ICC Cricket World Cup, 10th Match, Group A: Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS), Feb 26, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 10th match, Group A
Pakistan won by 11 runs
26 February 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)
5.4

Perera to Kamran Akmal, 3 runs, Kamran is off the blocks right away, leans languidly, almost casually in to a length ball outside off that sends it through covers

Pakistan 31/1   Kamran Akmal 3* (1b)
6.1

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, 1 leg bye, worked away off the pads backward of square leg, Kula getting some inward movement off the seam

Pakistan 32/1   Kamran Akmal 3* (2b)
7.1

Perera to Kamran Akmal, no run, gets just a hint of inward movement way outside off stump, he gets an inside edge as he plays away from the body, the ball rolls away towards square leg

7.2

Perera to Kamran Akmal, no run, almost the perfect forward defensive, picked up the length, saw it wasn't there for the drive, and came out to block it with a straight bat

7.3

Perera to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, Kamran goes calypso, shuffles across a bit, picks up a length ball from outside off and flicks it over square leg, one foot in the air as he does so

7.4

Perera to Kamran Akmal, no run, gets an underedge as he looks to steer this one outside off towards third man

7.5

Perera to Kamran Akmal, no run, plays out this one on the stumps towards mid on off the back foot

7.6

Perera to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, he manages to lure another batsman forward, not fatal for Kamran this time, it was also because he went almost half-heartedly at this length delivery that was miles outside off and the outside edge bounced well short of third man

Pakistan 47/1   Kamran Akmal 8* (8b 1x4)
8.1

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, no run, two feet outside the crease before the ball is delivered, almost yorks himself as Kuila goes full, the ball goes to point

8.2

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, no run, launches in to the big drive, gets it off the middle, also gets it to short extra cover

8.3

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, takes this one on the full as he takes a step out, and delays the shot for an instant to get the placement spot-on this time, past cover, and into the boundary

8.4

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, 3 runs, slower one, moving away, he picked it ages ago, stood tall and punched it past point with an angled bat, in the air, but safely in the gap, some busy fielding at the boundary saves a run

8.6

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, another example of the width, it wasn't a wayward one but still enough room outside off for Kamran to lean out and meet the ball with the full face of the bat, boy, he is looking so good out there, the result is a sweetly-timed boundary

Pakistan 59/1   Kamran Akmal 19* (13b 3x4)
10.1

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, slower one, he was already into the forward movement, allowed the ball to come on, and defended it

10.2

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, gets on the front foot and tries to get this length ball past Dilshan at cover point, that is not so easy to do, Dilshan puts in the dive and stops the ball

10.3

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, played out to Dilshan at cover point again

10.4

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, raps him on the pads, they go up in appeal, he was coming forward and the ball shaped back in to strike him, looked to be outside the line, replays show it was so, maybe a bit of bat too

10.5

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, punched away down the ground, long on fields

Pakistan 66/1   Kamran Akmal 20* (18b 3x4)
11.1

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, Kamran goes wide of mid off, it was there in his slot, front leg went out of the way, out came the big swing, the bat face opened at the right moment, and the ball was picked up from the wide long off boundary

11.2

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, no run, confident drive off the front foot, lots of intent, too bad it found short extra cover

11.3

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, 1 wide, tries to tuck him for room with the angled ball, goes wide of leg stump instead

11.3

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, picks up the slower one outside off quickly, bends the knees and guides it to third man

11.6

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, no run, some away movement, but far too short, he gets away with it though, Kamran stays on the back foot and hammers it to extra cover, got a bit too eager seeing the short one

Pakistan 73/1   Kamran Akmal 25* (22b 4x4)
12.2

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, guided to third man for another single

12.5

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, played out in to the off side by Kamran, tidy over so far

12.6

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, flicked airily again, could have been in trouble had it not bounced just in front of a diving midwicket

Pakistan 76/1   Kamran Akmal 26* (25b 4x4)
13.2

Muralitharan to Kamran Akmal, no run, defended down the track

13.3

Muralitharan to Kamran Akmal, no run, played back down the track

13.4

Muralitharan to Kamran Akmal, no run, goes back and cuts it, but cannot get it past backward point

13.5

Muralitharan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, shortish, enough time to punch it down to long on

Pakistan 77/2   Kamran Akmal 27* (29b 4x4)
14.3

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, pushed towards mid off, some thoughts of a single abound, but they are rightly quelled

14.4

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, slower one, cuts in too from outside off, he can only push it back down the track

14.5

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, strides forward and pings short extra cover with the drive

14.6

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, much fuller outside off stump, driven forcefully to cover, and Pakistan will take drinks after shooting themselves in the foot

Pakistan 79/2   Kamran Akmal 27* (33b 4x4)
15.3

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, no run, Kula shortens the length further, and keeps it tight on off stump, Kamran plays it back down the track

15.4

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, no run, slow legcutter at 104 kph, Kamran leans out to drop it to the off side, but picks out point

15.5

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, a foot outside off this time, Kamran chops this towards third man and gets the single

Pakistan 81/2   Kamran Akmal 28* (36b 4x4)
16.2

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, Kamran punches it down to long on for another single

16.6

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, no run, Kamran check-drives the last ball into the covers to end the over

Pakistan 89/2   Kamran Akmal 29* (38b 4x4)
17.3

Herath to Kamran Akmal, no run, whoa, Kamran goes well back and plays the ball almost falally late. It was almost crashing into the stumps when he decided to execute the late cut.

17.4

Herath to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, on the pads this time, and he turns it away square for one more

17.6

Herath to Kamran Akmal, no run, tossed up again and turning away, as the right hander tries to inside out him through the covers

Pakistan 92/2   Kamran Akmal 30* (41b 4x4)
18.3

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, poor from Angelo, angles this one down the leg side and Kamran just helps it along with pleasure for four through fine leg. Sri Lanka have been curiously lacking in intensity today

18.4

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, nice timing from Kamran, more generosity from Angelo, full and wide outside off, Kamran hits in along the ground off the front foot to deep extra cover

18.5

Mathews to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, Kamran works this one wide of mid on for Pakistan's 100th run. Strong platform building happening.

Pakistan 100/2   Kamran Akmal 37* (44b 5x4)
19.1

Muralitharan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, turning further down, Kamran flicks square for a single

19.3

Muralitharan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, air again, on middle stump and Kamran goes the other way, driving with the spin to long on

Pakistan 105/2   Kamran Akmal 39* (46b 5x4)
20.1

Herath to Kamran Akmal, no run, full on middle and leg, Kamran forces it back down the ground

20.2

Herath to Kamran Akmal, OUT, Well, Pakistan have lost three wickets. Kamran has taken more than any of the Sri Lankan bowlers - two. After sending Hafeez back with his wily running, he's now accounted for himself with an inexplicable unremarkable charge down the track. He seemed to have decided long back that, no matter what, this had to go over long on. And so he proceeded - to run down the track like a bull that had seen a red rag. Herath just stuck to his guns, landed it on middle and got it to turn away, past Kamran's mad, mad swipe. Miss. He doesn't have much time to turn back. Sanga does the rest. He didn't even turn back. Just kept walking. Good idea too. Vintage Kamran.

Kamran Akmal st †Sangakkara b Herath 39 (68m 48b 5x4 0x6) SR: 81.25

Pakistan 105/3   Kamran Akmal 39 (48b 5x4)
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