Shoaib Akhtar to Tharanga,
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
Mohammad Asif to Dilshan,
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
Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara,
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
Shoaib Malik to Jayawardene,
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
Abdul Razzaq to Samaraweera,
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
Shoaib Akhtar to Kapugedera,
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
Shoaib Akhtar to Maharoof,
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
Mohammad Amir to Kulasekara,
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
Mohammad Amir to Malinga,
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