Asia Cup, 2008 / Commentary

Asia Cup - 8th match, Super Four

Pakistan v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 64 runs

3.55 pm local time: Sri Lanka's openers are both left-handers - Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara. Another left-hander, Sohail Tanvir, will open the bowling from over the wicket for Pakistan. Jayasuriya turns 39 tomorrow incidentally.

Toss, 3.30 pm: Shoaib Malik has just throw my prediction out of the window. He's decided to bowl. Jayawardene isn't fussed at all, he said he would have batted anyway.

"Knowing his weakness in bowling, Malik has decided to bowl first so that his batsmen have a target to work for. In short, he is relying on his batting to win this match for him, rather then the traditional bowling attack," says Sohail Khan.

Pakistan have made two changes, bringing in Mansoor Amjad, the legspinner, and Wahab Riaz for the injured Umar Gul and Fawad Alam. Amjad will be making his ODI debut, he's played one Twenty20 for Pakistan before and took 3-3 against Bangladesh.

Pakistan: 1 Salman Butt, 2 Shoaib Malik (capt), 3 Younis Khan, 4 Mohammad Yousuf, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq, 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Sohail Tanvir, 8 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 9 Mansoor Amjad, 10 Wahab Riaz, 11 Iftikhar Anjum.

Sri Lanka have brought back Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas, who were all rested for the game against UAE. They've also replaced Dilhara Fernando with Thilan Tushara.

Sri Lanka: 1 Sanath Jayasuriya, 2 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 3 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 4 Chamara Kapugedera, 5 Chamara Silva, 6 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 7 Chaminda Vaas, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Ajantha Mendis, 10 Muttiah Muralitharan, 11 Thilan Tushara.

3.22 pm local time: The pitch is flat once again. Dhoni had mentioned that the pitch for the India-Pakistan match was one of the flattest he'd played on. I don't expect that to change for the remainder of the tournament. Win toss and bat should be the way to go. Toss will take place in about eight minutes.

3.15 pm: Hello everybody and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the second match of the Super Four round, that's what it's being called, between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. I'm George Binoy and I'll bring you the action as it plays out at the National Stadium in Karachi.

Sri Lanka already have two points, which they carried forward from the first round because they beat Bangladesh, the other qualifiers from their group. Pakistan have none and if they win today it will level the playing field with Sri Lanka. If Pakistan lose, however, their chances of qualifying will diminish significantly.

"On current form, Sri Lanka are the clear favourites in this Super Four match," says S Rajesh in his preview. "Sri Lanka haven't been stretched so far in the tournament, but that could change on Sunday. Also, they haven't enjoyed the match-up against Pakistan of late, losing five of their last six completed ODIs against them, including a 2-1 series defeat in Abu Dhabi last year."

0.1

Sohail Tanvir to Jayasuriya, no run, loud appeal for lbw first up, Tanvir seams the ball into the left-hander from over the wicket, Jayasuriya moves forward and gets hit on the pad, that was close very close

0.2

Sohail Tanvir to Jayasuriya, no run, Tanvir pitches the ball on a good length outside off and nips the ball back into the left-hander, Jayasuriya lets it go

0.3

Sohail Tanvir to Jayasuriya, no run, more swing into the left-hander for Tanvir, Jayasuriya strides forward and plays the ball back to the bowler

0.4

Sohail Tanvir to Jayasuriya, no run, that's a poor ball, short and wide and Jayasuriya frees those powerful forearms of his and cuts the ball hard, he's hit it straight to point though

0.5

Sohail Tanvir to Jayasuriya, no run, better line and length, closer to off stump, Jayasuriya moves forward and defends

0.6

Sohail Tanvir to Jayasuriya, no run, Tanvir starts with a maiden, Jayasuriya blocks the last ball, which is again on a good length on off and middle, towards the leg side

End of over 1 (maiden) Sri Lanka 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
ST Jayasuriya    0* (6b)      Sohail Tanvir    1-1-0-0
KC Sangakkara    0* (0b)     

Another left hander, Wahab Riaz will share the new ball, bowling from over the wicket.

1.1

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, FOUR, thats' a real loosener, short and wide outside off stump, Sangakkara waits on the back foot and cuts the ball in the air over backward point for four

1.2

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, 1 run, closer to off stump this time, Sangakkara moves back and opens the face to collect a single towards third man

1.3

Wahab Riaz to Jayasuriya, FOUR, that's a gift, short of a length and wide outside off stump, Jayasuriya waits on the front foot and lofts the ball over cover for four more

1.4

Wahab Riaz to Jayasuriya, no run, better line and length this time, Jayasuriya defends on the off side off the front foot

1.5

Wahab Riaz to Jayasuriya, no run, fuller length on off stump, Jayasuriya drives off the front foot towards mid-off, Jayasuriya checked his stroke at the last moment

1.6

Wahab Riaz to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, good length on middle stump, Jayasuriya moves forward and drives on the up between mid on and mid off for two more, eleven of Riaz's first over

End of over 2 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 11/0 (RR: 5.50)
ST Jayasuriya    6* (10b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    1-0-11-0
KC Sangakkara    5* (2b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    1-1-0-0

2.1

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 1 wide, Tanvir pitches the ball full and wide outside off stump, Sangakkara lets it go but Tony Hill signals wide

2.1

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Sangakkara defends on the front foot

Two slips in place.

2.2

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 1 wide, that's too full and too far down leg side, Sangakkara tries to flick but can't make contact, Tony hill signals another wide

2.2

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara moves on to the front foot and clips a fullish delivery off his pads to square leg

2.3

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara moves forward and across his stumps and nudges a short of a length ball off his pads towards long leg

2.4

Sohail Tanvir to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short of a length and the line is wide outside off stump, Jayasuriya has a real crack at it and cuts the ball hard towards point where the debutant Amjad makes a fine save to his right, they run a single

2.5

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, good length delivery outside off, left alone by the batsman

2.6

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, tight line and length just outside off stump once again, Sangakkara lets it go

End of over 3 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 15/0 (RR: 5.00)
KC Sangakkara    6* (7b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    2-1-4-0
ST Jayasuriya    7* (11b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    1-0-11-0

Wahab Riaz has been given a break after his poor first over, Iftikhar Anjum is into the attack, bowling from over the wicket. Empty stands at the National Stadium unfortunately. For a Pakistan game that too.

3.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayasuriya, no run, short of a length delivery on the pads, Jayasuriya flicks it off his hips towards the fielder at short fine leg, dangerous line to be bowling when fine leg is in the circle

3.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short of a length delivery outside off stump, Jayasuriya gets on to the back foot and runs the ball to third man

3.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Sangakkara, no run, good length from Iftikhar, pitches around off stump and slants across the left-hander, Sangakkara waits in his crease and defends on the off side

3.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Sangakkara, 2 runs, that's too straight once again, on leg stump, Sangakkara moves forward and flicks the ball off his pads towards deep square leg

3.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Sangakkara, no run, good length delivery pitches outside off and angles away from Sangakkara who lets it go

3.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Sangakkara, FOUR, once again the line is too straight, on leg stump, Sangakkara moves across his stumps to get inside the line and glances the ball to the fine-leg boundary

End of over 4 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 22/0 (RR: 5.50)
KC Sangakkara    12* (11b 2x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    1-0-7-0
ST Jayasuriya    8* (13b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    2-1-4-0

4.1

Sohail Tanvir to Jayasuriya, OUT, lbw! Tanvir pitches the ball on a good length outside off and seams it into the left-hander, Jayasuriya gets caught on the crease and the ball beats his tentative defence and thuds into the pad plumb in front of middle, this time Tony Hill agrees with Tanvir's appeal

ST Jayasuriya lbw b Sohail Tanvir 8 (19m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

Mahela Jayawardene is the new batsman.

4.2

Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, 1 wide, Tanvir's still bowling to the left-hander but it's Jayawardene on strike and the ball is way down leg side

4.2

Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, no run, Tanvir pitches on the fuller side on leg stump, Jayawardene plays the ball off his pads towards square leg

4.3

Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, 1 wide, this time he pitches wide outside off stump and slants the ball further away from the right-hander, that's another wide

4.3

Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, no run, straighter line on leg and middle, on a good length, Jayawardene defends on the front foot

Tanvir's already bowled four wides today, it's a problem Pakistan are trying to solve.

Tanvir goes round the stumps to the right-hander.

4.4

Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, no run, he angles the ball into Jayawardene from round the wicket and Jayawardene meets it with the full face of the bat and defends on the off side

4.5

Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, 1 run, Tanvir pitches the ball on a good length and squares Jayawardene up with one that straightens off the pitch, the outside edge runs down to third man

Back over the wicket for the left-hander.

4.6

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, tight line and length on off and middle, Sangakkara defends on the front foot towards Tanvir

End of over 5 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 25/1 (RR: 5.00)
KC Sangakkara    12* (12b 2x4)      Sohail Tanvir    3-1-7-1
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (4b)      Iftikhar Anjum    1-0-7-0

5.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayawardene, no run, short of a length on off stump, Jayawardene gets behind the line and defends

5.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayawardene, FOUR, Iftikhar's strayed on to the pads once more and that's too easy for Jayawardene, he moves across and nudges the ball down to the fine-leg boundary

5.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayawardene, no run, he's back outside the off stump this time, Jayawardene defends on the back foot towards cover point

5.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene waits in his crease for a short of a length delivery and punches towards cover

5.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene moves forward and tries to drive a good length ball on the up through the off side, the ball bounces a bit more and the thick edge runs towards third man

5.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Sangakkara, no run, lovely line, just outside the off stump and the length is spot on as well, Sangakkara lets it go through to Sarfraz

End of over 6 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 30/1 (RR: 5.00)
KC Sangakkara    12* (13b 2x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    2-0-12-0
DPMD Jayawardene    6* (9b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    3-1-7-1

6.1

Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, 1 wide, that's wide No 5, full and down leg side, Tony Hill stretches his arms again

6.1

Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene gets behind the line of a good length ball on off and middle and defends with a straight bat

6.2

Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, FOUR, wide ball outside off stump, Jayawardene strides forward and drives away from his body, hitting the ball on the up through extra cover for four, superbly timed

6.3

Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, no run, straighter line on middle stump, Jayawardene defends off the back foot on the leg side

6.4

Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, no run, played off the pads towards square leg

6.5

Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, 1 run, a full ball angles into the right-hander, Jayawardene nudges the ball down to long leg for a single

6.6

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, good length ball on off stump, driven off the front foot towards mid-off

End of over 7 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 36/1 (RR: 5.14)
KC Sangakkara    12* (14b 2x4)      Sohail Tanvir    4-1-13-1
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (14b 2x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    2-0-12-0

7.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayawardene, no run, short of a length delivery on off stump, Jayawardene gets behind the line on the back foot and blocks towards the bowler

7.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayawardene, no run, defended off the back foot towards cover

7.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayawardene, no run, Iftikhar's got his line right in this over so far, no room outside off stump to work with, Jayawardene defends off the back foot

7.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayawardene, 2 runs, spoke too soon, the line is wide this time and Jayawardene opens the face as he leans forward to drive and places the ball through point, Wahab stops it with his boot on the boundary

7.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayawardene, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Jayawardene tries to cut it to third man but the fielder at a wide second slip stops it

7.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayawardene, no run, excellent ball, pitches on a good length outside off stump and bounces a bit extra, Jayawardene comes forward to block but gets beaten

End of over 8 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 38/1 (RR: 4.75)
DPMD Jayawardene    13* (20b 2x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    3-0-14-0
KC Sangakkara    12* (14b 2x4)      Sohail Tanvir    4-1-13-1

Wahab Riaz is back for his second over, can he improve on his first, in which he conceded 11?

8.1

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length and wide outside off stump, Sangakkara cuts hard but can't beat the fielder at point

8.2

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, no run, better line and length closer to off stump, Sangakkara gets behind the line and defends

8.3

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, 1 run, this time Wahab pitches outside off and angles the ball into the left-hander, Sangakkara stays in his crease and plays the ball behind point for one

8.4

Wahab Riaz to Jayawardene, 2 leg byes, that's too straight, on leg stump, Jayawardene gets hit on the thigh and the ball runs fine towards the boundary where Iftikhar picks it up

8.5

Wahab Riaz to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene tries to flick this time but gets squared up a touch and doesn't make contact

Short midwicket in place.

8.6

Wahab Riaz to Jayawardene, no run, short of a length on middle stump, Jayawardene moves on to the back foot and defends on the leg side, far better comeback over from Wahab

End of over 9 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 41/1 (RR: 4.55)
DPMD Jayawardene    13* (23b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    2-0-12-0
KC Sangakkara    13* (17b 2x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    3-0-14-0

9.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Sangakkara, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, Sangakkara waits in his crease and plays a punchy defensive stroke on the off side

9.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Sangakkara, 3 runs, some shot that is, Sangakkara did not have much room outside off but somehow he managed to punch it firmly through cover, Afridi hurtled after the ball and slid to pull it in just inside the boudnary, committed effort

9.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayawardene, FOUR, ah that's far too short and Jayawardene has enough time to move back and pull the ball smoothly through midwicket, such grace he has when he plays that shot

9.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayawardene, 1 run, dropped with soft hands on the off side for a single

9.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Sangakkara, no run, pitches on a good length around off and seams away from the left-hander, Sangakkara lets the ball go through to Sarfraz

9.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara moves forward and drives a fuller delivery towards mid-on

End of over 10 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 49/1 (RR: 4.90)
KC Sangakkara    16* (21b 2x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    4-0-22-0
DPMD Jayawardene    18* (25b 3x4)      Wahab Riaz    2-0-12-0

10.1

Wahab Riaz to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene defends back towards the bowler off the front foot, Shoaib Malik has taken the second Powerplay incidentally

10.2

Wahab Riaz to Jayawardene, no run, tight line, giving the batsman no room outside off stump, Jayawardene plays the ball from his crease towards point

10.3

Wahab Riaz to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene moves forward and punches towards cover

10.4

Wahab Riaz to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene tries to cut a short of a length delivery that's wide outside off but gets a thick bottom edge into the ground

10.5

Wahab Riaz to Jayawardene, no run, full ball on the pads, Jayawardene flicks the ball firmly but Misbah dives to his right and makes the save at midwicket

10.6

Wahab Riaz to Jayawardene, 1 run, the line is too straight once again from Wahab, Jayawardene moves forward and across and flicks the ball from his pads towards long leg, just one run of the over, Sri Lanka reach 50

End of over 11 (1 run) Sri Lanka 50/1 (RR: 4.54)
DPMD Jayawardene    19* (31b 3x4)      Wahab Riaz    3-0-13-0
KC Sangakkara    16* (21b 2x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    4-0-22-0

11.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayawardene, no run, good length from Iftikhar, pitches outside off and angles into the right-hander, Jayawardene drives towards mid-off

11.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayawardene, FOUR, short, wide and the ball disappears to the point boundary after Jayawardene moves forward and cuts the ball hard

11.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayawardene, no run, fuller length but the line is still wide, Jayawardene strides forward and drives the ball towards cover where Afridi runs to his right and picks it up in the in-field

11.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayawardene, no run, that's a little slower from Iftikhar outside off stump, Jayawardene moves forward and punches towards cover

11.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayawardene, FOUR, once again the length is short and the line is wide, Jayawardene helps himself to another four by playing a powerful cut, the ball races across the outfield and Yousuf at third man has no chance

11.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Jayawardene, no run, better line and length, closer to off stump, Jayawardene stays in his crease and opens the face to play the ball towards point

End of over 12 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 58/1 (RR: 4.83)
DPMD Jayawardene    27* (37b 5x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    5-0-30-0
KC Sangakkara    16* (21b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    3-0-13-0

12.1

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Sangakkara defends on the off side on the back foot

12.2

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, no run, the line is a little wider which allows Sangakkara to cut the ball towards point, he didn't time that well

12.3

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara plays a short of a length delivery towards backward point and responds to Jayawardene's call for a quick single

"Not a bad start from Pakistan considering how teams have been hammering runs on this ground," says Faisal.

12.4

Wahab Riaz to Jayawardene, 1 run, straight line on middle stump, Jayawardene pushes the ball towards cover and once again calls for the sharp single

12.5

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, no run, good length delivery on off stump, Sangakkara moves forward and towards the line of the ball and punches to Afridi at cover, he throws down the stumps at the non-striker's end but Jayawardene is safe

12.6

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, no run, once again Sangakkara punches towards Afridi who only pretends to throw at the non-striker's end this time, only two runs off this over, Wahab is making a strong comeback

End of over 13 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 60/1 (RR: 4.61)
KC Sangakkara    17* (26b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    4-0-15-0
DPMD Jayawardene    28* (38b 5x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    5-0-30-0

Tanvir's back for another go at the batsmen, from over the wicket.

13.1

Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene stays in his crease and uses the angle across him to run the ball towards third man

13.2

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara moves across his stumps and flicks a delivery that angles into him through midwicket

13.3

Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, OUT, caught! Jayawardene tries to cut the ball once again but this time the line is too close to the body for the shot, he doesn't time it well and the ball flies towards point where Misbah takes a sharp catch to his right

DPMD Jayawardene c Misbah-ul-Haq b Sohail Tanvir 29 (45m 40b 5x4 0x6) SR: 72.50

The players are taking drinks at the fall of the wicket.Chamara Kapugedera is the new batsman.

13.4

Sohail Tanvir to Kapugedera, no run, good length and line on middle stump, Kapugedera stays on his crease and defends on the leg side

13.5

Sohail Tanvir to Kapugedera, 1 run, played off the pads behind square for a single, Kapugedera's away

13.6

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, good length delivery angling into the left-hander, defended on the front foot towards extra cover

End of over 14 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 63/2 (RR: 4.50)
KC Sangakkara    18* (28b 2x4)      Sohail Tanvir    5-1-16-2
CK Kapugedera    1* (2b)      Wahab Riaz    4-0-15-0

14.1

Wahab Riaz to Kapugedera, no run, good length outside the off stump, Kapugedera stays on his crease and defends to point

14.2

Wahab Riaz to Kapugedera, no run, Kapugedera tries to pull but it doesn't bounce as much and the ball passes below the bat

14.3

Wahab Riaz to Kapugedera, FOUR, that's a gift, full and wide outside off stump, Kapugedera reaches out for it and drives the ball firmly along the ground through cover for four

14.4

Wahab Riaz to Kapugedera, no run, good length and the line is close to off stump forcing Kapugedera to go back and defend on the off side

14.5

Wahab Riaz to Kapugedera, no run, Kapugedera takes a step back and tries to force the ball on the off side, he ends up playing it towards Wahab

14.6

Wahab Riaz to Kapugedera, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Kapugedera goes on the back foot once again and plays the ball to point

End of over 15 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 67/2 (RR: 4.46)
CK Kapugedera    5* (8b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    5-0-19-0
KC Sangakkara    18* (28b 2x4)      Sohail Tanvir    5-1-16-2

15.1

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed off the back foot towards point for a single

15.2

Sohail Tanvir to Kapugedera, 1 no ball, Tanvir's over-stepped, so Kapugedera has a free hit the next ball, this one was on a good length and Kapugedera defended it on the off side

Tanvir goes round the wicket ...

15.2

Sohail Tanvir to Kapugedera, 1 leg bye, ... and delivers a clever slower ball on a good length, Kapugedera tries to pull and misses completely, he gets hit on the thigh for a leg bye

Apparently this is the first time a bowler has changed sides for a free hit when he's bowling at the same batsman.

15.3

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

15.4

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, good length delivery angling into off stump, Sangakkara gets on to the front foot and defends with a straight bat

15.5

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 1 wide, the slower ball has gone horribly wrong for Tanvir, it's extremely wide outside off stump and he has really struggled to control his line today

15.5

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, FOUR, too full and Sangakkara takes a small step forward and punches it with a lovely straight bat, the ball hasn't been hit with any power but the timing is so good that the ball steadily gathers pace as it runs to the straight boundary

15.6

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 1 run, whipped off his pads through midwicket and Sangakkara will keep strike

End of over 16 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 76/2 (RR: 4.75)
KC Sangakkara    24* (33b 3x4)      Sohail Tanvir    6-1-24-2
CK Kapugedera    5* (10b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    5-0-19-0

16.1

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a length delivery angling into the left-hander, Sangakkara waits for it on the back foot and drops the ball with soft hands towards point, he sprints for the single

16.2

Wahab Riaz to Kapugedera, 1 run, Kapugedera moves back in his crease and nudges a short of a length ball off his hips towards long leg

16.3

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, 1 run, too straight this time and Sangakkara clips it sweetly off his pads towards square leg where Butt dives full length to his right to pull off the save

16.4

Wahab Riaz to Kapugedera, no run, Kapugedera's feet remain cemented to the crease as he tries to run the ball to third man, he gets a bottom edge that bounces on its way through to Sarfraz who takes it well

16.5

Wahab Riaz to Kapugedera, 1 run, Kapugedera punches the ball towards the bowler and sets off for the single, Sangakkara waits until the ball passes Wahab and only then sets off, he makes it easily enough in the end

16.6

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, FOUR, classy shot, he moves across his crease and works a short of a length ball off his hips into the gap between deep backward square and fine leg for four

End of over 17 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 84/2 (RR: 4.94)
KC Sangakkara    30* (36b 4x4)      Wahab Riaz    6-0-27-0
CK Kapugedera    7* (13b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    6-1-24-2

It's pretty humid out there so Sangakkara's taking a breather. Malik's given the ball to Afridi. The crowd greets him with a loud cheer. The stadium is filling up, no where close to being full as yet, but they're making lots of noise.

17.1

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, 2 runs, a bit too full outside off from over the wicket, Kapugedera leans forward and drives through cover point, Misbah gives chase

17.2

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, no run, a bit shorter this time outside off stump, Kapugedera cuts from close to his stumps and hits it to short third man

17.3

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, no run, played off the pads towards short square leg where Younis fields

17.4

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, no run, tossed up on off stump, Kapugedera leans forward and drives towards extra cover where Malik runs to his right and fields

17.5

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, no run, Kapugedera tries to cut one that's a bit quicker and bounces a little more, he gets beaten and Sarfraz also doesn't collect cleanly

17.6

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, 1 run, fuller ball which Kapugedera drives towards long-off for a single

End of over 18 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 87/2 (RR: 4.83)
CK Kapugedera    10* (19b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-3-0
KC Sangakkara    30* (36b 4x4)      Wahab Riaz    6-0-27-0

Iftikhar's back for another spell, from over the wicket.

18.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Kapugedera, no run, fullish delivery on middle and leg, Kapugedera tries to step out and flicks off his pads towards short fine leg

18.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Kapugedera, no run, good length delivery on off stump, Kapugedera strides forward and defends with straight bat towards extra cover

18.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Kapugedera, SIX, what a strike! Kapugedera takes two steps forward, picks up Iftikhar's length early and lofts him over wide long-on with tremendous power, he used a lot of bottom hand for that shot and hit the ball from outside off

18.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Kapugedera, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

18.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Kapugedera, no run, fuller length angling into the right-hander, Kapugedera pushes back to the bowler on the front foot

18.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Kapugedera, no run, Iftikhar ends the over with a bouncer which Kapugedera ducks under, just the six off the over

End of over 19 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 93/2 (RR: 4.89)
CK Kapugedera    16* (25b 1x4 1x6)      Iftikhar Anjum    6-0-36-0
KC Sangakkara    30* (36b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-3-0

There's a kid in the stands holding up a poster which says "I am the future captain of Pakistan, any marriage proposals?" Confident kid.

19.1

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, played off the back foot off his pads towards square leg

19.2

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara stays in his crease and nudges the ball in front of square for one

19.3

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, no run, bowled quick through the air on off stump, defended off the back foot to the bowler

19.4

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, 2 runs, a bit too short and Kapugedera has enough time to move back and force the ball through midwicket

19.5

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, no run, better length on off and middle, Kapugedera strides forward and blocks

19.6

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, 1 run, this time the length isn't that short but Kapugedera still tries to hit towards midwicket, he doesn't beat the in-field but the batsmen run a quick single

End of over 20 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 97/2 (RR: 4.85)
CK Kapugedera    19* (29b 1x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-7-0
KC Sangakkara    31* (38b 4x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    6-0-36-0

Malik's brought himself into the attack, bowling from over the wicket.

20.1

Shoaib Malik to Kapugedera, no run, Kapugedera strides forward and pushes a slow delivery from outside off towards short third man

20.2

Shoaib Malik to Kapugedera, 1 run, Kapugedera tries to play the slog sweep but gets a top edge which falls safely to Misbah's left at deep midwicket

20.3

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, huge roar for lbw as Sangakkara misses the sweep and gets hit on the pad, that might have pitched outside leg as Malik is bowling from over the wicket to the left-hander

20.4

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara gets down on one knee and sweeps to deep square leg

20.5

Shoaib Malik to Kapugedera, no run, defended on the front foot towards the leg side

20.6

Shoaib Malik to Kapugedera, 1 run, Kapugedera nudges the ball towards midwicket for the single which brings up Sri Lanka's 100

End of over 21 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 100/2 (RR: 4.76)
CK Kapugedera    21* (33b 1x4 1x6)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-3-0
KC Sangakkara    32* (40b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-7-0

21.1

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, no run, tossed up on middle stump, defended on the front foot towards the leg side

21.2

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, 1 run, driven towards long on for a single

21.3

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, Sangakkara moves his front foot across and sweeps towards deep backward square

21.4

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, 4 leg byes, he's slipped down leg side this time and neither the batsman nor the wicket keeper can make proper contact, the ball runs for four leg byes

21.5

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, 1 run, worked off the pads towards square leg

21.6

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara works the ball off his pads into the great wide open spaces at square leg

End of over 22 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 108/2 (RR: 4.90)
KC Sangakkara    34* (42b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-11-0
CK Kapugedera    23* (37b 1x4 1x6)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-3-0

22.1

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, bowled flat through the air on off stump, driven off the front foot towards cover

22.2

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara strides forward and pushes towards mid-off

22.3

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara drives the ball towards long-off and walks the single

22.4

Shoaib Malik to Kapugedera, 1 run, wicket to wicket line from Malik, Kapugedera plays the ball towards midwicket for another single

22.5

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara gets down on one knee and swats the ball through midwicket, another single

22.6

Shoaib Malik to Kapugedera, SIX, massive! Kapugedera takes a step and a half forward, gets to the pitch of the ball outside off stump and sends it soaring over wide long on with a powerful heave, these two have now added 50 for the third wicket

End of over 23 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 117/2 (RR: 5.08)
CK Kapugedera    30* (39b 1x4 2x6)      Shoaib Malik    2-0-12-0
KC Sangakkara    36* (46b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-11-0

23.1

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, bowled quicker through the air on off stump, Sangakkara moves forward and drives past the bowler for one

23.2

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, no run, tossed up on off stump, Kapugedera gets behind the line on the front foot and defends

23.3

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, no run, cut off the back foot to point

23.4

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, 1 wide, Afridi fires it down leg side, wide called, well collected by Sarfraz

23.4

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, 1 run, Kapugedera drives a full ball towards long on for a single

23.5

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 3 runs, Sangakkara waits in his crease for Afridi to drift the ball across him and glides the ball towards third man where Butt slides along the boundary and pulls it in, did he touch the boundary as he pulled it in? No he didn't

23.6

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, no run, defended on the front foot from outside off towards cover

End of over 24 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 123/2 (RR: 5.12)
CK Kapugedera    31* (43b 1x4 2x6)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-17-0
KC Sangakkara    40* (48b 4x4)      Shoaib Malik    2-0-12-0

24.1

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Kapugedera gets down on one knee and sweeps the ball in the air down to fine leg

24.2

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara moves on to the back foot and punches the ball through cover

24.3

Shoaib Malik to Kapugedera, 1 run, bowled flat and straight on middle stump, Kapugedera moves back and flicks the ball off his pads through midwicket

24.4

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, pushed to cover off the front foot

24.5

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara takes a step out of his crease and drives to long off

24.6

Shoaib Malik to Kapugedera, 1 run, Kapugedera moves forward and pushes towards long on for one more

End of over 25 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 129/2 (RR: 5.16)
CK Kapugedera    33* (45b 1x4 2x6)      Shoaib Malik    3-0-18-0
KC Sangakkara    44* (52b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-17-0

25.1

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, FOUR, Kapugedera moves forward to get to the pitch of the ball and drives firmly through cover, he's split the gap in the outfield as well

25.2

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards cover point

25.3

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara leans forward and opens the face to play the ball behind point

25.4

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, no run, played towards short third man off the back foot

25.5

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, no run, defended towards the bowler off the back foot

25.6

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, 1 run, Kapugedera once again moves back and pushes down the ground for one

"Just wondering, since Afridi's not doing much with the bat, for how long can Pakistan afford to have him in the team, just on the "hope" that if he gets going ..." asks Sidharth Jain.

End of over 26 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 136/2 (RR: 5.23)
CK Kapugedera    39* (50b 2x4 2x6)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-24-0
KC Sangakkara    45* (53b 4x4)      Shoaib Malik    3-0-18-0

The debutant Mansoor Amjad has been given the ball. He'll bowl his leg breaks from over the wicket.

26.1

Mansoor Amjad to Kapugedera, 1 run, flighted delivery on middle and off, Kapugedera drives off the front foot towards cover point

26.2

Mansoor Amjad to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara moves forward to a flatter and straighter ball and pushes to long on

26.3

Mansoor Amjad to Kapugedera, no run, Kapugedera defends on the front foot towards cover

26.4

Mansoor Amjad to Kapugedera, 1 run, not much flight so far, outside off stump this time, Kapugedera drives off the front foot to deep cover

26.5

Mansoor Amjad to Sangakkara, 1 run, that's a wayward ball, short on leg stump, Sangakkara rocks back and pulls but straight to the fielder at long leg

26.6

Mansoor Amjad to Kapugedera, no run, played off the back foot towards short third man, Amjad's given only four off his first over in ODIs, steady start

End of over 27 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 140/2 (RR: 5.18)
CK Kapugedera    41* (54b 2x4 2x6)      Mansoor Amjad    1-0-4-0
KC Sangakkara    47* (55b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-24-0

27.1

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, FOUR, on leg stump once again and this time Sangakkara makes superb contact with the sweep and places it fine of the fielder at long leg, he reaches his 50 with that shot, well played!

"Pakistan are really suffering after the exit of Abdul Razzak and Azhar Mahmood. Those two have single handedly won matches by their bowling or batting. They are missing a key allrounder like that," says Farhan.

27.2

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards long on

27.3

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, 1 run, Kapugedera drives off the front foot towards cover for one

27.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara gets on to the front foot and drives past the bowler for another single

27.5

Shahid Afridi to Kapugedera, 1 run, Kapugedera punches through the off side for one more

27.6

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara works the ball through square leg for yet another single, a four and five singles off that over

End of over 28 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 149/2 (RR: 5.32)
KC Sangakkara    54* (59b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-33-0
CK Kapugedera    43* (56b 2x4 2x6)      Mansoor Amjad    1-0-4-0

28.1

Mansoor Amjad to Sangakkara, no run, tight line and length on middle stump, Kapugedera leans forward and defends on the leg side, Amjad runs towards midwicket and fields

28.2

Mansoor Amjad to Sangakkara, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards long off

28.3

Mansoor Amjad to Kapugedera, no run, Kapugedera gets forward and plays the ball to point

28.4

Mansoor Amjad to Kapugedera, OUT, Amjad's picked up his maiden wicket!! He pitched the ball outside off stump and Kapugedera tried to play the slog sweep against the turn, he got a top edge that flew high in the air towards deep midwicket where Younis Khan settled under the catch, Amjad is understandably and visibly delighted

CK Kapugedera c Younis Khan b Mansoor Amjad 43 (65m 58b 2x4 2x6) SR: 74.13

"To Siddharth Jain - Afridi is a bowler, not a batsman. Sure people like to see his big hits, but his primary role is that of a bowler. He is the leading wicket taker in ODIs this year. Any runs he scores are a bonus," says Umair.

Chamara Silva is the new batsman.

28.5

Mansoor Amjad to Sangakkara, 1 run, a touch too short and Sangakkara moves back in his crease and pulls to deep square leg where Wahab sprints to his left and picks the ball up cleanly

28.6

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, 2 runs, Silva pushes the ball through cover and runs the single and then they decide to come back for a quick second, well run

End of over 29 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 153/3 (RR: 5.27)
LPC Silva    2* (1b)      Mansoor Amjad    2-0-8-1
KC Sangakkara    56* (62b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-33-0

Malik brings himself back into the attack, from over the wicket.

29.1

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, turn for Malik, fair bit of turn, Sangakkara pushed at it without any footwork and was beaten

29.2

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara defends off the back foot to the bowler

29.3

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 1 run, played through point off the back foot for one

29.4

Shoaib Malik to Silva, no run, tossed up on off stump, Silva moves forward and defends back towards the bowler

29.5

Shoaib Malik to Silva, 1 run, Silva waits in his crease and nudges a delivery from middle and leg towards fine leg

29.6

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, FOUR, that's a poor ball, tossed up wide outside leg stump, Sangakkara has plenty of time to get into position and sweep the ball past the fielder at short fine leg for four

End of over 30 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 159/3 (RR: 5.30)
KC Sangakkara    61* (66b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    4-0-24-0
LPC Silva    3* (3b)      Mansoor Amjad    2-0-8-1

30.1

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, FOUR, that's very lucky for Silva and very unlucky for Amjad, Silva tried to sweep from outside off stump and the top edge flew over the wicketkeeper for four

30.2

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, FOUR, he's played this one superbly, Silva moved forward to a quick ball outside off and opened the face to guide it past short third man for four more

30.3

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, 1 run, nudged off the front foot towards cover for a single

30.4

Mansoor Amjad to Sangakkara, no run, bowled flat and on leg stump, Sangakkara moves across and nudges off his pads to short fine leg

30.5

Mansoor Amjad to Sangakkara, 1 run, flat delivery once again on middle and leg, Sangakkara nudges towards square leg

30.6

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, 1 run, he's not flighting it this over, flat and quick outside off, Silva pushes towards cover point and keeps strike

End of over 31 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 170/3 (RR: 5.48)
LPC Silva    13* (7b 2x4)      Mansoor Amjad    3-0-19-1
KC Sangakkara    62* (68b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    4-0-24-0

31.1

Shoaib Malik to Silva, FOUR, on leg stump once again and Silva sweeps the ball firmly to the fine leg boundary

31.2

Shoaib Malik to Silva, 1 leg bye, nudged off his pads towards midwicket for one

31.3

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara moves deep in his crease and punches the ball towards long off

31.4

Shoaib Malik to Silva, 1 run, Silva defends the ball on the off side and calls for the single

31.5

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, FOUR, that's a ridiculous delivery, a high full toss on leg stump, Malik hit the stumps at the bowler's end as he was delivering that, Sangakkara waits for it patiently and pulls the ball over short fine leg for four

Malik's wringing his hand in pain.

31.6

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, defended solidly back towards the bowler

The umpires call for drinks to come on to the field. Sri Lanka are steadily inching their run-rate up towards six an over.

End of over 32 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 181/3 (RR: 5.65)
KC Sangakkara    67* (71b 7x4)      Shoaib Malik    5-0-34-0
LPC Silva    18* (10b 3x4)      Mansoor Amjad    3-0-19-1

32.1

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, no run, bowled flat through the air on middle and off, played off the back foot to point

32.2

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

32.3

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, 1 run, he's really sending them down quick now, Silva cuts off the back foot through point

32.4

Mansoor Amjad to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara leans forward and works the ball off his pads wide of the fielder at short fine leg for one

32.5

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, no run, that was slower and it bounced and turned a bit more outside off stump, Silva tries to cut but gets beaten

32.6

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, no run, defended back to the bowler on the front foot, "Yourself!" shouts Sarfraz from behind the stumps

End of over 33 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 183/3 (RR: 5.54)
LPC Silva    19* (15b 3x4)      Mansoor Amjad    4-0-21-1
KC Sangakkara    68* (72b 7x4)      Shoaib Malik    5-0-34-0

Wahab Riaz is back for another spell, from over the wicket.

33.1

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, FOUR, that's hammered, the length was short outside off stump, Sangakkara waited on the back foot and punched the ball hard through cover for four

33.2

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, 1 run, played off the back foot through point for one

33.3

Wahab Riaz to Silva, no run, short of a length on leg and middle, Silva moves across and tries to work the ball from his hips but misses

33.4

Wahab Riaz to Silva, 2 runs, too full outside off stump, Silva strides forward and drives the ball firmly along the ground to deep cover

33.5

Wahab Riaz to Silva, 1 run, Wahab goes round the wicket and angles the ball into the right-hander, Silva stays in his crease and nudges the ball to square leg

33.6

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara waits on the back foot and cuts towards point

Time for the mandatory ball change.

End of over 34 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 191/3 (RR: 5.61)
KC Sangakkara    73* (75b 8x4)      Wahab Riaz    7-0-35-0
LPC Silva    22* (18b 3x4)      Mansoor Amjad    4-0-21-1

34.1

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, no run, that's the googly, it pitched outside off and Silva thrust his pad out and blocked it

34.2

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

34.3

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, no run, Silva tries to sweep the ball from outside off and gets hit on the pad, Amjad appeals but the impact was outside the line of off stump

34.4

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

34.5

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, no run, bit of width outside off stump and Silva cuts the ball to short third man

34.6

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, no run, "Yourself, very well bowled!" yells Sarfraz as Amjad finishes his over with a tight wicket to wicket delivery which Silva defends back to the bowler

End of over 35 (maiden) Sri Lanka 191/3 (RR: 5.45)
LPC Silva    22* (24b 3x4)      Mansoor Amjad    5-1-21-1
KC Sangakkara    73* (75b 8x4)      Wahab Riaz    7-0-35-0

35.1

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, no run, good length delivery on off stump, Sangakkara stands tall and punches back to the bowler

35.2

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, FOUR, too short and too wide outside off stump, Sangakkara waits for the ball on the back foot and lifts it over the infield at cover for four more

35.3

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, no run, Wahab replies with a sharp bouncer which forces Sangakkara to duck

35.4

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara moves back and opens the face to play the ball towards point, Sangakkara sets off for the single but gets sent back, Misbah misses at the batsman's end and concedes an overthrow

35.5

Wahab Riaz to Silva, 1 run, Silva moves on to the front foot and flicks off his pads towards deep square leg

35.6

Wahab Riaz to Sangakkara, 2 runs, too full on middle and leg stump, Sangakkara lifts the ball off his pads into the gap at wide long on, Younis runs quickly to his right from deep midwicket and prevents the boundary

End of over 36 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 199/3 (RR: 5.52)
KC Sangakkara    80* (80b 9x4)      Wahab Riaz    8-0-43-0
LPC Silva    23* (25b 3x4)      Mansoor Amjad    5-1-21-1

36.1

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, 1 run, Silva moves across his stumps to sweep to short fine leg, Sangakkara calls for the quick single which brings up the 50 partnership off only 45 balls

36.2

Mansoor Amjad to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara steps out and drives the ball firmly towards the bowler, the ball hits Amjad and ricochets towards mid-on for one

36.3

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, 1 run, Silva pushes towards the off side for one

36.4

Mansoor Amjad to Sangakkara, 1 run, short ball and Sangakkara moves back and pulls towards midwicket

36.5

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, 1 run, Silva lunges forward and sweeps powerfully to deep square leg

36.6

Mansoor Amjad to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara drives towards long off for the sixth single of the over

End of over 37 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 205/3 (RR: 5.54)
KC Sangakkara    83* (83b 9x4)      Mansoor Amjad    6-1-27-1
LPC Silva    26* (28b 3x4)      Wahab Riaz    8-0-43-0

Afridi's ready to begin his seventh over.

37.1

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, bowled flat and a tad short, Sangakkara moves back and pulls towards midwicket

37.2

Shahid Afridi to Silva, no run, Silva moves back and tries to work the ball on the leg side but gets an inside edge on to the pad

37.3

Shahid Afridi to Silva, 1 run, bowled flat on middle and leg, Silva moves forward and works the ball behind square

37.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara backs away and runs the ball off the face of the bat to Yousuf at short third man

37.5

Shahid Afridi to Silva, no run, bowled quick outside off stump, Silva mis-times the cut to point

37.6

Shahid Afridi to Silva, no run, defended on the front foot back to the bowler

End of over 38 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 208/3 (RR: 5.47)
LPC Silva    27* (32b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-36-0
KC Sangakkara    85* (85b 9x4)      Mansoor Amjad    6-1-27-1

38.1

Mansoor Amjad to Sangakkara, no run, defended on the leg side

38.2

Mansoor Amjad to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara moves forward and plays the ball to long on for a single

38.3

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, 1 run, bowled quick and straight, Silva comes on to the front foot and nudges towards point for one

38.4

Mansoor Amjad to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara gets on to the front foot and closes the face to play the ball behind square

38.5

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, FOUR, well Silva's got down on one knee and slog swept the ball from outside off into the gap at deep square leg

38.6

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, 1 run, dropped short on the leg side for a quick single

End of over 39 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 216/3 (RR: 5.53)
LPC Silva    33* (35b 4x4)      Mansoor Amjad    7-1-35-1
KC Sangakkara    87* (88b 9x4)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-36-0

39.1

Shahid Afridi to Silva, 1 run, dragged short outside off stump, Silva cuts off the back foot in front of point

39.2

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara waits for a flat delivery to come into him and pushes towards midwicket

39.3

Shahid Afridi to Silva, 1 run, Silva moves back and works a ball from outside off to midwicket

39.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, the line is a bit too straight which allows Sangakkara to flick off his pads towards short fine leg

39.5

Shahid Afridi to Silva, no run, quick and straight from Afridi, this time Silva has to defend towards the bowler

39.6

Shahid Afridi to Silva, 2 runs, swept towards Wahab Riaz at deep backward square who fumbles and allows the second run

End of over 40 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 222/3 (RR: 5.55)
LPC Silva    37* (39b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-42-0
KC Sangakkara    89* (90b 9x4)      Mansoor Amjad    7-1-35-1

Ten overs remain, Sri Lanka are 220 for 3. Can they get 300? They have only one specialist batsman left in the dressing room.

40.1

Mansoor Amjad to Sangakkara, 1 run, worked off the pads towards the leg side

40.2

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, Silva gets on to the front foot and drives to deep cover

40.3

Mansoor Amjad to Sangakkara, 1 run, a bit short and Sangakkara moves back to pull the ball through midwicket for another single

40.4

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, no run, Silva pushes forward at the googly and gets an inside edge on to the pad

40.5

Mansoor Amjad to Silva, 1 leg bye, fired down leg side, Silva sweeps but doesn't make proper contact, he gets a single to short fine leg

40.6

Mansoor Amjad to Sangakkara, SIX, Sangakkara's carted that! He came down the track, got to the pitch of the ball, squared himself up slightly and lofted the ball over deep midwicket and sent it several rows back

End of over 41 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 232/3 (RR: 5.65)
KC Sangakkara    97* (93b 9x4 1x6)      Mansoor Amjad    8-1-44-1
LPC Silva    38* (42b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-42-0

41.1

Shahid Afridi to Silva, FOUR, Silva's waited for this and played the late cut past the fielder at short third man for four, he used the bowler's pace superbly

41.2

Shahid Afridi to Silva, 1 run, short and wide outside off, Silva cuts the ball through cover for a single

41.3

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara moves on to 98 by pushing off the front foot towards point

41.4

Shahid Afridi to Silva, 1 run, Silva plants his front foot forward and sweeps to deep backward square leg

41.5

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara gets down on one knee and sweeps the ball in the air past short fine leg for a single to long leg

41.6

Shahid Afridi to Silva, 1 run, cut off the back foot through point for one

End of over 42 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 241/3 (RR: 5.73)
LPC Silva    45* (46b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-51-0
KC Sangakkara    99* (95b 9x4 1x6)      Mansoor Amjad    8-1-44-1

Malik's brought Tanvir back, he has four overs left, bowling from round the wicket.

42.1

Sohail Tanvir to Silva, 1 run, a good length delivery angles into the right-hander, Silva comes forward and nudges past the bowler on the leg side for a single

Right, Sangakkara's on 99.

42.2

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 1 run, he gets 100 No 9 by walking across and flicking a full ball towards square leg, he raises his bat aloft at the end of that run, it's been a fluent performance from him

42.3

Sohail Tanvir to Silva, OUT, caught! Tanvir delivers from extremely wide of the crease and angles the ball into the right-hander, Silva stays in his crease and opens the face, trying to play the ball to third man, the ball bounces a bit more and takes the edge through to Sarfraz

LPC Silva c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Sohail Tanvir 46 (54m 48b 5x4 0x6) SR: 95.83

Thilan Thushara has been promoted ahead of Dilshan. I don't know much about Thushara but he must be able to hit it if he's come in ahead of Dilshan.

42.4

Sohail Tanvir to Thushara, 1 run, pushed off the front foot through cover for one

42.5

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara moves forward and punches towards mid-on, midwicket runs across and cuts it off

Thushara has a first-class 100 apparently.

42.6

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, pushed towards midwicket, Tanvir ends an excellent over

End of over 43 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 244/4 (RR: 5.67)
KC Sangakkara    100* (98b 9x4 1x6)      Sohail Tanvir    7-1-27-3
T Thushara    1* (1b)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-51-0

43.1

Shahid Afridi to Thushara, 1 leg bye, Thushara clears his front foot out of the way and tries to hammer the ball over midwicket, he gets beaten by a slower one from Afridi and Sangakkara runs the single

43.2

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, driven back to the bowler off the front foot

43.3

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, played towards cover off the front foot, another dot ball

43.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara leans forward and drives to long-on

43.5

Shahid Afridi to Thushara, 1 run, Thushara once again tries to slog over midwicket but mis-times it

43.6

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, driven down the ground once more for a single

Whoops the previous mis-timed slog from Thushara wasn't a leg bye, he must have got a bit of bat on it. The leg bye is still a silly rule though.

End of over 44 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 248/4 (RR: 5.63)
KC Sangakkara    102* (102b 9x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-54-0
T Thushara    2* (3b)      Sohail Tanvir    7-1-27-3

44.1

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 1 run, punched down the ground for a single, Pakistan have kept it tight in the last two, three overs

44.2

Sohail Tanvir to Thushara, 2 runs, full ball angling into the left-hander, Thushara lofts the ball towards long on and Sangakkara sprints back to the danger end for the second

44.3

Sohail Tanvir to Thushara, no run, the slower ball outside off stump, Thushara tries to hit across the line but gets comprehensively beaten, hmmm I think holding Dilshan back may not have been the best move

44.4

Sohail Tanvir to Thushara, 2 runs, pulled with power towards deep midwicket where Butt keeps the ball inside the boudnary with some nifty handwork

44.5

Sohail Tanvir to Thushara, no run, another slower ball outside off stump, Thushara throws his bat wildly and gets beaten once again

44.6

Sohail Tanvir to Thushara, no run, this one is fuller straighter and quicker, Thushara gets an inside edge past his stumps to short fine leg

End of over 45 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 253/4 (RR: 5.62)
T Thushara    6* (8b)      Sohail Tanvir    8-1-32-3
KC Sangakkara    103* (103b 9x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-54-0

45.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Sangakkara, FOUR, shot! Sangakkara has changed his bat and used the new one to whack the ball over midwicket, he hit that with a golf swing for four

45.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara moves forward and drives the ball through cover for a single this time

45.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Thushara, 1 run, Thushara goes back and tries to slog once again but mis-times the ball towards midwicket in the circle, Yousuf runs forward but can't reach the ball in time to take the catch

45.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Sangakkara hits the ball in the air through cover and sprints through for two, he's showing a lot of energy, keeping wicket for 50 overs after this will test him

45.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Sangakkara, 1 run, driven past the bowler for a single

45.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Thushara, 1 run, Thushara hits the ball towards long off with a flat bat to keep the strike

End of over 46 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 263/4 (RR: 5.71)
T Thushara    8* (10b)      Iftikhar Anjum    7-0-46-0
KC Sangakkara    111* (107b 10x4 1x6)      Sohail Tanvir    8-1-32-3

46.1

Sohail Tanvir to Thushara, (no ball) FOUR, that's an odd slog, he stood in his crease and threw his bat at it, it didn't look like he connected properly but the ball nearly carried for six towards wide long off

There were only three fielders in the circle so that's a no ball as well.

46.1

Sohail Tanvir to Thushara, no run, now Thushara tries to whack the ball towards deep square leg, the camera thinks he's connected but the ball hasn't left the pitch

46.2

Sohail Tanvir to Thushara, 1 run, slower ball outside off stump, Thushara mis-time the hit to long off where Malik fields

46.3

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara moves across his stumps and uses the angle into him from over the wicket to swing the ball towards deep square leg

46.4

Sohail Tanvir to Thushara, 1 run, another attempted slog falls safely, Thushara tried to pull the ball but the top edge lobbed tamely into the vacant space at short square leg

46.5

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, short ball and Sangakkara swivels but can't pull the ball past Butt at midwicket

46.6

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, OUT, bowled him! Tanvir gets his fourth! Sangakkara moves outside the line of off stump and tries to chip a full ball over the fielder at short fine leg, he misses and the ball hits off and middle stump, off he goes to get some rest before he comes out to keep again, excellent innings

KC Sangakkara b Sohail Tanvir 112 (202m 110b 10x4 1x6) SR: 101.81

End of over 47 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 271/5 (RR: 5.76)
     Sohail Tanvir    9-1-40-4
T Thushara    14* (14b 1x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    7-0-46-0

Dilshan is the new batsman.

47.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Thushara, FOUR, is that six? Thushara pulls a short ball off the front foot towards deep midwicket where Misbah realises the ball is going over the boundary and taps it in with his left hand, the ball grazes the inside of the boudnary rope as it falls inside the boundary, it's been signaled four

47.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Thushara, 2 runs, driven firmly down the ground for two runs

47.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Thushara, SIX, ok Thushara's making me eat my words now, he's stood on the back foot and lofted a short of a length ball with tremendous power over the head of the fielder at long-on for six, this is why he was sent in ahead of Dilshan

47.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Thushara, 1 run, he tries to slog a good length ball across the line towards deep midwicket but only manages an inside edge behind square on the leg side

47.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan tries to smash a good length ball from outside off stump into orbit at midwicket, he doesn't make contact and gets beaten

47.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Dilshan, 1 run, fuller and straighter from Iftikhar, Dilshan had moved his front foot out of the way but in the end he was cramped for room and had to drive towards long on for one

End of over 48 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 285/5 (RR: 5.93)
TM Dilshan    1* (2b)      Iftikhar Anjum    8-0-60-0
T Thushara    27* (18b 2x4 1x6)      Sohail Tanvir    9-1-40-4

48.1

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, 1 run, Tanvir cramps Dilshan for room with one that angles into the right-hander from round the wicket, he mis-times the shot on the off side for a single

48.2

Sohail Tanvir to Thushara, 1 run, slower full toss from over the wicket, Thushara pulls towards deep square leg for a single

48.3

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, 1 run, full delivery from round the wicket to the right-hander, Dilshan flicks to deep midwicket for a single

48.4

Sohail Tanvir to Thushara, OUT, caught! And well caught! Tanvir picks up his maiden five-for in ODIs, he pitched the ball short and Thushara pulled it flat off the front foot, the ball was traveling flat and quickly towards deep midwicket where Wahab ran to his left and took a sharp catch

T Thushara c Wahab Riaz b Sohail Tanvir 28 (30m 20b 2x4 1x6) SR: 140.00

Vaas is the new batsman, he will be at the non-striker's end.

48.5

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, FOUR, powerful drive and the fielder has no chance, Dilshan strides forward and drills a length ball through cover, he places it to the right of the fielder and gets four

48.6

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, 1 run, flicked off his pads through the leg side for a single

End of over 49 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 293/6 (RR: 5.97)
TM Dilshan    8* (6b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    10-1-48-5
WPUJC Vaas    0* (0b)      Iftikhar Anjum    8-0-60-0

Wahab will bowl the final over.

49.1

Wahab Riaz to Dilshan, 2 wides, full and wide outside off stump, the keeper can't collect leanly and they run a single in addition to the wide

49.1

Wahab Riaz to Vaas, 2 runs, full ball nearly in the blockhole, Vaas jams his bat down at it and squeezes it in front of point

49.2

Wahab Riaz to Vaas, 1 run, Vaas pushes the ball towards mid on for a single

49.3

Wahab Riaz to Dilshan, OUT, bowled him! The ball wasn't that short and Dilshan tried to pull it over midwicket, he got a bottom edge that went on to hit his stumps

TM Dilshan b Wahab Riaz 8 (16m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 114.28

49.4

Wahab Riaz to Kulasekara, no run, full and quick outside off stump, Kulasekera misses the ball and Sarfraz prevents the bye by releasing it quickly

49.5

Wahab Riaz to Kulasekara, 2 wides, this time the line is down leg side and Vaas also sprints through for a single, that's a wide and Sri Lanka bring up 300

49.5

Wahab Riaz to Vaas, 1 run, banged in short and Vaas hits it with a flat bat towards long-on, the ball reaches the fielder on the bounce

49.6

Wahab Riaz to Kulasekara, 1 run, full delivery outside off stump, Kulasekera plays the ball through point and they run only a single

7.42 pm local time: Sri Lanka have posted a formidable score of 302 for 7, which was built around Sangakkara's fluent century. It will be interesting to see if Pakistan follow their strategy of playing cautiously in the beginning of their innings. They've done it efficiently while batting first but the pressure of a run chase might influence that approach. I'll be back in about half an hour for Pakistan's innings.

End of over 50 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 302/7
KMDN Kulasekara    1* (2b)      Wahab Riaz    9-0-52-1
WPUJC Vaas    4* (3b)      Sohail Tanvir    10-1-48-5
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Jun 29, 2008

Chamara Silva dropped Shoaib Malik on 51, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Super Fours, Asia Cup, Karachi, June 29, 2008

Chamara Silva dropped Shoaib Malik on 51

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Jun 29, 2008

Misbah-ul-Haq slog-sweeps on his way to 76, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Super Fours, Asia Cup, Karachi, June 29, 2008

Misbah-ul-Haq slog-sweeps on his way to 76

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