reverses in, driven through the off side

44.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Kulasekara, 1 run, short in length, mistimes the cut to extra cover

44.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Mathews, 1 run, goes for the yorker, serves a low inswinging full toss, driven to long-off

44.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Kulasekara, no run, a sharp well-directed bouncer on the middle stump line and it flies past Kula's head. Kula yanks his head away from the line of fire

44.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Kulasekara, 1 run, a slower one, full and dipping in front of the middle stump line, squeezed past square-leg

End of over 45 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 206/7 (RR: 4.57)
KMDN Kulasekara    12* (23b)      Shoaib Akhtar    9-1-35-3
AD Mathews    39* (48b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    8-0-41-1

45.1

Mohammad Amir to Kulasekara, 1 run, short in length, on the pads, whipped past square-leg

45.2

Mohammad Amir to Mathews, 1 run, moves outside leg and drives the really full delivery on the middle stump line to covers

45.3

Mohammad Amir to Kulasekara, 1 wide, Kula moves outside leg and Aamer tries to respond with a bouncer but it flies too high... Wide

45.3

Mohammad Amir to Kulasekara, no run, takes a step forward and tries to heave the short-of-length delivery to the on side but edges it to his body

45.4

Mohammad Amir to Kulasekara, 1 run, moves outside leg and hits the full toss on the middle stump line to mid-off

45.5

Mohammad Amir to Mathews, 1 run, full delivery again, driven to long-off for a single

45.6

Mohammad Amir to Kulasekara, OUT, Yorked! Kula took a step out and to the on side and went for the big hit but missed. Timber! He ended up yorking himself by moving forward there.

KMDN Kulasekara b Mohammad Amir 14 (37m 27b 0x4 0x6) SR: 51.85

End of over 46 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 211/8 (RR: 4.58)
     Mohammad Amir    9-1-50-1
AD Mathews    41* (50b 3x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    9-1-35-3

Some problem with the ball. Has it gone out of shape or off colour? The umpires chat. Afridi points out something on the ball. Bowden calls for a fresh set of balls and picks one up.

46.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Mathews, no run, slower one outside off and Angelo has a big swing and a miss

46.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Mathews, 1 run, yorker length on the middle and off, squeezed out to cover point

46.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Malinga, no run, full in length, outside off, pushed out to point

46.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Malinga, no run, Malinga backs to outside-leg and Shoaib follows him with a bouncer and it pings Malinga on the right shoulder.. the ball rolls away to the off side and Malinga remains expressionless.

46.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Malinga, FOUR, slightly slower , short in length outside off, Malinga has a slash at it and edges it through the vacant slip cordon. Cry of agony from Shoaib

46.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Malinga, 1 run, moves outside and this time Shoaib follows it with a full delivery, pushed through mid-on ..

Shoaib has ended his quota of overs. Afridi comes over and pats him on the back. And so does Kamran. It's been a pretty good comeback. Prutty Prutty good!

End of over 47 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 217/8 (RR: 4.61)
SL Malinga    5* (4b 1x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    10-1-41-3
AD Mathews    42* (52b 3x4)      Mohammad Amir    9-1-50-1

47.1

Mohammad Asif to Malinga, 1 run, full delivery around off, pushed down to long-off . Malinga rushes across to have a chat with his partner

47.2

Mohammad Asif to Mathews, 1 run, full delivery, just short of the blockhole, on the middle, pushed out to extra cover

47.3

Mohammad Asif to Malinga, 1 run, length delivery on the pads, turned behind square-leg

47.4

Mohammad Asif to Mathews, FOUR, edged to third man boundary. It straightened around the off stump, the batsman stabbed it inside the line ..

47.5

Mohammad Asif to Mathews, 1 run, fuller, around off stump, driven to covers

47.6

Mohammad Asif to Malinga, SIX, Six or caught?! Six it is. Malinga had stayed back to wallop it to right of long-on. Shoaib Malik caught it, took a step forward but his left leg touches the boundary rope and he flicks the ball back on to the field of play as he gets outside the boundary. It was a very good actually. Malinga arched back and thumped it on the up and through the line

End of over 48 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 231/8 (RR: 4.81)
SL Malinga    13* (7b 1x4 1x6)      Mohammad Asif    9-0-55-1
AD Mathews    48* (55b 4x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    10-1-41-3

48.1

Abdul Razzaq to Mathews, 1 run, reaches forward to push it to the off side

48.2

Abdul Razzaq to Malinga, no run, ah! A really slow slower one! It looped acrossl, landed on a length around off and cut away ever so gently past the off stump. Malinga stumbled out and pushed inside the line

48.3

Abdul Razzaq to Malinga, 1 run, pushes this full delivery to mid-off

48.4

Abdul Razzaq to Mathews, 1 run, low dipping full toss on the off stump line, turned to Afridi at midwicket. 50 for Angelo. Another responsible knock from this rapidly-maturing youngster.

48.5

Abdul Razzaq to Malinga, 1 run, Dropped by who else but Salman Butt It's known that he often drops catches. Somple ones at that. This was really a dolly. Malinga had sliced a full toss to him at mid-off and how did he managed to drop that? He had it covered, the ball dropped in to his palms and popped out. What a mess

48.6

Abdul Razzaq to Mathews, no run, hit back down the track, Razzaq stops and throws to Kamran

End of over 49 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 235/8 (RR: 4.79)
AD Mathews    50* (58b 4x4)      Abdul Razzaq    8-0-27-1
SL Malinga    15* (10b 1x4 1x6)      Mohammad Asif    9-0-55-1

49.1

Mohammad Amir to Malinga, 1 run, full delivery, pushed through mid-off

49.2

Mohammad Amir to Mathews, 2 runs, goes for the heave to the on side and ends up slicing it of the outer edge over towards sweeper cover and they come back for the second rin

49.3

Mohammad Amir to Mathews, 1 run, full and well outside off, sliced away to third man

49.4

Mohammad Amir to Malinga, OUT, moves outside leg and is cleaned up by the slower one. He had a slog and a miss. Quite a handy contribution from Malinga; could prove very vital in the end

SL Malinga b Mohammad Amir 16 (19m 12b 1x4 1x6) SR: 133.33

Ahsan: "Butt can't catch anything that is in the air. Not even flu!"

49.5

Mohammad Amir to Muralitharan, 1 run, really full delivery, driven to long-on. Angelo on strike for the final delivery.

49.6

Mohammad Amir to Mathews, 2 runs, fullish, outside off, ends up as a low dipping full toss, Angelo reaches across to slice it to deep backward point.

242 for 9. It's a pretty competitive score. It could turn out to be an interesting chase. Join us in a while for the run chase.

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End of over 50 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 242/9
AD Mathews    55* (61b 4x4)      Mohammad Amir    10-1-57-2
M Muralitharan    1* (1b)      Abdul Razzaq    8-0-27-1
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Jun 15, 2010

Kumar Sangakkara lets out a loud appeal, while Shahid Afridi struggles with cramps, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Dambulla, June 15, 2010

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Jun 15, 2010

Shahid Afridi reaches one of his best centuries, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Dambulla, June 15, 2010

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