ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 10th match, Group A

Sri Lanka v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 11 runs

The impressive Nuwan Kulasekara has the new ball. Pakistan's openers undertake a round of pitch gardening. Right, here we go.

Right, we are not far from the start. Me, Abhishek, and Nitin Sundar will be alternating between ball-by-ball commentary and over-by-over chat. So make sure you tune in to both.

2.20 pm Alright, the players are out for the national anthem. Pakistan's first. Shoaib Akhtar does a smart little bow as the anthem ends. Now for the Sri Lankan anthem. The packed Premadasa stands up as one.

Anees: "Listening to Russel Arnold in the pitch report, are we going to get used to a new Ravi Shastri loud voice?" One gets the feeling that would certainly not be what the doctor ordered.

One thing that Pakistan seem to have got right is the decision after winning the toss. Chasing at the Premadasa has been difficult, our stats man Madhu has lots of numbers to prove that here.

Rahat wanted Pakistan to go in with four specialist bowlers: "Pak should have picked Wahab over Hafeez. Afridi and Waqar Younis playing it safe and will pay the price. The bowling lacks depth."

ibo with the mandatory weather prayer, coz the game is in Colombo: "May be weather will be deciding factor .. Hope the weather won't disturb this wonderful evening."

Waqar Younis has said that Muttiah Muralitharan is "not 28 anymore", and not that much of a threat. Here is what Murali has to say on air: "Well, I am definitely not 28 anymore, I am 38 now. But that does not mean I can't perform."

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Hiral: "Afridi & Razaqq at 7 & 8 means Pakistan can turn the game on its head any time while batting. And we all know how good their bowling is. It is a much threatening side than many would have thought." Many think it is a very threatening side, dangerous as well.

Zeeshan Ali chimes in with support for the Rawalpindi Express: "Shoaib..you are wrong. The nation behind you this time..Go for it. Good luck."

SKD is not impressed: "Both the teams are okay with 270. Why not cut to the second innings right away??"

Alright, some changes for Sri Lanka, none for Pakistan. What is happening to your Fantasy XIs? Are you on your way to the FREE 13 inch Macbook Air Notebook?

The one and only Shoaib Akhtar on air: "Never had a doubt for one second about myself. I don't care what people feel. I felt I would make a comeback, and I did. I am a very patriotic man. Nothing else matters to me."

No Malinga, no Mendis. Pakistan have stuck to three specialist bowlers, in Shoaib, Gul and Rehman. Makes this one too close to call. What do you think? Who will win this one? Try your hand at some prediction.

2 pm Toss: Sanga spins the coin, and Shahid Afridi calls right. Pakistan will bat first. Afridi: "Best conditions to bat first. Morale is quite high. Very important game for us. We know it is a good batting wicket. Same team that played against Kenya. With our bowling strength, I will be satisfied with 270."

Sanga: "Chamara Silva is in for Kapugedera. Rangana Herath is in for Mendis. We are not going to take a risk with Malinga right now. Anything around 270-280 is a chaseable total. That's what we will hope to restrict them to."

While we wait for the toss, you can have a look at Sid Ravindran's preview.

Welcome to what should be the first big game of the World Cup, and by big, I mean really big. South Africa against West Indies promised a lot, but didn't deliver at all, Australia against New Zealand didn't resemble a contest, England and Netherlands surprised us, but nothing better than two former champions clashing in what has built up into an under-stated, but familiar, rivalry. There is nothing that Pakistan and Sri Lanka two don't know about each other. The only thing that is an unknown is the pitch, at the re-done Premadasa Stadium.

0.1

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, gentlest of looseners, miles outside off stump, and goes to the keeper on the bounce

0.2

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, lovely delivery, holds its line outside off stump, gets him to come forward and have a poke at it, he is comprehensively beaten, Sanga is already standing closer to the stumps

0.3

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, now this one tails back in from a length outside off, Shehzad is shuffling across off stump, and meets it with a defensive bat

0.4

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, Shehzad is away, takes some confident steps towards the ball which is quite a distance outside off stump, and clatters it through the covers for the first boundary of the match

0.5

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, again he is miles down the track and outside off stump, and punches this length ball towards covers

0.6

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 leg bye, stays in the crease now, and lets this angled ball come in to him, and tucks it down to fine leg

End of over 1 (5 runs) Pakistan 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
Ahmed Shehzad    4* (6b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-4-0
Mohammad Hafeez    0* (0b)     

Perera will share the new ball with Kula

1.1

Perera to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, fuller length compared to Kula, better carry too, but the line is in that channel outside off like Kula, and the batsman lets it go

1.2

Perera to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 wide, Perera sprays one very wide outside off stump, got some movement but that started about four feet from the batsman outside off

1.2

Perera to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, goes for the booming drive, it is pitched fuller, and takes the outside edge on its way fine to the third man boundary

second slip comes in now

1.3

Perera to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, gets some width outside off stump, and goes hard at it, and the ball races away wide of third man

1.4

Perera to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, better line from Perera, fuller on the stumps, and he gets the bat around pad to flick it wide of mid on

1.5

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, gets him to drove with a fullish ball that is around off stump, it takes the outer half of the bat to go towards point

1.6

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, gets forward neatly to the pitch of this length delivery, and drives it confidently to mid off

End of over 2 (8 runs) Pakistan 13/0 (RR: 6.50)
Mohammad Hafeez    0* (2b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-8-0
Ahmed Shehzad    11* (10b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-4-0

2.1

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, he has this habit of shuffling across and outside off stump, that led to his downfall against Kenya, this time the ball is much shorter, and he plays it down in front of midwicket

2.2

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, this time he stands in the crease and looking to thump a back of a length ball through covers, but Kula gets it to nip back in and he ungainly hits it back down the track

2.3

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, bowls it fuller outside off, and now he gets forward and pings covers with a neat drive

Sanga comes up to the stumps now, Shehzad has been walking out too often for his comfort

2.4

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, stays in the crease, and plays out a length ball towards covers

2.5

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, Shehzad cannot go walking now with Sanga breathing down his back, and defends one on the stumps to mid on

2.6

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, well, that one was asking to be despatched, but he missed out, hitting a short and wide one straight to point

End of over 3 (maiden) Pakistan 13/0 (RR: 4.33)
Ahmed Shehzad    11* (16b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-4-0
Mohammad Hafeez    0* (2b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-8-0

Lots of noise around the stadium

3.1

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, leans into the straight drive, but Perera gets a hand to it, the non-striker rushes back in to the crease

3.2

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, there is no stopping this one, Hafeez it is, who gets to the pitch of a length delivery and sends it purring wide of cover for a boundary, that was perfectly timed

3.3

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, goes much closer to the stumps, no room to drive, so he blocks in to the off side

3.4

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, goes still closer, this time to leg stump, and Hafeez happily whips it through square leg, the outfield is quick, but so is the fielder who runs in from fine leg to cut it off

3.5

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, driven past the bowler, MAthews at mid off is a bit wide, what;s more he slips as well as he runs to his right, and that made the single look a lot easier than it could have been

3.6

Perera to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, played out in to the covers off the front foot

End of over 4 (7 runs) Pakistan 20/0 (RR: 5.00)
Ahmed Shehzad    11* (17b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-15-0
Mohammad Hafeez    7* (7b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-4-0

4.1

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, lot of width outside off stump, and he eases in to a steer down to third man

Looks to be a very good toss to win, this one

4.2

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, shot! stands tall, lets the shortish ball come on, and punches it through the gap at extra cover, Mathews gives chase, and stops the ball, his cap comes off its bearings and hangs on by a thread, but he saved the boundary

4.3

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, good delivery, slows down the pace, he comes forward and turns it to mid on

4.4

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 leg bye, goes down the pads, he tucks it away through square leg, there was some excitement among the fielders, could not definitely have been for a possible leg-before?

4.5

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a length outside off, pushed towards extra cover

4.6

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, that is so easy on the eye, it was played so delicately that it was a surprise that third man had no chance as he attempted to run to his right, there was width on offer, and he timed it deftly past point

End of over 5 (8 runs) Pakistan 28/0 (RR: 5.60)
Mohammad Hafeez    12* (10b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-11-0
Ahmed Shehzad    13* (20b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-15-0

5.1

Perera to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, just on a length, not quite there for the drive, he pushes forward and the ball rolls away to mid off

5.2

Perera to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, goes for an ambitious pull, there is a huge gap at midwicket, but the ball was not short at all, and the ball rolls away off the bottom edge to the man in front of square leg

5.3

Perera to Ahmed Shehzad, OUT, got 'em! Shehzad had shown signs of impatience the previous delivery, and this time he was lured into a drive outside off stump, it was pitched on a length, and moved away slightly to produce the fatal edge, bounced a lot more than usual too, and Sanga doesn't let go of those

Ahmed Shehzad c †Sangakkara b Perera 13 (24m 23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 56.52

Kamran Akmal is the new man in

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

5.5

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, now Hafeez shows signs of getting on with it, wonder why, they have just lost a wicket, looking to heave this one over midwicket, mistimes it towards mid on

5.6

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, oops, he had launched himself in to the drive, but the ball arrived a lot later than he thought it would, and he sort of tried to check his shot in the end, and ended up playing an awkward sort of push-drive to extra cover

End of over 6 (3 runs) Pakistan 31/1 (RR: 5.16)
Mohammad Hafeez    12* (12b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-18-1
Kamran Akmal    3* (1b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-11-0

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

6.2

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, another one comes in, this time from outside off stump, excellent line, he gets forward and blocks

6.3

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, SIX, whoops, where did that come from, Kula has been getting it to come in, Hafeez trusted him, went down on a knee and lifted the incoming delivery in front of square leg, that goes all the way, what a shot

6.4

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, and another one, this one was outside off stump, but Hafeez used the wrists even more this time to pick it backward of square leg for a boundary, just went outside the line, and forced the ball with the wrists

Sanga has gone back

6.5

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, fuller, almost in the blockhole, he digs it out towards mid on

6.6

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, cuts down the pace, the batsman was already coming forward, and had to be content with a defensive push in the end

End of over 7 (11 runs) Pakistan 42/1 (RR: 6.00)
Mohammad Hafeez    22* (17b 3x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-21-0
Kamran Akmal    3* (2b)      NLTC Perera    3-0-18-1

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

End of over 8 (5 runs) Pakistan 47/1 (RR: 5.87)
Kamran Akmal    8* (8b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    4-0-23-1
Mohammad Hafeez    22* (17b 3x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-21-0

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

8.5

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, the runs continue to flow, this time a steered single to third man, there has been a lot of width gifted to Pakistan today

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

End of over 9 (12 runs) Pakistan 59/1 (RR: 6.55)
Kamran Akmal    19* (13b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-33-0
Mohammad Hafeez    23* (18b 3x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    4-0-23-1

Shrikant: "isn't younis or misbah or umar akmal better option at no. 3?" With the kind of form Kamran is in, certainly not

Chacha Cricket in full flow in the crowd

9.1

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, played out off the front foot in to the covers

9.2

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, opens the face to guide a length ball to point

9.3

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, lovely delivery, back of a length outside off, moving away, and making him feel for the ball, unlucky not to get the edge

9.4

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, well, nothing much wrong with this one, it was on the off stump, a touch straight, but it was the batsman who created the shot, walking across the stumps, and lifting it backward of square, all wrists

9.5

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, better delviery, cannot do much with it, on a length and defended into the off side

9.6

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, too straight again, now he flicks in the air, in the huge spaces at midwicket, not much presence on the leg side for Sri Lanka, and a comfortable couple is taken

End of over 10 (6 runs) Pakistan 65/1 (RR: 6.50)
Mohammad Hafeez    29* (24b 4x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    5-0-29-1
Kamran Akmal    19* (13b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-33-0

Riaz: "never seen this confedece in pakistan team for long time." bowling Powerplay is on now. Mathews to have a bowl

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

10.6

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, gets well forward eagerly to meet the ball outside off stump, and pushes out to extra cover

End of over 11 (1 run) Pakistan 66/1 (RR: 6.00)
Mohammad Hafeez    29* (25b 4x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    1-0-1-0
Kamran Akmal    20* (18b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    5-0-29-1

Muhammad Ezad: "I met Chacha Cricket in Abu Dhabi two months ago..Swell fellow...Very simple and down to earth..." Kula has changed ends meanwhile

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

Sanga now comes up to the stumps

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

11.4

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, back of a length from Kula, he goes back to push it to him, some respite for the bowler

11.5

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, picks up the most comfortable of singles with a push along the ground to that soon-to-be-busy man, long on

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

End of over 12 (7 runs) Pakistan 73/1 (RR: 6.08)
Kamran Akmal    25* (22b 4x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-40-0
Mohammad Hafeez    30* (27b 4x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    1-0-1-0

12.1

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, slower one eased down to long on for one

Ali Mushaf: "@Shrikant: Pakistan in fact plays with three openers. So Younis's No. 4 is actually No. 3 :-)"

12.2

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

12.3

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, just a push, but a well-timed push, took two men to stop that, Mahela dived first but could not, extra cover had to tidy up in the end

12.4

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, flicked in the air through midwicket, doesn;t matter if there is no one in that area

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

End of over 13 (3 runs) Pakistan 76/1 (RR: 5.84)
Kamran Akmal    26* (25b 4x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-4-0
Mohammad Hafeez    32* (30b 4x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-40-0

Ali: "For all the love and support lankans have shown us. I want them to get a wicket or 2 now." Really? Murali comes on now to loud cheers

13.1

Muralitharan to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, oh dear, is anyone out, who is out, what is happening, it was full on leg stump and swept to short fine leg, there was a terrible mix-up, Kamran ran all the way to Hafeez who did not move an inch, the throw came in to Sanga, there were two batsman there, so he threw to Murali, who would have had to be eight feet tall to take the wayward throw, but the ball was in the end relayed to Murali, Hafeez thought of running to Murali's end just for a fleeting moment, abandoned such foolish thoughts, and Murali finally got the bails off, it is Hafeez who has to walk back finally

Mohammad Hafeez run out 32 (63m 31b 4x4 1x6) SR: 103.22

Well, if you cannot earn a Pakistan wicket, they will throw it away

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

13.6

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis Khan is off the mark with a neat tickle backward of square leg

End of over 14 (2 runs) Pakistan 78/2 (RR: 5.57)
Younis Khan    1* (1b)      M Muralitharan    1-0-2-0
Kamran Akmal    27* (29b 4x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-4-0

Ali has had it now. Hamad starts it: "@ Ali emotions dont win matches....bt your words fulfilled..so now on, be carefull."

14.1

Mathews to Younis Khan, no run, the Younis forward defence, lunges out, head on top of the ball and blocks confidently

14.2

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, oops, a tight single, eases a length ball wide of Kula at mid on, and they go through for what was a very risky one

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

sreekanth with this gem: "Is Ali Hafeez in disguise?"

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

End of over 15 (1 run) Pakistan 79/2 (RR: 5.26)
Kamran Akmal    27* (33b 4x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-5-0
Younis Khan    2* (3b)      M Muralitharan    1-0-2-0

This one is building up into quite a contest. Which means the race for the knockouts will be even closer. Who do you think will make it? this might make it easy to predict.

Abhishek heads across to the over-by-over discussion for this game. Do follow the discussions here.

Kula comes on now.

15.1

Kulasekara to Younis Khan, no run, full on the leg stump, Younis squeezes it out to mid on for one

Ashwath: "runout(Jayawardene/Sangakkara/Herath/Muralitharan) What kind of entry is that?"

A very Pakistani kind of entry.

15.2

Kulasekara to Younis Khan, 1 run, back of a length outside off, chopped away into the covers

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

15.6

Kulasekara to Younis Khan, 1 run, bouncer, of the slow loopy kind outside off, and Younis rolls his wrists over a controlled pull in front of square leg

End of over 16 (3 runs) Pakistan 82/2 (RR: 5.12)
Younis Khan    4* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-1-43-0
Kamran Akmal    28* (36b 4x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-5-0

16.1

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, Mathews lands one full and tempting on the pads at 130 kph and Younis nearly chips it straight to midwicket. Slow pitch, YK, take it easy! Single in the end

16.2

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

16.3

Mathews to Younis Khan, FOUR, whoa, nicely done Younis. Mathews bangs it short and straight, just outside off, no room for the cut. Younis just arches his bat back, opens the face and deflects it towards where first slip would have been. Sanga makes an acrobatic effort, but it beats him easy

16.4

Mathews to Younis Khan, no run, very straight this time, even Younis can't get it away and just defends from the crease

16.5

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, offcutter coming in from outside off, Younis works it with the deviation towards midwicket for one

16.6

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

Andy Zaltzman, after Tendulkar's shambolic run-out in Mirpur, said the batsman was 19.5 yards short of his crease. This time, Kamran was nearly 30 yards short. Unfortunately, Hafeez was the man who was sent back.

Herath comes on now

End of over 17 (7 runs) Pakistan 89/2 (RR: 5.23)
Kamran Akmal    29* (38b 4x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-12-0
Younis Khan    10* (10b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-1-43-0

Slip in place for Herath.

17.1

Herath to Younis Khan, no run, tossed up outside off and turning away, driven into the offside where Dilshan intercepts

17.2

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis stays back in the crease and turns it against the spin through square leg

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

17.5

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis leans out to a tossed up ball, and works it against the spin for a single through square leg

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

End of over 18 (3 runs) Pakistan 92/2 (RR: 5.11)
Kamran Akmal    30* (41b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-3-0
Younis Khan    12* (13b 1x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-12-0

Prashant: "How about this one runout(Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene/Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara/Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath/Muttiah Muralitharan)"

That's not a run out. That's an epic. The Iliad is actually more succint.

18.1

Mathews to Younis Khan, no run, back of a length on the off stump line, forced away to mid on

18.2

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, fuller this time on middle stump, Younis punches it down to long on for a single

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.

Kishore: "People speak of depth in Pakistan's batting line-up. But, except Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-haq & Hafeez all the other players are averaging below 30. This line-up may collapse in a big match as the tournament progresses."

18.6

Mathews to Younis Khan, 2 runs, Younis steals two with some charged-up runnings, opens the face and dabs it down to third man where Murali hurries to collect and release, but Younis wins this particular battle of the veterans.

End of over 19 (10 runs) Pakistan 102/2 (RR: 5.36)
Younis Khan    15* (16b 1x4)      AD Mathews    5-0-22-0
Kamran Akmal    37* (44b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-3-0

The Wizard comes back on. The eyes are popping away as always.

19.1

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

19.2

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, generous flight and wily drift towards middle and leg, Younis adjusts to get to the pitch and drive through mid off for one

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

19.4

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, no run, Younis chips out, can't quite get to the pitch and drives straight to midwicket

19.5

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, no run, Younis reaches across well outside off and tries to work Murali with the spin to the leg side

19.6

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, no run, beaten outside off, Younis lunges forward to smother the spin and Murali gets past him

End of over 20 (3 runs) Pakistan 105/2 (RR: 5.25)
Younis Khan    16* (20b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-5-0
Kamran Akmal    39* (46b 5x4)      AD Mathews    5-0-22-0

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

Misbah comes out now.

20.3

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tossed up on leg, Misbah defends off the front foot down the track

20.4

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, flighted on middle and off, Misbah is cautious as he smothers the spin and defends

20.5

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah is away, working him away in front of square for one.

20.6

Herath to Younis Khan, no run, Younis leans out and drives with the spin, straight to cover

End of over 21 (1 run) Pakistan 106/3 (RR: 5.04)
Younis Khan    16* (21b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-4-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    1* (3b)      M Muralitharan    2-0-5-0

Kishore: "It was nice going through Prashant's (runout) write-up. It reminds me of the famous dismissal (LILLEE c WILLEY b DILLEY)"

21.1

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, some more indecisive running. Tossed up on off, Misbah turns it square, Younis charges down, Mahela fumbles, and in the end they make the dicey single

21.2

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis gets forward to the pitch of the delivery and punches against the spin through mid off

21.3

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, spit from the track for Murali, jumps up at Misbah from outside off, but he has it covered.

21.4

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, doosra, short of a length outside off, Misbah did not pick it and got an under edge as he tried to chop it away.

21.5

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, flighted and turning in, Misbah leans out and smothers the spin

21.6

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, ends the over with a single, delicate flick of the wrists as Murali turns another one in.

End of over 22 (3 runs) Pakistan 109/3 (RR: 4.95)
Misbah-ul-Haq    3* (8b)      M Muralitharan    3-0-8-0
Younis Khan    17* (22b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-4-1

Two men back on the leg side fence and two back on the off side, says Alan Wilkins.

22.1

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, tossed up on leg, easy single for Misbah as he dabs it off the pads

22.2

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis drives with the spin through mid off for another single

22.3

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, Misbah again leans out and smothers the turn

22.4

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, the lap sweep now, as Herath lands on middle and leg, Misbah gets a couple thanks to the fumble

22.5

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, quicker through the air, Misbah plays back almost fatally as it hurries through, but he keeps it out

22.6

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, on the front foot to end the over as Herath airs it up outside off stump. Defended to the covers

End of over 23 (4 runs) Pakistan 113/3 (RR: 4.91)
Misbah-ul-Haq    6* (13b)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-8-1
Younis Khan    18* (23b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-8-0

23.1

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, no run, tossed up on the stumps again, Murali is getting it to drift well in the air. Punched with the spin to mid on

23.2

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis turns the strike, leans out and drives through mid off for a single

23.3

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah motors across to off stump line and then works Murali with the spin through wide mid on

23.4

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, contrasting methods for Younis, another single in the same region as he leans out and drives through wide mid on

23.5

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length to Misbah who defends down the track as he stays on the back foot

23.6

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, another single through mid on to end the over, Misbah reaches across to the pitch of the ball and works it with the flick of the wrists

End of over 24 (4 runs) Pakistan 117/3 (RR: 4.87)
Misbah-ul-Haq    8* (16b)      M Muralitharan    4-0-12-0
Younis Khan    20* (26b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-8-1

24.1

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length on middle and off, straightening from the track, Misbah dead bats

24.2

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, drifting into middle and leg, Misbah taps it square, but finds the fielder

24.3

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, Misbah steals two with nifty running, tucks it against the spin through backward square leg and charges away as Murali runs in from the deep

24.4

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, he's working the field smartly, is Misbah, calmly picks up another single in front of square

24.5

Herath to Younis Khan, 2 runs, on middle and leg this time, Younis stays back and works it against the spin through midwicket

24.6

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, ooh, quickish armer, and Younis just about kept it off the pads as he played the flick. Straight to Murali at deep backward square

End of over 25 (6 runs) Pakistan 123/3 (RR: 4.92)
Younis Khan    23* (28b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-14-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    11* (20b)      M Muralitharan    4-0-12-0

25.1

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, the top lands back of a length and whirs in towards middle and leg, worked off the backfoot through square leg for one

25.2

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah picks the doosra out of Murali's hand, presents the opened face and dabs it, in this case with the spin, through point.

25.3

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis lap-flicks from outside off to get another single through midwicket.

25.4

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah gets one more, chipping it with the spin, albeit uppishly, through midwicket

I must admit, I love seeing these two bat together. Classic middle overs milking of runs. They kept doing it in New Zealand. Was a joy to watch.

25.5

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, no run, Murali slows it up in the air, Younis is a touch early in closing the face and plays it back down the track

25.6

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, no run, sharper turn, onto the pads and Younis tucks it along to backward square leg

Jawwad: "SangaKara has just surpassed Adam Gilchrist and Moin Khan's World Cup record in stumpings. Well Done."

Dr Tejaswi: "My take on bangalore cops beating the crowd at the ticket quque: they were inspired by the world cup anthem- "de ghuma ke" (For the Hindi challenged - "Hit with passion")

End of over 26 (4 runs) Pakistan 127/3 (RR: 4.88)
Younis Khan    25* (32b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    5-0-16-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    13* (22b)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-14-1

Mathews returns.

26.1

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, slants the first ball onto the pads and it is calmly tucked through square leg for a single

26.2

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, slow offcutter outside off, Younis hangs back and opens the face to run it down to backward point

26.3

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, another slow offcutter, 105.6 kph and landed back of a length. It grips and turns off the track, Misbah stays back, spots it and forces it down to long on

26.4

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis gets one more single, easing Angelo off the pads towards midwicket

Ishan: "One thing we must not forget.. although it was not an official ODI, SL chased 284 quite easily against West Indies in the practice game before the WC at this same ground with the new pitch!"

26.5

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, fuller and straighter, Misbah hangs back and punches towards mid on

26.6

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah has among the most fluid wrists in the game. And he's always looking to tickle them through the leg side. Back of a length and outside off from Angelo. Misbah trots across and chips it with minimal effort down to square leg.

End of over 27 (5 runs) Pakistan 132/3 (RR: 4.88)
Misbah-ul-Haq    16* (26b)      AD Mathews    6-0-27-0
Younis Khan    27* (34b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    5-0-16-0

Dilshan comes on for some offies.

27.1

Dilshan to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, and Misbah is upto his tricks again, with a compulsive reverse sweep - he's among the few players who actually plays this shot as part of his repertoire, and not as a surprise shot. Very different style too, he shuffles across, crouches down, sets up camp on off stump and then turns the grip. Comes down on the ball and controls it. As safe as any shot.

27.2

Dilshan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, drives with the spin through long on for a single now.

27.3

Dilshan to Younis Khan, 2 runs, soft hands from Younis, leans out to the pitch and ensures he doesn't over hit it wide of mid on. Enough time for two

27.4

Dilshan to Younis Khan, 1 run, nurdle, nurdle and then some more. Younis clips him off the toes through midwicket for one more

27.5

Dilshan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, and now Misbah, almost hitting the ball to midwicket with negative momentum (for want of a better expression) as he looks to stop it around the 30 yard circle and steal a second. Mathews hurries in and keeps it to one

27.6

Dilshan to Younis Khan, 1 run, another single to end the over, again with the spin through midwicket. Vintage Pakistan middle overs batting. Inzy, Yousuf and Miandad would approve.

End of over 28 (10 runs) Pakistan 142/3 (RR: 5.07)
Younis Khan    31* (37b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-10-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    22* (29b 1x4)      AD Mathews    6-0-27-0

28.1

Mathews to Younis Khan, no run, uppish flick this time, just as I was praising the batting, a lazy shot to a slower ball, almost straight to midwicket

28.2

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, full on middle and off, Younis punches it to long on for one more

28.3

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, and Misbah keeps them on their toes again, easing it from outside off with a quiet turn of the wrists, Fumble at midwicket makes the single easier

28.4

Mathews to Younis Khan, FOUR, Younis steals four, Sri Lanka must be very worried now. Angelo slips the offcutter down the leg side, Younis skips inside the line and glances it really fine - he knows just where the fielders are, and the ball purrs away reluctantly to the boundary

28.5

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, leans back to this one and drops it towards point for another single

28.6

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah does his bit. Camping on the back foot, he taps it softly to Dilshan at point and takes off. Dilshan has a shy at the bowler's end, but Misbah hares across with ease. Almost ends up conceding overthrows.

End of over 29 (8 runs) Pakistan 150/3 (RR: 5.17)
Misbah-ul-Haq    24* (31b 1x4)      AD Mathews    7-0-35-0
Younis Khan    37* (41b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-10-0

Ali Murtaza: "These two won't light anyone's fantasy teams up with boundary bonuses, but they're awesomely calming to watch. They're like two old masters in a group of over-excited kids!"

Murali is back on. SL need wickets.

29.1

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, Misbah calmly works him with the angle to midwicket

29.2

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, shortens the length to Younis, outside off, Younis taps to midwicket and takes another single

29.3

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, compact from Misbah, reaches out and smothers the spin outside off

29.4

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, drops the doosra in, back of a length outside off, Misbah leans back and forces it against the turn to long on for one

29.5

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis trots a foot outside and across, gets to the turn and works him with the spin to long on. Lovely, lovely batting. This is what ODI cricket is all about.

29.6

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah works Murali with the spin off the pads, but this time he finds square leg

Tim: '@Ali Murtaza: Correct, and in the cases of Afridi, Razzak and Akhtar, kids of all ages"

End of over 30 (4 runs) Pakistan 154/3 (RR: 5.13)
Misbah-ul-Haq    26* (35b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    6-0-20-0
Younis Khan    39* (43b 2x4)      AD Mathews    7-0-35-0

30.1

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, on Younis pads, he bunts it with a closed face through square leg for a single

30.2

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short of a length outside off, Misbah rocks back and slaps it through the covers. Partnership of 50. Off just 60 balls.

30.3

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, leans out to the flight and defends down the track

30.4

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, the nifty armer from Herath, hurries across at Misbah who quickly adjusts and defends back down the track

30.5

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, he gets the single the moment Herath lands on one the pads, dabbed seamlessly through square leg

30.6

Herath to Younis Khan, no run, back of a length and turning away from outside off, Younis pushes into the covers

Ali Mushaf: "One day cricket is beautiful package. Having a taste of Test Cricket at the moment and will be having a flavor of T20 in the deep overs."

Nitin: "If Pakistan is a "black horse" of this World Cup, these two are the jockeys."

End of over 31 (2 runs) Pakistan 156/3 (RR: 5.03)
Younis Khan    40* (45b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-16-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    27* (39b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    6-0-20-0

Murali shifts to round the wicket, he's done this a lot recently.

31.1

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, short on middle and straightening, punched without a problem wide of mid on

31.2

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, no run, fuller and turning into the pads, Younis' dab goes straight to midwicket

31.3

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, no run, Younis reaches out to a flighted ball outside off and looks to drop it towards point for one. No luck this time

31.4

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, another nudge off the pads, placed through the vacant square leg region for one

31.5

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, tossed up on middle, Misbah drives with the spin to long on for one more

31.6

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, Murali lands this a foot outside off and Younis drives inside out, can't quite time the shot but he gets a single to deep cover

End of over 32 (4 runs) Pakistan 160/3 (RR: 5.00)
Younis Khan    42* (49b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-24-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    29* (41b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-16-1

A slip still in place. Empty sign ogfattack from Sri Lanka?

32.1

Herath to Younis Khan, no run, flat and quick on middle and leg, Younis plays it back to the bowler

32.2

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, lands this outside leg and straightens, Younis works it square. One more

32.3

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah is walking all around the crease now, walks away to the leg side and then comes back closer. Herath just fires it in full and he digs it out

32.4

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, slower through the air, and on leg stump, Misbah flicks easily through midwicket for one

32.5

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis chips him against the spin, from the line of middle and off towards mid on for a single

32.6

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, that patent Misbah reverse paddle again, this time Murali at short third man saw him set up base on off stump and started moving. As a result he cut the angle and fielded the shot, very well executed as it was, from outside off stump

Sikander: "ICC Auctions... how much does Umark Akmal's Green Lipstick cost.... ?"

Sikander, I don't think Umar wants to part with his green glow-goo.

End of over 33 (4 runs) Pakistan 164/3 (RR: 4.96)
Misbah-ul-Haq    31* (44b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-20-1
Younis Khan    44* (52b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-24-0

Thisara comes on now. One more over with the first ball.

33.1

Perera to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, bangs it in back of a length, stays back and steers it through the off side

33.2

Perera to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, fuller this time, but no movement yet, Misbah reaches forward and defends into the covers

33.3

Perera to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, driven solidly down the ground for one to long on. A hint of inward tail for Thisara, but not enough to trouble Misbah, obdurate as a rock at the moment.

33.4

Perera to Younis Khan, no run, back of a length outside Younis' off stump, he defends into the covers

33.5

Perera to Younis Khan, FOUR, not the first time Thisara has speared one down the leg side, and Younis is in too good form to let that go. An air of inevitability to it, the moment it left Thisara's hands. Younis was always inside the line, he was always going to whip it and he ensured the wrists turned well enough to beat the man at deep square leg.

33.6

Perera to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis punches the last ball solidly down the ground. Pakistan hold all the aces going into the second drinks break.

Right, I shall relinquish commentary to Abhishek now and head across to the over-by-over discussion. Checked our Twitter feed yet? Now's a good time to follow @ESPNcricinfo.

End of over 34 (6 runs) Pakistan 170/3 (RR: 5.00)
Younis Khan    49* (55b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    6-0-35-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    32* (47b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-20-1

Thanks, Nitin. How long before Pakistan attempt to explode? They have built up nicely so far, courtesy Younis and Misbah

34.1

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, gets one on the pads, and spirits it down to long on

Vijay: "Sanga has been very defensive with these two in the crease.Now he will pay the price for letting them settle and also lay the foundation for a big score.."

34.2

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tucks him up with one that angles in, and he pats it back down the track

34.3

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, now he moves away from leg stump, and plays an inside out drive to long off

34.4

Herath to Younis Khan, no run, cannot beat the bowler in his attempt to ping long off with the drive

34.5

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, this time he does, gets a tossed up one, and drives with the turn to wide long off

34.6

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, the Misbah way of milking the bowling, stands a foot outside leg, sees the ball fired in, plays beside the front pad and tucks it away through square leg

End of over 35 (4 runs) Pakistan 174/3 (RR: 4.97)
Misbah-ul-Haq    34* (50b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-24-1
Younis Khan    51* (58b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    6-0-35-1

35.1

Perera to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, dead straight on middle, from short of a length, he pushes it out to point with an open face, but that's about it

35.2

Perera to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, positive from Misbah, gets a wide one and slashes it away down to third man

35.3

Perera to Younis Khan, no run, another one bang on middle stump, Younis goes behind it and plays it down softly on the leg side

35.4

Perera to Younis Khan, no run, Thisara gets one to bounce extra, and Younis rides it to cut it away to point, without any sort of power too

35.5

Perera to Younis Khan, 1 run, now he gets some room outside off, and it is too short, punched away to sweeper cover off the back foot

35.6

Perera to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, run out missed, Misbah had done the one-step dance before the ball came, but it was on target near the blockhole, he nevertheless got it towards midwicket, Younis was slow to get off, and if the throw had hit, he would have been running back to the pavilion

End of over 36 (3 runs) Pakistan 177/3 (RR: 4.91)
Misbah-ul-Haq    36* (53b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    7-0-38-1
Younis Khan    52* (61b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-24-1

36.1

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, again Misbah stands miles outside leg, gets a shortish and slower one and slaps it away to sweeper cover

36.2

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, way down the pads, and helped away by Younis, who goes down on a knee and finds deep square leg

36.3

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, brings bat in front of pad and defends a tossed up delivery

36.4

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, super running, and neat placement, he picked the ball from off stump, flicked it past the square leg umpire, and they came back comfortably for the second

36.5

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 3 runs, oops, the bowler beats the batsman, and Sanga too, this one went straight on, Misbah was flicking from outside the line, and played around it, Sanga missed the take as well, Murali stops it just inside the ropes with his foot, given as runs, hmm

36.6

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, goes across, waits for this shortish one to turn a little, and whacks it down to long off for a single

End of over 37 (8 runs) Pakistan 185/3 (RR: 5.00)
Younis Khan    54* (63b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    8-0-32-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    42* (57b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    7-0-38-1

Oops, I forgot to acknowledge the Younis half-century. So now I do it. Well played. Mathews is back

37.1

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, gets the front foot across, then brings down the bat quickly to send a length ball in front of square leg

37.2

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, stands miles outside leg again, and gets one that is miles outside off, but gets bat to it, and cuts it away to sweeper cover

37.3

Mathews to Younis Khan, no run, plays a back of a length ball in to the off side

37.4

Mathews to Younis Khan, 2 runs, now he launches in to the pull, are Pakistan breaking free now, it was short and he pulled it over midwicket and in to the gap

37.5

Mathews to Younis Khan, 1 run, the slower bouncer, almost did Younis in, he was halfway in to the pull, before he had to adjust hastily, and swatted it in front of square leg in the end

37.6

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 3 runs, Misbah the nurdler turns up now, it is a slower length ball on leg stump, he goes way outside the line, and tickles it past a diving Sanga, the ball is stopped near the boundary

End of over 38 (8 runs) Pakistan 193/3 (RR: 5.07)
Misbah-ul-Haq    46* (59b 1x4)      AD Mathews    8-0-43-0
Younis Khan    58* (67b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    8-0-32-1

38.1

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, gives him a half-charge, stops in his tracks, and then nurdles the full delivery in to the leg side

38.2

Herath to Younis Khan, 2 runs, goes down for the sweep, and gets an under edge fine past Sanga, Misbah wanted three, Younis didn't

38.3

Herath to Younis Khan, FOUR, he doesn't need to run for those, super shot, made room outside leg, and lifted the delivery over extra cover and into the gap for a boundary, the 200 comes up now

38.4

Herath to Younis Khan, 2 runs, flicked wide of midwicket this time, runs, runs, all around, Sri Lanka can;t plug the gaps

38.5

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, tickled to short fine leg for a single

38.6

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, stays in the crease, and tries to steal a single towards square leg, but Sanga is alert and runs across to field

End of over 39 (10 runs) Pakistan 203/3 (RR: 5.20)
Misbah-ul-Haq    47* (61b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    9-0-42-1
Younis Khan    67* (71b 4x4)      AD Mathews    8-0-43-0

Umar Akmal looks on longingly from the dressing room. Murali is back, the stand is worth 98

39.1

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, full on the leg stump, swept fiercely backward of deep square leg

39.2

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, again he strays down the leg side, this time it's a wide

39.2

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, bowls one outside off this time, but Misbah is ready with the sweep, and short third man had to dive to his left to cut off the runs

39.3

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 2 runs, smoothly driven down the ground wide of long on, and they take the second as well, boy the statesmen are turning it on

39.4

Muralitharan to Younis Khan, 1 run, sweeps from outside off, and in front of square leg this time, the man is there doing quite some running

39.5

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah dead bats in forward defence, just kills whatever spin the ball had

39.6

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, stays in the crease, and late cuts a delivery that turns in from outside off, but right to short third man, missed out there

End of over 40 (6 runs) Pakistan 209/3 (RR: 5.22)
Misbah-ul-Haq    48* (64b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    8-0-30-0
Younis Khan    71* (74b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    9-0-42-1

We are in to the last ten overs

40.1

Herath to Younis Khan, 1 run, a touch short, and he rocks back and hammers it through midwicket

40.2

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, even better, Misbah gets to his 50 with a shimmie down the track, and a drive wide of midwicket

40.3

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, ooh, he barely got away with this one, it was much fuller than he thought, he wanted to go over extra cover, but checked his shot and just managed to hit it back to the bowler in the end

40.4

Herath to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, now he charges down the track, almost in Kamran fashion, and gets an inside edge towards midwicket

40.5

Herath to Younis Khan, OUT, Younis departs, well someone had to go for it now, he went for the sweep, got a top-edge that looped up tamely in the air for a catch to short fine leg, Herath has justified his selection ahead of Ajantha, Younis has set up a late charge from Pakistan

Younis Khan c Jayawardene b Herath 72 (108m 76b 4x4 0x6) SR: 94.73

Umar Akmal comes in now

40.6

Herath to Umar Akmal, no run, yikes, he goes for a reverse sweep first ball, it was going straight on with the arm, he had decided to reverse sweep no matter what, it came off the glove, and hit him on the arm, then on the helmet grill, Sanga thinks it was pad, and Sri Lanka go for the review, and replays confirm the obvious, Umar stays on

End of over 41 (4 runs) Pakistan 213/4 (RR: 5.19)
Umar Akmal    0* (1b)      HMRKB Herath    10-0-46-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    51* (67b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    8-0-30-0

Adeel: "Yk needs to take sweeping classes from Misbah." Kula is back

41.1

Kulasekara to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, bowls one on a length outside off stump, and Misbah under edges it close to the stumps on the off side

41.2

Kulasekara to Umar Akmal, 1 run, a push down to long on, beats Kula and that means a single is on, easily

41.3

Kulasekara to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, gets a full toss, and clatters it through to sweeper cover, lots of intent there, of the aggressive kind

41.4

Kulasekara to Umar Akmal, no run, brings out the full-blooded drive to a full delivery, but short extra cover is lurking around

41.5

Kulasekara to Umar Akmal, no run, goes for an awkward pull to a short one around off stump, gets an edge on to the leg side

41.6

Kulasekara to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, he does a reverse Misbah, stands two feet outside off, jumps two steps down the track, and late cuts a length delivery, but third man runs across to cut it off

End of over 42 (5 runs) Pakistan 218/4 (RR: 5.19)
Umar Akmal    3* (5b)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-1-48-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    53* (69b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    10-0-46-2

42.1

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, slapped away wide of sweeper cover, it was short and sitting up, and he gave it a nice old whack

42.2

Mathews to Umar Akmal, no run, the slower one, he does not pick it, and bottom edges the cut towards point

42.3

Mathews to Umar Akmal, 1 run, short delivery outside off, guided away to third man

Shehzad is running for Misbah

42.4

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slower one in the blockhole, nothing he could do with it, was surprised and pushed it back to the bowler

42.5

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, this is superb bowling from Mathews, it was a slow bouncer, he tried to get around it, and cut it over point, but there was no pace at all to work with

42.6

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, he creates some momentum now on his own, comes down the pitch, takes it on the full and bunts it past a hapless mid off

End of over 43 (6 runs) Pakistan 224/4 (RR: 5.20)
Misbah-ul-Haq    58* (73b 2x4)      AD Mathews    9-0-49-0
Umar Akmal    4* (7b)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-1-48-0

the batting Powerplay has been taken. Murali will start it off

43.1

Muralitharan to Umar Akmal, no run, lovely stuff from the great man, tossed up, inviting the extra cover drive, Umar goes for it and is beaten, how did that miss off stump?

43.2

Muralitharan to Umar Akmal, 1 run, sharp turn from well outside off, he goes down the leg side, and cuts it in front of cover

43.3

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, too much turn to do anything with it, Misbah blocks it back to Murali

43.4

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, turns it right on middle stump, he goes deep in the crease, but even then, there is no room to work it away

43.5

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, now he gets it away finally, flicks one away through square leg

43.6

Muralitharan to Umar Akmal, no run, superb bowling, what an over, tossed up and coming in, he takes two steps towards the ball, but can only block it

End of over 44 (2 runs) Pakistan 226/4 (RR: 5.13)
Umar Akmal    5* (10b)      M Muralitharan    9-0-32-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    59* (76b 2x4)      AD Mathews    9-0-49-0

sunil: "I think Murlidharan Is Best Spinner In Powerplays."

44.1

Kulasekara to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, starts off with one full and cramping a backing-away-outside-leg batsman, who drives it down to long on

44.2

Kulasekara to Umar Akmal, 1 run, super stuff all around, Umar made room and thrashed away a full delivery to mid off, who picked it up in a flash, and threw at the non-striker's, but missed, fortunately for Umar

44.3

Kulasekara to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, goes deep in the crease, creates the length to swing his arms, and does so powerfully, hitting it over midwicket and into the gap for a boundary

44.4

Kulasekara to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, in the blockhole, squeezed out to point

44.5

Kulasekara to Umar Akmal, no run, backs away looking to go over the off side infield, Kula bowls it full outside off and he tries to squeeze it away, but is beaten

44.6

Kulasekara to Umar Akmal, FOUR, Kula messes it off the last delivery of the over, it was a full toss, and he smashed it away wide of extra cover, he was itching for that shot, and when he saw the full toss, needed no more invitation

End of over 45 (11 runs) Pakistan 237/4 (RR: 5.26)
Umar Akmal    10* (13b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-1-59-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    65* (79b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    9-0-32-0

45.1

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, flicked in the air down to long on for a single

45.2

Muralitharan to Umar Akmal, no run, this is excellent stuff from Murali, cramps him for room with a turning one on middle stump, he dances around in the crease, but in the end blocks it

45.3

Muralitharan to Umar Akmal, OUT, Umar goes, it was short, a rare one from Murali, in his eagerness to capitalise on the scarce offering, he pulled it in the air, got in a awkward position as he went through with the shot, and Dilshan took sharp diving chance at deep midwicket, Murali has suffocated Pakistan in the Powerplay

Umar Akmal c Dilshan b Muralitharan 10 (21m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

45.4

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, whipped away off the pads through square leg, brings boom boom Afridi on strike

45.5

Muralitharan to Shahid Afridi, no run, Afridi wants to go over deep square leg first ball, but is beaten as he sweeps too soon

45.6

Muralitharan to Shahid Afridi, 1 wide, turns it sharply but down the leg side

45.6

Muralitharan to Shahid Afridi, no run, Murali, what a spell, gets Afridi to defend in the powerplay, tossed up and turning in, Shahid comes forward and blocks

End of over 46 (3 runs) Pakistan 240/5 (RR: 5.21)
Shahid Afridi    0* (2b)      M Muralitharan    10-0-35-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    67* (81b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-1-59-0

46.1

Kulasekara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Kula follows Misbah as he goes down the leg side, it is full and in the blockhole, pushed back to the bowler

46.2

Kulasekara to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, does not get hold of this length delivery, as he looks to heave it down the ground, it goes towards long on

46.3

Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, no run, lovely bowling, Afridi hits a yorker straight back to the bowler

46.4

Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, no run, Sri Lanka are all over Pakistan in the powerplay, Afridi digs out another yorker back to the bowler

46.5

Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, no run, three dot balls to Afridi in the powerplay, Kula takem a bow, Afridi backs away down leg, Kula goes full outside off, Shahid misses

46.6

Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, Afridi gets one away this time, Kula went for the yorker again, but it did not come out right, and Afridi muscles it wide of long on and in to the boundary

End of over 47 (5 runs) Pakistan 245/5 (RR: 5.21)
Shahid Afridi    4* (6b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-1-64-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    68* (83b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    10-0-35-1

Ahsan: "Kulusekera and yorkers - giving Pakisan taste of their own medicine.." Thisara to bowl the last over of the Powerplay

47.1

Perera to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, starts off with a full toss, and Misbah shuffles across the stumps, and flicks it past square leg, can Pakistan make good use of the final powerplay over?

three men back on the leg side

47.2

Perera to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, gets one in the blockhole, he charges down he track, and bunts it down to long on

47.3

Perera to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, Afridi gets one that is a touch short, and launches it away up and over extra cover, it was a slower one, he stayed in the crease, and bashed it over the in field

Thisara loses his run-up, at the last moment

47.4

Perera to Shahid Afridi, no run, if that had connected, if Afridi had connected with that one, they would have had to find a new ball, he threw everything at this full delivery , but could not connect

47.5

Perera to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, biff, it was in the blockhole, but makes no difference to Afridi, he goes down on a knee and hammers it through extra cover, violence, useful violence

47.6

Perera to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, another full one, this time he goes straight down the ground, it flew off the bat, but some brilliant fielding near the ropes saves a couple

End of over 48 (15 runs) Pakistan 260/5 (RR: 5.41)
Shahid Afridi    14* (10b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    8-0-53-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    73* (85b 4x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-1-64-0

Angelo from round the stumps

48.1

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, gets a full toss, it says hit me from around leg stump, and Misbah swings it cleanly, and it almost carries all the way over the deep square leg boundary

48.2

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, good delivery, it was angled full across the batsman, who was surprised with the angle, Sanga gathers

48.3

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, another full delivery, hit down the ground to long on

48.4

Mathews to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, goes wide of midwicket, and collects some more runs

48.5

Mathews to Shahid Afridi, OUT, backs away and goes for the upper cut to a short and wide delivery, but cannot get it over Dilshan at point, who goes high at it with outstretched hands, and pouches it cleanly

Shahid Afridi c Dilshan b Mathews 16 (18m 12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

48.6

Mathews to Abdul Razzaq, no run, fires it across Razzaq, it was wide outside off stump, but not called so

End of over 49 (7 runs) Pakistan 267/6 (RR: 5.44)
Abdul Razzaq    0* (1b)      AD Mathews    10-0-56-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    78* (88b 5x4)      NLTC Perera    8-0-53-1

Well, down to the final six balls. What can Pakistan do? Thisara has the ball

49.1

Perera to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 leg bye, goes for the scoop over fine leg from outside off, gets an edge that scoots away towards third man

49.2

Perera to Abdul Razzaq, 2 runs, gets a full delivery, goes down on a knee and carves it wide of long off

49.3

Perera to Abdul Razzaq, 1 wide, sprays it very wide of off stump, this time it is called one

49.3

Perera to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, the yorker arrives now, outside off stump, and he digs it out in to the off side

49.4

Perera to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, Misbah, you beauty, moves outside off stump, and flicks a full delivery off his toes, and wide of square leg, calm and calculated hitting

49.5

Perera to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, stays in the crease, and biffs a full ball down to long on

49.6

Perera to Abdul Razzaq, OUT, high full toss, Razzaq had to go for maximum, and did so, but his swing produced a top edge that swirled high in the air and settled in the hands of extra cover, Sri Lanka will feel that they have restrained a Pakistan line-up that threatened to gallop away, but couldn't quite do so

Abdul Razzaq c sub (CK Kapugedera) b Perera 3 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

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Pakistan shot themselves in the foot after having begun so well, Misbah and Younis set up what looked to be a total in excess of 300, but Sri Lanka pulled things back smartly in the batting Powerplay. 270-280 was what both captains had targetted at the start of the game. Sri Lanka feel they can get this, Pakistan feel they can defend this. Promises to be quite some contest under lights. Join us for the chase in half an hour. Meanwhile, you could rate the performance of the players by using our Player Rater. You could also install our Chrome extension. It's free, and what's more, is quite a rage.

End of over 50 (10 runs) Pakistan 277/7
     NLTC Perera    9-0-62-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    83* (91b 6x4)      AD Mathews    10-0-56-1

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Feb 26, 2011

Pakistan celebrate their 11-run victory, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, World Cup, Group A, Colombo, February 26, 2011

Pakistan celebrate their 11-run victory

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Feb 26, 2011

Shahid Afridi bowled a match-winning spell, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, World Cup, Group A, Colombo, February 26, 2011

Shahid Afridi bowled a match-winning spell

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